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Proposed Standards Seek To Slash Beverage Vender Energy Consumption

by Staff Reporter
Posted On: 6/12/2009

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Energy is proposing to tighten the standards for energy efficiency of packaged cold drink vending machines. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register on May 9, detailing the revised standards.

The proposed rules set consumption thresholds that would reduce energy consumption by glassfront drink venders by as much as 42%, compared with current averages. Energy used by traditional closed-front vending machines would be reduced by about 15%.

If the rules are adopted, annual energy use per unit would be less than 1,800 kilowatt-hours. This compares with highs of 3,000 kWh to 5,000 kWh in the mid-1990s. The DOE said that over a 30-year period, the new standards could save as much as 10 billion kWh of electricity, amounting to $250 million in energy costs, and prevent the emission of 5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.

A public hearing on the proposed standards is scheduled for June 17, and DOE will accept comments and relevant information submitted by July 28, 2009. The new rules will take effect in 2012.

According to published reports, a policy change initiated by the Obama administration would give DOE the authority to require the installation of "smart" controllers on vending machines to reduce power consumption during low-traffic periods. The new policy is set to take effect July 1, 2010.

The proposed standards for beverage venders are the first of about 25 new regulations, affecting a variety of products, that the DOE must set by January 2012 as mandated by court orders and Congressional deadlines. Fluorescent lighting tubes in commercial environments, home refrigerators, water heaters and air conditioners are among products subject to the new energy consumption standards.

To read the proposed rules, visit the U.S. Dept. of Energy.

TN Governor Signs 'Green' Vending Bill Into Law

NASHVILLE, TN -- Tennessee governor Phil Bredesen has signed into law a proposal requiring vending machines on state property to be equipped with energy efficient lights, according to the Associated Press.

The law requires all vending machines installed on state property after July 1 to use energy-efficient lighting. Existing machines do not require replacement, but the law mandates that those in need of repair have the new lighting installed.

Bredesen has said he wants to improve Tennessee's clean energy standards and help reduce the state's per-capita electricity consumption, which is among the country's highest. Click here to view the entire bill.