Efficient Lamp Standards

The Department of Energy released January 30 a pre-publication version of its final rule strengthening efficiency standards for metal halide lamp fixtures. The proposed rule estimated that the nation would save between $950 million and $3.2 billion by 2046, but the final standard finds that the standard would save between $290 million and $1.1 billion.

$12 Million for Carbon Fiber

The Department of Energy announced February 3 up to $12 million to advance the production of cost-competitive, high-performance carbon fiber material from renewable non-food-based feedstocks including agricultural residues and woody biomass.

External Power Supply Efficiency Standards Released

The Department of Energy unveiled a final rule February 3 to increase the efficiency of external power supplies used for common household items like laptops and power tools. The standards, which would require compliance by spring 2016, are expected to save consumers between $1.9 billion and $3.9 billion by 2044 and reduce CO2 emissions by about 47 MT.

Bioenergy Workshop Forthcoming

The Department of Energy will host a Demonstration and Deployment Bioenergy Workshop March 12-13 at Argonne National Laboratory.