Obama orders energy efficiency rules
WASHINGTON - President Obama yesterday ordered the Energy Department to set energy efficiency standards for a broad range of common household appliances, in an effort to save Americans billions of dollars in electrical costs and reduced power plant emissions.
The department was charged with slashing the energy use of more than 30 product categories.
When the standards are fully implemented, the estimated energy savings over the next 30 years would equal the output of all current coal-fired electric generating plants in the United States for two years and save Americans more than $500 billion in their electric bills.
"This will save consumers money. This will spur innovation and this will conserve tremendous amounts of energy," Obama said.
Increasing energy efficiency is part of Obama's plan to revamp US energy policy and address global climate change.
In the short term, the department was ordered to set energy efficiency rules by August for nine appliances, including ovens, lamps, microwaves, vending machines, dishwashers, commercial boilers, and air conditioning units.
The department was directed to complete ahead of schedule those appliance standards that would give consumers the biggest energy savings.