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Microwaves, Other Appliances to Undergo DOE Efficiency Review

Sept. 20, 2022, 8:04 PM

The Energy Department committed Tuesday to reviewing energy efficiency standards for 20 categories of appliances and equipment, resolving environmental and consumer advocacy groups’ legal challenges against Trump-era delays.

The settlement, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, sets final rule deadlines for appliances such as microwave ovens, non-weatherized and mobile home gas furnaces, residential clothes dryers, and residential refrigerators, freezers, and clothes washers.

It comes as the Biden administration works through a backlog of efficiency standards left from the previous administration.

Updating the 20 overdue standards would translate to roughly $650 billion in ...