This Decision and Order considers an Application for Exception filed by Refricenter International (Refricenter), seeking exception relief from the provisions of 10 C.F.R.
Part 430, pertaining to energy conservation standards for central air conditioners and heat pumps (Air Conditioner Standards). Refricenter imports and markets air
conditioning equipment on the island of Puerto Rico. In its exception request, Refricenter asserts that it will incur a serious hardship, inequity and an unfair distribution of burdens if forced to comply with the 13 SEER energy efficiency standard effective January 2006, 10 C.F.R. § 430.32(c). If Refricenter’s exception request were
granted, the firm would receive exception relief from the revised standard for its products marketed in Puerto Rico. As set forth in this Decision and Order, we have
concluded that Refricenter’s Application for Exception should be denied.