Friday, January 21, 2005

States Leading the Way With New Energy-Saving Standards: New Report Details 18 New Appliance Efficiency Standards for States

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP) published a new report last week that pushes for efforts at the state level to increase energy savings through new energy-efficiency standards.

The report reviews the current paralysis at the national level on appliance efficiency standards, and describes the opportunities for state governments to set minimum-efficiency standards for 18 appliances and other types of equipment currently not covered by federal standards: "From light bulbs to ice-makers to 'energy vampires,' new state-level appliance energy efficiency standards could save consumers and businesses billions of dollars, improve electric system reliability, cut pollution, and ease pressure on high energy prices."

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