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Court Denies Petition Challenging DOE's Rulemaking for Commercial Refrigeration Equipment
August 12, 2016

Following lengthy deliberation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has denied the petition filed by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) challenging the Department of Energy’s (DOE) 2014 efficiency standard and test procedure rulemakings for commercial refrigeration equipment.

In its 2014 lawsuit, filed with AHRI member company and Midwest manufacturer Zero Zone, AHRI argued that DOE failed to follow its procedures and that its analysis was flawed. AHRI also raised concerns regarding DOE issuing test procedure amendments after amending efficiency standards.

“Issuing a test procedure after efficiency standards is a backwards way of handling rules, and makes it difficult for manufacturers to understand the impact of the new standards and to design equipment to comply with those standards, all while continuing to meet the needs of consumers,” said Stephen Yurek, President and CEO of AHRI.

Yurek also pointedly noted that this decision provides further incentive for Congress to update the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, an over 40-year-old law that gives DOE’s its energy efficiency rulemaking authority. According to Yurek, reforms are needed to provide stakeholders with an equal voice, greater certainty, and better transparency in the regulatory process.

The Court’s ruling in favor of DOE means manufacturers must comply with the new efficiency standard by March 27, 2017.

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Court Denies Petition Challenging DOE's Rulemaking for Commercial Refrigeration Equipment
August 12, 2016

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has denied petition challenging DOE’s 2014 efficiency standard and test procedure rulemakings.

National Competition Honors States for Exceptional Transportation Projects
August 12, 2016

The departments of transportation of five states have received awards in a national competition that recognizes excellence in transportation projects.

VNEC and CAER To Join Together To Advance Virginia’s Nuclear Industry
August 11, 2016

The Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium (VNEC) and the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research (CAER) recently announced a plan to work together…

LIGHTFAIR® International 2017 Call For Speakers
August 11, 2016

The LIGHTFAIR® International (LFI®) Conference, which offers hundreds of hours of education in a highly diverse curriculum, begins its run to opening day 2017 with the Call for Speakers…

Drones Tasked to Monitor Landslide Areas
August 10, 2016

Woolpert has tasked its unmanned aerial systems with monitoring landslide areas.

ASHRAE Issues Call For Members - SPC 90.4
August 10, 2016

ASHRAE has announced a Call for Members for project committee SPC 90.4, Energy Standard for Data Centers.

ASHRAE Issues Call for Comments - Guideline 40P
August 9, 2016

ASHRAE has issued an invitation for public comment due on September 12, 2016.

Preliminary NOPR on Walk-In Coolers, Freezers Released
August 9, 2016

DOE has released notice of proposed rule making for walk-in coolers and freezers.

NAFA Announces 2016 Annual Convention
August 8, 2016

The National Air Filtration Association (NAFA) has announced that its 2016 Annual Convention will be held on September 14 – 16, 2016.

DOE Extends NOPR Comment Period
August 8, 2016

Comment period on NOPR for commercial water heating equipment efficiency standards has been extended.

ASHRAE Announces Call for Project Committee Members - Standard 221P and Guideline 42P
August 5, 2016

ASHRAE has announced a Call for Members for the project committees for BSR/ASHRAE Standard 221P and ASHRAE Guideline 42P.

Report on Future of Commercial Air Conditioning Published
August 5, 2016

DOE has published a new report regarding the projected future of commercial air conditioning for buildings.

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