30 Jun 2009 04:06:05
Energy efficient lighting schemes announced for US
The US government has launched a series of energy efficiency measures designed to save consumers and businesses money while also reducing their electricity consumption.
Building on the proposals outlined in the American Clean Energy and Security act, which was approved by the House of Representatives this week, president Barack Obama said that new schemes make economic as well as environmental sense.
Among the announced initiatives were planned changes to standards on domestic and commercial lighting, which could help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 594 million tonnes between 2012 and 2042.
In the same time period, it is estimated that energy efficient lighting solutions could save enough electricity to power every home in the US for ten months and remove the need for 14 500MW coal-fired power stations.
"One of the fastest, easiest, and cheapest ways to make our economy stronger and cleaner is to make our economy more energy efficient," the president said.
"By bringing more energy efficient technologies to American homes and businesses, we won't just significantly reduce our energy demand; we'll put more money back in the pockets of hardworking Americans."
The government also intends to invest $346 million in accelerating the development of greener building solutions, including $50 million for the research and development of highly efficient solid-state lighting.http://www.energy.gov/news2009/7550.htm