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Proposed Energy Conservation Standards for Portable Air Conditioners

Monday, August 15, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Energy has extended from Aug. 12 to Sept. 26 the period for submitting comments, data and information on a proposed rule to establish new energy conservation standards for portable air conditioners. If these standards are adopted they 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 has said that it could end up adopting standards that are either higher or lower than those proposed.

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