Description: Challenge to the U.S. Department of Energy's withdrawal of a final rule adopted in January 2017 expanding the types of lightbulbs subject to backstop energy conservation standards set to take effect in 2020.
Natural Resources Defense Council v. U.S. Department of Energy
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 11/04/2019 Petition for Review Download Petition for review filed. Lawsuits Challenged Rule that Excluded Certain Lightbulbs from Scope of Energy Efficiency Standards . Two petitions for review were filed in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to challenge the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) withdrawal of a final rule adopted in January 2017 that expanded the types of lightbulbs subject to backstop energy conservation standards that would take effect on January 1, 2020. DOE said the 2017 rule included certain “general service incandescent lamps” as “general service lamps” (the category of lightbulbs subject to the backstop standard) in a manner that was not consistent with the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 as amended by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The first petition was filed by 15 states, New York City, and the District of Columbia. The second petition was filed by six organizations that included environmental, consumer, and public housing tenant groups.