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Tougher Energy Efficiency Standards for Walk-In Coolers and Freezers

Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Energy has issued a final rule adopting more stringent energy conservation standards for the main components of walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers, refrigeration systems, panels and doors. The DOE has determined that the amended standards would result in significant conservation of energy and are technologically feasible and economically justified. These standards will apply to all specified equipment manufactured in or imported into the U.S. on or after June 5, 2017.

Walk-in coolers and freezers are defined as an enclosed storage space refrigerated to temperatures above, and at or below, respectively, 32 °F that can be walked into. They have a total chilled storage area of less than 3,000 square feet, excluding equipment designed and marketed exclusively for medical, scientific or research purposes.

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