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Energy Efficiency Standards

On August 8, 2013, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, leading a coalition of 10 states and the City of New York, reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy that commits the Department to a timetable for updating overdue energy efficiency standards for four common commercial appliances. The agreement was reached after DOE missed legal deadlines set by the federal Energy Policy and Conservation Act for revising efficiency standards for walk-in coolers and freezers, metal halide lamps, electric motors and commercial refrigeration equipment. Strengthening the standards will result in substantial cuts in air, water and climate change pollution and save businesses and consumers across the country an estimated $156 million per month, and $3.8 billion per year by 2035. DOE’s letter regarding that agreement is provided below:

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