The Biden Administration Tuesday adopted two new rules that set stricter energy efficiency standards for light bulbs. The Department of Energy’s (DOE) rules will help conserve energy and also help consumers save money on their energy bills.
The first rule “establishes a revised definition of general lamps” and the second rule “implements the minimum standard of 45 lumens per watt for light bulbs that meet the revised definition.” Both rules are part of a larger plan by the administration, amid rising energy prices, to take 100 energy efficiency actions in 2022 to save American families 100 dollars a year.
The DOE established a transition plan for affected individuals and companies which “allows for a managed transition helping entities all along the distribution chain, including manufacturers, importers, private labelers, distributors, and retailers adjust their production and inventory.” The enforcement timeline consists of “a period of enforcement leniency and a period of progressive enforcement with an emphasis on transitioning production first.”
The DOE will host a webinar on May 4, 2022, to field questions from regulated entities.