HARDI files to stay in the regional standards fight. The organization wants a/c equipment included as well.
OHIO - Heating, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International
(HARDI) filed a motion responding to the proposed settlement filed on January
11, 2013, by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the American Public Gas
Association (APGA). The proposal agrees to withdraw the pending minimum energy
conservation standards, including regional standards, for residential
non-weatherized and mobile home gas furnaces.
the proposed settlement, DOE would be required to conduct a notice and comment
rulemaking procedure establishing new energy conservation standards for
non-weatherized and mobile home gas furnaces. The proposed settlement, however,
does not eliminate the new energy conservation standards for residential air
conditioners and heat pumps, including regional energy conservation standards for
does not believe that the APGA/DOE settlement addresses all of our concerns,
therefore we are asking the Court to allow us to substitute in for APGA and
continue our concerns as they relate to abuses of the Direct Final Rule Process
and central air conditioners,” said Jon Melchi, director of Government Affairs,
to the terms of the proposed settlement the portions of the Direct Final Rule -
setting the minimum AFUE standards for residential non-weatherized and mobile
home gas furnaces at 90 percent in the Northern region and 80 percent in the
Southeastern and Southwestern regions - are vacated, along with the pending May
1 compliance date. The DOE also agreed that it will initiate a new rulemaking
for residential furnaces and allow stakeholders the opportunity to comment.
the Distributor Town Hall meeting held at the 2012 HARDI Annual Conference, we
were unanimously directed by our distributor members to do everything
reasonably possible to fight the implementation of regional standards,” said
Brian Cobble, president, G.W. Berkheimer and 2012-2013 HARDI president. “Since
the proposed APGA/DOE settlement only addresses the furnace standard, HARDI
felt compelled to file the motion with the court in order to address
shortcomings in the cooling standard and missteps in the rulemaking process.”
the Court accepts this settlement, non-condensing furnaces would remain legal
to install in all states until the DOE can write new regulations. Not only does
this clear up the uncertainty about stranded inventory in Northern region ahead
of the May 1 deadline, but it also gives industry stakeholders the opportunity
to be involved in the creation of any future rules.
portions of the Direct Final Rule setting new minimum energy efficiency
standards for central air conditioners and heat pumps, including any regional
standards, remain in place, along with the January 1, 2015, compliance date.
believe that the facts are on our side and that by allowing the case to
continue the court would be allowing the many businesses that HARDI represents,
the fair and open process they were denied by the DOE’s abuse of the Direct
Final Rule process,” said Melchi.
settlement is still pending the Court’s approval.
questions about the pending settlement, contact Jon Melchi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit www.hardinet.org/regional-standards