STANDARDS PROPOSED FOR LIGHT BALLASTS

STANDARDS PROPOSED FOR LIGHT BALLASTS

Imposing federal efficiency standards on ballasts, the electrical devices that start fluorescent lights, would save a massive amount of electricity, the equivalent of the power created by seven atomic plants, a congressman said Tuesday.

Rep. Sam Gejdenson, D-Conn., said a bill that he was introducing would save 7,000 megawatts by the year 2000, nearly $11 billion in energy costs. he also said the measure would save more than $21 billion in power plant construction that could be avoided with the energy savings.The energy saved by these standards is equivalent to the energy produced by 15 large coal power plants or seven nuclear power plants, he said. Rep. Gejdenson said his estimates came from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, a non-profit research group based in Washington.