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Input Sought on Energy Conservation Requirements for Fridges and Microwave Ovens

The U.S. Department of Energy has initiated an effort to determine whether to amend the current energy conservation standards for consumer refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers and freezers. Under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, the DOE must review these standards at least once every six years and publish either a notice of proposed rulemaking to propose new standards for subject merchandise or a notice of determination that the existing standards do not need to be amended.

Accordingly, the DOE is now seeking information from the public to help the agency determine whether amended standards for consumer fridges, fridge/freezers and freezers would result in a significant amount of additional energy savings and whether those standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified. Any such input must be submitted by 30 December.

Separately, the DOE will hold a webinar on 14 November and is seeking public input by 13 January on a proposal to amend the existing energy test procedure for microwave ovens to provide additional specifications for the test conditions related to microwave oven clock displays and microwave ovens with network functions. The agency is also proposing editorial changes to add a section title inadvertently omitted and to revise two incorrect cross-references.

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