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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.
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.
Washington, DC is set to become the eighth U.S. jurisdiction to adopt energy-saving standards for common household and commercial products since the start of the Trump administration. On Tuesday afternoon, the DC Council voted unanimously in support of the measure, which will cut utility bills for consumer and businesses and help meet the district’s target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2032.