Boston (WWLP) – An an agreement On Wednesday between the Biden Department of Energy’s administration and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.
Healy joined a coalition of 17 states, the District of Columbia, and New York City when the agreement was announced. The agreement provides for updated energy efficiency standards for 20 categories of common consumer products and commercial equipment such as residential ovens, microwave ovens, room air conditioners and washing machines.
With the implementation of these new federal standards, there is an expectation that American households will save more than $600 billion on utility bills by 2050. In addition, more than 90 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions must be avoided by 2040.
According to a new release sent to 22News, residents intend to lower the operating costs of their devices. This, in turn, will also reduce climate change.
“This settlement is a great benefit to our residents, our country and our planet,” AG Healey said. “We are grateful to the Biden administration, our multistate partners, and device manufacturers for reaching this agreement that will save Massachusetts families millions of dollars on their utility bills and reduce harmful air pollution.”
With the approval of Wednesday, the coalition decided to file complaint It was filed in November 2020, in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York against the Trump Administration’s Department of Energy for failing to update the standard energy adequacy deadlines set forth in the Energy and Conservation Policy Act of 1975 (EPCA).
“This agreement is essential to catch up on missed deadlines as quickly as possible in order to realize the incredible benefits to consumers, the economy, the public health and the environment of the updated standards,” said Richard Ekman, an energy advocate for the Consumer Federation of America. “Now more than ever, consumers can use the additional pocket savings that updated efficiency standards will provide by the billions annually thanks to the increased energy efficiency of common household appliances. The agreement is also essential in order to prevent millions of metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change from being emitted. We look forward to working with the Department of Energy to move forward with updates to device efficiency standards.”
“We applaud this settlement, which will save massive amounts of energy and keep money in the pockets of consumers across America, including the 85,000 low-income public housing tenants represented by Mass Union,” said Jack Cooper, Massachusetts General Union executive director. housing tenants.
Allegedly, the coalition announced that failure to meet the EPCA’s deadlines for reviewing and reviewing competency standards has denied American families benefits. Such as lower energy bills, a more reliable electricity grid, and reduced emissions of dangerous air pollutants that contribute to climate change and harm public health.
According to this settlement, the Department of Energy will publish final standards no later than June 2023 for some of the product categories involved, and no later than November 2024 for the rest.