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Eight New L Prize™ Partners to Bring 70% of U.S. Electric Customers to Future Winners

Apr 14, 2009

Department of Energy


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Washington, DC—April 14, 2009 – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced
it has added eight new partners agreeing to work cooperatively to promote the winners
of the Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize competition. The following energy efficiency
organizations and utilities each signed a Memorandum of Understanding with DOE:
Ameren Illinois Utilities, Long Island Power Authority, National Grid, New York State
Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Northeast Energy
Efficiency Partnerships, Platte River Power Authority, Progress Energy, and Puget
Sound Energy. The L Prize is the first government-sponsored technology competition
designed to spur lighting manufacturers to develop high quality, high-efficiency solidstate
lighting (LED) products to replace the common light bulb. The L Prize competition
aims to radically accelerate America’s shift from inefficient, dated lighting products to
innovative, high-performance products. Twenty-three partners with presence in twentynine
states from coast to coast are now on board to bring utility programs and other
incentives for winning L Prize products.

“With the addition of these regions, partners will bring a big plus to the L Prize
competition—the ability to reach more than 70% of U.S. electric customers,” stated Jim
Brodrick, SSL Program Manager for DOE. “When the first L Prize winner is named, this
most tested, high-performance solid-state replacement lamp will be welcomed in a
wide range of American markets, from the largest cities to Carolina beach towns and
the Rockies.” DOE’s goal is to drive quality and energy efficiency up while bringing the
cost of this technology down, leading to broader acceptance in the market.

The U.S. Department of Energy announced the competition to drastically reduce
energy consumption in May 2008 as a result of the Energy Independence and Security
Act of 2007, which directs DOE to establish the Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize (L
Prize) competition. The legislation challenges industry to develop replacement
technologies for today’s most widely used and inefficient products: 60W incandescent
lamps and PAR 38 halogen lamps, as well as development of a new “21st Century
Lamp”.

About the L Prize
The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 authorizes DOE to
establish the Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize competition. The legislation challenges
industry to develop replacement technologies for today’s most widely used and
inefficient products, 60W incandescent lamps and PAR 38 halogen lamps, as well as
development of a new “21st Century Lamp”. The EISA legislation establishes basic
requirements and prize amounts for each category. The legislation authorizes up to
$20 million in cash prizes; the exact amount of the cash prize for each category will be
determined based on DOE Congressional appropriations and supplemental
contributions from foundations and utilities. In addition, potential opportunities for future
federal purchasing agreements, utility programs, and other incentives for winning
products may far exceed the value of the cash prize. For more details on the L Prize
competition, visit www.lightingprize.org.

About DOE’s Solid-State Lighting Program
As the lead federal agency for solid-state lighting activities, the U.S. Department of
Energy has made a long-term commitment to accelerate the research, development,
and market introduction of solid-state lighting. DOE-funded R&D projects drive
breakthroughs in solid-state lighting efficiency and performance. DOE’s market
introduction strategies are closely aligned with research progress to help buyers
differentiate good products in good applications, and avoid early buyer dissatisfaction
and delay of market development. DOE CALiPER testing of commercially available
solid-state lighting products provides unbiased information on product performance.
DOE GATEWAY demonstrations showcase solid-state lighting products in real
commercial and residential installations. The DOE ENERGY STAR® criteria for solidstate
lighting products help buyers identify energy-saving products and make informed
decisions. The first ENERGY STAR-labeled solid-state lighting products arrived on the
market in early 2009. To learn more about DOE’s solid-state lighting program, visit
www.ssl.energy.gov

For more information, contact:

Diane Allard
(703) 536-7260
Diane@Akoyaonline.com



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