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Rulemaking for Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machine Test Procedure

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This notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) proposes to clarify and reorganize the Department of Energy (DOE) test procedure for refrigerated beverage vending machines, update the referenced test method, incorporate provisions for testing of low power modes of operation, and modify or add other provisions within the DOE test procedure.


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.


Public Meeting Information

DOE will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 from 9 AM to 4 PM in Washington, D.C. The public meeting will be held at the U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room GH-019, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585. To attend, please notify Ms. Brenda Edwards at (202) 586-2945 or via email at Brenda.Edwards@ee.doe.gov. Please see the Public Participation section of the notice for details related to advanced security screening procedures for foreign nationals, submitting prepared general statements, passes for laptops, and the conduct of the public meeting. The meeting will also be broadcast as a webinar. Reserve your webinar seat here. Participants are responsible for ensuring their systems are compatible with the webinar software.

Submitting Public Comments

Comments may be submitted through regulations.gov, email, postal mail or by hand delivery/courier. All comments must be received by October 27, 2014. Please follow the directions below. Also, please see the Public Participation section of the notice for additional directions regarding submission format, campaign form letters, and confidential business information. 

Any comments submitted must identify the refrigerated beverage vending machine test procedure rulemaking by name and provide its docket number EERE-2013-BT-TP-0045 and/or Regulation Identifier Number RIN 1904-AD07. Comments may be submitted using any of the following methods:

1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: The rulemaking docket at www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. 

2. E-mail: BVM2013TP0045@ee.doe.gov. Include the docket number and/or RIN in the subject line of the message.

3. Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, Mailstop EE-5B, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW. Washington, D.C. 20585-0121. Please submit one signed original paper copy. 

4. Hand Delivery/Courier: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, 950 L'Enfant Plaza, SW., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20024. Telephone: (202) 586-2945. Please submit one signed original paper copy. 

Milestones and Documents

The refrigerated beverage vending machine test procedure rulemaking docket EERE-2013-BT-TP-0045 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.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Related Rulemakings

DOE is currently undertaking a rulemaking on energy conservation standards for refrigerated beverage vending machines. For information on that rulemaking, please see the standards page.



Statutory Authority

DOE's authority for this rulemaking can be found at 42 U.S.C. 6314(c).

Contact Information

For more information related to this rulemaking, please email:

refrigerated_beverage_vending_machines@ee.doe.gov