DOE Announces Effective Date for Energy Efficiency Standard for Ceiling Fans

On January 19, 2017, the Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule establishing new energy efficiency standards for ceiling fans. The rule was originally supposed to go into effect on March 20, 2017, but the Trump administration delayed the effective date twice — first on February 2nd, and then again on March 20th (pushing back the effective date until September 30th, 2017).

On May 24th, 2017, DOE published a notice in the Federal Register confirming that there will be no further delays and that the effective date of the energy efficiency standard for ceiling fans will be September 30, 2017.  DOE published this notice after a group of state attorneys general filed a lawsuit against DOE, charging that the delays in the effective date of the ceiling fan rule violated both the federal Energy Policy and Conservation Act and the Administrative Procedures Act. Read more about the lawsuit >>