LED Policy Shout-Out

I did my usual fruitless shout-outs at an Energy Trust Roundtable meeting on 2/21/2012. Later that day, I posted this message:

Message sent 2/21/2012, to Casey Maharg <casey.maharg@csgrp.com>

Hello Casey,

I asked that contractor-direct weatherization kits include LED plate lights to replace every attic can light.

I talk about this on my blog, several posts, including this:

Tom Beverly promised that requests will get answers. I await yours. It is absurd that any­one would baffle over a can light. Get rid of it, at much lower cost and with inefficiency resolved.

Let's train electricians to do the delivery in this, with nice incentives.

The involved Roundtable meeting notes are at the ETO web site.

The meeting content I addressed was summarized thus:

Trade ally direct install is a trade ally service enhancement tool. There are instant savings mea­sures when $80 in products at no cost to the customer is installed. The installation fee is paid directly to the trade ally. The products include CFLs, shower heads and faucet  aerators.

For more information, contact Casey Maharg at casey.maharg@csgrp.com

My remarks were not remembered.

Response from Casey Maharg, received 2/22/2012:


 I will get into it and get back to you with a comprehensive answer.

Response from Casey Maharg, received 2/27/2012:


Energy Trust’s program is based upon providing incentives for retrofits that are a cost effective for homeowners and ratepayers. Upgrades must provide enough energy sav­ings to justify using ratepayer funds to provide an incentive.  The LED light in question costs $40 and provides 750 Lumens at 14.5 watts with a 22 year life.  The alternative to this is a $1.59 CFL that provides 950  lumens at 15 watts with a 7 year life.  The CFL pro­vides similar energy savings and more light at a 1/25 of the cost. These costs only reflect the price of the bulb, not the parts and labor for a replacement of the can light.  With these included,  the cost disparity of an upgrade is even greater.  It is for these reasons that are not providing an incentive for LED replacement of can lights, at this time.