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NRDC Files Lawsuit Against DOE

The Natural Resources Defense Council and several other non-governmental agency plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against the Department of Energy (DOE) in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The complaint alleges that DOE is delinquent in meeting its deadlines for 27 different energy conservation standards.

NRDC was joined by three other environmental groups in this suit, which is closely related to an ongoing lawsuit regarding DOE’s “Process Rule.” In that first suit, environmental groups and several states filed in the same court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, challenging a rule which was finalized in January. DOE made the economic justification change in August.

Together, these changes represent yet more attacks on the nation’s highly successful energy efficiency standards program that has been saving U.S. households, on average, $500 every year and will deliver $2 trillion in savings to consumers and businesses by 2030. 

DOE’s own calculations show existing common-sense energy-saving standards for appliances and equipment like refrigerators, water heaters, and air conditioners will have helped avoid a total of 3 billion tons of carbon dioxide pollution by 2030, equivalent to the annual emissions from 631 million cars. Increased efficiency can reduce the amount of power generated from fossil fuels – and the associated pollution.

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