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Amended Energy Conservation Standards for Ice Makers under Consideration

Monday, March 17, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Energy is proposing to amend the energy conservation standards for automatic commercial ice makers. DOE has tentatively concluded that the proposed standards represent the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that is technologically feasible and economically justified and would result in the significant conservation of energy. DOE further notes that technologies used to achieve these standard levels are already commercially available for the covered equipment classes.

DOE is also considering more stringent energy use levels as trial standard levels but has tentatively concluded that the potential burdens of these use levels would outweigh the projected benefits. Based on consideration of the public comments it receives in response to its proposed rule and related information collected and analyzed during the course of this rulemaking effort, DOE may adopt energy use levels that are either higher or lower than the proposed standards, or some combination of level(s) that partially incorporate the proposed standards.

A public meeting to receive comments on the proposed standards and associated analyses and results will be held April 14 in Washington, D.C., and will also be broadcast as a webinar. Comments, data and information regarding this proposal will be accepted through May 16.

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