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The negotiated rulemaking to create an enforcement plan for regional standards begins next week. Interested contractors can attend in person or via webinar.
On August 13-14, the Department of Energy (DOE) will host two days of meetings of the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC) – Regional Standards Enforcement Working Group, which has been tasked with developing an enforcement scheme for regional standards for split system and single package central air conditioners. In a negotiated rulemaking; regulators, the regulated entities, and other stakeholders meet to develop a rule. It’s a more collaborative approach to develop rules than the notice and comment process.
The public meetings and webinars scheduled for Wednesday, August 13; 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (EDT) and Thursday, August 14; 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (EDT). Wednesday, August 13 meeting will be held at the U.S. DOE, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585, room 8E-089. Thursday, August 14 meeting will be held at the Building Technologies Office, 950 L’Enfant Plaza Washington, DC 20024, room 6097/8/9.
New regional minimum energy conservation standards for split system and single package central air conditioners go into effect on January 1, 2015. There will be three regions based on the heating degree days or the climate of a state: the base region (North), the Southeast region, and the Southwest region.
North Region: The minimum energy use standard for central air conditioners installed in the North region remains at 13 SEER so there is no change.
Southeast Region: The current standard of 13 SEER increases to 14 SEER.
Southwest Region: The current standard of 13 SEER becomes more complicated:
For split system central air conditioners, the new standard in the Southwest Region will be 14 SEER plus a variable EER value based on the size of the system. If less than 45,000 BTU, the standards is 14 SEER & 12.2 EER; if greater than 45,000 BTU, the standards is 14 SEER & 11.7 EER.
For single package central air conditioners, the new standard will be 14 SEER and 11 EER.
The DOE will allow split system and single package central air conditioners manufactured before January 1, 2015, to the base standard (13 SEER) to be installed in the Southeast and Southwest regions until July 1, 2016. This 18 month grace period will allow for the sell through of stockpiled 13 SEER units in the Southeast and Southwest regions.
Click here for more information about the regional standards, including a break down of the standards by state.