Bulb Efficiency Rollback May Lead To Regulatory Patchwork

Law360 (October 9, 2019, 1:07 PM EDT) -- On Sept. 5, the U.S. Department of Energy published a final rule and proposed rule regarding general service lamps and general service incandescent lamps with far-reaching implications for lamp manufacturers and retailers. The DOE is withdrawing the Obama administration’s revised definitions of general service lamps and general service incandescent lamps, which would have significantly expanded the types of lamps subject to federal efficiency standards.

The DOE also asserts in the new rule that it has not triggered a statutory “backstop” efficiency standard, which would have prohibited the sale of all noncompliant lamps beginning Jan. 1, 2020. In a separate proposed rule, the...

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