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AHRI Update: June 2012

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June 28, 2012


Updated Edition of EPCA Guide Available
The Second Edition (June 2012) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) Guide for AHRI Members and Employees can now be accessed on the AHRI Members Only website.  The new edition of the EPCA Guide contains many important updates, including new standards levels and updated information on standards certification and enforcement requirements. Members interested in the newest edition can access it here, on the Members Only site, under Advocacy Center. Contact: Joe Mattingly.


Highlights from ASHRAE Annual Meeting
ASHRAE and AHRI signed two agreements during the ASHRAE annual meeting on Monday, June 25, in San Antonio, Texas. 

The first agreement is a new joint ASHRAE/AHRI publication agreement on Standard 155, Method of Testing for Rating Commercial Space Heating Boiler Systems.  This standard addresses both methods of testing and provisions for performance ratings of commercial space heating boiler systems.

The second agreement is an update to the existing ASHRAE/AHRI agreement on mutual cooperation in standards development.  It more effectively delineates the roles of ASHRAE and AHRI in the development process of testing standards and performance rating standards for products within the organization’s scopes.

In addition, ASHRAE recognized the following individual employees of AHRI member companies with awards for their service:  
  • David Knebel of Aaon was presented the Exceptional Service Award (ESA).  
  • David John, previously of Metal Industries, and William McQuade of JCI were presented with the Distinguished Service Award.  
Contact:  Michael Woodford.


New AHRI Member
AHRI is pleased to welcome our newest member.
  • American Power Conversion (APC) is participating in the DataCOM Cooling Product Section.
Contact: Freshta Rosario.

AHRI to Seek Clarification on Puerto Rico E-Waste Law
On January 17, 2012, the government of Puerto Rico enacted an electronic-waste law that applies to a broad range of products in the high-technology sector.  The law imposes end-of-life responsibility upon manufacturers, importers, and exclusive distributers of electronic equipment. Furthermore, it mandates that businesses with 11 or more employees create a voluntary “Green Business” certification program and implement e-waste take-back programs.

The law is vague with regard to specific products that are excluded, stating only that “this act shall not apply to commercial or domestic products that contain one or more components that are built-in and permanently installed.”

AHRI notified the Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board of AHRI’s belief that our members’ products (such as water heaters, packaged terminal air conditioners, and central air conditioners, among others) meet the criteria for exclusion and are therefore excluded from the new law.

AHRI, along with other associations, will meet this week with the Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board for discussions on the law and to further emphasize AHRI’s position that it does not apply to our members’ products. Contact: Cade Clark or Phillip Wallace.

Latest on INCAAA
Last year, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced S. 398,  the Implementation of National Consensus Appliance Agreements Act of 2012 (INCAAA).  

When the Department of Energy (DOE) adopted the consensus agreements on regional standards found in INCAAA, it resulted in a number of orphaned INCAAA proposals.  To deal with the orphaned provisions, AHRI and our Hill allies crafted a pared-down version of INCAAA known as INCAAA Lite.  

INCAAA Lite is a top AHRI legislative priority in the 112th Congress.  As part of our legislative strategy, AHRI has pushed for individual bills for most of the orphaned provisions: (1) water heater test procedure provisions have been introduced as S. 156 and H.R. 4820; (2) standards for small-duct, high velocity air conditioning have been introduced as S. 920 and H.R. 1499; and (3) service over the counter legislation has been introduced as H.R. 5710 and was approved by the full House last week as an amendment to H.R. 4480.  Technical corrections and building codes are the only remaining provisions that do not have standalone bills.

As interest has intensified on S. 1000 as a possible energy-related bill to move in Congress, AHRI has looked toward attaching INCAAA Lite as an amendment to that bill.  This strategy requires agreement among the stakeholders for the outstanding provisions.  Unfortunately, those involved have yet to reach a consensus on the issues relating to building codes.

As Senate negotiations continue on S. 1000, there is renewed discussion of including INCAAA Lite, and AHRI is working with various stakeholders on a modified version of the original INCAAA proposal.  AHRI will continue to advocate for inclusion of the INCAAA Lite provisions and we will keep our membership informed about any new developments.  Contact: Guido Zucconi.


