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DOE Issues Recovery Act Buy American Waiver for CFLs



Waivers from the Buy American requirements for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009-funded projects for several lighting products have been issued by the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).


Waivers from the Buy American requirements for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009-funded projects for several lighting products have been issued by the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).

According to NEMA, EERE determined that CFLs covered by the waiver are “non-available” for the purposes of the Buy American requirements, which means they not made in sufficient quantity in the U.S. to meet demand.

The EERE waiver includes screw-base and pin-base compact fluorescent lamps (with the exception of pin-based CFLs longer than 10 inches). The waiver excludes the plug-in CFLs longer than 10 inches since these products are made in the U.S.

The effect of the waiver is to allow all screw-base and all pin-base CFLs shorter than 10 inches made outside the U.S. (e.g. in China) to be used in EERE Recovery Act projects, including lighting retrofit projects under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, says NEMA.


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