Part of NRDC's Year-End Series Reviewing 2017 Energy & Climate Developments.
America’s Energy Efficiency Standards program has quietly been saving U.S. consumers trillions of dollars off their utility bills over the last 30 years, and there are plenty more savings to still to be achieved. While 2016 ended on a high note with the Obama administration developing and finalizing 11 energy efficiency standards for appliances and equipment, things were not so rosy in 2017. There have been a barrage of attempts by the Trump administration to roll back standards and make it a lot harder to improve them in the future. Just last week, the administration indefinitely deferred action on 20 appliance and equipment standards for products like clothes washers, refrigerators, and pool heaters that are due -- or overdue -- to be updated.