Consumer Refrigerators and Freezers

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Consumer refrigerators and freezers includes refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers, which are cabinets chill and preserve food and beverages, provide ice and chilled water, and freeze food. Manufacturers have been required to comply with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) energy conservation standards for consumer refrigerators and freezers since 1990.

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Recent and Ongoing Activities

DOE has issued a Federal Register notice extending the public comment period for its notice of proposed rulemaking (“NOPR”) pertaining to test procedures for consumer refrigeration products that published on  December 23, 2019. The NOPR stated that written public comments would be accepted until February 21, 2020. On January 27, 2020, DOE received a joint request from the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to extend the comment period for the NOPR by 60 days so that the data their teams are collecting and analyzing could be submitted to the docket and considered by the DOE. On February 5, 2020, DOE received a request from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) to extend the comment period for the Test Procedure NOPR for Consumer Refrigeration Products by 30 days. DOE has reviewed this request and will be granting a 45 day extension of the public comment period until April 6, 2020.

DOE has published a Federal Register notice extending the public comment period for its request for information (“RFI”) to solicit information from the public to help DOE determine whether amended standards for consumer refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers would result in a significant amount of additional energy savings and whether those standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified. DOE is extending the public comment period for submitting comments and data on the RFI by 45 days to February 13, 2020.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comment pertaining to test procedures for consumer refrigeration products. DOE proposes to amend the test procedures for consumer refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers, and miscellaneous refrigeration products to more accurately measure energy use of consumer refrigeration products during a representative average use cycle and reduce test procedure burden..

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 extending the public comment period for its request for information pertaining to standards for consumer refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers 84FR68060 (December 13, 2019).

DOE has published a Federal Register notice request for information pertaining to standards for refrigerators and freezers. 84FR62470 (November 15, 2019).

DOE undertook a rulemaking that concluded in September 2011 pertaining to consumer refrigerators and freezers. 76 FR 57516 (September 15, 2011).   The consumer refrigerators and freezers rulemaking docket EERE-2008-BT-STD-0012 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 issued a Federal Register notice extending the public comment period for its notice of proposed rulemaking (“NOPR”) pertaining to test procedures for consumer refrigeration products.

DOE has published a Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comment pertaining to test procedures for consumer refrigeration products 84FR70842 (January 23, 2019)

DOE  initiated a data collection process through a request for information (RFI) in June 2017 regarding test procedures for consumer refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers.  The consumer refrigerator and freezer test procedure rulemaking docket EERE-2017-BT-TP-0004 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents pertaining to this rulemaking.

DOE undertook a rulemaking that concluded with a  final rule in April 2014 which amended the consumer refrigerator and freezer test procedures. 79 FR 22319 (April 21, 2014).The consumer refrigerator and freezer test procedure rulemaking docket EERE-2012-BT-TP-0016 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

Consumer refrigerators and freezers 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 430.32(a).


Current Test Procedure

To determine that residential refrigerators and freezers 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 430, Subpart B, Appendix A and Appendix B.


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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 authorized exception relief for residential refrigerators and freezers to BSH Home Appliances Corporation on January 4, 2012 (EXC-11-0001).

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.

Small Business Exemptions

Any manufacturer of a covered product with annual gross revenues that do not exceed $8,000,000 from all its operations and meets certain other conditions may apply for an exemption to the energy conservation standard. For details, see 10 CFR part 430, subpart E.

ENERGY STAR®

DOE supports the testing and verification of ENERGY STAR® products in close collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Find tips and guidance for making your home, workplace, or vehicle more energy efficient visit EnergySavers.gov.

Contact information

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


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