February at-a-glance…energy

DOE evaluating whether to amend refrigeration energy-conservation standards

Comments have closed on a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) request for information to help determine whether the agency should amend energy-conservation standards for refrigeration products. As part of the new Process Rule, DOE could propose a “no-new-standard” determination if a more-stringent standard would not result in a significant savings of energy, is not technologically feasible and/or is not economically justified. After consulting with members who did not identify a need to respond to the request, NAFEM did not submit comments to DOE. The association will continue monitoring the agency’s work on this topic.

Ontario introduces new energy-efficiency standards for pre-rinse spray valves

Ontario, Canada introduced minimum energy-efficiency standards for five new products effective Jan. 29. Products include pre-rinse spray valves, as well as commercial oil-fired furnaces, air compressors, portable air conditioners and uninterruptible power supplies. The new requirements are intended to reduce energy and water use, as well as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, in the province. They align standards from DOE and Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN).