DOE Proposal Allows Efficiency Compliance Without Testing

Law360, New York (October 21, 2013, 7:14 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Energy issued a proposed rule Monday expanding the available methods for gaining compliance with federal energy conservation standards, providing manufacturers with another option in addition to current testing procedures.

The proposal, which allows for certification of some equipment through mathematical modeling, arose from negotiations with heating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment manufacturers that said they would be unable to meet a certification deadline imposed by the DOE's March 2011 rule modifying reporting requirements.

Manufacturers would be able to use alternative efficiency determination...
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