DOE Responds to EPA Issuance of Solid State Lighting Criteria

June 17, 2008

On June 2, 2008, the EPA issued a modification to its ENERGY STAR Light Fixture criteria that has generated a great deal of discussion within the lighting industry and energy efficiency stakeholders. Much of this discussion stems from confusion relating to the compatibility of the EPA criteria versus the previously announced DOE solid state lighting criteria, which will take effect on September 30, 2008. Today, David Rodgers, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy issued the following statement:

"DOE is aware of the confusion created by EPA's release of the amended criteria. Efforts to resolve this confusion are on-going - in the meantime, the September 2007 guidance stands as the valid guidance for SSL."

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