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September 02, 2009

DOE Sets Energy Standards for Beverage Vending Machines

Making the 2.3 million beverage vending machines in the United States more efficient will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy security while saving money. That's why DOE published the first energy efficiency standards for this group of appliances on August 31. The new standards take effect in 2012, and over the following 30 years, DOE estimates the standards will save about 0.159 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) of energy (also known as "quads"), while saving vendors between $1.1 billion and $1.6 billion. For comparison, the United States currently uses roughly 100 quads of energy per year. The new standards, which take effect in 2012, apply to both glass-front and solid-front beverage vending machines that are commonly found in office buildings, schools, colleges, retail sites, and manufacturing facilities.

The minimum energy efficiency standards for beverage vending machines are one of five energy efficiency standards that President Obama called on DOE to expedite in a Presidential memorandum issued in February, and DOE has now finalized all five efficiency standards. The other efficiency standards were for dishwashers and general service incandescent lamps; microwaves and electric and gas kitchen ranges and ovens; commercial boilers and air conditioning equipment; and general service fluorescent lamps and incandescent reflector lamps. See the DOE press release, the Presidential memo, and the final rule as published in the Federal Register.