Policy Updates/News

CEC Notice of Staff Workshop on Appliance Efficiency Pre-rulemaking for General Service Lamps (Expanded Scope)

August 3, 2018 — California Energy Commission staff will conduct a public workshop to seek comments from interested parties regarding staff analysis and the draft appliance efficiency proposal for general service lamps. This topic will be considered as amendments to the Appliance Efficiency Regulations (Title 20, California Code of Regulations, Sections 1601 through Section 1609). The public workshop will be held on: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 10:00 a.m. CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION 1516 Ninth Street First Floor, Imbrecht Hearing Room Sacramento,… Read More

DOE Publishes a Notice of Solicitation of Nominations for Membership on the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee

July 20, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the solicitation of nominations to fill upcoming vacancies on the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee. Nomination packages should be submitted to DOE by August 20, 2018. Nomination packages should be submitted either electronically or by mail, but not by both methods. Complete nomination packages identified by docket number “EERE-2013-BT-NOC-0005” may be submitted using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov,… Read More

DOE Publishes a Comment Period Extension Pertaining to the Request for Information for the Energy Conservation Standards Program

February 27, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice extending the comment period pertaining to the RFI that was published on November 28, 2017, seeking comments from interested parties to assist DOE in evaluating the potential advantages and disadvantages of additional flexibilities in the U.S Appliance and Equipment Energy Conservation Standards program. The comment period has been extended until March 26, 2018. DOE requests and will accept comments, data, and information in response… Read More

DOE Issues a Comment Period Extension Pertaining to the Request for Information on the Process for Developing Energy Conservation Standards

February 2, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice extending the comment period pertaining to the Process Rule RFI published on December 18, 2017. The comment period has been extended until March 2, 2018 to provide interested parties additional time to prepare and submit comments. DOE requests and will accept comments, data, and information in response to the Process Rule RFI until March 2, 2018. Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments… Read More

DOE Publishes a Final Rule Pertaining to Standards for Rough Service Lamps and Vibration Service Lamps

January 2, 2018 – The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) has published a final rule in the Federal Register pertaining to Energy Conservation Standards for Rough Service Lamps and Vibration Service Lamps. This final rule is being issued in order to codify in the Code of Federal Regulations certain backstop requirements for rough service lamps and vibration service lamps that Congress prescribed in the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. The effective date of this rule is January 25, 2018. The… Read More

DOE Issues a Final Rule Pertaining to Standards for Rough Service Lamps and Vibration Service Lamps

December 21, 2017 — The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication final rule pertaining to Energy Conservation Standards for Rough Service Lamps and Vibration Service Lamps. This final rule is being issued in order to codify in the Code of Federal Regulations certain backstops requirements for rough service lamps and vibration service lamps that Congress prescribed in the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. The effective date of this rule will be 30 days after this notice has… Read More

DOE Publishes a New Lighting Market Characterization

December 18, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Solid-State Lighting Program has released a new report that estimates the installed stock, energy use, and lumen production of all general-illumination lighting products operating in the U.S. in 2015. The third such report issued by DOE since 2002, it provides the baseline that helps DOE plan its R&D program, and is used by both governmental and nongovernmental organizations for planning and evaluating lighting opportunities as well as additional research efforts.… Read More

NIBS Report on Workforce and Water

The Consultative Council of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) has published two summaries of its most recent annual report. The annual report contains identification, analysis, and recommendations of timely topics related to the built environment. The report is sent to Congress and the White House. The two topics in the report are “Developing and Maintaining a High Performance Workforce” and “Water Resources and the Built Environment”. These summaries are meant to highlight the topics and develop interest in… Read More

DOE Issues a Request for Information and Notice of Public Meeting Pertaining to the Process for Developing Energy Conservation Standards

November 30, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice initiating a data collection process through a Request for Information (RFI) seeking comments and information to assist in identifying potential modifications to its “Process Rule” for the development of appliance standards. DOE will also hold a public meeting to receive input from interested parties on potential improvements to the “Process Rule”. This meeting will be held on January 9, 2018 at 9:30am. The… Read More

Energy Department Invests $8 Million in Efficient Lighting R&D

July 24, 2017 – The Solid State Lighting group, part of the U.S. DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, has announced 7 new research projects it is funding in the areas of LED and OLED lighting. Click here for details: https://energy.gov. Read More