March 2, 2017
Contact: Francis Dietz, Vice President, Public Affairs
Arlington, Va. — – The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) today welcomed former Texas Gov. Rick Perry as the next Secretary of Energy, following his confirmation by the United States Senate.
"Governor Perry's understanding of the energy economy and its relationship to economic growth will serve the nation well as the next Secretary of Energy," said AHRI President & CEO Stephen Yurek. "Because many of the HVACR products and equipment manufactured by our member companies are regulated, it is important that the Secretary ensure that the regulatory process, now 40 years old and in need of significant reform, operates fairly and consistently for all stakeholders. We are confident Governor Perry recognizes that, and we look forward to working with him and his team to advance energy efficiency while protecting consumers who rely on our products in their everyday lives," he said.
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is the trade association representing manufacturers of air conditioning, heating, and commercial refrigeration, and water heating equipment. An internationally recognized advocate for the industry, AHRI 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.