#AceFinanceNews – UNITED STATES – September 30 – The Department of Energy (DOE) is giving manufacturers the cold shoulder as it moves forward with new efficiency standards for commercial walk-in coolers and freezers.
The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced Tuesday it is rejecting industry’s request to roll back the new regulations.
DOE finalized the rules in June, hoping to save consumers close to $10 billion in energy bills over the next 30 years.
But the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) petitioned the Energy Department to reconsider the rules, because it argued they would be too expensive for manufacturers to comply with.
The Energy Department’s own estimates suggest the more stringent efficiency rules would cost industry $33 million to comply with. But it said AHRI’s accusations that it could cost even more than that are based on a “flawed set of calculations and assumptions” and a “fundamental misunderstanding” of the rule.
Walk-in coolers and freezers are the latest in a long line of commercial and household appliances that DOE is looking to regulate.