AHRI continues to make progress toward introduction of legislation in the Senate and the House authorizing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to phase down HFCs. AHRI is working with staff of the committees of jurisdiction on legislative text based on the industry-led legislative proposal.
AHRI has been actively tracking progress on the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 2137), introduced by Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.). The bill broadly addresses energy efficiency and the built environment. AHRI supports both the Senate and House (H.R. 3962) versions of the bill, sending a letter of support, as well as joining a coalition letter supporting the legislation. In October, the Senate bill was reported out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee by a vote of 14 to 6.
Since the beginning of 2019, AHRI has tracked a total of 241 bills across 39 states. Many of the bills tracked this year have related to energy supply, efficiency program funding, and right to repair. AHRI has also actively engaged on bills related to cybersecurity and the Internet of Things, the phase down of HFCs, and codes and standards adoption. Looking ahead to 2020, it is likely that cybersecurity, demand response, decarbonization, and the reduction of HFC emissions will continue to be a major focus of legislation and rulemaking activity at the state level.
On the regulatory side, Maryland and Delaware are the most recent U.S. Climate Alliance states to undertake rulemakings on portions of EPA’s vacated Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program Rules 20 and 21, prohibiting certain HFCs in aerosol propellants, chillers, foam, and stationary refrigeration end-uses. There are now a total of eight states – including Washington and Vermont, which passed HFC legislation earlier this year – actively working to adopt rules or enact legislation to implement a phase down. AHRI Regulatory and Government Affairs staff are actively engaged in these efforts to ensure harmonized regulations.