Last year, the Department of Energy (DOE) released draft proposals for changes to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), a building code that is adopted in many states and municipalities across the country. This proposal includes an effective elimination of the ability to use electric resistance water heaters in homes.
As a result, nearly 200 co-ops submitted comments urging DOE to drop its proposal. Horry Electric was among the 200.
While we were successful with efforts to stop DOE from proposing the standard, another organization (the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC)) – has officially submitted the proposal to the International Codes Council (ICC). In addition, several other groups have submitted separate proposals that would adversely affect co-ops.
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) will be attending a code meeting in Dallas, TX in April to comment on the proposals to try to stop them from becoming code. Should the proposals be approved by the IECC committee at this meeting, they will be up for a vote in October’s Final Action Hearings in Atlantic City, NJ.
Under a new ICC rule, only ICC Governmental Members registered before April 1, 2013 will be able to send delegates to vote on these proposals in October.
We are reaching out to governmental officials in our area who can send a delegate(s) to vote in this October’s Final Action Hearings in Atlantic City should these proposals be approved in April.
The definition of an eligible Governmental Member is very broad and is open to all governmental jurisdictions: ICC’s eligible Governmental Members include agencies, departments, and units that administer, formulate or enforce laws, regulations or ordinances relating to public health, safety and welfare.
ICC’s Membership Application can be found at: http://www.iccsafe.org/Membership/Documents/Government_Membership_App.pdf