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Clearing the Air with Energy Efficiency

EPA Administrator Lays Out New Clean Power Plan at Annual Forum
By Greg Mazurkiewicz
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Energy efficiency and renewable energy are key components of the EPA's Clean Power Plan, which aims to cut carbon pollution from power plants.


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EPA Cautions Against Using Propane-based Refrigerants

FBI Joins EPA in Issuing Warnings About Unapproved Refrigerants
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The EPA says a number of unapproved refrigerants with “22a” or “R-22a” in the name contain highly flammable hydrocarbons such as propane. 


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July 23, 2014: EPA Warns Against Charging A/C Units with Propane-Based Refrigerants

Using Such Refrigerants in an Existing Air Conditioner Poses Risk of Fire or Explosion
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a warning to consumers, contractors, and technicians about the safety hazards related to charging existing home and motor vehicle air conditioning systems with propane-based refrigerants. 


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R-22’s Murky Run to the End

Timelines, Scenarios Abound
By Peter Powell
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Well, the adventures of HCFC-22 have certainly gotten interesting. For seemingly forever, we’ve known the final phaseout for the production and importation of R-22 was going to be Dec. 31, 2019. But then the EPA called for a more aggressive reduction, set to end in 2018. Then, some industry folks entered into the fray this year.


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Regulatory Challenges Discussed at Symposium

Refrigeration Technology, Regulations Headline Latest Meeting
By Peter Powell
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Danfoss’ periodic EnVisioneering symposia look at a wide range of HVACR issues and topics. For its most recent event this past fall in Baltimore, the focus was on refrigeration, both in terms of regulations and the latest in technology. 


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Supermarket Chain BGC Joins GreenChill

Brookshire Grocery Co. has 153 Stores
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Brookshire Grocery Co. (BGC), which operates 153 stores in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas, has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) GreenChill partnership. 


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EPA Strengthens Energy Star Refrigerator and Freezer Requirements

Connected Features Are Encouraged
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has revised its Energy Star requirements for residential refrigerators and freezers. The updated requirements raise the bar for energy efficiency in these products and, for the first time, encourage manufacturers to include optional connected features. 


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Consumer Media Spreading the Word on Industry Concerns

TV Station Airs Story on R-22 Phaseout
By Peter Powell
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We should always be happy when the media outside our industry draws attention to the challenges faced by HVACR contractors.


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July 22, 2013: Senate Confirms Gina McCarthy as EPA Administrator

McCarthy Has Been with EPA Since 2009
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The U.S. Senate has confirmed Gina McCarthy as the new administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). McCarthy previously served as assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.


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EPA Revising Energy Star Specification

Framework Document Now Available for Review
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its intention to revise the Energy Star Version 4.1 Central Air Conditioner and Air-Source Heat Pump (CAC/ASHP) specification.


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Mark Satterfield, founder and CEO of Gentle Rain Marketing Inc. and author of “The One Week Marketing Plan” talks about his book and the importance of HVAC blogging. Posted on Sept. 19.

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