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Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007

Section 321 of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) establishes increased minimum energy efficiency standards for general service lamps. EISA does not ban incandescent light bulbs, but its minimum efficiency standards are high enough that the incandescent lamps most commonly used by consumers today will not meet the new requirements. Once implemented, the Act will essentially eliminate 40W, 60W, 75W, and 100W medium screw-base incandescent light bulbs.

This document provides an overview of the EISA provisions for general service lamps regarding:

  • The definition of a general service lamp
  • New minimum efficiency standards
  • The effective date for new standards
  • Exemptions


Definition of a General Service Lamp

General service lamps include:

  • General service incandescent lamps
  • Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs)
  • General service light-emitting diode (LED) or organic light emitting diode (OLED) lamps
  • Any other lamps that the Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE) determines are used to satisfy lighting applications traditionally serviced by general service incandescent lamps

In addition, general service lamps are:

  • Intended for general service applications
  • Medium screw-base lamps
  • Designed for a light output between 310 and 2600 lumens
  • Capable of operating at a voltage range at least partially within 110 and 130 volts


New Minimum Efficiency Standards

Rated Lumen Ranges Typical Current Lamp Wattage Maximum Rate Wattage Minimum Rated Lifetime Effective Date California Effective Date
1490-2600 100 72 1,000 hours 1/1/2012 1/1/2011
1050-1489 75 53 1,000 hours 1/1/2013 1/1/2012
750-1049 60 43 1,000 hours 1/1/2014 1/1/2013
310-749 40 29 1,000 hours 1/1/2014 1/1/2013

 

Effective Date for New Standards

The effective date for each phase listed above indicates the first date that non-compliant products are prohibited from being manufactured or imported into the United States. California will implement the standards one year before the rest of the country.

Exemptions

Twenty-two types of incandescent lamps are exempt from the new minimum efficiency standards defined by EISA. DOE will monitor sales of these exempted lamp types after the legislation is implemented. If DOE determines that any exempted lamp type doubles in sales, EISA requires DOE to establish an energy conservation standard for that lamp type. This provision will prohibit any exempted lamp type from taking market share from the general service lamps affected by the EISA efficiency standards listed in the chart above.

Exempted lamps:

  1. Appliance lamps
  2. Black light lamps
  3. Bug lamps
  4. Colored lamps
  5. Infrared lamps
  6. Left-hand thread lamps
  7. Marine lamps
  8. Marine’s signal service lamps
  9. Mine service lamps
  10. Plant light lamps
  11. Reflector lamps
  12. Rough service lamps
  13. Shatter-resistant lamps (including shatter-proof and shatter-protected)
  14. Sign service lamps
  15. Silver bowl lamps
  16. Showcase lamps
  17. 3-way incandescent lamps
  18. Traffic signal lamps
  19. Vibration service lamps
  20. G shape lamps with a diameter of 5” or more
  21. T shape lamps that use no more than 40W or are longer than 10”
  22. B, BA, CA, F, G16-1/2, G-25, G-30, M-14, or S lamps of 40W or less

Commercial Building Modernization Act

S.3591. COMMERCIAL BUILDING MODERNIZATION ACT

SUMMMARY – To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve and extend the deduction for new and existing energy-efficient commercial buildings, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; AMENDMENT OF 1986 CODE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.

(a) Short Title – This Act may be cited as the ‘Commercial Building Modernization Act’.

(b) Amendment of 1986 Code- Except as otherwise expressly provided, whenever in this Act an amendment or repeal is expressed in terms of an amendment to, or repeal of, a section or other provision, the reference shall be considered to be made to a section or other provision of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

SECTION 2. EXTENSION AND MODIFICATION OF DEDUCTION FOR ENERGY-EFFICIENT COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS.

(a) Extension-

    (1) THROUGH 2016- Subsection (h) of section 179D is amended by striking ‘December 31, 2013’ and inserting ‘December 31, 2016’.

    (2) INCLUSION OF MULTIFAMILY BUILDINGS-

        (A) IN GENERAL – Subparagraph (B) of section 179D(c)(1) is amended by striking ‘building’ and inserting ‘commercial building or multifamily building’.

        (B) DEFINITIONS – Subsection (c) of section 179D is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraphs:

(3) COMMERCIAL BUILDING – The term ‘commercial building’ means a building with a primary use or purpose other than as residential housing.

