DOE Integrated Lighting Campaign Website Launched

The Integrated Lighting Campaign (ILC) is a program designed to help facility owners and managers take advantage of savings opportunities and benefits of advanced lighting controls and of integrating lighting systems with other building or business systems in their facilities.

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DOE Announces $11 Billion in Energy Savings from Better Buildings Partners

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced nearly $11 billion in energy-cost savings by more than 950 public and private sector organizations in DOE’s Better Buildings Initiative. To date, partners have saved nearly 1.8 quadrillion British thermal units of energy,

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DOE’s Building Technologies Office Funds 20 Small Business R&D Building Efficiency Projects

As part of today’s $53 million announcement by U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) research and development projects, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced

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DOE’s PNNL Reports on Tunable SSL Research at Senior Nursing Center

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has published a research report on a US Department of Energy (DOE)-funded study on the effects of tunable lighting on elderly patients residing in a nursing center. The study titled “Measuring Light Exposure and

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Five Lighting Projects Among Recipients of DOE Funding Awards

In total, the five selected lighting projects will receive $12.5 million in federal funds that, when combined with a cost-share contribution, totals $16 million. Lumileds, LLC (San Jose, CA): Selected for award negotiation to address the “green gap” and improve

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DOE Announces up to $47.7 Million for Flexible Building Technologies, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), and Solid-State Lighting

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Building Technologies Office (BTO) awarded $47.7 million to 23 competitively selected projects, led by 19 organizations, to pursue innovations that can advance the goals of the Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT)

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DOE Publishes New Report on Solid State Lighting

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently published the latest edition of its biennial report called “Energy Savings Forecast of Solid-State Lighting in General Illumination Applications,” which models the adoption of LED lamps and luminaires in the U.S. general lighting

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NEMA Welcomes Department of Energy Final Process Rule

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) today welcomed the Department of Energy (DOE) final Process Rule that modernizes its current appliance efficiency rulemaking process to conform to changes in the law, clarify ambiguities, and streamline the rulemaking process. The Electrical

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ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2016 Takes Effect as National Standard

By February 2020, the 2016 version of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, takes effect as the national energy reference standard, based on a 2018 Department of Energy (DOE) ruling. By that time, all states must

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The 2020 DOE Lighting R&D Workshop: Bridging the Gap Between Technology Promise and Today’s Reality

Lighting scientists continue to push boundaries, with innovations that drive lighting efficiency and performance to new levels. But how do we bridge the gap between technology promise and today’s reality? What challenges must be overcome, to translate R&D to application?

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Judge Allows California’s Shift to Energy Saving Light Bulbs

S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller of Sacramento rejected a petition from the NEMA and ALA to temporarily block new minimum efficiency standards for light bulbs that the California Energy Commission adopted in November. The judge said the associations are unlikely

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DOE Announced a Final Determination for Incandescent Light Bulbs

On September 5, 2019 DOE proposed a determination that the existing standards for general service incandescent lamps (GSILs) do not need to be amended. After considering data and a wide range of public comments, today DOE is announcing its final

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Energy Department Announces Winner of Sustainable Manufacturing of Luminaires Prize

DOE announced the winner of the Manufacturing Innovator Challenge for Sustainable Manufacturing of Luminaires. Bamboo Pendant, Submitted by Brad Koerner, Koerner Design. The winning entry embodies DOE priorities to increase material and energy efficiency while improving building occupant comfort and

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DOE Study Validates TM-30 Color Preference Specification

The ANSI/IES TM-30-18 results support TM-30 Annex E recommendations that allow lighting professionals to communicate different color rendition goals (preference, vividness, and fidelity) with far greater precision than prior methods. In the new study – the third in a The

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Environmental Groups in the US Sue the Government over Light Bulb Standard Rollback

Environmental Groups in the U.S. filed a lawsuit against the U.S. DOE for challenging the recent rollback of energy-saving light bulb standard. In September 2019, the Trump’s administration withdrew the Obama’s decision in 2017 which added additional light bulb types

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DOE Announces Request for Information on Lighting Research and Development Opportunities

The purpose of the RFI is to better understand how lighting research goals can be refined to reflect evolving technology needs and inform related R&D activities. BTO’s Lighting R&D Program aims to drive the development of advanced lighting solutions through

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Trump Nominates Replacement for Departing Energy Secretary Rick Perry

Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette to be the new Secretary of Energy. According to the Department of Energy, Brouillette has three decades of experience in both the public and private sectors. Brouilette served in several roles within the government, including as chief

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DOE’s Manufacturing Innovator Challenge

Moving the DOE contest, the announcement came from the Building Technologies Office as opposed to the SSL program. The agency’s office of Energy, Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) had partnered with the website freelancer.com to encourage a grass roots response

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Electrical Manufacturers Support DOE Revision of General Service Lamp Definition

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) welcomed the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Final Rule defining the scope of general service lamps to be consistent with the intent of Congress when it enacted the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

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DOE Evaluates Tunable-White Classroom Lighting

In May 2019, the Department of Energy (DOE) published a Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) report evaluating a trial installation of tunable-white lighting systems at three classrooms in an elementary school in Folsom, California. Using monitoring, the researchers found the

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