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Global CFL Maker Ready to Shine

Thu, 12/27/2007 - 10:46am

Productive Product: The Wall Street Journal (may require site registration) has a story about Aurora, Ohio's TCP Inc., the world's largest manufacturer of spiral compact-fluorescent light bulbs. TCP was the idea of a Chinese immigrant who is now benefitting from the Western energy-efficiency push -- they had sales of $300 million this year and project $400 million for 2008. The enviro-technical gain, explained in TCP's official comment on the recently signed U.S. energy bill, is impressive: "...energy saving lighting bulbs use 75% less energy than incandescent light bulbs and last an average of ten times longer. Consumers switching to CFLs can reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by more than 450 pounds and see an energy savings of $30 to $108 over the life of the bulb.  TCP estimates the light bulbs it produces accounts for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50,000 tons per day." (Note: external links open in new windows.)

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