Proposed Policy Changes for Energy Efficiency Requirements of Residential and Commercial HVAC Equipment Finally Become Public

By Barton James posted 9 days ago

  
Another one of ACCA and the HVACR Industry’s top commonsense policy goals put forward to President Trump and Congress, which we requested their help transforming was energy policy, specifically:
 
Energy Bill & EPCA Reform
Issue: The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), is the governing policy for energy efficiency of DOE residential covered products and commercial covered equipment; and gives DOE authority to regulate many of the HVACR Alliance members’ products. EPCA is over 40 years old and has not been updated since its initial enactment to reflect new technologies and economic realities. EPCA has produced an endless cycle of efficiency rulemakings that adversely impacts our industry’s competitiveness, consumers’ choices and installed costs. The Act overlooks effects of installation on energy efficiency, and most importantly - the American jobs we create.

Solution: The HVACR Alliance seeks Congressional action to allow U.S. industry to reposition itself as the global leader of innovation, job creation, and production of energy efficient products and equipment. Congress must make substantive modifications to various EPCA provisions that reflect the latest technology and trends rather than relying on outdated 40-year-old technology. Our industry presented Congress with suggestions on how to achieve these reforms and we look forward to working with the Trump Administration and the 115th Congress to update these important policies.

Shortly before the Passover/Easter break we got some exciting news from our friend, and Counsel for the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  We finally received the long awaited EPCA language. During our initial review we were pleased to see several of our suggestions had been were included. The aim to build in more time between rulemakings on energy efficient HVAC equipment is there, though it would not currently end serial rulemakings. This Republican “Discussion Draft” includes efforts to increase transparency, define energy savings for subsequent rulemakings, and ensure test procedures are finished prior to standards.

Currently, the Committee has not indicated when a hearing will be scheduled. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.
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