Rulemaking for Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines Energy Conservation Standards

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The Department of Energy (DOE) is considering amending energy conservation standards for refrigerated beverage vending machines (BVMs) as required by (42 U.S.C. 6295(m)(1)).

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

Recent Updates

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). 

Public Meeting Information

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. 

Submitting Public Comments

The public comment deadline is October 7, 2014.

DOE will accept comments, data, and other information regarding this rulemaking before or after the public meeting, but no later than the date provided at the beginning of this notice. Please submit comments, data, and other information as provided in the ADDRESSES section of the Federal Register Notice above. Submit electronic comments in WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, PDF, or text (ASCII) file format and avoid the use of special characters or any form of encryption. Comments in electronic format should be identified by the Docket Number EERE-2013-BT-STD-0022 and/or RIN 1904-AD00 and, wherever possible, carry the electronic signature of the author. No telefacsimiles (faxes) will be accepted. 

Pursuant to 10 CFR 1004.11, any person submitting information that he or she believes to be confidential and exempt by law from public disclosure should submit two copies: One copy of the document including all the information believed to be confidential and one copy of the document with the information believed to be confidential deleted. DOE will make its own determination as to the confidential status of the information and treat it according to its determination. 

Factors of interest to DOE when evaluating requests to treat submitted information as confidential include: (1) A description of the items; (2) whether and why such items are customarily treated as confidential within the industry; (3) whether the information is generally known by or available from other sources; (4) whether the information has previously been made available to others without obligation concerning its confidentiality; (5) an explanation of the competitive injury to the submitting person which would result from public disclosure; (6) a date upon which such information might lose its confidential nature due to the passage of time; and (7) why disclosure of the information would be contrary to the public interest

Milestones and Documents

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.

Preliminary Analysis
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Final Rule

Related Rulemakings

At present, there is a DOE rulemaking underway to amend the test procedures for refrigerated beverage vending machines.

Statutory Authority

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.

Contact Information

For more information related to this rulemaking, please email: