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DOE standards improve efficiency for battery backup power
Posted by Chris Granda on December 29, 2016

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued new energy efficiency standards for the relatively obscure, but important, class of products know as uninterruptible power supplies or UPS.  UPS provide critical protection from outages or fluctuations in electricity supply for sensitive electronic devices, particularly desktop computers (laptops usually have their own batteries built in). Battery backup power from a UPS instantly kicks...

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Pool owners will save $400 each year with consensus efficiency standards
Posted by Joanna Mauer on December 29, 2016

Yesterday the US Department of Energy (DOE) issued a direct final rule establishing the first-ever national energy efficiency standards for swimming pool pumps. Owners of in-ground pools will save about $400 each year with the new standards, which were recommended by a stakeholder working group.

There are more than...

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Five new energy-saving standards from Barack Obama, but Donald Trump will get the final word
Posted by Andrew deLaski on December 29, 2016

Yesterday, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued five new efficiency standards, culminating a decade of energy efficiency progress that began under President George W. Bush. The new standards, the last of many developed during the Obama administration, will save consumers money, help meet the nation’s energy needs and reduce environmentally harmful emissions, including greenhouse gases. However, each of these new standards must clear one more hurdle before they are truly complete, which means the Trump administration will get the final word on this last batch of Obama-era standards.

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Standards for “cooling choice of last resort” will slash energy waste
Posted by Joanna Mauer on December 29, 2016

Yesterday the US Department of Energy (DOE) issued the first-ever energy efficiency standards for portable air conditioners (ACs). The new standards will reduce energy use more than 20% relative to the least-efficient products available today and provide large savings for consumers.

DOE estimates that more than one million portable ACs are sold each year. Consumer Reports has referred to portable ACs as “...

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Building owners will save with new efficiency standards
Posted by Joanna Mauer on December 29, 2016

Yesterday the US Department of Energy (DOE) issued new energy efficiency standards for commercial boilers, which are commonly used to heat schools, offices, apartments, and hospitals, among other building types. The new standards will reduce commercial boiler energy consumption by about 2-6% relative to the current standards.

Yesterday’s final rule completes a process required by Congress to update the minimum efficiency standards for...

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DOE adopts negotiated efficiency standards for walk-in coolers
Posted by Joanna Mauer on December 29, 2016

Yesterday the US Department of Energy (DOE) issued new energy efficiency standards for certain types of walk-in cooler and freezer equipment based on an agreement negotiated by a stakeholder working group. The new standards for walk-ins are the latest example of the success of the negotiated rulemaking process, which has resulted in...

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California computer standards boot up big savings
Posted by Chris Granda on December 15, 2016

This week, the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved first-in-the-nation energy efficiency standards for computers and computer displays, or monitors (CEC factsheet). These new standards, which reflect several years of collaborative work by the computer industry, California investor-owned utilities, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Consumer Federation of America...

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