Attorneys General oppose government’s new appliance rules


Nebraska Attorney General Mike Hilgers has joined other state attorneys general in a comment letter opposing the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) direct final rule that will prescribe energy conservation standards for appliances, including refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers and freezers.

The fight against the Energy Department did not include Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond who has been actively involved in fighting other energy department and EPA rules and regulations.

The new rule was proposed by several advocacy groups and adopted wholesale by the federal DOE.

The recommended standards would apply to refrigerators and freezers manufactured or imported into the U.S., beginning in January 2029 or January 2030, depending on product type.

AG Hilgers and other state AG’s concern is the rule will lead to increased costs of the appliances nationwide.

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