DOE, APGA Reach Settlement on Furnace Rule

January 14, 2013

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Ask Court of Appeals to Vacate and Remand

Arlington, VA — On January 11, a final settlement agreement between the Department of Energy (DOE) and the American Public Gas Association (APGA) was submitted to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals with a request that it accept the settlement. Under terms of the agreement, the Direct Final Rule issued in June 2011 would be (1) vacated as it relates to energy conservation standards for non-weatherized gas furnaces, including standby and off-mode energy consumption; and (2) remanded to DOE for a full rulemaking. This agreement would eliminate the May 1, 2013, effective date for compliance with the Direct Final Rule with respect to non-weatherized gas furnaces.

“While we are disappointed that our consensus agreement, on which our members and staff worked so hard and on which the Direct Final Rule is based, will not be implemented in its entirety, we understand why the two principal parties of the lawsuit reached a settlement agreement,” said the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) President & CEO Stephen Yurek. “Our member companies will now prepare to implement those parts of the agreement that survived the suit,” he said.

About AHRI

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 310 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.