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AHRI takes US Department of Energy to court over new refrigeration standards

Trade body goes to court of appeal over commercial refrigeration standards that it believes fails ‘economically justified and technologically feasible’ test

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) has filed a petition for review in the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit against the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in response to its final rule issued on March 28, 2014, regarding energy conservation standards for commercial refrigeration equipment. The rule, which updates standards set by DOE in 2009, includes maximum daily energy consumption values as a function of either refrigerated volume or total display area for various equipment classes.

AHRI President Stephen Yurek said: “Our industry has a proud history of innovation that has produced highly efficient, affordable HVACR equipment that increases the quality of life for all Americans. We also have a proud history of collaborating with government agencies on energy efficiency standards that are economically justified and technologically feasible, that benefit consumers, and that adequately take into account potential negative economic impact.”

But, he said: “DOE’s final rule on commercial refrigeration equipment does not meet these criteria, and as a result we have no choice but to challenge the rule in court.”

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