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L Prize™ Competition Adds Nine New Partners from Coast to Coast

Dec 16, 2008

Department of Energy


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Washington, DC—December 16, 2008 – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
announced it has added nine 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: DTE Energy, Sierra Pacific Power (now doing businesses as NV Energy),
Eugene Water and Electric Board, Seattle City Light, Energy Trust of Oregon, Midwest
Energy Efficiency Alliance, NSTAR Electric, Commonwealth Edison Company, and
Cape Light Compact. The L Prize is the first government-sponsored technology
competition designed to spur lighting manufacturers to develop high quality, highefficiency
solid-state 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. Sixteen partners from coast
to coast are now on board to bring utility programs and other incentives for winning L
Prize products.

“In just three months, the number of L Prize partners has more than doubled, bringing
ready-made markets from California to Cape Cod for the rapid adoption of highperformance
solid-state lighting products,” stated Jim Brodrick, SSL Program Manager
for DOE. “This increases the number of potential fast track customers to more than
100 million, and sends a strong signal to U.S. manufacturers of high quality solid-state
lighting products that the L Prize winners will be welcomed in large American markets,
from LA to Seattle to Chicago to Boston.” 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. DOE will contribute up to $1 million to the
cash prize purse, subject to enactment of the FY 2009 appropriation. 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 are expected
on the market in late 2008. To learn more about DOE’s solid-state lighting program,
visit www.netl.doe.gov/ssl.

For more information, contact:
Diane Allard
(703) 536-7260
Diane@Akoyaonline.com



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