Statement on Behalf of the Council on Wage and Price Stability of James C. Miller III Before the Federal Energy Administration: Energy Conservation Program For Appliances

by William Lilley on June 9, 1976
by William Lilley, Robert L. Green, Vaughn C. Williams, Milton Kafoglis, James C. Miller and Peter H. Lowry

The Council is pleased to have this opportunity to comment upon FEA’s proposal to establish targets pursuant to its energy conservation program for appliances, as published in the May 14, 1976, issue of the Federal Register. This proposal, issued under the authority and mandate of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), is of great significance to the American public. While the targets it sets are “voluntary,” we must not lose sight of the fact that they will have significant economic effects. Under EPCA, the FEA Administrator is required to promulgate mandatory standards whenever in his judgment the targets set in the instant proceeding are not likely to be met. Thus, the proposal may be expected to affect almost every American family; it may be expected to increase the initial cost of appliances at least $258 million per year; and it may be expected to save as much as one percent of total consumer energy consumption…

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