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Energy Standards for Incandescent Lamps Will Remain Unchanged

The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a final 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. Perhaps more importantly, the DOE has also determined that the 45 lumen per watt minimum efficacy standard for general service incandescent lamps will not go into effect on 1 January 2020. The entry into force of the so-called backstop standard for subject lamps would have prohibited the sale of most incandescent bulbs in the United States.

According to the National Resources Defense Council, California, Colorado, Nevada, Washington and Vermont have each enacted energy efficiency standards effective 1 January 2020 that are identical to those that should have taken effect on a national basis on that date.

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