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Rulemaking for Walk-in Coolers and Walk-in Freezers Energy Conservation Standards

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The Department of Energy (DOE) conducted a rulemaking to establish performance-based standards for walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers (WICF). WICFs temporarily store refrigerated or frozen food or other perishable goods and are used primarily in the food service and food sales industry. Walk-in coolers operate above 32°F and at or below 55°F, and walk-in freezers operate at or below 32°F. WICFs covered by the regulations are enclosed storage spaces that can be walked into, have a total chilled storage area of less than 3,000 square feet, and do not include products designed and marketed exclusively for medical, scientific, or research purposes.


Recent Updates | Public Meeting Information | Submitting Public Comments | Milestones and Documents | Related Rulemakings | Statutory Authority | Contact Information


Recent Updates

DOE has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of intent to seek nominations on the formation of a Working Group to negotiate proposed energy conservation standards for certain equipment classes of refrigeration systems of walk-in coolers and freezers. (July 31, 2015).  As part of this notice, DOE is also announcing the first meeting of the Walk-In Coolers and Freezers Working Group, which will be held on August 27, 2015 in Washington, DC.


Public Meeting Information

DOE will host the first Working Group meeting, which is open to the public, and will be broadcast via webinar on Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at DOE's Forrestal Building, Room 8E-089, 1000 Independence Ave, SW Washington, DC 20585.

To participate please contact asrac@ee.doe.gov.

Register for the webinar portion here

Submitting Public Comments

Interested person may submit comments and an application for membership (including a cover letter and resume), identified by docket number EERE-2015-BT-STD-0016, via any of the following methods:

1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov.  Follow the instructions for submitting comments. 

2. E-mail: ASRAC@ee.doe.gov.   Include docket number EERE-2015-BT-STD-0016 in the subject line of the message.

3. Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, Mailstop EE-5B, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC  20585-0121.  If possible, please submit all items on a compact disc (CD), in which case it is not necessary to include printed copies.

4. Hand Delivery/Courier: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, 950 L’Enfant Plaza, SW., Suite 600, Washington, DC  20024. Telephone: (202) 586-2945.  If possible, please submit all items on a CD, in which case it is not necessary to include printed copies.


Milestones and Documents

The certain equipment classes of refrigeration systems of walk-in coolers and freezers docket EERE-2015-BT-STD-0016 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents.

Notice of Intent

The walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers docket EERE-2008-BT-STD-0015 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents. For the latest information on the planned timing of future DOE regulatory milestones, see the current Office of Management and Budget Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. All planned dates are preliminary and subject to change.

Framework
Preliminary Analysis
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Final Rule

*After a regulatory action has been completed, Executive Order 12866 requires agencies to identify the substantive changes between the draft submitted to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for review and the action subsequently announced, and to identify those changes made at the suggestion or recommendation of OIRA.


Related Rulemakings

DOE published a final rule regarding alternative efficiency determination methods (AEDMs) and test procedures for walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers. 79 FR 27387 (May 13, 2014). For more information, please see the rulemaking webpage.



Statutory Authority

The current energy conservation standards for walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers are mandated by Part A-1, the "Energy Conservation Program for Certain Industrial Equipment" of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended. (42 U.S.C. 6311–6317) These products are all treated as covered equipment under Part A-1. (42 U.S.C. 6311(G)) All references to EPCA refer to the statute as amended through the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

Contact Information

For more information related to this rulemaking, please email:

walk-in_coolers_and_walk-in_freezers@ee.doe.gov