As part of the Energy Department's efforts to develop efficiency standards that cut carbon pollution and save money by saving energy, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today announced that the Department has finalized new energy efficiency standards for metal halide lamp fixtures, which are used in lighting for big box stores and parking lots. Over 30 years, these standards will help reduce harmful carbon pollution by up to 28 million metric tons -- equivalent to the annual electricity use of 3.9 million homes -- and save consumers more than $1.1 billion on their energy bills. These standards support President Obama's call to cut energy waste, save families money on their utilities bills and help reduce pollution, as outlined in the State of the Union address this week.
"By working with industry and efficiency groups, we are developing appliance standards that are saving billions of dollars while helping to fight carbon pollution," said Secretary Moniz. "Building on President Obama's Climate Action Plan, the Energy Department continues to make good progress to help communities and businesses save on their utility bills and build a more sustainable energy future."
Under the Obama Administration, the Energy Department has finalized new efficiency standards for more than 30 household and commercial products, including dishwashers, refrigerators and water heaters, which are estimated to save consumers more than $400 billion and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 1.8 billion metric tons through 2030.
To build on this success, the Administration has set a new goal: Efficiency standards for appliances and federal buildings set in the first and second terms combined will reduce carbon pollution by at least 3 billion metric tons cumulatively by 2030 -- equivalent to nearly one-half of the carbon pollution from the entire U.S. energy sector for one year -- while continuing to cut families' energy bills.
Metal halide lamp fixtures include the ballast which starts and regulates the electrical current for these lighting systems. They are commonly used for parking lots and streets, flood lighting, athletic facilities, big-box stores and warehouses. On average, one metal halide lamp fixture consumes about 2,210 kilowatt hours of energy per year.
The efficiency standards established today will update the 2007 standards for metal halide lamp fixtures. These standards incorporate feedback from industry, consumer and environmental advocacy groups and other stakeholders and will go into effect three years after publication in the Federal Register.