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Model Efficiency Standards Let States Pick Up What the Feds Are Missing

| Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on May 24, 2006 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

States and consumers can benefit dramatically by enacting appliance and equipment efficiency standards that will save more energy than recently enacted Federal standards. A recent study provides the roadmap and the estimates on the impacts that new standards will have for each state.

The Appliance Standards Awareness Project and the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) report, “Leading the Way: Continued Opportunities for New State Appliance and Equipment Efficiency Standards,” shows how states have led the nation to improved energy efficiency and identifies 15 additional products for which new state energy-saving standards make sense. Only 3 of these are currently covered by federal standards. The most dramatic energy savings potential comes from increasing the standard on residential furnaces and boilers, metal halide lamp fixtures and liquid filled distribution transformers.

For each newly recommended standard, the report provides detailed information on the product, market and the specifc technical standard.



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John Farrell directs the Energy Democracy initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and he develops tools that allow communities to take charge of their energy future, and pursue the maximum economic benefits of the transition to 100% renewable power. More

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