The United States Climate Alliance has urged Secretary Perry and the U.S. Department of Energy to withdraw a proposed rule that dramatically weakens energy efficiency standards for general service lamps, which account for a significant percentage of Americans’ total electricity consumed.
The current standards have saved residents in Alliance states hundreds of billions of dollars while reducing energy use and carbon pollution. Energy efficiency standards are a proven, cost-effective tool to help states uphold the goals of the Paris Agreement while saving consumers and businesses money on their energy bills. Today’s LED light bulbs are an American success story, made possible by common sense, bipartisan energy efficiency standards. Alliance states stand ready to take the steps necessary to protect the environmental and economic health of their residents.
Launched on June 1, 2017 by the governors of Washington, New York, and California to help fill the void left by the previous administration’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, the Alliance has grown to include governors from across the U.S. Governors in the Alliance have pledged to collectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025, at least 50-52% below 2005 levels by 2030, and collectively achieve overall net-zero greenhouse gas emissions as soon as practicable, and no later than 2050.
Alliance states and territories are achieving lower levels of air pollution, delivering more energy savings to homes and businesses, preparing more effectively for climate impacts, generating more electricity from zero-carbon sources, and collectively employing over 40% more workers in the clean energy sector than the rest of the country. For more information on Alliance members’ bipartisan, cross-sector climate action, see our Fact Sheet.