AHRI opposes ACES Act
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute doesn't favor the 2009 Clean Energy and Security Act, stating the law will waste energy and eliminate jobs.
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) has announced
its opposition to H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES Act),
in its current form. 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
AHRI president Stephen Yurek said that the ACES Act allows
too much freedom to states in creating their own energy policy via perspective
building codes, which would limit the services of air conditioning, heating,
and commercial refrigeration manufacturers. That would threaten thousands of
jobs, according to Yurek, due to adjusted efficiency levels all across the
country that would change the standards for AHRI workers. The president also
said that if Congress continues following NAECA and EPAct through 2030, the
country will end up saving 54 quadrillion BTUs.
Instead of giving states control, the AHRI believes that
Congress should update and expand the tax credits contained in the stimulus
bill which give opportunity to more Americans to bring their heating and
cooling systems to the federal minimum efficiency level.