Appliance Industry Hails California Energy Ruling

Washington, DC — The appliance industry has applauded a decision by the Dept. of Energy to deny a petition by the California Energy Commission seeking separate water usage codes for residential clothes washers sold in the state.

According to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), the ruling “recognizes the wisdom of Congress’ decision to enact the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act, which established national standards for appliance energy efficiency.”

Had the California petition for exemption from those standards been granted, California would have been permitted to deviate from DOE’s "highly successful" national energy efficiency program for these products, and establish separate efficiency standards for residential clothes washers sold in the state, AHAM said.

“The proven success of the national program is reflected in the fact that, since 1990, energy efficiency has improved nearly 85% for both refrigerators and dishwashers, and the minimum energy efficiency standards for those products have resulted in the reduction of water usage, directly addressing the water savings needs cited by the CEC in its [petition],” AHAM said.

“DOE’s denial of this petition recognizes the importance of having energy efficiency standards that are national in scope,” the Washington, DC-based association added. “Separate state standards are not effective in producing meaningful energy savings. Everyone benefits when manufacturers design and produce energy-efficient products for a national market.”