WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's
administration Monday laid out new efficiency standards for
lighting used in homes and businesses, hastening measures to
help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, an official said.
The new rules, which would take effect in 2012, come after
Obama urged the U.S. Department of Energy to move faster on
energy conservation standards for appliances.
The efficiency standards apply to fluorescent and
incandescent lamps, which represent 37 and 7 percent of
lighting energy use respectively, the official said.
The standards would save up to 594 million tons of carbon
dioxide emissions through 2042, the official said.
Electricity use by General Service Fluorescent Lamps (GSFL)
would decrease by 15 percent, while electricity use in
Incandescent Reflector Lamps (IRL) would drop by 25 percent.
Obama and Energy Secretary Steven Chu were also set to
announce the release of stimulus funds to be used in making new
and existing homes as well as commercial buildings more energy
(Reporting by Jeff Mason, Editing by Sandra Maler)
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