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July 17, 2014: HVAC Representatives to Serve on DOE Regional Standards Working Group

The Working Group Restarts the Negotiated Rulemaking Process

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.


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Regional Standards Settlement Expected by March 17

Sources Anticipate a Mediated Ruling Within Two Weeks

While a previous court document identified March 3 as the last day for the expected filing of a settlement in the ongoing regional standards lawsuit, it appears the judicial system may need a few extra days.


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Aug. 21, 2013: Court Orders Briefing in Regional Standards Lawsuit

Proposed Settlement Between DOE and APGA Still Pending
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued an order on Aug. 19 requesting that parties involved in the ongoing regional standards lawsuit agree to a briefing schedule within 30 days.


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Court Puts Regional Standards on Ice

Legal Decision Places Definitive Hold on Enforcement Until Court Rules on Pending Lawsuit

The court granted an emergency motion filed by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) to stay the standards which would’ve required residential nonweatherized natural gas furnaces installed in 30 Northern states to have an AFUE rating of at least 90 percent.


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May 17, 2013: Motion Filed to Reconsider Regional Furnace Rule Stay

In the ongoing regional standards lawsuit, the American Public Gas Association (APGA) has filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit asking that it reconsider its May 1 order, which stayed enforcement of the regional furnace standards rule, but also asked the parties to re-brief all of the main issues.


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May 1, 2013: Court Grants Motion to Stay Regional Furnace Rules

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled favorably today on an emergency motion filed by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) requesting a stay of the May 1, 2013, compliance date for the implementation of regional furnace standards. 


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April 25, 2013: FTC Will Not Enforce Regional Furnace Standards Labeling

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a statement noting that, pending resolution of the ongoing regional efficiency standards litigation, it will not enforce its new rules regarding EnergyGuide labels for residential gas furnaces.


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DOE Will Not Enforce Regional Standards

Enforcement Put on Hold Until Court Rules on Pending Settlement Agreement
A rule requiring all nonweatherized gas furnaces in the northern region adhere to a minimum 90 percent AFUE standard beginning May 1 will not be immediately enforced. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) declared that enforcement of the rule will not be pursued until the U.S. Court of Appeals rules on a pending lawsuit settlement agreement.


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Regional Standards Timeline

A chronological list of events involving the regional standards rulemaking process and subsequent lawsuit.


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April 5, 2013: DOE Issues Enforcement Policy Statement on Regional Standards for Furnaces

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has today issued an enforcement policy statement regarding non-weatherized gas furnace standards while the regional standards lawsuit is still pending, indicating that DOE will not enforce the standards.


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Chris Mathis, president of Mathis Consulting Co. and vice chair of ASHRAE’s residential ad hoc committee, talks about ASHRAE’s exploration into the residential market. Posted on Oct. 17.

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