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Federal Judge Allows California’s Updated Light Bulb Efficiency Standards to Stand

Jan. 8, 2020
Ruling allows state to adopt more stringent energy efficiency regulations

According to a recent report from the Associated Press featured in the Star Tribune, U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller of Sacramento, Calif., recently rejected a petition from both the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the American Lighting Association (ALA) to temporarily block new minimum efficiency standards for light bulbs that were adopted in November 2019 by the California Energy Commission.

The judge maintains that state regulators “acted properly under exemptions that gave special privileges to California and Nevada to adopt tougher regulations more quickly than the U.S. Department of Energy.”

For more details on this story, including how the new efficiency standards came about, background on the association’s lawsuit, and how the new regulation will affect light bulbs in the state, read the original report.  

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