Appliance standards are one of the easiest ways to help consumers conserve energy and save money, but Rhode Island's standards are way out of date.
Efficient appliances are great for consumers because they save residents and businesses money on their electricity bills while reducing carbon pollution. Appliance standards ensure that all available products meet minimum efficiency standards for modern technology. But our appliance efficiency standards haven't been updated in over a decade, and, because federal policymakers aren't stepping up to strengthen our appliance standards, it's up to the states.
In Rhode Island, we're advocating for legislation (House Bill 7828 and Senate Bill 2362) that mandates improved standards for plumbing equipment, computers, monitors, food services, and other products. Similar standards bills recently passed in Vermont and are in progress in Washington, Massachusetts, and elsewhere; Green Energy Consumers works with our partners at the Appliance Standards Awareness Project and Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, among others, to raise awareness about the importance of standards as a money-saving, emissions-reducing tool.
Although H7828 repeatedly made it to the floor of the House for a vote, it did not make it to the finish line before the end of the 2018 Legislative Session. On the Senate side, S2362 was held in Committee for further study. Green Energy Consumers will be back to advocate for Appliance Standards in next year's legislative session.
Green Energy Consumers testified in support of S2362 in a hearing in the Senate Environment and Agriculture Committee.
Green Energy Consumers testified in support of H7828 in a hearing in the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee.
We kicked off the introduction of appliance standards legislation with a legislative briefing co-hosted by Green Energy Consumers, National Grid, and Appliance Standards Awareness Project at the State House Library. Check out our recent blog post, "Appliance Standards: the Mightiest Energy Saver You've Never Heard of."