Consumer Groups Submit Comments Urging DOE to Withdraw Ill-Conceived Rollback of GSL Lighting Standards

The Consumer Federation of America and National Consumer Law Center called on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to immediately abandon its proposal to roll back the lighting efficiency standards adopted in January 2017 that would apply, starting January 1, 2020, to a wide range of bulbs not previously covered by any standards. The groups indicated that the Trump Administration’s rollback of the requirements for numerous light bulb types, such as three-way, globe shaped and various decorative lights, would cost consumers $14 billion dollars cumulatively or $115 annually per household by 2025.  They stated that meeting the “General Service Lighting” (GSL) standard of 45 lumens per watt for these types of bulbs, by January 1, 2020 is critically important because lighting comprises about 10% of a household’s electricity bill.