US Department of Energy

Private Companies, Local Government, and Utilities to Work with Energy Department to Upgrade Interior Lighting

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Source: US Department of Energy

The Energy Department today announced over 65 organizations are participating in the Better Building Alliance's Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC) and committing to drive greater energy efficiency through new interior lighting technologies. The goal for the first year is for partners to install 100,000 high-efficiency troffers, or fluorescent lighting fixtures. As partners upgrade these overhead fixtures, they will share their successful strategies and solutions with others. Upgrading 100,000 fixtures can reduce energy use by 5 million kilowatt-hours, cut greenhouse gas emissions by 3,000 metric tons of carbon and save $500,000 in electricity bills annually.

Lighting in the commercial sector accounts for 20% of total building energy use and troffer lighting makes up half of all fluorescent lighting fixtures and consumes nearly 96 billion kilowatt-hours annually, or enough electricity to power 9 million homes annually. If the United States upgraded all troffer fixtures to meet the performance requirements defined in the ILC, the U.S. could save over $2 billion annually in electricity costs. ILC partners interested in pursuing greater energy savings will be encouraged to adopt the Better Building Buildings Alliance's High Efficiency Performance Troffer Specification. Meeting this specification could help partners save as much as 60% per troffer and up to 75% with controls. By replacing all troffers nationwide with technologies meeting this specification, the United States could save $4 billion annually in energy costs.

ILC is organized with support from the Building Owners and Managers Association International, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, and the International Facility Management Association. By working with these trade associations, the Energy Department reaches key stakeholders, and establishes opportunities to provide technical assistance and exchange guidance and best practices.

The following organizations are committed to upgrading to high efficiency troffer lighting solutions and strategies that can be shared with others. The utilities, energy efficiency groups, and manufacturers that have joined will also feature products and services and encourage their customers to join the campaign.

Participants:

  • City of Gillette
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Kohl's Department Stores
  • Macy's
  • City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Target
  • U.S. Army Reserves 63rd Regional Support Command
  • U.S. General Services Administration
  • Vandenberg Air Force Base
  • Yamaha Motor Corporation

Supporters:

  • Acuity Brands Lighting
  • Alphalite, Inc
  • BlueRock Energy Services
  • Cape Light Compact
  • CLEAResult
  • Columbia Lighting Inc.
  • ComEd
  • DECO Lighting
  • DiVi Energy
  • E Source
  • Eco Revolution
  • EDF Climate Corps
  • Efficiency Vermont
  • Encentiv Energy
  • Energy Solutions
  • EvoEnergies
  • Focus on Energy
  • Franklin Energy Services
  • Georgia Power
  • Gorgeous Lighting Co.,Ltd.
  • Hawaii Energy
  • Innovative Energy Solutions Corp.
  • Joule Energy
  • Kaw Southwind Energy, LLC
  • KGP Design
  • Krypton Lighting LLC
  • LED Energy Systems
  • Light / Process / Design
  • LightEdison
  • Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA)
  • NetZero USA for Industry
  • New Buildings Institute
  • Noribachi
  • Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Inc. (NEEP)
  • Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA)
  • Okapi Architecture
  • Orion Lighting Solutions
  • OSRAM SYLVANIA
  • Pacific Gas & Electric, Co.
  • Pepco
  • Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)
  • REVCO Lighting + Electrical Supply
  • Rockwell Financial Group
  • RTK Energy, LLC
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
  • Smart City Infrastructure
  • Southern California Edison
  • Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP)
  • Southwestern Electric Power Company
  • Summit Systems Inc.
  • Teslights LLC
  • The DesignLights Consortium
  • The University Finance Foundation (TUFF)
  • Vansant & Gusler, Inc
  • Wilco Electric Inc.
  • Wyndsor Lighting, LLC.

Learn more about Better Buildings Alliance technology campaigns. The Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign focuses on high efficiency outdoor parking lighting solutions. The Advanced Roof-top Unit Campaign supports building owners in the replacement or retrofit of the nation's aging heating and cooling technologies installed on many U.S. commercial building rooftops.

As a cornerstone of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, Better Buildings aims to make commercial, public, industrial, and residential buildings 20% more energy efficient over the next decade. This means saving billions of dollars on energy bills, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and creating thousands of jobs. Through Better Buildings, public and private sector organizations across the country are working together to share and replicate positive gains in energy efficiency and catalyze change and investment in energy efficiency. Read more about Better Buildings partner results and the innovative solutions being shared with others in the Better Buildings Solution Center.

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