For Immediate Release
February 12, 2018
Rep. Mike Schultz to Receive AHRI Policy Leadership Award
HVACR Trade Association Legislator’s Industry Support
On Monday, February 12, 2018, Utah State Representatives Mike Schultz and Edward Redd were presented with a Policy Leadership Award from the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), the national trade association for manufacturers of heating, cooling, water heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment. Rep. Schultz will be recognized for his efforts to protect the ability of Utah businesses to continue to install and natural gas-fired commercial water heaters in the state. The HVACR and water heating industry employs some 6,700 Utahans in manufacturing, distribution, installation, and maintenance.
“I really appreciate the efforts of AHRI to work together to implement Low NOx water heaters,” said Rep. Schultz. “This change will have a significant impact on improving the air quality in the state of Utah.”
“I am honored to receive this award, said Rep. Redd. “We worked collaboratively with AHRI representatives and legislators to get ultra-low NOx water heaters as the standard for new installations and replacement water heaters in the state of Utah. Ultra low-NOx water heaters put out 70 percent fewer nitrogen oxides emissions than current standard natural gas-fueled water heaters in Utah. This intervention will gradually help improve air quality long-term as current water heaters are replaced with ultra low-NOx water heaters.”
“Rep. Schultz’s efforts effectively preserved the ability of Utah businesses to have a choice in their water heater use,” said AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek. “His common-sense amendment to HB 37 helped our industry and the Utah citizens we serve, while continuing to take the steps necessary to protect the environment and save energy. We are very grateful for his work on this issue.”
AHRI Director of Government Relations Garrett McGuire presented Reps. Schultz and Redd their award at the Utah State Capitol at Monday, February 12 at 11 a.m.
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is the trade association representing manufacturers of air conditioning, heating, commercial refrigeration, and water heating equipment. An internationally recognized advocate for the industry, AHRI develops standards for and certifies the performance of many of these products. AHRI’s 300+ member companies manufacture quality, efficient, and innovative residential and commercial air conditioning, space heating, water heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment and components for sale in North America and around the world.
Aundrea Peterson, Majority Director of Communications
Utah House of Representatives