Energy Department Proposes New Ceiling Fan Efficiency Standards

House Committee on Small Business sends energy secretary a letter and requests more information.

The Department of Energy has proposed new rules to increase energy efficiency for ceiling fans. Energy officials have previously increased regulations on lightbulbs, gas stoves, and portable gas generators. 

According to the department, the rule would “give Americans more energy efficient options to choose from, and would save hardworking taxpayers up to $369 million per year, while substantially reducing harmful air pollution—a crucial fact that some have conveniently failed to mention.” 

Members of the House Committee on Small Businesses sent a letter to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm opposing the rule. They wrote, “This rule would require numerous small business fan manufacturers to redesign their products and may put between 10 and 30 percent of small business ceiling fan manufacturers out of business.” 

The letter continued, “It appears that the Department of Energy (DOE) may not have properly considered small entities during this rulemaking process. It is important for agencies to examine small businesses’ interests—which make up 99.9 percent of all businesses in the United States—when passing any new rule.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Congressman Roger Williams of Texas as he chairs the House Small Business Committee.
  • For Secretary Granholm to be discerning as she responds to the letter from the committee.
  • For Energy Department officials as they increase efficiency regulations on home appliances.

Sources: Politico, Epoch Times


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