News : Rockingham Electric prepares for 2012 lighting laws with green push

Mar 30, 2011

By Jim Cavan

From The Portsmouth Herald

NEWINGTON — On Jan. 1, the U.S. Department of Energy will begin rolling out a series of regulations to curb the use of traditional incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs in lieu of more efficient alternatives.

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 broadened the 2005 Energy Policy Act's efforts to create a comprehensive energy strategy for the 21st century. Starting Jan. 1, production of 100-watt light bulbs — standard in most American homes — will not be permitted. Instead, incandescent bulbs, which emit an average of 1,550 lumens, must use less than 72 watts to achieve the same radiance. The result is a threshold whereby all light bulbs must be at least 30 percent more efficient than current standards require.... read the full story in the Herald by clicking here!