May 1, 2013 D.0.E. Efficiency Standard Update

As you may be aware — today — May 1, 2013 — the D.O.E. Law OFFICIALLY/UNOFFICIALLY goes into effect allowing only 90+% efficient furnaces in the northern tier of states

The Department of Energy released a statement stating that while litigation was ongoing in the Regional Standards lawsuit and the court was considering a proposed settlement as well as a motion to stay, the DOE will not enforce the Regional Efficiency Standard in the Northern Region.

*** This does not mean that the law has gone away — it just means that it is still “on hold” pending the court’s decision and that the D.O.E. will not enforce/penalize contractors for installing less than 90+% efficient furnaces during this period. ***

We will let you know of any changes as soon as they occur one way or the other.  For now, you can install 80% furnaces in the Northern States — subject to change in the future!

One other point — the other STANDARDS for A/C and Heat pumps and packaged units are not scheduled to go into effect until January 1. 2015.

90 Effic. Map


About yorkcentraltechtalk

I have been in the HVAC industry most of my life. I worked 25 years for contractors on anything from residential to large commercial boilers and power burners. For the past 23+ years I had been employed by York International UPG Division ( a division of Johnson Controls) as a Technical support/Service Manager but I am now retired. One of my goals has always been to "educate" dealers and contractors. The reason for starting this blog was to share some knowledge, thoughts, ideas, etc with anyone who takes the time to read it. The contents of this blog are my own opinions, thoughts, experiences and should not be construed as those of Johnson Controls York UPG in any way. I hope you find this a help. I always welcome comments and suggestions for postings and will do my best to address any thoughts, questions, or topics you may want to hear about. Thanks for taking the time to read my postings! Mike Bishop
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