July ’23 at-a-glance … energy
NAFEM comments on proposed DOE standards
In its comments to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on proposed energy-conservation standards for automatic commercial ice makers (ACIM), NAFEM requested a no-new standard and greater transparency into how the agency arrived at its recommendation. For example, the regulation is supposed to cover ACIM, but 52% of the proposed rulemaking addresses portable icemakers producing less than 50 pounds that must be refilled manually every 12 hours. These are neither commercial nor automatic products. “DOE’s analysis, justifications, and proposed efficiency levels for automatic commercial ice makers are being driven by products that have no commercial purpose,” said Charlie Souhrada, CFSP, NAFEM vice president regulatory and technical affairs. “For this reason and others, NAFEM has asked the DOE to remove portable ice makers from this NOPR and issue a “no-new standard.”
Other energy-standard updates
As a reminder:
- Comments on DOE’s proposed energy-conservation standards for dishwashers were due July 18.
- Compliance with DOE’s final rule on energy-conservation standards for microwave ovens is required by June 22, 2026.
- New York’s energy-efficiency standards for commercial dishwashers, fryers, hot food holding cabinets, gas and electric ovens and steam cookers took effect June 26. More information is available in the agency’s webinar and Q&A.
- ENERGY STAR® released the final draft of its Commercial Electric Cooktops Version 1.0 Specification July 28. EPA anticipates finalizing this specification in Q3 2023. Upon finalization, manufacturers will be able to immediately begin certifying products.
DOE grants support more energy efficient buildings
DOE awarded $90 million to help states, cities, tribes, and partnering organizations implement updated energy codes for buildings. The awards support 27 projects across 26 states and the District of Columbia to ensure buildings meet the latest energy-efficiency standards. Awardees will provide technical assistance for updating state and local building codes across the country. Modernizing energy codes is one of the ways the Biden administration intends to improve energy efficiency in homes and businesses.