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Jon Melchi, HARDI's director of government affairs, discusses the recent regional standards settlement agreement.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) intends to establish a rulemaking working group under the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC) to negotiate proposed regional energy efficiency standards. Two HVAC professionals have been announced as participants in this group.
Contractor will not be able to conduct business as usual — at least not without carefully considering regional efficiencies, system matches, high-efficiency motors, impending cost increases, and the penalties associated with the new standards.
Written comments and request to be appointed as members of the working group should be submitted within 14 days after the date of publication.
This is the first in a two-part series of articles summarizing the State of HVAC survey Emerson conducted and is sharing exclusively with The NEWS.
The court’s order ends the lawsuit and represents a great victory for the industry organizations that were involved in developing the final settlement agreement.
The court’s actions officially ends the two-plus year legal battle between the DOE and several organizations, including HARDI, AHRI, and ACCA.
The settlement agreement, which now awaits court approval, would vacate the regional furnace efficiency standards and restart the rulemaking process, this time giving stakeholders more opportunities to provide input throughout the rulemaking process.
The biggest winners in this story are the distributors who continued to fight the DOE even though many — including yours truly — felt they should give up the fight.
Unlike the 2005 regulation changes, the 2015 changes will affect both residential and commercial efficiency standards.