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ENERGY STAR - US

ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.

The ENERGY STAR program was established by EPA in 1992, under the authority of the Clean Air Act Section 103(g). Section103(g) of the Clean Air Act directs the Administrator to "conduct a basic engineering research and technology program to develop, evaluate, and demonstrate non–regulatory strategies and technologies for reducing air pollution."
Locations: Americas - US (U)
Type: Voluntary Label
 
2022-11-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Residential Water Heaters Partners and Stakeholders:
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to remind stakeholders that as of November 23, 2022, EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs) are required to cease certification of new residential water heaters to the Version 4.0 specification and may only certify residential water heaters to the Version 5.0 specification. Certification bodies may continue submitting administrative modifications to existing residential water heaters certifications to the Version 4.0 specification until April 18, 2023. After this date, only water heaters certified to the Version 5.0 specification will appear on the ENERGY STAR website and certified products list.

CBs must notify EPA by November 23, 2022, of models certified to Version 4.0, but not yet submitted to EPA, along with information on when data will be submitted. Failure to do so will result in QPX blocking submissions of these products to EPA. 

Please contact EPA at waterheaters@energystar.gov with any questions regarding the specification. CBs should direct questions concerning the submittal of certified residential water heaters to Certification@energystar.gov.

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

2022-11-21
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Commercial Refrigerator and Freezer and Other Interested Stakeholders:

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is notifying stakeholders of the Agency’s intention to allow the use of a new safety standard when certifying products to the ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers specification. The update is the result of the completion of a new safety standard, UL/CSA 60335-2-89, that will ultimately replace UL 471, referenced in the ENERGY STAR specification.  Specifically, for the purposes of ENERGY STAR certification, commercial refrigerators and freezers shall be in compliance with UL/CSA 60335-2-89 standard testing and/or UL471 until the UL/CSA 60335-2-89 effective date, September 29, 2024, at which time, only UL/CSA 60335-2-89 will be accepted for certification. The updated specification can be found here. Further, these changes do not impact current Version 5.0 and Version 4.0 certification status for the commercial refrigerator and freezer category.

Regarding Alternative Efficiency Determination Methods (AEDMs), the EPA supports ENERGY STAR certification of products, including commercial refrigerators and freezers, through an AEDM per 10 CFR 429.42(2). It is EPA’s expectation that verification test sample(s) be procured and tested according to the test method listed in the current specification.

If you have comments or questions regarding this update, please contact me at 202-650-7522 and Crk.Tanja@epa.gov or Adam Spitz, ICF, at 916-231-7685 and Adam.Spitz@icf.com.  Unless concerns are raised, EPA will finalize and post the updated specification on December 1, 2022.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

Best Regards,

Tanja Crk, Product Manager
ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service

Contact Name: Tanja Crk
Email: Crk.Tanja@epa.gov
Phone: 202-566-1037
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2022-11-17
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Room Air Conditioner Brand Owners and Other Interested Parties,

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is sharing the Draft 2, ENERGY STAR Room Air Conditioner Version 5.0, as well as a draft Version 6.0 specification. EPA welcomes stakeholder input on these specifications; please provide written comments via email to appliances@energystar.gov no later than December 22, 2022. EPA will hold a stakeholder webinar on December 1, 2022 from 2 pm to 4 pm EST to discuss this draft with interested parties. Stakeholders interested in attending the webinar should register here.

In response to ENERGY STAR Room Air Conditioners Version 5.0, Draft 1, EPA received comments from stakeholders that were both supportive and concerned with the proposal. While the concerned stakeholders expressed support and understood the need for revising the ENERGY STAR specification, they indicated that the proposed changes are significant and that qualifying product for the 2024 cooling season timeframe would be challenging at the proposed levels. Additionally, numerous stakeholders expressed concern regarding selection of products should the Draft 1 levels take effect now. They proposed setting an interim specification, with another increase seeking additional savings after the DOE standard takes effect.  

Consistent with these suggestions, EPA is releasing this Draft 2 Version 5.0 with somewhat eased levels, that would be in effect until DOE’s new federal minimum standards require compliance, as well as proposing levels for a Version 6.0 that would go into effect on the new federal standards compliance date. Key elements of Version 5.0, Draft 2 and Version 6.0 proposals include:
 

Revised Efficiency Criteria
EPA is proposing that to qualify for ENERGY STAR Version 5.0, room air conditioners within product classes 3-5b and 8-16 must be 35% more efficient than the 2014 minimum federal efficiency standards, whereas the proposed levels for product classes 1, 2, 6, and 7 remain the same as the levels proposed in Draft 1. Those levels are 19-28% more efficient than the current federal minimum standards.

 

For Version 6.0, EPA is proposing efficiency requirements that equal or outperform DOE’s new federal minimum standards by 10% for all product classes. Following this Draft 2 proposal, EPA will separate the two specifications and pause in the development of Version 6.0 until DOE finalizes the federal minimum standard. At that time, EPA will release a Draft 2 Version 6.0 that is informed by the DOE levels and timing. 
 

Optional ‘Connected’ Criteria
EPA is proposing to simplify and eliminate the requirement for demand response testing and instead require compliance with either one of the two dominant demand response communications protocols, OpenADR 2.0B or with CTA-2045B. Furthermore, with the simplification of the connected criteria, EPA plans to discontinue the 5% energy use allowance for connected products.
 

Sound Performance Reporting
While many stakeholders expressed support for a sound performance reporting requirement, some stakeholders expressed concerns regarding inconsistencies in the way that sound pressure testing is conducted across test methods and manufacturers. As such, EPA will not be requiring sound pressure reporting for ENERGY STAR certification at this time but does encourage identification or development of a consensus industry standard for testing sound for these products.


Stakeholders are requested to provide any comments on the Version 5.0 Draft 2 and Version 6.0 specification no later than December 22, 2022. Please send comments via e-mail to appliances@energystar.gov. All comments received will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Room Air Conditioner Version 5.0 development page, unless the submitter specifically requests that comments remain confidential.
Please direct any specific questions to Katharine Kaplan at kaplan.katharine@epa.gov or (202) 343-9120 or Steve Leybourn at Steve.Leybourn@icf.com or (202) 862-1566.  

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

Sincerely,

Katharine Kaplan, Manager, Product Development and Product Administration
ENERGY STAR Labeled Products

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR Room Air Conditioner Version 5.0, Draft 2, and Version 6.0 Specification
ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Room Air Conditioner Draft 2 Data & Analysis Package

Contact Name: Katharine Kaplan
Email: kaplan.katharine@epa.gov
Phone: 202-343-9120
URL: http://www.iec.ch/
2022-11-16
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR Stakeholders and Other Interested Parties:

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to announce the newly revised ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service (CFS) equipment sell sheets. The overview and individual equipment sell sheets are intended to market ENERGY STAR certified equipment. They are single page snapshots of savings potential broken out by energy, water (if applicable) and dollar savings. The sheets also provide helpful purchasing tips and links to other tools and resources!

The overview and individual sell sheets are provided below:

Otherwise, the individual sell sheets are available through the ENERGY STAR product pages. The overview sell sheet that includes savings, benefits, and incentive ranges for all nine CFS categories is available under the dealer/distributor resources on the CFS landing page: https://energystar.gov/cfs

For more information, please contact cfs@energystar.gov.
 

2022-11-16
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR Stakeholders and Other Interested Parties:

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to announce the launch of the newly developed resource on Commercial Food Service Midstream Programs. With this resource energy efficiency program sponsors (EEPS) can review emerging best practices on program design, implementation, and evaluation based on the experiences of program sponsors and ENERGY STAR partners throughout the United States. The intent of this resource is two-fold:

  • Encourage interested program implementers to take steps towards developing a midstream dealer/distributor-focused CFS incentive program. 
  • Facilitate conversation and information exchange between industry experts and program implementers interested in shifting to midstream. 

You can find the CFS Midstream Programs page as a Utilities/Energy Efficiency Program Sponsor resource on the CFS landing page: https://energystar.gov/cfs  

If you would like to learn more about midstream programs, please reach out to your regional account manager directly or through eeaccountmanager@energystar.gov

2022-11-16
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR Stakeholders and Other Interested Parties:

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to announce the newly revised ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service (CFS) equipment sell sheets. The overview and individual equipment sell sheets are intended to market ENERGY STAR certified equipment. They are single page snapshots of savings potential broken out by energy, water (if applicable) and dollar savings. The sheets also provide helpful purchasing tips and links to other tools and resources!

The overview and individual sell sheets are provided below:

Commercial Dishwashers

Otherwise, the individual sell sheets are available through the ENERGY STAR product pages. The overview sell sheet that includes savings, benefits, and incentive ranges for all nine CFS categories is available under the dealer/distributor resources on the CFS landing page: https://energystar.gov/cfs

For more information, please contact cfs@energystar.gov.

2022-11-16
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR Stakeholders and Other Interested Parties:

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to announce the newly revised ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service (CFS) equipment sell sheets. The overview and individual equipment sell sheets are intended to market ENERGY STAR certified equipment. They are single page snapshots of savings potential broken out by energy, water (if applicable) and dollar savings. The sheets also provide helpful purchasing tips and links to other tools and resources!

The overview and individual sell sheets are provided below:

Commercial Steam Cookers

Otherwise, the individual sell sheets are available through the ENERGY STAR product pages. The overview sell sheet that includes savings, benefits, and incentive ranges for all nine CFS categories is available under the dealer/distributor resources on the CFS landing page: https://energystar.gov/cfs

For more information, please contact cfs@energystar.gov.
 

2022-11-16
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR Stakeholders and Other Interested Parties:

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to announce the newly revised ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service (CFS) equipment sell sheets. The overview and individual equipment sell sheets are intended to market ENERGY STAR certified equipment. They are single page snapshots of savings potential broken out by energy, water (if applicable) and dollar savings. The sheets also provide helpful purchasing tips and links to other tools and resources!

The overview and individual sell sheets are provided below:

Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers

Otherwise, the individual sell sheets are available through the ENERGY STAR product pages. The overview sell sheet that includes savings, benefits, and incentive ranges for all nine CFS categories is available under the dealer/distributor resources on the CFS landing page: https://energystar.gov/cfs

For more information, please contact cfs@energystar.gov.
 

2022-11-16
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR Stakeholders and Other Interested Parties:

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to announce the newly revised ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service (CFS) equipment sell sheets. The overview and individual equipment sell sheets are intended to market ENERGY STAR certified equipment. They are single page snapshots of savings potential broken out by energy, water (if applicable) and dollar savings. The sheets also provide helpful purchasing tips and links to other tools and resources!

The overview and individual sell sheets are provided below:

Commercial Ovens

Otherwise, the individual sell sheets are available through the ENERGY STAR product pages. The overview sell sheet that includes savings, benefits, and incentive ranges for all nine CFS categories is available under the dealer/distributor resources on the CFS landing page: https://energystar.gov/cfs

For more information, please contact cfs@energystar.gov.
 

2022-11-16
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR Stakeholders and Other Interested Parties:

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to announce the newly revised ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service (CFS) equipment sell sheets. The overview and individual equipment sell sheets are intended to market ENERGY STAR certified equipment. They are single page snapshots of savings potential broken out by energy, water (if applicable) and dollar savings. The sheets also provide helpful purchasing tips and links to other tools and resources!

The overview and individual sell sheets are provided below:

Commercial Ice Makers

Otherwise, the individual sell sheets are available through the ENERGY STAR product pages. The overview sell sheet that includes savings, benefits, and incentive ranges for all nine CFS categories is available under the dealer/distributor resources on the CFS landing page: https://energystar.gov/cfs

For more information, please contact cfs@energystar.gov.
 

2022-11-16
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR Stakeholders and Other Interested Parties:

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to announce the newly revised ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service (CFS) equipment sell sheets. The overview and individual equipment sell sheets are intended to market ENERGY STAR certified equipment. They are single page snapshots of savings potential broken out by energy, water (if applicable) and dollar savings. The sheets also provide helpful purchasing tips and links to other tools and resources!

The overview and individual sell sheets are provided below:

Commercial Hot Food Holding Cabinets

Otherwise, the individual sell sheets are available through the ENERGY STAR product pages. The overview sell sheet that includes savings, benefits, and incentive ranges for all nine CFS categories is available under the dealer/distributor resources on the CFS landing page: https://energystar.gov/cfs

For more information, please contact cfs@energystar.gov.
 

2022-11-16
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR Stakeholders and Other Interested Parties:

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to announce the newly revised ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service (CFS) equipment sell sheets. The overview and individual equipment sell sheets are intended to market ENERGY STAR certified equipment. They are single page snapshots of savings potential broken out by energy, water (if applicable) and dollar savings. The sheets also provide helpful purchasing tips and links to other tools and resources!

The overview and individual sell sheets are provided below:

Commercial Fryers

Otherwise, the individual sell sheets are available through the ENERGY STAR product pages. The overview sell sheet that includes savings, benefits, and incentive ranges for all nine CFS categories is available under the dealer/distributor resources on the CFS landing page: https://energystar.gov/cfs

For more information, please contact cfs@energystar.gov.
 

2022-11-16
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR Stakeholders and Other Interested Parties:

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to announce the newly revised ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service (CFS) equipment sell sheets. The overview and individual equipment sell sheets are intended to market ENERGY STAR certified equipment. They are single page snapshots of savings potential broken out by energy, water (if applicable) and dollar savings. The sheets also provide helpful purchasing tips and links to other tools and resources!

The overview and individual sell sheets are provided below:

Commercial Griddles

Otherwise, the individual sell sheets are available through the ENERGY STAR product pages. The overview sell sheet that includes savings, benefits, and incentive ranges for all nine CFS categories is available under the dealer/distributor resources on the CFS landing page: https://energystar.gov/cfs

For more information, please contact cfs@energystar.gov.

2022-11-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder:

The purpose of this letter is to present a proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to sunset the ENERGY STAR specifications for lamps, luminaires, and ceiling fan light kits. EPA recognizes the significant, decades long contributions of ENERGY STAR lighting stakeholders and is committed to carefully considering all input, particularly with respect to timing. EPA requests feedback on this proposal no later than January 6, 2023.

The ENERGY STAR label for lighting and the specifications associated with it have been an amazing success story. When the first specification launched in 1997, CFLs were about one percent of light bulb sales; they cost an average of $19 each; and they suffered from a bad performance reputation among consumers. Advances in bulb design combined with a range of efforts from dedicated stakeholders, and rigorous ENERGY STAR performance requirements set the stage for improved product quality, with an equally positive impact on the introduction and evolution of LED bulbs and fixtures. Over the past two decades, this public-private collaboration, with a focus on product quality, branding and consumer education, has transformed the market for efficient lighting and delivered significant benefit to consumers and the environment. Since 1998, EPA estimates that ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs and fixtures have saved a combined total of more than one trillion kWh of electricity. Today, the associated annual greenhouse gas savings are roughly equivalent to the carbon sequestered by over 140 million acres of forest.

Criteria for Sunsetting
Under certain circumstances, EPA makes the determination that an ENERGY STAR specification for a particular product category should be sunset rather than revised. Some or all of the following factors play into such a decision:

  • Additional, cost-effective efficiency gains are not available or anticipated
  • A standard exists or is forthcoming at the current ENERGY STAR level that will serve as a backstop so efficiency gains are maintained.
  • The market has evolved such that the product type is being discontinued

For residential lighting products, EPA anticipates that, in addition to the backstop, upcoming new efficiency standards will capture the bulk of existing cost-effective efficiency gains.

Rationale for Proposed Sunset
On May 9, 2022, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published final rules pertaining to definitions and standards for General Service Lamps, and their policy for the enforcement of the 45 lumen-per-watt backstop. Consistent with the definitions for covered products, the backstop and anticipated new standards cover the vast majority of the lamps on the U.S. market. Further, to the extent that a significant amount of luminaire and light kit certifications and shipments involve screw-based sockets, the lamp standards represent a new baseline and backstop for fixtures as well.
 
Utility programs have been a powerful driver for the uptake of ENERGY STAR certified lighting for two decades, delivering much needed long term energy savings to their customers through cost-effective rebates. EPA recognizes that the prevalence of utility lighting rebates has been an important consideration among manufacturers as they weigh the certification costs associated with earning the ENERGY STAR label. In recent years, utility programs have been declining in anticipation of forthcoming federal standards, and with the backstop triggered, the new baseline for lighting will make it difficult for utility programs to justify continuing their rebates. It is EPA’s understanding that some utility programs may continue to offer rebates on ENERGY STAR lighting through the end of 2023, and fewer may be able to continue offering free bulbs to income eligible customers through 2024.
 
Proposed Timing
Consistent with the anticipated phase down of utility rebate programs leveraging ENERGY STAR lighting, EPA proposes to sunset the ENERGY STAR label for lamps, luminaires, and ceiling fan light kits effective the end of 2024. The Agency expects to stop accepting new certifications for these products as of the end of 2023. EPA welcomes feedback on this timeline. 

In light of the market considerations driving this sunset proposal, EPA also plans to remove lighting requirements from the ENERGY STAR specifications for ceiling fans and ventilation fans. These changes would be effective, in alignment with DOE’s backstop enforcement timeline, at the end of July 2023.

EPA values stakeholder feedback on this proposal. Stakeholders who have any questions or want to discuss their plans to discontinue labeling may contact lighting@energystar.gov. In closing, EPA appreciates the efforts of all lighting stakeholders to advance a cleaner environment through the ENERGY STAR Program and applauds your success in moving the market towards greater energy efficiency. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Taylor Jantz-Sell
ENERGY STAR Lighting Program Manager
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Contact Name: Taylor Jantz-Sell
Email: jantz-sell.taylor@epa.gov
Phone: 202-343-9042
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2022-11-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder:

The purpose of this letter is to present a proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to sunset the ENERGY STAR specifications for lamps, luminaires, and ceiling fan light kits. EPA recognizes the significant, decades long contributions of ENERGY STAR lighting stakeholders and is committed to carefully considering all input, particularly with respect to timing. EPA requests feedback on this proposal no later than January 6, 2023.

The ENERGY STAR label for lighting and the specifications associated with it have been an amazing success story. When the first specification launched in 1997, CFLs were about one percent of light bulb sales; they cost an average of $19 each; and they suffered from a bad performance reputation among consumers. Advances in bulb design combined with a range of efforts from dedicated stakeholders, and rigorous ENERGY STAR performance requirements set the stage for improved product quality, with an equally positive impact on the introduction and evolution of LED bulbs and fixtures. Over the past two decades, this public-private collaboration, with a focus on product quality, branding and consumer education, has transformed the market for efficient lighting and delivered significant benefit to consumers and the environment. Since 1998, EPA estimates that ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs and fixtures have saved a combined total of more than one trillion kWh of electricity. Today, the associated annual greenhouse gas savings are roughly equivalent to the carbon sequestered by over 140 million acres of forest.

Criteria for Sunsetting
Under certain circumstances, EPA makes the determination that an ENERGY STAR specification for a particular product category should be sunset rather than revised. Some or all of the following factors play into such a decision:

  • Additional, cost-effective efficiency gains are not available or anticipated
  • A standard exists or is forthcoming at the current ENERGY STAR level that will serve as a backstop so efficiency gains are maintained.
  • The market has evolved such that the product type is being discontinued

For residential lighting products, EPA anticipates that, in addition to the backstop, upcoming new efficiency standards will capture the bulk of existing cost-effective efficiency gains.

Rationale for Proposed Sunset
On May 9, 2022, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published final rules pertaining to definitions and standards for General Service Lamps, and their policy for the enforcement of the 45 lumen-per-watt backstop. Consistent with the definitions for covered products, the backstop and anticipated new standards cover the vast majority of the lamps on the U.S. market. Further, to the extent that a significant amount of luminaire and light kit certifications and shipments involve screw-based sockets, the lamp standards represent a new baseline and backstop for fixtures as well.
 
Utility programs have been a powerful driver for the uptake of ENERGY STAR certified lighting for two decades, delivering much needed long term energy savings to their customers through cost-effective rebates. EPA recognizes that the prevalence of utility lighting rebates has been an important consideration among manufacturers as they weigh the certification costs associated with earning the ENERGY STAR label. In recent years, utility programs have been declining in anticipation of forthcoming federal standards, and with the backstop triggered, the new baseline for lighting will make it difficult for utility programs to justify continuing their rebates. It is EPA’s understanding that some utility programs may continue to offer rebates on ENERGY STAR lighting through the end of 2023, and fewer may be able to continue offering free bulbs to income eligible customers through 2024.
 
Proposed Timing
Consistent with the anticipated phase down of utility rebate programs leveraging ENERGY STAR lighting, EPA proposes to sunset the ENERGY STAR label for lamps, luminaires, and ceiling fan light kits effective the end of 2024. The Agency expects to stop accepting new certifications for these products as of the end of 2023. EPA welcomes feedback on this timeline. 

In light of the market considerations driving this sunset proposal, EPA also plans to remove lighting requirements from the ENERGY STAR specifications for ceiling fans and ventilation fans. These changes would be effective, in alignment with DOE’s backstop enforcement timeline, at the end of July 2023.

EPA values stakeholder feedback on this proposal. Stakeholders who have any questions or want to discuss their plans to discontinue labeling may contact lighting@energystar.gov. In closing, EPA appreciates the efforts of all lighting stakeholders to advance a cleaner environment through the ENERGY STAR Program and applauds your success in moving the market towards greater energy efficiency. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Taylor Jantz-Sell
ENERGY STAR Lighting Program Manager
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Contact Name: Taylor Jantz-Sell
Email: jantz-sell.taylor@epa.gov
Phone: 202-343-9042
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2022-11-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder:

The purpose of this letter is to present a proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to sunset the ENERGY STAR specifications for lamps, luminaires, and ceiling fan light kits. EPA recognizes the significant, decades long contributions of ENERGY STAR lighting stakeholders and is committed to carefully considering all input, particularly with respect to timing. EPA requests feedback on this proposal no later than January 6, 2023.

The ENERGY STAR label for lighting and the specifications associated with it have been an amazing success story. When the first specification launched in 1997, CFLs were about one percent of light bulb sales; they cost an average of $19 each; and they suffered from a bad performance reputation among consumers. Advances in bulb design combined with a range of efforts from dedicated stakeholders, and rigorous ENERGY STAR performance requirements set the stage for improved product quality, with an equally positive impact on the introduction and evolution of LED bulbs and fixtures. Over the past two decades, this public-private collaboration, with a focus on product quality, branding and consumer education, has transformed the market for efficient lighting and delivered significant benefit to consumers and the environment. Since 1998, EPA estimates that ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs and fixtures have saved a combined total of more than one trillion kWh of electricity. Today, the associated annual greenhouse gas savings are roughly equivalent to the carbon sequestered by over 140 million acres of forest.

Criteria for Sunsetting
Under certain circumstances, EPA makes the determination that an ENERGY STAR specification for a particular product category should be sunset rather than revised. Some or all of the following factors play into such a decision:

  • Additional, cost-effective efficiency gains are not available or anticipated
  • A standard exists or is forthcoming at the current ENERGY STAR level that will serve as a backstop so efficiency gains are maintained.
  • The market has evolved such that the product type is being discontinued

For residential lighting products, EPA anticipates that, in addition to the backstop, upcoming new efficiency standards will capture the bulk of existing cost-effective efficiency gains.

Rationale for Proposed Sunset
On May 9, 2022, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published final rules pertaining to definitions and standards for General Service Lamps, and their policy for the enforcement of the 45 lumen-per-watt backstop. Consistent with the definitions for covered products, the backstop and anticipated new standards cover the vast majority of the lamps on the U.S. market. Further, to the extent that a significant amount of luminaire and light kit certifications and shipments involve screw-based sockets, the lamp standards represent a new baseline and backstop for fixtures as well.
 
Utility programs have been a powerful driver for the uptake of ENERGY STAR certified lighting for two decades, delivering much needed long term energy savings to their customers through cost-effective rebates. EPA recognizes that the prevalence of utility lighting rebates has been an important consideration among manufacturers as they weigh the certification costs associated with earning the ENERGY STAR label. In recent years, utility programs have been declining in anticipation of forthcoming federal standards, and with the backstop triggered, the new baseline for lighting will make it difficult for utility programs to justify continuing their rebates. It is EPA’s understanding that some utility programs may continue to offer rebates on ENERGY STAR lighting through the end of 2023, and fewer may be able to continue offering free bulbs to income eligible customers through 2024.
 
Proposed Timing
Consistent with the anticipated phase down of utility rebate programs leveraging ENERGY STAR lighting, EPA proposes to sunset the ENERGY STAR label for lamps, luminaires, and ceiling fan light kits effective the end of 2024. The Agency expects to stop accepting new certifications for these products as of the end of 2023. EPA welcomes feedback on this timeline. 

In light of the market considerations driving this sunset proposal, EPA also plans to remove lighting requirements from the ENERGY STAR specifications for ceiling fans and ventilation fans. These changes would be effective, in alignment with DOE’s backstop enforcement timeline, at the end of July 2023.

EPA values stakeholder feedback on this proposal. Stakeholders who have any questions or want to discuss their plans to discontinue labeling may contact lighting@energystar.gov. In closing, EPA appreciates the efforts of all lighting stakeholders to advance a cleaner environment through the ENERGY STAR Program and applauds your success in moving the market towards greater energy efficiency. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Taylor Jantz-Sell
ENERGY STAR Lighting Program Manager
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Contact Name: Taylor Jantz-Sell
Email: jantz-sell.taylor@epa.gov
Phone: 202-343-9042
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2022-11-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder:

The purpose of this letter is to present a proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to sunset the ENERGY STAR specifications for lamps, luminaires, and ceiling fan light kits. EPA recognizes the significant, decades long contributions of ENERGY STAR lighting stakeholders and is committed to carefully considering all input, particularly with respect to timing. EPA requests feedback on this proposal no later than January 6, 2023.

The ENERGY STAR label for lighting and the specifications associated with it have been an amazing success story. When the first specification launched in 1997, CFLs were about one percent of light bulb sales; they cost an average of $19 each; and they suffered from a bad performance reputation among consumers. Advances in bulb design combined with a range of efforts from dedicated stakeholders, and rigorous ENERGY STAR performance requirements set the stage for improved product quality, with an equally positive impact on the introduction and evolution of LED bulbs and fixtures. Over the past two decades, this public-private collaboration, with a focus on product quality, branding and consumer education, has transformed the market for efficient lighting and delivered significant benefit to consumers and the environment. Since 1998, EPA estimates that ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs and fixtures have saved a combined total of more than one trillion kWh of electricity. Today, the associated annual greenhouse gas savings are roughly equivalent to the carbon sequestered by over 140 million acres of forest.

Criteria for Sunsetting
Under certain circumstances, EPA makes the determination that an ENERGY STAR specification for a particular product category should be sunset rather than revised. Some or all of the following factors play into such a decision:

  • Additional, cost-effective efficiency gains are not available or anticipated
  • A standard exists or is forthcoming at the current ENERGY STAR level that will serve as a backstop so efficiency gains are maintained.
  • The market has evolved such that the product type is being discontinued

For residential lighting products, EPA anticipates that, in addition to the backstop, upcoming new efficiency standards will capture the bulk of existing cost-effective efficiency gains.

Rationale for Proposed Sunset
On May 9, 2022, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published final rules pertaining to definitions and standards for General Service Lamps, and their policy for the enforcement of the 45 lumen-per-watt backstop. Consistent with the definitions for covered products, the backstop and anticipated new standards cover the vast majority of the lamps on the U.S. market. Further, to the extent that a significant amount of luminaire and light kit certifications and shipments involve screw-based sockets, the lamp standards represent a new baseline and backstop for fixtures as well.
 
Utility programs have been a powerful driver for the uptake of ENERGY STAR certified lighting for two decades, delivering much needed long term energy savings to their customers through cost-effective rebates. EPA recognizes that the prevalence of utility lighting rebates has been an important consideration among manufacturers as they weigh the certification costs associated with earning the ENERGY STAR label. In recent years, utility programs have been declining in anticipation of forthcoming federal standards, and with the backstop triggered, the new baseline for lighting will make it difficult for utility programs to justify continuing their rebates. It is EPA’s understanding that some utility programs may continue to offer rebates on ENERGY STAR lighting through the end of 2023, and fewer may be able to continue offering free bulbs to income eligible customers through 2024.
 
Proposed Timing
Consistent with the anticipated phase down of utility rebate programs leveraging ENERGY STAR lighting, EPA proposes to sunset the ENERGY STAR label for lamps, luminaires, and ceiling fan light kits effective the end of 2024. The Agency expects to stop accepting new certifications for these products as of the end of 2023. EPA welcomes feedback on this timeline. 

In light of the market considerations driving this sunset proposal, EPA also plans to remove lighting requirements from the ENERGY STAR specifications for ceiling fans and ventilation fans. These changes would be effective, in alignment with DOE’s backstop enforcement timeline, at the end of July 2023.

EPA values stakeholder feedback on this proposal. Stakeholders who have any questions or want to discuss their plans to discontinue labeling may contact lighting@energystar.gov. In closing, EPA appreciates the efforts of all lighting stakeholders to advance a cleaner environment through the ENERGY STAR Program and applauds your success in moving the market towards greater energy efficiency. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Taylor Jantz-Sell
ENERGY STAR Lighting Program Manager
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Contact Name: Taylor Jantz-Sell
Email: jantz-sell.taylor@epa.gov
Phone: 202-343-9042
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2022-11-10
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Commercial Electric Cooktop Manufacturers and Other Interested Stakeholders:

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing the ENERGY STAR Version 1.0 Commercial Electric Cooktops Draft 1 Specification. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments to EPA no later than December 22, 2022.

Activities to Date
EPA initially launched this specification development effort with the publication of the Commercial Electric Cooktop Discussion Guide for the purpose of engaging with manufacturers and other interested stakeholders to further inform a potential ENERGY STAR Version 1.0 specification. The Agency hosted a webinar stakeholder meeting to discuss general topics outlined in the Discussion Guide, which included, in part, the test methodology for evaluating energy efficiency performance, production capacity (throughput), and scope of products for consideration under the ENERGY STAR specification.

Prior to releasing the discussion guide and hosting the webinar, EPA had been and continues to be involved with the refinement of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard test method development effort. The ASTM F1521-12 Standard Test Methods for Performance of Range Tops was ballot approved October 2022 and is slated for imminent publication through ASTM. The test forms the basis for the heat-up energy efficiency criterion for the ENERGY STAR commercial electric cooktops specification.

Overview of Draft 1 Proposal
The Draft 1 specification builds on the concepts and information presented in the discussion guide with the addition of proposed eligibility criteria. EPA addresses stakeholder comments submitted in response to the discussion guide in the associated comment matrix as well as the draft product specification.

Key elements of the Draft 1 proposal include:

  • Cooking (Boil) Energy Efficiency (expressed as a percentage, %)
  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) F-1521-12 (2022) Standard Test Methods for Performance of Range Tops
  • Reporting requirements including: total number of hobs, maximum input rate per hob, diameter(s) of the individual hobs, heat-up time for each hob shall be reported from ambient to production-ready temperature, production capacity, and sub-category type (i.e., countertop, drop-in, and/or floor standing)

Data Assembly for Commercial Electric Cooktops
Data used to inform the Draft 1 specification was obtained through stakeholders, including Southern California Edison (SCE). While EPA believes that the current dataset is reasonably reflective of commercial electric cooktop energy performance, the Agency remains interested in obtaining additional data to incorporate in the performance requirement analysis. Data used for purposes of setting specification levels do not need to be third-party certified. Data that could enhance the EPA dataset include cooking (boil) energy efficiency for a variety of commercial electric cooktop models such as induction and non-induction electric units with more than 1-2 hobs.

Comment Submittal
EPA welcomes stakeholder input on the attached ENERGY STAR Version 1.0 Commercial Electric Cooktops Draft 1 Specification. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit any comments to cfs@energystar.gov by December 22, 2022. EPA will also accept additional data for any electric cooktop products submitted by this same deadline.

All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Commercial Electric Cooktop Version 1.0 Product Development website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

Stakeholder Webinar
EPA will host a webinar on November 30, 2022, from 11:30am – 1:00pm ET to address stakeholder comments and questions. Stakeholders interested in participating in this discussion should register here.

Please contact me at Crk.Tanja@epa.gov or 202-650-7522 and Adam Spitz, ICF, at Adam.Spitz@icf.com or 916-231-7685 for questions or concerns.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Tanja Crk, Product Manager
ENERGY STAR for Commercial Food Service

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR Version 1.0 Commercial Electric Cooktop Draft 1 Specification
ENERGY STAR Version 1.0 Commercial Electric Cooktop Draft 1 Specification Data Packet
ENERGY STAR Version 1.0 Commercial Electric Cooktop Discussion Guide Comment Matrix

Contact Name: Tanja Crk
Email: Crk.Tanja@epa.gov
Phone: 202-566-1037
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2022-10-27
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Audio/Video Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder,

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to share a first draft of the Version 4.0 ENERGY STAR Audio/Video specification. EPA monitors market and technology developments and reviews specifications regularly, looking for opportunities to recognize increased energy savings. The Agency sees an opportunity to improve the ENERGY STAR Audio/Video specification by referencing the latest industry standard test method that better reflects products that exist today and expanding scope to realize additional energy savings. EPA thanks stakeholders for their comments on the discussion guide, and engagement in subsequent conversations about improving the specification and test method. 

Over the past few years, EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have worked alongside industry as part of the Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA) R3 Working Group 3 to develop an updated test procedure for audio/video products for use by the ENERGY STAR program. This newly completed test provides results that better represent the way products are likely to be used by consumers.

The proposals reflected in this draft of the specification are based on an analysis of 312 models in the ENERGY STAR V3.0 dataset, as well as limited product testing that EPA completed.  The Agency seeks additional data from stakeholders to establish performance requirements noted as ‘TBD’ and to demonstrate the need to adjust levels that are proposed based on test results from the new CTA test method.

In addition to adopting the latest CTA/ANSI test method, EPA proposes the following changes in this Draft 1 specification:

  • Definitions and Scope: EPA made minor updates to the definitions throughout the specification to harmonize with the CTA 2084-A test procedure. EPA also proposes a definition for Tower/ PA systems to provide guidance on acceptable configurations and clarifying the scope to establish energy efficiency requirements. The revised test method also allows for testing of battery powered devices and as such EPA proposes to include them in the scope of the specification.
  • Rounding: EPA made editorial updates to the significant digits and rounding section to harmonize with other recently updated ENERGY STAR specifications.
  • EPS requirements: EPA has revised the EPS requirements to level VI consistent with the U.S. federal energy conservation standards.
  • Idle mode requirements: EPA proposes reducing the base allowance for Idle State power requirements based on data from the ENERGY STAR certified product list and welcomes stakeholder feedback, along with any data stakeholders can share to fine tune the requirements if needed. With the proposed criteria, EPA expects about a 40% improvement in terms of savings in Idle State across all Audio/Video product categories compared to the previous version of the specification.
  • On mode requirements: EPA is proposing a reduction in the On Mode power allowance for Blu-Ray DVD from 10.5 W to 5.4 W. An analysis of EPA’s current dataset supports a healthy selection of products from a range of manufacturers that would qualify at this level. With the revised criteria, EPA expects a pass rate of 25% for DVD players and an overall 19% pass rate for optical disc players based on the On Mode requirements.
  • Sleep mode requirements: EPA proposes to eliminate all the networking allowances in sleep mode as technology has rapidly evolved over the past decade and most products that have networking capability have demonstrated that they can meet the base allowance level.   
  • APD requirements: EPA proposes that Idle State power requirements be met irrespective of the APD timing default settings. This proposal is based on the fact that duty cycle data demonstrate significant savings potential given that a product typically spends an average of 146 hours in idle mode every year. Products used for Mass Notification and Emergency Communications Systems and those subject to ANSI/UL 2572 are exempt from this requirement.
  • Products with Audio Amplification shipped without speakers: Prior to proposing efficiency requirements for products with audio amplification shipped without speakers in a forthcoming Draft 2 Specification, EPA seeks to enhance its dataset for these products such that it is more representative of the market and robust per the updated CTA-2084 test method. As such, EPA welcomes any new data generated per the CTA-2084 test method, as well as proposals on how to address energy use of these products most appropriately.

EPA will host a webinar to discuss and answer questions regarding the Draft 1 on Tuesday, November 15 from 1 to 3 PM Eastern Time. Please register here to attend. Again, stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback and any relevant data for use in determining the ENERGY STAR performance levels no later than December 9, 2022 via e-mail to audiovideo@energystar.gov. The exchange of ideas and information between EPA, industry, and other interested parties is critical to the success of ENERGY STAR. To track EPA’s progress in revising the ENERGY STAR Audio/Video product specification, please visit the Audio/Video Version 4.0 product development webpage, which also hosts the previously published stakeholder comments regarding a Version 4.0 specification.

