DC joins leading states in setting strong appliance efficiency standards
- Dec 8, 2020 10:15 pm GMTDec 8, 2020 10:14 pm GMT
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Washington, DC is set to become the eighth U.S. jurisdiction to adopt energy-saving standards for common household and commercial products since the start of the Trump administration. On Tuesday afternoon, the DC Council voted unanimously in support of the measure, which will cut utility bills for consumers and businesses and help meet the district’s target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2032.
In 2025 alone, the bill will save consumers and businesses $19 million and cut carbon dioxide emissions by 25,000 metric tons, equivalent to taking 5,400 automobiles off the road. Savings climb to $54 million annually by 2035.
The bill (B23-0204), sponsored by Councilmember Mary Cheh, adopts energy and water efficiency standards for 15 products including faucets, showerheads, water coolers, and commercial cooking equipment. All states and DC have the power to set standards for products that do not have federal standards, and in some cases—plumbing products, for example—when the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has waived federal preemption. With its new bill, DC joins California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New York, Vermont, and Washington in adopting new appliance standards since 2017, several of which counteract federal rollbacks.