EPA and DOE name Energy Star Partners of the Year and Excellence award honoree

April 28, 2014
The US EPA and DOE recognized Philips Lighting, MaxLite, and Good Earth Lighting as Energy Star Partners of the Year, while Cree was recognized with the Energy Star Award for Excellence. The awards acknowledge exceptional contributions to sustainability and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Each year, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Energy (DOE) recognize organizations within the 16,000 participants in the Energy Star certification program for their outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through superior energy efficiency. In 2013, Philips Lighting, MaxLite, and Good Earth Lighting received the Energy Star Partner of the Year Award for strategically and comprehensively managing their energy use. Cree received the Energy Star Award for Excellence for its commitment to introducing Energy Star certified LED bulbs at an accessible price point for consumers.

The EPA and the DOE are honoring 127 organizations for their commitment to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. Philips was presented with the Energy Star Partner of the Year Award for the second year in a row. Philips Lighting introduced 374 Energy Star certified products in 2013, up 40% from 2012.

"Philips has a proven track record in making quality LED lighting more affordable for consumers and the Energy Star program is a crucial part of our efforts," said Bruno Biasiotta, president and CEO of Philips Lighting Americas.

With Energy Star rebates, the SlimStyle 60W equivalent bulb is now available for a net price of $2-$9.

Philips also announced that its SlimStyle lamp has achieved Energy Star certification. This unique, flattened bulb uses mid-power LEDs to eliminate the cumbersome heat sink associated with the use of high-power LEDs. Certification makes it eligible for instant rebates that will bring the cost down from the market price of $8.97 at Home Depot to as low as $1.97 in the state of Maine. The bulb is estimated to cost one dollar a year to operate over its lifetime (rated for 25,000 hr). For a full listing of programs and rebates by state, visit http://www.usa.lighting.philips.com/lightcommunity/trends/utility_rebates/map.wpd.

In 2013, MaxLite introduced the first GU24-based A19 lamp on the Energy Star Certified Subcomponent Database (CSD), substantially reducing the cost and time needed for Energy Star testing for light fixture manufacturers. MaxLite also partners with Habitat for Humanity to bring Energy Star certified products and messaging to low income households through donations.

Good Earth Lighting produces energy-efficient lighting including fluorescent and LED fixtures. In 2013, Energy Star certified lighting represented 67% of Good Earth Lighting’s total sales. Adding the first linear lamp and ballast combination on Energy Star’s CSD enabled Good Earth Lighting and others to certify linear wrap lights.

Cree introduced 95 Energy Star certified products in 2013, up 80% from its 2012 level. Cree was recognized by the EPA and DOE for making Energy Star certified bulbs more accessible to the mass market through attractive pricing.