Please contact me at Kwon.James@epa.gov or (202) 564-8538, or Abhishek Jathar at ICF at Abhishek.Jathar@icf.com or (202) 862-1203, with any questions or concerns. For any general audio/video related questions, please contact audiovideo@energystar.gov. Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Best Regards, 

James Kwon, EPA Product Manager
ENERGY STAR for Consumer Electronics

Enclosures: 
ENERGY STAR Audio Video Version 4.0 Draft 1 Specification

2022-10-27
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear Energy Efficiency Program Sponsor or Other Interested Party:
 
The models listed below have been disqualified from the ENERGY STAR® program. The Disqualified Products List has been updated, and these models have been removed from the ENERGY STAR Qualified Products Lists:

Commercial Hot Food Holding Cabinets

  • The Delfield Company (A division of Welbilt), Delfield model GAHRT2-S

Decorative Light Strings

  • L & H Decoration, L & H Decoration model CLS, LHLS, LHLI, CLHLI, CLLH, CLTS, CC, LS, LI, SCZ, ICZ, CXCZ, CICZ, CLI, SZ, IZ, CSCZ, CICZ, CSZ, CIZ series
  • L & H Decoration, L & H Decoration model LS350-2(0.04)-057
  • L & H Decoration, L & H Decoration model LS370-2(0.04)-025

Dehumidifiers

  • AlorAir Solutions Inc., ABESTORM model Guardian SN55
  • AlorAir Solutions Inc., ABESTORM  model Guardian SNS65
  • AlorAir Solutions Inc., ALORAIR model Sentinel HD55
  • AlorAir Solutions Inc., ALORAIR model Sentinel HDI65
  • AlorAir Solutions Inc., BASEAIRE DAY YOUR CRAWL SPACE & BASEMENT model AirWerx 55
  • AlorAir Solutions Inc., BASEAIRE DRY YOUR CRAWL SPACE  & BASEMENT model AirWerx 65X

Luminaires

  • Maxlite, MaxLite model 7.5MRGD927FL/JA8/G2
  • Maxlite, MaxLite model 7.5MRGD927NF/JA8/G2
  • Maxlite, MaxLite model 7.5MRGD930FL/JA8/G2
  • Maxlite, MaxLite model 7.5MRGD930NF/JA8/G2

Ventilating Fans

  • Electric Supply Depot, Inc., ESD-TECH model BF80L
  • Electric Supply Depot, Inc., ESD-TECH model BF80LH
  • Orbit Industries, Orbit model OE80RL
  • Qingdao Xingbang, Fanstar model FSE80RVL
  • S&P USA Ventilation Systems, LLC S&P model PCRL80F

Please visit the Products Integrity Page for specific brands and model numbers, and email Enforcement@energystar.gov with any questions.

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

2022-10-20
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR®  Televisions Stakeholders:
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to remind stakeholders that the effective date for the Version 9.0 ENERGY STAR Televisions Program Requirements is October 20, 2022. On this date, only products certified to Version 9.0 and submitted by EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs) to EPA using the Version 9.0 web service will display on our list of certified models.
 
Please contact EPA at televisions@energystar.gov with any questions regarding the specification. CBs should direct questions concerning the submittal of Version 9.0 certified Televisions to Certification@energystar.gov.
 
Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program

2022-10-03
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Computer Server Partner, Certification Body, or Recognized Laboratory,

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been made aware of an update to the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation® (SPEC) Server Efficiency Rating Tool® (SERT). For the purposes of ENERGY STAR certification, computer servers should be tested using SERT Version 2.0.6 moving forward. As has been the case with previous SERT updates during the life of the ENERGY STAR Computer Server program, test results already submitted through the certification process using a version of SERT EPA previously accepted are not affected by this update. In addition, testing that has already begun using Version 2.0.4 may be completed using that version if desired. This clarification memo can be found on the Computer Servers Version 3.0 Specification product development website.

The SERT Version 2.0.6 is a minor update following Version 2.0.5, which was previously in review for adoption but had not yet been formally adopted by EPA. The combined changes in Version 2.0.5 and Version 2.0.6 are included below and the results Version 2.0.6 produces are comparable to those produced by previous versions:
 

  • Support for the latest ARM, Power, and x86 architectures
  • Support for the PTDaemon 1.10.0 Interface
  • Support for Java 17
  • Various GUI optimizations
  • Bug fixes


Please contact me at Fogle.Ryan@epa.gov or 202-343-9153 or John Clinger at John.Clinger@icf.com or 215-967-9407 with questions or concerns regarding this update. For any questions regarding certification to SERT Version 2.0.6, please contact certification@energystar.gov. For any other computer server related questions, please contact servers@energystar.gov. Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,
Ryan Fogle
EPA Manager, ENERGY STAR for IT and Data Center Products

Contact Name: Ryan Fogle
Email: Fogle.Rya@epa.gov
Phone: 202 343-9153
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2022-09-26
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Partners and Stakeholders: 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce final recognition criteria for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2023. This letter outlines the final criteria. 

These criteria will recognize the most efficient ENERGY STAR products in 2023 across 13 product categories: Air Source Heat Pumps and Central Air Conditioners, Ceiling Fans, Clothes Dryers, Clothes Washers, Computer Monitors, Consumer Refrigeration Products, Dehumidifiers, Dishwashers, Ductless Heat Pumps and AC, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Residential Windows and Sliding Glass Doors, Room Air Cleaners, Room Air Conditioners, and Ventilation Fans. Products that meet the 2023 criteria will deliver significant savings over a conventional product as noted below:

 

*Note:  In the case of appliances and HVAC equipment, energy use of a product that meets ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2023 criteria is compared to the federal standard.    

Overview of Comments on the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2023 Proposals 

In light of an unexpected budget cut, EPA is finalizing limited updates to the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient criteria for 2023. Stakeholders shared feedback with EPA through 6 sets of written comments from 13 commenters. Commenters offered support for the proposed recognition criteria, as well as a select set of proposed adjustments that EPA summarizes and responds to in the comment response document

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) amends Section 25C federal income tax credits to allow credit for purchasing a skylight that meets the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient requirements, starting in 2023.  EPA plans to issue a separate proposal to add ENERGY STAR Most Efficient skylight criteria in the next 60 days. 

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2023 Categories and Recognition Criteria 

Final criteria for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2023 are summarized below. In addition to meeting these performance requirements, products must be certified as ENERGY STAR by an EPA-recognized certification body. Additional detail for each product category is included in the recognition criteria documents available at www.energystar.gov/mostefficient

Category
 

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2023 Recognition Criteria
 

Air Source Heat Pumps and Ducted Central AC 
 

Installation benefits, multiple capacities 

 

Product type 

SEER2  

EER2 

HSPF2  

Split System CAC 

16.9 

12.4 

 

Split System HP 

16.9 

12.0 

8.2 

Single-Package CAC

15.2

11.5

 

Single-Package HP

15.2

11.5

7.2 

Cold Climate HP 

15.2 

11.0 

8.5 


 

Cold climate heat pumps must also meet a COP of 1.75 at 5 degrees F, and provide 70% capacity maintenance at 5 degrees F. 


Ceiling Fans*
 


Efficiency as per 10 CFR 430 Subpart B, Appendix U (cfm/W)

 

Ceiling Fan Type

Blade Span (D)*
(inches)

Ceiling Fan Efficiency (CFM/W)**

Standard, Hugger, and Low-Mount HSSD Ceiling Fans

D ≤ 36”

≥ 1.44D + 83.86

 D > 36”

≥ 5.26D - 53.66


*D is the ceiling fan blade span in inches
**This is a weighted average efficiency in different modes,
according to 10 CFR 430 Subpart B, Appendix U


 

Clothes
Dryers*

Products must meet the applicable energy performance requirements shown in the table below, as determined by 10 CFR Part 430 Subpart B Appendix D2, unless noted otherwise.  

 

Cycle Setting 
 

Product Type 
 

CEFBASE (lbs/kWh) 
 

Normal 

Compact Ventless Electric (240 V) 

> 3.70 

Electric (All Other) 

≥ 4.30 

Normal, Maximum Dryness1 

Compact Ventless Electric (240 V) 

> 2.68 

Electric (All Other) 

≥ 3.93 



 

Clothes Washers*

 



 

Clothes Washer Capacity

Integrated Modified Energy Factor (IMEF) 

Integrated Water Factor (IWF) 

≤ 2.5 cu-ft 

≥ 2.2

≤ 3.7

> 2.5 cu-ft

≥ 2.92

≤ 3.2 


                    

Total Cleaning Score (CSt)

≥ 85.0



To be recognized, laundry centers and combination all-in-one washer-dryers with air-only drying must meet the Most Efficient clothes washers and clothes dryer criteria. Combination all-in-one washer-dryers with air-only drying do not need to meet the time requirement for ENERGY STAR clothes dryers. 
 

Computer Monitors* 

   Total Energy Consumption (ETEC) in kilowatt-hours per year shall be calculated as follows:
 

ETEC = 8.76 x (0.35 x PON = 0.65 x PSLEEP)

Where:
PON = measured On Mode power in watts; PSLEEP = measured Sleep Mode power in watts:

 

ETEC_MAX = (1.9 + (0.12 x A) + [3.1 x (r + C)]) x effAC_DC


Where:

 
 

effAC_DC =
 

1.00 for AC-powered monitors
 

0.85 for DC-powered monitors
 

A= viewable screen area in square inches;
r = Total Native Resolution in megapixels; and

 

C=
 

 0
 

if A < 180 in2
 

-0.2
 

if 180 in2 ≤ A < 220 in2
 

-1.0
 

if A ≥ 220 in2

Consumer Refrigeration Products* 

Product must have an Annual Energy Consumption (AEC) of less than or equal to 637 kWh per year.

Side-by-side and bottom freezer product types must be at least 27% more efficient than federal requirements. Top freezers must be at least 10% more efficient than federal requirements. Standard-size freezer product types must be at least 15% more efficient than federal requirements.  Compact freezer product types must be at least 20% more efficient than federal requirements.  Compact refrigerator or refrigerator-freezer product types must be at least 30% more efficient than federal requirements.
 

Dehumidifiers*
 

Product must meet the following applicable minimum Integrated Energy Factor (IEF)2:

 

Type, Size 

Integrated Energy Factor (IEF)2

Portable, capacity ≤ 25.00 pints/day 

≥ 1.70 

Portable, capacity 25.01 to 50.00 pints/day 

≥ 1.90 

Portable, capacity > 50.00 pints/day 

≥ 3.40 

Whole Home, case volume ≤ 8.0 ft3 

≥ 2.22 

Whole Home, case volume > 8.0 ft3 

≥ 3.40 

 

 

Dishwashers*
 

 

Product Type

Annual Energy Use (kWh/yr) 

Water Consumption (gallons/cycle) 

Standard Dishwasher

≤ 240

≤ 3.2

 

Test Cycle

Cleaning Index

Heavy 

≥ 65 

Medium

≥ 65

Light

≥ 65


 

Ductless AC and Heat Pumps

Installation benefits, multiple capacities. 
 

Product type

SEER2

EER2

HSPF2 

Ductless CAC

18.7 

12.0

 

Ductless HP

18.7 

12.0

8.5

Ductless Cold Climate HP

16.9

11.0

8.5


Ductless old climate heat pumps must also meet a COP of 1.75 at 5 degrees F, and provide 70% capacity maintenance at 5 degrees F.

Geothermal Heat Pumps

 


 

Product type

EER 

COP

Closed Loop Water-to-Air/GHP

17.1

3.6

Open Loop Water-to-Air GHP

21.1

4.1 

Closed Loop Water-to-Water GHP

16.1 

3.1

Open Loop Water-to-Water GHP

20.1

3.5

DGX-to-Air

16.0 

3.6

DGX-to-Water

15.0

3.1


 


 

Residential Windows and Sliding Glass Doors* 
 

U-factor ≤ 0.20 in all Zones 

SHGC in Northern Zone ≥ 0.20  

SHGC in North-Central Zone ≤ 0.40  

SHGC in South-Central and Southern Zones ≤ 0.25  

North American Fenestration Standard/Specification (NAFS) Performance Grade ≥15 

 

NEW Room Air Cleaners
 

Product must meet the minimum Smoke Clean Air Delivery Rate per Watt (Smoke CADR/W) requirements shown in the table below, as determined by ANSI/AHAM AC-1-2020: Method of Measuring the Performance of Portable Household Electric Room Air Cleaners.

 

Smoke CADR Bins

Minimum Smoke CADR/W 

  30 ≤ Smoke CADR < 100

5.4

100 ≤ Smoke CADR < 150

6.6

150 ≤ Smoke CADR

7.6


 

Room Air Conditioners*
 

Product must have a Combined Energy Efficiency Ratio (CEER) that is greater than or equal to 35% better than the DOE Federal Minimum Standard.

Products must also be at or below a maximum sound level of 45 dB(A) for the lowest operational setting.
 

Ventilating Fans*
 

Bathroom/utility fans: Efficacy at high speed (cfm/W): ≥10
In line fans: Efficacy at high speed (cfm/W): ≥5
In-line Ventilating Fan tested with a filter in place (6≤MERV<13): ≥4.7
In-line Ventilating Fan tested with a filter in place (MERV≥13): ≥3.8
Bathroom and Utility Room Fans must provide a sound level ≤ 4.0 sones at 0.25 inches of water gauge external static pressure at high speed.
 

 


 
*Proposed criteria carried over from 2022 for these categories with no changes. 

1 For purposes of this requirement, the manufacturer shall test the dryer according to the provisions in the DOE test procedure in 10 CFR 430, Subpart B, Appendix D2, but where the drying temperature setting can be chosen independently of the program, it shall be set to the maximum.

At the time of certification, for each basic model the manufacturer shall report per this criteria section the energy performance (CEF), the cycle program name, the temperature setting, the dryness setting, as well as any settings enabled by default, and the time taken to complete the energy

test cycle (as defined in the ENERGY STAR Version 1.1 specification, Section 5C).

2Capacity and Integrated Energy Factor determined per Appendix X1 to 10 CFR Part 430, Subpart B.

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2023 Recognition

ENERGY STAR certified products meeting these requirements will be highlighted as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient for 2023 at: www.energystar.gov/mostefficient

beginning January 1, 2023. Shortly, EPA will begin distributing the 2023 ENERGY STAR Most Efficient designation to brand owners of eligible products. As a reminder,

usage guidelines are available at Guidelines for Using the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient Mark.

To ensure the greatest utility of the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient webpage to consumers, EPA will only highlight products that are currently available for sale

in the U.S. As such, EPA reminds partners that it is critical that they keep product availability information with their certification bodies current. 

EPA will identify ENERGY STAR Most Efficient HVAC using certification data, thus applications are no longer required.  For window products, partners

will need to apply for recognition for all products new to ENERGY STAR Most Efficient in order for the Agency to verify that a product meets the recognition criteria outlined above. Since the recognition criteria have not changed, window products recognized in 2022 need not be resubmitted.

EPA will distribute the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2023 graphic along with instructions for obtaining it prior to January 1, 2023.

The ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2023 designation is intended for use at point-of-sale on point-of-purchase materials, product literature, and websites.

It may not be factory-applied to products or product packaging. Failure to abide by these guidelines may result in loss of recognition. EPA will highlight recognized products on the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2023 web page through December 31, 2023.

We look forward to working with you to market ENERGY STAR Most Efficient products in 2023. Please e-mail mostefficient@energystar.gov with any questions.

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Ann Bailey, Director
ENERGY STAR Product Labeling
ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2023 Criteria Development | ENERGY STAR

2022-08-08
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Commercial Ovens Partners and Stakeholders:
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to remind stakeholders that as of August 29, 2022, EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs) are required to cease certification of new commercial ovens to the Version 2.2 specification and may only certify commercial ovens to the Version 3.0 specification. Certification bodies may continue submitting administrative modifications to existing commercial ovens certifications to the Version 3.0 specification until January 12, 2023. After this date, only commercial ovens certified to the Version 3.0 specification will appear on the ENERGY STAR website and certified products list.

CBs must notify EPA by August 28, 2022, of models certified to Version 2.2, but not yet submitted to EPA, along with information on when data will be submitted. Failure to do so will result in QPX blocking submissions of these products to EPA. 

Please contact EPA at cfs@energystar.gov with any questions regarding the specification. CBs should direct questions concerning the submittal of certified commercial ovens to Certification@energystar.gov.

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.
 

2022-08-08
Location: Webinar
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Computer Server Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder,

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing the Draft 1, Version 4.0 Computer Server specification. The deadline to provide comments on this Draft 1 specification is September 9, 2022.

EPA released a Discussion Guide for stakeholder review and comment focused on updating definitions, the addition of storage “heavy” servers, and internal power supply efficiency. EPA has taken the feedback received from that Discussion Guide and incorporated this feedback into the Draft 1 specification. The Draft 1, Version 4.0 specification incorporates the following key elements.

Energy Criteria
Although 2020 market penetration for ENERGY STAR certified computer servers was 25%, improved chipsets have largely caught up to the ENERGY STAR specifications. As such, EPA is proposing more stringent ENERGY STAR criteria for server products. This proposal increases the stringency of the active efficiency criteria by 2-3 times over the previous levels with between 24-34% of products meeting the proposal in each bin. This includes smaller servers as well that are best suited for small businesses.

In addition, for storage “heavy” products, EPA is adding the definition for these products, but has not proposed active state criteria at this time due to a lack of data. As has been done for servers in the past, products may be certified and will be required to report the energy data so that the Agency can consider setting active state criteria in a future revision.

Internal Power Supply Criteria
EPA is proposing to create a four-tiered system for power supplies where power supplies at or above 750 watts are required to meet more stringent requirements than those below 750 watts which have maintained their requirements from Version 3.0. This is true for single and multi-output products.

Comment Submittal
EPA welcomes stakeholder input on the attached Draft 1, Version 4.0 specification. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit any comments to servers@energystar.gov by September 9, 2022. All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Product Development website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

Stakeholder Webinar
EPA will host a webinar to answer any questions on this discussion guide on August 16, 2022, from 1-3pm Eastern Time. Please register here if you plan on attending.  

The exchange of ideas and information between EPA, industry, and other interested parties is critical to the success of ENERGY STAR. Specifications and meeting materials will be distributed via email and posted on the ENERGY STAR website. To track EPA’s progress on this specification, please visit the product development website.

Please contact me at Fogle.Ryan@epa.gov or 202-343-9153 or John Clinger at John.Clinger@icf.com or 215-967-9407 with questions or concerns. For any other computer server related questions, please contact servers@energystar.gov. Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Ryan Fogle
EPA Manager, ENERGY STAR for IT and Data Center Products

Enclosures
Draft 1, Version 4.0 specification
Data Savings and Analysis Package

Contact Name: Ryan Fogle
Email: Fogle.Rya@epa.gov
Phone: 202 343-9153
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2022-08-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Light Commercial HVAC Partners and Stakeholders:
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to remind stakeholders that as of August 15, 2022, EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs) are required to cease certification of new light commercial HVAC to the Version 3.1 specification and may only certify light commercial HVAC to the Version 4.0 specification. Certification bodies may continue submitting administrative modifications to existing light commercial HVAC certifications to the Version 4.0 specification until January 1, 2023. After this date, only light commercial HVAC certified to the Version 4.0 specification will appear on the ENERGY STAR website and certified products list.

CBs must notify EPA by August 14, 2022, of models certified to Version 3.1, but not yet submitted to EPA, along with information on when data will be submitted. Failure to do so will result in QPX blocking submissions of these products to EPA. 

Please contact EPA at LCHVAC@energystar.gov with any questions regarding the specification. CBs should direct questions concerning the submittal of certified light commercial HVAC to Certification@energystar.gov.

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

2022-07-26
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Computer Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder,

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing an update to the ENERGY STAR Computer test method to allow certain products to ship without an external power supply included and to lay out how they should be tested. This change was requested by stakeholders due to changes in the way laptops are sold.  The changes are reflected in the updated test method. Products that have been certified to Version 8.0 will not be affected by this change and will remain ENERGY STAR certified.

EPA received support from stakeholders for this change. One stakeholder commented that the allowance to ship without an external power supply and test using the revised method should not be limited to power supplies of 30W or less. For power supplies greater than 30W, EPA continues to have concerns, which are shared by some stakeholders, regarding the performance of products not using a power supply designed specifically for that product. As such, EPA has retained the 30W limit. However, EPA is willing to revisit stakeholder interest in this issue as part of the Version 9.0 specification revision process, which is scheduled to launch later this year.

Please contact me at Fogle.Ryan@epa.gov or 202-343-9153 or John Clinger, ICF, at john.clinger@icf.com or (215) 967-9407 with questions or concerns about this amendment. For other computer related questions, please contact computers@energystar.gov.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

  Ryan Fogle
EPA Manager, ENERGY STAR for IT and Data Center Products

Enclosures:
Version 8.0 Final Specification Rev. July 2022 (includes updated test method)
 

Contact Name: Ryan Fogle
Email: Fogle.Rya@epa.gov
Phone: 202 343-9153
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2022-07-25
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers Partners and Stakeholders:
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to remind stakeholders that as of August 6, 2022, EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs) are required to cease certification of new commercial refrigerators and freezers to the Version 4.0 specification and may only certify commercial refrigerators and freezers to the Version 5.0 specification. Certification bodies may continue submitting administrative modifications to existing commercial refrigerators and freezers certifications to the Version 4.0 specification until December 21, 2022. After this date, only commercial refrigerators and freezers certified to the Version 5.0 specification will appear on the ENERGY STAR website and certified products list.

CBs must notify EPA by August 5, 2022, of models certified to Version 4.0, but not yet submitted to EPA, along with information on when data will be submitted. Failure to do so will result in QPX blocking submissions of these products to EPA. 

Please contact EPA at cfs@energystar.gov with any questions regarding the specification. CBs should direct questions concerning the submittal of certified commercial refrigerators and freezers to Certification@energystar.gov.

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

 

2022-07-25
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Room Air Conditioner Brand Owners and Other Interested Parties,

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is sharing the ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Room Air Conditioner Draft 1 Specification. EPA welcomes stakeholder input on this Draft 1 specification; please provide written comments via email to appliances@energystar.gov no later than September 1, 2022. EPA will hold a stakeholder webinar on August 17, 2022 from 2 to 4 pm EST to discuss this draft with interested parties. Stakeholders interested in attending the webinar should register here.

EPA is proposing to revise the ENERGY STAR certified room air conditioners specification for multiple reasons. The ENERGY STAR market share has grown; in 2020 it was 54%, highlighting the opportunity to recognize a higher level of efficiency. Further, the Department of Energy (DOE) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) to revise the federal efficiency standard for room air conditioners on April 7, 2022 with a proposal of levels that exceed those of the current ENERGY STAR requirements. Accordingly, EPA is proposing new efficiency criteria.

Key elements of the Version 5.0 Draft 1 proposal include:

     Revised Efficiency Criteria

EPA is proposing that to qualify for ENERGY STAR, room air conditioners must be at least 19-50% more efficient than those meeting the 2014 minimum federal efficiency standards, depending on the product class. EPA estimates that room air conditioners that that meet the proposed ENERGY STAR specification will equate to an average national energy cost savings of over $85 million and prevent nearly 2.4 billion pounds of carbon emissions per year. As with all ENERGY STAR products, EPA is working with DOE on this ENERGY STAR revision and will ensure the revision is informed by that regulatory process.

      Optional ‘Connected’ Criteria

EPA is considering revising optional connected criteria for room air conditioners. EPA is seeking to make the connected criteria both more useful to those interested in grid response from room air conditioners and less burdensome to test and meet for brand owners, which together should increase the number of connected products on the market. As such, EPA is proposing and/or seeking feedback on the following:

1. Connectivity protocols, and if brand owners would be open to EPA specifying compliance with specific protocols, and if this would be helpful for utilities and aggregators.

2. Evaluation of connectivity through the examination of documentation and product(s) information, and if this would lead to more connected recognition of more product lines by product brand owners.

3. Connected recognition of wider variety of room air conditioner models, and if this would make reliance on ENERGY STAR connected recognition more useful for utilities and aggregators.

In light of EPA’s current understanding of Demand Response (DR) programs and concerns EPA has received about the complexity of the connected criteria for room air conditioners, EPA is considering simplifying the connected criteria and associated test procedure. EPA believes that utilities have moved towards adopting demand response programs that are not product-specific, and EPA is not aware of any utilities with plans to include room air conditioner-specific demand response programs going forward. 

Furthermore, EPA plans to discontinue the 5% energy use allowance for connected products. This change is based on multiple factors. The first, noted above, is the market shift away from product-specific DR programs. The second is an unintended consequence that EPA has observed from the current credit. EPA has not seen large numbers of ENERGY STAR models certified as connected while the models that do claim the credit are those that need the 5% credit to meet the efficiency criteria. Meanwhile, highly efficient models that are Smart or Wi-Fi capable are not being certified as Connected, working against the program’s intent to deliver both efficiency and performance.

      Refrigerant Type Reporting

EPA is proposing a reporting requirement for the refrigerant type to allow consumers to easily identify products with lower-GWP refrigerants.

      Sound Performance Reporting

Informed by stakeholders that increasing room air conditioner efficiency can be reasonably achieved by increasing fan speeds with a resulting effect on noise, EPA is proposing a reporting requirement for the indoor sound pressure performance at the lowest operational cooling level, which may be preferred by consumers sleeping or working in proximity to the units.   

Stakeholders are requested to provide any comments on the Version 5.0 Draft 1 specification no later than September 1, 2022. Please send comments via e-mail to appliances@energystar.gov. All comments received will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Room Air Conditioner Version 5 development page, unless the submitter specifically requests that comments remain confidential.
Please direct any specific questions to Park.Ga-Young@epa.gov or (202) 564-1085, or Steve Leybourn at Steve.Leybourn@icf.com or (202) 862-1566.  

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.
Sincerely,

Ga-Young Park
Product Manager for Appliances
ENERGY STAR Labeled Products

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Room Air Conditioner Draft 1 Specification
ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Room Air Conditioner Draft 1 Data & Analysis Package

Contact Name: Ga-Young Park
Email: park.ga-young@epa.gov
Phone: 202-564-1085
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2022-07-18
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Water Heater Brand Owner or Other Interested Party:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to distribute the Final Version 5.0 ENERGY STAR® Water Heater specification and the Final Version 1.2 ENERGY STAR Connected Residential Water Heaters Test Method to Validate Demand Response. EPA would like to thank the many stakeholders who have invested time and effort to contribute feedback that has informed this specification revision process. Version 5.0 requirements will be effective on April 18, 2023. All connected products should use the new version of the test method immediately.

Gas water heaters meeting this specification can save between $19 and $88 per year of average use, depending on the water heater type and capacity. Please see the accompanying data package for details. If all gas water heaters sold in the US met these criteria, the energy cost savings would grow to $28 billion per year, and 55 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented.

This specification was developed through a process that included the release of a draft specification and holding individual meetings with numerous industry stakeholders to receive feedback. The themes from the Draft 1 comments were repeated in the latest comment period. EPA received comments asking for both lower and higher UEF levels from different stakeholders. Those calling for lower levels typically were in favor of no changes to the current Version 4.0 UEF levels, though some were interested in adding a higher tier recognition for products with a UEF above 1.00. Some commentors were only interested in slightly lower levels than proposed by EPA. Those calling for higher UEF criteria were typically asking for a level higher than 1.00, requiring a heat pump level of efficiency. EPA has retained the suggested levels for Further details and EPA’s responses can be found in the Final Draft Comment Response Matrix.

EPA made one change in the final specification, removal of NOx reporting requirements for all gas water heater types, which was our intention in the Final Draft. Numerous commentors requested we do so, typically citing added certification burden on manufacturers as a concern. While there were partners that appreciated NOx reporting, EPA does not believe it adds enough value to include.

EPA received extensive feedback both supporting and opposing the possibility of sunsetting gas products in the near future. Many stakeholders opposing sunsetting gas products cite EPA’s guiding principles, with specific comments made about the availability of units and the cost effectiveness of ENERGY STAR products after that change. Many stakeholders are interested in keeping the products available to consumers who may not financially be able to make the upgrades necessary for a heat pump water heater, and in maintaining existing utility programs that reference the ENERGY STAR certification for their program offerings. Some also challenged the conventional wisdom that electrification of water heating is the least costly path to decarbonization, which was the primary argument of those supporting the sunset. Those supporting the sunset referred to the urgency of decarbonization and to the Biden administration’s commitment to it.

Stakeholder comments, previous drafts of the specification, and related materials are available on EPA's ENERGY STAR website at www.energystar.gov/specifications. Click on the “View the Version 5.0 Development Process” link for Water Heaters.

Test Method to Validate Demand Response
The Final ENERGY STAR Connected Residential Water Heaters Test Method to Validate Demand Response, Version 1.2 remains unchanged from the final draft release of the document. EPA and DOE remain involved in the development a related industry document that may have an impact on the test method: proposed AHRI Standard 1430, Demand Flexible Water Heaters. AHRI, DOE, and EPA are committed to as much alignment as possible, and do not anticipate problems with achieving it.  However, as the AHRI standard is not yet final, we have not changed the ENERGY STAR Test Method at this time. Once the standard is finalized, we will revisit alignment as needed.

Timeline and Next Steps
EPA shares Partners’ desire for a smooth transition from one ENERGY STAR specification to the next, so that consumers can expect ENERGY STAR labeled products to fully meet the latest requirements upon their effective date. With this in mind, EPA has established the following timeline:

  • Effective immediately, manufacturers may elect to have their Certification Body (CB) certify their eligible products to the Version 5.0 requirements, including recognition as connected. 
  • As of November 23, 2023, CBs will be instructed to stop certifying new product submittals to Version 4.0. Note, however, that existing certifications will remain valid for purposes of ENERGY STAR qualification until April 18, 2023.
  • Any water heater manufactured as of April 18, 2023, must meet Version 5.0 requirements to bear the ENERGY STAR mark. All certifications of products to the Version 4.0 specification will be invalid for purposes of ENERGY STAR qualification and the product finder will only include models certified to Version 5.0.

ENERGY STAR partnership as a manufacturer is limited to organizations that own and/or license a brand name under which they sell eligible products in the United States and/or Canada. Partnership is not available to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that do not sell directly to consumers or end users. OEMs may certify products on behalf of the ENERGY STAR brand owners/licensees; however, the brand owner must be the ENERGY STAR partner associated directly with the certified product models, since only partners are authorized to use the ENERGY STAR certification mark.

EPA thanks stakeholders who provided feedback during the specification revision process and looks forward to working with you as you certify and market your energy-efficient water heaters. Please direct any questions regarding the specification and its timeline to Abigail Daken, EPA, at daken.abigail@epa.gov or (202) 343-9375, and Ned Bent, ICF, at ned.bent@icf.com, or (571) 842-4917. For marketing or webpage questions, please contact Nate Jutras at jutras.nathaniel@epa.gov or (202) 738-3515. For test procedure inquiries, please contact Julia Hegarty, U.S. Department of Energy, at julia.hegarty@ee.doe.gov or (240) 597-6737. Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Abigail Daken
EPA Product Manager, ENERGY STAR for HVAC and Connected

Enclosures:

ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Water Heaters Final Specification and Partner Commitments
ENERGY STAR Connected Residential Water Heaters Test Method to Validate Demand Response, Version 1.2
ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Water Heaters Final Draft Comment Response Matrix
ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Water Heaters Final Data Package

Contact Name: Abigail Daken
Email: daken.abigail@epa.gov
Phone: 202-343-9375
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2022-07-12
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Partners and other Stakeholders:  

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to share both an update on ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2022 and proposed recognition criteria for 2023. Stakeholders are invited to provide written comments on these proposed criteria no later than August 15, 2022, to MostEfficient@energystar.gov.   

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2022 

As of June 2022, 3308 models from 258 ENERGY STAR partners meet the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2022 recognition criteria. The number of models and partners per category is noted in the following table: 

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient enjoys robust utility support and is leveraged by 37 energy efficiency program sponsors, serving over 8.4 million households (or roughly 23.2 million consumers). These rebate programs feature one or more product categories covered by ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2022 and reflect a diverse geographic spread, including one water utility in California.    

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient is also leveraged for retailer incentives as part of the ENERGY STAR Retail Products Platform (ESRPP), an innovative, nationally coordinated, market transformation initiative. ESRPP retailers now represent 822 appliance storefronts in current program sponsors’ service areas. In 2022, there are 13 efficiency program sponsors participating in ESRPP currently serving nearly 15% of U.S. households.  

EPA provides consumers with information about recognized products through a special view of the ENERGY STAR Product Finders. Consumers can now directly access ENERGY STAR Most Efficient models through a filter on the popular ENERGY STAR Products Finders and are also highlighted in the search results as having earned the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient recognition. In addition to highlighting ENERGY STAR Most Efficient models on the ENERGY STAR website, EPA is also sharing information on ENERGY STAR Most Efficient models with Amazon to be featured in their Climate Pledge Friendly program. The UPC codes recently added for all ENERGY STAR products currently enable the Amazon listings. 

2023 Product Categories and Recognition Criteria  

In light of an unexpected budget cut, EPA is pursuing a limited update of the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient criteria for 2023. EPA completed a review of the data associated with currently recognized models and found in all cases that the current criteria would adequately recognize the best of ENERGY STAR for another year. As such, EPA is extending the 2022 efficiency criteria into 2023 for ceiling fans, clothes washers, computer monitors, dehumidifiers, dishwashers, dryers, refrigeration products, room air conditioners, vent fans, and windows. EPA is proposing changes to the CAC/ASHP and geothermal heat pump criteria to ease the recognition processes. In response to sustained stakeholder interest and in service to consumers seeking ENERGY STAR Most Efficient products, EPA proposes to add recognition for room air cleaners in 2023. Televisions will not be recognized in 2023.    

Ceiling Fans: EPA proposes to maintain the current criteria for ceiling fans into 2023. Savings offered by the current criteria are significant, 67% for a 52-inch fan, the most common size on the market.   

Clothes Washers: No changes are proposed to the current criteria for clothes washer types. The ENERGY STAR Most Efficient list includes 20 base models from 6 brands, providing consumers with a good selection of models with superior energy and water efficiency.  

Computer Monitors:  EPA proposes to maintain the current criteria into 2023 as the number of models in the market is steady since the last update. Recognized models demonstrate significant energy savings and there has been no technology update due to the chip shortage. 

Dehumidifiers: EPA proposes to maintain the current criteria for dehumidifiers into 2023. 227 portable models meet these rigorous criteria, offering consumers significant savings of 22% over conventional models. Nine whole-home dehumidifiers meet the criteria with a savings of 25% over conventional models.  

Dishwashers: In light of the ongoing revision of the ENERGY STAR Dishwasher specification, EPA will maintain the current recognition criteria into 2023. Currently, the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient list includes 34 base models from 12 brands.  

Dryers: No changes are proposed to the criteria for dryers. The ENERGY STAR Most Efficient list includes 30 base models from 8 brands, representing both heat pump and hybrid heat pump technologies. EPA encourages partners to complete optional fields for technology type when certifying products to make it easier for utilities to incentivize these technologies in the market. 

Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps and Ductless Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps: EPA proposes to maintain the current criteria for CAC and Heat Pumps. The Agency will simplify the criteria to allow EPA to nominate products automatically from products certified to ENERGY STAR Version 6.1, eliminating the need for an application.​ The current criteria set in 2022 account for the revised ENERGY STAR specification, and reward certification to the V6.1 cold climate heat pump criteria.  ​Inclusion of optional installation capabilities in Version 6.1 allows automatic recognition of units that meet the criteria as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient​. The inclusion of compressor staging (single, dual, multi-stage, variable capacity) in QPX allows automatic recognition of dual and multistage units. EPA believes this change will ease participation in ENERGY STAR Most Efficient for partners.​ 

Geothermal Heat Pumps: EPA also intends to move away from use of an application for Geothermal Heat Pumps for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient recognition. In light of the truly superior efficiency of these products, EPA proposes to recognize all models that meet the current ENERGY STAR criteria.   

Refrigerators-Freezers and Freezers: EPA proposes to maintain the current criteria for refrigerators and freezers. There are 204 base models from 49 brands of standard size refrigerators, which represents 20% of the standard size market. For compact refrigerators, there are 44 base models from 24 brands that meet the proposed criteria representing 5% of the market. There are 12 upright freezer and chest freezer base models from 5 brands that meet the criteria.  

Room Air Cleaners: EPA proposes to add Room Air Cleaners to the portfolio in 2023. EPA proposes this expansion due to the rich savings offered by this higher level of efficiency, 65% to more than 70%, over the level used in numerous state standards. There has been a tremendous growth in shipments over the past couple of years due to both COVID + wildfires​ making it more important to highlight greater efficiency for consumers. Lastly, stakeholders like the ESRPP have requested this expansion consistently in the last few years. 

Room Air Conditioners: No changes are proposed for the current criteria for room air conditioners. Available models stayed steady from last year, and there are currently 13 base models from 6 brands meeting the proposed criteria, which represents 2% of the market.  

Ventilating Fans: EPA proposes to maintain the 2022 criteria for ventilating fans into 2023. The current efficiency criteria are met by an appropriate subset of products, just 2.3% of HVI’s product list; however, a very small number of those fans are currently recognized as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient. This is due to a lack of reported data for the noise criteria as measured at 0.25 in wtg. static pressure for bathroom/utility fans. EPA encourages partners to submit this data and contact EPA with questions regarding how to do so.  

Windows and Sliding Glass Doors: No changes are proposed for the 2023 residential window or sliding door recognition criteria. While high performance window products are widely available, they are still a relatively small slice of the total market. EPA will consider revising the criteria next year after the Version 7.0 Window, Door and Skylight specification is finalized. 

The proposed ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2023 criteria for the full suite of products is summarized below. In addition to meeting these recognition criteria, products must be certified as ENERGY STAR by an EPA-recognized certification body. Additional detail for each product category is included in the recognition criteria documents as well as the stakeholder slide deck accompanying this letter.   

 

Category
 

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2023 Recognition Criteria
 


 


 

Ceiling Fans*
 


Efficiency as per 10 CFR 430 Subpart B, Appendix U (cfm/W)

 

Ceiling Fan Type

Blade Span (D)*
(inches)

Ceiling Fan Efficiency (CFM/W)**

Standard, Hugger, and Low-Mount HSSD Ceiling Fans

D ≤ 36”

≥ 1.44D + 83.86

 D > 36”

≥ 5.26D - 53.66


*D is the ceiling fan blade span in inches
**This is a weighted average efficiency in different modes,
according to 10 CFR 430 Subpart B, Appendix U

 

Clothes Washers*

 



 

Clothes Washer Capacity

Integrated Modified Energy Factor (IMEF) 

Integrated Water Factor (IWF) 

≤ 2.5 cu-ft 

≥ 2.2

≤ 3.7

> 2.5 cu-ft

≥ 2.92

≤ 3.2 


                    

Total Cleaning Score (CSt)

≥ 85.0


To be recognized, laundry centers must meet the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient washer and dryer criteria.
 

Ducted Central Air Conditioners and Air Source Heat Pumps
 

Installation benefits, multiple capacities

 

Product type

SEER2

EER2

HSPF2

Split AC

16.9 

12.4

 

Packaged AC

15.2

11.5

 

Split HP

16.9 

12.0

8.2

Packaged HP

15.2

11.5 

7.2 

Cold Climate HP

15.2 

11.5

8.5 


Cold climate heat pumps must also meet a COP of 1.75 at 5 degrees F, and provide 70% capacity maintenance at 5 degrees F.
 

