Energy Efficiency: Gaining Traction or Spinning Its Wheels?
Congress, businesses, and consumers show an appetite for the proverbial low-hanging fruit.
Remember the Brouhaha Over the Light Bulb Efficiency Standard?
On December 19, 2007, the Energy Independence and Security Act [pdf] became law with bipartisan Congressional support and a stroke of President George W. Bush’s pen. The bill attempts to reduce energy consumption and enhance national security in the United States through a number of provisions including increasing fuel-economy standards, improving building codes, and increasing biofuel production.
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The law also mandates greater efficiency in household light bulbs, a measure already adopted by most other developed economies, including countries in the European Union [pdf],