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The Energy Efficiency Free Market Act: A Step Toward Real Energy Efficiency

August 17, 2016

H.R. 4504, the Energy Efficiency Free Market Act, revokes the Department of Energy’s authority to regulate household appliances under the 1975 Energy Policy and Conservation Act while continuing to pre-empt state appliance efficiency standards.

H.R. 4504, the Energy Efficiency Free Market Act, revokes the Department of Energy’s authority to regulate household appliances under the 1975 Energy Policy and Conservation Act while leaving in place a measure pre-empting state regulations. H.R. 4504 would be a good first step forward to limiting the federal government’s ability to micromanage Americans’ individual purchasing decisions for appliances and ending corporate welfare for government preferred technologies that can’t compete in the marketplace on their own.

Author
Nicolas (Nick) Loris, an economist, focuses on energy, environmental and regulatory issues as the Herbert and Joyce Morgan fellow at The Heritage Foundation as well as a policy advisor for The Heartland Institute.
nick.loris@heritage.org @@NiconomistLoris