October 3rd, 2022
AG Nessel, alongside a coalition of 17 other states, has secured an agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy to update federal energy standards for over 20 categories of products. These updates will require common household appliances to be more energy efficient.
The proposed standards impact around 90% of the total energy used in homes, which will save homeowners money on utility bills as their appliances become more efficient. The estimated savings are $600 billion by 2050, and prevents nearly a billion metric tons of carbon-pollution being emitted by 2040, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.
AG Nessel joined this coalition of 17 states, DC, and the City of New York in a complaint filed in 2020 to DOE. The complaint alleged the DOE was not complying with the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, which requires DOE to update energy efficiency standards for products periodically.