Last night, the House of Representatives failed to repeal the light bulb energy efficiency standards that were signed into law in 2007.
The BULB Act needed a 2/3rds majority to pass the House but only mustered 233 votes; 193 representatives voted against it.
With the new standards in place, every light bulb manufactured in 2012 and beyond will have to meet certain energy efficiency standards—in the first phase, new bulbs will have to be 25 to 30 percent more efficient through 2014. The new standards are estimated to save American consumers $12 billion a year, or roughly $100 per household annually.
Here’s what LCV President Gene Karpinski had to say about the failed repeal attempt:
We applaud those members of the U.S. House who voted to reject this hidden energy tax that would prevent consumers from saving money and strip profits from those manufacturers who have been producing energy saving light bulbs in accordance with the 2007 standards. Consumers want energy efficient products and manufacturers want to sell them. It’s time to let these efficiency standards go to work saving consumers money while spurring innovation, creating jobs and reducing pollution.