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AHAM Asks Congress to Strengthen Energy Star
2017/12/25
Testifying on November 7 before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM)
 
President and Chief Excecutive Officer (CEO) Joseph M. McGuire asked Congress to make a series of critical moves that would improve and strengthen the Energy Star program.
 
Specifically, AHAM is asking Congress to permanently transfer administration of Energy Star for home appliances from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) back to the Department of Energy (DOE), which managed the program from its inception in the 1990s until 2009. The transfer to EPA has resulted in complications with verification testing requirements, as well as a number of moves that have brought Energy Star beyond its core goal of energy efficiency. At times, EPA’s specifications, in draft or final form, have conflicted or departed from DOE’s federal energy regulations for the same products. Lack of coordination between the two agencies causes confusion for both consumers and manufacturers of the regulated appliances. Appliances are regulated by the DOE under the federal Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.
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