The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) recently joined a number of organizations in food and agriculture industries in signing a letter addressed to the United States House of Representatives and Senate supporting the Transparency and Honesty in Energy Regulations Act (THERA) of 2017. The full letter can be found below.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register final rule pertaining to energy conservation standards for walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers. (December 28, 2016).
- This pre-publication final rule is subject to the procedures at 10 CFR 430.5.
- The effective date of this rule is 60 days after date of publication in the Federal Register.
- Find more information on the rulemaking, including statutory authority, waivers, exceptions, and exemptions, and contact information.
- All notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents associated with this rulemaking are included in Docket No. EERE-2015-BT-STD-0016.
On March 28th, the Department of Energy published a final rule regarding energy conservation standards for commercial refrigeration equipment. According to DOE, these standards are intended to help cut carbon pollution by about 142 million metric tons – equivalent to the annual electricity use of 14.3 million U.S. homes – and save businesses up to $11.7 billion on their energy bills. The efficiency standards established today update the DOE’s 2009 standards and will make the average commercial refrigeration unit about 30 percent more efficient, compared to the current standards. More information on the final rule and regulatory process for commercial refrigeration equipment can be found here.