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DOE/EE RIN: 1904-AD09 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Energy Conservation Standards for General Service Lamps 

Amendments to Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 direct DOE to conduct two rulemaking cycles to evaluate energy conservation standards for GSLs, the first of which must be initiated no later than January 1, 2014 (42 U.S.C. 6295(i)(6)(A)-(B)).  EPCA specifically states that the scope of the rulemaking is not limited to incandescent lamp technologies. EPCA also states that DOE must consider in the first rulemaking cycle the minimum backstop requirement of 45 lumens per watt for general service lamps (GSLs) effective January 1, 2020. This rulemaking constitutes DOE's first rulemaking cycle.

Agency: Department of Energy(DOE)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: Private Sector 
CFR Citation: 10 CFR 429    10 CFR 430   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6295(i)(6)(A) and (B)   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory    01/01/2017 

Statement of Need:

DOE is directed under EPCA to establish standards for GSL’s, and that DOE complete the rulemaking by January 1, 2017.

Summary of the Legal Basis:

Amendments to EPCA in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) directed DOE to conduct two rulemaking cycles to evaluate energy conservation standards got GSL’s (42 U.S.C. 6295(i)(6)(A)-(B)).  Furthermore, pursuant to EPCA, any new or amended energy conservation standard that the Department of Energy (DOE) prescribes for certain products, such as general service lamps, shall be designed to achieve the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that is technologically feasible and economically justified (42 U.S.C. 6295(o)(2)(A)) and result in a significant conservation of energy (42 U.S.C. 6295(o)(3)(B)).


The statute requires DOE to conduct rulemakings to review standards and to revise standards to achieve the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that the Secretary determines is technologically feasible and economically justified.  In making this determination, DOE conducts a thorough analysis of the alternative standard levels, including the existing standard, based on the criteria specified in the statute.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

DOE finds that the benefits to the Nation of the proposed energy standards for General Service Lamps outweigh the burdens.  DOE estimates that energy savings will be .85 quads over 30 years and the net benefit to the Nation will be between $4.4 billion and $9.1 billion.


Action Date FR Cite
Framework Document Availability; Notice of Public Meeting  12/09/2013  78 FR 73737   
Framework Document Comment Period End  01/23/2014 
Framework Document Comment Period Extended  01/23/2014  79 FR 3742   
Framework Document Comment Period Extended End  02/07/2014 
Preliminary Analysis; Notice of Public Meeting  12/11/2014  79 FR 73503   
Preliminary Analysis Comment Period End  02/09/2015 
Preliminary Analysis Comment Period Extended  01/30/2015  80 FR 5052   
Preliminary Analysis Comment Period Extended End  02/23/2015 
Notice of Public Meeting; Webinar  03/15/2016  81 FR 13763   
NPRM  03/17/2016  81 FR 14528   
NPRM Comment Period End  05/16/2016 
Notice of Public Meeting; Webinar  10/05/2016  81 FR 69009   
Proposed Definition and Data Availability  10/18/2016  81 FR 71794   
Proposed Definition and Data Availability Comment Period End  11/08/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:!docketDetail;D=EERE-2013-BT-STD-0051  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Lucy deButts
Buildings Technologies Office, EE-5B
Department of Energy
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
1000 Independence Avenue SW.,
Washington, DC 20585
Phone:202 287-1604