By law, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) must review each national appliance standard every six years and publish either a proposed rule to update the standard or a determination that no change is warranted. If DOE publishes a proposed update, a final rule is due two years later. In addition, Congress set unique review schedules for a few products. As of March 2021, DOE has missed legal deadlines for twenty-eight product standards.
New York Times Op-ed
By Terry Sobolewski and Ralph Cavanagh, NRDC
Partisan fights in Washington can leave the impression that we’re hopelessly divided. The truth is there are plenty of bipartisan solutions to the energy and environmental challenges we face, and energy efficiency is near the top of the list.
In a letter to House and Senate subcommittees and to DOE Secretary Perry from "the entire group of Senate-confirmed Republican and Democratic Assistant Secretaries of Energy who led the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) between 1989 and 2017", standards are billed as the "little engine that could."
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The Biden administration paved the way today to set standards that significantly cut energy waste from major sources of greenhouse gas emissions in homes.
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Providence, RI – The Rhode Island legislature adopted an appliance efficiency bill today that is a triple win for the state. The bill will cut energy and water waste, save consumers and businesses money on utility bills, and help Rhode Island meet the state’s Act on Climate goal to deeply cut the state’s carbon emissions.