Legislation + Regulation

Construction + Economy, Legislation + Regulation

$653 Million Of Infrastructure Funding Awarded To 41 Port Projects

  The US Department of Transportation awarded $653 million in grants on November 3rd to upgrade 41 water-based ports around the country. The funding is through the Port Infrastructure Development Program, which provides planning support, capital funding and project management assistance, and comes from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The projects will boost [...]

Energy + Environment, Legislation + Regulation

New USDA Program Can Pay 50% Of Rural Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Upgrades

  Rural Energy for America is a new program of the US Department of Agriculture. The program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses, for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. Agricultural producers may also apply for new energy efficient equipment and new system loans [...]

Legislation + Regulation

Effective Dates For 7 States Banning Fluorescent Lamps

  Colorado recently became the seventh state to ban nearly all fluorescent lamps. The other six states are: California, Hawaii, Maine, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The above chart shows the effective dates for each state’s phaseout of screw-based CFLs, as well as pin-based CFLs & linear fluorescent tubes. All of the fluorescent lamp bans [...]

Legislation + Regulation, Lighting Industry

US DOE Offers $8.5 Billion To States For Home Efficiency & Electrification

  The US Department of Energy has announced that US states and territories can apply for more than $8.5 Billion in funding for residential energy efficiency and electrification. The funding comes from a pair of programs in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Priority will go to homes that can save the most energy, with more [...]

Legislation + Regulation, Lighting Industry

US & EU Complete Incandescent & Halogen Lamp Phase Outs

  In 2007, Congress passed the Energy Independence & Security Act (EISA07). This law directed the US Department of Energy (DOE) to set regulations that initially phased out the incandescent lamps in popular 40W, 60W, 75W, and 100W wattages. They were largely replaced with halogen lamps that were somewhat more efficient, as well as some [...]

Codes + Standards, Legislation + Regulation

CA Utility Proposal Would Raise Grow Lighting Efficiency Requirements For 2025 Title 24

The current California energy code (Title 24 Nonresidential) requires luminaires or lamps that are used for plant growth to have a photosynthetic photon efficacy (PPE) of at least 1.9 micromoles per joule (µmol/J) for indoor grow facilities with more than 40 kW of horticultural lighting load. Luminaires or lamps used for plant growth in greenhouses [...]

Controls, Legislation + Regulation

Reese’s Law Impacts Lighting & Ceiling Fan Handheld Remotes

  On August 16, 2022, President Biden signed Reese’s Law (P.L. 117-171), which aims to protect children 6 years and younger from accidentally swallowing button cell and coin batteries. Reese’s law requires the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) to promulgate a safety standard for these batteries and consumer products containing these batteries. This law raises [...]

Legislation + Regulation

US DOE Proposes New Ceiling Fan Efficiency Standards

  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) and an announcement of a public meeting about DOE’s proposed new and amended standards for ceiling fans. Some important things to note: Standard and hugger ceiling fans with representative values of blade span >53” will likely have [...]

Construction + Economy, Legislation + Regulation

Electrification Impacts On Lighting, Part 1: Building & Energy Codes

  At LightFair, last week, I was part of a panel presenting the impacts of electrification on the lighting industry. I had the pleasure of co-presenting with Chris Brown and Peter Brown, two prominent thought leaders in the lighting industry. I’m going to share some of the key impacts on lighting in a series of [...]

Energy + Environment, Legislation + Regulation

Hawaii And Colorado Are About To Ban Fluorescent Lamps

Two more states are joining Vermont and California in banning fluorescent lamps. Hawaii’s legislature passed HB 192 / SB 690, and sent it to the Governor’s desk for signing, which is expected. The bill, once signed, will phase out mercury-containing lamps, such as fluorescent lamps. Colorado’s House Bill 23-1161, called Environmental Standards For Appliances, passed [...]

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