February 7, 2019
Contact: Francis Dietz, Vice President, Public Affairs
Arlington, Va. — The following statement regarding the pre-publication release by the Department of Energy (DOE) of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Process Rule can be attributed to Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) President & CEO Stephen Yurek:
As the trade association representing manufacturers of HVACR and water heating equipment, we work closely with the Department of Energy as it fulfills its Congressionally mandated duty to set America's appliance energy efficiency standards.
We are very pleased that DOE has issued a NOPR to update the Process Rule — a rule that is critical to making the efficiency rulemaking process transparent, predictable, and timely.
While we are still reviewing the proposed rule issued today, we are pleased that it includes one of our most important priorities: Requiring the establishment of equipment test procedures prior to updating efficiency standards. 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.
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is the trade association representing manufacturers of air conditioning, heating, 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.