A new DOE proposal would cement a big leap in lighting efficiency but Congress is preventing even bigger savings
Posted by Anthony Fryer on April 14, 2014

New energy-saving standards for certain types of incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs proposed by the Department of Energy (DOE) last Friday mark another important step in improving lighting efficiency in the United States. DOE’s proposal further advances strong standards completed in 2009. Together, the 2009 standards and the proposed increases announced last week dramatically improve reflector lamp and fluorescent tube lamp efficiency by 70% and 23% respectively. Unfortunately, a...

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New Icemaker Efficiency Standards Are a Step in the Right Direction, but Stronger Standards Make Sense
Posted by Joanna Mauer on March 10, 2014

Late on Friday, the Department of Energy (DOE) proposed new efficiency standards for commercial icemakers, which make the ice provided by drink dispensers in fast food restaurants among many other uses. While the proposed standards would be a significant step toward improving icemaker efficiency, higher cost-effective efficiency levels could be achieved using commercially available technologies.

At a fast food restaurant, icemakers typically sit on top of the fountain drink dispensers....

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New Refrigeration Efficiency Standards To Take a Bite out of Supermarket and Restaurant Energy Costs
Posted by Joanna Mauer on February 27, 2014

The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a final rule for strong new efficiency standards today that will take a big bite out of the energy consumption of the refrigerators and freezers used in supermarkets, convenience stores, restaurants, and commercial kitchens. The significant reductions in energy use that we’ll see with the new standards are made possible by the availability of technologies including LED lighting and occupancy sensors, high-performance glass doors, and high-efficiency motors...

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New Tracker Shows How Appliance Standards Are Driving Down Pollution
Posted by Andrew deLaski on February 18, 2014

In his State of the Union address last month, President Obama said we need to “act with more urgency” on climate change and also pledged to make this “a year of action.” Fortunately, when it comes to new appliance, equipment, and lighting efficiency standards, the administration has already made very good progress. With two new standards completed since his speech and another 10 expected this year, the administration is gaining new momentum for meeting the president’s ambitious...

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DOE's New Power Supply Standards Are a Big Win for Consumers and the Environment
Posted by Andrew deLaski on February 03, 2014

Thanks to a new national standard announced today by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), power adapters--the sometimes bulky and annoying boxes on the power cords of your electronic gadgets--will waste a lot less energy. Just as importantly, DOE deferred new national standards for battery chargers, allowing strong existing standards in California and Oregon to remain in place.

External Power Supplies


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New Street Light Fixtures Standards Are a Good Step Forward, But Could Have Saved More
Posted by Andrew deLaski on January 30, 2014

New national standards for metal halide light fixtures announced by the Department of Energy (DOE) today take another important step toward curbing energy waste and will save businesses and towns money on their utility bills. The new standards also mark progress toward meeting President Obama’s ambitious goal of saving 3 billion metric tons of CO2 from new appliance standards, as laid out in the Climate Action Plan.  But stronger standards could have saved even more.


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The Best Quotes of 2013 - Appliance Standards Style
Posted by Marianne DiMascio on January 06, 2014

What a difference a year makes! At the start of 2013, we were tracking the amount of savings lost from standards which were delayed at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). At the start of 2014, we are tracking progress toward President Obama’s ambitious goal of 3 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide reductions from standards by 2030. Here are eight quotes that capture the start, finish, and the in-between of 2013:


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