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.