The US Department of Energy (DOE) seeks public comments on its proposal to amend the test procedures for consumer refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers, and miscellaneous refrigeration products (collectively “consumer refrigeration products”). The proposed test procedure amendments would, among other things, define the term “compartment,” and revise the method for including the energy use of automatic icemakers and certain other energy-using functions.
DOE is also proposing to adjust the standards for these products to ensure that this change in test methodology does not require manufacturers to increase the efficiency of already compliant products or allow previously non-compliant products to meet the current energy conservation standard. DOE is announcing a public meeting and comment period to collect comments and data on its proposal, and methods to reduce regulatory burden while ensuring the test procedures' representativeness of energy use during an average use cycle or period of use.
On February 19, 2020 (85 FR 9407), DOE extended the comment deadline from February 21, 2020, to April 6, 2020.
Members of the public may submit comments electronically at Regulations.gov, by email, or by mail. For more information on the proposed rule and subsequent comment deadline, please see this Federal Register notice.