Update on Final Furnace,
Air Conditioner, Heat Pump Rule
July 14, 2015
“It’s all about relationships”
The value of face-to-face meetings on Capitol Hill cannot be understated. When a Member of Congress needs to understand how a piece of legislation or regulation impacts an industry, conveying the impact is best achieved in person. The goal is credibility, which can only be the result of building relationships. In fact, PHCC members need to be proud of the way they come to our nation’s capital year-after-year to build relationships and protect the industry. In photo: House Workforce Subcommittee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC)
The proposed Final Furnace, Air Conditioner, Heat Pump Rule has now been in the regulatory proposed process for more than two years, with PHCC National staff participating on a U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) working task force in a myriad of meetings. On April 23, 2015, more than 110 committed PHCC members participating in the association’s annual Legislative Conference educated Members of Congress and staff on PHCC’s concerns regarding the Final Furnace, Air Conditioner, Heat Pump Rule. They were armed with special issues papers and background sheets that outlined where the association stood on the furnace rule and other important issues.
A week after PHCC’s Legislative Conference, the American Public Gas Association (APGA) held its conference on Capitol Hill to also address concerns over the rule. APGA circulated a letter that was eventually signed by 121 Members of Congress and sent to DOE expressing strong Congressional concerns.
"We are writing to express strong concern over the Department of Energy's (DOE) recent notice of proposed rulemaking for residential furnaces. While we support energy efficiency, we are extremely concerned that the nationwide 92% standard proposed in this rule will significantly increase costs to natural gas consumers, force them to switch to less efficient alternatives, and ultimately undermine the efficiency goals that underlie the Energy Policy and Conservation Act."
—Letter from Congressman Mo Brooks to Department of Energy
PHCC National is proud to say that a large number of Members of Congress who signed onto the letter participated at PHCC’s Legislative Conference, either at the Legislative Breakfast, meetings in their office, or at the Congressional reception on Capitol Hill. In fact, one of the most important meetings occurred with House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH). Chairman Chabot met with President Kevin Tindall and other PHCC National leaders who asked that his committee begin the process of reviewing the rule and concerns.
President Tindall Says Thank You
PHCC National President Kevin Tindall sent a thank you to Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) for his efforts in securing 120 of his colleagues on the letter. This is significant as the outpouring of concern of DOE’s rule is now documented on Capitol Hill.
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