Twenty-Three Congressional Members Urge for Re-examination of Energy StarApril 19th, 2013 by DWM Magazine
Following the news this week that The Coalition for Home Energy Efficiency launched a campaign to urge Congress and President Obama to oppose proposed changes to the Energy Star program, 23 members of Congress have now joined this cause.
A bipartisan group of 23 members of Congress have requested that the Obama Administration “reexamine the proposed Energy Star specifications for windows, doors, and skylights to ensure that they are consistent with the guiding principles of the program.”
One of the coalition’s members is the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) and association CEO Michael O’Brien applauded the efforts of these congressional members.
“We’re glad that a bipartisan group of leaders in the U.S. Congress share our concerns and are urging the Obama Administration to take a step back and fully understand the impact these proposed changes could have on the Energy Star program,” says O’Brien.
Raising concerns about the proposed new rules departing from the successful program’s original mission, members of Congress pointed to the impact on the environment and consumers: “Historically, this program has been guided by a balance of energy efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and product performance … If the Energy Star program moves to a standard that fails to properly consider cost-effectiveness as criteria, we are concerned that the result could be significant cost increases, longer payback periods and a missed opportunity to capture energy savings.”
“This is a voluntary government program that has worked exactly as designed for two decades, saving consumers and businesses nearly $230 billion on utility bills and preventing more than 1.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions,” O’Brien adds. “Our members want to continue their partnership with the successful Energy Star program and we don’t believe the program can continue to succeed if a reasonable payback period is no longer a factor in deciding which doors, windows and skylights qualify for the Energy Star label.”
The Congressional letter was drafted and circulated by Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) and co-signed by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Bruce Braley (D-IA), Steve Chabot (R-OH), Sean Duffy (R-WI), Bill Johnson (R-OH), Ron Kind (D-WI), Tom Latham (R-IA), Bob Latta (R-OH), Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Billy Long (R-MO), Jim Moran (D-VA), Betty McCollum (D-MN), David McKinley (R-WV), Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), Erik Paulsen (R-MN), Collin Peterson (D-MN), Tom Petri (R-WI), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Aaron Schock (R-IL), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and Greg Walden (R-OR).