Central Air Conditioner Energy Standard Could Save From $2B to $12B

By Rebecca Kern

Dec. 5 — A negotiated efficiency standard for central air conditioners and heat pumps could lead to $2.5 billion to $12.2 billion in energy savings for consumers over a 30-year period, according to the Energy Department.

The efficiency standard, published by the department as a direct final rule Dec. 5, is based on an agreement reached in January by a federal advisory committee working group consisting of manufacturers, contractors, distributors, state governments, utilities and energy efficiency advocates.

The new, more stringent standard will replace existing standards that also were negotiated among stakeholders. The new standards maintain the regional approach where the efficiency standards vary by region in the country. However, heat pumps will continue to have one national standard.

The new, more stringent standard will save approximately 3.2 quads of energy, or about 340 billion kilowatts per hour cumulatively from products sold over a 30-year compliance period from 2023 to 2052.

“This is really good news. It’s got really broad support from manufacturers and efficiency groups,” Andrew deLaski, executive director of the Appliance Standards Awareness Project, an energy efficiency advocacy group which was part of the negotiations, told Bloomberg BNA Dec. 5.

To contact the reporter on this story: Rebecca Kern in Washington at rKern@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Larry Pearl at lpearl@bna.com

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