FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 28, 2019
Caryn Potter, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP)
(Carson City, NV) – Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed AB54 into law, a bill that assures the Silver State maintains a high standard of energy efficiency for lamps sold in Nevada, receiving praise from the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) for leadership on this issue.
“AB54, which originally passed out of the Assembly Growth and Infrastructure Committee, is an important law that will ensure consumers in Nevada obtain energy-efficient lamps and thereby save money on their power bills,” noted Dr. Howard Geller, SWEEP’s Executive Director. “We commend the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy for introducing this bill and joining several other states that are also fighting for energy efficient lighting, consumer savings, and environmental protection.”
AB54, as introduced and amended by the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy (NGOE), assures a minimum level of 45 lumens per watt for general service lighting in Nevada. This would match the standard that the Federal Government put into place in 2017. Unfortunately, the Trump Administration has proposed rolling back parts of this standard. AB54 ensures that the full standard applies in Nevada, even if it is partially rolled back at the federal level.
“Governor Sisolak has again demonstrated Nevada’s leadership in implementing cost-effective ways to reduce carbon emissions with his signing AB54 into law,” said David Bobzien, Director of the NGOE. “This lighting efficiency standard will save consumers money while protecting Nevada’s environment.”
“Nevada joins several other states whose policies are a bright contrast to the counterproductive direction the federal government is going. The Trump Administration’s roll back of lighting efficiency standards, if it takes effect, will cost consumers across the country more than $12 billion dollars a year in wasted energy costs and a massive amount of unnecessary carbon and other pollution,” Bobzien added.