The Energy Department put gas stoves back on the front. Burner in the debate Wednesday by proposing. New efficiency standards for consumer cooking appliances.
The proposal comes weeks after a consumer safety official from another agency. Drew backlash from Republicans, as well as some Democrats. By floating.
The possibility that new gas stoves could be banned.
The proposed standards, which focus on energy consumption. Must both gas and electric stoves to meet certain efficiency thresholds. The proposal also proposes new standards for gas and electric ovens.
“As required by Congress, the Department of Energy is proposing. Efficiency standards for gas and electric cooktops. — We are not proposing a ban on either,” a department spokeswoman said in a statement. “The proposed standard would not take effect until 2027. And would save the nation up to $1.7 billion. Every major manufacturer has products that meet or exceed today’s recommended requirements.”
The department said in the proposal that it “concludes.” The proposed standards represent meaningful gains. And that they are “workable and justifiable. And will result in significant energy savings.”
It also said the proposed changes would help reduce greenhouse.
Gas emissions associated with cooking equipment
The standards will be a shift from existing rules. Which prohibit continuous pilot lights. On gas stoves but do not limit energy consumption.
Richard Trumka Jr., a member of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Drew the ire of Republican lawmakers last month. When he suggested in an interview with Bloomberg News. That gas stoves, which he said could be a “hidden danger” in U.S. homes. A spokesman for the Prohibition Commission. Later clarified that there was no formal proposal.
GOP lawmakers seized on Biden nominee Trumka’s comments. Arguing that the Biden administration and government bureaucrats were coming for Americans. In response to the uproar, White House press secretary Karin Jean-Pierre.
Said President Joe Biden does not support banning gas stoves.
The Energy Department said the proposed conservation standards. Would result in a “significant amount” of energy savings. Likely to be an estimated national savings. That is “equal to the electricity use of 19 million residential homes in a year.”
If they are adopted, the standards will apply to products. Manufactured or imported into the United States. Three years after the publication of any new rules