California Gets a Green Light to Enforce Stricter Light Bulb Standards - Energy Watch News


California Gets a Green Light to Enforce Stricter Light Bulb Standards

Last month, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California issued an order denying a request for a temporary restraining order against the state’s standard. The request was made by the NEMAand the ALA in their lawsuit challenging the standard adopted by the California Energy Commission (CEC) in November of last year. The lighting industry groups argued that CEC’s action was preempted by the federal Energy Policy Conservation Act (EPCA), but the court ruled that California legitimately exercised its powers under certain exemptions that were granted in the federal law. Last November, the CEC adopted a 45-lumens-per-watt energy conservation standard for five types of general service lamps. The standard was scheduled to take effect January 1, of this year. It was an expansion of a standard covering common pear-shaped A-lamps that had already been in effect in California since 2018. The more recent action broadened the reach of that standard to cover most other types of incandescent and halogen bulbs and will lead to their removal from retail shelves. https://www.ecmag.com/

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