Foodservice Equipment Reports Fortnightly

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December 16, 2008

Economic Report:
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NRA Index Inches Up In October
Commercial Foodservice As Leading Or Current Indicator?
NRA To Release 2009 Forecast Friday
U.S., Worldwide Macro Forecasts Deteriorate Further
A Couple Months Old, But Still Great Stuff: FER's Forecasts For 2008, '09

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Manitowoc Names Leadership Team
Manitowoc, Foster, Pi Honored By FCSI
ServSafe Fifth Edition Hits The Web
Yum! Targets 1,175 Overseas Openings

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In This Section:
EECC '30% Solution' Falls Short, But Efficiency Codes Tighten
Court Ruling Could Mean Higher Energy Prices
Westchester Weighs In On Calorie Counts—It's A Yes
Rome, Ga., Hikes Water, Sewer, Landfill Fees

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EECC '30% Solution' Falls Short, But Efficiency Codes Tighten
The Energy Efficient Code Coalition's proposed "30% solution," designated EC-14, failed at this fall's International Code Council's final-action hearings in Minneapolis. But ICC members did approve a large number of the 100-plus additional energy-saving code proposals for the International Energy Conservation Code. The upgraded standards in the 2009 codes were estimated to reduce energy consumption by about 15% compared to the existing '06 versions.

The more stringent EC-14 proposal would have provided an estimated 30% efficiency improvement in new buildings, but ICC voters expressed concerns that it was perhaps overreaching.

Approved code changes that will improve building energy efficiency include requirements for increased insulation in basements, floors and walls; improved window efficiency; reductions in wasted energy from leaky heating and cooling ducts; reductions in tradeoffs that fail to capture energy savings from efficient heating and cooling equipment; high efficiency lighting for the first time in a national energy code; and improved air sealing within the building envelope.

The EECC said it plans to continue to work with the ICC to achieve the 30% energy reduction goals.


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Court Ruling Could Mean Higher Energy Prices
The Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Appeals Board ruled in November that all new and proposed coal-fired electricity-generating plants in the United States must address their carbon dioxide emissions. In the short term, that means the permitting process for most new coal-fired plants has ground to a halt. In the short and long term, it may mean rising electric pricing.

The ruling, in a case brought by the Sierra Club, was decided in line with a 2007 U.S. Supreme Court decision that classified carbon dioxide as a pollutant to fall under EPA regulation.

The Appeals Board decision put the brakes on permitting for about 30 coal-fired plants in seven states that the EPA directly regulates, and it also meant self-regulating states will have to begin their permit processes all over again with an eye to carbon-dioxide standards.

The EAB agreed last month that coal-fired plants should comply with "Best Available Control Technology" for carbon dioxide. The hitch is that BACT for carbon dioxide has not yet been defined, so no forward action will be possible until the EPA under President-elect Obama's Administration handles the question.

The technology to capture and store the CO2 from coal-fired plants isn't yet practical, so industry observers say BACT in the near future will likely consist of some combination of efficiency improvements, co-generation and fuel-switching with bio-mass or other alternative fuels. The Sierra Club said it hopes the ruling will put pressure on utilities and investors to fund wind, solar and energy-efficiency policies instead of trying to fix old coal technology.

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Westchester Weighs In On Calorie Counts—It's A Yes
Legislators in Westchester County, N.Y., near New York City, approved an ordinance requiring chain restaurant to post calorie counts on menu boards. The proposal had been under debate for more than a year before being passed 15-1 last month.

Chains with 15 or more units nationwide have until May to comply with the new law. Like other menu labeling bills recently enacted across the country, the new ordinance would be preempted by the Labeling Education and Nutrition, or LEAN, Act presently pending in U.S. Congress.

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Rome, Ga., Hikes Water, Sewer, Landfill Fees
When in Rome, Ga., do as Romans do—pay more for water, sewer and waste-removal charges.

City commissioners for the town, about 90 minutes northwest of Atlanta, recently approved the fee increases, which in some cases will represent quite a hit, as the services there are all paid completely by customer fees, not property or other taxes. The city said it has lost revenue due to conservation and recycling efforts and needs to hike fees to cover its fixed operating costs.

Water connection fees rise $1,100 for a 1" pipe, and sewer connection fees will increase from $300 to $1,100 depending on size. Typical base charges for water and sewer almost double in most cases, though the city said the average monthly rate for residents goes up only $3.35. Landfill disposal rates for preferred customers go up only 65 cents, to $25.65 per ton.

To see the complete rate-change schedule, go to,%202008%20Agenda.pdf.

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