The boiler industry and a leading energy efficiency advocacy group have joined forces in asking Congress to pass legislation establishing new federal minimum efficiency standards for residential gas and oil boilers.
“GAMA, on behalf of the boiler industry, and the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) have presented consensus boiler minimum performance and design requirements to key Congressional staff for inclusion in an expected, new comprehensive energy bill in the 110th Congress,” said Jack W. Klimp, president of the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association (GAMA). "The boiler industry directed GAMA to take this action as an alternative to new residential boiler standards proposed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that would compromise consumer safety.”
GAMA and ACEEE submitted a similar proposal last summer to DOE, explained Mr. Klimp, as an alternative to standards DOE has proposed to adopt in its ongoing review of boiler standards scheduled to conclude by September 2007. DOE said it could not accept the proposal on the basis that the agency lacks legal authority to adopt design requirements for these products.
DOE has proposed to mandate a minimum 84-percent AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) for gas hot water boilers. GAMA maintains that this standard level would require some consumers to incur great additional expense to insure safe installation of these models. The proposed legislation supported by GAMA and ACEEE calls for a minimum 82-percent AFUE for gas hot water boilers plus specific energy saving design features. GAMA said this would benefit consumers by saving more energy than the DOE proposal while avoiding potential safety risks and additional, possibly significant remodeling costs.
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