Biden To Ban Incandescent Lightbulbs, Reversing Another Trump Policy
The Biden administration announced that it is phasing out the use of incandescent lightbulbs, reversing a Trump-era policy as it seeks to curb annual carbon emissions and shift the United States toward more efficient sources of lighting.
The Department of Energy finalized two new rules Monday that require manufacturers to phase out any lightbulbs that produce less than 45 lumens per watt. [bold, links added]
When combined, the department said, the measures will save consumers an estimated $3 billion annually — though the decision is likely to irk fans of the old-fashioned bulbs, which still make up roughly 30% of the market but eventually will be prohibited under the standard.
“By raising energy efficiency standards for lightbulbs, we’re putting $3 billion back in the pockets of American consumers and substantially reducing domestic carbon emissions,” Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said in a statement to the Washington Post Monday.
Granholm added that the changes will cut carbon emissions by more than 220 million metric tons over the next 30 years. [Granholm provided no evidence or data to back this up. –CCD Ed.]
“The lighting industry is already embracing more energy-efficient products, and this measure will accelerate progress to deliver the best products to American consumers and build a better and brighter future,” Granholm added.
But the rules also deliver a blow to the American Lighting Association, which had asked the Biden administration to postpone the full implementation of the lightbulb efficiency standards.
It argued that doing so too quickly could result in “major financial losses” for lighting manufacturers and retailers, the Washington Post reported.
In its announcement, the department said its efficiency standards are slated to take effect 75 days after they are printed in the Federal Register.
But full enforcement of the rule for manufacturers, retailers, or distributors will not begin until at least June of next year — giving them a significant runway to comply and sell out their existing supply of [incandescent] bulbs.
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