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DOE Narrows List of Lamps Subject to Energy Efficiency Standards, Extends Deadline for Input on Cooking Tops

The U.S. Department of Energy has withdrawn the definitions of general service lamps and general service incandescent lamps established in two final rules issued on 19 January 2017. This action effectively narrows the list of lamps that will be subject to mandatory energy efficiency standards beginning on 1 January 2020.

The DOE believes these definitions improperly included certain general service incandescent lamps within the scope of the general service lamp definition, including rough service lamps, vibration service lamps, 3-way incandescent lamps, high lumen lamps and shatter-resistant lamps. This action also maintains the existing exclusion of incandescent reflector lamps from the statutory definitions of general service incandescent lamps and general service lamps, as well as T-shape lamps that use no more than 40 watts or have a length of more than 10 inches and B, BA, CA, F, G16–1/2, G25, G30, S and M–14 lamps of 40 watts or less. Moreover, candelabra base incandescent lamps will not be considered general service lamps because the existing definition applies only to medium screw base lamps.

Separately, the DOE is seeking public input by 4 November on an initial determination that the current energy conservation standards for general service incandescent lamps do not need to be amended because more stringent standards are not economically justified.

Lastly, the DOE has extended from 8 October to 22 October the deadline for public input on a proposal to withdraw the energy test procedures for conventional cooking tops established under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. The DOE has tentatively determined that the conventional cooking top test procedure may not accurately represent consumer use for gas cooking tops, may not be repeatable or reproducible for both gas and electric cooking tops, and is overly burdensome to conduct. A meeting on this proposed action will be held on 9 October.

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