Oregon’s new ban on certain lighting products starting in 2024 will mean changes for Energy Trust’s lighting offers for business customers.
Oregon lawmakers passed House Bill 2531 in June 2023 with the goal of reducing environmental impacts of mercury used in fluorescent lighting. The law prohibits the sale or distribution of screw-in or bayonet-style compact fluorescent lightbulbs starting January 1, 2024, followed by pin-type compact fluorescent bulbs and linear fluorescent lighting starting January 1, 2025.
This will lead to more energy savings for utility customers by establishing efficient LED lighting as the new standard. With the passage of HB 2531, Oregon joins seven other states with similar bans on fluorescent lighting.
Energy Trust provides incentives to commercial and industrial customers who upgrade older lighting equipment with efficient new solutions. This typically means replacing fluorescent lighting with LEDs.
As LEDs become the standard, Energy Trust will sunset its incentives for LEDs. Instead, business lighting incentives will gradually adjust to focus on things like exterior lighting, process lighting, controls and other innovative, whole-building solutions.
Energy Trust will continue supporting customers and trade ally contractors throughout the transition to align with the new law. Most standard lighting incentives will remain in place through December 31, 2024. Incentives for replacing screw-in compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) will still be available in the first half of 2024, ending on July 1, 2024.
Incentives for replacing linear fluorescent lighting and pin-style CFLs will be available until July 1, 2025.
Visit the business lighting page to find detailed business lighting incentive information.