Regional Standards Settlement Approved by Court

Yesterday the US District Court of Appeals approved a settlement in the long-running Regional Efficiency Standards lawsuit. The settlement was presented to the court in March after more than two years of litigation.  Now attention turns to working with the industry partners and the DOE to reform the processes that led to the lawsuit and to find a common-sense solution to enforcing the standard.

As part of the settlement:

  • DOE has withdrawn the residential gas furnace standard and will draft a new standard, which will likely not take effect until 2021 or 2022.
  • Distributors in the South and Southwest will have 18-months (July 1, 2016) to sell any 13-SEER equipment which is manufactured by the end of 2014.
  • DOE has agreed not to assess civil penalty upon distributors as part of the enforcement of the new standard.

90 Effic. Map

What this means is:

  • the requirement of 90+% efficient furnaces ONLY in the northern tier of states is no longer required until a new standard can be written.  
  • The air conditioning standard will still take effect as originally scheduled with Distributors in the South and Southwest having 18-months (July 1, 2016) to sell any 13-SEER equipment which is manufactured by the end of 2014.

DOE will now begin the process for developing an enforcement scheme for the regional standard via a negotiated rulemaking process as well as conducting an evaluation to the regulatory process which led to the lawsuit, both terms of the settlement.

This was just released on the HARDI ADVOCACY ADVISORY web site and this was copied  in part, from that site.

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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