Coalition Calls for a New Energy-Saving Standard: Upgraded Refrigerator Standard Could Save $10.1 Billion
WASHINGTON, D.C. — At a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) public hearing today, a broad-based coalition announced a petition to DOE to strengthen energy efficiency standards for home refrigerators. The petition, filed last week, requests that the agency begin the minimum-efficiency standard upgrade process for residential refrigerators, freezers, and refrigerator-freezers.
"A new refrigerator standard ranks among the most significant actions DOE could do to save energy," said Steven Nadel, Executive Director, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
WASHINGTON, D.C. — With today's General Assembly vote to override Governor Ehrlich's veto of the 2003 energy efficiency standards bill, Maryland became the latest state to institute such standards for home appliances and other energy-using equipment. State action on standards, dating back to the 1980s, has been a key factor in accelerating federal action on this issue.