News Brief

Regional Standards for Air-Conditioners in the Works

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 directed the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to consider drafting new standards for several appliances (see

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Vol. 17, No. 2).

Responding to one of these directives, DOE has announced that it will consider enacting regional efficiency standards for air-conditioners and heat pumps; the agency will also look at standards for energy use in standby mode for these appliances.

DOE is allowed to amend the current national standard and create up to two more stringent, regional standards. Although similar rulemaking proceedings have been delayed by several years in the past, the agency expects to have a final ruling on regional and standby standards by 2011.

More information is available at www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/notices_rules.html.

Published August 28, 2008

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