AHRI wins concessions on standards

A settlement has been reached in the court case between the AHRI and the US Department of Energy’s energy efficiency standards for commercial walk-in coolers and freezers.

The AHRI had argued that the DOE had made a number of mistakes in adopting the walk-in coolers and freezers rule. The DOE was accused of setting internally inconsistent standards that were unachievable using economically feasible technologies, performing flawed cost-benefit work, and of a failure to properly analyse small-business impacts. AHRI also noted that it had given DOE the opportunity to fix several of the Department’s errors in a petition for reconsideration. DOE maintained that it lacked the power to fix such errors without a court order …

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