AHAM ASKS CONGRESS TO STRENGTHEN ENERGY STAR

WASHINGTON, DC (Nov. 7, 2017)  — Testifying today before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, AHAM President and 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 back to the Department of Energy, 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 Standards Program. 

“The transfer from DOE to EPA was done administratively, and administrative action could, likewise, reverse the transfer,” McGuire testified. “AHAM supports the transfer back to DOE, but we also support legislation that would permanently house the program for appliances at DOE, where it belongs.” 

The House of Representatives is currently considering the Energy Star Reform Act, which would permanently transfer ENERGY STAR for home appliances back to DOE and make other key changes to make the program stronger for consumers and manufacturers. 

Read AHAM’s Full Testimony Before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power
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The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) is the trade association representing manufacturers of major, portable and floor care home appliances and suppliers to the industry. AHAM is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and maintains an office in Ottawa. AHAM is the single voice providing the home appliance industry and its customers leadership, advocacy and a forum for action — developing and implementing credible solutions for public policy, standards and business decisions. You can visit AHAM’s web sites at http://www.aham.org