The proposed rule actually targets two different stove tops featured on gas stoves, both of which the department says use high energy.
“Together with the models included in the engineering analysis, DOE estimates that nearly half of the total gas cooking top market … would not be impacted by the proposed standard, if finalized,” the memo said.
Others claim that the same memo and DOE’s own data show that as many as 96% of gas stoves currently on the market could be taken off, but Energy claims that is not true. The data apparently reveal that just 4% — or one out 21 — of gas stoves tested by the department would be allowed for purchase under the new standard. An Energy spokesman denied those allegations.
“DOE presented a set of data of units that we physically tested — this should not be confused with the percentage of products that would meet the standard,” the spokesman said. “The tested sample is just a small subset of models that better help DOE understands the annual energy consumption of these units.”