Dehumidifiers*
 

Product must meet the following applicable minimum Integrated Energy Factor (IEF)2:


 

 

Type, Size

Integrated Energy Factor (IEF)2

Portable, capacity ≤ 25.00 pints/day

≥ 1.70

Portable, capacity 25.01 to 50.00 pints/day

≥ 1.90 

Portable, capacity > 50.00 pints/day

≥ 3.40

Whole Home, case volume ≤ 8.0 ft3

≥ 2.22

Whole Home, case volume > 8.0 ft3

≥ 3.40















 

Ductless AC and Heat Pumps
 

Installation benefits, multiple capacities. 
 

Product type

SEER2

EER2

HSPF2 

Ductless CAC

18.7 

12.0

 

Ductless HP

18.7 

12.0

8.5

Ductless Cold Climate HP

16.9

11.5

8.5


Ductless old climate heat pumps must also meet a COP of 1.75 at 5 degrees F, and provide 70% capacity maintenance at 5 degrees F.
 

Geothermal Heat Pumps
 



 

Product type

EER 

COP

Closed Loop Water-to-Air/GHP

17.1

3.6

Open Loop Water-to-Air GHP

21.1

4.1 

Closed Loop Water-to-Water GHP

16.1 

3.1

Open Loop Water-to-Water GHP

20. 

3.5

DGX

16.0 

3.6

DGX-to-Water

15

3.1





 

Computer Monitors*
 

Total Energy Consumption (ETEC) in kilowatt-hours per year shall be calculated as follows:
 

ETEC = 8.76 x (0.35 x PON = 0.65 x PSLEEP)

Where:
PON = measured On Mode power in watts; PSLEEP = measured Sleep Mode power in watts:

 

ETEC_MAX = (1.9 + (0.12 x A) + [3.1 x (r + C)]) x effAC_DC


Where:

 

effAC_DC =
 

1.00 for AC-powered monitors
 

0.85 for DC-powered monitors
 

A= viewable screen area in square inches;
r = Total Native Resolution in megapixels; and

 

C=
 

 0
 

if A < 180 in2
 

-0.2
 

if 180 in2 ≤ A < 220 in2
 

-1.0
 

if A ≥ 220 in2
 


 

Dishwashers*
 

 

Product Type

Annual Energy Use (kWh/yr) 

Water Consumption (gallons/cycle) 

Standard Dishwasher

≤ 240

≤ 3.2

 

Test Cycle

Cleaning Index

Heavy 

≥ 70 

Medium

≥ 70 

Light

≥ 70


 

Dryers*
 

Products must meet the applicable energy performance requirements shown in the table below, as determined by 10 CFR Part 430 Subpart B Appendix D2, unless noted otherwise.
 
 

Cycle Setting

Product Type 

CEFBASE (lbs/kWh) 

Normal

Compact Ventless Electric (240 V)

> 3.70 

Electric

≥ 4.30

Gas

≥ 3.80

Normal, Maximum Dryness[1]

Compact Ventless Electric (240 V)

> 2.68 

Electric

≥ 3.93

Gas

≥ 3.48


 


 


 

Refrigerator-Freezers and Freezers*
 

Product must have an Annual Energy Consumption (AEC) of less than or equal to 637 kWh per year.

Side-by-side and bottom freezer product types must be at least 30% more efficient than federal requirements. Top freezers must be at least 10% more efficient than federal requirements. Standard-size freezer product types must be at least 15% more efficient than federal requirements. Compact freezer product types must be at least 20% more efficient than federal requirements. Compact refrigerator or refrigerator-freezer product types must be at least 30% more efficient than federal requirements.
 

NEW Room Air Cleaners
 

Product must meet the minimum Smoke Clean Air Delivery Rate per Watt (Smoke CADR/W) requirements shown in the table below, as determined by ANSI/AHAM AC-1-2020: Method of Measuring the Performance of Portable Household Electric Room Air Cleaners.

 

Smoke CADR Bins

Minimum Smoke CADR/W 

  30 ≤ Smoke CADR < 100

5.4

100 ≤ Smoke CADR < 150

6.6

150 ≤ Smoke CADR

7.6


 

Room Air Conditioners*
 

Product must have a Combined Energy Efficiency Ratio (CEER) that is greater than or equal to 35% better than the DOE Federal Minimum Standard.

Products must also be at or below a maximum sound level of 45 dB(A) for the lowest operational setting.
 

Ventilating Fans*
 

Bathroom/utility fans: Efficacy at high speed (cfm/W): ≥10
In line fans: Efficacy at high speed (cfm/W): ≥5
In-line Ventilating Fan tested with a filter in place (6≤MERV<13): ≥4.7
In-line Ventilating Fan tested with a filter in place (MERV≥13): ≥3.8
Bathroom and Utility Room Fans must provide a sound level ≤ 4.0 sones at 0.25 inches of water gauge external static pressure at high speed.
 

Residential Windows and Sliding Glass Doors*
 

U-factor ≤ 0.20 in all Zones
SHGC in Northern Zone ≥ 0.20
SHGC in North-Central Zone ≤ 0.40
SHGC in South-Central and Southern Zones ≤ 0.25
North American Fenestration Standard/Specification (NAFS) Performance Grade ≥15
 

 


 
*Proposed criteria carried over from 2022 for these categories with no changes.  
 

[1] For purposes of this requirement, the manufacturer shall test the dryer according to the provisions in the DOE test procedure in 10 CFR 430, Subpart B, Appendix D2, but where the drying temperature setting can be chosen independently of the program, it shall be set to the maximum. At the time of certification, for each basic model the manufacturer shall report per this criteria section the energy performance (CEF), the cycle program name, the temperature setting, the dryness setting, as well as any settings enabled by default, and the time taken to complete the energy test cycle (as defined in the ENERGY STAR Version 1.1 specification, Section 5C).

EPA will provide additional information regarding the roll out of ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2023 recognition with the finalization of these criteria.
 
In light of the minimal changes proposed to the 2023 ENERGY STAR Most Efficient criteria, EPA is distributing a slide deck that relays data associated with this year’s review rather than sharing this information via a stakeholder webinar. This document as well as the criteria documents can be found here. Please share written comments no later than August 15, 2022, with MostEfficient@energystar.gov. Unless the commenter asks otherwise, all comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient criteria development page. EPA plans to finalize these recognition requirements in the coming months.
 
Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.  
 
Sincerely,

Ann Bailey, Director
ENERGY STAR Product Labeling

Enclosures: 
ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2023 Proposals with Rationale 
 
 

2022-06-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

As you are likely aware the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published its final rules pertaining to definitions and standards for General Service Lamps, and their policy for the enforcement of the 45 lumen-per-watt backstop.
 
The ENERGY STAR Program is currently processing the market implications of the new standard. Should EPA decide to go forward with a proposal to sunset or otherwise alter relevant ENERGY STAR specifications, we would do so through our usual open and transparent process with timing established in consultation with our partners. Given the prospect that utility rebate programs will still be running in 2023, we would not expect any such action to be effective before the end of next year.
 
Thank you for your support of ENERGY STAR.
For more information, visit: www.energystar.gov

2022-06-13
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR Small Network Equipment (SNE) Brand Owners and Other Interested Parties:

This letter serves as a reminder that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s sunset of the ENERGY STAR specification for SNE products takes effect July 13, 2022. All SNE partners must cease use of the ENERGY STAR name and ENERGY STAR mark in association with all SNE products, including on products, web pages, and other collateral materials as of this date.

EPA appreciates the efforts of SNE product partners to advance a cleaner environment through the ENERGY STAR Program and applauds your success in moving the market towards greater energy efficiency. Please send any questions to networking@energystar.gov. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Ann Bailey, Chief
ENERGY STAR Labeling Branch
US Environmental Protection Agency

2022-06-02
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Residential Dishwasher Partners or Other Interested Stakeholders,
 
With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to share the Final Draft ENERGY STAR Version 7.0 Residential Dishwashers specification. EPA would like to thank the many stakeholders who have invested time and effort to contribute feedback that has informed this product specification process. The effective date for this ENERGY STAR Dishwashers specification will be July 6, 2023. 

EPA appreciates stakeholders’ feedback on the Draft 2 specification. Responses to stakeholder comments are reflected in the final draft specification as well as in the accompanying Draft 2 Comment Response Matrix.

The Final Draft ENERGY STAR Version 7.0 Residential Dishwashers specification maintains the criteria proposed in Draft 2, including the proposed minimum energy and water efficiency requirements as well as a cleaning index threshold of 65. Given that the current ENERGY STAR market share for dishwashers is near 100%, instituting these changes is important to preserving the consumer value associated with the label. In recognition of simultaneous testing requirements associated with forthcoming changes to 10 CFR 430, Subpart B, Appendix C1 and ENERGY STAR, EPA has extended the transition period for Version 7.0 revision to 12 months.  

Any final comments on the Version 7.0 Final Draft specification may be submitted no later than June 30, 2022 to appliances@energystar.gov. All comments received will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Residential Dishwashers Version 7.0 Specification Development webpage, unless the submitter specifically requests that their comments remain confidential.
 
Please contact Ga-Young Park, EPA, at Park.Ga-Young@epa.gov or (202) 564-1085, or Steve Leybourn, ICF, at Steve.Leybourn@icf.com or (202) 862-1566, with any questions or concerns about the specification. Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.
 
Best Regards,

Ga-Young Park
Product Manager for Appliances
ENERGY STAR for Residential Dishwashers

 

Contact Name: Ga-Young Park
Email: park.ga-young@epa.gov
Phone: 202-564-1085
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2022-06-02
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Televisions Stakeholders:
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to remind stakeholders that as of June 2, 2022, EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs) are required to cease certification of new Televisions to the Version 8.0 specification and may only certify Televisions to the Version 9.0 specification. Certification bodies may continue submitting administrative modifications to existing Television certifications to the Version 8.0 specification until October 20, 2022. After this date, only Televisions certified to the Version 9.0 specification will appear on the ENERGY STAR website and certified products list.

CBs must notify EPA by June 2, 2022 of models certified to Version 9.0, but not yet submitted to EPA, along with information on when data will be submitted. Failure to do so will result in QPX blocking submissions of these products to EPA.

Please contact EPA at televisions@energystar.gov with any questions regarding the specification. CBs should direct questions concerning the submittal of certified televisions to Certification@energystar.gov

Description:

Dear Battery Charging Systems Partners, Battery Charger Stakeholders and Other Interested Parties: Please see the attached letter from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), announcing their intent to launch the revision of the Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR® specification for Battery Charging Systems (BCS). The announcement letter outlines the goals and next steps in the specification development process. As a key stakeholder, EPA invites your participation in the development of an appropriate test procedure(s) and performance requirements for battery chargers. If you know of others who may be interested in participating in this process, please forward this announcement and encourage them to send their contact information to batterychargers@energystar.gov to be added to the stakeholder contact list. If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Fanara, EPA, at Fanara.andrew@epa.gov or (206) 553-6377 or Robin Clark, ICF International, at rclark@icfi.com or (202) 862-1223. Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR!

Contact Name: Robin Clark
Email: Rclark@ICFConsulting.com
Phone: 202-862-1223
Description:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing for stakeholder comment the Draft 1 Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR® specification for Battery Charging Systems (BCSs). The document is attached to this email, as are a cover memo and data collection sheets. The final date for provision of comments on the draft specification will be January 15, 2010. EPA would also like to notify stakeholders that it will be hosting a Webinar to discuss the draft specification on Tuesday, December 14, 2010, from 11 am to 2 pm, Eastern Time. Please RSVP to batterychargers@energystar.gov by this Friday, December 10, to receive Webinar information. Please direct any specific questions to Katharine Kaplan, at kaplan.katharine@epamail.epa.gov, or 202-343-9120, or Matt Malinowski, ICF International, at mmalinowski@icfi.com or 202-862-2693. We look forward to working with you and thank you for your interest in ENERGY STAR.

File attachments:
Description:

Please see attached important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning the Final Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Specification for Boilers.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

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Location: Washington, DC
Description:

      •   Join Us for the 2018 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting

      •   Light the Moment, with ENERGY STAR!

      •   Choose a Light Guide

      •   Free Marketing Resources for Consumers and Partners

Join Us for the 2018 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting
Phoenix, Arizona | September 5-7

Get excited for the 2018 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting! The ENERGY STAR team has developed sessions specifically geared for Lighting Partners. These sessions are meant to help partners learn about the latest market insight, cutting edge technology, and new energy efficiency program models.Online registration closes August 14, 2018, register today!

View the latest agenda to start planning your time in Phoenix and make sure to join ENERGY STAR for the following lighting sessions on September 6:

Extending the Life of Lighting Programs: How to Light the Way to "Hard to Reach" Customers.
Learn innovative marketing strategies lighting manufacturers have adopted to deliver ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs to underserved communities and capture energy savings from this untapped market.

Speakers:
 •  Gillian Saidman, Director Utility Rebate and Government Programs, L'Image Home Products
 •  Jesus Pernia, Energy Efficiency Consultant, Energize CT
 •  Jill Vohr, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Key Meeting Reminders:

Location: The Sheraton Grand Phoenix
340 North 3rd Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
(602) 262-2500
http://www.sheratonphoenixdowntown.com/

The hotel's cut-off date for reserving rooms in the ENERGY STAR room block is August 14, 2018. Rooms are limited and available on a first come, first served basis so please make your arrangements as soon as possible.

Updates on the meeting will be provided as they become available and will also be posted on the ENERGY STAR meetings page at https://www.energystar.gov/partnermeeting.

Moderator:
 •  Dan Cronin, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Fashion & Features & Flair Oh My! Uncovering the Sexy Side of ENERGY STAR Luminaires
Join this session to hear success stories from a home builder about marketing non-energy features such as style and functionality to drive the energy efficiency conversation and to emphasize the importance of the ENERGY STAR.

Speakers:
 •  Geoff Ferrell, CTO, Mandalay Homes
 •  Dan Rogers, ENERGY STAR technical support, ICF
Moderator:
 •  Taylor Jantz-Sell, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Recognizing Smart Home Energy Management Systems
EPA is considering ENERGY STAR recognition of smart home systems that save energy by automatically detecting when a home is empty triggering energy saving modes. ENERGY STAR certified smart lighting is a key component of this system. Come to learn more and shape this new opportunity! This technical working session will continue stakeholder discussion of the possibility. Discussion will be led by EPA's Taylor Jantz-Sell and Abigail Daken and feature contributions from:
 •  Lara Bonn, Director of Emerging Technologies and Services, Efficiency Vermont
 •  Gustaf Lonaeus, Senior Product Manager, Alarm.com
 •  Bradley Piper, Project Manager/Lead for NYSERDA Smart Home Pilot, Lockheed Martin Energy

The ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting is also a great time to set up networking meetings and interact with other ENERGY STAR stakeholders. The schedule for this year's meeting opens the opportunity for even more networking than in previous years. One-on-one networking rooms are now available. Learn how you can reserve meeting rooms HERE.

Key Meeting Reminders:

Location: The Sheraton Grand Phoenix
340 North 3rd Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
(602) 262-2500
http://www.sheratonphoenixdowntown.com/

The hotel's cut-off date for reserving rooms in the ENERGY STAR room block is August 14, 2018. Rooms are limited and available on a first come, first served basis so please make your arrangements as soon as possible.

Updates on the meeting will be provided as they become available and will also be posted on the ENERGY STAR meetings page at https://www.energystar.gov/partnermeeting.

Light the Moment with ENERGY STAR!

Did you know there are more than 3 billion light fixtures in homes across the U.S. with old, inefficient bulbs, wasting billions of dollars in energy costs and contributing to greenhouse gas emissions? Join the momentum with ENERGY STAR to switch out 300 million inefficient bulbs to certified LED light bulbs! Together, we could save $1.5 billion dollars in annual energy bills and prevent 17 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions. Light the Moment, with ENERGY STAR!

Access key marketing resources, such as seasonal social media graphics, sample posts, event kits, posters, and more, to spread the word about the benefits of ENERGY STAR certified LED lighting. Encourage your customers and networks to make the most of their moments, and their contribution to the environment, by lighting them with ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs.

Please contact your ENERGY STAR account manager or changetheworld@energystar.gov with any questions.

Choose a Light Guide

Help your customers find the perfect bulb with ENERGY STAR's new tool, Choose A Light Guide! Through three easy steps, customers identify what shape, color and brightness they prefer to learn which bulb is the best fit for their needs.

Share this new tool with your networks and sales associates to use in stores and online during promotions.

Free Marketing Resources for Consumers and Partners!

Check out the ENERGY STAR Lighting Resources page to access key marketing tools. Engage these resources to educate your consumers, colleagues, and networks on the benefits on choosing ENERGY STAR certified lighting!

For Consumers:

Choose a Light Guide

Renovate with LED Lighting Factsheet

Ask the Expert

Dimmable ENERGY STAR Infographic

Light Bulb Purchasing Guide

Lighting Made Easy Infographic

ENERGY STAR Lighting FAQs "Ask the Expert" Video

Product Finder

The Energy Source

Partner Training Resources:

ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting

"Illuminated"—EPA's Lighting Podcast

ENERGY STAR Lighting Training Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Archived Events: (Click to expand/collapse)
2022-05-26
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Computer Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder,

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing an update to the ENERGY STAR Computer test method to allow certain products to ship without an external power supply included and to lay out how they should be tested. This change was requested by stakeholders due to changes in the way laptops are sold.  The changes will be reflected in an updated test method, and products that have been certified to Version 8.0 will not be affected by this change and will remain ENERGY STAR certified.

The changes made to the test method in Section 5.1.C (newly added) is as follows:

C) Notebooks and Slates/Tablets shall be tested using the external power supply (EPS) shipped with the product. If the UUT is designed with the intention of utilizing an EPS that is 30W or less, but does not include a pre-packaged EPS, then test the UUT as follows:
1) Test the UUT with an EPS sold and recommended by the manufacturer; or,
2) If the manufacturer does not recommend and EPS that it sells, test the UUT with an EPS recommended by the manufacturer in the manufacturer materials; or,
3) If the manufacturer does not recommend any EPS, test the UUT with an EPS that meets the parameters specified by the UUT manufacturer and minimally complies with the applicable Federal energy conservation standard. The input voltage shall be within ±1 percent of the UUT manufacturer specified voltage.

EPA welcomes stakeholder input on this proposed amendment. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit any comments to computers@energystar.gov by July 1, 2022. All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Product Development website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

The exchange of ideas and information between EPA, industry, and other interested parties is critical to the success of ENERGY STAR. Materials associated with this amendment are posted to the ENERGY STAR Product Development website.

Please contact me at Fogle.Ryan@epa.gov or 202-343-9153 or John Clinger, ICF, at john.clinger@icf.com or (215) 967-9407 with questions or concerns about this amendment. For other computer related questions, please contact computers@energystar.gov.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Ryan Fogle
EPA Manager, ENERGY STAR for IT and Data Center Products

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR Draft Test Method for Computers

Contact Name: Ryan Fogle
Email: Fogle.Rya@epa.gov
Phone: 202 343-9153
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2022-05-12
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Room Air Cleaner Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder,
 
This letter serves to inform stakeholders that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated the ENERGY STAR Version 2.0 Room Air Cleaners Specification. This update, which takes effect upon publication of this letter, adds a testing option for purposes of dust and pollen Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) reporting. Specifically, for reporting measured dust CADR and pollen CADR performance values, the average of tests on three units of the same model may be used. No changes have been made to testing and reporting of results for smoke CADR performance. The revised text adding this testing option is highlighted in attachment. Table 1.

In addition, EPA added a clarifying statement to the requirement for ozone emitting models. This clarification explicitly allows the use of test results from a Nationally Recognized Test Laboratory (NRTL) measured per UL 867 Ed. 5.0 to be used to confirm that a model meets this requirement to prevent the need for retesting ozone emissions. See 3.2.1 in attachment.

These updates do not impact models currently certified as ENERGY STAR. The updated specification and related materials are available on the ENERGY STAR Room Air Cleaners Version 2.0 Specification Development webpage.

Please contact Park.Ga-Young@epa.gov or (202) 564-1085, or Emmy Feldman, ICF, at Emmy.Feldman@icf.com or (202) 862-1145, with any questions or concerns about the specification. For any other questions pertaining to Room Air Cleaners, please contact roomaircleaners@energystar.gov.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.
 
Best Regards,

Ga-Young Park
ENERGY STAR for Room Air Cleaners

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR Room Air Cleaners Final Version 2.0 Program Requirements (Rev. May 2022)

File attachments:
Contact Name: Ga-Young Park
Email: park.ga-young@epa.gov
Phone: 202-564-1085
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2022-04-26
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR partners and stakeholders, 

We are pleased to share with you a new report to Congress on the ENERGY STAR Program. This report highlights how the program has evolved and expanded since the 2009 realignment of responsibilities between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE). The joint report was written in response to a request from Congress to review the 2009 EPA-DOE Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Improving the Energy Efficiency of Products and Buildings and the extent to which expected efficiencies for ENERGY STAR home appliances have been achieved. EPA and DOE find that the realignment of roles that resulted from the 2009 MOU facilitated program improvements to the benefit of American consumers, ENERGY STAR partners, including the appliance industry, and the environment. These improvements include:

  • Nine ENERGY STAR appliance specification updates in order to keep product specifications up to date with a changing marketplace;
  • Two new appliance product categories – residential clothes dryers and commercial clothes washers to the program to expand savings opportunities for consumers;
  • The launch of the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient recognition program to highlight super-efficient products, including refrigerators, clothes washers, dishwashers, clothes dryers, room air conditioners, and dehumidifiers as part of an integrated effort to enable consumers to identify the top performing products;
  • Revised test procedures for home appliances that reflect advancements in the home appliance market;
  • Third-party certification to support the integrity of the ENERGY STAR label;
  • A sophisticated, consumer-oriented ENERGY STAR Product Finder tool that leverages a single, integrated database of product testing results;
  • Updated ENERGY STAR Products Program Strategy and Guiding Principles;
  • A more effective consumer education strategy integrated across all product categories and coordinated nationally throughout the year, as well as an evolution in the design of utility rebate programs (i.e., the ENERGY STAR Retail Products Platform).
  • The formalization of the product specification setting process into a standard operating procedure, providing additional transparency, clarity and increased stakeholder participation.

The ENERGY STAR Products Program has grown to include more than 75 product categories and to partner with 2,000 manufacturers, 1,850 retailers, 800 energy efficiency program administrators and others seeking to help consumers select products that can save them money and help protect the environment. Americans purchased more than 300 million products earning the ENERGY STAR label in 2018 with a market value of more than $100 billion. An average of 800,000 ENERGY STAR certified products was sold every day in 2018, bringing the total to more than 6 billion products sold since 1992.  Since its inception, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped American families and businesses save more than 4 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity and achieve over 3.5 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions, equivalent to the annual emissions of more than 750 million cars.

Thank you for the role you have played in the continued success of the ENERGY STAR program,

Ann Bailey, Chief
ENERGY STAR Products Labeling Branch

2022-04-26
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Light Commercial HVAC Brand Owner or Other Interested Party:

This letter serves to inform stakeholders that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated the ENERGY STAR Version 4.0 Light Commercial HVAC Specification.

As indicated in the March 28th release of the Version 4.0 specification, the Certified Cold Climate Light Commercial Heat Pumps energy efficiency criteria for Very Small CUHP Single Package and Split System, as well as Very Small VRF Air-Cooled Heat Pumps, required one additional stakeholder comment period until April 19. EPA received no comments on the cold climate proposal, and as a result, the criteria are unchanged in this revised final specification. The notebox in the previous version of the specification indicating the cold climate proposal was not yet finalized has now been removed and this update serves as notice that the full specification is final.

These Version 4.0 requirements will still be effective on January 1, 2023. The updated specification and related materials are available on the ENERGY STAR Light Commercial HVAC Specification Development webpage.

Please direct any questions to Abigail Daken, EPA, at daken.abigail@epa.gov or 202-343-9375, and Emmy Feldman, ICF, at emmy.feldman@icf.com or 202-862-1145. For test procedure inquiries, please contact Catherine Rivest, U.S. Department of Energy, at (202) 586-7335 or catherine.rivest@ee.doe.gov.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

Sincerely,

Abigail Daken, Product Manager
ENERGY STAR for HVAC

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR Light Commercial HVAC Version 4.0 Specification Rev. April 2022

Contact Name: Abigail Daken
Email: daken.abigail@epa.gov
Phone: 202-343-9375
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2022-04-20
Location: Washington DC
Description:

   Specification Updates

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regularly updates ENERGY STAR product specifications. For every specification, product performance data submissions from partners are foundational to the process. Proposed efficiency levels tend to be based on the performance of existing certified models and data offered by manufacturers and other stakeholders during the specification development process. Establishing requirements that reflect the performance of the highest efficiency models available sometimes requires going beyond the data at hand and anticipating the market. To this end, EPA relies on insights shared by stakeholders and partners to help the Agency anticipate important trends in the market. For more information, you can view EPA’s ENERGY STAR specification Standard Operating Procedure on Revising or Establishing an ENERGY STAR Product Specification.
 
The following information includes some helpful reminders as you prepare for upcoming specification changes and manage your inventory of ENERGY STAR certified products. For more information regarding the ENERGY STAR specification process or additional CFS equipment updates, visit www.energystar.gov/productdevelopment.  For milestones on these and other upcoming specification revisions in 2022, visit the ENERGY STAR Products Plan.
 
Recent and upcoming specification activities include:

  • ENERGY STAR Final Version 3.0 Water Coolers Final Specification

The ENERGY STAR Final Version 3.0 Specification was published on June 23, 2021, and became effective March 23, 2022. Any water cooler manufactured as of March 23, 2022, must meet Version 3.0 requirements to bear the ENERGY STAR mark. All certifications of products to the Version 2.0 specification will be invalid for purposes of ENERGY STAR certification and the ENERGY STAR Product Finder will only include models certified to Version 3.0. After March 23, 2022, products placed under new contracts as ENERGY STAR should be certified to the Version 3.0 specification. For more information, please contact CFS@energystar.gov

  • ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers Final Specification

The ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers Final Specification was published on March 22, 2022, and will become effective on December 22, 2022. ENERGY STAR certified commercial refrigerators and freezers under the Version 5.0 specification will offer consumers, on average, energy savings of up to 24 percent. This specification establishes updated performance levels for a subset of product classes previously in scope, expands scope to include service over the counter and chef base classes, and aligns with current industry test methods, terms, and definitions. If all commercial refrigerators and freezers sold in the United States were ENERGY STAR certified to Version 5.0, the energy cost savings would grow to more than $200 million each year and more than 5 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented. Please visit the Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers Specification Version 5.0 product development webpage to view all materials supportive of the specification revision process.  For more information, please contact CFS@energystar.gov

  • ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Commercial Ovens Final Specification

The ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Commercial Ovens Final Specification was published on April 12, 2022, and will become effective on January 12, 2023. ENERGY STAR certified commercial ovens under the Version 3.0 specification will offer users, on average, energy savings of up to 30 percent. This specification establishes updated performance levels for a subset of product categories previously in scope, expands scope to include large electric combination ovens (≤ 40 pans), small electric combination ovens (≥ 3 pans), small gas combination ovens (≥ 5 pans), and electric 2/3-size combination ovens (with a pan capacity ≥ 3 and ≤ 5), and newly proposed water consumption criteria for combination ovens in steam and convection modes during cooking periods. If all commercial ovens sold in the United States were ENERGY STAR certified to Version 3.0, the energy cost savings would grow to nearly $250 million each year and more than 4.5 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented. Please visit the Commercial Ovens Specification Version 3.0 product development webpage to view all materials supportive of the specification revision process. For more information, please contact CFS@energystar.gov.

  • Electric Cooktops Version 1 Draft 1

As a reminder, the ENERGY STAR Version 1.0 Commercial Electric Cooktop Discussion Guide was released on February 24, 2021. The discussion guide highlighted specific topics, including the scope and test methodology for electric cooktop technology, including commercial induction products, not currently covered under the ENERGY STAR program. EPA expects to release a Draft 1 of the specification in Q2 of 2022. This product development webpage will host future specification drafts, comments, data packages, and responses to comments. For more information, please contact CFS@energystar.gov.

2022-04-12
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Oven Partners and Other Interested Stakeholders:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to share the Final Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Commercial Ovens product specification. EPA would like to thank the many stakeholders who have invested time and resources to contribute feedback that has informed this specification revision process.

The Version 3.0 requirements will take effect on January 12, 2023. ENERGY STAR certified commercial ovens under the Version 3.0 specification will offer users, on average, energy savings of up to 30 percent. This specification establishes updated performance levels for a subset of product categories previously in scope, expands scope to include large electric combination ovens (≤ 40 pans), small electric combination ovens (≥ 3 pans), small gas combination ovens (≥ 5 pans), and electric 2/3-size combination ovens (with a pan capacity ≥ 3 and ≤ 5), and newly proposed water consumption criteria for combination ovens in steam and convection modes during cooking periods. If all commercial ovens sold in the United States were ENERGY STAR certified to Version 3.0, the energy cost savings would grow to nearly $250 million each year and more than 4.5 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented.

This specification was developed through a process that included release of two draft specifications and a final draft specification, two webinars, multiple stakeholder meetings, and additional input from various industry stakeholders including manufacturers, utilities, and affiliated groups. Stakeholder comments, previous drafts of the specification, and related supporting materials are available on the commercial ovens product development webpage. One last comment was received on the final draft in support of the specification and can be found on this webpage. No changes were made from the final draft to the final specification.

Timeline and Next Steps:

EPA shares partners’ desire for a smooth transition from one ENERGY STAR specification to the next, so that consumers can expect ENERGY STAR labeled products to fully meet the latest requirements upon their effective date. With this in mind, EPA has established the following timeline:

  • Effective immediately, manufacturers may elect to have their Certification Body (CB) certify their eligible products to the Version 3.0 requirements.
  • On August 29, 2022, CBs will be instructed to stop certifying new product submittals to Version 2.2. Note, however, that existing certifications will remain valid for purposes of ENERGY STAR certification until January 12, 2023.
  • Any commercial oven products manufactured as of January 12, 2023, must meet Version 3.0 requirements to bear the ENERGY STAR mark. All certifications of products to the Version 2.2 specification will be invalid for purposes of ENERGY STAR certification and CBs will only submit product models certified to Version 3.0 to EPA.

ENERGY STAR partnership as a manufacturer is limited to organizations that own and/or license a brand name under which they sell eligible products in the United States and/or Canada. Partnership is not available to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that do not sell directly to consumers or end users. OEMs may certify products on behalf of the ENERGY STAR brand owners/licensees; however, the brand owner must be the ENERGY STAR partner associated directly with the certified product models, since only partners are authorized to use the ENERGY STAR certification mark.

EPA thanks stakeholders who provided feedback during the specification revision process and looks forward to working with you as you certify and market your energy-efficient commercial ovens. If you have any questions or concerns about the specification or partnership process, please contact me at Crk.Tanja@epa.gov or 202-650-7522 and Adam Spitz at Adam.Spitz@icf.com or 916-231-7685 with questions or concerns. For any other commercial ovens related questions, please contact cfs@energystar.gov.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Tanja Crk, Product Manager
ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Commercial Ovens Final Specification
ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Commercial Ovens Final Data Package

Contact Name: Tanja Crk
Email: Crk.Tanja@epa.gov
Phone: 202-566-1037
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2022-03-31
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Computer Server Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder,

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching the development of the Version 4.0 ENERGY STAR Computer Server specification. This Discussion Guide highlights an initial list of priority areas for this specification revision, key questions for stakeholders, and next steps in the revision process. EPA looks forward to working with stakeholders to develop the Version 4.0 specification that will recognize efficiency gains in the computer server market. The deadline to provide comments on this Discussion Guide is May 6, 2022.

The Discussion Guide focuses on the following areas:

  • Updated and new definitions
  • Potential treatment of Storage “heavy” Servers
  • Revisions to the SERT tool
  • Internal Power Supply Efficiency  

Stakeholder suggestions on any other issues to be considered during the specification revision process are welcomed.

Comment Submittal
Stakeholders are encouraged to submit any comments to servers@energystar.gov by May 6, 2022. All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Product Development website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

Stakeholder Webinar
EPA will host a webinar to answer any questions on this discussion guide on April 19 from 1-3 PM Eastern Time. Please register here if you plan on attending.  

The exchange of ideas and information between EPA, industry, and other interested parties is critical to the success of ENERGY STAR. Specifications and meeting materials will be distributed via email and posted on the ENERGY STAR website. To track EPA’s progress on this specification, please visit the product development website.

Please contact me at Fogle.Ryan@epa.gov or 202-343-9153 or John Clinger at John.Clinger@icf.com or 215-967-9407 with questions or concerns. For any other computer server related questions, please contact servers@energystar.gov. Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Ryan Fogle
EPA Manager, ENERGY STAR for IT and Data Center Products

Enclosures
Discussion Guide

Contact Name: Ryan Fogle
Email: Fogle.Rya@epa.gov
Phone: 202 343-9153
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2022-03-28
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Oven Partners and Other Interested Stakeholders:

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing the ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Commercial Ovens Final Draft Specification, which includes revisions responsive to stakeholder feedback to Version 3.0 Draft 2.

EPA received written and verbal feedback since the Draft 2 was released. The Agency provides responses in two locations: note boxes throughout the Version 3.0 Final Draft specification and the Version 3.0 Draft 2 comment matrix. Though leading specification revisions are highlighted below, stakeholders are encouraged to review the details in all supporting materials to the product specification including the Version 3.0 Final Draft data package and Version 3.0 Draft 2 comment matrix.

Changes Reflected in Version 3.0 Final Draft
 

  • Criteria Levels: Based on the input provided by stakeholders in response to the proposed water consumption criteria for combination ovens in steam and convection modes during cooking periods, expressed in gallons per hour per pan (gal/hr/pan), the Agency has converted the units to gallons per pan (gal/pan). The specifics are outlined in the note boxes and Section 3.F. within the Final Draft specification.


Comment Submittal
EPA welcomes stakeholder input on the ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Commercial Ovens Final Draft Specification. Any final comments can be sent to cfs@energystar.gov by March 28, 2022.

All product specification drafts including supporting documents are posted to the ENERGY STAR Commercial Ovens Version 3.0 Product Development website. Submitted stakeholder comments are also posted to this webpage unless the submitter requests otherwise.

Please contact me at Crk.Tanja@epa.gov or 202-650-7522 and Adam Spitz, ICF, at Adam.Spitz@icf.com or 916-231-7685 for questions or concerns.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Tanja Crk, Product Manager
ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Commercial Ovens Final Draft Specification
ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Commercial Ovens Final Draft Data Package
ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Commercial Ovens Draft 2 Comment Matrix

Contact Name: Tanja Crk
Email: Crk.Tanja@epa.gov
Phone: 202-566-1037
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2022-03-28
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Light Commercial HVAC Brand Owner or Other Interested Party:

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to share the final ENERGY STAR Version 4.0 Light Commercial HVAC Specification with stakeholders. EPA would like to thank the many stakeholders who have invested time and effort to contribute feedback that has informed this specification revision process.

EPA revised this specification in response to the forthcoming increase in stringency of federal minimum efficiency requirements for HVAC equipment that will go into effect on January 1, 2023. As the 2023 requirements are more stringent than those posed by the current Version 3.1 specification, EPA sought to update the ENERGY STAR criteria for Light Commercial HVAC products in parallel.

Version 4.0 requirements will be effective on January 1, 2023. Light Commercial HVAC equipment certifying to ENERGY STAR under the Version 4.0 specification will offer a savings of more than 12% over a conventional model. If all Light Commercial HVAC products in the United States met these new requirements, the energy cost savings would grow to more than $3 billion each year and more than 125 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented.

This specification was developed through a process that included the release of two draft specifications. Stakeholder comments, previous drafts of the specification, and related materials are available on the ENERGY STAR Light Commercial HVAC Version 4.0 Specification Development webpage.

EPA received only one comment in response to the Final Draft specification, which supported the IEER levels for commercial unitary air conditioners (CUACs) and commercial unitary heat pumps (CUHPs) and supported recognition of cold climate performance for very small CUHPs. In addition, the comment urged EPA to consider several additional changes in future specifications, which are addressed in the “Considerations for Future Revisions” section of the final specification.  

EPA received no comments on the very small cold climate heat pump proposal, and we have included the criteria unchanged in the final specification. Given the difference between the first draft and the final draft for these criteria, EPA will wait until April 19 to consider them final. Any stakeholders with further comments may submit them to LCHVAC@energystar.gov until that time. All comments will be posted unless the submitter requests otherwise.

Timeline and Next Steps
EPA shares partners’ desire for a smooth transition from one ENERGY STAR specification to the next, so that consumers can expect ENERGY STAR labeled products to fully meet the latest requirements upon their effective date. With this in mind, EPA has established the following timeline:

  • Effective immediately, manufacturers may elect to have their Certification Body (CB) certify their eligible products to the Version 4.0 requirements.
  • As of August 15, 2022, CBs will be instructed to stop certifying new product submittals to Version 3.1. Note, however, that existing certifications will remain valid for purposes of ENERGY STAR qualification until January 1, 2023.
  • Any Light Commercial HVAC product manufactured as of January 1, 2023, must meet Version 4.0 requirements to bear the ENERGY STAR mark. All certifications of products to the Version 3.1 specification will be invalid for purposes of ENERGY STAR qualification and the product finder will only include models certified to Version 4.0.

ENERGY STAR partnership as a manufacturer is limited to organizations that own and/or license a brand name under which they sell eligible products in the United States and/or Canada. Partnership is not available to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that do not sell directly to consumers or end users. OEMs may certify products on behalf of the ENERGY STAR brand owners/licensees; however, the brand owner must be the ENERGY STAR partner associated directly with the certified product models, since only partners are authorized to use the ENERGY STAR certification mark.

