The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) announced its opposition to H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES Act) in its current form. AHRI said that if the bill is passed into law, it would, among many other onerous provisions, eviscerate the federal preemption provisions of the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) and the Energy Policy act of 1992 (EPACT).
AHRI President Stephen Yurek said that in its current form, the ACES Act would effectively allow any jurisdiction in the nation to enact its own energy policy through the use of prescriptive building codes, severely impacting the ability of heating, air conditioning, and commercial refrigeration manufacturers to provide products to residential and commercial customers in the most timely, efficient, and economical way." He said that allowing any building code, anywhere in the country, to specify an efficiency level for residential and commercial heating, cooling, and commercial refrigeration equipment would create marketing and distribution chaos for our member companies, distributors, and contractors, in addition to threatening thousands of American jobs at a time of economic turmoil and high unemployment.
According to AHRI, studies show that more than 60% of the homes in America have outdated, less-efficient HVAC systems. Rather than allow states and localities to set their own energy conservation standards through building codes, AHRI said it believes that Congress should revise and expand the tax credits contained in the stimulus bill to allow more Americans to at least bring their heating and cooling systems to the federal minimum efficiency level.
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