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 WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Green Seal, the national environmental labeling organization, today announced certification of three General Electric energy-efficient, environmentally preferable compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) intended to replace incandescent bulbs. GE's CFLs are the first to become Green Seal-certified, and GE is the first Fortune 10 company to earn the "Green Seal of Approval" for its environmentally preferable products. The GE 20 watt Electronic Triple Biax(TM) CFL, intended to replace most standard 75 watt bulbs, has earned the Green Seal along with two other GE CFL products. These products have met or exceeded all of the applicable requirements of Green Seal's rigorous standard for compact fluorescent lamps. GE is also working with Green Seal to earn certification for several additional CFL products.
 The GE 20 watt Electronic Triple Biax CFL has also earned Green Seal's prestigious Class A endorsement for power quality. This means that it is the first product to qualify under many utilities' energy- efficient lighting programs. Pacific Gas & Electric, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), and 19 members of the Northwest Residential Efficient Appliance and Lighting Group have adopted Green Seal's standard for compact fluorescent lamps for their energy-efficient lighting programs.
 Green Seal President Norman Dean said: "We are enormously pleased to be working with GE Lighting on its energy-efficient product line. GE's compliance with Green Seal's standards and commitment to providing consumer products that minimize environmental impact are a signal to American business that it is possible to do well by doing good."
 One-fifth of the electricity consumption in the United States goes to lighting. Green Seal scientists have determined that CFLs are approximately four times more energy-efficient and last an average of 10 times longer than the standard incandescents they replace. Over its life, a single CFL can save hundreds of pounds of coal or the equivalent amount of oil and natural gas, depending on the fuel source. And consumers save money by using CFLs: They cost more initially than incandescent bulbs, but they outlive traditional bulbs, resulting in a savings of up to $50 over the life of a bulb.
 According to Dean, consumers can benefit the environment by substituting a CFL for an incandescent bulb. "If every American replaced one 100-watt incandescent bulb with a CFL, we would save enough energy to eliminate the need for three new power plants. Even better, using CFLs immediately cuts the air and water pollution and environmental damage associated with extracting and burning fossil fuels. CFLs also reduce acid rain, the risk of global warming and oil spills and the production of nuclear and other toxic waste," Dean said.
 In order to qualify for the Green Seal, CFLs are tested and evaluated for compliance with detailed specifications regarding efficacy, product life span, mercury content, color rendering index, color temperature, operating temperature and starting characteristics, safety and packaging. Copies of the standard are available from Green Seal upon request.
 GE Lighting's energy-efficient CFLs will appear with the Green Seal on their packages in stores nationally within the next few months. In addition to the GE 20 watt Electronic Triple Biax), both the GE 20-watt Electronic Double Biax(TM) and the GE 15 watt Electronic Double Biax (TM) have earned the Green Seal. The GE 15 watt and the GE 20 watt Electronic Double Biax bulbs are intended to replace most standard 60 watt and 75 watt incandescent bulbs, respectively.
 The Green Seal Certification Mark -- the blue globe with the green check -- is awarded to consumer products that meet rigorous environmental standards set on a category-by-category basis. Green Seal's environmental standard for compact fluorescent lamps was developed in a public review process involving manufacturers, consumers, environmentalists, utilities and governmental agencies. Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL), the primary testing laboratory for Green Seal, performed a major portion of the testing.
 Green Seal is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging consumers to choose environmentally preferable products. It considers the environmental impacts of products and their packaging from manufacturing through consumer use to recycling and disposal. Products are Green Seal certified only after rigorous testing and evaluation. The Green Seal Certification Mark assures consumers that the products bearing it have met rigorous environmental standards.
 To date, Green Seal has set standards for 37 product categories including paints, bath and facial tissue, paper towels and napkins, re- refined engine oil, printing and writing paper, energy-efficient lighting, water fixtures, clothes dryers and washers and dishwashers. Coming soon are standards for household cleaners, energy-efficient windows and window films and additional household appliances.
 Development of Green Seal's compact fluorescent lamp standard was supported by a grant from the Energy Foundation.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Camera ready Green Seal logo and product photo are available upon request.
 /CONTACT: Amy Kostant of Green Seal, 202-331-7337, or Jay Pomeroy of General Electric, 216-266-3762/

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