Require More Energy Efficient Appliances

Promise in the Works President Obama is working on the following promise:

"The current Department of Energy has missed 34 deadlines for setting updated appliance efficiency standards, which has cost American consumers millions of dollars in unrealized energy savings. Barack Obama and Joe Biden will overhaul this process for appliances and provide more resources to his Department of Energy so it implements regular updates for efficiency standards. They will also work with Congress to ensure that it continues to play a key role in improving our national efficiency codes." — New Energy for America


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Updated: February 5, 2009

Obama signs appliance efficiency standards memo

On Feb. 5, 2009, President Obama issued a memorandum telling the Department of Energy to hurry up already with setting standards for appliance efficiency. This memo is a first step toward new appliance requirements.

The memo directs the DOE to take "all necessary steps … to finalize legally required efficiency standards as expeditiously as possible and consistent with all applicable judicial and statutory deadlines."

The memo begins with a brief history of energy policy law and a description of a lawsuit against the DOE, forcing it to set required energy standards.

"In November 2006, the DOE entered into a consent decree under which the DOE agreed to publish final rules regarding 22 product categories by specific deadlines, the latest of which is June 30, 2011. … The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) directed the DOE to establish energy standards for additional product categories," the memo states.

After signing the memo, Obama said, "This will save consumers money, this will spur innovation, and this will conserve tremendous amounts of energy. We'll save through these simple steps over the next 30 years the amount of energy produced over a two-year period by all the coal-fired power plants in America."


White House Web site, Remarks by the President to the Department of Energy Staff, Feb. 5, 2009

White House Web site, Appliance Efficiency Standards, Feb. 5, 2009

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