Our States Go First report describes the opportunity for states to save with state appliance standards.
For 2023 we have updated our recommendations for state standards and our analysis. Below we provide a short write up that describes our updated recommendations, analysis, and assumptions for 2023. We also post updated 2023 savings estimates for each of the states (Note: products in state savings analyses are adapted to the state; e.g., if state already has product standards, the projected savings are not calculated)
The 2017 States Go First report includes background on state standards, reasons for states to consider adopting standards, criteria we use for selecting our recommendations and information on the specific products for which we recommend standards.
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Overview of States Go First report
New appliance standards that states can adopt in the near term have the potential to save consumers and businesses billions of dollars while conserving energy and water resources. Appliance standards boost local economies since consumers and businesses spend most of the economic savings on other goods and services. The energy and water savings from standards can improve electric system reliability and defer or reduce the need for new energy and water infrastructure, which lowers utility rates for consumers. And the energy savings from standards also result in reductions in emissions of air pollutants, which can provide public health benefits while helping states meet clean air standards and greenhouse gas emissions targets.
Appliance, equipment, lighting, and plumbing product standards are a proven, successful policy at the state level. At least 18 states have enacted appliance standards at various times. These state standards have not only benefited the residents of those states, but have also helped spur national standards. Most of today’s national standards, which cover products ranging from refrigerators to commercial air conditioners to electric motors, started out at the state level. Even when state standards do not become national standards, adoption by just a few states can be sufficient to affect national markets. By going first, states have driven changes to national markets that have delivered very large savings.