(WASHINGTON, DC) Last night the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2028, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016, with an amendment offered by Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15). Dent’s amendment, which was adopted by voice vote, would prohibit the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) from issuing onerous new regulations on ceiling fan efficiency standards.

“The Department of Energy’s proposed rule is a big government regulatory solution in search of a problem,” Dent said. “Ceiling fans, by their very nature, are already an extremely energy efficient method of cooling a home or business, using exponentially less electricity than air conditioning units. The compliance costs associated with the proposed rule would significantly increase the price of ceiling fans, thereby reducing their purchase and use by American consumers. I believe that this is absolutely the wrong policy.”

“The ceiling fan industry has already demonstrated a strong commitment to energy efficiency, as demonstrated by the dramatic increase in Energy Star certified ceiling fans over the past decade. At a time when homeowners across the United States are trying to reduce energy usage and cost, we should not increase the price of ceiling fans by setting unrealistic and unnecessary efficiency requirements on an already efficient product. I am glad that my colleagues in the House viewed my amendment as being so sensible that it was approved by voice vote,” Dent added.

The Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act provides $35.4 billion for Energy Department programs and federal water projects for Fiscal Year 2016. The bill funds the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Army Corps of Engineers’ civil projects.

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You can view Representative Dent speaking on the House Floor in favor of his amendment here. Representative Dent serves the Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affair and as Chair of the House Ethics Committee.