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DOE/EE RIN: 1904-AD80 Publication ID: Spring 2023 
Title: Energy Conservation Standards for Consumer Refrigerators, Refrigerator-Freezers, and Freezers 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has initiated an effort to consider amending energy conservation standards for refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers.  Once completed, this rulemaking will fulfill DOE's statutory obligation to either propose amended energy conservation standards for these products or to determine that the existing standards do not need to be amended. To this end, DOE must determine whether standards more stringent than those currently in place would result in a significant amount of energy savings and whether such amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified.  In the proposed rule, DOE tentatively concludes that the proposed standards represent the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that is technologically feasible and economically justified, and would result in the significant conservation of energy.  Specifically, with regard to technological feasibility, products achieving these proposed standard levels are already commercially available for all covered product classes.  As for economic justification, DOE’s analysis shows that the benefits of the proposed standard exceed, to a great extent, the burdens of the proposed standards.  

Agency: Department of Energy(DOE)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
CFR Citation: 10 CFR 430.32(a)   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6295(b)    42 U.S.C. 6295(m)(1)   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  Subject to 6-year-look-back in 42 U.S.C. 6295(m)   
Action Date FR Cite
Request for Information (RFI)  11/15/2019  84 FR 62470   
RFI Comment Period End  12/30/2019 
RFI Comment Period Extended  12/13/2019  84 FR 68060   
RFI Comment Period Extended End  02/13/2020 
Preliminary Analysis and Notice of Webinar  10/15/2021  86 FR 57378   
Webinar  12/01/2021 
Preliminary Analysis Comment Period End  12/29/2021 
NPRM  02/27/2023  88 FR 12452   
NPRM Comment Period End  04/28/2023 
Final Action  12/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Stephanie Johnson
General Engineer
Department of Energy
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
1000 Independence Avenue SW, Building Technologies Office, EE5B,
Washington, DC 20585
Phone:202 287-1943