Rulemaking for High-Intensity Discharge Lamps Energy Conservation Standard

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High-intensity discharge (HID) lamps include mercury vapor (MV), metal halide (MH), and high-pressure sodium (HPS) lamps. The Department of Energy (DOE) is considering establishing energy conservation standards for certain HID lamps. This rulemaking is mandated by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA). (42 USC 6311-6317)

Recent Updates | Public Meeting Information | Submitting Public Comments | Milestones and Documents | Related Rulemakings | Statutory Authority | Contact Information

Recent Updates

DOE has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice to reopen public comment for high-intensity discharge lamps. (January 26, 2015). The comment period will close 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.

DOE published a Federal Register notice of proposed determination regarding energy conservation standards for high-intensity discharge lamps. 79 FR 62910 (October 21, 2014)

DOE published a notice of public meeting and availability of interim technical support document regarding energy conservation standards for high-intensity discharge lamps. 78 FR 13566 (February 28, 2013).

Public Meeting Information

A public meeting was held on April 2, 2013.

Submitting Public Comments

DOE has reopened the public comment period and will close 30 days after this notice publishes in the Federal Register

Milestones and Documents

The high-intensity discharge lamps energy conservation standards rulemaking docket EERE–2010–BT–STD–0043 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents. For the latest information on the planned timing of future DOE regulatory milestones, see the current Office of Management and Budget Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. All planned dates are preliminary and subject to change.

Interim Analysis
Notice of Proposed Determination

Final Rule

Related Rulemakings

Statutory Authority

The current rulemaking for energy conservation standards for high-intensity discharge lamps is mandated by Part A-1, the ‘‘Certain Industrial Equipment’’ of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended. (42 U.S.C. § 6311-6317) These appliances are all treated as covered equipment under Part A-1. (42 U.S.C. 6311(1))

The Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPACT 1992) amended the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA) by adding HID lamps as covered equipment and requiring DOE to:

  • Determine whether energy conservation standards for HID lamps would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would likely result in significant energy savings;
  • Prescribe testing requirements within 30 months for those HID lamps for which standards are justified; and
  • Prescribe energy conservation standards within 18 months of establishing testing requirements.

On July 1, 2010, DOE published a positive final determination regarding HID lamps. 75 FR 37975. On December 15, 2011, DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) for test procedures for HID lamps. 76 FR 77914.

Contact Information

For more information related to this rulemaking, please email: