Missouri Attorney General Joins Lawsuit Against DOE Over Repeal of Household Energy Efficiency Standards
Jul 8, 2022, 12:35 PM by AG Schmitt
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that his office and eleven other states have filed opening briefs in their lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its secretary, Jennifer Granholm, for having repealed the “performance rules” that define successful options for energy and water efficiency standards for dishwashers and washing machines.
Performance rules created new appliance classes with a new performance characteristic (faster cycle times), in response to dishwashers and washing machines that do not clean dishes and clothes properly the first time to achieve the desired energy and water efficiency, and the DOE’s conclusion that a “lower standard” of efficiency was warranted. The new repeal rule removes this option from efficiency classes.
In addition to Missouri, Arizona, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah have filed suit.
The lawsuit can be read here: https://ago.mo.gov/docs/default-source/press-releases/dishwashers-state-opening-br-filed.pdf?sfvrsn=405c5dfd_2