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Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Shifts on DOE Regulatory Rule, Report, Analysis

July 17th, 2017

AnotherMHIFlipFlopManufacturedHousingInstituteMHI-DOELogoManufacturedHomeEnergyRuleDailyBusinessNewsReportsReseardhDataMHProNewsIn a release to the manufactured home industry dated today, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has published the comments they state they submitted regarding DOE regulations impacting manufactured homes, per the Trump Administration’s executive orders on regulatory freezes and roll backs.

In their cover message to the industry, MHI stated that, “On July 14, 2017, MHI submitted comments to the Department of Energy (DOE) regarding proposed regulations for the manufactured housing industry that should be withdrawn because they are not consistent with President Trump’s Executive Orders to reduce federal regulatory burdens.”

Analytically, that statement may be accurate.

What MHI’s Release Doesn’t Say

However, what MHI’s statement fails to mention is that MHI and its members in the energy working group initially voted for the proposal.  The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) was alone in voting against.  It’s MHARR’s position that has been consistent in its opposition to the rule as harmful to the industry, and to those consumers who are particularly price sensitive.

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Sources tell MHProNews that Lois Starkey, then VP at MHI, stated that they [MHI] could live with the DOE energy rule proposals advanced by the Working Group from the manufactured housing industry. Now, MHI’s position shifted, and they fail to mention it. Why?

Why did MHI’s position on DOE energy rules for manufactured homes shift? A follow up report will be published.

But in an exclusive, the DOE manufactured housing working group document that demonstrates that MHI first voted for the rule that they now say they opposed is linked as a download, here.

MHI’s submitted comments are linked above, and here.  The comments from MHProNews.com publisher submitted to DOE are linked here.

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MHARR’s submitted comments will be published soon, later today or tomorrow.  

Questions the Industry Should Be Asking About MHI’s Shift

  • Why did MHI support a rule they now say they oppose?
  • Why did MHI fail to mention or explain their shift in policy to the industry in their messaging?
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To see the report that this study was first published on MHLivingNews, click here.

  • Did MHI not consider the harm to the industry – per the NAHB priced out study, that says for every $1000 in price increases 200,000 home owners will be ‘priced out’ of the market – prior to taking the votes (documented in the download attached) support the proposed DOE rule?
  • Now former MHI VP, Lois Starkey, reportedly said in a working group meeting – on behalf of MHI – that ‘they could live with’ the proposed energy rule. So MHI not only supported it by vote, but supported it vocally.
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  • Did MHI’s position shift only after MHARR, SBA, George Washington University, MHProNews editorially, and others opposed the rule – did they feel embarrassed into changing their position?
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Energy Star rated homes are available from company’s like the one shown above.  Why force all consumers into energy standards that may or may not make sense to them? The above is one of over a dozen pro-industry stories and videos that were linked from the Kovach RFI to DOE, to see the story this screen capture came from, please click the image above. To see the Kovach DOE RFI, click here.

Where is MHI’s consistency in policy?

Where is MHI’s success on behalf of the industry they claim to advocate for, after millions have been spent in recent years?

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(Note a related weekend report on this issue, linked here.)

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