Suggestions submitted for reducing regulatory burden
As part of Executive Order 13771 to reduce regulation and regulatory costs, DOE requested comments to improve its process for considering new or revised energy conservation standards. In early March, NAFEM provided feedback consistent with its earlier input to the Agency, including a recommendation that amended standards may not always be necessary as maximum energy efficiencies may have already been gained in some product categories. NAFEM also advocated for standards that clearly apply to commercial equipment that are different than those for home appliances. Finally, we recommended that DOE harmonize its standards with other existing international standards. NAFEM’s Regulatory Roundtable meeting held in Washington, D.C., October 31, 2017, was instrumental in shaping these recommendations.