The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday finalized new rules to improve electric appliances.
Under the new regulations, electric appliances will be subject to the same requirements as standard appliances.
The rule, which is currently pending review, is expected to be finalized by the end of the year.
According to the EPA, the new rules will help the nation reduce CO2 emissions by nearly 40 percent by 2030, and increase the supply of reliable and efficient electric appliances to consumers.
The new rule will require electric appliances that meet certain performance standards to be more energy-efficient, more efficient in terms of the amount of energy they use, and provide greater energy efficiency through the use of the energy in the form of the most efficient, cleanest electricity possible.
Additionally, the rules will ensure that the EPA does not make an arbitrary determination based on the type of appliance, the amount or type of batteries used or the type or quantity of batteries in an electric appliance.
The EPA said it is reviewing the existing standards, and will take further actions as appropriate.
The rules, which were adopted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, are the latest in a series of rules the EPA has finalized for electric vehicles and battery technology.
The agency has also proposed rules for new batteries and other electrical appliances.