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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Efficiency ‘Under-Enforced,’ FERC Nominee Under Fire

The Energy Department’s appliance efficiency program is not adequately enforced, which could result in consumers buying products that do not meet minimum standards, the DOE’s Office of Inspector General said in a report. The DOE has also been late by one year, on average, in approving rule-making for a number of … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: DOE Computer Standards, BP Spill Estimates

The Department of Energy announced in the Federal Register that it plans to order new efficiency standards for all computers and servers in the US. The DOE said it “tentatively” ruled that title III, part A of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) covers both consumers and servers. The DOE proposal is open for public comment … Read more »

Efficiency Standards: What’s Next?

Today we’re looking in greater detail at the energy efficiency goals for appliances and federal buildings that President Obama set out in his climate plan this week. (Yesterday, we looked at policy proposals for HFCs, and before that, carbon standards for power plants.) The plan pledges that all appliance and federal … Read more »

Efficiency Standards in Limbo

Why should sustainability professionals care who’s leading the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs? Because that function, part of the Office of Management and Budget, is tasked with reviewing federal regulations and, supposedly, “reducing paperwork burdens.” And because a number of environmental and energy regulations have been sitting at … Read more »