by Wendy Koch, Aceee
The Department of Energy’s plan, announced today, to rescind the expansion of energy efficiency standards for light bulbs would cost consumers billions of dollars and increase pollution that harms public health and the environment. The expansion, a rule published after a multi-year public process in January 2017, requires that a range of common, every-day light bulbs, including reflector, globe-shaped and candelabra, meet minimum efficiency standards, beginning in January 2020. Nearly three billion sockets in US homes contain these types of bulbs. Today’s LED light bulbs meet the upcoming standards, but incandescent bulbs do not.
In its rush to deregulate, the Trump administration is hurting consumers’ pocketbooks and public health. Based on an ASAP and ACEEE analysis published in an issue brief last summer, this rollback plan would impose a heavy burden: