Energy

If approved, Colorado House Bill 19-1231 would require that all commercial dishwashers, fryers, hot food-holding cabinets and steam cookers, along with a variety of other devices, used in the state must meet or exceed ENERGY STAR and WaterSense requirements. In collaboration with the Colorado Restaurant Association (CRA) and the National Restaurant Association (NRA), NAFEM expressed its concern that, while the bill is well-intended and NAFEM’s support for ENERGY STAR is strong, it raises several issues that could undermine this valuable, national program.

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a Federal Register notice seeking information on the measurement of average use cycles, or periods of use, in its test procedures. The agency is seeking to better understand whether there are provisions in its test procedures for consumer appliances and industrial equipment that could be improved to produce results that are more representative of average use cycles, or periods of use.

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a Request for Information (RFI) to consider whether to amend its test procedures for automatic commercial icemakers (ACIM). Comments were due April 18. NAFEM will continue to monitor this situation.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released Draft 1, Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Commercial Dishwasher Product Specification.

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Following a lengthy review of comments from NAFEM and others, and a delay exacerbated by the 2018 U.S. federal government shutdown, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Federal Register notice on its proposed Process Rule to streamline and modernize the agency’s process for setting energy-efficiency standards and test procedures for commercial equipment and residential appliances. 

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The latest ENERGY STAR updates to be aware of.

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The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) will hold a continuation of the March 21 Process Rule Public Meeting on April 11, from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., in Washington, DC. In addition, DOE is extending the public comment period for submitting comments on the Process Rule to May 6.

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Participate in NAFEM’s Data Protocol Subcommittee and Technical Liasion Committee meetings taking place May 20.  RSVP and suggest discussion topics by Monday, May 6 to Natalie Jarvis.

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice initiating a data collection process to consider whether to amend the test procedure for automatic commercial ice makers.

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