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Ceiling Fan Improvement Act of 2020

Floor Speech

Date: Dec. 9, 2020
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. PALLONE. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass the bill (H.R. 5758) to amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to make technical corrections to the energy conservation standard for ceiling fans, and for other purposes.

The Clerk read the title of the bill.

The text of the bill is as follows: H.R. 5758

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Ceiling Fan Improvement Act of 2020''. SEC. 2. MODIFICATIONS TO THE CEILING FAN ENERGY CONSERVATION STANDARD.

(a) In General.--Section 325(ff)(6) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6295(ff)(6)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

``(C)(i) Large-diameter ceiling fans manufactured on or after January 21, 2020, shall--

``(I) not be required to meet minimum ceiling fan efficiency in terms of ratio of the total airflow to the total power consumption as described in the final rule titled `Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Ceiling Fans' (82 Fed. Reg. 6826 (January 19, 2017)); and

``(II) have a CFEI greater than or equal to--

``(aa) 1.00 at high speed; and

``(bb) 1.31 at 40 percent speed or the nearest speed that is not less than 40 percent speed.

``(ii) For purposes of this subparagraph, the term `CFEI' means the Fan Energy Index for large-diameter ceiling fans, calculated in accordance with ANSI/AMCA Standard 208-18 titled `Calculation of the Fan Energy Index', with the following modifications:

``(I) Using an Airflow Constant (Q0) of 26,500 cubic feet per minute.

``(II) Using a Pressure Constant (P0) of 0.0027 inches water gauge.

``(III) Using a Fan Efficiency Constant (h0) of 42 percent.''.

(b) Revision.--For purposes of section 325(m) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6295(m)), the standard established in section 325(ff)(6)(C) of such Act (as added by subsection (a) of this section) shall be treated as if such standard was issued on January 19, 2017.

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Mr. PALLONE. 5758.

Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 5758, the Ceiling Fan Improvement Act of 2020. This bipartisan bill was introduced by Representative Guthrie of Kentucky and Representative Schakowsky of Illinois, both senior members of the Energy and Commerce Committee.

H.R. 5758 amends the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to provide a technical fix for large-diameter ceiling fan efficiency standards. The legislation adjusts compliance requirements related to total airflow and power consumptions for these fans. This technical fix provides the highest-airflow fans a path to compliance, while still requiring improvements to products that underperform. This is a commonsense change that will improve efficiency of large-diameter ceiling fans and ensure that all products will become efficient over time.

Mr. Speaker, energy efficiency is a critical tool in our efforts to address climate change, while also saving consumers money on their electric bills. Residential and commercial buildings contribute nearly 40 percent to our Nation's carbon pollution, and energy efficiency measures can reduce U.S. energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2050.

It is crucial that we support energy efficiency efforts across different sectors. I commend my colleagues for their bipartisan work on this important bill. Ms. Schakowsky, in particular, who chairs our subcommittee that deals with consumer protection is always looking to not only improve efficiency, but also consumer protections.

Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to support this bill, and I reserve the balance of my time.

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Mr. PALLONE. Schakowsky), who chairs our Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection.

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Mr. PALLONE. Mr. Speaker, I would urge support for this legislation, and I yield back the balance of my time.

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Mr. PALLONE. Mr. Speaker, on that I demand the yeas and nays.

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