Advocacy
Seventh Circuit Court Denies NAFEM Challenge to Commercial Refrigeration Efficiency Standards
On Monday, Aug. 8, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued its decision denying industry’s petition for review of DOE's commercial refrigeration test procedure and efficiency standards published in 2014 (EERE-2013-BT-TP-0025 & EERE-2010-BT-STD-0003). The decision means manufacturers must be ready to comply with the new standards by March 27, 2017.

NAFEM maintains that at every step, the court deferred to the agency. “Arguing against an agency is always an uphill battle, but the amount of deference the court exhibits in the opinion is much greater than what we have seen in other cases,” says Jeff Longsworth, NAFEM Legal Counsel. According to Longsworth, the court seemed reluctant to grasp the technical integrity issues raised by NAFEM and the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), which collaborated on the filing. “We knew this was a risk, but we had faith that the court would do their job – especially given the excellent help from members in breaking the information into bite-sized pieces for a lay person to understand. It’s disheartening that the court did not look beyond the DOE’s words and into the substance and technical impact of the case.”

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