Court Upholds EPA Emission Rules
On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) greenhouse gas regulations and interpretation of the Clean Air Act. Petitioners from various states and industry groups challenged the four rules issued by the EPA, arguing that they are based on “improper constructions of the Clean Air Act and are otherwise arbitrary and capricious.”
 
The four rules that were challenged are: 
  • the endangerment finding, which established that greenhouse gases contribute to climate change and harm human health; 
  • the tailoring rule, which narrows permitting requirements to only the heaviest-emitting industries; 
  • the tailpipe rule, which allows EPA to create carbon standards for light-duty vehicles; and 
  • the timing rule, which requires that greenhouse gas emissions standards from stationary sources take effect at the same time as the motor rule.
In its opinion, the court affirmed EPA's right to regulate greenhouse gases. It found the endangerment finding and the tailpipe rule to be neither "arbitrary" nor "capricious;" deciding instead that the EPA's interpretation of the Clean Air Act was "unambiguously correct." Furthermore, the court ruled that industry petitioners did not have proper standing to challenge the timing and tailoring rules, because they ultimately stand to benefit from them, rather than be harmed by them.

The appeals court also concluded that the phrase “any air pollutant” in the Clean Air Act is not limited to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards and does in fact include greenhouse gases. Contact: Cade Clark.

Hill Staff Anticipates August 8th Reception
Capitol Hill and AHRI staff are eagerly anticipating the 2nd Annual HVACR Industry Awareness Event, set to take place August 8, 2012. The reception, which will again be featuring a 250 lb. cake from the famous Carlo’s Bake Shop (of Cake Boss fame), will take place in the Rayburn House Office Building Foyer and will provide Members of Congress and Congressional staff the opportunity to meet members of AHRI, HARDI, PHCC, ACCA, and NATE.

The reception also will provide a forum for AHRI to highlight our industry’s positive impact on the nation’s economy, and to brand AHRI’s role in certification and federal policy initiatives. Last year’s event was a great success, attracting more than 300 attendees, and we are looking forward to building upon that success by hosting another extraordinary event. Contact:  Phillip Wallace.


June 21, 2012


General Statistical Committee Meeting
TAHRI’s General Statistical Committee met on June 14. The Committee reviewed and discussed action items from the 2011 Annual and 2012 Spring meetings, including AHRI’s policy on the release of statistical data and timely reporting.  The Committee also discussed significant progress made in the development of STARS, AHRI’s web-based statistical database, and ongoing efforts to ensure continuity in development. Later, the Committee considered plans to begin tracking participant’s timeliness and accuracy of data submittal to AHRI and conduct an outside lean audit of AHRI’s statistical program to ensure continuous improvement in this important member service.  Contact: Henry Hwong.

Member of EPEE/Grayling Staff Participates in Exchange Program at AHRI
AHRI and the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) was in residence at AHRI as part of the 2012 professional development program with a visit to AHRI from Fanny van der Loo, Account Manager at Grayling and EPEE team manager for F-Gas and Market Surveillance.  
During the week of June 11-15, Fanny van der Loo worked with members of AHRI’s staff to understand AHRI’s priority issues. She also attended the June 14 International Committee meeting, visited Capitol Hill, and met with other organizations. She gave a presentation to AHRI staff about the European Union, the issues in the industry (including the F-Gas regulation), and EPEE.  

In January 2012, AHRI’s International Affairs Manager Shelley Pursell was in residence at EPEE’s offices in Brussels, Belgium, and met with many of AHRI’s global partners in Europe. The professional development program will continue in 2013. Contact: Shelley Pursell.

Certification Programs & Policy Committee Meeting
On May 24,  the Certification Programs & Policy (CP&P) Committee met at the AHRI Headquarters in Arlington, Va. Members of the committee covered a wide variety of topics, including the certification program test results for 2011. Much of the discussion was related to the differences between Department of Energy enforcement testing procedures and those used in AHRI Certification. 
Later, AHRI staff reported to the committee on the Environmental Protection Agency directives on ENERGY STAR products. Finally, AHRI staff reported that the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) conducted a successful audit of the AHRI Certification Programs. Contact: Bill Tritsis.

