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 undertaking an early assessment review to determine whether amendments are warranted for the test procedure for refrigerated bottled or canned beverage vending machines (BVMs). DOE has identified certain issues associated with the currently applicable test procedure on which DOE is interested in receiving comment. The issues outlined in this document mainly concern updates to industry standards, test setup and conditions, product rating temperature, energy consumption calculations, operating modes, alternate refrigerants, and connected functions. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document, including topics not raised in this request for information (RFI).

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until June 18, 2021.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2021-BT-TP-0007 , by email (BVM2021TP0007@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.

DOE has published a Federal Register notice initiating a data collection process through this request for information (RFI), to consider whether to amend DOE’s current standards for Refrigerated Bottled or Canned Beverage Vending Machines (“beverage vending machines”) to determine whether to amend applicable energy conservation standards for this equipment. DOE seeks data and information that could enable the agency to determine whether DOE should propose a “no-new-standard” determination because a more-stringent standard: would not result in a significant savings of energy; is not technologically feasible; is not economically justified; or any combination of the foregoing.

  • The comment period is closed.

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

DOE has published a Federal Register notice request for information pertaining to energy conservation standards for refrigerated beverage vending machines. 85FR35394 (June 10, 2020).

DOE has published a correction notice pertaining to the final rule for energy conservation standards for beverage vending machines. 81 FR 24009 (April 25, 2016).

DOE published a final rule prescribing new and amended energy conservation standards for refrigerated beverage vending machines. 81 FR 1028 (January 8, 2016).

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

DOE has published a Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review to determine whether amendments are warranted for the test procedure for refrigerated bottled or canned beverage vending machines (BVMs). 86FR27054 (May 19, 2021).

DOE published a final rule revising the test procedure for refrigerated beverage vending machines. 80 FR 45758 (July 31, 2015).  

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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