Successful Negotiations on Commercial AC Energy Efficiency Particularly Welcome at Time of Record-High Energy Prices, Says Alliance to Save Energy

Release Date: Friday, November 12, 2004

Washington, D.C., November 12, 2004 – “The agreement between energy efficiency advocates and air conditioner manufacturers for a 26 percent increase in commercial air conditioner energy efficiency is especially welcome at a time of record-high energy costs that are squeezing all sectors of our economy,” Alliance to Save Energy President Kateri Callahan said today.

“The new standards, which would become effective on January 1, 2010, should save commercial building owners some $2.4 billion between 2010 and 2030 and avoid construction of 25 new, 300-megawatt power plants. The agreement also calls for the first-ever federal efficiency standards for large package commercial air conditioners and heat pumps.”

“We are proud to have been a party to this historic agreement that can help to cushion business and industry, and ultimately U.S. consumers, from rising energy costs and increase electricity reliability during the peak summer cooling season."