Reminding us that 7% of energy use is from lighting, and that 40% of all energy use is from the buildings in which we live and work, the Obama administration issued new standards for efficiency in lighting used in commercial and residential buildings.
- $346 million in stimulus funds for development and deployment of more energy smart buildings -- and the technology and equipment to support them.
- $50 million for R&D to bring high-performance products to market more quickly.
- $100 million for Advanced Building Systems Research, to accelerate development of zero-net energy buildings.
- $53.5 for expanding and speeding formation of partnerships among organizations with large building portfolios.
- $72.5 million to expand Energy Star and for training on how to implement more energy efficient commercial building codes, and to adapt the DOE Appliance Standards to better address innovative technology.
- $70 million for municipalities, states and utilities to increase training and workforce handling efforts toward retrofitting of existing homes and construction of new, energy-saving homes.
Particularly exciting to me is the funding provided for research into solid-state lighting. Solid-state, or LED lighting, has shown the greatest promise in cutting energy use, but its adoption has been very slow due to the cost of LED bulbs. This will really help accelarate adoption of the technology.
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