Faculty Advisor

O'Shaughnessy, James C.


When the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 was signed into law, the United States federal government was set to phase out energy inefficient technologies in order to pursue more energy independence and reduce carbon emissions. One of the provisions of this law will have a very real impact on American consumers. This provision will effectively phase out all incandescent light bulbs from the consumer market by 2014. This form of regulation set off a firestorm of activism that led to showdowns in Washington D.C. This report analyzes the effects of this provision on society, the environment, and economics in-depth and presents the reader with a clear understanding of the breadth and depth of change this law would bring to the everyday lives of ordinary Americans.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

February 2012

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering