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HVACR Heats Up on the Hill

May 24, 2010
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In my last blog I commented that it feels like the current Congress is going into overdrive. The House and the Senate have had a lot on their legislative plate, but they seem to keep gobbling up everything that comes their way.

Even more intriguing is that more and more of the legislation Congress is considering could impact the HVACR industry. According to Charlie McCrudden, vice president of government relations for the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), the industry is undergoing a higher level of government scrutiny than ever before - and it’s due to the increasing emphasis on energy efficiency.

I recently managed to catch McCrudden on the phone, and he said, “I’ve never had a two-month period like I’ve just gone through. The pace of what’s going on in Washington is really changing.”

What do you think about the HVACR industry being in the spotlight on the Hill? Will the Congressional focus on energy efficiency positively or negatively impact your business?
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HVAC impacts in Congress

Steve Russell
May 24, 2010
While I believe in energy efficiency, I do not like the federal government to tell me what I must achieve; especially if I have to spend thousands of dollars to save hundreds. Once a mandate is put in place, it seems that logic goes out the window. Good programs can become terrible programs if there is not good reasoning and program development behind them. Unfortunately, that is what I usually see coming form congress.

Devil's Advocate

Angela D. Harris
May 25, 2010
You are right Steve, spending thousands to save hundreds isn't going to drive the people to efficiency. Hence the regulations. So, if we don't want regulation, how do we drive efficiency changes? Any suggestions? Anyone?

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