Maryland Assembly’s Pro-Energy Efficiency Vote on Appliance Standards Will Lower Energy Costs For Consumers, Businesses, Says Alliance to Save Energy

Release Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2004

New Maryland legislation setting minimum energy efficiency standards for appliances sets a benchmark for other state governments and will lower energy bills for consumers and business, the Alliance to Save Energy said. The Maryland House voted today to override a veto on the appliance standards bill, following a January 15 veto override vote in the state Senate. The new standards will take effect March 1, 2005.

“Maryland appliance standards for energy efficiency are now among the nation's best, and they set a great example for other states considering similar measures” said Alliance President Kateri Callahan. “Maryland is wisely using energy efficiency – the quickest, cheapest, cleanest way to extend our nation's energy supplies – to benefit consumers, the environment, and the economy.”

The new law establishes minimum energy efficiency standards for nine categories of appliances and equipment sold or installed in Maryland, including ceiling fans, commercial clothes washers and refrigerators, large air conditioners, and torchiere lamps.