The State & Environmental Impact Center

Seven AGs Filed Motion to Intervene in Litigation Over DOE Lightbulb Efficiency Standards

April 18, 2017
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of seven attorneys general in filing a motion to intervene “in order to defend energy saving light bulb regulations. In March, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) filed a lawsuit against [the Energy Department] challenging energy efficiency regulations for lamps (light bulbs)... The challenged regulations broaden the definition of a category of lamp that is subject to stringent energy standards so that it now includes incandescent light bulbs as well as other historically inefficient lighting technologies. The lamp regulations were finalized in January 2017 and would result in substantial reductions in energy usage and the associated emissions, as well as increased cost savings for consumers.”