Federal Legislative

Conducting outreach to U.S. Representatives, Senators, and their respective staff, AHRI helps educate policy makers on the issues of importance for the HVACR and water heating industries.

Whether the issue is climate change, energy efficiency, residential or commercial tax incentives or another important issue of the day; providing elected officials pertinent information to make informed and effective decisions helps them to craft energy, manufacturing, and environmental policies that will benefit consumers and the
industry alike.

House Energy & Power Subcommittee Testimony

On April 30, Christopher Peel, Chief Operating Officer for Atlanta-based Rheem Manufacturing Company, an air conditioner, furnace, and water heater manufacturer, testified on behalf of his company and AHRI before the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Energy & Power. Peel requested that the Subcommittee work to codify the rules governing the Department of Energy's (DOE) rulemaking process to ensure consensus-based, intelligent energy policy. He addressed the recently proposed residential furnace rule, which would raise the national annual fuel utilization efficiency from 80 to 92 percent for natural gas furnaces. He noted that the rule will make furnaces more costly and add complexity to the installation requirements.

Peel said that by working together, industry, Congress, efficiency advocates, and DOE leaders could "achieve policies that help strengthen American jobs and serve the best interests of our customers...who have a right to expect environmentally responsible product solutions that truly improve the quality of their lives."

Read the full testimony here.

Read AHRI’s press release here.

House Small Business Committee Testimony

On March 18, Viktor Anderson, Chief Engineer for Muskegon, Michigan-based Structural Concepts, a commercial refrigeration manufacturer, testified on behalf of his company and AHRI before the House Committee on Small Business in a hearing entitled Tangled in Red Tape: New Challenges for Small Manufacturers. Anderson, who was introduced by his Congressional representative, Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.), told the committee that, if left unchecked, the inability or unwillingness of the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to coordinate rulemakings and coalesce around energy efficiency and environmental goals will "devastate" his industry.

Watch the testimony below:

Anderson noted that with DOE rulemakings setting new energy efficiency levels for commercial refrigeration equipment, and EPA rulemakings on allowable refrigerants being issued irrespective of one another, small businesses such as his have to spend inordinate amounts of money and time to comply with a seemingly endless series of rulemakings — to the point where "we could potentially be redesigning our products every two to three years for more than 12 years in a row."

Anderson pleaded with the committee to conduct appropriate oversight on DOE and EPA, stating that "with its never-ending wave of new rules and ever-more-stringent standards, the administration is threatening our ability to do business, provide jobs, and provide critical products to American consumers."

Read the full testimony here.

Read AHRI’s press release here.