After Lawsuit, Trump DOE Publishes Efficiency Standards For Big Equipment

“The Energy Department set new efficiency standards Friday for big equipment, such as commercial boilers and portable air conditioners, after trying to block them for nearly three years.

The energy standards, finalized under the Obama administration in December 2016, will save consumers and businesses about $8.4 billion and cut carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 100 million tons over 30 years, according to the Energy Department’s own estimates. That is the equivalent of taking 21 million cars off the road for a year.

But the Trump administration had opposed the energy efficiency standards and only published them in the Federal Register now to comply with a unanimous ruling last October by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.”

Steven Mufson reports for the Washington Post January 10, 2020.