US court rules Trump must lift block on new UPS efficiency standards

February 15, 2018

A US federal court has ruled that delayed energy efficiency standards for uninterruptible power supply systems and a range of other products must go into effect across the country.


According to standards drawn up by the US Department of Energy (DOE) under the former Obama administration, UPS manufacturers would be expected to incur “total conversion costs of $36 million” to bring products into compliance.


However, the new standards were blocked after President Donald Trump took office last year— and law chiefs from the states of California and New York led a coalition that sued the DOE over the issue.


On 15 February, the US District Court for the Northern District of California ruled the DOE must make the new standards legally enforceable by formally publishing them in the Federal Register.


California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (pictured) said the ruling “means that the Trump administration may no longer block common-sense energy efficiency standards”.


The DOE had previously estimated the standards would, over a 30-year period, result in 99 million metric tonnes of “reduced carbon dioxide emissions and save consumers and businesses $8.4 billion”.


The original energy efficiency standards rule is on the DOE’s website.


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