Looking Back on Eight Years of Progress in Energy Efficiency

As we look ahead to the swearing in of President-elect Donald Trump next week, we pause to reflect on the accomplishments of the last eight years under President Obama in continuing a bipartisan tradition of supporting energy efficiency through smart federal policy. Dating back to President Ronald Reagan, who signed the first efficiency standards into law in 1987, every administration – Democrat and Republican – has supported efficiency, including major gains under President George W. Bush. Like his predecessor, President Obama has been a champion of energy efficiency, and as he prepares to leave the White House, we extend our gratitude for the significant progress we’ve made under his tenure. Here are some highlights:

1. Appliance and equipment standards

The Obama administration completed a total of 45 appliance, equipment and lighting efficiency standards that will deliver the following benefits:

● Save 44 quads of energy through 2030, enough to power 1.2 billion homes for a year

● Save consumers and businesses $540 billion on their utility bills through 2030

● Reduce harmful and costly pollution, including CO2 emissions by about 180 million metric tons in 2025

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