Industry Lawsuit Challenges Energy Department Regulations

Reproduced with permission from Energy and Climate Report, 73 ECR (Apr. 18, 2017).
Copyright 2017 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033)

By Carolyn Whetzel, BNA

(BNA) — Attorneys general in six states and the District of Columbia want to fight an industry lawsuit challenging federal energy efficiency rules for light bulbs.

The regulations, which redefined lamp categories to ensure strict energy efficiency standards apply to incandescent light bulbs and other inefficient lighting technologies, are being challenged in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit as unlawful by National Electrical Manufacturers Association (Nat’l Elec. Mfrs. Assn. v. U.S. Dept. of Energy, 4th Cir., No. 17-01341, motion filed 4/17/17). The industry group argued the Energy Department overstepped its authority in adopting the rules.

“These simple light bulb rules have an outsized impact. Consumers save billions of dollars on their electric bills and we eliminate millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement.

The rules are expected to save approximately 27 quadrillion BTUs (quads) of energy cumulatively over 30 years, saving consumers $120 billion and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 1,400 million metric tons, Becerra’s office said.


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