AHRI Certification Program Successfully Completes SCC Audit
The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) conducted a successful audit of the AHRI Certification Programs. SCC evaluated conformity with certification body requirements documented in ISO/IEC Guide 65, CAN-P-1500L, and associated referenced documents for the AHRI Certification Programs. The results of the intensive audit were extremely positive with accolades from the auditing team on the programs’ Quality Management System. SCC accreditation is required by the National Resources of Canada (NRCAN) and benefits AHRI Certification Program participants who ship certified products across the northern border. 

One of the most important successes of this audit was the expansion of the AHRI Certification Programs to include: Commercial Water Heaters, Residential Water Heaters, Direct Heating Equipment, and Commercial Boilers. SCC has reviewed the programs and the expansion to include these five programs is expected as soon as a letter ballot by SCC is conducted. New certification marks are now available for these products; please contact Cheron Scott. Contact: Rupal Choksi.

CSA Annual Conference and Committee Week
On June 11-12, AHRI’s Frank Stanonik attended the Canadian Standards Association’s Annual Conference in the city of Quebec. In addition to the normal business of reporting on its accomplishments over the past year and the state of its finances, CSA also presented its plans to enhance its website and improve its standards development process by introducing a “communities of interest” concept.  Additional information on this concept will be presented to the Z21/83 Committee when it meets on July 17, 2012.

Stanonik also participated in the June 13 meeting of the CSA Technical Committee on Energy Efficiency and Related Performance of Fuel-Burning Appliances and Equipment.  This committee has oversight responsibility for the various “P” subcommittees developing Canadian efficiency test procedures for gas and oil-fired equipment.  One of the issues being addressed by this committee is the possible removal of efficiency requirements and test methods from the CSA equipment safety standards, as has already been done in a number of Z21 standards. Contact: Frank Stanonik.

Maryland Recognizes Geothermal Heating & Cooling As Renewable Energy Sources
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley signed Senate Bill 652 into law, legislation that makes Maryland the first state in the nation to allow utilities to claim Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) for the installation of geothermal heat pumps (GHPs). The legislation makes GHPs an accepted technology under the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). The Maryland RPS stipulates that by 2022, electricity suppliers must generate 20 percent of their retail sales from renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, biomass, and now GHPs. Contact: Phillip Wallace.

Alliance to Save Energy Holds Press Conference to Promote S. 1000
The Alliance to Save Energy, along with Senator Shaheen (D-NH) and Senator Portman (R-OH), held a press conference Tuesday to promote The Energy Savings and Industrial Competiveness (ESIC) Act, S. 1000. Several stakeholders, including business organizations and nonprofit advocacy groups, addressed the need for a national energy efficiency strategy, which would increase the use of energy efficiency technologies in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors of the economy, while fostering job creation.

Senators Shaheen and Portman have been working on this bill for over a year, stating that they have received strong bipartisan support and approval from the business sector.  Last year, the bill passed the Senate Committee for Energy and Natural Resources with an 18-3 vote, and now waits for action on the Senator floor. Contact: Guido Zucconi.

Cooling Standards Subcommittee Approves New Standards and Guidelines
AHRI’s Cooling Standards Subcommittee (CSS) convened for a web conference meeting on June 19 and approved the following AHRI standards and guidelines:
  • AHRI Standards 570 (I-P)-2012 and 571 (SI)-2012, Performance Rating of Positive Displacement Carbon Dioxide Refrigerant Compressors and Compressor Units;
  •  AHRI Standard 220-2012, Reverberation Room Qualification and Testing Procedures for Determining Sound Power of HVAC Equipment;
  • AHRI Standard 1120-2012, Acoustical Test Methods and Sound Power Rating Procedures for Transport Refrigeration Equipment;
  • AHRI Standard 1140-2012, Sound Quality Evaluation Procedures for Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Equipment;
  • Addendum 1 (dated June 2012) to AHRI Standard 700-2006, Specifications for Fluorocarbon Refrigerants; and
  • Addendum 1 (dated June 2012) to AHRI Standards 880 (I-P)-2011 and 881 (SI)-2011, Performance Rating of Air Terminals
AHRI Standards 570 (I-P)-2012 and 571 (SI)-2012 are first time publications that have been harmonized with the Association of European Refrigeration Component Manufacturers (ASERCOM) and the China Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Industry Association (CRAA). All of AHRI’s standards and guidelines are free to download here. Contact: Mike Woodford.

