Alexander Commends Energy Department for Issuing New Appliance Efficiency Standards

New Standards Required by Energy Policy Act of 2005

Posted on October 18, 2005

Washington, D.C. – Senate Energy Subcommittee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today welcomed the announcement by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) of a final rule to codify fifteen energy efficiency standards for new residential appliances and commercial equipment. These new standards, established as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 passed by Congress and signed by President Bush this summer, will help consumers conserve energy. “I applaud DOE’s action in establishing new efficiency standards for residential appliance and commercial equipment,” Alexander said. “Given extremely high natural gas prices and short supplies today, we need to be doing everything we can to conserve natural gas and electricity. Using less electricity and natural gas is the most powerful, immediate step that consumers and businesses can take to help to stabilize prices.” The rule announced today addresses the following items for which the Energy Policy Act of 2005 required certain standards: fluorescent lamp ballasts; ceiling fans and ceiling fan light kits; illuminated exit signs; torchieres; low-voltage dry-type distribution transformers; traffic signal modules and pedestrian modules; unit heaters; medium base compact fluorescent lamps; dehumidifiers; commercial pre-rinse spray valves; mercury vapor lamp ballasts; commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment; commercial refrigerators, freezers, and refrigerator-freezers; automatic commercial ice makers; and commercial clothes washers.