Setting the Wrong Standard DOE’s Latest Appliance Efficiency Rules Open Access
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The Department of Energy recently issued a direct final rule setting energy efficiency standards for an appliance that is used in most American residences: dishwashers. These standards, effective in September, are intended to reduce American energy consumption, decrease global greenhouse gas emissions, and lower American consumers’ energy bills long-term. However, examining the Department’s regulatory impact analysis raises questions as to whether the rule is economically justified, as required by statute.