UC Davis – The University of California, Davis, turns on a new Smart Lighting Initiative to slash the amount of electricity it uses to illuminate its buildings and grounds. UC Davis is the first large institution in California to act on a September state mandate to reduce lighting energy use by 60 percent or more by 2020.
California Energy Commission – A new federal law will start saving consumers money by improving the energy efficiency standard for incandescent light bulbs sold in California on or after January 1, 2011.
CLTC – Professor Michael Siminovitch is appointed the first Arthur H. Rosenfeld Chair in Energy Efficiency at the University of California Davis. Siminovitch was selected for his innovative work in the field of energy-efficient lighting.
UC Davis – It is not enough to be energy efficient; LED lighting also must be consistently high quality and reliable to win over consumers. Now, the CLTC is urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program to create similar criteria for LEDs on a national scale.
Last November, California voters passed Proposition 39, the California Clean Energy Jobs Act, ending a state tax break for multistate businesses and dedicating the anticipated revenue to energy efficiency projects and job creation in the clean energy sector. The Governor's office recently released 2013–2014 budget summary proposes to allocate all Prop 39 funds to K–12 schools and community colleges for efficiency upgrades and clean energy job training programs.
Lighting accounts for approximately 25 percent of California’s energy use, making energy-efficient lighting technologies a vital part of the state’s strategy for meeting its legislated climate goals. The Lighting Action Plan details the lighting portion of the California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan, a comprehensive roadmap outlining solutions for reducing California’s energy consumption.
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