Need for Amendment in the Next 12 Months
EPA expects to revisit this specification in the next 12 months but will avoid triggering recertification of products due to this amendment. Specifically, EPA expects to:

  • Consider updating the specification to reference a single test method and one set of criteria (SEER2, EER2, and HSPF2),
  • Review the criteria and revise the test method for small and large VRF products, based on anticipated DOE action, and
  • Add cold climate recognition for unitary products.

Please direct any questions to Abigail Daken, EPA, at daken.abigail@epa.gov or 202-343-9375, and Emmy Feldman, ICF, at emmy.feldman@icf.com or 202-862-1145. For test procedure inquiries, please contact Catherine Rivest, U.S. Department of Energy, at (202) 586-7335 or catherine.rivest@ee.doe.gov.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

Sincerely,
 Abigail Daken, Product Manager
ENERGY STAR for HVAC

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR Light Commercial HVAC Version 4.0 Specification

Contact Name: Abigail Daken
Email: daken.abigail@epa.gov
Phone: 202-343-9375
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2022-03-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR®  Water Coolers Stakeholders:
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to remind stakeholders that the effective date for the Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Water Coolers Program Requirements (finalized June 23rd, 2021) is March 23rd, 2022. On this date, only products certified to Version 3.0 and submitted by EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs) to EPA using the Version 3.0 web service will display on our list of certified models.
 
Please contact EPA at watercoolers@energystar.gov with any questions regarding the specification. CBs should direct questions concerning the submittal of Version 3.0 certified Water Coolers to Certification@energystar.gov.
 
Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.
 

2022-03-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Partners and Other Interested Stakeholders:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to share the Final Version 5.0 ENERGY STAR Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers product specification. EPA would like to thank the many stakeholders who have invested time and resources in an effort to contribute feedback that has informed this specification revision process.

The Version 5.0 requirements will become effective on December 22, 2022. ENERGY STAR certified commercial refrigerators and freezers under the Version 5.0 specification will offer consumers, on average, energy savings of up to 24 percent. This specification establishes updated performance levels for a subset of product classes previously in scope, expands scope to include service over the counter and chef base classes, and aligns with current industry test methods, terms, and definitions. If all commercial refrigerators and freezers sold in the United States were ENERGY STAR certified to Version 5.0, the energy cost savings would grow to more than $200 million each year and more than 5 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented.

This specification was developed through a process that included release of a discussion guide, a draft specification, and the final draft specification, three webinars, stakeholder meetings, and additional input from various industry stakeholders including manufacturers, utilities, and affiliated groups. Stakeholder comments, previous drafts of the specification, and related materials are available on the commercial refrigerators and freezers product development webpage.  

Comments received on the final draft and responses can be found in the accompanying comment response document. No changes were made from the final draft to the final specification that impact scope of eligible products or certification criteria under Sections 2 and 3, respectively. In response to a stakeholder request, EPA revised the ENERGY STAR definition for doors to include drawers. EPA has adopted Department of Energy’s (DOEs) definition for doors, which subsumes drawers, and includes it under Section 1.A.23. For additional clarity, the words ‘Doors or Drawers’ are removed from the chef base section in Table 1.  

Timeline and Next Steps:

EPA shares partners’ desire for a smooth transition from one ENERGY STAR specification to
the next, so that consumers can expect ENERGY STAR labeled products to fully meet the latest
requirements upon their effective date. With this in mind, EPA has established the following
timeline:

  • Effective immediately, manufacturers may elect to have their Certification Body (CB) certify their eligible products to the Version 5.0 requirements.
  • On August 6, 2022 CBs will be instructed to stop certifying new product submittals to Version 4.0. Note, however, that existing certifications will remain valid for purposes of ENERGY STAR certification until December 22, 2022.
  • Any commercial refrigeration products manufactured as of December 22, 2022, must meet Version 5.0 requirements to bear the ENERGY STAR mark. All certifications of products to the Version 4.0 specification will be invalid for purposes of ENERGY STAR certification and CBs will only submit product models certified to Version 5.0 to EPA.

ENERGY STAR partnership as a manufacturer is limited to organizations that own and/or license a brand name under which they sell eligible products in the United States and/or Canada. Partnership is not available to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that do not sell directly to consumers or end users. OEMs may certify products on behalf of the ENERGY STAR brand owners/licensees; however, the brand owner must be the ENERGY STAR partner associated directly with the certified product models, since only partners are authorized to use the ENERGY STAR certification mark.

EPA thanks stakeholders who provided feedback during the specification revision process and looks forward to working with you as you certify and market your energy-efficient commercial refrigerators and freezers. If you have any questions or concerns about the specification or partnership process, please contact me at Crk.Tanja@epa.gov or 202-650-7522 and Adam Spitz at Adam.Spitz@icf.com or 916-231-7685 with questions or concerns. For any other commercial refrigerators or freezers related questions, please contact cfs@energystar.gov.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

Best Regards,

  Tanja Crk, Product Manager
ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers Final Specification
ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers Final Draft Comment Matrix
ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers Final Data Packet
 

Contact Name: Adam Spitz
Email: Adam.Spitz@icfi.com
Phone: 916-231-7685
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2022-03-21
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR Partners and Industry Colleagues,

Greetings from ENERGY STAR

Building the Market for EV Chargers

Attention - Manufacturers of DC Fast Chargers

Completing Your Certification for “Connected” Recognition

2021 - Year of the EVs

What We've Been Up To

Contact List
The past year was filled with exciting announcements, and positive market trends for EV adoption and EV charging infrastructure growth. As we expand our efforts to increase awareness around the benefits of energy efficient EV charging, we’re celebrating the following accomplishments from 2021:  

  • EPA finalized the ENERGY STAR Version 1.1 Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) specification to include DC fast chargers up to 350 kW in scope.
  • We have been actively engaging with federal and state agencies and organizations to increase awareness and adoption of ENERGY STAR certified EV charging stations.
  • Our list of qualified products added several new EVSE manufacturers, including ABB and Electrify America, and now includes 28 leading manufacturers, for a total of more than 200 unique Level 1 and Level 2 AC models carrying the ENERGY STAR label.
  • We continue to engage with utilities across the country to increase awareness about the benefits of incorporating ENERGY STAR certified EV charging stations into their EV charging programs.

This newsletter provides a summary of these and other recent activities, and is a means to thank our partners for their participation and engagement in our efforts.
As always, please reach out to us at any time, either via evse@energystar.gov or the contacts listed at the end of this newsletter.

Sincerely,  
Peter Banwell

Building the Market for Certified EV Chargers 

Over the past several months, a number of utilities across the country have adopted ENERGY STAR certification as a requirement for participating in their rebate and incentive programs - highlighting energy efficiency and safety as key components of their programs.

Utility/Program Sponsor

State
AEP SWEPCO Louisiana, Texas
Public Service Company of Oklahoma Oklahoma
Potomac Edison Maryland
El Paso Electric Texas
Snohomish PUD Washington
Xcel Energy Minnesota
Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) New Mexico
Energy Trust of Oregon Oregon

In addition to utilities, EPA has been actively engaging with government agencies and organizations to increase awareness and share best practices related to ENERGY STAR certified EV charging stations. At the federal level, the General Services Administration (GSA) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office and Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), have incorporated  ENERGY STAR as procurement requirements for their programs (visit the GSA and FEMP websites to learn more how requirements were incorporated). Similarly, the state of Maryland Green Purchasing Committee has adopted language to require AC EV chargers purchased by the Department of Government Services to be ENERGY STAR certified, while incorporating future requirements for the purchase of certified DC fast chargers as they become commercially available. Finally, the USGBC has included points in their LEED v4.1 Building Design and Construction rating system to recognize ENERGY STAR certified chargers in new constructions and major renovations.

Attention - Manufacturers of DC Fast Chargers: 

If you have not already, it is time to begin the process of certifying DC EVSE to the ENERGY STAR DC EVSE specification! The DC EVSE requirements were finalized and in effect as of March 2021. The new requirements recognize the most efficient DC EV chargers on the market. The test method developed by EPA, with input from industry, accounts for product efficiency with numerous real-world variables, including charge rate, voltage, and temperature.

EPA has heard from manufacturers that are currently undergoing various stages of the certification process and a list of ENERGY STAR certified DC EVSE is expected to be available in Q2 2022.

ENERGY STAR certified DC EV chargers provide significant savings opportunities - but the benefits don't stop there!  Recent consumer studies have shown that the ENERGY STAR logo is one of the most highly recognized and influential symbols consumers look for when making sustainable purchases. Other studies have shown that co-branding with the ENERGY STAR label can lead to increased web traffic where the logo is displayed, and can result higher adoption of energy efficient practices and customer satisfaction over time.  Learn more at www.energystar.gov/partner_resources/awareness.

Utilities, states, and other organizations with infrastructure funding opportunities are interested in requiring and/or incentivizing ENERGY STAR certification for DC EVSE for participation in their programs. Certifying your DC EVSE now will demonstrate that your products are energy efficient, meet industry safety requirements, and ensure they can participate in programs that require ENERGY STAR.

In order to certify your DC charging stations, you will want to follow these steps (step #3 can be done simultaneously with #1 and #2):

  • Confirm you are eligible by reviewing the ENERGY STAR Partner commitments and product specifications
  • Complete a Partnership Application and Participation Form and send the forms to join@energystar.gov
  • Contact an EPA-recognized laboratory and certification body. Products must be certified by an EPA-recognized Certification Body (CB). There are two options for testing DC EVSE: In-house laboratory testing and testing in a third-party EPA-recognize laboratory. More information on both of these options can be found on slides 17-19 in this presentation. A list of currently recognized Labs and CBs, and their contact information can be found here.
  • Once the CB certifies a product, it will automatically be uploaded to the ENERGY STAR Qualified Product List (QPL).

Completing Your Certification for “Connected” Recognition

Utilities’ demand response programs are asking for networked EV chargers, and some are requiring that chargers meet EPA’s definition of “connected.”  For example, Snohomish Public Utility District No. 1 and the Energy Trust of Oregon have requirements.  To qualify for these incentives, manufacturers that had AC EV chargers certified as connected capable on the ENERGY STAR website will need to work with their certification body to update their listings to reflect if the charger meets our newly updated requirements.  Please contact us for more information on this process at evse@energystar.gov.
 
What steps must manufacturers take to ensure that products are listed as connected functionality capable (including those products previously certified as connected capable under Version 1.0)?

Check if your EVSE meets the updated connected criteria in Section 3.10 of the final specification

Ask your EPA-recognized certification body to update the listing 

Provide necessary documentation to the certification body to verify compliance

2021 – The Year of EVs

2021 was a breakthrough year for EVs, with several manufacturers announcing new EV models entering the market and big plans for vehicle electrification over the next decade.
Further, the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) secured $5 billion in formula funding for states with a goal to build a national charging network, and $2.5 billion for communities and corridors to support rural charging, and increase EV charging access in disadvantaged communities. 

With more EVs on U.S. roads, the benefits are becoming more compelling for a wider audience of manufacturers, policymakers, and drivers alike. Research studies and consumer data show that EV owners save on both fuel and vehicle maintenance costs, while contributing to significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, even after accounting for the emissions from electricity used for charging. 

You can learn more about EV savings and best practices for EV charging in the Ask the Experts ‘Tips on Electric Vehicles and Chargers with ENERGY STAR’ linked below.
 
ENERGY STAR Ask the Experts | Products

What We've Been Up To...
 
You may be interested in the following updated resources highlighting ENERGY STAR EV chargers:

ENERGY STAR EV Chargers – Sample Procurement Language

Additional Resources

Looking for rebates? Check out the EV incentive finder here.

2022-03-17
Location: Webinar
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® EVSE Brand Owner, Certification Body, or Other Interested Party:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, April 7, 2022, from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM Eastern to discuss the ENERGY STAR Version 1.1 EVSE connected functionality criteria. EPA encourages all EVSE brand owners and certification bodies to attend. Please register for the webinar here.

EPA released the Version 1.1 EVSE Specification on March 31, 2021. This specification includes all current criteria for both AC and DC EVSE, as well as optional connected functionality criteria in Section 3.10. These connected criteria seek to identify products that provide consumer amenity and grid services through connection to other systems. EVSE that comply with these criteria are identified on the ENERGY STAR website as being ‘Connected Capable’.

The connected criteria were updated in the Version 1.1 Specification with the intention of making this designation more useful to utilities and other organizations. The updated criteria largely built upon the criteria in Version 1.0, with the addition of more prescriptive product capabilities. As a result of the changes to these criteria, brand owners that previously had AC EVSE certified as connected capable on the ENERGY STAR website prior to March 2021 need to work with their certification body to update their listings to reflect if the charger meets the updated requirements.

Since March 2021, when the Version 1.1 Specification took effect, EPA has received a number of inquiries from utilities requesting a list of products that meet the connected criteria. Upon speaking with several manufacturers, EPA realized there may be some confusion regarding the criteria. As a result, EPA is hosting this webinar to review the requirements, answer stakeholder questions, and encourage brand owners to certify their products as ‘Connected Capable’.

All materials related to the Version 1.1 Specification development effort (stakeholder comments, previous drafts of the specification and test method, etc.) are available on the ENERGY STAR Version 1.1 EVSE Specification Development webpage.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

2022-03-15
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that 93 U.S. manufacturing plants earned the agency’s ENERGY STAR certification in 2022. ENERGY STAR certified plants are verified to be among the most energy-efficient plants within their industries. Together, they prevented more than 5 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from the industrial sector, which is responsible for nearly a third of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

"As these companies demonstrate, improving energy efficiency serves to confront climate change while strengthening our economy,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “Manufacturing plants that reduce energy consumption as part of the transition to a zero-emissions future save money and create the resiliency needed for the long-term health of their operations, our economy, and our planet.”

Thanks to their superior energy performance over a single year, these plants avoided nearly 90 trillion Btus of energy consumption and prevented emissions equal to the annual energy use of nearly 650,000 American homes. Since the first plants were certified in 2006, ENERGY STAR certified plants have cumulatively saved manufacturers more than $7 billion on energy bills when compared to average-performing facilities.

Energy efficiency cuts energy waste and is an essential action for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 for both the United States’ Long-Term Strategy and the sustainability of the manufacturing  sector. 

To assess energy performance, plants use EPA’s ENERGY STAR energy performance indicators (EPIs), or, in the case of petroleum refineries, the Solomon Associates Energy Intensity Index (Solomon-EII™) scoring system. Plants must score 75 or higher on these 100-point scales—indicating that they are more energy efficient than at least 75% of similar facilities nationwide—to be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification. ENERGY STAR certification is available for 20 manufacturing sectors, from cement and steel to glass and commercial bakeries.

All ENERGY STAR certified manufacturing plants in 2022:
*Represents first-time certification

Alabama:

Argos USA, Calera (cement manufacturing)

Georgia-Pacific, Brewton Containerboard & Bleached Board (integrated paper mill)*

Honda Development & Manufacturing of America, LLC, Lincoln (automobile assembly)

Honda Development & Manufacturing of America, LLC, Lincoln (automobile engine)

Tuscaloosa Organic Baking Co., LLC (commercial bread and roll baking)

Arizona:

Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc., Phoenix (commercial bread and roll baking)

CalPortland, Rillito (cement manufacturing)

Drake Cement, LLC, Paulden (cement manufacturing)

Holsum Bakery of Tolleson, LLC (commercial bread and roll baking)

Mesa Organic Baking Co., Inc. (commercial bread and roll baking)

Salt River Materials Group, Clarkdale (cement manufacturing)

Arkansas:

Flowers Baking Co. of Batesville, LLC (commercial bread and roll baking)

California:

Ardagh Glass Inc., Madera (container glass manufacturing)

Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc., Escondido (commercial bread and roll baking)

Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc., San Luis Obispo (commercial bread and roll baking)

Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc., Placentia (commercial bread and roll baking)*

Flowers Baking Co. of Modesto, LLC (commercial bread and roll baking)

J.R. Simplot Company, Helm (nitrogenous fertilizer)

Colorado:

GCC, Pueblo (cement manufacturing)

Mile Hi Companies, Denver (commercial bread and roll baking)

Rocky Mountain Bottle Company, Wheat Ridge (container glass manufacturing)*

Delaware:

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Newark (pharmaceutical)

Florida:

CEMEX USA, Miami (cement manufacturing)

Flowers Baking Co. of Bradenton, LLC (commercial bread and roll baking)*

Titan America LLC, Medley (cement manufacturing)

Georgia:

Honda Development & Manufacturing of America, LLC, Tallapoosa (automobile transmission)

Illinois:

Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Robinson (petroleum refining)

TreeHouse Foods, Inc., South Beloit (cookie & cracker baking)

Indiana:

General Motors Company, Roanoke (automobile assembly)

Honda Development & Manufacturing of America, LLC, Greensburg (automobile assembly)

Klosterman Baking Company, Morristown (commercial bread and roll baking)

PepsiCo, Indianapolis Gatorade Hotfill Facility (juice production)

Tate & Lyle, Lafayette (corn refining)

Iowa:

Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc., Dubuque (commercial bread and roll baking)

Koch Fertilizer Ft. Dodge, LLC (nitrogenous fertilizer)*

Kentucky:

Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc., London (commercial bread and roll baking)

TreeHouse Foods, Inc., Princeton (cookie & cracker baking)

Louisiana:

ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants, Baton Rouge (petroleum refining)

Flowers Baking Co. of New Orleans, LLC (commercial bread and roll baking)

Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Garyville (petroleum refining)

Maine:

Lepage Bakeries Park Street, LLC, Lewiston (commercial bread and roll baking)*

Michigan:

AbbVie, Wyandotte (pharmaceutical)

General Motors Company, Flint (automobile assembly)*

Minnesota:

Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc., Fergus Falls (commercial bread and roll baking)

Flint Hills Resources, Pine Bend (petroleum refining)

Lamb Weston/RDO Frozen, Park Rapids (frozen fried potato processing)

Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Saint Paul Park (petroleum refining)

Mississippi:

Georgia-Pacific, New Augusta (pulp mill)

North Carolina:

Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc., Gastonia (commercial bread and roll baking)

Nebraska:

Koch Fertilizer Beatrice, LLC (nitrogenous fertilizer)

New Jersey:

AbbVie, Branchburg (pharmaceutical)

Ardagh Glass Inc., Bridgeton (container glass manufacturing)

Nevada:

Flowers Baking Co. of Henderson, LLC (commercial bread and roll baking)

New York:

Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc., Olean (commercial bread and roll baking)

Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc., Auburn (commercial bread and roll baking)

TreeHouse Foods, Inc., Tonawanda (cookie & cracker baking)

Ohio:

Bimbo QSR Ohio, LLC. – Airport, Zanesville (commercial bread and roll baking)*

Bimbo QSR Ohio, LLC. – Eastpointe, Zanesville (commercial bread and roll baking)

Honda Development & Manufacturing of America, LLC, Anna (automobile engine)

Honda Development & Manufacturing of America, LLC, East Liberty (automobile assembly)

Honda Development & Manufacturing of America, LLC, Marysville (automobile assembly)

Honda Development & Manufacturing of America, LLC, Russells Point (automobile transmission)

Klosterman Baking Company, Cincinnati (commercial bread and roll baking)

Klosterman Baking Company, Springboro (commercial bread and roll baking)

Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Canton (petroleum refining)

Oklahoma:

Koch Fertilizer Enid, LLC (nitrogenous fertilizer)

Oregon:

Dave’s Killer Bread, Inc., Milwaukie (commercial bread and roll baking)

Pennsylvania:

Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc., Reading (commercial bread and roll baking)

O-I, Brockway (container glass manufacturing)*

Puerto Rico:

Merck & Co., Inc., Las Piedras (pharmaceutical)

South Carolina:

Argos USA, Harleyville (cement manufacturing)

South Dakota:

GCC, Rapid City (cement manufacturing)

Tennessee:

Beiersdorf North America, Cleveland (pharmaceutical)

Buzzi Unicem USA, Chattanooga (cement manufacturing)

Crown Bakeries, Dickson (commercial bread and roll baking)

Crown Bakeries, Nashville (commercial bread and roll baking)

Nissan North America, Decherd (automobile engine)

Nissan North America, Smyrna (automobile assembly)

Tate & Lyle, Loudon (corn refining)

Texas:

AbbVie, Waco (pharmaceutical)

ExxonMobil Fuel & Lubricants, Beaumont (petroleum refining)*

Flowers Foods, Inc., El Paso (commercial bread and roll baking)

Flowers Baking Co. of Houston, LLC (commercial bread and roll baking)

Flowers Baking Co. of Tyler, LLC (commercial bread and roll baking)

Utah:

Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc., Salt Lake City (commercial bread and roll baking)

TreeHouse Foods, Inc., Odgen (cookie & cracker baking)

Virginia:

Flowers Baking Co. of Norfolk, LLC (commercial bread and roll baking)

Titan America LLC, Troutville (cement manufacturing)

Washington:

Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc., Kent (commercial bread and roll baking)*

Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Anacortes (petroleum refining)

Wisconsin:

Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc., Milwaukee (commercial bread and roll baking)

Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc., La Crosse (commercial bread and roll baking)

Wyoming:

J.R. Simplot Company, Rock Springs (nitrogenous fertilizer)*

About the ENERGY STAR Industrial Program
Since 2006, the ENERGY STAR Industrial Program has annually certified manufacturing plants for performing within the top 25% of energy performance in their industries nationwide. More than 230 plants have achieved this distinction since 2006. For more information, see: ENERGY STAR plant certification. For a list of all certified plants, see: ENERGY STAR Certified Building and Plant Locator. To learn more about how EPA and industry work together, see: Industrial Energy Management.

About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations—including about 40 percent of the Fortune 500®—rely on their partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped American families and businesses avoid more than $450 billion in energy costs and achieve 4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions. More information about the impacts of ENERGY STAR can be found at: ENERGY STAR Impacts.

2022-03-09
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to share the 2022 ENERGY STAR Products Specification Development Plan. The ENERGY STAR Product Labeling Program identifies and promotes products that reduce greenhouse gas emissions by meeting the highest energy efficiency specifications across more than 75 product categories. Each year, EPA identifies ENERGY STAR product specifications that warrant revision. When resources allow, the Agency also considers new product categories to add to the portfolio. EPA weighs many considerations when flagging specifications for revision, including market penetration of ENERGY STAR certified models, changes in Federal minimum efficiency standards, and technological advancements. New product categories must deliver meaningful national savings while maintaining their intended performance and efficiency must be able to be tested and verified. 

In 2021, EPA completed revisions to ENERGY STAR specifications for residential water heaters, central air conditioning and air source heat pumps, water coolers, and small network equipment as well as expanded the scope in ENERGY STAR specifications for residential clothes washers and refrigerators, imaging equipment, and electric vehicle supply equipment. 

In 2022, EPA plans to make progress on revisions across 15 product types through its traditional open and transparent specification development process.  The Agency also plans to initiate specifications for two new product types. You will find the 2022 ENERGY STAR Products Specification Development Plan as well as Quarterly Updates to this plan on the ENERGY STAR Partner Resources page. 

Thank you for your support of ENERGY STAR.  If you have any questions about this plan, please contact me, Katharine Kaplan, at kaplan.katharine@epa.gov and (202) 343-9120.

Katharine Kaplan
Manager, ENERGY STAR Product Development and Program Admin

For more information, visit: www.energystar.gov

Contact Name: Katharine Kaplan
Email: kaplan.katharine@epa.gov
Phone: 202-343-9120
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2022-03-03
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Brand Owner or Other Interested Party:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing the final ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award criteria for a new 2022 product category: Adaptive Commercial Refrigeration Equipment. This award will recognize self-contained commercial refrigeration products using variable speed compressors with sensor-driven control systems capable of capacity modulation.

After reviewing input from stakeholders, EPA has maintained the criteria presented in the initial draft that EPA released on January 12th. All documents associated with the development of the Adaptive Commercial Refrigeration Equipment criteria can be found on the ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology for Industry Stakeholders webpage.

Award Application Process
Manufacturers with products that meet the award criteria may immediately begin submitting the necessary documentation to emergingtech@energystar.gov for EPA review. Award-winning products will be recognized upon determination that all award criteria have been satisfied. Note that multiple products are eligible for the award. All recognized, award-winning products will be listed on energystar.gov at Adaptive Commercial Refrigeration Equipment.

2021 Residential Induction Cooking Tops Category
This letter also serves as notice that EPA is extending recognition of the 2021 award category – Residential Induction Cooking Tops – into 2022. No changes to the criteria have been made for 2022. The performance criteria and list of award-winning products can be found at Residential Induction Cooking Tops.

If you have any questions about either award, the criteria development process, or marketing and promotion of award-winning products, please contact me, Peter Banwell, at banwell.peter@epa.gov and (202) 343-9408, or Emmy Feldman at emmy.feldman@icf.com and (202) 862-1145.

Sincerely,

Peter Banwell
Senior Manager, ENERGY STAR Product Marketing

Enclosures:
Final Criteria for Adaptive Commercial Refrigeration Equipment
 

Contact Name: Emmy Feldman
Email: Emmy.Feldman@icf.com
Phone: 202-862-1145
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2022-03-03
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Light Commercial HVAC Brand Owner or Other Interested Party:

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to present the ENERGY STAR Version 4.0 LCHVAC Final Draft specification for stakeholder review. While most elements of the specification will be finalized promptly, there are a few that will require additional review and thus will be completed in the near future, as noted below and in note boxes in the specification. Stakeholders may submit comments to EPA on this Final Draft no later than March 3.

Background
EPA is revising this specification in response to the forthcoming increase in stringency of federal minimum efficiency requirements for HVAC equipment that will go into effect on January 1, 2023. As the 2023 requirements are more stringent than those posed by the Version 3.1 specification, it is critical that the ENERGY STAR criteria for LCHVAC products receive an update in parallel. EPA therefore intends for Version 4.0 to take effect by January 1, 2023.

Need for amendment in the next 12 months
In several areas noted below EPA will need to revisit this specification in the next 12 months. EPA will seek to avoid triggering recertification of products due to future amendments.

Summary of Changes from Draft 1
EPA appreciates the thoughtful comments and extensive discussions on Draft 1 from a variety of stakeholders. Given new insight arising from these interactions, EPA has made extensive updates to the proposal from the Draft 1. There is more information on these and other changes in note boxes throughout the specification as well as in the comment response document.

  • Very Small Unitary and VRF products: EPA appreciates stakeholder support for including these products within the scope of this specification. We have updated the proposal to align with the ENERGY STAR Version 6.1 Central Air Conditioner and Heat Pump specification requirements and have provided equivalent criteria in terms of both SEER, EER, and HSPF, and SEER2, EER2, and HSPF2. We have clarified that manufacturers may use either set of criteria (and the associated test methods) for certification to Version 4.0. In the next 12 months, in response to DOE actions, EPA will consider updating the specification to reference a single test method.
  • Small and Large Commercial Unitary Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps: EPA has revised the proposed IEER, EER, and COP at 47°F requirements in light of new information about changes in the market by the time this specification is effective in 2023. In addition, many stakeholders provided feedback about how levels relate to each other for sub-classes of equipment, and EPA took this into account in this proposal. The updated criteria reflect the balance of energy savings, product cost, and product availability that EPA recognizes with the ENERGY STAR mark.
  • Gas/Electric Packaged Units: Amid uncertainty about how much savings capacity adjustment can provide for commercial equipment, EPA has eased the gas efficiency proposal to require at least two stages of heating, one of which can be the compressor-based heating a heat pump provides.
  • Small and Large VRF Products: The proposed levels have been adjusted slightly to reflect feedback about the additional challenge large systems face meeting EER requirements, and to allow synergy with other entities on cold climate recognition (see below). EPA anticipates reviewing the levels for these products and revising the test method in the next 12 months based on anticipated DOE action.
  • Cold Climate Recognition: The proposed criteria have been revised extensively based on conversations with a variety of stakeholders. The criteria reflect a conclusion that COP at low ambient temperature is more important than capacity for VRF systems, and capacity maintenance is more important for unitary systems.

Accordingly, capacity maintenance has been removed from the VRF criteria. In addition, the proposal has been adjusted to align more closely with products advertised by manufacturers and proven in the field as capable of cold climate performance, providing purchasers the best balance of affordability and efficiency. To this end, EPA has reduced COP requirements at 47°F and removed EER requirements. In addition, we have raised IEER with the understanding that products meeting other requirements for recognition will also meet this IEER. However, if a lower IEER requirement would allow less expensive units that also have excellent low ambient performance to enter the market, EPA may consider using the Draft 1 IEER requirement. EPA welcomes feedback on this point. Overall, this proposal will also allow better synergy with the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) cold climate VRF specification, as drafted.

We have decided to delay cold climate recognition for unitary products in order to consider possible levels more thoroughly without delaying finalization of the rest of the specification. In addition, several other entities are working on cold climate specifications for unitary equipment, and this will allow coordination with them. EPA expects to add criteria within a year.

For very small units, EPA proposes alignment with the cold climate criteria in the ENERGY STAR Version 6.1 Central Air Conditioner and Heat Pump specification. Demonstration of low ambient performance would ideally be the same as in that specification as well, however, the misalignment of test method timing makes that challenging. We have referenced the proposed B1 amendment and propose allowing a second pathway to demonstrate low ambient performance relying on the equivalency with residential models (single phase) recognized as cold climate heat pumps. The proposed DOE regulation already accounts for using tests of single-phase units to derive ratings of equivalent 3-phase models for rated values, so adding this path for the low ambient performance should allow recognition with minimal test burden. We expect to finalize these criteria slightly after the rest of the specification, and thus welcome stakeholder feedback on this proposal until March 24.
Comment Submittal Process
Any stakeholder that wishes to provide feedback on this proposal may submit written comments for EPA consideration to LCHVAC@energystar.gov by March 3. Comments on cold climate criteria for very small units will be accepted until March 24. All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR LCHVAC Product Development website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

Please direct any questions to Abigail Daken, EPA, at daken.abigail@epa.gov or 202-343-9375, and Emmy Feldman, ICF, at emmy.feldman@icf.com or 202-862-1145. For test procedure inquiries, please contact Catherine Rivest, U.S. Department of Energy, at (202) 586-7335 or Catherine.Rivest@ee.doe.gov.

Sincerely,

Abigail Daken, Product Manager
ENERGY STAR for HVAC

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR Light Commercial HVAC Version 4.0 Final Draft Specification
ENERGY STAR Light Commercial HVAC Version 4.0 Draft 1 Comment Response Document
ENERGY STAR Light Commercial HVAC Version 4.0 Data Package

Contact Name: Abigail Daken
Email: daken.abigail@epa.gov
Phone: 202-343-9375
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2022-02-03
Location: Washington DC
Description:

ENERGY STAR Partners and Interested Stakeholders,

Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the launch of the ENERGY STAR Home Upgrade, a series of high-impact, efficient electric home improvements that can be made as equipment needs to be replaced. Designed to ensure clean and energy efficient technologies are within reach of every American home, the ENERGY STAR Home Upgrade provides the market with a tangible, credible framework that is flexible enough to offer a promising formula for success.

A central resource for this new initiative is an interactive web-tool that lays out the value of an ENERGY STAR Home Upgrade and helps consumers navigate the process with buying guidance, information on financial incentives, and links to qualified contractors. To learn more about the ENERGY STAR Home Upgrade interactive web-tool, visit https://www.energystar.gov/homeupgrade

EPA introduced the ENERGY STAR Home Upgrade during last year’s ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting through a series of webinars. The first, “The ENERGY STAR Home Upgrade (Part 1 of 3): An Overview”, introduced the ENERGY STAR Home Upgrade and provided an in-depth look at associated tools and resources, including the ENERGY STAR Home Upgrade web tool.  The second webinar, “The ENERGY STAR Home Upgrade (Part 2 of 3): Making the ESHU Work for You” focused on why ENERGY STAR partners should leverage this new initiative to achieve deep reductions in energy use. The third and final webinar in the series, “The ENERGY STAR Home Upgrade (Part 3 of 3): Scaling the Home Energy Upgrade: How Can We Get There Equitably?”, brought together innovators and change makers in the field of energy efficiency financial tools to share insights on ways we can reach all Americans. All three webinars are available on the ENERGY STAR Products Webinar Series web page.

EPA looks forward to working with our partners to make the ENERGY STAR Home Upgrade a success! If you’d like to discuss or learn more about this exciting new initiative, please contact Dan Lawlor at Lawlor.Daniel@epa.gov. Thank you for your support of ENERGY STAR. 

 

2022-01-20
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® TV Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder:

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to share the ENERGY STAR Final Version 9.0 TVs Specification. EPA would like to thank the many stakeholders who have invested time and effort to contribute feedback that has informed this specification revision process.

Version 9.0 requirements will become effective on October 20, 2022. Televisions certifying for ENERGY STAR under the Version 9.0 specification will offer consumers a savings of more than 34% over a conventional model. This specification:

  • Requires use of the ANSI/CTA-2037-C test method which utilizes camera equipment to measure light averaged across the entire screen during dynamic video play, resulting in a new metric called Dynamic Luminance
  • Establishes performance-based criteria to encourage more efficient product design through the adoption of efficient components (e.g., LEDs, films, power supplies, etc.) and energy saving features (e.g., local dimming)
  • Evaluates TV performance in three different preset picture settings
  • Evaluates standby power in a more typical network environment (e.g., multicast traffic on the network) and with smart wake features enabled to encourage efficient integration with smart speakers and mobile device casting applications

If all televisions in the United States met these new requirements, the energy cost savings would grow to more than $1.8 billion each year and more than 27 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented.

This specification was developed through a process that included release of three draft specifications and one limited topic proposal, along with multiple stakeholder meetings and input from stakeholders. Stakeholder comments, previous drafts of the specification, and related materials are available on the ENERGY STAR Televisions Version 9.0 Specification Development webpage.

EPA received several stakeholder comments in response to the Final Draft specification:

  • Several stakeholders supported the Version 9.0 requirements, noting that the updated criteria will be more representative of average consumer use of the latest television technology. Specifically, stakeholders supported the revised HCR definition and alignment with the ANSI/CTA-2037-C test method.
  • One stakeholder suggested reviewing additional HCR model data to determine if the HCR adjustment factor should be reduced. EPA reviewed the full data set of 12 HCR models, which demonstrated a 25% pass rate of HCR-capable TVs. Based on this data, EPA believes the adjustment factor reflects the intention to recognize the top-performing HCR models.
  • A stakeholder proposed the use of weighted On Mode metrics that factor in the typical usage of each preset picture setting based on recent survey data. EPA appreciates this additional information and understands the merits of this suggestion to improve representativeness of how the TV is being used. However, this suggestion warrants further research and investigation. EPA included this in the Considerations for Future Revisions section of the specification.

EPA also summarizes these comments and the Agency’s responses in the enclosed comment response document. EPA has made modest clarifying edits to the final specification to ensure consistency with the final ANSI/CTA-2037-C test method.

Timeline and Next Steps
EPA shares partners’ desire for a smooth transition from one ENERGY STAR specification to the next, so that consumers can expect ENERGY STAR labeled products to fully meet the latest requirements upon their effective date. With this in mind, EPA has established the following timeline:

  • Effective immediately, manufacturers may elect to have their Certification Body (CB) certify their eligible products to the Version 9.0 requirements.
  • As of June 2, 2022, CBs will be instructed to stop certifying new product submittals to Version 8.0. Note, however, that existing certifications will remain valid for purposes of ENERGY STAR qualification until October 20, 2022.
  • Any television manufactured as of October 20, 2022, must meet Version 9.0 requirements to bear the ENERGY STAR mark. All certifications of products to the Version 8.0 specification will be invalid for purposes of ENERGY STAR qualification and the product finder will only include models certified to Version 9.0.

ENERGY STAR partnership as a manufacturer is limited to organizations that own and/or license a brand name under which they sell eligible products in the United States and/or Canada. Partnership is not available to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that do not sell directly to consumers or end users. OEMs may certify products on behalf of the ENERGY STAR brand owners/licensees; however, the brand owner must be the ENERGY STAR partner associated directly with the certified product models, since only partners are authorized to use the ENERGY STAR certification mark.

Please contact me at (202) 564-8538 or Kwon.James@epa.gov, or Emmy Feldman at (202) 862-1145 or Emmy.Feldman@icf.com, with questions.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

Best Regards, James Kwon, EPA Product Manager

ENERGY STAR for Consumer Electronics

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR Final Version 9.0 Televisions Specification
ENERGY STAR Final Version 9.0 Televisions Data Package
ENERGY STAR Version 9.0 Televisions Final Draft Specification Comment Response Document

Contact Name: Emmy Feldman
Email: Emmy.Feldman@icf.com
Phone: 202-862-1145
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2022-01-19
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Data Center Storage Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder,

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing the amendments to the ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage specification, which expands the marketing requirements for data center storage products. Products certified to Version 2.0 will not need to be retested to maintain their ENERGY STAR certification.

EPA did not receive any formal comments in response to the Draft Version 2.1 amendment. As such, the criteria remain unchanged in the final amended specification. With the new requirements included in Version 2.1, customers will be able to consistently access key efficiency information for ENERGY STAR products from brand owner websites including which family members are ENERGY STAR certified, what COMs are made available for the product, and the minimum power supply that is provided with the product. EPA notes that while currently certified products will not need to be retested to maintain their ENERGY STAR certification, EPA strongly encourages partners to make this information available for currently certified products as soon as possible.

Please contact me at Fogle.Ryan@epa.gov or 202-343-9153 or John Clinger, ICF, at John.Clinger@icf.com or (215) 967-9407 with questions or concerns. For any other Data Center Storage related questions, please contact storage@energystar.gov. Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,
Ryan Fogle
EPA Manager, ENERGY STAR for IT and Data Center Products

For more information, visit: www.energystar.gov

Contact Name: Ryan Fogle
Email: Fogle.Rya@epa.gov
Phone: 202 343-9153
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2022-01-19
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers Partners and Other Interested Stakeholders:

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing the ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers Final Draft Specification, which includes revisions responsive to stakeholder feedback to Version 5.0 Draft 1.

EPA received feedback via written feedback and during a webinar hosted on September 1, 2021. The Agency provides responses in two locations: note boxes throughout the Version 5.0 Final Draft specification and the Draft 1 comment matrix. Though leading specification revisions are highlighted below, stakeholders are encouraged to review the details in all supporting materials to the product specification including the Version 5.0 Final Draft data package and Version 5.0 Draft 1 comment matrix.

