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Residential Lighting
Updates and News
With the market update of light emitting diodes (LEDs) and the implementation of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), we have observed significant changes in the residential lighting market. More changes are still to come with the potential update of EISA 2020. In 2014, BPA launched an effort in collaboration with Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) and northwest utilities to capture full category market data on lighting to be better positioned to track consumer response to all lighting technology (incandescent, halogen, compact fluorescent and LED). This effort continues today.
The Unit Energy Savings (UES) for lighting measures will continue to evolve; expect to see these measures reviewed at the Regional Technical Forum (RTF) annually. Full-category lighting data (both efficient and inefficient) will enable the northwest to maintain savings and track program impact longer and more effectively.
Have you seen the Residential Lighting Market Characterization Study (May 2017) on the Momentum Savings web page?
The lighting market is undergoing a rapid transformation. The lighting market study will help the region capture and benefit from the non-residential lighting non-programmatic savings. It will also provide valuable information on LED adoption that will allow program managers and planners to best utilize the strong LED market momentum in their programs. More details here.
The Benefits of Energy-Efficient Lighting
Efficient lighting options like LEDs use about 75 percent less energy than an incandescent bulb. In addition, LEDs produce much less heat, so they are safer to operate and last at least six times longer.
How BPA Supports Efficient Lighting
BPA is a key player in the region, developing and maintaining energy-efficiency measures that meet total resource cost effectiveness. BPA works with the Regional Technical Forum to ensure that lighting savings has the most accurate inputs and is appropriately assessing the impacts of the EISA.
In addition, BPA provides regional coordination of the promotion Simple Steps, Smart Savingsā„¢ in collaboration with northwest public- and investor-owned utilities. 
The Simple Steps, Smart Savings program, currently implemented by CLEAResult, provides regional coordination for retail promotion of LEDs, lighting fixtures, appliances, showerheads, thermostatic shut-off valves (TSVs), and advanced power strips. The program also includes delivery options for direct install, direct mail and bulk purchase to assist northwest utilities with program delivery.
Utilities may participate by either signing a contract directly with CLEAResult or by allocating Energy Conservation Agreement (ECA) funds to the program through BPA. Take the first step: Contact Rina Brule at (503) 688-1567 to determine your sales projections, and receive additional details about Simple Steps, Smart Savings.   
Please note: BPA does not provide incentives directly to homeowners. Please contact your local utility for details.
Program Tools and Resources

BPA Implementation Manual: For specifications, documentation requirements and current BPA payment levels.
Interim Deemed Measure List: For current savings and payments for all measures.  
Simple Steps, Smart Savings partner site for utilities and industry partners
Simple Steps, Smart Savings Lighting and Showerheads Program Design Workshop
For more information please contact Dave Murphy, program manager, at or (503) 230-3542.