Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines

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As defined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), “refrigerated bottled or canned beverage vending machine” means a commercial refrigerator (as defined at §431.62) that cools bottled or canned beverages and dispenses the bottled or canned beverages on payment. 10 CFR 431.292 Manufacturers have been required to comply with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) energy conservation standards for refrigerated beverage vending machines since 2012.

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Recent and Ongoing Activities

DOE has published a Federal Register notice announcing the availability of the preliminary analysis it has conducted for purposes of evaluating the need for amended energy conservation standards for refrigerated bottled or canned beverage vending machines, which is set forth in the Department’s preliminary technical support document (TSD) for this rulemaking. DOE will hold a public meeting via webinar to discuss and receive comment on its preliminary analysis. The meeting will cover the analytical framework, models, and tools used to evaluate potential standards for this equipment; the results of preliminary analyses performed by DOE; the potential energy conservation standard levels derived from these analyses (if DOE determines that proposed amendments are necessary); and other relevant issues. In addition, DOE encourages written comments on these subjects.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice until June 27, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2020–BT– STD-0014, by email (BVM2020STD0014@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Monday, May 23, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • The TSD is available on the rulemaking docket.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines

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.

Standards

Preliminary Analysis and Techincal Support Document
  • Federal Register, 87FR24469 (April 26, 2022)
  • Techincal Support Document 
Request for Information
  • Federal Register, 85FR35394 (June 10, 2020)

Final Rule; Correction Notice

Final Rule

The refrigerated beverage vending machine energy conservation standard rulemaking docket EERE-2013-BT-STD-0022 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents pertaining to this rulemaking.

Public Meeting Information:

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.

Test Procedure

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

  • Federal Register, 87FR18936 (March 31, 2022)
Request for Information; Early Assessment
  • Federal Register, 86FR27054 (May 19, 2021)

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 pertaining to this rulemaking. 

Public Meeting Information

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time. 

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.


Current Standard

Refrigerated beverage vending machines manufactured and distributed in commerce, as defined by 42 U.S.C. 6291(16), must meet the energy conservation standards specified in the Code of Federal Regulations at 10 CFR 431.296.


Current Test Procedure

To determine that refrigerated beverage vending machines that are currently manufactured or distributed into commerce are in compliance with DOE standards, manufacturers must follow the test procedure methods specified at 10 CFR 431.294.


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Compliance

DOE has established regulations on certification, compliance, and enforcement in the CFR at 10 CFR Part 429.  These regulations cover statistical sampling plans, certified ratings, certification reports, record retention, and enforcement.  More information on these regulations is available here.

Waivers

For information on current test procedure waivers, see DOE’s Waivers webpage

For information about obtaining test procedure waivers, see 10 CFR 430.27.

Exceptions

DOE's Office of Hearings and Appeals has not authorized exception relief for refrigerated beverage vending machines.

For information about obtaining exception relief, see 10 CFR part 1003.

Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions

For information on further guidance and answers to Frequently Asked Questions on all covered products, see DOE’s Further Guidance database

State Exemptions to Federal Pre-emption

DOE has not exempted any state from this energy conservation standard. States may petition DOE to exempt a state regulation from preemption by the Federal energy conservation standard. States may also petition DOE to withdraw such exemptions. For details, see 10 CFR part 430, subpart D.

Contact information

For more information related to this product, please email:
ApplianceStandardsQuestions@ee.doe.gov


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