Non-Publication of Energy-Efficiency Standards - Administration Sued

Wednesday 14th June 2017

AMONGST the legal battles facing the Trump Administration in the U.S. is an accusation that they violated the law by the non-publication of energy efficiency standards.

11 states and the city of New York, along with The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Earthjustice—representing Sierra Club and Consumer Federation of America— this week have come together to sue the presidents administration for what they claim is an illegal stalling of five energy efficiency standards that could potentially save consumers as much as $11 billion on their energy bills.

The basis of the actions is that the U.S. Department of Energy failed to fulfil the final part of the process to make any new energy efficiency rules legally enforceable. They failed to submit energy efficiency standard changes in the Federal Register.

The NRDC stated: ‘The delayed Department of Energy standards are for portable air conditioners, uninterruptible power supplies (the battery backup systems used to keep computers and other electronic devices running when the power goes out), air compressors used in a variety of commercial and industrial applications, walk-in coolers and freezers found in grocery stores and other locations, and packaged boilers that heat one-fourth of the nation’s commercial space.’

The Trump administration is planning to cut funding by around 70% for DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which administers the efficiency standards program.

Picture of Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore.

Categories: General, Reviews, Technology

Wednesday 14th June 2017


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