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DOE/EE RIN: 1904-AB86 Publication ID: Fall 2013 
Title: Energy Conservation Standards for Walk-In Coolers and Walk-In Freezers 
Abstract: The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 amendments to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act require that DOE establish maximum energy consumption levels for walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers and directs the Department of Energy to develop performance based energy conservation standards that are technologically feasible and economically justified. 
Agency: Department of Energy(DOE)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: Private Sector 
CFR Citation: 10 CFR 431   
Legal Authority: 42 USC 6313(f)(4)   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory    01/01/2012 

Statement of Need: EPCA requires minimum energy efficiency standards for certain appliances and commercial equipment, which has the effect of eliminating inefficient appliances and equipment from the market.

Summary of the Legal Basis: Section 312 of EISA 2007 establishes definitions and standards for walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers. EISA 2007 directs DOE to establish performance-based standards for this equipment (42 U.S.C. 6313 (f)(4)).

Alternatives: The statute requires DOE to conduct rulemakings to review standards and to revise standards to achieve the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that the Secretary determines is technologically feasible and economically justified. In making this determination, DOE conducts a thorough analysis of the alternative standard levels, including the existing standard, based on the criteria specified by the statute.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits: DOE believes that the benefits to the Nation of the proposed energy standards for commercial refrigeration equipment (such as energy savings, consumer average lifecycle cost savings, an increase in national net present value, and emission reductions) outweigh the burdens (such as loss of industry net present value). DOE estimates that energy savings from electricity will be 5.39 quads over 30 years and the benefit to the Nation will be between $8.6 billion and $24.3 billion.

Action Date FR Cite
Notice: Public Meeting, Framework Document Availability  01/06/2009  74 FR 411   
Notice: Public Meeting, Data Availability  04/05/2010  75 FR 17080   
NPRM Comment Period Extended  04/14/2010  75 FR 41103   
Comment Period End  05/28/2010 
NPRM  09/11/2013  78 FR 55781   
NPRM Comment Period End  11/12/2013 
Final Action  04/00/2014 
Additional Information: Comments pertaining to this rule may be submitted electronically to
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Local, State 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: Yes 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Related RINs: Related to 1904-AB85 
Agency Contact:
Charles Llenza
Office of Building Technologies Program, EE-2J
Department of Energy
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
1000 Independence Avenue SW.,
Washington, DC 20585
Phone:202 586-2192

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