A blockbuster Bloomberg News article Wednesday appeared to uncover surprising news: recently proposed Department of Energy efficiency standards for stoves are “drawing fear from the industry that the regulation could effectively end the use of some products from the market.”
A coalition of energy efficiency advocates and two major water heater manufacturers recently submitted a joint recommendation to the Department of Energy (DOE) to significantly strengthen efficiency standards for residential water heaters. If adopted by DOE, the recommended standards would save more energy than any DOE standard adopted to date—cutting greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants while significantly reducing consumers’ energy costs.
More than 40% of the way through this presidential term, the Biden administration has a long way to go on updating appliance efficiency standards.
If the Department of Energy (DOE) updates standards for 50 products by the end of this term, it can avert 3 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions while saving households $230 annually on utility bills.
California has just adopted a law this week phasing out most fluorescent light bulb sales in favor of LEDs by 2025—a move that will save households and businesses billions of dollars on utility bills while reducing mercury pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. The law—the second such policy in the country—could help guide the way for other states to transition away from fluorescents.
The New York legislature last night passed a sweeping bill to slash climate-change emissions and save New Yorkers hundreds of millions of dollars annually on their utility bills by requiring appliances to be more energy efficient. The bill, the most expansive of any recently passed by a state, now goes to Governor Kathy Hochul for her signature.
Rising energy bills, a war that reinforces the costs of an economy dependent on globally traded fossil fuels, the climate crisis—each requires aggressive deployment of proven policies that curb energy waste. Appliance efficiency standards fit the bill, and the Biden administration has big ambitions.
Momentum for states adopting appliance efficiency standards has not slowed down following a banner year in 2021. In the last five months, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland, Oregon, Washington have adopted or implemented appliance standards while New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut still have standards under consideration.