Archive for the ‘Legislation + Regulation’ Category

NEMA Calls on Secretary of Energy to Complete Rulemaking for General Service Lamps

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has formally requested that the Secretary of Energy complete a rulemaking for general service lamps that Congress required in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA-2007). The Department of Energy (DOE) began the rulemaking in December 2013 and published two rules on January 19, 2017, addressing only […]

Regulatory Roundup

In a recent column for ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR, I provided an update on the 179D energy efficiency tax deduction, ENERGY STAR V.2 Lamps criteria and V.2 Luminaires criteria, and metal halide rules taking effect. Check it out here. A recent blog post on talks about a more recent Department of Energy ruling on general service […]

Metal Halide Rule Takes Effect

My contributions to the February issue of tED Magazine included an update on metal halide rules. Reprinted with permission. On February 10, 2017, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) rules take effect that regulate the efficiency of metal halide lamp ballasts sold as part of new luminaires. These rules update existing energy efficiency standards created by […]

House Bill Seeks to Extend 179D Tax Deduction

Created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction (Section 179D of the tax code) provides an accelerated tax deduction of up to $1.80/sq.ft. as an incentive to install energy-efficient building systems, including interior lighting. The tax deduction expired and renewed several times over the years, most recently with the passage […]


Below is my lighting column published in the July issue of tED Magazine. Reprinted with permission. Founded in 1992, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR is a voluntary product labeling program designed to help consumers identify and promote energy-efficient products. These products include lamps and residential luminaires. Consumers recognize the ENERGY STAR label […]

Second Phase of Incandescent Energy Standards to Arrive in 2020 and Disrupt Household Lamp Market

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 established energy standards for 40-100W general-service incandescent lamps, which took effect 2012-2014 and contributed to a significant decline in incandescent A-lamp sales in recent years. U.S. manufacturers have complied despite Congressional appropriations bills specifically prohibiting the Department of Energy from enforcing the Act’s provisions (which only served […]

California Regulates Small Directional and Consumer LED Lamps

California has adopted new regulations for small-diameter directional lamps (often used in track lighting) and general-purpose LED lamps. The new regulations establish a baseline for performance quality while promoting energy efficiency. Compliant lamps are already available. California predicts consumers will reduces operating costs by $4 billion over the first 13 years after implementation, saving enough […]

DOE Decides Not to Regulate HID Lamps

On December 2, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy issued a decision that mandatory energy conservation standards for high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps are not technically feasible or economically justified. Furthermore, the DOE determined that higher energy conservation standards for HID lamps would not yield significant energy savings for the nation. Click here to read the […]

DOE Issues Energy Regulations for Ceiling Fan Light Kits

The Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register final rule pertaining to energy conservation standards for ceiling fan light kits. The effective date of this rule is March 7, 2016. Compliance with the amended standards is required on and after January 7, 2019. The amended energy standards are: DOE estimates average life-cycle cost […]

Congress Extends 179D Tax Deduction

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (“PATH” or “Act”), which was signed into law by President Obama on December 18, 2015, featured a number of tax provisions, including an extension of the Commercial Energy-Efficient Buildings Tax Deduction (Section 179D) by two years from December 31, 2014 to December 31, 2016. The text […]