(4) MULTIFAMILY BUILDING – The term ‘multifamily building’ means a structure of 5 or more dwelling units with a primary use as residential housing, and includes such buildings owned and operated as a condominium, cooperative, or other common interest community.’.

    (3) INCLUSION OF PROPERTY LOCATED IN POSSESSIONS OR TERRITORIES- Clause (i) of section 179D(c)(1)(B) is amended by inserting ‘or any possession or territory thereof’ after ‘United States’.

(b) Increase in Maximum Amount of Deduction-

    (1) IN GENERAL- Subparagraph (A) of section 179D(b)(1) is amended by striking ‘$1.80’ and inserting ‘$3.00’.

    (2) PARTIAL ALLOWANCE- Paragraph (1) of section 179D(d) is amended to read as follows:

        (1) PARTIAL ALLOWANCE-

(A) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in subsection (f), if–

    (i) the requirement of subsection (c)(1)(D) is not met, but

    (ii) there is a certification in accordance with paragraph (6) that–

        (I) any system referred to in subsection (c)(1)(C) satisfies the energy-savings targets established by the Secretary under subparagraph (B) with respect to such system, or

        (II) the systems referred to in subsection (c)(1)(C)(ii) and subsection (c)(1)(C)(iii) together satisfy the energy-savings targets established by the Secretary under subparagraph (B) with respect to such systems,

then the requirement of subsection (c)(1)(D) shall be treated as met with respect to such system or systems, and the deduction under subsection (a) shall be allowed with respect to energy-efficient commercial building property installed as part of such system and as part of a plan to meet such targets, except that subsection (b) shall be applied to such property described in clause (ii)(I) by substituting ‘$1.00’ for ‘$3.00’ and to such property described in clause (ii)(II) by substituting ‘$2.20’ for ‘$3.00’.

(B) REGULATIONS-

    (i) IN GENERAL- The Secretary, after consultation with the Secretary of Energy, shall promulgate regulations establishing a target for each system described in subsection (c)(1)(C) which, if such targets were met for all such systems, the property would meet the requirements of subsection (c)(1)(D).

    (ii) SAFE HARBOR FOR COMBINED SYSTEMS- The Secretary, after consultation with the Secretary of Energy, and not later than 6 months after the date of the enactment of the Commercial Building Modernization Act, shall promulgate regulations regarding combined envelope and mechanical system performance that detail appropriate components, efficiency levels, or other relevant information for the systems referred to in subsection (c)(1)(C)(iii) and subsection (c)(1)(C)(iv) together to be deemed to have achieved two-thirds of the requirements of subsection (c)(1)(D).

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The Buy American Act and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)

The Buy American Act and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which President Obama signed into effect in February 2009, is intended to create and save jobs, jump start the U.S. economy and build the foundation for long-term economic growth.

Buy American provisions are incorporated within ARRA. The BAA section of ARRA basically states:

For contracts valued at $7,443,000 or more, every item that a construction contractor brings to the construction site to incorporate into the final building must either be manufactured or substantially transformed in the U.S. or one of the Recovery Act designated countries.

The Buy American Act (BAA) requires that all the supplies and materials, including construction materials, purchased for the U.S. government using U.S. government money, be manufactured in the U.S. Besides select exceptions, the BAA includes all projects funded using U.S. government oney. In other words: If you are being paid for products in part through money that came from the U.S. government, the BAA applies to you.

For a product to qualify under BAA, the product must be: (1) manufactured in the U.S., and (2) at least 50% of the cost of all its components must be from domestic sources. Unless the product complies with the two requirements above, the U.S. government cannot purchase the product; however, there are a few exceptions.

NAFTA and other U.S. free trade agreements that fall under the Trade Agreements Act (TAA) override BAA. According to the TAA, the government can purchase supplies that have been substantially transformed in certain countries, as well as items that are either manufactured or substantially transformed in the U.S.

Engineered Products Company (EPCO) is fully committed to supporting the country through the BAA and the ARRA, and we stand behind these initiatives with our many U.S. – manufactured products. A large percentage of EPCO products are compliant to BAA, we strive to help our customers meet their objectives of properly fulfilling the requirements of these Acts for projects that call for compliance. For more than 37 years, EPCO has produced quality, _________________________________ products in the U.S., and we are proud to enable our customers to do their part for America.

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