AHRI opposes clean energy bill

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 ...

06/01/2009


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 1992 (EPAct).

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. Yurek 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, AHRI believes that Congress should update and expand the tax credits contained in the stimulus bill that give more Americans opportunities to bring their heating and cooling systems to the federal minimum efficiency level. For more info, visit www.ahrinet.org .



Clarification

In May 2009 issue of Consulting-Specifying Engineer , in the Case Study “Nitrogen steels suppression system”, the following corrections should be made:

The Vortex fire suppression system from Victaulic discharges water droplets less than 10

The photos included with the case study are Victaulic test facility mock-up photos, not NAS facility photos.

The case study states the fire suppression system has 30 water emitters, when the system features 30 emitters.



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