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New ENERGY STAR Standards

Staying current with the latest changes in our industry’s regulations can be challenging. But if you’re a contractor, OEM or retailer, you not only need the most current information, it’s vital for you to do your job properly. That’s why we recently updated our white paper titled “Status of Energy Regulations for Commercial Refrigeration Equipment.”  The recently updated white paper addresses a variety of topics, including:

  • ENERGY STAR standards v3.0 for ice machines — these went into effect Feb. 1, 2013. The new ENERGY STAR levels require a 7–10 percent energy improvement over previous specifications. New ENERGY STAR efficiency standards for reach-ins will go into effect April 2014. Version 3.0 will be based on the top 25 percent of energy performers.
  • Legislation H.R. 6582 — the American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act is now a law. This law lessens the regulatory burden on deli-style display cases by making service-over-the-counter (SOTC) refrigerator units a separate product classification.
  • Required certifications for commercial foodservice equipment — the Department of Energy (DOE) requires refrigerated foodservice equipment manufacturers to submit annual reports to the DOE certifying compliance of their basic models with applicable standards. Individual models can be grouped as a “basic model” such that the certified rating for the basic model matches the represented rating for all the included models. The DOE may at any time test a basic model to assess whether it is in compliance with the applicable energy conservation standards.

In addition, the white paper updates maximum daily energy use calculations for reach-in coolers, energy usage as it pertains to the U.S. population, options for walk-in freezer doors, maximum daily energy use for ice machines, LEED v4 and California Title 24 for supermarkets.

Emerson also facilitates an energy rebate program for commercial refrigeration. This free service enables wholesalers and contractors to identify and process rebates for these products. More information about the rebate program is available at

I’d be interested in knowing how these new regulations and requirements are affecting you and your business. Please let us know by sharing a comment with us.

Rajan Rajendran, Ph.D.
Vice President, Engineering Services and Sustainability
Emerson Climate Technologies

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