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DOE/EE RIN: 1904-AD72 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: ●Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Walk-In Cooler and Freezer Refrigeration Systems 

DOE established a Working Group to negotiate amended energy conservation standards for six classes of walk-in cooler and freezer (walk-in) refrigeration systems. After holding a series of meetings as part of a negotiated rulemaking, the Working Group developed a Term Sheet containing a series of recommendations regarding potential energy conservation standards for these refrigeration systems and the current test procedure for evaluating the energy efficiency of a walk-in refrigeration system. This rulemaking proposes several test procedure amendments to implement these recommendations. These proposed amendments include certain changes to improve test procedure clarity, updating related certification and enforcement provisions to address the performance-based energy conservation standards for walk-in cooler and freezer equipment, and establishing labeling requirements that will aid manufacturers in determining which components would be considered for compliance purposes as intended for walk-in cooler and freezer applications. The proposal would also add certain equipment-specific definitions, remove the test method for refrigeration systems with hot gas defrost, and include a method to accommodate refrigeration equipment that use adaptive defrost and on-cycle variable-speed evaporator fan control.

Agency: Department of Energy(DOE)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 10 CFR 429    10 CFR 431, subpart R     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 42 USC 6311 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/17/2016  81 FR 54926   
NPRM Comment Period End  10/17/2016 
Final Action  12/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
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RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Ashley Armstrong
General Engineer, EE-5B
Department of Energy
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Building Technologies Office, 1000 Independence Avenue SW.,
Washington, DC 20585
Phone:202 586-6590