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Energy

Advocating for reliable and sustainable energy.

Nearly 20 years ago, NAFEM members actively worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help start the ENERGY STAR program for commercial foodservice equipment. That active support and involvement with energy-related issues continues today and encompasses other activities including, but not limited to, information exchange, monitoring and advocacy for energy efficiency regulations, standards, codes and rebates.

Energy Issues

Representatives from ENERGY STAR joined this month’s regulatory forum conference calls to share some updates.

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One year ago, California Governor Jerry Brown signed sweeping legislation requiring that all the state’s energy come from clean power sources by 2045. The 100 Percent Clean Energy Act of 2018 also requires the state to meet 50 percent of its energy needs with clean power by 2025 and 60 percent by 2030. As California’s primary energy policy and planning agency, the California Energy Commission (CEC) is driving energy efficiency and innovation, cleaner transportation, renewable energy growth, responsible energy infrastructure and emergency responses to the loss of energy supply due to natural disasters or other emergencies.

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Leveraging the successful steam-cooker component inspection pilot program, NAFEM has secured broader participation and support from the industry’s certifying bodies – CSA Group, Intertek, NSF and UL – to expand the process to other product categories.

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AHT seeks an exemption from DOE’s test procedure for determining the energy consumption of commercial refrigerators, freezers, and refrigerator-freezers, and suggests an alternative approach.

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a final rule on new energy conservation standards for certain walk-in cooler/walk-in freezer components.

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Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) Office of Energy Efficiency has issued a proposal to align Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations for 17 product categories.

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If you’re a NAFEM member, log in to your account and visit the “Important links and documents” tab of your member portal. There you’ll find information on providing input on recent issues, as well as a member advocacy toolkit. Contact Charlie Souhrada, CFSP, vice president, regulatory & technical affairs, +1.312.821.0212 at csouhrada@nafem.org for outside inquiries related to advocacy efforts or use the Contact us form linked below.

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