November 1, 2018
Contact: Francis Dietz
Arlington, Va. — The following statement regarding the letter released today by House Democrats to Energy Secretary Rick Perry seeking information on the Department's Appliance Standards Program 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 are working closely with both sides of the aisle in Congress, as well as with the White House and the Department of Energy, on the nation's appliance standards program. We understand the position the letter signers are taking. We believe reform of the federal Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) and its implementing regulations is long overdue.
One item that is ready for quick action is DOE's process rule. Finalizing the process rule would create a more transparent framework for rulemakings and would achieve appropriate regulatory reform while making efficiency rulemakings more predictable and timely.
Since passage of the original Energy Policy and Conservation Act, which America's HVACR and water heating manufacturers strongly supported, AHRI and its member companies have worked closely with all stakeholders on technologically feasible, economically justified federal appliance standards, and we will continue to do so.
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.