February 15, 2017
Sr. Vice President for Policy and Government Relations Joe Trauger and
Government Relations Director Garrett McGuire traveled to Salt Lake City and
Sacramento this week to present AHRI Policy Achievement Awards to state
legislators for their work on key state HVACR issues. Utah State Representatives
Ed Redd and Mike Schultz were honored for their work in amending a bill during
the past Utah session that would have made it difficult, if not impossible, for
gas-fired commercial water heaters to continue to be sold in the state. California
State Senator Ricardo Lara was honored for his leadership in passing the Wood
Smoke Reduction Act that provides incentives for consumers to replace their
older, less efficient heating equipment with more modern, efficient units.
Pictured, top: McGuire (AHRI), Utah State Rep. Schulz, Trauger (AHRI).
Pictured, bottom: McGuire (AHRI), California State Senator Lara, Trauger (AHRI).
Contact: Garrett McGuire.
AHRI is pleased to welcome
the following member companies:
Contact: Freshta Rosario.
AHRI is an honorary sponsor
of the upcoming CMPX trade show, to be held March 21-23 at the Metro Toronto Convention
Centre. Jointly produced since 1972 by HRAI and CIPH, CMPX 2018, the Canadian
Mechanical & Plumbing Exposition is Canada’s largest national trade show
and learning forum for the mechanicals industry, including: air conditioning, heating
(forced-air and hydronics), plumbing, waterworks, water quality, piping,
refrigeration, and ventilation industries. Learn more at http://www.cmpxshow.ca.
Please join us in Boston, Mass., for our
second annual State Summit, March 7-8. AHRI has
reserved a limited number of rooms at the Langham Boston Hotel at a group rate
of $270.00 per night, plus taxes. AHRI's
room block deadline has been extended until tomorrow, Friday, February 16,
after which reservations may be made only on a space- and rate- available basis.
Book your room here. Contact: Garrett McGuire.
President Trump signed a new two-year budget
deal into law on Friday, which includes a number of tax credits and deductions
from S. 2256, the
Tax Extender Act of 2017, that AHRI and several member companies had worked
diligently to have included. Geothermal parity tax credits (25D/48c) finally
received a five-year fix (one year retroactive and four years prospective). It
was an imperfect deal, as commercial installations of geothermal heat pumps
will continue receiving a 10 percent tax credit, as opposed to the 30 percent,
which had been proposed in the Senate bill and is included for residential installations.
However, after two and a half years of waiting for Congress to meet its promise
of parity for these technologies, it was a great win for manufacturers. Also
included in the bill were a one-year retroactive extension of the Nonbusiness
Energy Property Credit (Section 25C), the Energy Efficiency New Homes Credit
(Section 45L), and the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Deduction (Section
179D). Contact: Joe Trauger.
AHRI has prepared a document outlining the status of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Rule 20, which was officially vacated on February 6 following a legal battle in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. SNAP Rule 20 marked the first time that the EPA de-listed refrigerants that had previously been listed as acceptable, and the case challenged the EPA’s authority to de-list HFCs. AHRI’s background document provides a status update on the case, its effect on SNAP Rules 20 and 21, and a timeline for potential appeal. Read it here. Contact: Caroline Davidson-Hood.
ASHRAE has announced the following calls for comments and membership:
Call for Comments
30-day Public Review/Deadline: March 11, 2018
45-day Public Review/Deadline: March 26, 2018
Call for Members
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