New York State Sets Efficiency Standards for Appliances
New York Governor George Pataki signed a bill on July 29th that will set energy efficiency standards for household appliances and electronic equipment. The new law sets energy efficiency standards for items not covered by federal efficiency standards, including ceiling fans and ceiling light kits; furnace air handlers; commercial washing machines; commercial refrigerators, freezers, and icemakers; torchiere lighting fixtures; unit heaters; reflector lamps; large air-conditioning equipment; and other commercial and household items. The state expects the standards to save up to 2,096 gigawatt-hours of electricity per year, an amount equal to the energy required to power 350,000 homes, while saving the state's consumers $284 million annually through lower energy bills.
Under the Appliance and Equipment Energy Efficiency Standards Act of 2005, the New York Secretary of State will consult with the president of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to develop the energy efficiency standards for the specified products, although standards for most of the products are already included in the bill. They will also develop energy efficiency standards for products such as DVD players to reduce their energy use when in standby mode. Arizona, California, Connecticut, Maryland, and New Jersey have already adopted similar efficiency standards. See the governor's press release and the full text of the bill.