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New Energy Rule Could Limit Future Appliance Standards (1)

Jan. 16, 2020, 8:53 PMUpdated: Jan. 16, 2020, 9:50 PM

The Energy Department is redefining what it means for appliances to be energy efficient under a new “process rule” finalized this week.

The rule, released Wednesday, is a slate of new procedures for how the Energy Department will create or update new energy conservation standards for appliances and some industrial equipment. The agency issued a draft of the rule last April.

Efficiency advocates say the rule will make it harder for future administrations to require appliances to save more energy.

“The purpose of this rule is to handcuff future administrations,” said Andrew deLaski, executive director of the Appliance ...

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