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Tougher Energy Conservation Standards Proposed for Commercial Refrigerators, Freezers

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Energy has issued separate proposed rules that would establish more stringent energy conservation standards for commercial refrigeration equipment, walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers. The DOE believes the proposed standards would save a significant amount of energy and represent the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that is technologically feasible and economically justified.

Public meetings to gather input on these proposals will be held Oct. 3 (refrigeration equipment) and Oct. 9 (coolers and freezers) in Washington, D.C., and will also be broadcast as webinars. In addition, comments, data and information on the proposed rules will be accepted through Nov. 12.

The DOE anticipates that final rules will be published in 2014 and that the proposed standards will apply to all covered equipment that is manufactured in or imported into the U.S. starting sometime in 2017.

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