13 Jun '11, 12pm

Obama Shines Light on Job-Creating Efficiency Standards

President Obama is scheduled to visit today the Cree high-efficiency lighting manufacturing plant in Durham North, Carolina. Cree is a leading manufacturer of light emitting diode (LED) lights, which are 75 percent more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs and last up to 25 years. Cree is a poster child for the benefits of the federal energy efficiency standards for light bulbs. The standards were enacted by Congress in 2007 with bipartisan support and signed by President George W. Bush. These standards are creating new markets for high efficiency bulbs such as the LEDs made by Cree, as well as new advanced incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Cree recently opened a new LED manufacturing line in Durham and has hired over 700 people there since 2009. The light bulb efficiency standards enacted in 2007 require new bulbs to use 25-30 percent less ...

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