Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps Open Access
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The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center improves regulatory policy through research, education, and outreach. As part of its mission, the Center conducts careful and independent analyses to assess rulemaking from the perspective of the public interest. This comment on the Department of Energy’s direct final rule amending the energy efficiency standards for residential central air conditioners and heat pumps does not represent the views of any particular affected party or special interest, but is designed to evaluate the effect of DOE’s rulemaking on overall consumer welfare.The Department of Energy’s (DOE) direct final rule amends the existing energy efficiency standards for residential central air conditioners (CACs), specifically split-system CACs, and split-system heat pumps. This direct final rule (DFR) follows a negotiated rulemaking process with the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ASRAC), which reached a consensus regarding increased efficiency standards for CACs and heat pumps that is codified in this DFR.