California approves new energy efficiency rules for appliances

The California Energy Commission has approved new energy efficiency regulations for selected appliances sold in the State. They regulate appliances including: evaporative coolers, refrigerators, freezers and commercial icemakers, ceiling fans, exhaust fans, whole-house fans, water dispensers and residential pool pumps and portable electric spas. These new regulations will go into effect on a staggered schedule beginning in January 2006. According to Energy Commissioner Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, the ruling will "slow electricity demand in the State and save approximately 100 MW of generating capacity every year".