The Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking comments on a proposed determination that energy conservation standards for general service incandescent lamps (GSILs) do not need to be amended. The Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 requires that DOE assess whether standards in effect for GSILs should be amended, and consequently DOE performed an assessment.
DOE first analyzed the technological feasibility of more efficient GSILs. For those GSILs for which DOE determined higher standards to be technologically feasible, DOE estimated energy savings that would result from potential energy conservation standards by conducting a national impacts analysis. DOE evaluated whether higher standards would be economically justified by conducting life-cycle cost and payback period analyses, and estimated the net present value of the total costs and benefits experienced by consumers. In addition to the consideration of these criteria, DOE conducted a manufacturer impact analyses.
Based on the results of these analyses, DOE has tentatively determined that current standards for GSILs do not need to be amended because more stringent standards are not economically justified.