Call for Comments on Proposed ASHRAE Standard 195P
ASHRAE has invited comments for the Public Review Draft of Proposed BSR/ASHRAE Standard 195P, Method of Test Forentilation of Health Care Facilities.  Comments are due August 14, 2012; access the Public Review Draft here.  This proposed standard specifies instrumentation and facilities, test installation methods, and procedures for determining the accuracy and stability of airflow control systems for terminal units at various airflow setpoints. Contact: Mike Woodford.

New Certification Participants
AHRI is pleased to welcome the following new participants to its certification program (program in italics):
  • HIAIRKOREA – Forced Circulation Air-Cooling and Air-Heating Coils (ACHC)
  • Style Crest, Inc. – Residential Furnaces (RFRN)
  • Style Crest, Inc. – Unitary Small Heat Pump Equipment (includes Mix-Match Coils) (USHP)
  • Style Crest, Inc. – Unitary Small Air-Conditioner Equipment (includes Mix-Match Coils) (USAC)
  • Shenzhen Yonan Air Conditioning Co., Ltd.- Unitary Small Air Conditioner Equipment (includes Mix-Match Coils)(USAC)
  • Shenzhen Yonan Air Conditioning Co., Ltd. – Unitary Small Heat Pump Equipment (includes Mix-Match Coils) (USHP)


JUNE 14, 2012

AHRI Product Sections Develop New Goals During AHRI Spring Meeting
Twenty-three product section meetings were held in Arlington, Va., during AHRI’s Spring Meeting last month. Sections discussed pertinent legislative and regulatory issues, standards, and future goals. Read summaries from each section meeting here. Contact: Monica Cardenas.

New AHRI Research Project Open for Bids
AHRI is accepting bids for Research Project No. 8002, Study the Impact of Duct Design on Life Cycle Cost of Residential HVAC Systems. This project is to conduct a life cycle cost analysis of typical residential air conditioning systems (cooling equipment, furnace, and ductwork), to determine what operating conditions (airflow rate and static pressure) are most likely to result in minimum life cycle system costs (first costs and energy costs). The project is a “work for hire” effort culminating with a final report deliverable to AHRI. Proposals are due by Thursday, July 12, 2012. For more information on the project and instructions for submitting a proposal, please see the posting on the AHRI website. Contact: Xudong Wang.

AHRI Announces New Manager of Government Affairs
Congratulations to AHRI’s Phillip Wallace on his promotion to Manager of Government Affairs. Phillip has represented AHRI members before state policymakers, has organized AHRI events, and has been instrumental in educating Members of Congress about issues of importance to our members and the industry.  As Manager, Phillip will continue his role in advocacy at the state and federal level along with his new responsibilities as a manager. Contact: Cade Clark. 

Update on North Carolina Proceedings
On June 11, 2012, AHRI staff appeared before the North Carolina Building Code Council to petition for an amendment to the 2012 North Carolina Energy Conservation Code to remedy a conflict between the Code and the federal preemption provisions of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA).  AHRI’s rulemaking petition was granted and scheduled for a public hearing in September 2012. Final Council action on proposed amendments to the 2012 Code is scheduled for December 2012.  Among its other provisions, the 2012 Code, as it applies to commercial buildings, provides a menu of six additional energy savings options; code compliance requires selection of at least one of the six options.  The options include installation of highly efficient HVAC and water heating equipment.  An alternative code compliance path is to achieve a 20 percent improvement in building energy consumption relative to a building that merely complies with ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007.  AHRI staff pointed out that the inclusion of EPCA-covered HVAC equipment and water heaters at efficiency levels above applicable federal minimum efficiency standards is preempted by EPCA.  To resolve the Code’s conflict with EPCA, AHRI’s rulemaking petition requests that the Code be amended to provide that compliance with ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010 would satisfy the Code.  The federal preemption provisions of EPCA allow state and local commercial building codes for new construction to adopt the latest ASHRAE 90.1 standards for EPCA-covered commercial products. Contact: Joe Mattingly.

