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Tougher Energy Conservation Standards Considered for Vending Machines, Lamp Ballasts

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Vending Machines. The Department of Energy is proposing to amend the energy conservation standards for refrigerated bottled or canned beverage vending machines. If adopted, these standards would apply to all covered products manufactured in or imported into the U.S. on or after the date that is three years after the publication of a final rule.

The DOE has tentatively concluded that the proposed standards represent the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that is technologically feasible and economically justified and would save a significant amount of energy. In addition, equipment achieving the proposed standards is already commercially available for all equipment classes covered by the proposal.

DOE will hold a public meeting (which will also be broadcast as a webinar) Sept. 29 to receive comments on the proposed standards and associated analyses and results. DOE also welcomes comments, data and information regarding this proposal through Oct. 19.

Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts. The DOE has reopened through Sept. 1 the period to submit comments and data on a framework document associated with the consideration of amended energy conservation standards for fluorescent lamp ballasts. This document details the analytical approach and scope of coverage for the rulemaking and identifies several issues on which DOE is particularly interested in receiving comments. DOE states that it is planning to conduct in-depth technical analyses in several areas, including energy use, product price, and manufacturer, utility, employment and regulatory impacts.

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