DOE’s Proposed Commercial Refrigeration Rule Claims to Save Retailers Money by Reducing their Choices

by Sofie E. Miller, Senior Policy Analyst

November 19, 2013

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In September, the Department of Energy (DOE) published a proposed rule setting energy efficiency standards for 49 different types of commercial refrigeration equipment, establishing maximum allowable energy usage standards as a function of either refrigerated volume or total display area for each separate equipment class. The standards will increase appliance prices for commercial customers such as restaurants, supermarkets, warehouse stores, and convenience stores, but DOE also expects these customers to benefit from longer-term energy savings. 

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