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Guthrie Energy Efficiency Bill Passes House

Washington, December 9, 2020 | S.K. Bowen (202-225-3501)
Tags: Energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Brett Guthrie’s (KY-02) Ceiling Fan Improvement Act (H.R. 5758) passed in the U.S. House of Representatives today by a vote of 396 to 2. This commonsense bill would update energy conservation standards from the Department of Energy (DOE) to better regulate and acknowledge the efficiency of large-diameter fans.

The Ceiling Fan Improvement Act was advanced to the House floor from the Energy and Commerce Committee. Guthrie, who serves as the top Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), the chair of the committee’s Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, introduced this bipartisan legislation.

“In January 2017, the Department of Energy finalized energy conservation standards for ceiling fans that unfortunately, did not account for the different airflow dynamics of large ceiling fans,” said Guthrie on the House floor. “Under the current regulations, some of the most efficient large-diameter fans would have to be taken off the market in the U.S.”

He continued, “The Ceiling Fan Improvement Act is a bipartisan, commonsense bill that will ensure large-diameter fans are properly regulated. Technical innovation and new products will be the key to improving energy efficiency and protecting our environment for generations to come, and the Ceiling Fan Improvement Act seeks to ensure that high performing, large-diameter ceiling fans can remain on the market and help achieve real energy savings.”

The bill now heads to the U.S. Senate for consideration.