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DOE Adopts Energy Conservation Standards for Appliances & Equipment

Reaching consensus to improve the energy efficiency of appliances and commercial equipment

The Washington Post, September 16, 2014

By engaging and reaching consensus among environmental, consumer and industry groups, the Department of Energy (DOE) has made rapid progress during the past several years adopting numerous new energy conservation standards for residential appliances and commercial equipment.

The Appliance Standards Program, designed to save consumers money while reducing energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions, has been headed since 2010 by John Cymbalsky, who revived the languishing initiative that had been hampered by numerous lawsuits and a tug-of-war between manufacturers and environmental groups.

“The appliance industry now has confidence that the federal government can effectively manage a standards program in a way that does not kill jobs or markets, but is a friend to industry and consumers,” said Bill Valdez, director of workforce management for DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

“Because of John Cymbalsky, U.S. appliance makers are voluntarily accelerating their efforts to achieve efficiencies, and this will make them more competitive in international markets and promote U.S. job creation, consumer savings and environmental improvements.” said Valdez.

Since Cymbalsky took over the program, DOE has promulgated new energy efficiency standards for nearly two dozen products, including water heaters, clothes washers and dryers, dishwashers, commercial refrigeration equipment, small electric motors, room air-conditioners, furnaces, water-source heat pumps and metal halide lamp fixtures.

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