Bill Dornbos, director of the Connecticut office of Acadia Center, a clean energy advocacy group, said changing the regulations could be difficult because the rule-writing process is drawn out and complicated. For example, minimum energy conservation standards apply to more than 60 categories of appliances and equipment, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

In addition, cutting energy efficiency standards for air conditioning equipment would not likely help Carrier and other U.S. manufacturers because of investments in meeting higher standards, he said.

“Any rollback would more likely end up benefiting foreign manufacturers who could flood the market with lower-quality, less-efficient products,” he said.

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