Changes Reflected in Version 5.0 Final Draft

  • Definitions: For further clarification on eligible equipment, EPA has proposed the addition of the following new definitions in the Final Draft Version 5.0 specification:
    • Undercounter
    • Worktop
  • Criteria Levels: In light of improvements to our Vertical Closed Solid Self-Contained Low Temperature (VCS.SC.L) dataset, which now excludes LAPT and discontinued models, EPA has included less stringent criteria for these classes in the Final Draft. In addition, the Chef Base Self-Contained Medium (CB.SC.M) dataset and the Chef Base Self-Contained Low Temperature (CB.SC.L) dataset now include additional models that were not available during Draft 1 development. In light of this new data, the criteria for both CB.SC.M and CB.SC.L have been eased from the criteria proposed in Draft 1.
  • Test Methods: Stakeholders affirmed that chef bases may be tested using 10 CFR Part 431 Subpart C Appendix B.


Comment Submittal
EPA welcomes stakeholder input on the ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers Final Draft Specification. Any final comments can be sent to cfs@energystar.gov by February 16, 2022. EPA will accept additional data for preparation tables and buffet tables beyond this deadline and encourage stakeholders to use the previously issued data assembly template for these categories.

All product specification drafts including supporting documents are posted to the ENERGY STAR Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers Version 5.0 Product Development website. Submitted stakeholder comments are also posted to this webpage unless the submitter requests otherwise.

Please contact me at Crk.Tanja@epa.gov or 202-650-7522 and Adam Spitz, ICF, at Adam.Spitz@icf.com or 916-231-7685 for questions or concerns.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Tanja Crk, Product Manager
ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers Final Draft Specification
ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers Final Draft Data Packet

Contact Name: Tanja Crk
Email: Crk.Tanja@epa.gov
Phone: 202-566-1037
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2022-01-06
Location: Wahington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Residential Dishwasher Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder,
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to share the ENERGY STAR Version 7.0 Residential Dishwasher Draft 2 specification. EPA encourages stakeholders to provide comments on this draft via email to appliances@energystar.gov by February 24, 2022. There will be a webinar on February 16, 2022 to discuss this Draft 2 specification. The comment period has been extended to accommodate webinar scheduling.
 
EPA appreciates stakeholders’ feedback on the Draft 1 specification. EPA’s responses to stakeholder feedback are reflected in the accompanying Draft 1 Comment Response Matrix. Highlights of key changes in the Draft 2 specification are summarized below, and the rationale for these proposed changes are discussed in note boxes throughout the specification.

First, EPA is maintaining the proposed revisions to the minimum energy and water efficiency requirements for residential dishwashers proposed in Draft 1. The current ENERGY STAR market share is near 100%, which showcases the need for more stringent criteria for the program to recognize leadership products in efficiency.

Additionally, instead of referencing cleaning index as part of the specification’s scope, and in light of DOE’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the test procedure for dishwashers, EPA is including the per-cycle cleaning index for the normal cycle for ENERGY STAR certification. The inclusion of the per-cycle cleaning index is consistent with EPA’s commitment to ensuring that the label is associated with products that deliver energy efficiency without compromising performance.

While EPA continues to support the connected criteria for ENERGY STAR certified dishwashers, EPA is removing the connected adder to the maximum for Annual Energy Consumption for demand response capable residential dishwashers. EPA believes the consumer value of connected appliances remains and that the market will reward the best implementations. Further, with diminishing returns for efficiency for dishwashers, providing a connected adder is not in the best interest of the consumer. 
 
Stakeholders are requested to provide any comments on the Version 7.0 Draft 2 specification no later than February 24, 2021. Please send comments via e-mail to appliances@energystar.gov. All comments received will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Residential Dishwashers Version 7.0 Specification Development webpage, unless the submitter specifically requests that his or her comments remain confidential.
 
Please contact Ga-Young Park, EPA, at Park.Ga-Young@epa.gov or (202) 564-1085, or Steve Leybourn, ICF, at Steve.Leybourn@icf.com or (202) 862-1566, with any questions or concerns about the specification. Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.
 
Best Regards,

Ga-Young Park
Product Manager for Appliances
ENERGY STAR for Residential Dishwashers

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR Residential Dishwashers Version 7.0 Draft 2 Specification
ENERGY STAR Residential Dishwashers Version 7.0 Draft 1 Comment Response Matrix

2022-01-05
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® CAC/HP Brand Owner or Other Interested Party:

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is sharing the final ENERGY STAR Central Air Conditioner and Heat Pump Version 6.1 specification. As amended, the specification supports more effective deployment of the ENERGY STAR label for central AC and heat pumps, in light of additional information stakeholders shared. 

EPA received several comments on the Version 6.1 Draft and has adjusted the amendment in response. A summary of comments and responses is available in the comment response matrix. In particular:

  • EPA is retaining the EER2 requirements as outlined in Version 6.0, preserving both the simplicity of the specification and the peak demand benefits that are important to stakeholders in warmer regions.
  • Based on information about new, lower cost, variable speed split systems entering the market, EPA will not require units to meet the installation criteria for certification. Instead, the Agency will distinguish combinations that meet the criteria on the ENERGY STAR product finder, similar to the “connected” designation.  EPA remains convinced that air conditioners and heat pumps that provide aid to installers and raters are needed in the market, but seeks to avoid disadvantaging new variable speed units at this critical time for the advancement of that technology.  While we have retained the term “installation criteria” for the specification, we intend to work with stakeholders to identify a more appropriate term to identify the units that offer these features for consumers and installers.
  • In addition, the installation criteria have been further clarified based on a series of very helpful detailed conversations with brand owners. In residential use, it is not expected that cooling will be needed with outdoor temperatures under 65ºF (relevant to requirement a).  Furthermore, defrost mode need not be tested in addition to other tests (relevant to requirement f). Lastly, EPA has updated language about the test mode (requirement d) to reflect that the maximum speed may not be the most appropriate for testing particularly in units with “boost” capability.

Products certified from this point forward should use Version 6.1.

All materials related to the Version 6.1 specification development process are available on EPA’s ENERGY STAR Version 6 CAC/HP product development page. Please direct any specific questions to Abigail Daken at EPA, Daken.Abigail@epa.gov or 202-343-9375 and Morganne Blaylock at ICF, morganne.blaylock@icf.com or 202-862-2952. Please direct questions about test methods to Catherine Rivest at DOE, Catherine.Rivest@ee.doe.gov or 202-586-7335.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Abigail Daken
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
ENERGY STAR HVAC Program
 

2021-12-20
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Central Air Conditioner and Air Source Heat Pump Stakeholders:
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to remind stakeholders that as of January 1, 2022, EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs) are required to cease certification of new Central Air Conditioners and Air Source Heat Pumps to the Version 5.0 specification and may only certify Central Air Conditioners and Air Source Heat Pumps to the Version 6.0 specification. EPA also expects the Version 6.1 specification (modified in light of new market information) to be available in early January, at which time new products should be certified to that version. Certification bodies may continue submitting administrative modifications to existing Central Air Conditioners and Air Source Heat Pumps certifications to the Version 5.0 specification until January 1, 2023. After this date, only Central Air Conditioners and Air Source Heat Pumps certified to the Version 6.0 specification will appear on the ENERGY STAR website and certified products list.

CBs must notify EPA by December 31, 2021 of models certified to Version 5.0, but not yet submitted to EPA, along with information on when data will be submitted. Failure to do so will result in QPX blocking submissions of these products to EPA.

Please contact EPA at cacashp@energystar.gov with any questions regarding the specification. CBs should direct questions concerning the submittal of certified Central Air Conditioner and Air Source Heat Pumps to Certification@energystar.gov.

2021-12-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Small Network Equipment Stakeholders:
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to remind stakeholders that as of January 13, 2022, EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs) are required to cease certification of new small network equipment (SNE) products to the Version 1.0 specification. Certification bodies may continue submitting administrative modifications to existing small network equipment (SNE) product certifications to the Version 1.0 specification until July 13, 2022. Brand owners must stop using the ENERGY STAR name and ENERGY STAR mark in association with all small network equipment (SNE) products on and after July 13, 2022.

Additionally, no new promotional materials for small network equipment (SNE) products (printed and electronic) that use the ENERGY STAR mark may be produced after January 13, 2022. Brand owners are permitted to use up existing printed material, including packaging, to minimize waste. 

Please reference EPA's Small Network Equipment Products Sunset Decision Memo for more details, and contact EPA at networking@energystar.gov with any questions regarding the specification. 

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

2021-12-13
Location: Washington DC
Description:

SHEMS News: First Certification & More

ENERGY STAR SHEMS First Certification

Congratulations to Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) for being the first to successfully complete the ENERGY STAR Smart Home Energy Management Systems certification process! The first ENERGY STAR SHEMS partner is bringing innovative energy saving smart home technology to 200 Baltimore Gas and Electric customers through their Connected Home and Small Business Demonstration, a 2020-2021 pilot study in Annapolis. Their platform gives users tools to control lights, thermostats, and outlets for energy savings. Learn more at about BGE’s ENERGY STAR SHEMS package through the ENERGY STAR Qualified Product List (QPL). You can learn more about their program by contacting BGE’s Sam duPont at samuel.dupont@bge.com.

-SHEMS RESOURCES

“BGE is proud to be a leader in showing how our industry can optimize AMI network investments and smart technology to provide our customers with cutting edge tools that allow a greater degree of control over their energy usage and costs.”
-Alex Núñez, BGE senior vice president of Strategy & Regulatory Affairs

Your System May Be Close to a SHEMS! Can Your System . . .

1.Control an ENERGY STAR certified Smart Thermostat?

2.Control either a smart light switch (standby power ≤ 0.5 W) that can report energy, or an ENERGY STAR certified smart lighting product?

3.Connect to a smart plug, outlet, power strip, home energy monitor, smart breaker panel, or other device (standby power ≤ 1.0 W) that controls miscellaneous loads or reports circuit-level energy use data?

4.Control a smart water heater add-on controller?

5.Detect room, apartment, or home occupancy based on a non-battery-powered occupancy sensor (may be integrated in other devices) or with two battery operated occupancy detectors?

6.Provide energy saving tips?

7.Report estimated or actual energy use of connected devices in a dwelling to the user?

8.Perform a demand response event on at least one smart device?

9.Allow a user to integrate with a utility time of use program?

10.Aggregate 6 months of system data from ≥ 30 installations with devices from questions 1-3?

Ready to take the next step? Visit our SHEMS for Partners page to learn more. Contact smarthomesystems@energystar.gov to learn more.

NEWS YOU CAN USE

Interest in smart home devices to save energy on the rise amidst pandemic

According to Parks Associates data, 20% of US broadband households report that COVID-19 has increased their interest in smart energy solutions that can help them manage their energy use, cost, and comfort. Forty-three percent of US broadband multifamily households owned at least one smart home device in 2020. This reflects a nearly 50% increase since 2019, likely driven by increasing consumer interest and the advantages of smart home technology to building managers looking to save energy. Read more 

Likewise, 34% of single-family households have installed at least one smart home device, with 23% owning 3 or more devices. Read more

Energy is top of mind for likely smart home adopters

A recent E Source survey found that residents of single-family homes of ages 18-34 are most likely to purchase smart home devices in the coming year. These customers are most interested in smart technologies that provide energy insights, savings, home security improvements, and automation. Read more.

ENERGY STAR SHEMS On The (Virtual) Road

Taylor Jantz-Sell, U.S. EPA, was featured in an Executive Spotlight as part of the Parks Associates 2021 Smart Energy Summit. The Q&A was part of the “Energy Management Platforms: Accelerating Growth” track of the summit. Check out the session recap here.

Taylor Jantz-Sell also presented on the ENERGY STAR SHEMS Program in the 2021 National Home Performance Conference’s “Smart on Smart Workshop: Products, People, Policy and Possibilities.” 

 

RECOGNIZED SHEMS CERTIFICATION BODIES

Looking forward to helping our future get energy smart together! Have SHEMS insights to share from a pilot or research? Please contact SmartHomeSystems@energystar.gov or Taylor Jantz-Sell at jantz-sell.taylor@epa.gov.

2021-12-02
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Data Center Storage Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder,

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is sharing proposed changes to the Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage Specification, which expands the marketing requirements for data center storage products. EPA welcomes stakeholder input on this proposal, which will be reflected in a Version 2.1 specification once final. These proposed changes will apply to products certified after Version 2.1 is finalized. While currently certified products will not need to be retested to maintain their ENERGY STAR certification, EPA strongly encourages partners to make this information available for currently certified products as soon as possible.

EPA has engaged with stakeholders since the release of the Version 2.0 Data Center Storage specification regarding the verification procedures for this uniquely complicated product type. Recognizing that operators have access to real-time power and temperature data from each product via Data Center Information Management (DCIM) software, this allows them to manage IT hardware and observe when individual units fall outside of expected operating parameters. EPA has concluded that the presence of this DCIM software combined with certification data provides a high level of transparency regarding performance. EPA has also learned that there would be benefit in providing customers with additional information on ENERGY STAR products. In many cases, key efficiency information is missing from brand owner websites or not provided to customers. As such, EPA will require that product websites clearly indicate those elements of the product family that are ENERGY STAR certified, what COMs are made available for the product, and the minimum power supply that is provided with the product. EPA believes these pieces of information will allow stakeholders to provide more transparency to their customers. Discussions with stakeholders and a review of the market affirm that no other changes to this specification are warranted at this time. This requirement is noted in Section 3.5.8 excerpted below. 
 

3.5.8  Report the web link to the following product information made clearly visible on partner primary marketing and/or product summary websites:

            i. Identification of configurations within a model line that are included in the ENERGY STAR certified product family;
            ii. COMs available for the product;
            iii. Minimum power supply efficiency offered within the product family (preferably as an 80 Plus equivalent statement).


Stakeholders may submit any comments on this Version 2.1 specification to storage@energystar.gov by December 16, 2021. All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Product Development website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

The exchange of ideas and information between EPA, industry, and other interested parties is critical to the success of ENERGY STAR. Specifications and meeting materials will be distributed via email and posted on the ENERGY STAR website. To track EPA’s progress on this specification, please visit the data center storage product development website.

Please contact me at Fogle.Ryan@epa.gov or 202-343-9153 or John Clinger, ICF, at John.Clinger@icf.com or (215) 967-9407 with questions or concerns. For any other Data Center Storage related questions, please contact storage@energystar.gov. Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Ryan Fogle
EPA Manager, ENERGY STAR for IT and Data Center Products

Contact Name: Ryan Fogle
Email: Fogle.Rya@epa.gov
Phone: 202 343-9153
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2021-12-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Please visit here for important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning the dishwasher final recognition criteria for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2022. On the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2022 Criteria Development web page, you will find the final recognition criteria document and the EPA cover memo.

Please contact MostEfficient@energystar.gov with any questions.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

2021-11-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® TV Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to share the ENERGY STAR Version 9.0 TVs Final Draft Specification. This Final Draft contains changes made in response to written comments received regarding the Draft 2 specification, the Limited Topic Proposal (LTP), and to account for the continued progress made towards finalizing the Consumer Technology Association’s CTA-2037C: Determination of Television Set Power Consumption test procedure, which is referenced by the specification.

These changes are highlighted in noteboxes throughout the specification and outlined below. Stakeholders may submit written comments on this Final Draft by December 22, 2021.

Overview of the Final Draft Specification

EPA received generally positive feedback regarding the approach and criteria levels proposed by the Draft 2 specification. Several stakeholders expressed support for the following aspects of the Draft 2:

  • Standby-Active Mode Power requirement of 1 W,
  • Average On Mode Power approach, which allows manufacturers added flexibility in programming Preset Picture Settings (PPS) so long as On Mode requirements are met on average, and
  • The introduction of lower luminance thresholds for certification, which allow manufacturers to set default backlight levels however they wish while eliminating the incentive to provide overly dim settings to meet criteria.

As such, EPA maintained these proposals for this Final Draft.

In response to the Limited Topic Proposal (LTP) published in September 2021, regarding the High-Contrast-Ratio (HCR) adjustment factor, EPA received feedback requesting additional clarification for the definition of an HCR Display included in the specification. As such, the definition for an HCR Display included in this Final Draft contains the requirement that the display must be capable of controlling pixels individually, which is an integral factor in their ability to offer such high contrast ratios.

Also in response to the LTP, EPA received feedback and data regarding the proposed value of the HCR adjustment factor. EPA has retained the proposed AFHCR value of 1.12 for this Final Draft specification. Testing data used to develop the value proposed in the LTP indicated that the current value of 1.12 will allow only the most efficient HCR-capable models to earn certification.

Testing data submitted in response to the LTP indicates that some of the most recently developed HCR Display models would be able to meet requirements with a smaller adjustment factor. The observed increases in efficiency between this sample of adjacent model years support EPA’s belief that there are readily available means by which manufacturers can increase efficiency and reinforces the viewpoint that by making ENERGY STAR certification obtainable for these products, there is an incentive for manufacturers to do so. Additionally, these models observed to meet requirements after some redevelopments are significantly more efficient than comparable models that have not been updated, which supports the notion that the models that have been engineered to perform well above the baseline should be recognized. EPA has maintained the 1.12 value as further restriction of the adjustment factor risks making certification unobtainable for the most efficient HCR-capable models, thus eliminating the incentive to increase efficiency.

Finally, EPA acknowledges that the CTA-2037C: Determination of Television Set Power Consumption test procedure referenced in the Draft 2 is now complete and available to the public for reference. Included in this Final Draft are several amendments to calculation methodologies that follow the changes made to CTA-2037C between the time of Draft 2’s publication and finalization of the test procedure.

Feedback

Stakeholders are invited to provide any comments on the Version 9.0 Final Draft Specification no later than December 22, 2021. Please send comments via e-mail to televisions@energystar.gov. All comments received will be posted to the Version 9.0 TVs Specification development webpage, unless the submitter specifically requests that his or her comments remain confidential.

Please contact me at (202) 564-8538 or Kwon.James@epa.gov, or Emmy Feldman at (202) 862-1145 or Emmy.Feldman@icf.com, with questions or to share feedback for this effort.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

Best Regards,

James Kwon, EPA Product Manager
ENERGY STAR for Consumer Electronics

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR Televisions Version 9.0 Final Draft Specification

Contact Name: Emmy Feldman
Email: Emmy.Feldman@icf.com
Phone: 202-862-1145
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2021-11-18
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Imaging Equipment Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder,

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing an amendment to the ENERGY STAR Imaging Equipment (IE) specification. This amendment provides updated criteria for professional imaging equipment and will be reflected as Version 3.2. Products that have been already certified to Version 3.0 and Version 3.1 will not be affected by this change and will remain ENERGY STAR certified with no further action required.

EPA received multiple comments on the Version 3.2 proposal. One commenter requested that EPA ease the proposed Ready Mode Power requirement for professional imaging equipment. However, the proposed 900 W limit has been retained for Version 3.2 as EPA has observed that products with a variety of features (e.g., speed, color-capability, etc.) are able to readily meet this requirement. The commenter also indicated that the dataset used to form the Version 3.2 criteria included a few products that realize high speed duplex productivity via two serially connected engines. Subsequent analysis has shown that the proposed criteria is not appropriate for products of this type as their heightened performance appears to require a significant amount of additional energy. As such, and because a larger dataset of these models is not currently available to inform criteria, dual-engine products have been excluded from the scope of this Version 3.2 specification.

Finally, a commentor informed EPA that some models used to inform the proposed criteria were equipped with a digital-front-end (DFE) during testing and expressed concern that the proposed criteria may not properly account for the additional energy they require to provide enhanced performance (e.g., speed, resolution, etc.). It is critical to ensure that these products do not appear to be more efficient because they receive the benefits of a DFE without needing to report the additional energy required to enable them. After analysis of the impact of DFE energy on the current dataset, EPA believes that the previously proposed criteria remain appropriate when DFE energy is simply summed with the energy of the main product and has retained the proposed criteria in this Version 3.2 Final specification.  EPA has provided instruction in the specification on how to incorporate DFE energy for units tested with a DFE equipped.

Please contact me at Fogle.Ryan@epa.gov or 202-343-9153 or Cody Niblett, ICF, at Cody.Niblett@icf.com or (202) 862-1245 with questions or concerns about the specification. For other imaging equipment related questions, please contact imagingequipment@energystar.gov.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Ryan Fogle
EPA Manager, ENERGY STAR for IT and Data Center Products

Enclosures:
Version 3.2 Specification

Contact Name: Ryan Fogle
Email: Fogle.Rya@epa.gov
Phone: 202 343-9153
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2021-11-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Central AC/Heat Pump Partner or Other Interested Party:

With this letter, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing amendments to the recently completed Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR CAC/HP specification.  These amendments will be reflected in a Version 6.1, which will be effective upon completion. Products certified to Version 6.0 will not be affected.

Since finalizing the Version 6.0 revisions in March, EPA received substantial additional feedback that altered our understanding of the current market and the extent to which the Version 6.0 requirements reflect the performance of an adequate selection of ASHP models in the market.  In particular, that in several cases we had chosen capabilities less widespread in the market than we had intended.  In addition, we learned that some of the criteria for cold climates prevented less expensive units that have performed well and meet specific needs from being recognized with the cold climate designation.  The proposed amendment includes the following changes:
 

  • Lower EER requirements for multi-capacity air conditioners and heat pumps, which provide additional comfort and efficiency through other means, such as higher SEER and HSPF values, and meeting the V6.1 installation criteria.
  • For Cold Climate Heat Pumps, removed EER requirements and reduced HSPF requirements for ducted heat pumps.
  • Clarified several installation criteria and allowed systems to get credit for a test mode in addition to measurement of specific quantities as installed.


More details on each of these changes are available in the specification.  EPA welcomes conversation with stakeholders about this proposal.  In addition, we encourage written stakeholder input on the proposed Version 6.1 ENERGY STAR CAC/HP Product Specification. Please submit any comments to  cac-ashp@energystar.gov by November 23, 2021. 

All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Product Development website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

Please direct any specific questions to Abigail Daken at EPA, Daken.Abigail@epa.gov, or 202-343-9375 and Cody Niblett, Cody.Niblett@icf.com or (202) 862-1245. Please direct test procedure questions to Catherine Rivest at DOE, Catherine.Rivest@ee.doe.gov or (202) 586-7335.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Abigail Daken
EPA Manager, ENERGY STAR HVAC Program

Contact Name: Abigail Daken
Email: daken.abigail@epa.gov
Phone: 202-343-9375
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2021-11-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Partners and Stakeholders:

This is a reminder that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Commercial Ovens Draft 2 Specification on October 14, 2021. EPA will host a stakeholder webinar to present details of the specification and address stakeholder questions on Thursday, November 4, 2021, from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT. To participate in the meeting, please register here by November 3, 2021.

Visit and bookmark the Commercial Ovens Specification Version 3.0 product development website to view all specification drafts and supplemental materials including data packets, comments, responses to comments, and webinar slides. Comments for Draft 2 are due December 2, 2021, and may be submitted to cfs@energystar.gov.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

2021-11-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Light Commercial HVAC Brand Owner or Other Interested Party:

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to present the ENERGY STAR LCHVAC Draft 1 specification for stakeholder review. EPA plans to hold a webinar on November 16th from 12pm-2pm ET to discuss the Draft 1 specification in greater detail. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments on this Draft to EPA no later than December 13, 2021.

Background
EPA begins this specification revision in response to the forthcoming increase in stringency of federal minimum efficiency requirements for HVAC equipment that will go into effect on January 1, 2023. As the 2023 requirements are more stringent than those posed by the Version 3.1 specification, it is critical that the ENERGY STAR criteria for LCHVAC products receive an update in parallel. EPA therefore intends for Version 4.0 to take effect by January 1, 2023.

Proposal Summary
To ensure that that ENERGY STAR continues to distinguish the top performing products in terms of energy efficiency while supporting national decarbonization goals, the Version 4.0 Draft 1 specification proposes the following changes and identifies other areas for further discussion:

  • Scope: EPA proposes to bring units with a cooling capacity below 65,000 Btu/h into the scope of this Version 4.0 specification after they were previously removed from scope for Version 3.0. This proposal is based on manufacturer feedback indicating that the market would be best served by an ENERGY STAR specification that offers certification to these products. EPA has however been unable to find updated installation cost and energy usage data to suggest whether payback times for these units has improved. As such, EPA welcomes the submission of data regarding the purchase, installation, and/or energy costs of these units. The performance criteria proposed for these products aligns with associated CEE Tier 2 criteria levels.
  • Performance Criteria: EPA proposes higher IEER and EER requirements for Central Air Conditioner (CAC) products and higher IEER, EER and COP at 47°F requirements for Air-Source Heat Pump (ASHP) products. The stringency of these criteria recognizes those products that clearly perform at a level above the 2023 federal minimum efficiency requirements. EPA does not propose a change to the criteria for VRF mini-split systems as DOE is currently reviewing the test method and federal standard applicable for such products.
  • Cold Climate Recognition: EPA proposes recognizing ASHP and VRF mini-split products meeting cold climate performance requirements with an “ENERGY STAR Cold Climate” label. EPA believes that capacity maintenance at low temperatures is a critical component to cold climate performance because if a product cannot maintain capacity, it is likely to become undersized for the intended application. As such, the criteria put emphasis on a product’s ability to maintain heating capacity at very low ambient temperatures while also retaining a high COP. EPA does however seek industry insight into the whether a moderately increased COP at low temperatures is more influential than capacity maintenance on annual energy costs.
  • Gas/Electric Packaged Units: EPA proposes that the gas furnace included in a Gas/Electric Packaged Product must have 3 or more capacity stages. This is intended to incentivize the use of multi-capacity heating technologies that are known to provide energy and cost savings.
  • Connected Criteria: EPA does not propose criteria that would lead to a “Connected” designation for LCHVAC products due to an understanding that demand response and energy management programs for commercial units are typically implemented by a building management system (BMS) as opposed to the unit itself. As EPA recognizes that a unit’s ability to communicate with building occupants, utilities, and other equipment may lead to additional energy and cost savings, the Agency seeks industry insight into what, if any, open source communication protocols are being used for LCHVAC products.


Comment Submittal Process
Stakeholders are encouraged to provide written comments for EPA consideration to LCHVAC@energystar.gov by December 13, 2021.  All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR LCHVAC Product Development website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

Stakeholder Meeting
EPA plans to host a stakeholder webinar on November 16th from 12pm-2pm to discuss the Draft 1 specification and address initial stakeholder comments and questions. Stakeholders interested in participating in this discussion should RSVP here.

Please direct any questions to Abigail Daken, EPA, at daken.abigail@epa.gov or 202-343-9375, and Cody Niblett, ICF, at cody.niblett@icf.com or 202-862-1245.  For test procedure inquiries, please contact Ashley Armstrong, U.S. Department of Energy, at (202) 586-6590 or Ashley.armstrong@ee.doe.gov.

Sincerely,

Abigail Daken, Product Manager
ENERGY STAR for HVAC

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR Light Commercial HVAC Version 4.0 Draft 1 Specification
ENERGY STAR Light Commercial HVAC Version 4.0 Draft 1 Data and Analysis

Contact Name: Abigail Daken
Email: daken.abigail@epa.gov
Phone: 202-343-9375
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2021-10-07
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Televisions Brand Owner or Other Interested Party,

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the ENERGY STAR Version 9.0 TVs Limited Topic Proposal on September 9, 2021, with an original comment deadline of October 7. In light of stakeholder requests for an extension on submitting comments, EPA is now extending the comment period deadline to October 21. The dataset of High Contrast Ratio TV models used to inform the Limited Topic Proposal can be found on the ENERGY STAR Televisions product development website.

Stakeholders can provide written comments for EPA consideration to Televisions@energystar.gov. All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Televisions product development website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

Sincerely,

James Kwon, Product Manager
ENERGY STAR for Consumer Electronics

2021-10-05
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Water Coolers Stakeholders:
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to remind stakeholders that as of October 13, 2021, EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs) are required to cease certification of new Water Coolers to the Version 2.0 specification and may only certify Water Coolers to the Version 3.0 specification. Certification bodies may continue submitting administrative modifications to existing Water Cooler certifications to the Version 2.0 specification until March 23, 2022. After this date, only Water Coolers certified to the Version 3.0 specification will appear on the ENERGY STAR website and certified products list.

CBs must notify EPA by October 27, 2021 of models certified to Version 2.0, but not yet submitted to EPA, along with information on when data will be submitted. Failure to do so will result in QPX blocking submissions of these products to EPA.

Please contact EPA at watercoolers@energystar.gov with any questions regarding the specification. CBs should direct questions concerning the submittal of certified Water Heaters to Certification@energystar.gov.

2021-10-05
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Water Heater Partner or Other Interested Party:

With this letter, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to share the first draft of the ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Residential Water Heaters specification. As anticipated at the close of the ENERGY STAR Version 4.0 specification revision, which made the requirements for electric products more stringent, EPA is now proposing more stringent criteria for gas-fired storage and instantaneous water heaters. No changes are proposed for electric products and Version 4.0 will still take effect as planned January 5, 2022. 

Consistent with the Biden Administration’s commitment to decarbonization, EPA is proposing significant increases in the criteria for gas-fired water heaters, while allowing them to remain in scope as familiarity with electric alternatives grows. The ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Residential Water Heaters Draft 1 specification reflects changes to ensure ENERGY STAR gas-fired criteria represent the most energy efficient technology. The proposed gas-fired storage water heater level could be met with developments in technologies like gas heat pump water heaters. The gas-fired instantaneous water heater proposed criteria reflect differentiation within the market and improve consumer payback for these models.

EPA had maintained Energy Factor (EF) criteria as an option for the certification of products sold only in Canada, as well as Thermal Efficiency (TE) criteria for products on the residential market with input rates between 75,000 and 100,000 Btu per hour, and up to 100 gallons storage volume. Natural Resources Canada has confirmed that maintaining two sets of criteria is no longer necessary. As such, all efficiency requirements for in this specification will be made with the Uniform Energy Factor (UEF) or Solar Uniform Energy Factor (SUEF) metrics.

Calculated savings associated with the proposed criteria are 80 therms ($81) per year for gas-fired water heaters under 55 gallons, 45 therms ($46) per year for gas-fired water heaters 55 gallons or greater, and 31 therms ($31) per year for gas-fired instantaneous water heaters. The national electric savings potential for gas-fired storage and instantaneous water heaters is over 5,000 million therms, or over 27 MMT CO2e.

EPA will hold a webinar to discuss the proposed criteria and test method on October 13 from 12:00 pm 2:00 pm ET; please RSVP here for the specification webinar. We encourage stakeholder feedback on the ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Residential Water Heater Draft 1 specification. Please submit any comments to  WaterHeaters@energystar.gov by November 11, 2021. Based on current circumstances, this comment period has been extended to 6 weeks.

All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Water Heaters Version 5.0 Product Development website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

Please direct any specific questions to Abigail Daken at EPA, Daken.Abigail@epa.gov or 202-343-9375, and Morganne Blaylock at ICF, Morganne.Blaylock@icf.com or 202-862-2952.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Abigail Daken
EPA Manager, ENERGY STAR HVAC Program

Contact Name: Abigail Daken
Email: daken.abigail@epa.gov
Phone: 202-343-9375
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2021-10-04
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Computer Server Partner, Certification Body, or Recognized Laboratory,

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been made aware of an update to the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) Server Efficiency Rating Tool (SERT). For the purposes of ENERGY STAR certification, computer servers should be tested using SERT Version 2.0.4 moving forward. As has been the case with previous SERT updates during the life of the ENERGY STAR Computer Server program, test results already submitted through the certification process using a version of SERT EPA previously accepted are not affected by this update. This clarification memo can be found on the Computer Servers Version 3.0 Specification product development website.

The SERT Version 2.0.4 is a minor update, and the results it produces are comparable to those produced by previous versions and will not negatively impact comparison of products. The update includes the following changes:

  • Support for the latest ARM processors from Ampere, Fujitsu, and Marvell
  • The PTDaemon 1.9.2 Interface in order to control power analyzers and temperature sensors
  • Support for Java 15
  • ISO compliance report links on SERT JVM Options website
  • Various GUI optimizations

Please contact me at Fogle.Ryan@epa.gov or 202-343-9153 or John Clinger at John.Clinger@icf.com or 215-967-9407 with questions or concerns regarding this update. For any questions regarding certification to SERT Version 2.0.4, please contact certification@energystar.gov. For any other computer server related questions, please contact servers@energystar.gov. Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Ryan Fogle
EPA Manager, ENERGY STAR for IT and Data Center Products

Contact Name: Ryan Fogle
Email: Fogle.Rya@epa.gov
Phone: 202 343-9153
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2021-09-15
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Programs utilizing the ENERGY STAR specification will benefit from increased energy savings along with optional grid-connected functionality established by the latest Version 4.0 ENERGY STAR Water Heater Specification.

Bigger savings: The savings associated with this specification revision are significant. An electric heat pump water heater earning the ENERGY STAR label will save consumers $315 a year on average with a typical sized water heater. If all electric water heaters sold in the US met ENERGY STAR requirements, the energy cost savings would grow to $8 billion per year, and 150 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented.

Innovative Technologies: Version 4.0 offers the option for products to be recognized as connected with a tested ability to shift electrical load for grid stability without sacrificing consumer performance. Version 4.0 also recognizes the importance that split system models and 120V options play in growing the market for efficient water heating products.

Timeline: Early certification using Version 4.0 is available today for eligible water heaters, including recognition as connected. All water heaters that carry the ENERGY STAR mark will be required to meet Version 4.0 on January 5, 2022.

Learn more about Version 4.0 Water Heater Specification

2021-09-09
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Televisions Brand Owner or Other Interested Party,

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is revising the ENERGY STAR Televisions specification and most recently published the Version 9.0 Draft 2 specification for review and comment on April 22, 2021. In response to stakeholder feedback on the Draft 2 and subsequent further discussions with stakeholders, EPA is proposing changes to aspects of the On Mode criteria that relate to the High Contrast Ratio (HCR) capabilities of some display technologies. EPA is now releasing a limited topic proposal to provide stakeholders an opportunity to comment on the proposed changes before releasing a Version 9.0 Final Draft specification. Comments on this limited topic proposal may be submitted no later than October 7, 2021.

Stakeholder Comments Regarding the Version 9.0 Draft 2 HCR Criteria

EPA received public comments from several stakeholders in response to the Version 9.0 Draft 2 specification. They can be found on the ENERGY STAR Televisions Version 9.0 product development webpage. Comments regarding the proposed HCR criteria can be condensed into two main considerations:

  1. EPA should more clearly specify the technical characteristics that a TV must possess to qualify for the HCR Adjustment Factor so that the risk of certification bodies incorrectly designating models is reduced.
  2. EPA should monitor TV technology development to ensure that no new display technology makes the HCR Adjustment Factor unnecessary and reevaluate the current value of the HCR Adjustment Factor to confirm that it reflects an aspirational level.

EPA also received test data measured per a recent draft of CTA-2037C, the test procedure specified for use in the Version 9.0 specification, for an additional five OLED TV models from two stakeholders. CTA-2037C was near completion at the time of reference and no subsequent changes to the procedure affect the relevance of this data. Considering this feedback and the submitted data, EPA is proposing refinements to the definition of an HCR Display and the value of the HCR Adjustment Factor through this limited topic proposal.

Proposed Definition Refinement

A TV must meet the definition of an HCR Display as outlined in the Version 9.0 specification to qualify for the HCR Adjustment Factor. The definition for an HCR Display was presented in the Draft 2 specification as follows:

A display where pixels emit no light when displaying a pure black color, thus yielding a contrast ratio of infinity:1 when comparing these pixels against those that do emit light.

According to several stakeholders, this assertion of an infinity-to-1 contrast ratio has been a heavily debated marketing claim. EPA thus proposes the following definition for an HCR Display to reduce the possibility of a Certification Body incorrectly designating whether the HCR Adjustment Factor should be applied:

A display where pixels emit no light when displaying a pure black color.

EPA believes that this simplified definition for an HCR Display eliminates the possibility of marketing materials influencing a Certification Body’s decision to apply the HCR Adjustment factor. After brief research into the display technologies available today (e.g., LCD, OLED, etc.), EPA has been able to easily determine those that are able to disable individual pixels and thus project no light when displaying a pure black color on-screen.

Proposed Changes to the HCR Adjustment Factor

The value of the HCR Adjustment Factor as presented in Draft 2 varies depending on the viewable screen area of the TV being evaluated. This relationship is defined by the following equation:
 

HCR Adjustment Factor Value= 0.4588×Area0.138


The analysis leading to Draft 2 indicated that there was no available TV model meeting the definition of an HCR Display that could meet the On Mode criteria without some allowance. EPA then developed the HCR Adjustment Factor with the intention of providing HCR TVs with an On Mode efficiency target that encourages demonstrable efficiency improvements.

In response to the Draft 2 specification, EPA received On Mode testing data for an additional five OLED TVs, all of which would qualify for the HCR Adjustment Factor. These models all have a screen size (diagonal) of 65 inches. Analysis of this data confirms the idea that models meeting the definition of an HCR Display will not be able to meet requirements without some allowance but updates EPA’s understanding of the size of the adder that would be needed to allow any OLED models to earn ENERGY STAR certification.

Per Draft 2, the proposed value of the HCR Adjustment factor with a 65 inch diagonal screen size is 1.29 or 29%. This means that an HCR TV of this size would be able to meet On Mode Power requirements while using 29% more On Mode Power on average than a non-HCR TV with the same diagonal screen size and measured dynamic luminance. However, the data from the five newly submitted TVs indicates that all five models were within 20% of the requirement. The performances of these five TVs with respect to the proposed On Mode Power requirements are outlined below:
 

Model
(anonymous identifier)
 

O3
 

O4
 

O5
 

O6
 

O7
 

% Over the Proposed On Mode Power Requirement
 

12%
 

15%
 

20%
 

16%
 

18%
 

*For example: O3 was measured to use 12% more W than allowed by the proposed On Mode Power requirement

This data demonstrates that the Adjustment Factor proposed in Draft 2 does not fulfill its intended purpose of recognizing the most efficient HCR models. Further investigation indicates that an explanation for this overestimation is likely the absence of information regarding High Dynamic Range (HDR) picture settings from the dataset that informed Draft 2 – TVs with individual pixel control are especially efficient in an HDR picture setting when compared to LCD TVs because they achieve a black color by turning off a pixel rather than using a filter. By using data for only Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) picture settings, the models in the Draft 2 dataset did not capture this benefit and the added energy need was skewed high. This review of the referenced dataset against the newly submitted data also suggests that the correlation between viewable screen area and needed allowance is not as strong as previously indicated.

