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Energy Conservation Standards Proposed for Portable Air Conditioners

Thursday, June 16, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Energy is proposing new energy conservation standards for portable air conditioners that, if adopted, would apply to all single-duct and dual-duct portable air conditioners manufactured in or imported into the U.S. starting five years after the publication of a final rule.

DOE has tentatively concluded that the proposed standards represent the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that is technologically feasible and economically justified and would result in the significant conservation of energy. In addition, portable air conditioners achieving the proposed standards are already commercially available for all covered products. However, DOE notes that it could end up adopting standards that are either higher or lower than those proposed.

DOE will hold a public meeting on this proposal (which will also be broadcast as a webinar) July 20. Comments, data and information regarding this proposal may be submitted through Aug. 15.

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