Congress May Soon Vote on Repeal of Lightbulb Efficiency Standards

Jul 7, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
Congress could hold a vote to repeal lightbulb energy efficiency standards as soon as next week.

Republicans hope a floor vote can be held next week on recently proposed legislation to repeal a 2007 light bulb efficiency law, according to The Hill newspaper.

The bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, was introduced on July 6. It would eliminate a 2007 measure requiring incandescent light bulbs to be 30 percent more energy efficient by next year. Opponents of the law have said it gives an unfair market advantage to companies that make light-emitting diode (LED) and compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, a Republican from Michigan, supports Barton's bill even though he was an advocate for the 2007 law, The Hill reports. Upton told the news source he now believes the 2007 law has limited consumer choice when it comes to picking lightbulbs, and he thinks Congress should not try to prompt technological innovations markets aren't demanding.

In a recent survey of electric company executives and managers, more than 70 percent of respondents said consumers can expect to see significantly more expensive electric bills in the next five years, due to rises in energy prices. Survey respondents said the United States needs a national energy policy to drive technological innovation.