As such, EPA proposes a universal HCR Adjustment Factor of 1.12 allowing the very top-performing HCR-capable TVs to qualify while encouraging significant efficiency improvements for most HCR TVs to meet these On Mode requirements. This requirement would be presented in the Version 9.0 Final Draft specification as:

Comment Submission

Stakeholders are encouraged to provide written comments for EPA consideration to Televisions@energystar.gov by October 7, 2021. EPA also invites stakeholders to submit any data taken per CTA-2037C relevant to the Adjustment Factor value proposed by this document. All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Televisions product development website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

Please contact me at (202) 564-8538 or Kwon.James@epa.gov, or Cody Niblett at (202) 862-1245 or
Cody.Niblett@icf.com, with questions or to share feedback for this effort.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

Sincerely,
James Kwon, EPA Product Manager
ENERGY STAR for Consumer Electronics

2021-09-07
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Stakeholder:

The 2020 Unit Shipment Data Summary Report has been posted to the ENERGY STAR Unit Shipment Data webpage. This report includes aggregate shipments provided by ENERGY STAR brand owner partners and estimated market share for ENERGY STAR products included in the data collection effort. Despite fluctuations in the market resulting from the COVID pandemic, ENERGY STAR shipments remained strong in 2020.

If you have any questions about the summary report, please contact Kathleen Vokes, EPA, at vokes.kathleen@epa.gov or Katie Veasey, ICF, at unitshipmentdata@energystar.gov.

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Kathleen Vokes
ENERGY STAR Program Integrity

Contact Name: Kathleen Vokes
Email: vokes.kathleen@epa.gov
Phone: 202-343-9019
URL: http://www.iec.ch/
2021-08-26
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Partner and Stakeholder:

This is a reminder that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers Draft 1 Specification on August 11, 2021.

Comments are due September 22, 2021 and may be submitted to cfs@energystar.gov. EPA will host a stakeholder webinar to present details of the specification and address stakeholder questions on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, from 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EDT. To participate in the meeting, please register here by August 31, 2021.

Visit and bookmark the Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers Specification Version 5.0 product development webpage to view the draft 1 specification, stakeholder comments to the discussion guide, and additional documents related to the specification including a data packet as well as a data assembly template for preparation and buffet tables. All Version 5.0 specification revision documents will be posted to this webpage.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

2021-08-19
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Commercial Food Service Partner and Stakeholder:

The Ask the Experts blog features informational posts on energy efficiency topics in the form of How-To, Did You Know, Q&A, and Innovation & Tech categories. The second CFS Ask the Experts blog, How to Reduce Refrigeration Energy Costs in Commercial Kitchens, was published August 2021 in conjunction with the publication of the ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers Draft 1 Specification. The article includes an overview of commercial refrigeration maintenance tips, energy savings, and common component rebates. Stakeholders are encouraged to share the article broadly to promote your partnership with ENERGY STAR and educate your customers on the benefits of energy efficiency. We encourage you to check out other Ask the Experts posts and continue to stay up-to-date to learn tips for purchasing, promoting, and selling ENERGY STAR certified products.

If you have any questions or suggestions for future CFS Ask the Experts topics, please email CFS@energystar.gov.

Thank you for your support of ENERGY STAR.

2021-08-12
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Stakeholder:
 
This is a reminder that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2022 Proposed Criteria on July 8th. Comments are due August 19th, 2021 and may be submitted to mostefficient@energystar.gov.
 
All comments received will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2022 criteria development webpage, unless the submitter specifically requests that their comments be treated otherwise. 
 
Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

 

2021-08-11
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Commercial Refrigerators Partners and Other Interested Stakeholders:

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing the ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers Draft 1 Specification. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments to EPA no later than September 22, 2021. EPA acknowledges the stakeholders who reviewed the discussion guide, participated in the associated webinars, and contributed verbal and written comments in preparation for this draft 1 product specification. Responses to your comments are included in the discussion guide comment matrix and in relevant note boxes throughout this draft specification.

Based on the 2019 ENERGY STAR Unit Shipment and Market Penetration Summary Report, ENERGY STAR certified commercial refrigerators and freezers currently represent approximately 46% of the market. This high level of overall ENERGY STAR market share presents an opportunity to revise the specification to ensure it continues to recognize top-performing products in existing categories and continues to deliver meaningful energy savings over conventional models. The current ENERGY STAR Commercial Refrigerator and Freezer Version 4.0 Specification took effect on March 27, 2017. The Agency reviewed the refrigerator and freezer categories and determined that vertical closed solid self-contained medium temperature (VCS.SC.M) and vertical closed solid self-contained low temperature (VCS.SC.L) categories had higher market penetration and presented the most significant savings opportunity relative to the remaining products in scope. Therefore, EPA proposes amended levels to those two commercial refrigerators and freezers categories in this Draft 1 specification. EPA believes the criteria proposed in this Draft 1 specification will offer significant energy savings relative to standard products in the marketplace.

The primary objectives of this revision are to expand the scope to include self-contained low and medium temperature chef bases, self-contained medium temperature service over counter products, and revise the maximum daily energy consumption for two current categories, VCS.SC.M and VCS.SC.L. These and other changes are summarized below and explained in the note boxes throughout the Draft 1 specification.
 

  • Scope: EPA proposes to expand the scope of this specification to include the following products: chef base self-contained medium temperature (CB.SC.M), chef base self-contained low temperature (CB.SC.L), and service over counter self-contained medium temperature (SOC.SC.M).

 

  • Criteria Levels: To continue recognizing the most efficient refrigerators and freezers in the market, EPA proposes revisions to the VCS.SC.M and VCS.SC.L categories. Revisions to these categories offer an opportunity for further energy savings.

 

  • Test Methods: Based on stakeholder feedback, chef bases and service over counter products can be tested using 10 CFR Part 431 Subpart C Appendix B, and data used in analyses were obtained using that standard. Standard references for total volume and total display area are under 10 CFR 431.63.

 

  • Reporting Requirements: In numerous product categories, the ENERGY STAR program highlights refrigerants in the consumer-facing Product Finder. More than 1,000 certified commercial refrigerators currently report refrigerant information. The ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Commercial Refrigerator and Freezer Draft 1 Specification formalizes this practice by including a refrigerant type reporting requirement.



Further, EPA recognizes the buffet and preparation tables as a potential category to include in scope at a later time and provides a data assembly template with the Draft 1 Version 5.0 product specification. As soon as EPA has a viable dataset for these products, EPA could propose ENERGY STAR levels. Interested parties are encouraged to share data to support this data assembly effort by September 22, 2021

Comment Submittal
EPA welcomes stakeholder input on the attached ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers Draft 1 Specification. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit any comments to cfs@energystar.gov by September 22, 2021. EPA will also accept additional data for chef bases and service over counter products submitted by this same deadline.

All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Product Development website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

Stakeholder Webinar
EPA will host a webinar on September 1, 2021, from 4:00-5:30 EDT to address stakeholder comments and questions. Stakeholders interested in participating in this discussion should register here by August 31, 2021.

Ask the Experts
In conjunction with the publication of this ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers Draft 1 Specification, the EPA is also releasing the second CFS Ask the Experts blog post, entitled How to Reduce Refrigeration Energy Costs in Commercial Kitchens. The article provides an overview of maintenance tips, energy savings, and common component rebates. Stakeholders are encouraged to share the article broadly to promote your partnership with ENERGY STAR and educate your customers on the benefits of energy efficiency.

Please contact me at Crk.Tanja@epa.gov or 202-566-1037 and Jasmin Melara, ICF, at Jasmin.Melara@icf.com or 202-862-2950 for questions or concerns.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Tanja Crk, Product Manager
ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service

Contact Name: Tanja Crk
Email: Crk.Tanja@epa.gov
Phone: 202-566-1037
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2021-08-05
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Residential Refrigerator and Freezer Manufacturers, Cooler Manufacturers, and Other Interested Parties:

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to share the ENERGY STAR Version 5.1 Consumer Refrigeration Products Final specification. This amendment expanded the scope to include coolers, a type of miscellaneous refrigeration product that includes wine coolers and beverage centers. This update does not affect currently certified products. Manufacturers may certify coolers meeting the requirements of this amendment immediately upon this publication.

Recognizing the differentiation in the market and potential for savings, EPA pursued this amendment to highlight efficiency leaders in coolers using ENERGY STAR. ENERGY STAR coolers have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1.185 billion lbs CO2e by saving 760 million kWh. Additionally, EPA updated definitions to align with DOE and changed the name of the specification to be inclusive of residential refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, freezers, and miscellaneous refrigeration products.   

Most stakeholder-submitted comments agreed with EPA’s scope expansion, criteria, and updated definitions. Some stakeholders disagreed with EPA’s decision to not extend the connected credit to demand response capable coolers. Several years of experience working to incent connected functionality has demonstrated the constructive role the ENERGY STAR program can play increasing demand through recognition and influencing improved implementation through our specifications.  EPA intends to continue these efforts while phasing out the use of credits to preserve the consumer value ENERGY STAR represents in terms of energy savings. All comments received are summarized in the comment response matrix, which also includes the Agency’s responses. EPA thanks stakeholders for their comments on this amendment.

All materials related to this amendment are posted on the ENERGY STAR Consumer Refrigeration Products Version 5 development page. Please direct any specific questions to Ga-Young Park, EPA, at Park.Ga-Young@epa.gov or (202) 564-1085, and Morganne Blaylock, ICF, at Morganne.Blaylock@icf.com or (202) 862-2952. 

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

Sincerely,

Ga-Young Park
Product Manager for Appliances
ENERGY STAR Labeled Products

Contact Name: Ga-Young Park
Email: park.ga-young@epa.gov
Phone: 202-564-1085
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2021-07-26
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to remind stakeholders that as of July 26, 2021, EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs) are required to cease certification of new Water Heaters to the Version 3.0 specification and may only certify Water Heaters to the Version 4.0 specification. Certification bodies may continue submitting administrative modifications to existing Water Heater certifications to the Version 3.0 specification until August 9, 2021. After this date, only Water Heaters certified to the Version 4.0 specification will appear on the ENERGY STAR website and certified products list.

CBs must notify EPA by July 25, 2021 of models certified to Version 3.0, but not yet submitted to EPA, along with information on when data will be submitted. Failure to do so will result in QPX blocking submissions of these products to EPA.

Please contact EPA at waterheaters@energystar.gov with any questions regarding the specification. CBs should direct questions concerning the submittal of certified Water Heaters to Certification@energystar.gov.
 

2021-07-26
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Stakeholder:
 
This is a reminder that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2022 Proposed Criteria on July 8th. Comments are due August 19th, 2021 and may be submitted to mostefficient@energystar.gov.
 
EPA will host a stakeholder webinar to present details of the 2022 Proposed Criteria and address stakeholder questions on Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Time. If you wish to attend this meeting, please register here.
 
Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

2021-07-21
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Audio/Video Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder,

Over the past few years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have worked alongside industry as part of the Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA) R3 Working Group 3 to develop an updated test procedure for audio/video products for use by the ENERGY STAR program. This newly completed test provides results better representing how products are likely to be used by consumers. EPA is pleased to call for the use of this test in association with the ENERGY STAR Audio/Video Version 4.0 specification. With this letter, EPA re-launches the Version 4.0 specification revision and announces its effort to assemble data using CTA-2084A: Test Methods for Determining Audio/Video Products Energy Efficiency for the purpose of developing the Draft 1 specification.  EPA will consider all energy performance data received by September 2, 2021.

Data Assembly
The Agency is not proposing performance levels for Version 4.0 at this time but is assembling data to inform doing so. Using the enclosed Data Assembly Form, stakeholders are invited to submit test data for their current models taken per the CTA-2084A: Test Methods for Determining Audio/Video Products Energy Efficiency test procedure for inclusion in the dataset by September 2, 2021. After analysis of submitted data, the Agency anticipates releasing draft requirements for stakeholder review and comment in early October 2021. Please note that for data assembly purposes, data submitted to EPA is not required to undergo third party certification.

An Updated Test Procedure
Several of the more significant updates to historic testing approach as presented by the CTA-2084A test procedure are outlined below:

  • Input Signal: EPA and industry have researched various input signals and tested the 1 kHz signal used for Version 3.0 against several noise signal types to determine which type is most useful for characterizing a device’s power consumption across typical listening volumes. This research has indicated that pink noise signals, such as the CTA-2034 noise signal with a 12dB crest factor as defined in ANSI/CTA-2034 Section 8.1.1, would better simulate practical audio amplifier performance because they present a more realistic workload with a wide spectrum of frequencies. As such, the CTA-2034 pink noise signal is prescribed for use in CTA-2084A.
  • Maximum Undistorted Power (MUP) Measurement: EPA received feedback from stakeholders that the previous approach to electrically testing products with at 1/8th of the product’s MUP will not fully exercise each channel in a multi-channel system. Furthermore, if one or more of the channels is not fully exercised, then the total measured input power may be below 20 W and the Version 3.0 specification states that there are no efficiency requirements for products with an input power below 20 W. The CTA-2084A test procedure addresses these issues by requiring that all channels be connected and tested simultaneously. Similarly, for multi-component systems, all components that are shipped together as part of the product are considered to be part of a single product and tested together.
  • Efficiency Measurements: To better understand how products perform throughout the range of volume settings that consumers may decide to employ and again address the issue that a 1/8th MUP signal may not fully exercise all channels, CTA-2084A instructs that:
    • For products that ship with a speaker, products shall be tested at 10 equally spaced volume levels throughout its entire volume range. Furthermore, testing is to be completed with a sound pressure level meter to determine the decibel output of a product and enable the creation of efficiency metrics based on projected sound; and
    • For products that do not ship with speakers, recording of electrical efficiency measurements (output power versus input power) is to take place at up to 20 equally spaced intervals throughout the products entire volume range.
  • Idle State: Two distinct Idle States are understood to be commonplace for audio products. This updated test procedure accounts for both:
    • Where there is no input signal, but the volume is set to a nonzero volume; and
    • Where there is an active input signal, but the volume is set to zero.

 

Scope Expansion

In recent years, audio products with integrated displays, commonly referred to as Smart Displays, have rapidly increased in popularity. CTA-2084A includes provisions for testing both the audio and display features of these products so that their energy consumption characteristics may be better understood and compared to similar products without a display. As these new products are intended to be covered by the scope of the Audio/Video product category, EPA invites manufacturers to also submit data on such.

Again, stakeholders are encouraged to provide completed Data Assembly Forms for use in determining the Draft 1 performance levels no later than September 2, 2021. Please send completed forms via e-mail to audiovideo@energystar.gov. The exchange of ideas and information between EPA, industry, and other interested parties is critical to the success of ENERGY STAR. To track EPA’s progress in revising the ENERGY STAR Audio/Video product specification and, please visit the Audio/Video Version 4.0 product development webpage, which also hosts the previously published stakeholder comments regarding a Version 4.0 specification that formed the starting point for development of the CTA-2084A test procedure.

Thank you for taking the time to review this data assembly invitation and pre-draft overview of the CTA-2084A test procedure, which EPA was proud to develop alongside CTA’s industry members. Please contact me at Kwon.James@epa.gov or (202) 564-8538, or Cody Niblett at ICF at Cody.Niblett@icf.com or (443) 944-4149, with any questions or concerns. For any audio/video related questions, please contact audiovideo@energystar.gov. Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Best Regards,

James Kwon, EPA Product Manager
ENERGY STAR for Consumer Electronics

2021-07-13
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Commercial Dishwashers Stakeholders:
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to remind stakeholders that the effective date for the Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Commercial Dishwashers Program Requirements is July 27, 2021. On this date, only products certified to Version 3.0 and submitted by EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs) to EPA using the Version 3.0 web service will display on our list of certified models. 
 
Please contact EPA at cfs@energystar.gov with any questions regarding the specification. CBs should direct questions concerning the submittal of Version 3.0 certified Commercial Dishwashers to Certification@energystar.gov.
 
Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

2021-07-08
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to share both an update on ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2021 and proposed recognition criteria for 2022. Stakeholders are invited to provide written comments on these proposed criteria no later than August 15, 2021 to MostEfficient@energystar.gov.  
 
ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2021

As of June 2021, 3,361 models from 203 ENERGY STAR partners meet the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2021 recognition criteria. The number of models and partners per category is noted in the following table:

Product Category Models ENERGY STAR Partners
Ceiling Fans 268 18
Central Air Conditioners and Air Source Heat Pumps 247 10
Clothes Dryers 23 7
Clothes Washers 48 6
Compact Freezers (new) 11 5
Compact Refrigerators (new) 98 23
Computer Monitors 384 25
Dehumidifiers 175 27
Dishwashers 101 9
Freezers 4 2
Furnaces 159 7
Geothermal Heat Pumps 611 10
Refrigerators 540 44
Room Air Conditioners 16 4
Ventilating Fans 166 22
Windows and Sliding Glass Doors 510 46
Total* 3361 203

*Total ENERGY STAR partners that meet the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2021 recognition criteria are calculated by removing duplicate partners that may appear in more than one product category. Therefore, unlike the Total Models count, the total ENERGY STAR Partners count does not represent the sum of its column.

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient enjoys robust utility support and is leveraged by 29 energy efficiency program sponsors, serving over 7 million households (or roughly 18.5 million consumers). These rebate programs feature one or more product categories covered by ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2021 and reflect a diverse geographic spread, including two water utilities in California. 

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient is also being leveraged for retailer incentives as part of the ENERGY STAR Retail Products Platform (ESRPP), an innovative, nationally coordinated, market transformation initiative. ESRPP retailers now represent more than 75% of the appliance market, with 935 stores in current program sponsors’ service areas. In 2021, there are 15 efficiency program sponsors participating in ESRPP currently serving nearly 16% of U.S. households. The ESRPP is striving for large-scale market participation – serving more than 30% of the US population – a key milestone in the ESRPP vision to transform the market for energy efficient consumer products.

EPA provides consumers with the information they need about recognized products. In addition to highlighting ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2021 products, our website includes images of models, as well as real-time information on retail pricing and where to locate and buy these models.  Super-efficient compressors, available in select ENERGY STAR Most Efficient refrigerators, are also recognized via the  ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology award. Currently, 19 models from four different brands have received the Emerging Technology Award for advanced adaptive compressors with use of low global warming potential refrigerants and foams.

2022 Product Categories and Recognition Criteria

The proposed recognition criteria for 2022 are based on an analysis of currently certified ENERGY STAR models and the engineering analysis the Department of Energy (DOE) conducts for covered products. This analysis indicates that for many categories, existing recognition criteria remain reflective of the “best of the best.” As a result, EPA is extending the 2021 efficiency criteria into 2022 for clothes washers, dehumidifiers, dryers, furnaces, geothermal heat pumps (GHP), vent fans, and windows. EPA has proposed revised criteria for boilers, central air conditioners and heat pumps, ceiling fans, computer monitors, refrigerator-freezers, and room air conditioners. EPA will release a proposal for dishwashers in the coming months.  Televisions will not be recognized in 2022.   

Ceiling Fans: EPA proposes to update the criteria for all ceiling fans to recognize differentiation that has emerged in the market now that the industry has adjusted to the new Federal minimum efficiency criteria. The proposed levels apply to all standard, hugger, and low-mount high-speed small diameter fans, and approximately 6% of all fans certified by DOE meet the proposed level. These fans offer approximately 67% savings over a DOE minimum efficiency fan. EPA welcomes feedback on the proposal, specifically if there are product categories or advanced features that offer excellent overall energy performance but that would not meet the proposed criteria.  To support such comments, stakeholders are encouraged to share available data on the energy saving advantages of these categories and/or advanced features.

Clothes Washers:  EPA proposes to maintain the current Most Efficient 2021 criteria for all clothes washer types. The ENERGY STAR Most Efficient list includes 18 base models from 6 brands, providing consumers with a good selection of models with superior energy and water efficiency.

Computer Monitors:  EPA proposes to update the Most Efficient criteria to recognize more efficient models that have emerged in the market since EPA last updated the criteria in 2020. 10% of ENERGY STAR models meet the proposed Most Efficient criteria for 2022, for an average savings of 30% over conventional models.

Dehumidifiers:  EPA proposes to maintain the current Most Efficient recognition criteria into 2022. 130 portable models meet these rigorous criteria, offering consumers significant savings of 22% over conventional models. 8 whole-home dehumidifiers meet the criteria with a savings of 25% over conventional models.

Dishwashers:  In light of the ongoing revision of the ENERGY STAR Dishwasher specification, EPA will make a determination on proposed changes to the Most Efficient criteria in the coming months.

Dryers:  EPA proposes to maintain the Most Efficient 2021 criteria. The ENERGY STAR Most Efficient list includes 19 base models from 8 brands, representing both heat pump and hybrid heat pump technologies. EPA encourages partners to complete optional fields for technology type and refrigerant when certifying products to make it easier for utilities to incentivize these technologies in the market.

Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps and Ductless Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps: 
EPA proposes changes to the criteria for central air conditioners and heat pumps, in line with the Version 6.0 specification revision. Overall, the efficiency criteria continue to recognize a select group - less than 1% of the AHRI listings - of extremely efficient products with features facilitating quality installation and maintenance. The system status and messaging criteria have been updated to require that products must meet three out of six listed installation criteria, as is required for Version 6.0 products. Two additional changes have been proposed to the system status and messaging criteria – a requirement that a product must store the past ten (10) faults until they are cleared, and that a product must have the capability to directly contact a service professional when a fault arises, given the consumer permits the communication. These two criteria are in line with capabilities seen on recent Most Efficient applications and provide clarity on the features required.

The efficiency criteria for single packaged heat pumps were raised so that the levels are in line with the Version 6.0 criteria for that product category. EPA has also added a category for Most Efficient Cold Climate heat pumps. Cold climate heat pumps will be required to meet the Version 6.0 criteria, including the low ambient temperature criteria, in addition to the system status and messaging criteria, to be recognized as Most Efficient. For ductless air conditioners and heat pumps, no changes are proposed beyond the system status and messaging criteria.

As new products may choose to certify to Version 6.0 early with the Appendix M1 test method and criteria that will be effective in 2023, EPA has provided equivalent levels in both Appendix M and Appendix M1 metrics. ENERGY STAR central air conditioners and heat pumps currently certified to Version 5.0 may add Most Efficient 2022 recognition if they meet the criteria. Note that after January 1, 2022, all new products certified to ENERGY STAR must do so under Version 6.0 and via the Appendix M1 pathway.

Geothermal Heat Pumps: EPA proposes to maintain the current criteria for geothermal heat pumps, with small changes to the system status and messaging criteria. The current criteria continue to recognize a select group of extremely efficient products (3.9% of the AHRI list) with features facilitating quality installation and maintenance. Geothermal heat pumps are exempt from the installation criteria, but new applications for Most Efficient will need to comply with the additional requirements for length of fault history and communication with a service professional.

Furnaces: EPA also proposes to maintain the current requirements for furnaces as the AFUE requirement offers great differentiation, is aligned with CEE Tier 3, and a small subset of products are recognized - just 1.6% of all products.  New applications for Most Efficient will need to comply with the additional requirements for length of fault history and communication with a service professional.

Boilers: EPA will recognize boilers as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient in 2022. The proposed level was selected to recognize gas-fired heat pump boilers and is aligned with the Consortium for Energy Efficiency’s Advanced Tier for residential gas boilers. EPA has referenced the CSA ANSI Z21.40.4 Performance Testing and Rating of Gas-Fired, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Appliances, understanding that the standard is under revision. Once the standard is available for testing, boilers will be able to be recognized as Most Efficient 2022. Information on the development and timing of this test method would be appreciated. Partners should note that the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) measured by this test method is not directly comparable to the AFUE measured by the federal test method for residential boilers.

Refrigerators-Freezers: EPA proposes to revise the criteria for side-by-side, bottom freezer, and compact refrigerator product types in 2022 to greater than or equal to 30% above the Federal Minimum. Currently available refrigerator technologies such as innovative refrigerants and advanced variable speed compressors as well as improvements in the manufacturing techniques and materials for insulation yield significant efficiency improvements. There are 37 base models from 18 brands that are able to meet the proposed criteria for side-by-side and bottom freezers, which is represents 6% of the market for these product types. For compact refrigerators, there are 52 base models from 23 brands that meet the proposed criteria and represents 5% of the market. While there is currently strong ENERGY STAR Most Efficient representation among top freezer models, EPA is not proposing to move the level, as they remain the lowest energy consuming standard-size refrigerator-freezers.

Room Air Conditioners:  EPA proposes to revise the recognition criteria to greater than or equal to 35% better than the Federal Standard in 2022. Available models doubled from last year and there are currently 14 base models from 6 brands meeting the proposed criteria, which represents 3% of the market.

Televisions: Due to the ongoing revision of the ENERGY STAR Version 9.0 specification for televisions, EPA is not proposing ENERGY STAR Most Efficient criteria for 2022.   

Ventilating Fans: EPA has maintained the 2021 criteria for ventilating fans. The current efficiency criteria are met by an appropriate subset of ENERGY STAR products; however, a very small number of those fans are currently recognized as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient. This is due to a lack of reported data for the noise criteria as measured at 0.25 in wtg. static pressure for bathroom/utility fans. EPA encourages partners to submit these data and contact EPA with questions regarding how to do so. EPA continues to monitor range hoods but has not seen sufficient differentiation to propose Most Efficient recognition for them.

Windows and Sliding Glass Doors:  No changes are proposed for the 2022 residential window or sliding door recognition criteria. While high performance Most Efficient window products are widely available, they are still a relatively small slice of total market with 494 window product lines and 16 sliding glass door product lines recognized. 

The proposed ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2022 criteria for the full suite of products are summarized below. In addition to meeting these recognition criteria, products must be certified as ENERGY STAR by an EPA-recognized certification body. Additional detail for each product category is included in the recognition criteria documents accompanying this letter. 
 

Category
 

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2022 Recognition Criteria
 

Boilers
 

AFUE 120% or higher, per ANSI Z21.40.4 Performance Testing and Rating of Gas-Fired, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Appliances
 

Ceiling Fans
 


Efficiency as per 10 CFR 430 Subpart B, Appendix U (cfm/W)

 

Ceiling Fan Type
 

Blade Span (D)*
(inches)

 

Ceiling Fan Efficiency (CFM/W)**
 

Standard, Hugger, and Low-Mount HSSD Ceiling Fans

 

D ≤ 36”
 

≥ 1.44D + 83.86
 

 D > 36”
 

≥ 5.26D - 53.66
 


*D is the ceiling fan blade span in inches
**This is a weighted average efficiency in different modes,
according to 10 CFR 430 Subpart B, Appendix U

 

Clothes Washers*
 

 

Clothes Washer Capacity
 

Integrated Modified Energy Factor (IMEF)
 

Integrated Water Factor (IWF)
 

≤ 2.5 cu-ft
 

≥ 2.2
 

≤ 3.7
 

> 2.5 cu-ft
 

≥ 2.92
 

≤ 3.2
 








 

Total Cleaning Score (CSt)
 

≥ 85.0
 


To be recognized, laundry centers must meet the Most Efficient washer and dryer criteria.
 

Ducted Central Air Conditioners and Air Source Heat Pumps
 

System status and messaging capabilities, installation criteria, variable capacity
 

Product type
 

SEER
 

EER
 

HSPF
 

Split AC
 

18
 

13.0
 


 

Packaged AC
 

16
 

12.0
 


 

Split HP
 

18
 

12.5
 

9.6
 

Packaged HP
 

16
 

12.0
 

8.5
 

Cold Climate HP
 

16
 

11.5
 

10.0
 


Cold climate heat pumps must also meet a COP of 1.75 at 5 degrees F, and provide 70% capacity maintenance at 5 degrees F.
 

Dehumidifiers*
 













 

Product must meet the following applicable minimum Integrated Energy Factor (IEF)2:
 

Type, Size
 

Integrated Energy Factor (IEF)2
 

Portable, capacity ≤ 25.00 pints/day
 

≥ 1.70
 

Portable, capacity 25.01 to 50.00 pints/day
 

≥ 1.90
 

Portable, capacity > 50.00 pints/day
 

≥ 3.40
 

Whole Home, case volume ≤ 8.0 ft3
 

≥ 2.22
 

Whole Home, case volume > 8.0 ft3
 

≥ 3.40
 

Ductless AC and Heat Pumps*
 

Products must meet the following cooling and heating performance levels: 20 SEER, 12.5 EER, 10 HSPF (Heat pumps only); system status and messaging capabilities, installation criteria, variable capacity. 
 

Geothermal Heat Pumps*
 

System status and messaging capabilities; variable capacity except water-to-water models.

 

Product type
 

EER
 

COP
 

Closed Loop Water-to-Air/GHP
 

17.1
 

3.6
 

Open Loop Water-to-Air GHP
 

21.1
 

4.1
 

Closed Loop Water-to-Water GHP
 

16.1
 

3.1
 

Open Loop Water-to-Water GHP
 

20.1
 

3.5
 

DGX
 

16.0
 

3.6
 

DGX-to-Water
 

15
 

3.1
 





 

Computer Monitors
 

Total Energy Consumption (ETEC) in kilowatt-hours per year shall be calculated as follows:
                                ETEC=8.76 ×(0.35×PON+0.65×PSLEEP)

Where:
PON = measured On Mode power in watts; PSLEEP = measured Sleep Mode power in watts;

                   ETECMAX= (1.9+(0.12 ×A)+[3.1×(r+C)]) × effAC_DC 

Where:
 

effAC_DC =

 

1.00 for AC-powered monitors

 

0.85 for DC-powered monitors


A= viewable screen area in square inches;
r = Total Native Resolution in megapixels; and


               0            if A < 180 in2
 C =        -0.2        if 180 in2 ≤ A < 220 in2
               -1.0        if A ≥ 220 in2

 

Dryers*
 

Products must meet the applicable energy performance requirements shown in the table below, as determined by 10 CFR Part 430 Subpart B Appendix D2, unless noted otherwise.
 
 

Cycle Setting
 

Product Type
 

CEFBASE (lbs/kWh)
 

Normal
 

Compact Ventless Electric (240 V)
 

> 3.70
 

Electric
 

≥ 4.30
 

Gas
 

≥ 3.80
 

Normal, Maximum Dryness[1]
 

Compact Ventless Electric (240 V)
 

> 2.68
 

Electric
 

≥ 3.93
 

Gas
 

≥ 3.48
 


 [1] For purposes of this requirement, the manufacturer shall test the dryer according to the provisions in the DOE test procedure in 10 CFR 430, Subpart B, Appendix D2, but where the drying temperature setting can be chosen independently of the program, it shall be set to the maximum. At the time of certification, for each basic model the manufacturer shall report per this criteria section the energy performance (CEF), the cycle program name, the temperature setting, the dryness setting, as well as any settings enabled by default, and the time taken to complete the energy test cycle (as defined in the ENERGY STAR Version 1.1 specification, Section 5C).

Furnaces*
 

AFUE 97% or higher; system status and messaging capabilities. 
 

Refrigerator-Freezers and Freezers
 

Product must have an Annual Energy Consumption (AEC) of less than or equal to 637 kWh per year.

Side-by-side and bottom freezer product types must be at least 30% more efficient than federal requirements. Top freezers must be at least 10% more efficient than federal requirements. Standard-size freezer product types must be at least 15% more efficient than federal requirements.  Compact freezer product types must be at least 20% more efficient than federal requirements.  Compact refrigerator or refrigerator-freezer product types must be at least 30% more efficient than federal requirements.
 

Room Air Conditioners
 

Product must have a Combined Energy Efficiency Ratio (CEER) that is greater than or equal to 35% better than the DOE Federal Minimum Standard.

Products must also be at or below a maximum sound level of 45 dB(A) for the lowest operational setting.
 

Ventilating Fans*
 

Bathroom/utility fans: Efficacy at high speed (cfm/W): ≥10
In line fans: Efficacy at high speed (cfm/W): ≥5
In-line Ventilating Fan tested with a filter in place (6≤MERV<13): ≥4.7
In-line Ventilating Fan tested with a filter in place (MERV≥13): ≥3.8
Bathroom and Utility Room Fans must provide a sound level ≤ 4.0 sones at 0.25 inches of water gauge external static pressure at high speed.

Residential Windows and Sliding Glass Doors*
 

U-factor ≤ 0.20 in all Zones
SHGC in Northern Zone ≥ 0.20
SHGC in North-Central Zone ≤ 0.40
SHGC in South-Central and Southern Zones ≤ 0.25
North American Fenestration Standard/Specification (NAFS) Performance Grade ≥15

  

*Proposed criteria carried over from 2021 for these categories with no changes.

EPA will provide additional information regarding the roll out of ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2022 recognition with the finalization of these criteria.
 
EPA will hold a stakeholder webinar on July 29, 2021 from 1:00-3:00pm EDT to discuss the proposed 2022 recognition criteria. To participate in this webinar, please register here by July 29th

Please share written comments no later than August 15, 2021 with MostEfficient@energystar.gov. EPA plans to finalize these recognition requirements in the coming months.
 
Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.  
 
Sincerely,

Ann Bailey, Director
ENERGY STAR Product Labeling

2021-06-29
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Smart Thermostat Partner or Other Interested Party:

With this letter, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) welcomes your input on the enclosed ENERGY STAR Version 2.0 Smart Thermostats Discussion Guide prior to developing and releasing a Draft Version 2.0 Specification. EPA will also host a webinar on July 26, 2021, to seek input from stakeholders on topics outlined below. Please submit your feedback and any relevant data to connectedthermostats@energystar.gov by August 09, 2021.

Background
The ENERGY STAR program helps businesses and individuals save money and protect the environment by identifying products with superior energy efficiency. EPA monitors market and technology developments and reviews specifications regularly, looking for opportunities to recognize increased energy savings. EPA sees an opportunity to improve the ENERGY STAR Connected (Smart) Thermostat specification through updates and expand scope to realize additional energy savings.

Discussion Guide Summary
The Discussion Guide highlights multiple topics for further discussion which are summarized below. More details regarding these topics as well as specific questions are included in the Discussion Guide.

  • Updated terminology: EPA believes that ‘Smart Thermostats’ is a consumer recognized classification and hence proposes to begin referring to the product category as ENERGY STAR Smart Thermostats with all stakeholders.
  • Revisions to the Specification Metrics: EPA is evaluating the opportunity to improve the submission-to-submission stability of metrics along with improving the correlation between metrics and energy savings through metered data. In addition, EPA is considering a more even weighting across the different climate zones which would yield a metric more relevant to percent savings for every homeowner in the US.
  • Specification criteria changes: EPA is considering updating the demand response requirements and seeks information on product families to ensure that ENERGY STAR can distinguish more efficient models for a range of purchasers. EPA is also interested in understanding the impact of broadband connectivity on savings.
  • Expansion and clarification of scope: EPA seeks feedback on the viability of expanding the scope of the ENERGY STAR specification to include additional product types.  EPA also seeks to clarify the scope during the development of Version 2.0 such that all partners are clear on product types covered by this specification.
  • Software updates: Provided with this Discussion Guide is a list of major software updates. Stakeholders are requested to test the software on their data, review documentation and provide feedback on the same.

Comment Submittal
Stakeholders are encouraged to provide written comments for EPA consideration to connectedthermostats@energystar.gov by August 09, 2021. All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Smart Thermostats Product Development website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

Stakeholder Meeting
EPA will host a stakeholder webinar on July 26, 2021 from 1 to 3 pm EST to review the Discussion Guide and address initial stakeholder comments and questions. Stakeholders interested in participating in this discussion should register here by July 25, 2021.

Please direct any questions specific to the connected criteria to Abigail Daken at EPA, Daken.Abigail@epa.gov, or 202-343-9375, Abhishek Jathar at ICF, Abhishek.Jathar@icf.com or 202-862-1203.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Contact Name: Abigail Daken
Email: daken.abigail@epa.gov
Phone: 202-343-9375
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2021-06-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Water Cooler Brand Owner or Other Interested Party:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to distribute the ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Water Cooler Final Specification. EPA would like to thank the many stakeholders who have devoted time and effort to informing this specification revision process. Version 3.0 requirements will be effective March 23, 2022.

This specification revision has the potential to deliver significant savings. Over its lifetime, a water cooler certifying to ENERGY STAR under this specification could save up to $378 in energy costs. If all water coolers sold in the US met these criteria, the energy cost savings would grow to over $250 million per year and 4.5 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented.

This specification was developed through a process that included release of a discussion guide and three draft specifications, along with multiple stakeholder meetings. This final specification not only raises the bar on energy efficiency but includes updates that will help consumers select the best water cooler for their use.  The Version 3.0 will differentiate conditioned storage hot and cold as well as hot, cook, and cold water coolers based on their capacity, creating distinct categories for high-traffic locations like offices or commercial spaces and low-capacity environments like homes or small offices.  The specification also adds reporting of energy consumption during and after hot and cold water draws, giving a more complete picture of a product’s energy consumption.

Stakeholder comments, previous drafts of the specification, and related materials are available on EPA's ENERGY STAR website at www.energystar.gov/specifications. Click on the “View the Version 3.0 Development Process” link for Water Coolers.

