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Arizona Passes, Colorado Vetoes Appliance Efficiency Standards
Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano signed a bill in late April that sets minimum energy efficiency standards for 12 products not covered by current federal standards. Starting in 2008, the law will apply to the following products sold in Arizona: torchiere light fixtures, exit signs, commercial refrigerators and freezers, commercial clothes washers, large commercial air conditioning equipment, icemakers, spray nozzles used in commercial kitchens, low-voltage distribution transformers, metal-halide lamp fixtures, power supplies for electronic devices, unit heaters, and traffic signals. According to the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), the standards will save Arizona consumers and business a total of $650 million on energy bills by 2030. California, Connecticut, Maryland, and New Jersey have already adopted efficiency standards on these products. See the history and text of House Bill 2390 and the SWEEP press release (PDF 136 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.
Colorado Governor Bill Owens vetoed a similar bill in late April. House Bill 1162 aimed to set minimum energy efficiency standards on 14 products not currently covered by federal energy efficiency standards. According to the governor's veto message, Governor Owens prefers to let market forces generate energy efficiency, with the concern that standards could increase costs. The governor is also opposed to state-by-state legislation, arguing that the federal government should set uniform standards. See the governor's veto message.
Meanwhile, New York Governor George E. Pataki has proposed similar legislation in his state. The governor's proposed legislation would set energy efficiency standards for 14 products not currently covered by federal efficiency standards. Governor Pataki estimates that the legislation could save New York consumers $284 million annually when fully implemented. See the governor's press release.