Vermont Governor Signs Clean Lighting Bill
On May 19, 2022, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed H.500 into law, making Vermont the first state in the US to ban all four-foot linear fluorescent lamps. The bill will go into effect January 1, 2024, complemented by an existing law to phase out all screw-based compact linear fluorescents beginning February 17, 2023.
Taken together, these two policy actions will remove well over 90% of the fluorescent lighting products from the Vermont market by 1 January 2024, saving Vermont residents $167 million in reduced utility bills by 2040 by cutting 1,000 gigawatt hours of electricity.
Vermont stands as a leader in the US clean lighting transition. California and Rhode Island have produced similar bills that are awaiting approval. Learn more about efforts in California here.