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consider these proposed test procedure
amendments as any final energy
conservation standards are developed.
DOE also proposes to require use of
any amended test procedures to be
consistent with the compliance date of
any revised energy conservation
standards. DOE would add language to
any final test procedure amendments to
the effect that the amendments need not
be performed at that time to determine
compliance with the current energy
conservation standards. Instead,
manufacturers would be required to use
the amended test procedures to
demonstrate compliance with DOE's
energy conservation standards on the
compliance date of any final rule
establishing amended energy
conservation standards for commercial
refrigeration equipment.
Further clarification would also be
provided that, as of 360 days after
publication of any test procedure final
rule, representations as to the energy
consumption of any covered products
would need to be based on results
generated using the amended test
procedure. (42 U.S.C. 6314(d))
III. Discussion
As part of the current rulemaking on
the energy conservation standard for
commercial refrigeration equipment,
DOE held a public meeting on May 18,
2010 to present its framework document
(http://wwwl . eere.energy.gov/buildings/
appliancestandards/commercial/pdfs/
crejframework 04-30-10.pdf and to
receive comments from interested
parties. DOE considered the comments
received as a result of the framework
document public meeting and
incorporated recommendations, where
appropriate, that applied to the test
procedure.
In Section 0, DOE provides responses
to comments in the following subject
areas:
1. Coordination With Other Programs;
2. Coordination with AHRI;
3. Burden of Testing;
4. Transient Testing;
5. Rating Temperatures; and
6. Energy Efficiency Features.
Section III.B provides a summary of
the proposed revisions to the test
procedure at 10 CFR part 431, subpart
C, "Uniform test method for measuring
the energy consumption of commercial
refrigerators, freezers, and refrigerator-
freezers." These proposed revisions
include:
1. Update References to Industry Test
Procedures to Most Current Version;
2. Include Method for Determining
Energy Savings Due to the Use of Night

3. Include Calculation for
Determining Energy Savings Due to Use
of Lighting Occupancy Sensors or
Controls;
4. Include Provision for Testing at
Lowest Application Product
Temperature.
Comments relevant to these subject
areas are also addressed in section III.B.
A. Framework Comment Summary and
DOE Responses
1. Coordination With Other Programs
During the Framework public
meeting, DOE received several
comments regarding the potential
overlap between testing performed for
the purposes of compliance with DOE
standards and testing performed for
certification for voluntary energy
efficiency programs. Continental stated
that testing requirements should be
unified between ENERGY STAR and
DOE standards. (Continental, No.
1.2.006 at p. 1901) Continental also
stated that a common database of
certified equipment should be shared
between DOE and the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency
ENERGY STAR program. (Continental,
No. 1.2.006 at pp. 190 -191)
The use of common test procedures,
reporting, and test data repository
pertains to many commercial and
residential products, including
commercial refrigeration equipment.
ENERGY STAR currently requires
testing according to ASHRAE Standard
72-2005. ASHRAE Standard 72-2005 is
referenced as the method of test in ARI
Standard 1200-2006, DOE's current
referenced test procedure, as well as
AHRI Standard 1200-2010, which DOE
proposes to incorporate by reference in
today's test procedure. As a result, DOE
believes that testing according to ARI
standard 1200-2006 or 1200-2010
would be sufficient for purposes of
ENERGY STAR certification.
DOE acknowledges that
manufacturers may have to submit
separate reports for showing compliance
with ENERGY STAR and DOE energy
conservation standards. Reporting
requirements for the purposes of
certification and compliance with DOE
pr the following discussion, comments will be
presented along with a notation in the form
"Continental, No. 1.2.006 at p. 190," which
identifies a written comment DOE received and
included in the docket of this rulemaking. DOE
refers to comments based on when the comment
was submitted in the rulemaking process. Section
1.1.XXX refers to Federal Register documents,
section 1.2.XXX refers public meeting support
documents, and 1.3.XXX refers to comments
submitted by interested parties. This particular
notation refers to a comment (1) By Continental, (2)

in document number 6 in the public meeting
support materials, and (3) appearing on page 190.

energy conservation standards are
currently being addressed under a
separate rulemaking (docket number
EERE-2010-BT-STD-0003). DOE
believes that further analysis or effort to
coordinate a common database or other
aspects with the ENERGY STAR
program pertain to many covered
products, both commercial and
residential, and should be addressed in
the context of that rulemaking rather
than this test procedure rulemaking.
2. Coordination with the Air-
Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration
Institute
Many interested parties provided DOE
with comments regarding coordination
between DOE and AHRI in the
development of test procedures. AHRI
reminded stakeholders that AHRI
Standard 1200, which is referenced in
the DOE test procedure, is under
constant review, and invited interested
parties, including DOE, to participate in
this review. (AHRI, No. 1.2.006 at p. 71,
No. 1.3.008 at p. 3) AHRI also expressed
support for DOE's plan to adopt the
2008 version of AHRI Standard 1200.
(AHRI, No. 1.3.008 at p. 3) Similarly,
DOE was encouraged to participate in
the ASHRAE and AHRI standards
revision processes to ensure continuity
between Federal and industry
standards. (True, No. 1.2.006 at p. 72)
California Codes and Standards likewise
agreed that DOE should coordinate with
AHRI to update AHRI Standard 1200.
(California Codes and Standards, No.
1.3.005 at pp. 2-3) A joint comment
submitted by the Northwest Energy
Efficiency Alliance and the Northwest
Power and Conservation Council
(Northwest Joint Comment) agreed with
the use of AHRI Standard 1200 as the
basis for testing, but urged DOE to begin
updating its own test procedure in
parallel with its efforts to clarify
equipment classes. (Adjuvant
Consulting, No. 1.3.003 at p. 3) Further,
the Northwest Joint Comment stated
that AHRI Standard 1200 will need
updating for this rulemaking because it
excludes some equipment classes, may
not have universally applicable test
conditions, and is unable to quantify the
effects of some technology options. The
Northwest Joint Comment also stated
that AHRI Standard 1200 should be
modified to capture the impacts of all
technologies considered by DOE in the
rulemaking and appropriate operating
regimes. (Adjuvant Consulting, No.
1.3.003 at pp. 2-3)
During the development of these
proposed test procedures amendments,
DOE closely followed the activities of
engineering committees that oversee

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