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AHRI petitions for court review of commercial refrigeration efficiency rule

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) has filed a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit against the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

According to The ACHR News, the move comes in response to its final rule issued on March 28, 2014, regarding energy efficiency standards for commercial refrigeration equipment. The rule, which updates standards set by the DOE in 2009, and has an effective date of May 27, 2014, includes maximum daily energy consumption values as a function of either refrigerated volume or total display area for various equipment classes.

Stephen Yurek, AHRI president and CEO, said, “Our industry has a proud history of innovation that has produced highly efficient, affordable HVACR and water heating 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,” said Yurek. “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.”

For a copy of the DOE final rule on commercial refrigeration equipment, click here.

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