According to a press release, several states have reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in which the DOE will commit to “a schedule to update energy efficiency standards for 20 household product categories. and standard commercial equipment”.
The Energy Policy and Conservation Act requires the DOE to “periodically review and revise these efficiency standards to ensure that they are set at the maximum level of efficiency, technically feasible, and cost-effective in order to save energy and reduce utility costs for consumers and businesses”. The version. A 2020 lawsuit filed against the DOE by a multi-state coalition argued that the agency failed to meet those requirements.
The deal was reached after experts estimated that updating the standards could save more than $600 billion on utility bills for American families by 2050 and could contribute significantly to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Additionally, the agreement will effectively resolve the multi-state lawsuit filed in 2020 alleging that deadlines surrounding the standards were not met in violation of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act.
By missing statutory deadlines to review and revise efficiency standards, the 2020 complaint claimed that the DOE was “depriving American families of the benefits of lower energy bills, a more reliable power grid, and reduced utility bills.” emissions of hazardous air pollutants that contribute to climate change and harm public health.
Product categories that will receive updates as a result of the agreement include refrigerators, room air conditioners, pool heaters, microwave ovens, electric motors, gas furnaces for mobile homes and not exposed to the weather, as well as other household and commercial products.
California Attorney General Rob Bonta said the agreement “is an important step forward, committing the Department of Energy to an aggressive timeline for the completion of long overdue reviews and updates to energy efficiency standards for 20 common household and commercial products”.