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GEO Comments on EPA Rulemaking

Group asks EPA to Recognize Geothermal Heat Pumps in Proposed Rulemaking

In building its case for GHPs, GEO emphasized the impact the technology’s efficiency can have on the EPA’s expected mandates and benefits of more widespread use by reducing fossil-fuel consumption, leveling utility loads, and cutting carbon emissions from existing power plants across the U.S.


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Manufacturers Strive to Meet Standards

Furnace Fan, Electric Motor Standards Drive Competition While Presenting Challenges

Over the past year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued more than a dozen final rules that directly or indirectly impact the HVACR industry. Two, in particular, directly regulate minimum efficiency requirements for HVAC motors.


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Financing Is Holding Back the ‘Energy Revolution’

The Payoff is There, States Former President Bill Clinton

Renewable energy and energy efficiency could bring about an “energy revolution,” said former President Bill Clinton in his keynote speech at the 2014 World Energy Engineering Congress.


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Furnace Standard Fans the Flames

DOE Rule Regulates Components for the First Time

Manufacturers will initially bear the brunt of this change, as they will need to redesign their furnace lines in order to comply with the new standard, which takes effect in 2019. 


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Power Shift in Congress to Impact HVAC

Gridlock May Continue, Despite Republican Control of 114th Congress

While some industry leaders think the power shift may help loosen the gridlock that has plagued the 113th Congress, others are less optimistic.


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Massachusetts Maintains Status as Most Efficient State

State Scorecard Offers Policymakers Toolkit to Increase Energy Savings

The report declared Massachusetts as the most energy-efficient state in the nation for the fourth year in a row, narrowly edging out California. 


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EPA Finalizes R-22 Phaseout Plan

Final Rule Limits Production to 22 Million Pounds Starting Jan. 1, 2015

Contractors who have found virgin hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-22 readily available at their local supply houses had best prepare for a drastic drop-off in such supplies very soon.


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New Era Dealt Setback in Court of Appeals

Push to Accelerate R-22 Phaseout Hits Roadblock

Basically, the court ruled against New Era in this regard on the technicality that New Era “did not address these issues in its response to the motion for summary denial.”


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DOE Posts Regional Standards Data

Information Made Available Due to Settlement Agreement Provision

In fulfillment of that obligation, the DOE posted its Government Regulatory Impact Model (GRIM) and National Impact Analysis (NIA) spreadsheets.


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DOE Denies Petition; AHRI Sues Over Rule

With Lawsuit, AHRI Hopes to Mend DOE’s ‘Broken Rulemaking Process’

The DOE, AHRI asserts, did not follow proper protocol when promulgating the WICF final rule and issued energy-conservation standards that many in the industry feel are unfair, not technologically feasible, and unnecessarily burdensome to HVACR manufacturers.


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