News Updates for the Week of February 14th - Energy Watch News

News Updates for the Week of February 14th

1. Registration for LIGHTFAIR International Now Open – Pennsylvania Convention Center Philadelphia, PA

• LIGHTFAIR Daylighting Institute – Sun, May 15 – Mon, May 16, 2011

• LIGHTFAIR Institute – Sun, May 15 – Mon, May 16, 2011

• Trade Show & Conference – Tue, May 17 – Thu, May 19, 2011

2. Registration Open for 2011 National Electrical Leadership Summit – Register now to attend the 2011 National Electrical Leadership Summit, taking place April 30 – May 3 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. The agenda features an expanded lineup of keynote speakers, industry panels, educational sessions, and networking opportunities to provide members with the ideas and strategies you need to plan for their business future.

3. GOP Cuts Target EPA, High Speed Rail – The EPA’s cuts alone are estimated at $1.6 billion from Obama’s 2011 budget. Among the cuts, the elimination of President Barack Obama’s $5 billion high-speed rail initiative is no surprise. The Energy Department appears especially hard hit. Its current energy efficiency and renewable energy programs would be cut virtually in half, and Republicans are also proposing to provide just $4.01 billion for energy science—an 18 percent or $893 million cut from last year’s appropriations. 2/9 Politico

4. DOE Publishes Detailed Results from Round 11 of CALiPER Testing – The DOE has published the detailed test reports from Round 11 of product testing conducted through the DOE Solid-State Lighting (SSL) CALiPER program. Detailed results from Round 11, covering roadway arm-mount luminaires, roadway post-top luminaires, linear replacement lamps, high-bay luminaires, and small replacement lamps (MR16, PAR lamps, A-lamps, and a candelabra lamp), are now available through the searchable online CALiPER system: A Summary Report containing the results from Round 11 is available at

5. Leviton Joins LED Standards Council – Leviton has announced its membership in Zhaga, an industry co-op of lighting manufacturers aimed at the development of standards and specifications for the interfaces of LED light engines. Zhaga standards enable interchangeability between products made by diverse manufacturers. The consortium was established for the benefit of consumers and professional buyers of light engines and luminaires. / 2/9 HC

6. SF Requires Energy Audits, Benchmarking for Commercial Buildings – The city of San Francisco will require owners of commercial buildings of at least 10,000 square feet to conduct an energy audit every five years and annually benchmark the energy performance under an ordinance adopted this week. In addition, under the measure, starting in October, owners of commercial properties that are larger than 50,000 square feet must file an annual report summarizing the energy performance of their buildings. Using the EPA online tool, Energy Star Portfolio Manager, owners are to benchmark their properties and annually disclose to the city information that includes the energy intensity of their buildings (kBTU per square foot per year) and carbon dioxide equivalent emissions due to energy use. . New York City, Seattle and Washington State are among the cities and states that also have auditing and benchmarking regulations. 2/10 GreenBiz

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