National program to replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs)

Last updated: 5 November 2017
The Ministry of Energy (SENER) with the collaboration of the Ministry of Finance (SHCP), the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), DICONSA (public company of the Mexican government under the Ministry of Social Development) and the Electric Power Savings Trust Fund (FIDE), implemented an Efficient Lighting Project to promote the adoption of energy-efficient technologies such as CFLs.
The national program of replacement of lamps gave free packages of five Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) to electricity users located in localities of up to 100,000 inhabitants. The programme supported the entry into force of the last stage of NOM-028-ENER-2010 that removed 60 and 40 Watts incandescent bulbs from the market since January 1st, 2015.
Ahórrate una Luz assisted the population that was not benefited by previous programs (localities over 100,000 inhabitants – Luz Sustentable I and II). Besides, it contributed to regulating market failures, typical of technological change, particularly in the rural sector and intermediate populations.
Under the National program of replacement of lamps (Ahórrate una Luz), approximately 39.8 million incandescent bulbs were replaced with CFLs, in 7.96 million households in localities up to 100 000 inhabitants, resulting in estimated savings of 2 714.63 GWh annually and 691.05 MW on demand. By December 2017 (closing date), the project had helped in the realization of other key objectives:
• It helped to avoid the emission of 1 232 444 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.
• MXN 6 151 million savings for the government by eliminating subsidies per year.
• MXN 3 083 million savings of family expenditure per year.
• MXN 8 578 million savings of government payments in subsidies per year.

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