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AHRI Approves of DoE’s NOPR on Efficiency Rulemaking

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ARLINGTON, VA – As the trade association representing manufacturers of HVACR and water heating equipment, AHRI is pleased that the Department of Energy has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to update the Process Rule, which it says is critical to making the efficiency rulemaking process transparent, predictable, and timely.

“We work closely with the Department of Energy as it fulfills its Congressionally mandated duty to set America's appliance energy efficiency standards,” said Stephen Yurek, president and CEO of the  Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute.

“While we are still reviewing the proposed rule, we are pleased that it includes one of our most important priorities: Requiring the establishment of equipment test procedures prior to updating efficiency standards,” he said. “That step alone is a significant improvement over prior practice, but the enhanced transparency and predictability for manufacturers, along with a long-overdue standard for evaluating the economic justification for rulemakings, are also very welcome. 

“We appreciate the issuance of this NOPR, and we look forward to working with all stakeholders to make this rule the best it can be – for manufacturers, for energy efficiency, and for consumers.”
AHRI and its member companies remain committed to energy efficiency standards established through a transparent, predictable, and timely process. 

AHRI is an internationally recognized advocate for the HVACR industry. It develops standards for and certifies the performance of many of these products. AHRI's 300+ member companies manufacture quality, efficient, and innovative residential and commercial air conditioning, space heating, water heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment and components for sale in North America and around the world.

For more, go to ahrinet.org.