Attorney General Tong Helps Secure New Federal Energy Standards for American Families – CT.gov

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09/21/2022
Attorney General Tong Helps Secure New Federal Energy Standards for American Families
New Standards Will Save Billions of Dollars for Families Nationwide and Help Protect the Planet
(Hartford, CT) – Attorney General William Tong today
announced an agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) committing DOE
to a new timetable for updating energy efficiency standards for 20 categories
of common consumer products and commercial equipment. The impacted products and
equipment range from residential furnaces to laundry machines to electric
motors.

Attorney General Tong joins a coalition of 17 states, the
District of Columbia, and the City of New York in today’s agreement, which
resolves a complaint the coalition filed against DOE in 2020. The complaint
alleged DOE failed to comply with deadlines for updating energy efficiency
standards for a range of product categories set by the Energy Policy and
Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA).

“No one wants to waste energy and money on inefficient and
ineffective appliances. Modernizing energy standards is a huge win for
consumers and our climate—with the potential to avoid over $600 billion in
wasted energy bills by 2050, and over 90 million metric tons of carbon dioxide
emissions annually by 2040,” said Attorney General Tong.

DOE’s energy efficiency standards currently cover more than
60 product categories. Nationwide, these products together use about 90 percent
of the total amount of energy used in homes, 60 percent of the total amount
energy us …

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