DOE Releases Schedule for New Appliance Standards

February 2, 2006

On January 31, 2006, the Department of Energy (DOE) released a five-year schedule for issuing appliance standards rulemakings that will save American consumers billions of dollars in energy costs. The five-year plan, which was developed considering the recent public comments received on appliance rulemaking, outlines how DOE will address the appliance standards rulemaking backlog and meet all of the statutory requirements established in the Energy Policy and Conservation Act and the Energy Policy of 2005 (EPACT 2005).

"Improved efficiency saves Americans money and energy," said Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Douglas L. Faulkner. "This aggressive schedule shows our commitment to greater efficiency by issuing new standards for all products in the backlog by June of 2011, just five years from now." Appliance and equipment standards are one of the federal government's most effective energy-saving programs. The overall plan for implementing the schedule is contained in the Report to Congress, which was released January 31, 2006.

For more information, see the DOE press release or visit the Schedule Setting Web page.