AHRI sues to stop regulation
An HVAC manufacturers group has filed suit in federal court to stop a rule covering commercial HVAC market refrigeration equipment from going into effect.
The Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute filed a petition Tuesday with the U.S. Court of Appeals to stop the energy-efficiency regulations, which were issued by the Energy Department March 28, from going into effect.
The rule, which updates standards from 2009, handles maximum daily energy consumption values as refrigerated volume or total display area for various HVAC construction equipment classes.
In a statement, AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek said the rules are flawed.
“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,” Yurek said. “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. 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.”
The issued regulation can be seen here.