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Energy Agency Seeks to Roll Back Lightbulb Efficiency Standards

Feb. 6, 2019, 10:32 PM

The Energy Department proposed to cut by nearly half the number of lightbulbs that would be subject to energy efficiency standards.

Efficiency groups and environmentalists said the move would cost consumers billions in lost energy savings and would reduce the number of lightbulbs that would have to be more energy efficient from 6 billion to approximately 3 billion.

The Feb. 6 proposed rule seeks to withdraw two final rules the Obama administration issued on Jan. 19, 2017, that added certain categories of incandescent lightbulbs to the definitions of general service lamp and general incandescent service lamp. Those lamps would...

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