The Department of Energy recently denied a petition by the California Energy Commission to become exempt from federal water conservation standards for residential clothes washers in order to supplement their own. The CEC contended that California’s water needs were unique enough to require higher standards. The petition claimed that the waiver would achieve greater water conservation “without any significant impacts on the clothes washer industry or on the consumer-usefulness of the appliances.”
The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) disagreed, contending, in the words of AHAM President Joseph M. McGuire, that the decision by the DOE to deny the petition, “recognizes the importance of having energy efficiency standards that are national in scope,” adding, “Separate state efficiency standards are not effective in producing meaningful energy savings. They add cost, limit consumer choice and disadvantage consumers and manufacturers alike.”
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