Residential Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps

Thursday, July 25, 2013

On July 25, 2013 the Department of Energy (DOE) published a Federal Register petition for rulemaking and request for comments regarding certification regulations applicable to residential central air conditioners and heat pumps.The petition, which came from Howe, Anderson & Steyer, P.C., on behalf of First Co., requested that DOE conduct a rulemaking to amend certification regulations applicable to residential central air conditioners and heat pumps to: collect Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) information from manufacturers through the Compliance, Certification Management System (“CCMS”) as part of annual certification reporting requirements; and publish the information in DOE's Compliance Certification Database (“CCD”). As an interim measure prior to the completion of the rulemaking, they request that DOE collect EER information from manufacturers on an expedited and voluntary basis and publish EER information in the CCD.