Government Policy and Regulation

Manufacturers: Proposed DOE CRE Standards Could Impact Service Side

Keeping an eye on the horizon—with looming changes by the Department of Energy to commercial refrigeration equipment energy efficiency standards—NAFEM shared the results of a recent member survey in a Jan. 24 webinar. About three dozen tuned in. The survey, which also relied on input from members of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI)…

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EPA Proposes Rule To Restrict HFCs in Refrigeration Equipment, Other Products

The proposed rule would prohibit manufacturing and importing products containing restricted HFCs, including commercial refrigeration equipment, by Jan. 1, 2025.

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New Energy Star Specifications for Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers Effective Soon

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Version 5.0 Energy Star Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers product specification will go into effect on Dec. 22.

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California FAST Act Put on Hold

The Save Local Restaurants Coalition gathered enough signatures for a referendum on the November 2024 ballot.

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San Diego Bans Polystyrene Foam

Restaurants soon will no longer be able to hand out Styrofoam food containers after San Diego became the latest city to say so long to polystyrene foam.

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SBA Releases $83M in RRF Grants to 169 Operators

The U.S. Small Business Administration began releasing $83 million in leftover RRF grants last week, following the program’s closure in June 2021.

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DOE Publishes Final Rule on Test Procedures for Ice Makers

The requirements take effect Dec. 1, and changes will become mandatory for equipment testing starting Oct. 27, 2023.

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Energy Star Specs Released for Commercial Electric Cooktops; Comment Period Open

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting comments on the Energy Star Version 1.0 Commercial Electric Cooktops Draft 1 Specification through Dec. 22.

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California City Makes Outdoor Dining Program Permanent

The program will go into effect on Oct. 27, allowing operators to continue to use public spaces for outdoor dining.

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California Governor Signs FAST Recovery Act

On Labor Day, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the first-of-its-kind legislation into law, which will establish a 10-member Fast Food Council to set standards for minimum wages and working conditions for fast-food restaurants consisting of 100 or more units.

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