The Department of Energy (DOE) announced April 5th, that it will not enforce the non-weatherized gas furnace standards set to take effect May 1, 2013, as long as the American Public Gas Association (APGA) settlement is pending in court. On June 27, 2011, the DOE published in the Federal Register a direct final rule (DFR) under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 6291-6309, which set forth amended energy conservation standards for residential furnaces, central air conditioners, and heat pumps, including regional standards for different product types in indicated States. 76 FR 37408
DOE’s Enforcement Policy Statement, released April 5th, describes that DOE's enforcement will be consistent with the settlement agreement filed in a joint motion by both the DOE and APGA asking the court to enter an agreement to settle APGA’s challenge. The settlement agreement vacated the gas furnace rule applicable to the Northern region* (inclusive of Illinois).
DOE hopes the court will act quickly to implement the settlement agreement. Read the DOE Policy Statement.
* The following States comprise the Northern region for furnaces: AK, CO, CT, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, ME, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NY, ND, OH, OR, PA, RI, SD, UT, VT, WA, WV, WI and WY.