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WASHINGTON, DC (February 7, 2019) —
AHAM president and CEO, Joseph M. McGuire has issued the following statement supporting the modernization of the Process Improvement Rule (PIR):

“AHAM commends the Department of Energy on the release of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) to modernize its process rule for developing appliance efficiency standards and related test procedures. This process was last updated in 1996 with input by stakeholders, but has not always adhered to by the Department of Energy since then. The release of this NOPR brings greater transparency and consistency to the development of appliance efficiency standards. Importantly, it would also require that relevant federal test procedures that determine product energy consumption are in place before new appliance standards are proposed. This sequencing is critical so that manufacturers can gauge real world impacts.

The PIR proposed rule that was released yesterday requires that the Department of Energy consistently adhere to its process requirements. It also will allow DOE to better prioritize its resources based on energy savings – the core goal of the program. For updates to current standards, DOE will undertake an early, fact-based assessment of the need for further updates before the normal multi-year process to analyze all other impacts of a standards updates. This assessment will be subject to public comments and will aid in prioritization of appliance standards rulemakings based on energy savings potential, not by an arbitrary 6 year lookback period.

This prioritization process will help prevent instances such as DOE’s proposed dishwasher standard of 2015, where the proposed standard was retracted by the Department of Energy after it was determined that insignificant energy would be saved, and performance would be degraded. Since the process improvement rule was originally put in place in 1996, home appliances have achieved dramatic energy gains. For example, clothes washers consume 75% less energy than they did in 1996. Dishwashers use 43% less energy, room air conditioners use 35% less energy and refrigerators consumer 23% less energy.”
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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 site at