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Renaissance Lighting LED Downlights Win ENERGY STAR Certification

The Department of Energy has awarded the ENERGY STAR qualification to Renaissance Lighting Inc. on 11 of its newest all-white solid-state LED downlight fixtures. The ENERGY STAR qualification helps consumers identify the most energy efficient products on the market. ENERGY STAR qualification currently requires an LED recessed downlight fixture to deliver an efficacy of at [...]

Energy + Environment

NEMA’s LampRecycle.org Gets a Fresh Face

NEMA recently launched the re-designed LampRecycle.org site to better provide a one-stop source of information about recycling mercury-containing lamps. One of the new features allows visitors to find CFL drop-off locations near them with the help of Earth911.com. Mercury-containing lamps can be recognized by the Hg symbol on the lamp—the universally recognized elemental symbol for [...]

Energy + Environment, LED + SSL

150 Red Robin Restaurants Replace 12,000 Incandescent/Halogen Lamps with GE LED Lamps

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc., has replaced approximately 12,000 standard incandescent and halogen lights in more than 150 Red Robin restaurant locations in the U.S. with new 7W GE LED PAR 20 floodlights and spotlights in general downlighting applications. The LED lamps, which emit 200 lumens, are expected to reduce energy consumption by 77% while [...]

Energy + Environment, Lighting Industry

Philips Lightolier Launches Lighting Audit and Upgrade Program

Philips recently announced a commercial energy audit and lighting upgrade program aimed at replacing inefficient lighting systems currently found in 85% of existing buildings. A key element to the program, being led by the Philips Lightolier Energy Services Group, is a guarantee that the energy audit will deliver measurable energy cost reduction, defined projected return [...]

Energy + Environment

ASHRAE Meeting Highlights Existing Buildings

The need to improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings was highlighted at the ASHRAE 2009 Annual Conference held in Louisville. At the meeting, ASHRAE launched the prototype of its Building Energy Quotient building energy labeling program, introduced a year-long focus on existing buildings and kicked off the Society’s most highly anticipated certification program to-date, [...]

Energy + Environment

Report: Green Design and Energy Efficiency Can Save U.S. Economy $1.2 Trillion

Businesses and people can make simple changes that could generate a 23% drop in energy consumption by 2020, save the economy $1.2 trillion and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1.1 gigatons annually, according to a new study by McKinsey & Company. McKinsey & Company’s 165-page report, “Unlocking Energy Efficiency in the U.S. Economy,” is available [...]

Energy + Environment

CEC: Net Zero Energy Homes by 2020

According to this article by Reuters, the California Public Utilities Commission has set a goal of having all new homes use zero net energy by 2020.

Energy + Environment

Average Commercial kWh Rate at $0.1007 in March

According to the latest Department of Energy figures, the U.S. average commercial cost per kWh of electric energy to commercial end-users was 10.7 cents as of March 2009, up 4.7% from the same period in 2008. Get the latest energy data by state, region and end-user market here.

Education + Resources, Energy + Environment

California Energy Commission Offers 3% Loans for Energy Efficiency Projects

Up to $24 million in loan funds from the California Energy Commission are available at a new low 3% interest rate for energy cost saving projects on a first-come, first-served basis. (The new rate applies to loans made on or after July 9, 2009, and ends when a new notice is issued; it cannot be [...]

Codes + Standards, Energy + Environment

New Energy Bill Would Require 30% Reduction Over Today’s Baseline Energy Codes

The passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES 2009) has been highly publicized for its Cap and Trade Program, but there’s another provision that is of significant interest to the lighting community: the requirement that national building energy codes for residential and commercial buildings [...]

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