Timeline and Next Steps
EPA shares partners’ desire for a smooth transition from one ENERGY STAR specification to the next, so that consumers can expect ENERGY STAR labeled products to fully meet the latest requirements upon their effective date. With this in mind, EPA has established the following timeline:

  • Effective immediately, manufacturers may elect to have their Certification Body (CB) certify their eligible products to the Version 3.0 requirements.
  • As of October 13, 2021, CBs will be instructed to stop certifying new product submittals to Version 2.0. Note that existing certifications will remain valid for purposes of ENERGY STAR certification until March 23, 2022.
  • Any water cooler manufactured as of March 23, 2022, must meet Version 3.0 requirements to bear the ENERGY STAR mark. All certifications of products to the Version 2.0 specification will be invalid for purposes of ENERGY STAR certification and the product finder will only include models certified to Version 3.0. After March 23, 2022, products placed under new contracts as ENERGY STAR should be certified to the Version 3.0 specification.

ENERGY STAR partnership as a manufacturer is limited to organizations that own and/or license a brand name under which they sell eligible products in the United States and/or Canada. Partnership is not available to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that do not sell directly to consumers or end users. OEMs may certify products on behalf of the ENERGY STAR brand owners/licensees; however, the brand owner must be the ENERGY STAR partner associated directly with the certified product models, since only partners are authorized to use the ENERGY STAR certification mark.

EPA thanks the many stakeholders who provided feedback during the specification revision process and looks forward to working with you as you certify and market your energy-efficient water coolers. Please direct any specific questions to Tanja Crk, EPA, at Crk.Tanja@epa.gov or 202-566-1037, and Julia Hegarty, ICF, at julia.hegarty@icf.com or 202-862-1163.  

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Tanja Crk, Product Manager
ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service, Vending, and Water Coolers

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Water Cooler Final Specification
ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Water Cooler Final Data Package
ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Water Cooler Final Draft Comment Response Matrix

 

2021-06-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The purpose of this letter is to present a proposal from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to sunset the ENERGY STAR specification for Small Network Equipment (SNE) products. Relevant background and the rationale for sunsetting are provided below.  The Agency requests feedback on this proposal no later than June 22, 2021.

ENERGY STAR SNE Products Background
Recognizing the potential to advance energy efficiency in this ubiquitous product, EPA began working with stakeholders in 2009 and through a multi-year, engaged process developed both the first test method to evaluate efficiency and the first recognition program for leadership in efficiency.  The ENERGY STAR SNE product specification was introduced in 2013 with the intention to increase energy efficiency primarily in the home and small office networking space. These products were of interest due to their 24/7 activity and large sales. EPA developed a specification to recognize SNE products that were efficient when connected to a network and passing minimal traffic, the most common operating condition in residential environments.

Rationale for Proposed Sunset SNE
Under certain circumstances, EPA makes the determination that an ENERGY STAR specification for a particular product category should be sunset rather than revised for one or more of these reasons:

  • A standard exists or is forthcoming at the current ENERGY STAR level that will serve as a backstop so efficiency gains are maintained.
  • Additional, cost-effective efficiency gains are not available or anticipated.
  • The market has evolved such that the product type is being discontinued.

The Small Network Equipment Voluntary Agreement (VA), designed to serve as a back stop, was introduced in 2015 leveraging the ENERGY STAR Test Method for Small Network Equipment as well as the program’s definitions and structure to set minimum levels that all signatories commit to meeting. The VA has been signed by all major internet providers, estimated to provide approximately 60% of SNE products to the market with continued growth expected.

In addition, a recent review showed that the opportunity for further efficiency gains beyond ENERGY STAR’s current requirements may be constrained by the energy needs associated with product features that are valued by consumers. In particular, we anticipate the industry will be evolving products to accommodate functionality such as increased range, speed, and the ability to support more clients. EPA will, however, continue to monitor the SNE landscape and will revisit this decision if the technology or market changes and significant energy savings become available.

Proposed Milestones for Sunsetting the ENERGY STAR for SNE Products
EPA proposes the following milestones associated with implementing this proposal:

  • Existing certifications of ENERGY STAR SNE products will remain valid until July 13, 2022.
  • Certification Bodies will be instructed to stop certifying new product submittals as of January 13, 2022.
  • No new promotional materials for SNE products (printed and electronic) that use the ENERGY STAR mark may be produced after January 13, 2022. Brand owners are permitted to use up existing printed material, including packaging to minimize waste.
  • Brand owners must stop using the ENERGY STAR name and ENERGY STAR mark in association with all SNE products manufactured on or after July 13, 2022.
  • To minimize the cost of labeling changes and be in compliance by July 13, 2022, brand owners of SNE products are encouraged to remove ENERGY STAR references on Web sites or in other collateral materials as these materials are reprinted or changed.

Stakeholders are invited to comment on this proposal to sunset the ENERGY STAR for SNE products. Any feedback or data you wish to share with EPA may be submitted via email to networking@energystar.gov, no later than June 22, 2021. All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR SNE page, unless the stakeholder requests otherwise.

Sincerely,

Ryan Fogle
EPA Manager, ENERGY STAR for IT and Data Center Products

2021-06-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR Smart Home Energy Management Systems stakeholders:

In the interest of helping stakeholders navigate the new ENERGY STAR Smart Home Energy Management Systems specification and certify their SHEMS, EPA is sharing a few clarifications. Have a question? Please contact smarthomesystems@epa.gov.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

2021-06-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® CFS Partner or Other Interested Party,

The purpose of this announcement is to provide clarification to the referenced American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) F1920-20 Standard Test Method for Performance of Rack Conveyor Commercial Dishwashing Machines for ENERGY STAR certification purposes.

As a reminder, EPA finalized the ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Commercial Dishwashers product specification on October 27, 2020, which goes into effect July 27, 2021. Since publication of this specification, EPA was notified of an oversight in the latest F1920 standard test method revision that may impact certification eligibility for certain commercial dishwashers.

Section 10.8.3. of F1920-20, which falls under the Washing Energy Performance Test, states: “Confirm that the minimum wash tank temperature is above the manufacturer’s recommended setting.” Similar guidance was revised during the last iteration of the F1696-20 Standard Test Method for Energy Performance of Stationary-Rack, Door-Type Commercial Dishwashing Machines, but retained in F1920-20. Consistent with other referenced ASTM standards, Section 10.8.3 of F1920-20 should have been amended from “minimum” to “average.”

Considering this was an oversight during the last revision of the ASTM F1920 standard, and the guidance language was not updated to reflect this change, EPA will accept a deviation from the current guidance language in Section 10.8.3. of F1920-20 for eligible commercial rack conveyor dishmachines. If the UUT maintains an “average” wash tank temperature above the manufacturer’s recommended setting during the period of test, that is deemed acceptable for purposes of ENERGY STAR certification.

EPA has notified ASTM that this temporary deviation is allowed and is reflected in a notebox under Section 4. Test Requirements in the final ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Commercial Dishwashers product specification available here. An amendment to the F1920-20 standard is anticipated in a subsequent iteration.  At which time, EPA will lift this temporary deviation allowance, along with publication of an amended Version 3.0 specification announcement.

Note that any ENERGY STAR commercial dishwasher model certified under this temporary deviation shall be verified to the same specification deviation upon verification testing, if nominated.

If you have any questions regarding this deviation allowance, please reach out to cfs@energystar.gov.  

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Tanja Crk, Product Manager
ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service

Contact Name: Tanja Crk
Email: Crk.Tanja@epa.gov
Phone: 202-566-1037
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2021-05-27
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Stakeholder:
 
This is a reminder that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the ENERGY STAR Version 9.0 TVs Draft 2 Specification on April 22, 2021. Comments are due June 3, 2021 and may be submitted to televisions@energystar.gov.
 
Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

2021-05-18
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Partners and Stakeholders:
 
Yesterday, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan joined other members of the Biden cabinet to announce new initiatives supporting a whole of government approach to efficient decarbonization of U.S. buildings. In outlining EPA’s commitment, Administrator Regan emphasized the importance of partnership programs, highlighting recent updates to the ENERGY STAR specifications for CAC/ASHPs and water heaters, as well as the expansion of the ENERGY STAR EVSE specification to cover DC fast chargers.   

We look forward to continuing our important work, together, to advance an economy-wide transition to the efficient technologies that are critical in the fight against climate change. 

See EPA press release here: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/through-public-private-partnerships-epa-helps-advance-efficiency-and-reduce-emissions

2021-05-12
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Residential Refrigerator and Freezer Manufacturers, Cooler Manufacturers, and Other Interested Parties:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to share the ENERGY STAR Version 5.1 Consumer Refrigeration Products Draft specification, which proposes to amend the scope to include coolers, a type of miscellaneous refrigeration product (MREF) also known as wine coolers and beverage centers. Expanding the scope of the specification will allow consumers of coolers to identify the best in energy efficiency. EPA will host a stakeholder webinar regarding the Draft specification on May 25, 2021. Please register here if you plan to attend.

This amendment to the residential refrigerators and freezers specification, when final, will be published as ENERGY STAR Version 5.1 Consumer Refrigeration Products specification. Manufacturers will be able to certify products meeting the new definition immediately upon publication, and currently certified products will not be affected. Stakeholders may provide comments to EPA on these proposed changes no later than June 23, 2021. A data package that provides EPA’s dataset, proposed levels, and savings associated with this Draft accompanies this mailing.

Proposal Summary

  • Name: EPA has changed the product name from “Residential Refrigerators and Freezers” to “Consumer Refrigeration Products” to align with DOE.
  • Definitions: EPA has included new definitions for Consumer Refrigeration Product, All-Refrigerator, Miscellaneous Refrigeration Product, Cooler, Combination Cooler Refrigeration Product, Freestanding Cooler, Freestanding Compact Cooler, Built-in Cooler, and Built-in Compact Cooler. Additional definitions were updated to align with DOE.
  • Scope: The scope has been expanded to include coolers.
  • Certification Criteria: EPA has proposed four cooler product classes – built-in compact coolers, built-in coolers, freestanding compact coolers and freestanding coolers – and set annual energy consumption levels at 10% - 30% less than federal standard measured energy use.  
  • Connected: EPA has observed dwindling interest in demand response programs for residential refrigerators and most other traditional appliances. For this reason, EPA is shifting the Agency’s technical and educational focus to demand response capability for larger loads. EPA believes the consumer value of connected appliances remains and the market will reward the best implementations. As such, EPA will not provide a credit for demand response capable coolers. Further, EPA intends to review the connected credit for other appliances as their ENERGY STAR criteria are revised.

EPA welcomes stakeholder input on this proposed amendment. Given the current circumstances, EPA is allowing extra time for ENERGY STAR comments. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit any comments to appliances@energystar.gov by June 23, 2021. All comments received will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Version 5 Consumer Refrigeration Products specification development webpage unless the submitter requests otherwise.

Please direct any specific questions to Ga-Young Park, EPA, at Park.Ga-Young@epa.gov or (202) 564-1085, and Morganne Blaylock at ICF, at Morganne.Blaylock@icf.com or (202) 862-2952. 

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

Sincerely,

Ga-Young Park
Product Manager for Appliances
ENERGY STAR Labeled Products

Contact Name: Ga-Young Park
Email: park.ga-young@epa.gov
Phone: 202-564-1085
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2021-05-10
Location: Washington DC
Description:

This is a reminder that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the ENERGY STAR Version 9.0 TVs Draft 2 Specification on April 22nd. Comments are due June 3rd, 2021 and may be submitted to televisions@energystar.gov.
 
EPA will host a stakeholder webinar to present details of the Draft 2 specification and address stakeholder questions on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Time. If you wish to attend this meeting, please register here.
 
Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR

2021-04-29
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Imaging Equipment Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder,

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing an update to the ENERGY STAR Imaging Equipment (IE) specification to add criteria for professional imaging equipment. This proposal is based on data gathered per the Version 3.0 professional imaging equipment test method. Products that have been certified to Version 3.0 and Version 3.1 will not be affected by this change and will remain ENERGY STAR certified.

Over the past year, EPA has had ongoing discussions with stakeholders regarding appropriate criteria for differentiating professional imaging equipment. As part of these discussions, several manufacturers have tested their products per the Version 3.0 professional imaging equipment test method and submitted resulting data to EPA for consideration. After analyzing these data, EPA proposes to amend the ENERGY STAR criteria to incorporate new professional imaging efficiency metrics for active mode and ready mode, the two modes with the greatest effect on the overall energy consumption of these products. This proposal includes separate active mode criteria for color and monochrome products. Further, EPA has proposed levels that enable products of a variety of speeds to qualify.

EPA welcomes stakeholder input on this proposed amendment. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit any comments to imagingequipment@energystar.gov by June 1, 2021. All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Product Development website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

The exchange of ideas and information between EPA, industry, and other interested parties is critical to the success of ENERGY STAR. Materials associated with this amendment are posted to the ENERGY STAR Product Development website.

Please contact me at Fogle.Ryan@epa.gov or 202-343-9153 or Cody Niblett, ICF, at Cody.Niblett@icf.com or (202) 862-1245 with questions or concerns about this amendment. For other imaging equipment related questions, please contact imagingequipment@energystar.gov.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Ryan Fogle
EPA Manager, ENERGY STAR for IT and Data Center Products

Enclosures:
Draft, Version 3.2 Specification

 

2021-04-29
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Room Air Cleaner Partner, Certification Body, or Recognized Laboratory,
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been made aware of a 2020 update to the ANSI/AHAM AC-1 test procedure for measuring the performance of Room Air Cleaners. As a result, EPA is updating the referenced test procedure, for use in measuring the cigarette smoke Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) and operating power to determine certification for ENERGY STAR Room Air Cleaners, to the updated 2020 version of the ANSI/AHAM AC-1 test method.

For the purposes of ENERGY STAR certification, room air cleaners should be tested using ANSI/AHAM AC-1-2020 moving forward. Currently certified products are not affected. This update will be reflected in Table 2 of the specification (as shown below).

Please contact Park.Ga-Young@epa.gov or (202) 564-1085, or Emmy Feldman, ICF, at Emmy.Feldman@icf.com or (202) 862-1145, with any questions or concerns about the specification. For any other questions pertaining to Room Air Cleaners, please contact roomaircleaners@energystar.gov.

Ga-Young Park
Product Manager for Appliances
ENERGY STAR Labeled Products

2021-04-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® TV Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to share the ENERGY STAR Version 9.0 TVs Draft 2 Specification, which includes revisions in response to stakeholder feedback on Draft 1. Stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback on this Draft 2 by June 3, 2021. In addition, EPA will host a stakeholder webinar to present details of the Draft 2 specification and address stakeholder questions on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Time. If you wish to attend this meeting, please register here

In response to Draft 1, EPA received several sets of written comments as well as verbal feedback during a webinar hosted on September 30, 2020. The Agency has made a number of adjustments to the specification as a result. These changes and EPA’s rationale for them are highlighted in noteboxes throughout the specification and outlined below. Additionally, EPA’s responses to stakeholder feedback are reflected in the Draft 1 comment response document.
 

Version 9.0 Test Procedure

Since publishing the Draft 1 specification, EPA has begun to work with stakeholders in the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) R4 Working Group 13 to develop the CTA-2037C: Determination of Television Set Power Consumption and Average Luminance test procedure that is based on the same approach to measuring TV power and projected luminance as the additional test procedures outlined in Draft 1. As such, and as long as the working group continues to make timely progress towards the finalization of CTA-2037C, the Agency intends to reference it for use in this specification. This will allow ENERGY STAR to align with the industry accepted approach to measuring TV efficiency and reduce the test burden of having an additional test method.

EPA has continued to monitor the development of an updated approach to testing with an Automatic Brightness Control (ABC) feature enabled. At this time, the procedure as presented in the forthcoming CTA-2037C has been developed to the extent that the Agency feels it appropriate to include ABC-enabled metrics in Version 9.0. EPA believes that this will reinforce the Agency’s support of a well-programmed version of the ABC feature and allow for ENERGY STAR criteria to better reflect how TVs are typically used.

EPA developed the specification levels based on a dataset of TVs tested in accordance with the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) test method being used as the starting point for developing CTA-2037C. EPA understands that as the CTA-2037C test procedure continues to be developed, some changes are likely to be made to the test method that may impact power measurements. As changes are made, the Agency will reevaluate the criteria presented in this specification to determine whether corresponding modifications to the specification levels are necessary.

Updated Dataset

The dataset used to inform Draft 1 criteria has been replaced with an updated dataset for Draft 2. The Draft 2 dataset includes 41 2020-2021 model year TVs. This assortment of TVs represents 10 manufacturers and a wide range of screen sizes, display technologies, and native resolutions of TVs available in the market today. Additionally, the data in this dataset were obtained through testing per the current iteration of the forthcoming CTA-2037C test procedure. This ensures that to the furthest extent possible, that the criteria presented in this Draft 2 reflect how TVs are expected to perform when tested for purposes of certification.   
 

Updated Certification Criteria

With a new dataset, EPA set out to assess whether the criteria presented in Draft 1 continued to provide a fair level of stringency across TV size bins, native resolutions, and display technologies. As such, Draft 2 includes the following updates in approach towards On Mode and Standby Mode criteria:

  • To provide manufacturers more flexibility in designing each Preset Picture Setting (PPS), Draft 2 has replaced the On Mode Power requirements prescribed for each PPS with an On Mode Power Requirement that averages the power across the applicable PPSs. As such, the criteria evaluate a TV’s overall efficiency instead of the efficiency of individual settings.
  • Draft 2 proposes that PPSs with ABC enabled by default test with ABC enabled. For PPSs with ABC enabled, EPA developed corresponding metrics that take the average dynamic luminance and power at several illuminance conditions to represent the PPS in calculating the power limit. EPA believes this will incentivize the persistence of a well-implemented ABC function across PPSs.
  • To give manufacturers more freedom to program their brightness settings however they believe will deliver the best viewing experience while ensuring that ENERGY STAR in not providing an incentive to do otherwise, Draft 2 proposes the use of luminance thresholds to determine compliance with the specification. Essentially, if the dynamic luminance of a PPS is measured or calculated to be below the applicable threshold, the On Mode Power used to determine compliance will be the interpolated power value at the luminance threshold. It is important to note that manufacturers may still set their TV default settings to luminance values below the threshold and be eligible for ENERGY STAR, but compliance will be assessed assuming the product is at or above the luminance threshold. 
  • In order to apply comparable stringency for models with an atypical resolution (e.g., 2k) or a resolution below 4K (e.g., 720p vs. 1080p), Draft 2 proposes a universal adjustment factor equation based on screen resolution instead of separate equations for specific screen resolutions, as was proposed in Draft 1.
  • EPA has updated the approach towards TVs classified to receive the High Contrast Ratio (HCR) adjustment factor. This update broadens the applicability of the adjustment factor to beyond just 4K models and includes a new definition for what is considered an HCR TV to appropriately account for current and future technologies that offer this feature to receive the adjustment factor.
  • Draft 2 proposes to lower the Standby-Active, Low Mode Power requirement from 2 W to 1 W. The current dataset shows that while the industry average is higher, several manufacturers have been able to configure their TVs to remain well below 1 W in this mode.


Upcoming Webinar

The exchange of ideas and information between EPA, industry, and other interested parties is critical to the success of ENERGY STAR. Stakeholder participation is key to the ENERGY STAR specification development process and is strongly encouraged. EPA plans to hold a webinar on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Time to discuss the Version 9.0 Draft 2 specification. To participate in this webinar, please register here to attend.

Feedback

Given the current circumstances, EPA is extending the normal comment period deadline to allow stakeholders to provide any comments on the Version 9.0 Draft 2 Specification no later than June 3, 2021. Please send comments via e-mail to televisions@energystar.gov. All comments received will be posted to the Version 9.0 TVs Specification development webpage, unless the submitter specifically requests that his or her comments remain confidential. Stakeholder engagement is vital to the ENERGY STAR program and EPA looks forward to further work with stakeholders in the development of the TVs Version 9.0 specification.

Please contact me at (202) 564-8538 or Kwon.James@epa.gov, or Emmy Feldman at (202) 862-1145 or Emmy.Feldman@icf.com, with questions or to share feedback for this effort.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

Best Regards,

James Kwon, EPA Product Manager
ENERGY STAR for Consumer Electronics

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR Version 9.0 TVs Draft 2 Specification
ENERGY STAR Version 9.0 TVs Draft 2 Data Package
ENERGY STAR Version 9.0 TVs Draft 1 Comment Response Document

2021-04-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Clothes Washer Manufacturers, ENERGY STAR Clothes Dryer Manufacturers, and Other Interested Parties,

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing the ENERGY STAR Version 8.1 Clothes Washer specification. This amendment expands the scope to enable combination all-in-one washer-dryers with air-only drying to earn the ENERGY STAR. This update does not affect currently certified products.  Manufacturers may certify combination all-in-one washer-dryer products meeting the requirements of this amendment immediately upon this publication.

With this amendment, EPA both expanded the scope of the ENERGY STAR Clothes Washer specification to include combination all-in-one washer-dryers with air-only drying products and established tailored ENERGY STAR requirements for this special product type. Combination all-in-one washer-dryers must meet the relevant ENERGY STAR washer criteria and ENERGY STAR dryer criteria (excluding the cycle time requirement) and will be listed as certified on the ENERGY STAR Clothes Washer Product Finder. Combination all-in-one washer-dryer products will continue to be listed as an excluded product type under the ENERGY STAR Clothes Dryer specification.

All stakeholder-submitted comments agreed with EPA’s overall proposal. These comments are summarized in the comment response document, along with the Agency’s responses. EPA thanks stakeholders for their comments in support of this amendment.

All materials related to this amendment are posted on the ENERGY STAR Clothes Washer Version 8 development page. Please direct any specific questions to Ga-Young Park at Park.Ga-Young@epa.gov or (202) 564-1085, or Steve Leybourn at Steve.Leybourn@icf.com or (202) 862-1566.
 
Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

Sincerely,

Ga-Young Park
Product Manager for Appliances
ENERGY STAR Labeled Products

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR Version 8.1 Clothes Washer Final Specification
ENERGY STAR Version 8.1 Clothes Washer Draft Specification Comment Response Document

Contact Name: Ga-Young Park
Email: park.ga-young@epa.gov
Phone: 202-564-1085
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2021-04-05
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to distribute the Final Version 4.0 ENERGY STAR® Water Heater specification and the Final ENERGY STAR Test Method to Validate Demand Response. EPA would like to thank the many stakeholders who have invested time and effort to contribute feedback that has informed this specification revision process. Version 4.0 requirements will be effective on January 5, 2022.

The savings associated with this specification revision are significant at the product level and nationally. Electric water heaters under 55 gallons certifying to the new requirements will save consumers $315 a year, on average. If all electric water heaters sold in the US met these criteria, the energy cost savings would grow to $8 billion per year, and 150 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented. In addition, this revision offers the option for products to be recognized as connected, with a tested ability to shift electrical load for grid stability without sacrificing consumer performance.

This specification was developed through a process that included release of two draft specifications, along with multiple stakeholder meetings and input from stakeholders. Several themes from Draft 1 comments were repeated in the latest comment period, including requests to require a physical CTA-2045 port on all connected water heaters. EPA also received suggestions about the levels proposed for the new split and 120V product classes. Further details and EPA’s responses can be found in the Final Draft Comment Response Matrix.

EPA made two changes in the final specification. The first is a clarification to the definition for split system water heaters, to specify that these products must include a tank that is supplied or specified by the manufacturer and rated with the product. This change to the definition is in line with the intent of the current specification and previously proposed drafts, which excluded add-on heat pump units. EPA also amended the definition of a “loss of connectivity” event based on stakeholder concerns that the previous definition and test method was not applicable to water heaters with an OpenADR 2.0b implementation. The change to the specification language and test method will allow for products with either protocol to meet the requirements for loss of connectivity.

In addition, EPA received extensive feedback about the maintain the current levels for gas-fired water heaters. While some stakeholders supported EPA’s choice, the majority commented that the current levels do not reflect ENERGY STAR guiding principles, and the wide choice of labeled models will mislead consumers and manufacturers about the environmental impact of their choices. EPA understands these concerns and plans to revisit gas water heaters with a proposal later this year.

Stakeholder comments, previous drafts of the specification, and related materials are available on EPA's ENERGY STAR website at www.energystar.gov/specifications. Click on the “View the Version 4.0 Development Process” link for Water Heaters.

Test Method to Validate Demand Response
The Final Test Method to Validate Demand Response includes a minor change to the testing of loss of connectivity, aligned with the change in the specification. It is otherwise unchanged.

Timeline and Next Steps
EPA shares Partners’ desire for a smooth transition from one ENERGY STAR specification to the next, so that consumers can expect ENERGY STAR labeled products to fully meet the latest requirements upon their effective date. With this in mind, EPA has established the following timeline:

  • Effective immediately, manufacturers may elect to have their Certification Body (CB) certify their eligible products to the Version 4.0 requirements, including recognition as connected.
  • As of July 26, 2021, CBs will be instructed to stop certifying new product submittals to Version 3.0. Note, however, that existing certifications will remain valid for purposes of ENERGY STAR qualification until January 5, 2022.
  • Any water heater manufactured as of January 5, 2022, must meet Version 4.0 requirements to bear the ENERGY STAR mark. All certifications of products to the Version 3.0 specification will be invalid for purposes of ENERGY STAR qualification and the product finder will only include models certified to Version 4.0.

ENERGY STAR partnership as a manufacturer is limited to organizations that own and/or license a brand name under which they sell eligible products in the United States and/or Canada. Partnership is not available to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that do not sell directly to consumers or end users. OEMs may certify products on behalf of the ENERGY STAR brand owners/licensees; however the brand owner must be the ENERGY STAR partner associated directly with the certified product models, since only partners are authorized to use the ENERGY STAR certification mark.

EPA thanks stakeholders who provided feedback during the specification revision process and looks forward to working with you as you certify and market your energy-efficient water heaters. Please direct any questions regarding the specification and its timeline to Abigail Daken, EPA, at daken.abigail@epa.gov or (202) 343-9375, and Julia Hegarty, ICF, at julia.hegarty@icf.com or (202) 862-1163. For marketing or webpage questions, please contact Nate Jutras at jutras.nathaniel@epa.gov or (202) 738-3515. For test procedure inquiries, please contact Catherine Rivest, U.S. Department of Energy, at Catherine.Rivest@ee.doe.gov or (202) 586-7335. Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Abigail Daken, Product Manager
ENERGY STAR for HVAC

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR Version 4.0 Water Heaters Final Specification and Partner Commitments
ENERGY STAR Connected Residential Water Heaters Test Method to Validate Demand Response
ENERGY STAR Version 4.0 Water Heaters Final Draft Comment Response Matrix
ENERGY STAR Version 4.0 Water Heaters Final Data Package

2021-04-05
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to distribute the ENERGY STAR® Version 6.0 Central Air Conditioner and Heat Pump (CAC/HP) Final Specification and the ENERGY STAR Cold Climate Heat Pump Final Controls Verification Procedure (CVP). EPA would like to thank the many stakeholders who have devoted time and effort to informing this specification revision process. Version 6.0 requirements will be effective January 1, 2023, although EPA encourages early certification. 

This specification revision has the potential to deliver significant savings.  Over its lifetime, a central air conditioner certifying to ENERGY STAR under this specification could save $800 in household energy costs, and a heat pump could save up to $2000.  If all central air conditioners and heat pumps sold in the US met these criteria, the energy cost savings would grow to $3 billion per year and 105 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented. In addition, this revision offers the option for products to be recognized as connected, providing expanded ability to respond to grid needs with minimal impact to consumers.

This specification was developed through a process that included release of a discussion guide, three draft specifications and two limited topic proposals, along with multiple stakeholder meetings. Several themes were repeated throughout the process, including industry concerns with the burden of preparing to comply with the 2023 Federal minimum efficiency standards and test method as well as California refrigerant standards. As a result, EPA has aligned the effective date of the Version 6.0 specification with the effective date of the new Federal standards.

Stakeholder comments, previous drafts of the specification, and related materials are available on EPA's ENERGY STAR website at www.energystar.gov/specifications. Click on the “View the Version 4.0 Development Process” link for Central Air Conditioners or Heat Pumps.

Translation to EER2
From comments and discussions with stakeholders, EPA  understands that the proposed translation of EER to EER2 may not be accurate for high efficiency products. In the absence of better information, EPA has maintained the proposed EER2 criteria, but encourages partners to share any test data they may have to support a lower EER2 criteria that would be equivalent to the 12.5 EER criteria. Should a better understanding of the conversion arise, EPA will revise the EER2 criteria before 2023 when that metric is required.

Installation Capabilities
As proposed in the Limited Topic Proposal on Installation Criteria, EPA has limited the applicability of the installation criteria to variable capacity products only. This decision allows for a wider set of products to meet the Version 6.0 criteria, while encouraging products with advanced controls and communicating software to improve installation quality. EPA has also made small adjustments to some features based on conversations with stakeholders.

Controls Verification Procedure
The final version of the CVP includes changes from the draft that are in line with stakeholder feedback. As the CVP will not be required for new certifications until January 1, 2022, EPA encourages stakeholders to report any substantive issues with the CVP so that it may be improved as appropriate, but the Agency believes the procedure accomplishes the goal of confirming cold climate heat pump operation under native controls in its current form.

Timeline and Next Steps
EPA shares partners’ desire for a smooth transition from one ENERGY STAR specification to the next, so that consumers can expect ENERGY STAR labeled products to fully meet the latest requirements upon their effective date. In addition, the Appendix M1 test method and associated metrics will become effective on January 1, 2023. With this in mind, EPA has established the following timeline:

•    Effective immediately, manufacturers may elect to have their Certification Body (CB) certify their eligible products to the Version 6.0 requirements, including recognition as connected and the ENERGY STAR Cold Climate Heat Pump label. These certifications can be made according to the current Appendix M test method and associated metrics until January 1, 2022. 

•    As of January 1, 2022, CBs will be instructed to stop certifying new product submittals to Version 5.0. Note, however, that existing certifications will remain valid for purposes of ENERGY STAR qualification until January 1, 2023. Beginning on January 1, 2022, early certifications to Version 6.0 must be made according to the Appendix M1 test method and associated metrics.
 
•    Any CAC/HP manufactured as of January 1, 2023, must meet Version 6.0 requirements to bear the ENERGY STAR mark. All certifications of products to the Version 5.0 specification will be invalid for purposes of ENERGY STAR qualification and the product finder will only include models certified to Version 6.0. Products that certified early using the Appendix M compliance pathway must submit data according to the Appendix M1 test method by this date.

ENERGY STAR partnership as a manufacturer is limited to organizations that own and/or license a brand name under which they sell eligible products in the United States and/or Canada. Partnership is not available to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that do not sell directly to consumers or end users. OEMs may certify products on behalf of the ENERGY STAR brand owners/licensees; however the brand owner must be the ENERGY STAR partner associated directly with the certified product models, since only partners are authorized to use the ENERGY STAR certification mark.

EPA thanks the many stakeholders who provided feedback during the specification revision process and looks forward to working with you as you certify and market your energy-efficient central air conditioners and heat pumps. Please direct any questions regarding the specification and its timeline to Abigail Daken, EPA, at daken.abigail@epa.gov or (202) 343-9375, and Julia Hegarty, ICF, at julia.hegarty@icf.com or (202) 862-1163. For marketing or webpage questions, please contact Dan Lawlor at Lawlor.Daniel@epa.gov or (202) 564-8561. For test procedure inquiries, please contact Catherine Rivest, U.S. Department of Energy, at Catherine.Rivest@ee.doe.gov or 202-586-7335. Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Abigail Daken, Product Manager
ENERGY STAR for HVAC

Enclosures:
Final Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR CAC-HP Specification
Final Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR CAC-HP Data Package
Final Controls Verification Procedure
Final Draft Version 6.0 and CVP ENERGY STAR CAC-HP Comment Response Matrix

2021-04-05
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites you to participate in its next installment of the commercial food service (CFS) webinar series!

This webinar series occurs monthly and covers a range of topics which highlight strategies to leverage the ENERGY STAR logo, tools, and resources, ENERGY STAR partner success stories, and more! The April webinar will spotlight another EPA voluntary program, the Green Power Partnership, and opportunities to leverage both programs.

Webinar information:

Title: Spotlight on EPA’s Green Power Partnership 
Date and Time: Tuesday April 13; 1 PM – 2 PM EDT
Please register for the webinar here.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Partnership (GPP) was established in 2001. The goal of the GPP is to protect human health and the environment by increasing organizations’ voluntary green power use. The program provides technical assistance to organizations as they either start or expand their green power use. The GPP also provides public recognition and promotion for companies and other organizations that use green power. In return for technical assistance and recognition, Partners commit to using green power for all, or a portion, of their annual electricity consumption.

This webinar will:

  • Celebrate this year’s Earth Day theme by introducing partners and stakeholders to EPA’s Green Power Partnership program and the combined benefits of energy efficiency and green power
  • Demonstrate how other organizations have leveraged both ENERGY STAR and the Green Power Partnership program to meet their clean energy goals

Questions may be directed to CFS@energystar.gov.

Thank you for your support of ENERGY STAR

2021-03-31
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Brand Owner or Other Interested Party:

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to share the Final ENERGY STAR Version 1.1 EVSE Specification. EPA would like to thank the many stakeholders who have invested time and effort to contribute feedback that has informed this specification revision process. These Version 1.1 requirements will become effective immediately. EPA will host a webinar on Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 3 – 4 PM Eastern Time to outline the process for certifying DC EVSE and answer any stakeholder questions. Please register for the webinar.

With this Version 1.1, EPA expanded the scope of the ENERGY STAR EVSE specification to include DC charging products. This updated specification establishes requirements to recognize the most efficient DC-output products. Due to the potential for DC chargers to increase the range of EVs and the efforts to establish EV charging corridors for cross-country EV transportation, there has been an increase in demand for this product type. Adding DC charging stations to the ENERGY STAR scope will bring additional value to stakeholders by recognizing the safe and efficient models with the ENERGY STAR label. 

This specification was developed through a multi-year process that began with the development of a test method to ensure there was a repeatable and appropriate procedure for testing DC-output EVSE for energy efficiency. The test method development process included the release of a discussion guide, two working session memos, and three draft test methods, along with multiple stakeholder meetings and input from stakeholders. EPA then began to develop energy efficiency criteria for DC-output EVSE with the release of two draft specifications. Stakeholder comments, previous drafts of the specification and test method, and related materials are available on the ENERGY STAR Version 1.1 EVSE Specification Development webpage.

Feedback on the Final Draft Specification
EPA received a few stakeholder comments in response to the Final Draft specification. These comments are summarized in the enclosed comment response document, along with the Agency’s responses. EPA made modest updates to the Final specification in response to these comments:

  • EPA removed the term ‘portable’ from describing DC-output EVSE with integrated batteries that cannot be disabled, as a stakeholder noted it would inadvertently prevent equipment that have integral batteries that are intended to be installed from claiming a battery management system allowance.
  • EPA received stakeholder feedback that the requirement to report compliance with ISO-15118 was vague and other standards should also be considered. EPA updated the reporting requirement to emphasize advanced energy management functionality, while ensuring that ENERGY STAR program requirements are durable enough to evaluate these protocols as they evolve over time. As a result, the criteria will allow for reporting of additional protocols beyond ISO 15118, such as SAE J1772, IEC 61851-1, CHAdeMO 2.0, that are being leveraged by the EV charging industry to enable smart charging.
  • Stakeholders requested that EPA allow for flexibility in the frequency allowed during testing to the ENERGY STAR DC-output EVSE Test Method to accommodate testing in in-house testing laboratories that may not be located in the United States. EPA has updated the AC-input supply requirements in the final ENERGY STAR DC-output EVSE Test Method (now marked revised as of March 2021) to allow testing at either 50 or 60 Hz, although it is still preferred that the unit be tested at the highest rated voltage and frequency combination listed.

Testing and Certifying DC-output EVSE for ENERGY STAR
Manufacturers should pursue testing through a third party testing laboratory, or enroll an in-house laboratory as a witnessed or supervised manufacturer test laboratory through a recognized Certification Body to begin testing and certifying products to the ENERGY STAR DC-output EVSE criteria. Currently UL Verification Services Inc., TUV SUD America, Inc., and Intertek Testing Services NA are recognized Certification Bodies for EVSE with approved W/SMTL programs. All EPA recognized test labs and certification bodies for EVSE can be found here.

Again, EPA will be hosting a webinar to outline the process for certifying DC EVSE on Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 3 – 4 PM Eastern Time. Please register for the webinar.

ENERGY STAR partnership as a manufacturer is limited to organizations that own and/or license a brand name under which they sell eligible products in the United States and/or Canada. Partnership is not available to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that do not sell directly to consumers or end users. OEMs may certify products on behalf of the ENERGY STAR brand owners/licensees; however, the brand owner must be the ENERGY STAR partner associated directly with the certified product models, since only partners are authorized to use the ENERGY STAR certification mark.

Please contact me at (202) 564-8538 or Kwon.James@epa.gov, or Emmy Feldman at (202) 862-1145 or Emmy.Feldman@icf.com, with questions or to share feedback for this effort.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.
 
Best Regards,  James Kwon, Product Manager
ENERGY STAR for EVSE

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR EVSE Version 1.1 Final Specification
ENERGY STAR EVSE Version 1.1 Final Test Method
ENERGY STAR EVSE Version 1.1 Final Draft Specification Comment Response Document

2021-03-23
Location: Newsletter
Description:

ENERGY STAR® Spring HVAC Newsletter

Change the World. Start with ENERGY STAR.

Promotional Opportunities

Educational Materials

Partner Meeting 2020

Earth Day

Smart Thermostat Best Practices Guide
HVAC Guide
HVAC Fact Sheets

Session Descriptions 
Presentation Decks

New ENERGY STAR Initiatives in HVAC Markets 
EPA is expanding efforts in the HVAC product category and developing new tools, resources, and campaigns for partners. In this session, EPA presented tools and resources, including a dynamic new customer facing ENERGY STAR HVAC Guide as well as describe future promotional plans for this category (with an emphasis on heat pumps). They also discuss updates on the ENERGY STAR HVAC Specification 6.0 revision process.

Helpful Links for Partners

ENERGY STAR is the simple choice for energy efficiency.

2021-03-09
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Brand Owner or Other Interested Party:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing the final ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award criteria for a new 2021 product category: Residential Induction Cooking Tops. With this letter EPA is also extending the 2020 product category, Refrigerators with Advanced Adaptive Compressors, for another year.

