Rulemaking for Miscellaneous Refrigeration Products Standard

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The Department of Energy (DOE) is initiating a rulemaking to develop a potential test procedure and energy conservation standard for miscellaneous residential refrigeration products, which include wine chillers and other products that are not currently covered as residential refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, or freezers.

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

Recent Updates

DOE has published a Federal Register notice of public meetings regarding the Miscellaneous Refrigeration Products Working Group. 80 FR 30962 (June 1, 2015)

The meetings will be held in Washington, DC on:

o June 11-12, 2015;

o July 15-16, 2015;

o August 11-12, 2015; and

o August 18-19, 2015;

DOE has published a Federal Register notice of intent to seek nominations on the formation of a Working Group for negotiating miscellaneous refrigeration products proposed energy conservation standards.  As part of this notice, DOE is also announcing the first meeting of the miscellaneous refrigeration products Working Group 80 FR 17355 (April 1, 2015).  Nominations are due April 15, 2015. Please submit nominations to asrac@ee.doe.gov.

Public meetings for the miscellaneous refrigeration products working group will be held Monday, May 4 and Tuesday, May 5, 2015 in Washington, DC. 

DOE published a Federal Register notice reopening the public comment period regarding the preliminary technical support document for miscellaneous refrigeration products. 80 FR 7550 (February 11, 2015). The comment period is open until March 2, 2015. 

Public Meeting Information

The meetings will be held in Washington, DC on:

o June 11-12, 2015;

o July 15-16, 2015;

o August 11-12, 2015; and

o August 18-19, 2015;

at the U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 8E-089, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585. To attend, please notify asrac@ee.doe.gov. 

Persons can attend the public meeting via webinar. Please register here for the webinars. 

Submitting Public Comments

Interested persons may submit comments, identified by docket number EERE-2011-BT-STD-0043 and/or Regulation Identification Number (RIN) 1904-AC51, by any of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal:

1. www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. 

2. Email: WineChillers-2011-STD-0043@ee.doe.gov. Include the docket number EERE-2011-BT-STD-0043 and/or RIN 1904-AC51 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, 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. Please note that comments and CDs sent by mail are often delayed and may be damaged by mail screening processes. 

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 CD, in which case it is not necessary to include printed copies.

Milestones and Documents

The residential wine chillers and other residential refrigeration products energy conservation standards rulemaking docket EERE-2011-BT-STD-0043 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 Technical Support Document

Related Rulemakings

DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding test procedures for miscellaneous refrigeration products. 79 FR 74893 (December 16, 2014). For more information, please see the rulemaking webpage. 

DOE published a proposed determination that certain types of miscellaneous residential refrigeration equipment qualify as covered products under EPCA. 76 FR 69147 (November 8, 2011).

DOE also published a supplemental proposed determination regarding miscellaneous residential refrigeration products as covered products under EPCA. 78 FR 65223 (October 31, 2013). The comment deadline is December 2, 2013. Docket No.

Statutory Authority

EPCA sets forth various provisions designed to improve energy efficiency. Part A of Title III of EPCA (42 U.S.C. 6291–6309 ) established the "Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles," which covers consumer products and certain commercial products (hereafter referred to as "covered products").

In addition to specifying a list of covered residential and commercial products, EPCA contains provisions that enable the Secretary of Energy to classify additional types of consumer products as covered products.

For the Secretary to prescribe an energy conservation standard pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 6295(o) and (p),/a> for covered products added pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 6292(b)(1) , he must also determine that the products meeting certain additional criteria.

DOE would determine if miscellaneous residential refrigeration products, among any that are currently uncovered by DOE statutory coverage, satisfy the provisions of 42 U.S.C. 6295(l)(1) during the course of the energy conservation standards rulemaking.

Contact Information

For more information related to this rulemaking, please email: