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Test Procedures for Microwave Ovens Subject of DOE Information Request

Monday, October 24, 2011
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Energy has initiated a rulemaking to develop active mode testing methodologies for residential microwave ovens. DOE is seeking by Nov. 23 information, data and comments on representative and repeatable methods for measuring the energy use of microwave-only ovens and combination microwave ovens, including food loads representative of consumer use, the repeatability of energy use measurements using different food loads, and consumer usage data on the hours of operation in active mode, standby mode and off mode for the development of an integrated energy use metric. After the close of the comment period, DOE will begin collecting data, conducting relevant analyses and reviewing public comments to aid in the development of a test procedure proposed rule for residential microwaves.

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