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DOE Issues Final Rule on Energy Conservation Standards for Walk-In Cooler and Freezer Refrigeration Systems 
 
 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a final rule pertaining to energy conservation standards for walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers (WICFs).

The Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (“EPCA”), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers. This final rule details a series of energy conservation standards pertaining to certain discrete classes of refrigeration systems used in this equipment. These standards, which are consistent with recommendations presented by a working group that included refrigeration system manufacturers, installers, and energy efficiency advocates, have been determined to result in the significant conservation of energy and achieve the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that is technologically feasible and economically justified.

The effective date of this rule is September 8, 2017. Compliance with the standards established for WICF refrigeration systems in this final rule is required on and after July 10, 2020.

More information can be found here.