For Immediate Release: August 9, 2013
Media Contact: Lori Sinsley - 916-654-4989


California Energy Commission Statement Regarding Multi-State Agreement with Energy Department To Advance Delayed Energy Efficiency Standards

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission commends U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Moniz and the Department (DOE) for taking concrete steps to amend overdue energy efficiency standards for four appliances widely used in California.

The Energy Commission was part of a 10-state coalition and the City of New York that reached an agreement with the DOE after it missed legal deadlines set by the federal Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) for revising efficiency standards for walk-in coolers and freezers, metal halide lamps, electric motors, and commercial refrigeration equipment.

These standards have the potential to save consumers and businesses nationwide $3.8 billion and cut carbon emissions by 26.5 million metric tons annually, equivalent to retiring six coal-fired power plants.

"The DOE is a valued partner in our shared goal of advancing efficiency standards that reduce energy use and save consumers money," said Chairman Robert Weisenmiller. "In fact, appliance and equipment efficiency standards are among the most effective tools we can use to conserve energy, improve air quality and the reliability of our electricity grid, and lower utility bills. California standards alone have saved ratepayers more than $74 billion in electricity costs and $64 billion in natural gas costs since 1975."

The Energy Commission looks forward to continuing its work with the Department of Energy and building a sustainable, clean energy economy.

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