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The Regulatory Assistance Project, with support from the Energy Foundation, is offering this webinar at no charge to participants as part of a series of training courses on energy efficiency program design and implementation.

Moderator:     Chris Neme, Energy Futures Group

Instructors:    Glenn Reed, Energy Futures Group
Gabe Arnold, PE, LC, Optimal Energy

When:              November 1st, 1 pm Eastern Daylight Time

Length:            Approximately 2 hours

In 2007, Congress passed and the President signed into law the Energy Independence and Security Act that set new minimum efficiency standards for general service light bulbs used in both residential and commercial buildings. Similarly in 2009, the US Department of Energy passed new standards that will eliminate most of the least efficient types of linear fluorescent lamps typically used in commercial buildings. The impact of these standards – including their impact on electric ratepayer funded efficiency program portfolios – has been the subject of considerable debate. Much of the debate has been fueled by misinformation about what the standards require. This webinar is designed to inform regulators, advocates and others on the best current thinking regarding the implications of the lighting efficiency standards. Key topics to be addressed include:

  • What the federal lighting efficiency standards actually require;
  • How the lighting market will likely change in response to those requirements as well as other factors such as increasing phosphor prices;
  • What those changes suggest in the way of new “baseline efficiencies” and costs for lighting efficiency;
  • How the combination of standards and on-going evolution of lighting products and markets will change the mix of products sold over time;
  • How those changes in baselines, changes in the mix of products sold, and the introduction and evolution of new products (e.g. LEDs) will likely affect remaining efficiency savings potential in future lighting DSM programs – i.e. how large the remaining cost-effective lighting efficiency potential will be relative to historic program savings levels;
  • How leading program administrators are revising their lighting strategies in order to capture the substantial remaining efficiency potential; and
  • How those strategy/program changes will affect the costs of acquiring lighting savings in the future.