February ’24 at-a-glance … energy

NAFEM provides input on future California energy standards

NAFEM began a dialogue with the California Energy Commission (CEC) over the state’s potential energy-efficiency standards for gas- and electric-powered commercial steam cookers, convection ovens, dishwashers, and fryers. With input from members, NAFEM replied to the CEC’s pre-rulemaking request for information. In a welcome departure, California has invited the industry to provide data and perspective on future standards, versus seeking comments on already drafted standards. This dialogue is important because standards set in California are often replicated in other states.  

In its comments, NAFEM stated its interest in a continued dialogue and offered the following recommendations: 

  • Collect test data on and establish a robust database of covered products. 
  • Solicit feedback on appropriate categories of covered products and establish working groups for these categories. 
  • Consider the impact of potential standards on small businesses. 
  • Consider the design cycles of covered products. 
  • Host a public meeting about the RFI.  

NAFEM further advocates for “no-new standard” for CRE 

Following the submission of comments with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) about proposed energy-efficiency standards for commercial refrigeration equipment (CRE), NAFEM is busy advocating for a “no new standard” ruling with key stakeholders. Recently, the Advocacy team met with staffers from the House Committee on Small Business, as well as the Senate Energy and Commerce Committee. The Advocacy team also is developing a grassroots campaign to help members reach out to elected officials.  

NAFEM’s request for a “no-new-standard” standard was informed by the input of many members who indicated that DOE’s approach is not technically feasible nor economically justified. NAFEM contends that the proposed standards fail the agency’s statutory factors under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA). If approved as currently drafted, the proposed standards would take effect Jan. 1, 2029. 

ENERGY STAR® updates 

  • NAFEM and ENERGY STAR continue to work on a component verification inspection program for coffee and tea brewers and need information from members who manufacture these products. To get involved, contact advocacy@nafem.org.