Bush Administration Deals Cruel Blow to Consumers, Nation's Electricity Reliability by Lowering Air Conditioner Standards

Statement of David M. Nemtzow President,

Alliance to Save Energy April 13, 2001



Apr 13, 2001, 01:00 ET from Alliance to Save Energy

    WASHINGTON, April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a statement of David
 M. Nemtzow, President, Alliance to Save Energy:
 
     "The Bush Administration's decision to reduce the air conditioner and heat
 pump standards is an outrage. This is bad policy and it's illegal.
     "By lowering the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) from 13 to 12 the
 Administration has dealt a cruel blow to American consumers and the
 reliability of the nation's electricity grid. This action not only will cost
 American consumers more than $700 million in annual electricity bills but also
 will create more unnecessary pollution.
     "The fact is that the Administration has cut the existing standards by a
 third, yet they tout that this 'new standard' is a 20 percent increase in
 energy efficiency.
     "As California and the Pacific Northwest deal with electricity shortages
 and increased potential for rolling blackouts, and Chicago and New York City
 face the same dilemma this summer, this rollback cannot be justified. The
 states of Texas, California and New York all favored the higher air
 conditioning standards for a good reason. Air-conditioners are the single
 largest contributors to peak electricity demand."
 
     The Alliance to Save Energy is a coalition of prominent business,
 government, environmental, and consumer leaders who promote the efficient and
 clean use of energy worldwide to benefit consumers, the environment, economy,
 and national security.
 
 

SOURCE Alliance to Save Energy
    WASHINGTON, April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a statement of David
 M. Nemtzow, President, Alliance to Save Energy:
 
     "The Bush Administration's decision to reduce the air conditioner and heat
 pump standards is an outrage. This is bad policy and it's illegal.
     "By lowering the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) from 13 to 12 the
 Administration has dealt a cruel blow to American consumers and the
 reliability of the nation's electricity grid. This action not only will cost
 American consumers more than $700 million in annual electricity bills but also
 will create more unnecessary pollution.
     "The fact is that the Administration has cut the existing standards by a
 third, yet they tout that this 'new standard' is a 20 percent increase in
 energy efficiency.
     "As California and the Pacific Northwest deal with electricity shortages
 and increased potential for rolling blackouts, and Chicago and New York City
 face the same dilemma this summer, this rollback cannot be justified. The
 states of Texas, California and New York all favored the higher air
 conditioning standards for a good reason. Air-conditioners are the single
 largest contributors to peak electricity demand."
 
     The Alliance to Save Energy is a coalition of prominent business,
 government, environmental, and consumer leaders who promote the efficient and
 clean use of energy worldwide to benefit consumers, the environment, economy,
 and national security.
 
 SOURCE  Alliance to Save Energy