DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding test procedures for refrigerated beverage vending machines. 79 FR 46908 (August 11, 2014). A public meeting is scheduled for September 16, 2014. The comment deadline is October 27, 2014. For more information, please visit the test procedure rulemaking page.
DOE published a notice of public meeting and availability of the preliminary technical support document concerning energy conservation standards for refrigerated bottled or canned beverage vending machines. 79 FR 46379 (August 8, 2014).
DOE will hold a public meeting on September 16, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Additionally, DOE plans to allow for participation in the public meeting via webinar.
The public meeting will be held at the U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room GH-019, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20585-0121. Please note that foreign nationals participating in the public meeting are subject to advance security screening procedures which require advance notice prior to attendance at the public meeting. If a foreign national wishes to participate in the public meeting, please inform DOE of this fact as soon as possible by contacting Ms. Brenda Edwards at (202) 586-2945 so that the necessary procedures can be completed. DOE requires visitors to have laptops and other devices, such as tablets, checked upon entry into the building. Please report to the visitor's desk to have devices checked before proceeding through security.
The refrigerated beverage vending machine energy conservation standards rulemaking docket EERE-2013-BT-STD-0022 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.
The Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA) directed the Secretary of Energy to issue by rule, no later than August 8, 2009, energy conservation standards for refrigerated bottled or canned beverage vending machines (42 U.S.C. 6295(v)). DOE published a final rule establishing standards for refrigerated beverage vending machines (2009 BVM final rule) in August 2009. 74 FR 44913 (Aug. 31, 2009).
Within 6 years after issuance of any final rule establishing or amending standards, DOE is required to publish a notice determining whether to amend those standards. If DOE determines that amendment is warranted, DOE must also issue a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) including new proposed energy conservation standards by that same date (42 U.S.C. 6295(m)(1)). Because the final rule for beverage vending machines was published on August 31, 2009, a notice of determination and, if necessary, a NOPR, are required no later than August 31, 2015.