New Certification Participants
AHRI is pleased to welcome the following new participants to its certification program (program in italics):
  • Zamil Air Conditioners – Water Chilling Packages Using the Vapor Compression Cycle (Air-Cooled) (ACCL)
  • Air Green Corporation – Unitary Small Heat Pump Equipment (includes Mix-Match Coils) (USHP)
  • GT-World Machineries Incorporated – Unitary Small Heat Pump Equipment (includes Mix-Match Coils) (USHP)
  • Air-Con International, Inc. – Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTAC)
Contact: Sunil Nanjundaram.

Call for Comments on Proposed Addenda to ASHRAE Standard 170-2008
Comments are invited for the following Public Review Drafts of Addenda j, t, and u of  ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170-2008, Ventilation of Health Care Facilities.  Public Review Drafts can be accessed here, and comments are due July 8, 2012.
  • Addendum j: This proposed addendum adds filtration requirements for certain types of residential health care facilities.
  • Addendum t: This proposed addendum updates references to the Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities.
  • Addendum u: This proposed addendum clarifies notes q and w to Table 7-1, Design Parameters.
Contact: Michael Woodford.

Saudi Arabia Revising Minimum Energy Performance Standards
Saudi Arabia has recently taken steps to accelerate the revision of existing Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for residential and commercial air conditioning equipment. The effort is intended to dramatically increase the energy efficiency of air conditioning equipment installed in the kingdom and to reduce the projected increase in the use of petroleum for domestic energy generation.  The Saudi government has transferred responsibility for the revision from the standards and metrology organization (SASO) to the Ministry of Petroleum and Minerals. The responsible individual in the ministry is HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, the Deputy Minister, Supply. He is being assisted by staff from Saudi Aramco and the consulting group Bain and Company.

The ministry held a workshop June 5, 2012, in Riyadh, to announce the new initiative and to allow industry and others to offer comments. Several AHRI members attended and made presentations.  As of now, no new proposed MEPS have been published, and the time frame for publication is not clear other than a statement by the ministry that certain (undefined) benchmarks  need to be reached by the end of 2012.  The ministry asked for comments by June 12, 2012, which AHRI provided, emphasizing:
  • The need for a published timeframe and opportunities to consult with industry;
  • The value of using ASHRAE 90.1 as a guide;
  • The need to recognize that increased efficiency requires engineering and technical changes to equipment that ultimately can push realistic limits;
  • The need for Saudi leadership in achieving harmonized MEPS through the Gulf Cooperation Council; and
  • AHRI’s willingness to be a resource for the ministry.
Key contacts in Saudi Arabia are: Joseph Rahi, Bain and Company (Joseph.Rahi@Bain.com); and Ahmed Zahrani, Saudi Aramco (ahmed.zahrani.17@aramco.com). AHRI will continue to monitor the situation and keep members informed. Contact: James Walters.


JUNE 7, 2012
Federal Trade Commission Completes NOPR on Appliance Labeling Rule
On May 31, 2012, in response to the publication of the Department of Energy’s direct final rule establishing regional minimum energy conservation standards for residential furnaces, central air conditioners, and heat pumps, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) on new labeling requirements for those products. The NOPR has not yet been published in the Federal Register, but its full text can be accessed here. The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) directs the FTC to determine the appropriate method(s) for disclosing information to consumers, distributors, and installers and authorizes the Commission to modify the EnergyGuide label or develop other disclosures. The Act also calls on the FTC to complete a rulemaking within 15 months from the publication of the final rule establishing regional standards.  The agency has announced that it will accept comments until Monday, August 6, 2012. Click here for more information with respect to filing comments online.  

