NEFI: EPA Suspends Phase-Out of Furnaces, Boilers from Energy Star

“NEFI has learned from sources on Capitol Hill that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has effectively placed a hold on its proposal to phase out liquid- and gas-fired furnaces and boilers from the Energy Star program,” the trade group reports in its latest newsletter.

“This information comes after the proposed start date of January 1, 2024, passed without any actions or stakeholder announcements from the agency,” the National Energy & Fuels Institute says in the Jan. 17 issue of its newsletter, NEFI Energy Online News (NEON).

“Specifically, we were informed the EPA does not plan to move forward ‘any time soon,’ effectively maintaining the status quo – at least for now,” the industry group noted, adding that the development “is a considerable victory for fuel dealers and HVAC service providers. Our concerted efforts, including extensive comments and a grassroots campaign that generated nearly 700 letters of opposition, were instrumental to this outcome.”

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