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Efficiency Replaces Conservation as the Goal of Energy Saving Policies

[International Herald Tribune] On Oct. 12, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California signed a bill requiring state regulators to set energy consumption standards for light bulbs by the end of next year. Once applied, their goal will be to cut energy use by 50 percent for household bulbs and 25 percent for other bulbs within 10 years.”  The California bill followed a move backed by European Union leaders in March to phase out the domestic use of common incandescent light bulbs in the EU within two years, and a similar Australian plan announced in February requiring a switch to low-energy, longer-lasting compact fluorescent bulbs.