The NOPR:
  • Proposes new content for the EnergyGuide labels. The proposed content discloses efficiency ratings in a format that provides regional information to help installers comply with the law. Tables 1 and 2 on pages 20-22 summarize the content of the proposed labels by product category. The proposed labels contain two parts: a revised upper portion designed primarily for consumers and a lower portion to help installers comply with the regional standards.
  • Proposes specifying separate ranges for each system type addressed by the efficiency standards. For example, the Rule will have separate ranges for weatherized and non-weatherized furnaces, split-system air conditioner systems, small duct, high-velocity systems, and space-constrained air conditioners. The FTC is seeking comments on whether such separate categories are necessary to help consumers compare products.
  • Proposes to reduce label clutter by eliminating text stating that the efficiency range is based on a particular model type (e.g., “Efficiency range based only on split system units”). The FTC is seeking comment on whether this statement should remain on the label.
  • Directs contractors to make the labels available to consumers prior to purchase.
  • Expands the label’s availability by requiring it on manufacturer websites, on product packaging, and at the point of sale.
  • Changes the oil furnace label in response to AHRI’s suggestion. The FTC seeks comment on whether this same design should appear on boilers, which also vary in efficiency by input rate settings.
  • Proposes effective dates for the new labels that coincide with the DOE compliance dates for the various product categories. The FTC seeks comment on whether to require manufacturers to begin using the new labels earlier to provide a lead-time for newly labeled units to enter retailer inventories before the regional standards take effect.
  • Proposes to display the DOE website on the label rather than the AHRI directory, as previously suggested by AHRI. The FTC’s position is that the DOE site provides a government source for information from both AHRI and non-AHRI members.
  • Requires retail websites selling any product subject to regional standards to display the statement “Federal law prohibits the installation of some [central air conditioners or furnaces] in certain states. Look to the EnergyGuide label to determine whether this product can be legally installed in your location.”
  • Invites comments on the burden associated with the proposed appliance labeling requirements.
Contact:  Aniruddh Roy.

Service-Over-the-Counter Legislation Efforts Continue
In early May, Representatives Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) and Bruce Braley (D-IA) introduced the Better Use of Refrigerator Regulations Act, or the BURR Act. The bill, H.R. 5710, is based on service-over-the-counter language that was originally included in S.398, the Implementation of National Consensus Appliance Agreements Act (INCAAA), a broad efficiency and product classification bill in the Senate. The correction to federal minimum efficiency standards for service-over-the-counter commercial refrigeration products contained within the BURR Act is a necessity because the original, incorrect standards were established by Congress in 2005. The Act is non-controversial, and its common sense language is quickly attracting co-sponsors from both parties.  After less than one month, H.R. 5710 is already approaching 20 bi-partisan co-sponsors.  AHRI, working closely with pertinent member companies, continues to educate members of Congress and urges them to rapidly address this bill.  Contact: Cade Clark.

AHRI Meets with New DOE Assistant Secretary for EERE
On June 5, AHRI staff met with David Danielson, the new DOE Assistant Secretary of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).  Also in attendance were Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency; Roland Risser, Program Manager, Building Technologies Program; Jason Walsh, Senior Advisor; and Antoni Bouza of the Building Technologies Program.  The main topics of discussion were strengthening AHRI’s partnership with DOE and how our two organizations can work together to improve regulatory certainty.

Previous to his role as Assistant Secretary, Danielson was the first Program Director hired by DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). At ARPA-E, Danielson developed and led R&D programs with a budget of more than $100 million that focused on high-risk, high-reward, disruptive clean energy technologies.

Prior to joining ARPA-E, he was a clean energy venture capitalist at General Catalyst Partners, a Boston-based venture capital fund. He co-founded the firm's clean energy investment practice and helped build and develop startups in various clean energy technology areas including solar power, wind power, advanced biofuels, bio-gas, carbon capture and storage, and advanced lighting.

Danielson was a co-founder of the New England Clean Energy Council. He has authored more than 20 scientific articles in the field of advanced materials.  While at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Danielson was the founder and President of the MIT Energy Club and a founding Director of the MIT Energy Conference.  He holds a B.S., summa cum laude, in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT. Contact: Cade Clark.

Predictions for the 112th Congress
Trying to predict what this Congress will do next is like predicting the weather one year from today.  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (VA) issued a memo before Memorial Day outlining the House leadership’s legislative priorities for the remainder of the 112th Congress, but political and fiscal realities may lay out a slightly different road map.  Major bills on energy and water, homeland security, and transportation will be key battles in both chambers and for both parties.  You can expect more cuts to the Department of Energy budget while likely seeing increases to homeland security and intelligence agency accounts.  The transportation bill that has been debated and crafted since the fall will experience fierce debate as budgetary deadlines loom and XL Keystone pipeline amendments are added to it.  Beyond those fiscal fights, House Republicans have vowed to continue their legislative efforts against the Affordable Care Act, colloquially referred to as Obamacare.  These votes may have real implications, but will likely be used more as fodder for campaign materials.  

