Republican AGs Seek to Unplug DOE’s Appliance Efficiency Rules

  • A group of 18 Republican AGs sent a letter to the Department of Energy (DOE) voicing their concern over the Department’s Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Refrigerators, Refrigerator-Freezers, and Freezers; Direct Final Rule, which imposes new energy efficiency standards on refrigerators and freezers.
  • In the letter, the AGs argue that the Department failed to properly evaluate the Direct Final Rule’s impact on appliance manufacturers and consumers, and that the states have related concerns with reliance on social costs of carbon, federalism, commerce clause implications, and effects on low-income households.
  • The AGs urge the Department to reevaluate its Direct Final Rule.