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More Stringent Energy Efficiency Standards for Dishwashers Rejected

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Energy has determined not to amend its energy conservation standards for residential dishwashers after concluding that the benefits of energy savings, positive net present value of consumer benefits, and emission reductions of more stringent standards are outweighed by the economic burden they would impose on more than half of dishwasher consumers. The DOE had proposed to tighten the standards for standard and compact residential dishwashers manufactured in or imported into the U.S., noting that products achieving the proposed standard levels are already commercially available.

The DOE is, however, eliminating an obsolete dishwasher test procedures that is no longer used to demonstrate compliance with existing energy conservation standards.

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