There will be increased pressure on the Senate and the House to affect energy production.  S.1000, the efficiency bill sponsored by Senators Shaheen (D-NH) and Portman (R-OH), is quickly becoming the most likely summer energy legislation.  Depending on the kind of amendments attached to it, we may see enough bipartisan support to move it through both chambers.

Following the November election, Washington expects a very busy Lame Duck Congress to tackle politically unpopular but necessary issues.  Legislators must avoid a government shutdown by either passing appropriations bills (unlikely) or a continuing resolution funding the government at current levels for a set period of time (more likely), potentially raise the debt ceiling, alter mandatory spending cuts as part of the previous debt ceiling deal, and avoid raising taxes by extending the Bush tax cuts.  For a Congress that has struggled to find legislative common ground between two chambers and even among party members, the agenda ahead is incredibly ambitious.  There will be plenty of negotiating, posturing, and last-minute brinkmanship. Contact: Guido Zucconi.

XML-based Qualified Product Exchange System Update
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun a transition to the XML-based qualified product exchange (QPX) system for certification bodies (CBs) to submit information on ENERGY STAR-certified products.  For the product categories with live web service, the Excel templates are no longer available to provide data to EPA.  Furnaces V3.0 and Geothermal Heat Pumps V3.1 have live web services.  AHRI has been working to re-submit to EPA the previously qualified products through the new XML submission services.

The implementation of the XML submission services for the next product categories are Boilers V2.1 on June 12, 2012, and Light Commercial HVAC V2.2 on June 25, 2012. Contact: Maryline Rassi.

AHRI to Submit Annual Certification Report to DOE
On or before July 1, 2012, AHRI will submit to DOE the annual certification report for residential air conditioners and heat pumps as required by the Code of Federal Regulations 10C.F.R Part 429.12(d). The AHRI Directory will be the vehicle used to submit the efficiency data to DOE for those manufacturers who have authorized AHRI to submit certification reports on their behalf. Manufacturers do not need to submit a new third party authorization form and compliance statement unless there are any updates to the forms on file with AHRI. The annual certification reports for residential direct heating equipment will be submitted to DOE by October 1, 2012.  The due date for manufacturer certification reports for commercial products is December 31, 2012.  DOE stated that it will take into consideration AHRI’s request for 18 month postponement of commercial product reporting Contact: Bill Tritsis.

ANSI Issues Report from April 25 Exploratory Meeting on Energy Efficiency Standards Panel
TThe American National Standards Institute (ANSI) released the report from its April 25 exploratory meeting on whether to establish an ANSI Energy Efficiency Standards Panel.  The exploratory meeting, which AHRI participated in, brought together more than 240 in-person and web participants to discuss how a standards coordinating body could effectively advance the nation’s clean energy agenda.

The meeting report reflects the considerable input and insights shared and provides a distillation of the event’s presentations and discussions, drawn conclusions, and an overview of next steps.

Based on input received at the meeting, ANSI is developing a proposed framework for the panel’s path forward with regard to scope, mission, deliverables, and structure. This framework will be shared with meeting participants and other interested stakeholders in the coming weeks. AHRI staff will monitor the developments and engage members as needed. Contact:  Michael Woodford.

ASHRAE Issues Public Review Call for Comments and Call for Members
ASHRAE has invited comments on the following public review documents, available here. Comments are due July 16, 2012.
  • ASHRAE Standard 179P, Methods of Test for Life Testing Positive Displacement Refrigerant Compressors. The purpose of this standard is to provide methods of test for life testing positive displacement refrigerant compressors and to define a test method and protocol.
  • ASHRAE Standard 198P, Method of Test for DX-Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems for Moisture Removal Capacity and Moisture Removal Efficiency. The purpose of this standard is to prescribe test methods for rating DX-Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems (DX- DOAS) Units.
ASHRAE also has announced a Call for Members for the Standard Project Committee 139, Method of Testing for Rating Desiccant Dehumidifiers Utilizing Heat for the Regeneration Process. The purpose of this standard is to provide test methods for determining the moisture removal capacity of heat-regenerated desiccant dehumidifier. Persons who are interested in serving on this ASHRAE committee may indicate their interest and obtain the necessary membership forms here. Contact:  Michael Woodford.