NAFEM comments on proposed DOE Process Rule

In early May, NAFEM submitted comments largely supporting the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) proposed Process Rule that would streamline and modernize how the agency sets energy-efficiency standards and test procedures for commercial equipment covered by ASHRAE Standard 90.1. (For more information on ASHRAE, see the Partner Profile below.)

In its comments, NAFEM recognized that the agency included several of its earlier recommendations in the draft Process Rule. However, NAFEM also stressed the importance of an improved process supporting the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) that requires an amended standard only if it results in significant energy conservation that is technologically feasible and cost effective.

NAFEM also submitted joint comments on the proposed Process Rule with the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI); Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM); the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA); Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA); Heating, Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI); and the American Lighting Association (ALA).