Today, President Obama ordered prompt action by the Department of Energy on finalizing efficiency standards for household and commercial appliances. DOE was told to expedite the approval of standards for more than 30 products, including dishwashers, ovens, lamps, boilers, vending machines, microwaves and air conditioners.
Chairman Jeff Bingaman welcomed the news: “This Federal program has been one of our country’s most powerful and effective tools for reducing energy demand. For more than two decades, this effort has saved Americans billions of dollars through reduced energy costs. These rules are a remarkable but under-publicized achievement. It’s one of the great success stories of the energy bills that Congress has passed in 20-plus years.”
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