After reviewing input from stakeholders, EPA has maintained the criteria presented in the initial draft that EPA released on January 13th. All documents associated with the development of the Residential Induction Cooking Tops criteria, including stakeholder comments and the U.S. Department of Energy’s response regarding the use of the referenced test procedure, can be found on the ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology for Industry Stakeholders webpage.

Award Application Process
Manufacturers with products that meet the Award criteria may immediately begin submitting the necessary documentation to emergingtech@energystar.gov for EPA review. Award-winning products will be recognized upon determination that all Award criteria have been satisfied. Note that multiple products are eligible for the Award. All recognized, Award-winning products will be listed on energystar.gov on the list of ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award winners for Residential Induction Cooking Tops.

2020 Refrigerators with Advanced Adaptive Compressors Category
This letter also serves as notice that EPA is extending recognition of the 2020 Award category – Refrigerators with Advanced Adaptive Compressors – into 2021. No changes to the criteria have been made for 2021. The performance criteria and list of award-winning products can be found on the Advanced Adaptive Compressors webpage.

If you have any questions about the Award, the criteria development process, or marketing and promotion of Award-winning products, please contact me, Peter Banwell, at banwell.peter@epa.gov and (202) 343-9408, or Emmy Feldman at emmy.feldman@icf.com and (202) 862-1145.

Sincerely,

Peter Banwell
Senior Manager, ENERGY STAR Product Marketing

Enclosures:
Final Criteria for Residential Induction Cooking Tops

2021-03-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to remind stakeholders that the effective date for the Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage Program Requirements is March 15, 2021. On this date, only products certified to Version 2.0 and submitted by EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs) to EPA using the Version 2.0 web service will display on our list of certified models.
 
Please contact EPA at storage@energystar.gov with any questions regarding the specification. CBs should direct questions concerning the submittal of Version 2.0 certified Data Center Storage products to Certification@energystar.gov.
 
Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.
 

2021-02-24
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Stakeholders:

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing an ENERGY STAR Commercial Electric Cooktops Discussion Guide. The purpose of this discussion guide is to engage with manufacturers and other interested stakeholders to further inform a potential ENERGY STAR Version 1.0 specification for the commercial electric cooktop product category. During the comment period, the Agency will host a webinar to discuss the questions and general topics outlined in the discussion guide.

EPA reviewed existing research and engaged with manufacturers and other stakeholders. The initial formal notification of this effort was presented during a meeting of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Committee F26 on Food Service Equipment on October 28, 2020. Upon initial suggestion, EPA’s proposal received broad support and the Agency is encouraging further input from industry in response to this proposed expansion covering this product category.

Discussion Guide Summary
The discussion guide highlights multiple topics for further discussion which are summarized below. More details regarding these topics as well as specific questions are included in the discussion guide.

  • Scope: Develop ENERGY STAR specification scope definitions and terminology for the new equipment classes not currently covered under the ENERGY STAR program.
  • Test Methodology: Reference the forthcoming revised ASTM F1521 Standard Test Methods for Performance of Range Tops leveraging energy performance testing and available data to set ENERGY STAR minimum efficiency criteria.

Comment Submittal
Stakeholders are encouraged to provide written comments for EPA consideration to cfs@energystar.gov no later than Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

As a reminder, all submitted comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR product development website unless the submitter specifically requests their respective comments remain confidential.

Stakeholder Meetings
EPA plans to host a stakeholder webinar on March 17, 2021 to cover topics outlined in the discussion guide. Stakeholders interested in participating in these discussions may register here.

Please contact me at Crk.Tanja@epa.gov or 202-566-1037 and Brian Ward, ICF, at Brian.Ward@icf.com or (224) 622-4068 with questions or concerns. For any commercial food service equipment related questions, please contact CFS@energystar.gov

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Tanja Crk, Product Manager
ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service

Enclosures:Commercial Electric Cooktops Version 1.0 Discussion Guide

Contact Name: Tanja Crk
Email: Crk.Tanja@epa.gov
Phone: 202-566-1037
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2021-02-24
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Commercial Dishwashers Stakeholders:
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to remind stakeholders that as of March 11, 2021, EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs) are required to cease certification of new Commercial Dishwashers to the Version 2.0 specification and may only certify Commercial Dishwashers to the Version 3.0 specification. Certification bodies may continue submitting administrative modifications to existing Commercial Dishwashers certifications to the Version 2.0 specification until July 27, 2021. After this date, only Commercial Dishwashers certified to the Version 3.0 specification will appear on the ENERGY STAR website and certified products list.

CBs must notify EPA by March 10, 2021 of models certified to Version 2.0, but not yet submitted to EPA, along with information on when data will be submitted. Failure to do so will result in QPX blocking submissions of these products to EPA.

Please contact EPA at commercialdishwashers@energystar.gov with any questions regarding the specification. CBs should direct questions concerning the submittal of certified Commercial Dishwashers to Certification@energystar.gov.

2021-02-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Smart Home Energy Management Systems Partner or Other Interested Party:

With this letter, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing an amendment to the ENERGY STAR specification for Smart Home Energy Management Systems (SHEMS), to clarify lighting vacation mode requirements and expand flexibility in meeting lighting device requirements. These changes do not impact the eligibility of SHEMS that meet the original requirements to certify to the specification.

Please contact Taylor Jantz-Sell at (202) 343-9042 or Jantz-Sell.Taylor@epa.gov and Théo Keeley-LeClaire at (571) 373-5471 or Theo.Keeley-LeClaire@icf.com with any specific questions or concerns.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Taylor Jantz-Sell & Abigail Daken

Co-Leads, ENERGY STAR Smart Home Energy Management Systems
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR Smart Home Energy Management Systems Version 1.1 Specification

2021-02-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

ENERGY STAR SHEMS Updates

Since releasing the ENERGY STAR specification for Smart Home Energy Management Systems (SHEMS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received valuable feedback leading the team to propose further clarification and flexibility through an amendment, Version 1.1. The changes allow service providers that prefer to control lighting loads through smart switches to participate, enabling additional device and system design options to be eligible for the ENERGY STAR certification. SHEMS meeting the original requirements (published in September 2019) will continue to be eligible for certification.

For more information you can review the Version 1.1 announcement.

Learn about certifying a SHEMS package using the ENERGY STAR SHEMS Checklist or check out the SHEMS for Partners page.

SHEMS RESOURCES

Certification Bodies

News You Can Use

Smart Home Energy Solutions Gain Traction With Users

According to Parks Associates data, 11% of US broadband households own at least one smart light bulb and 9% own a smart plug or adapter module. This reflects an additional 3% of US broadband households adopting each device type since 2018. Read more

Energy Management Drives Smart Home Appeal

In a recent E Source consumer survey, saving energy and money through optimization emerged as the top two most appealing benefits of smart home systems (Figure 1). The survey also found that incentives such as rebates may be more effective than online marketplaces and other strategies in encouraging customers to purchase smart home technology from their energy utility. Members of the E Source Technology Assessment Service can find many more details in the new report US utility customers’ preferences for smart home technologies.

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Figure 1: Most appealing benefits of smart home systems

Source: E Source. Survey respondents showed a clear preference for energy savings when considering benefits from smart home systems. Utilities are ideally suited to help customers realize these benefits.

According to E Source DSMdat (a database of over 6,000 utility demand side management and renewable energy programs throughout North America), there are more than 20 utilities currently offering incentives for customers to acquire smart home technology and systems (excluding programs that offer rebates for individual devices like smart thermostats), and E Source expects that number to increase once ENERGY STAR-qualified SHEMS become available on the market and energy and demand savings are demonstrated. Finally, more than 50 utilities currently have online marketplaces where they’re promoting and selling smart devices, and many of those utilities may also be likely to consider creating rebates or incentives for ENERGY STAR-qualified SHEMS going forward to promote adoption. Contact Essie Snell at essie_snell@esource.com for more information on E Source’s smart home research.

ENERGY STAR SHEMS On The (Virtual) Road

Upcoming

Save the date! Taylor Jantz-Sell, U.S. EPA, will be featured in an Executive Spotlight as part of the Parks Associates 2021 Smart Energy Summit. The Q&A is part of the “Energy Management Platforms: Accelerating Growth” track and will take place on February 24, 2021 at 12:45pm ET.

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Past

The 2020 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting was held virtually from October 27-29 and featured dedicated SHEMS content in two sessions:

  • SHEMS Pilots Update: The latest updates from utilities and supporting service providers that are conducting pilots and programs that intersect with the ENERGY STAR smart home energy management systems specification. Speakers discussed key insights on automated energy savings and consumer engagement and education from pilots across the country. Insights touched on segmentation from low income to multi-family and covered successful leveraging of partnerships and utility marketplaces.
  • SHEMS Pitch Party: Looking for innovative new ideas in the smart home energy management space? Review this series of short pitches covering topics from integration with distributed energy resources to messaging strategies for security and consumer privacy. Speakers included service providers working toward ENERGY STAR certification, device manufacturers, and researchers.

Your Smart Home System May Be Closer To An ENERGY STAR SHEMS than you think

If you operate a smart home system and can answer “yes” to all ten questions below you’re probably ready to start certifying your smart home system! Just review the current specification and data collection template to see all the detailed requirements and contact an ENERGY STAR recognized certification body to get started! If you have any questions, contact smarthomesystems@energystar.gov. Please note that the checklist is based on the proposed Version 1.1 specification.

Can Your System . . .

Control an ENERGY STAR certified Smart Thermostat?

Control either a smart light switch (standby power ≤ 0.5 W) that can report energy, or an ENERGY STAR certified smart lighting product?

Connect to a smart plug, outlet, power strip, home energy monitor, smart breaker panel, or other device (standby power ≤ 1.0 W) that controls miscellaneous loads or reports circuit-level energy use data?

Control a smart water heater add-on controller?

Detect room, apartment, or home occupancy based on a non-battery-powered occupancy sensor (may be integrated in other devices) or with two battery operated occupancy detectors?

Provide energy saving tips?

Report estimated or actual energy use of connected devices in a dwelling to the user?

Perform a demand response event on at least one smart device?

Allow a user to integrate with a utility time of use program?

Aggregate 6 months of system data from ≥ 30 installations with devices from questions 1-3?

Looking forward to helping our future get energy smart together! Have SHEMS insights to share from a pilot or research? Please contact SmartHomeSystems@energystar.gov or Taylor Jantz-Sell at jantz-sell.taylor@epa.gov.

 

 

Contact Name: Taylor Jantz-Sell
Email: jantz-sell.taylor@epa.gov
Phone: 202-343-9042
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2021-02-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce the final recognition criteria for Dishwashers for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2021 and to inform stakeholders that televisions will not be recognized as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient in 2021. This letter outlines the final criteria for dishwashers and summarizes EPA’s rationale with regard to TVs.

Please note that the criteria for 13 other product categories, which were finalized on September 2, 2020, are unchanged, and they and the dishwasher criteria can be found at www.energystar.gov/mostefficient.

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2021 Dishwasher Recognition Criteria

The Final 2021 Most Efficient criteria for dishwashers require an annual energy use of <240 kWh/yr and water consumption of <3.2 gallons per cycle for standard-sized models. Products must also meet a per cycle Cleaning Index of a minimum of 70 for each test cycle (heavy, medium, and light).

Dishwashers that meet the 2021 criteria will deliver 67 kWh/yr in annual savings, equivalent to 22% above the Federal Minimum and 387 gal/yr in annual water savings, 36% over the Federal Minimum, as compared to a conventional product.

EPA received two sets of comments on the dishwasher proposal. One commenter provided support for the proposed criteria for dishwashers for 2021, stating that the rationale EPA provided for both products is consistent with their understanding of ENERGY STAR Most Efficient.

A second commenter proposed that EPA discontinue recognition of dishwashers as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient and expressed concern with the abbreviated process used to develop Most Efficient criteria. Additionally, this commenter stated its opposition to the cleaning performance criteria and reporting for Most Efficient dishwashers because of its concern with repeatability and reproducibility of the cleaning performance test procedure.

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient identifies and advances cutting-edge efficiency among products otherwise eligible for the ENERGY STAR label. Annual reviews and revisions help to ensure that ENERGY STAR Most Efficient criteria stay current, consistent with the expectations of early-adopters, which are the intended audience.

In response to concern regarding the inclusion of minimum cleaning criteria, EPA notes that as a voluntary program, ENERGY STAR is successful only as long as consumers have a positive association with the label. On occasion, requirements are added to prevent trade-offs between efficiency and performance. The need to ensure performance takes on added significance in context of ENERGY STAR Most Efficient where the levels are more stringent. In regard to concerns relating to the cleaning performance test procedure, EPA and DOE view the test procedure as having acceptable repeatability and reproducibility.  EPA has seen a growth in the number of Most Efficient dishwasher models from 2019 to 2020 – from 101 to 116 models, demonstrating partner interest in this category. As such, EPA will maintain the cleaning performance minimum for Most Efficient criteria for dishwashers.

Pausing ENERGY STAR Most Efficient Criteria for TVs in 2021

EPA proposed that TVs not be recognized as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient in 2021. EPA received one set of comments supporting this decision and none arguing against it. EPA recently launched the Version 9.0 specification development process which proposes use of performance-based criteria to encourage more efficient product design through the adoption of efficient components and energy saving features. The Version 9.0 varies significantly from the Version 8.0 approach, which was the basis for the Most Efficient criteria since 2019. As a result of this proposed deviation from the current specification, and since these Version 9.0 criteria are not yet complete, EPA will not recognize TVs as Most Efficient in 2021.   

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2021 Recognition

ENERGY STAR certified products meeting ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2021 requirements are highlighted at www.energystar.gov/mostefficient. EPA will follow this letter with distribution of the 2021 ENERGY STAR Most Efficient designation to brand owners of eligible products. As a reminder, usage guidelines are available on the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2021 Criteria page. As new products are certified, EPA will invite partners to augment their product listing with the following:

  • A product image. Product images can be in any common format (jpg, png, or gif), should include only one product – do not include other people and objects – be a minimum of 250 pixels wide, and for best results, be on a single-color background, preferably white;
  • A product description for use on the web page (i.e., key features and functionalities). The first 50 words will be displayed beside the product photo on the web page; additional text will link to a separate web page; and
  • The name of retail stores or online distributors where the product is available for consumer purchase. This information helps provide price and store location information to consumers on the web page.

To ensure the greatest utility of the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient webpage to consumers, EPA will only highlight products that are currently available for sale in the U.S. As such, EPA reminds partners that it is critical that they keep product availability information with their Certification Bodies current.

The ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2021 designation is intended for use at point-of-sale on point-of-purchase materials, product literature, and websites. It may not be factory-applied to products or product packaging. Failure to abide by these guidelines may result in loss of recognition. EPA will highlight recognized products on the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2021 web page through December 31, 2021.

We look forward to working with you to market ENERGY STAR Most Efficient products in 2021. Please e-mail mostefficient@energystar.gov with any questions. Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Ann Bailey, Director
ENERGY STAR Product Labeling

2021-02-19
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Clothes Washer Manufacturers, ENERGY STAR® Clothes Dryer Manufacturers, and Other Interested Parties,

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is presenting a draft amendment to the ENERGY STAR Clothes Washers specification to expand the scope to enable combination all-in-one washer-dryers with air-only drying to earn the ENERGY STAR. Expanding the scope of the specification will allow consumers who seek these types of products to find those that deliver the best in energy efficiency.

To support this scope expansion, EPA proposes the addition of multiple definitions and edits to the scope exclusion list as highlighted in yellow below. Further, EPA is adding language to the certification criteria specifying that, in addition to meeting relevant washer criteria, combination all-in-one washer-dryers must meet the ENERGY STAR dryer criteria applicable for the product type it best matches if it were a stand-alone dryer. The proposal specifies any connected allowance may be applied to either the clothes washer criteria or the dryer criteria, but not both and exempts the dryer from the maximum dry-time requirement. This amendment to the clothes washer specification, when final, will be published as ENERGY STAR Version 8.1 Clothes Washers specification. Manufacturers will be able to certify products meeting the new definition immediately upon publication, and currently certified products will not be affected.
Stakeholders may provide comments to EPA on these proposed changes no later than April 2, 2021.
 

Key Proposed Definitions Edits

Combination All-in-One Washer-Dryer: A consumer product that meets the definition of a Residential Clothes Washer and Electric Clothes Dryer or Gas Clothes Dryer, which cleans and dries clothes in a single tumble-type drum; a drying cycle can be performed independently without first performing a wash cycle. 

 

a.Combination All-in-One Washer-Dryer with Air-Only Drying: A Combination All-in-One Washer-Dryer that uses circulated air (without the use of water) to cool and condense moisture from the dryer process air, during the dry cycle.

b.Combination All-in-One Washer-Dryer with Water-Cooled Drying: A Combination All-in-One Washer-Dryer that uses tap water to cool and condense moisture from the dryer process air, during the dry cycle.
 

Proposed Changes to the Excluded Products List

 

Excluded Products: The following products are not eligible for ENERGY STAR certification:
 

i. Products with a primary clothes washer drum volume of less than 1.6 cubic feet

ii. Products configured in any way other than a front- or top-loading design

iii.Combination All-in-One Washer-Dryers with Water-Cooled Drying

iv. Residential Clothes Washers with Heated Drying Functionality

v. Commercial Clothes Washers with a clothes container volume larger than 8.0 cubic feet

vi. Commercial Clothes Washer with top-loading design
 

Additional Certification Criteria for Combination All-In-One Washer-Dryers:
 

1. Product shall meet the requirements in this specification and also meet the requirements in Sections 3 and 5 of the ENERGY STAR Eligibility Criteria for Clothes Dryers applicable for the product type it best matches if it were a stand-alone dryer. Combination all-in-one washer-dryers are exempt from the 80-minute maximum cycle time requirement in Section 3.A of the ENERGY STAR dryer specification.
 

Additional Connected Criteria for Combination All-In-One Washer-Dryers:
 

a. A product meeting the definition of a clothes washer and the definition of a clothes dryer may only apply the Connected Allowance if:

i. the product meets the criteria in Section 4 of this specification,

ii. the product meets the criteria in Section 4 of the ENERGY STAR Eligibility Criteria for Clothes Dryers,

iii. certified using the ENERGY STAR Clothes Washer Test Method to Validate Demand Response (TBD), and

iv. is certified using the ENERGY STAR Clothes Dryer Test Method to Validate Demand Response (TBD).

b. Any connected allowance may be applied only once (i.e., either 𝐼𝑀𝐸𝐹𝐴𝑑𝑑𝑒𝑟_𝐶𝑜𝑛𝑛𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑒𝑑 in Equation 2 of this specification or 𝐶𝐸𝐹𝐴𝑑𝑑𝑒𝑟_𝐶𝑜𝑛𝑛𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑒𝑑 in Equation 1 of the ENERGY STAR Eligibility Criteria for Clothes Dryers must be set to zero).


Any comments on this proposal may be submitted by April 2, 2021 to appliances@energystar.gov. The draft specification and related materials are available on the clothes washers product development webpage. Please direct any specific questions to Ga-Young Park, EPA, at Park.Ga-Young@epa.gov or (202) 564-1085 and Steve Leybourn at ICF, Steve.Leybourn@icf.com or (202) 862-1566.  

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

Sincerely,

Ga-Young Park
Product Manager for Appliances
ENERGY STAR Labeled Products

2021-02-04
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Water Heater Brand Owner or Other Interested Party:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to distribute the Final Draft Version 4.0 ENERGY STAR® Water Heater specification and the Final Draft ENERGY STAR Test Method to Validate Demand Response. Stakeholders may submit comments on the final draft to EPA no later than March 4, 2021. EPA plans to finalize this Version 4.0 Water Heater specification and the Test Method to Validate Demand Response before the second quarter of 2021.

With the Version 4.0 revision, EPA seeks to recognize a variety of products that have both excellent efficiency and advanced design features, including those products with demand response and connected capabilities. In light of stakeholder feedback to the Draft 1 specification, this draft incorporates some changes to recognize a variety of efficient water heating technologies. As for all revisions, products may certify to the new version as soon as it is final, and products currently certified remain so throughout the 9-month transition period. 

Final Draft Summary
The Final Draft Version 4.0 includes changes from the Draft 1 proposal that are in line with stakeholder feedback. In accordance with stakeholder recommendations, EPA has defined two new product subcategories – split-system heat pump water heaters and 120-volt integrated heat pump water heaters. Based on stakeholder feedback, these products will be unable to meet the criteria for electric storage water heaters as proposed in the Draft 1 specification. Because split-system and 120-volt products are well-suited to installations for which integrated 240 volt products would not be appropriate, EPA is proposing separate less stringent criteria to recognize these new categories.

EPA has also raised the efficiency criteria proposed for > 55 gallon heat pump water heaters to a Uniform Energy Factor of 3.30, thereby setting a single level for 240-volt integrated heat pump water heaters of all tank sizes. This change was suggested by several stakeholders who confirmed that currently certified products not meeting the more stringent level are being phased out and replaced by more efficient models. Thus, EPA does not expect this change will impact product availability.     

No major changes are proposed to the Connected Criteria. More details regarding all changes described above are included in note boxes throughout the specification document.

Test Method to Validate Demand Response
The Final Draft Test Method to Validate Demand Response includes changes from the Draft 2 proposal that are in line with stakeholder feedback.

In accordance with stakeholder recommendations, DOE and EPA amended the test method to provide explicit instruction on the time to wait to establish that a loss of connectivity has occurred and how to verify that the water heater accurately reports when it is heating water.  DOE and EPA also amended the criteria for determining when a water heater has fully finished heating water. Finally, DOE and EPA made a slight adjustment to the curtailment request to more closely align with how the request will be sent in the field.

More details regarding the changes described above are included in note boxes throughout the test method document.

Comment Submittal Process
Stakeholders may provide written comments for EPA consideration to WaterHeaters@energystar.gov by March 4, 2021. All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Water Heaters Product Development website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

Please direct any specific questions to Abigail Daken, EPA, at daken.abigail@epa.gov or (202) 343-9375, and Julia Hegarty, ICF, at julia.hegarty@icf.com or (202) 862-1163.  For test procedure inquiries, please contact Catherine Rivest, U.S. Department of Energy, at Catherine.Rivest@ee.doe.gov or 202-586-7335. Thank you for taking the time to review these Final Draft documents. I look forward to continuing working with you.

Sincerely,

Abigail Daken, Product Manager
ENERGY STAR for HVAC

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR Final Draft Version 4.0 Water Heaters Specification
ENERGY STAR Final Draft Connected Residential Water Heaters Test Method to Validate Demand Response
ENERGY STAR Draft 1 Version 4.0 Water Heaters Comment Response Matrix
ENERGY STAR Final Draft Version 4.0 Water Heaters Data Package

2021-02-04
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Smart Home Energy Management Systems Partner or Other Interested Party:

With this letter, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is presenting a draft amendment to the ENERGY STAR specification for Smart Home Energy Management Systems (SHEMS), to clarify lighting vacation mode requirements and expand flexibility in meeting lighting device requirements. The proposed updates do not impact the eligibility of SHEMS that meet the original requirements to certify to the specification.

Vacation Lighting Mode Requirement
Certified Smart Home Energy Management Systems are required to provide a feature that operates lighting minimally at night or while the user is away. Based on feedback, EPA has further clarified the intent that service providers have flexibility in naming and deploying this feature. This feature is not intended to add lighting load to any lower energy away modes that a service provider may provide, but simply to offer a low energy option for users who like to leave a light on while away. Proposed updates to the Version 1.0 specification are highlighted with bold text below.

Section 4.1:
The SHEMS shall perform the following services:
G) Provide a vacation, nighttime safety, leave a light on, nightlight, or similarly identified mode to automate lighting load to operate one or multiple lights minimally at night or while away, using no more than 0.03 kWh per day while the feature is activated. This feature must be available to the user but need not be enabled by default and should not be a part of a default vacation mode if that setting does not operate lights.
Note: service providers may ensure that lighting energy does not exceed 0.03 kWh per day either by collecting lighting energy consumption data from connected devices or by limiting runtime based on the rated wattage of a given bulb.


Connected Lighting Device Requirement
EPA has heard from many service providers about market demand and preferences for controlling lighting load at the switch. In response, EPA is proposing to allow a pathway for SHEMS relying on smart switches to earn certification, as outlined below in bold. EPA strongly encourages service providers pursuing this option to select switches compatible with ENERGY STAR dimmable lighting for optimal energy savings and consumer experience. Making this change will accommodate service providers and consumers that prefer smart switches for reasons such as permanence; ease of installation in new construction; similarity to existing lighting controls; added flexibility in choosing communications protocols; power reliability; and lower overall standby power for lighting loads. EPA has also added the word “product” and clarified the definition of ENERGY STAR Certified Smart Lighting Product to address present and potential future device options.
 

Section 4.3 A):
Any package marketed as an ENERGY STAR certified SHEMS shall include the following devices. (Note: since actual installations may vary, only those installations that include the required devices will be analyzed as part of the compliant population.)

b) At least two connected lighting devices, consisting of:

·         Two ENERGY STAR certified smart lighting products;

·         One ENERGY STAR certified smart lighting product and one lighting load control device capable of measuring lighting load; or

·         Two lighting load control devices capable of measuring lighting load. Service providers using this option are strongly encouraged to select lighting load control devices compatible with ENERGY STAR certified dimmable lighting.


Please feel free to contact us with questions and submit any comments to smarthomesystems@energystar.gov by February 18.

All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Product Development Webpage unless the submitter requests otherwise.

Please contact Taylor Jantz-Sell at (202) 343-9042 or Jantz-Sell.Taylor@epa.gov and Théo Keeley-LeClaire at (571) 373-5471 or Theo.Keeley-LeClaire@icf.com with any specific questions or concerns.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Taylor Jantz-Sell & Abigail Daken

Co-Leads, ENERGY STAR Smart Home Energy Management Systems
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR Smart Home Energy Management Systems Draft Version 1.1 Specification

Contact Name: Taylor Jantz-Sell
Email: jantz-sell.taylor@epa.gov
Phone: 202-343-9042
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2021-02-03
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The ENERGY STAR® Emerging Technology Award is given to innovative technologies that meet rigorous performance criteria to reduce energy use and lower greenhouse gas emissions, without sacrificing features or functionality.  The Award provides forward-thinking, environmentally conscious consumers and end users with a tool to identify and purchase cutting-edge technologies that offer energy savings and help to reduce their carbon footprint. Interested?  Check out the technologies below for more information on savings opportunities and product availability.  

Award Winning Technologies for 2021:

Residential induction Cooking Tops

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce the selection of Residential Induction Cooking Tops as a 2021 ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award category with the goal of recognizing a promising residential cooking top technology that offers the consumer new ways to save energy and protect the environment. Conventional residential cooking tops typically employ gas or a resistive electrical element to generate heat, which is then transferred to cookware via thermal conduction. Through this process, gas cooking tops transfer energy with efficiencies of approximately 32% while electric cooking tops are 75-80% efficient. Residential induction cooking tops instead consist of an electromagnetic coil that creates a magnetic field when supplied with an electric current. When brought into this field, compatible cookware is warmed internally and transfers the energy with about 85% efficiency, providing energy savings and reduced cooking times, among other health and safety benefits.

Advanced Adaptive Compressors

The Award beginning in 2020 and continuing through 2021 recognizes the best available adaptive refrigerator compressor systems. An advanced adaptive compressor system in residential refrigeration products pairs an inverter compressor with a sensor-driven control system capable of cooling capacity modulation in response to a varying internal thermal load. As a result, the advanced adaptive compressor system allows for the refrigerator to save a significant amount of energy while regulating the temperature by minimizing wide temperature variations.

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2021-01-26
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® CAC/HP Brand Owner or Other Interested Party,

As part of the specification revision process for ENERGY STAR CAC/HP, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking stakeholder input on a proposal regarding the installation criteria.  This proposal follows the release of the Final Draft Version 6.0 specification in October 2020. Feedback received in response to this letter, along with feedback provided on the Final Draft proposal, will inform the Final Version 6.0 specification. Stakeholders may provide comments on this limited topic proposal no later than February 23, 2021.

Proposed Amendment to the Installation Criteria

On October 22, 2020, EPA released the Final Draft Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR Central Air Conditioner and Heat Pump Specification, which included several changes to the certification levels for CAC/HP products and removed the explicit requirement that all products must be variable or staged capacity. In light of feedback received on this draft and subsequent conversations with stakeholders, EPA is proposing refinements to the installation criteria through this limited topic proposal.

The conversation centered on two aspects of the criteria. First, for centrally ducted systems, criteria b and c below rely on sensor data from the main blower fan, which is typically not part of the CAC/HP. Second, criteria b, c, e, and f cannot be met unless there is two-way digital communication between the various components of the heating and cooling system. Variable speed products typically use such communication for basic control functions, but it is unusual in other systems. Even single- and two-speed systems that are capable of such communication are often installed without thermostats required to enable such a network. While EPA wants to encourage the adoption of capabilities supporting excellent installation in all products, EPA also wants to ensure that an appropriate percentage of models are eligible for ENERGY STAR, including models that are more competitively priced. As such, EPA will focus installation criteria on products that have three or more capacities or are continuously variable. 

This limited topic proposal for CAC/ASHP installation criteria adds text to the 3) Certification Criteria section from the CAC/ASHP Version 6 Final Draft specification.

3) Certification Criteria:

C. Installation Capabilities To certify as ENERGY STAR, all CAC/HPs that have three or more capacities, or are continuously variable, must be capable of providing at least three of the following capabilities to aid in quality installation. For purposes of this section, a thermostat or controller can be considered part of the system. Items a, b, and c are understood to be measured at maximum fan speed and capacity. Single-stage or two-stage CAC/HPs are exempt from this requirement but should report these features if they are available with some controllers.

a. Refrigerant charge – System can verify that the refrigerant charge is within manufacturer recommended tolerances at a range of conditions including outdoor temperatures at least as low as 55ºF.

b. Airflow measurement or external static pressure – System shall have some capability to display airflow and confirm that it is within the OEM recommended settings, or to display external static pressure and fan speed setting. For split systems, this capability may be contingent on the recognized product being paired with a specific furnace or air handler. (Not relevant to ductless units)

c. Blower fan power draw – System shall have the capability to measure and report the watt draw of the blower fan. For split systems, this capability may be contingent on the recognized product being paired with a specific furnace or air handler.

d. If systems DO NOT include any of the capabilities in a, b, or c, and have multiple or variable capacities, the system provides an easily accessible test mode that locks the system into the highest fan speed and compressor capacity setting available in that installation, such that a technician can measure the quantities in a, b, and c with external equipment.

e. Automatic system discovery – System is capable of automatically recognizing compatible communicating indoor/outdoor units, furnaces. Automatic discovery of humidifiers and dehumidifiers is encouraged.

f. Preprogrammed system tests – System shall automatically prompt the installer to run preconfigured system tests following the initial setup. These tests should verify, at a minimum, fan blower, cooling-mode, defrost mode, heat pump only heating, and auxiliary heating tests as applicable to the product. The test should require installer verification of the results before exiting test mode.

Note: Limiting the installation criteria to variable capacity products in Version 6 reflects the current market and available technologies. Stakeholders affirmed that products with communicating capabilities and ductless products will be able to meet these criteria without adding cost. EPA firmly believes in the role of advanced product capabilities to address poor installation for all products and looks forward to working with stakeholders to identify a practical path to expand their availability. EPA encourages partners to report whether single stage and two-stage products can meet any of these capabilities with the right controller, and that information will be displayed in the QPL.

Additionally, EPA has clarified that airflow measurement or external static pressure and blower fan power draw capabilities may require that a split system unit is paired with a specific furnace or air handler.

Lastly, as these capabilities rely on particular sensor data from blower fans, EPA anticipates proposing that ENERGY STAR products with blower fans (e.g. furnaces) provide that data in future versions. In addition, EPA is currently working to add communicating controllers to the ENERGY STAR Connected Thermostat specification, and anticipates proposing that such controllers enable installation capabilities that rely on them.

Stakeholders are encouraged to provide written comments for EPA consideration to CACASHP@energystar.gov  by February 23, 2021. All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR CAC-ASHP Product Development website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

Please direct any specific questions to Abigail Daken, EPA, at daken.abigail@epa.gov or (202) 343-9375, and Julia Hegarty, ICF, at  julia.hegarty@icf.com or (202) 862-1163. For test procedure inquiries, please contact Catherine Rivest, U.S. Department of Energy, Catherine.Rivest@ee.doe.gov or (202) 586-7335.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

Sincerely,

Abigail Daken, Product Manager
ENERGY STAR for HVAC

2021-01-21
Location: Webinar
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Stakeholder:

This is a reminder that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers Discussion Guide on December 22, 2020. Comments are due February 23, 2021 and may be submitted to cfs@energystar.gov.

EPA will host two stakeholder webinars to present details of the Discussion Guide and address stakeholder questions on Tuesday,
February 2 and 9, 2021 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST. If you wish to attend these meetings, please register for Part 1 and Part 2 prior to the start of each session. Note that the two-part webinar series will cover different topics such that the first webinar will cover scope expansion and best practice guidance; and, the second webinar will cover criteria revisions to product categories currently in scope and test methods for categories with no currently applicable energy conservation standards.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

2021-01-06
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The ENERGY STAR® Emerging Technology Award (ETA) is given to innovative technologies that meet rigorous performance criteria to reduce energy use and lower greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to recognize Residential Induction Cooking Tops for the ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award for 2021.

Products that meet the performance criteria (PDF) will be listed on a Qualified Product List (PDF) once it is determined that all Award criteria have been satisfied. Manufacturers can submit documentation for eligible residential induction cooking top products to EmergingTech@energystar.gov

Benefits of ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award-Winning Systems:

Conventional residential cooking tops typically employ gas or resistance heating elements to transfer energy with efficiencies of approximately 32% and 75-80% respectively. Residential induction cooking tops instead consist of an electromagnetic coil that creates a magnetic field when supplied with an electric current. When brought into this field, compatible cookware is warmed internally, transferring energy with approximately 85% efficiency. Furthermore, because the source of heat is the cookware itself, the cooking top surface remains cool to the touch and less heat is lost to the surrounding air, providing an additional energy efficiency benefit by reducing the workload for the HVAC equipment. A cooler cooking top surface also makes induction cooking tops safer to work with than other types of cooking tops. Finally, because the cookware itself is the source of heat, it reaches desired temperatures more quickly and provides faster cook times.

The per unit efficiency of induction Cooking Tops is about 5-10% more efficient than conventional electric resistance units and about 3 times more efficient than gas. If all Cooking Tops sold in 2021 in the U.S. used induction technology and met these draft criteria, the energy cost savings would exceed $125 million and the energy savings would exceed 1,000 GWh.

Winning Products Must Demonstrate That They:

  1. Meet the Department of Energy (DOE) definition for built-in, drop-in or freestanding Cooking Tops and be intended for residential use. 
  2. Only include induction heating technology for all surface units on the cooking top.
  3. Are tested to have an Integrated Annual Energy Consumption (EIAEC) ≤ 125 kWh/year.
  4. Are approved for use and available for sale in the U.S. market.
2020-12-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Commercial Refrigerator and Freezer Partner or Other Interested Stakeholders:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) welcomes your input on the enclosed ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers Discussion Guide.

EPA is sharing this ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers Discussion Guide to provide input on key topics prior to developing and releasing a Draft 1 Version 5.0 specification. EPA will host two webinars one on February 2, 2021 and the next on February 9, 2021 to seek input from stakeholders on the topics outlined below. Please submit feedback and any relevant data to cfs@energystar.gov by February 23, 2021.

Discussion Guide Summary
The Discussion Guide highlights multiple topics for further discussion which are summarized below. More details regarding these topics as well as specific questions are included in the Discussion Guide.

  • Revised Levels: Revision of energy efficiency criteria for existing ENERGY STAR product categories. The ENERGY STAR Unit Shipment and Market Penetration Report Calendar Year 2019 Summary indicates that ENERGY STAR certified commercial refrigerators and freezers represent approximately 46% of all eligible units shipped in the United States in 2019. Based on preliminary review, there appear to be opportunities to amend the maximum daily energy consumption (MDEC) levels for three product categories (VCT.SC.M, VCS.SC.M, and VCS.SC.L).
  • Scope: ENERGY STAR specification scope expansion to new equipment classes currently covered by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) energy conservation standards, including:
    • Vertical Closed Transparent Remote Condensing Refrigerators (VCT.RC.M) and Freezers (VCT.RC.L), and
    • Service Over Counter Remote Condensing (SOC.RC.M) and Self Contained (SOC.SC.M) Refrigerators.
  • Test Methods: Review of existing and forthcoming test procedures to best support scope expansion for three categories with no currently applicable energy conservation standards, including:
    • Refrigerated Preparation and Buffet Tables;
    • Chef Bases or Griddle Stands; and
    • Blast Chillers and Freezers.
  • Best Practice Guidance: Exploring opportunities to promote energy efficient best practices through the ENERGY STAR, GreenChill, and DOE programs for commercial refrigeration.

Comment Submittal
Stakeholders are encouraged to provide written comments for EPA consideration to cfs@energystar.gov no later than February 23, 2021.

As a reminder, all submitted comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Product Development website unless the submitter specifically requests their respective comments remain confidential.

Stakeholder Meetings
EPA plans to host two stakeholder webinars on February 2 and 9, 2021 from 1:00p.m. – 3:00p.m. EST to review the discussion guide and address initial stakeholder comments and questions. The two part webinar series will cover different topics from the discussion guide: the first webinar will cover scope expansion and best practice guidance; and, the second webinar will cover criteria revisions to product categories currently in scope and test methods for categories with no currently applicable energy conservation standards. Stakeholders interested in participating in these discussions should register for Part 1 and Part 2 prior to the start of each session.

Please contact me at Crk.Tanja@epa.gov or 202-566-1037 and Adam Spitz, ICF, at Adam.Spitz@icf.com or 916-231-7685 with questions or concerns. For test method questions, please contact Stephanie Johnson at stephanie.johnson@ee.doe.gov or 202-287-1943. For any other commercial refrigerator and freezer inquiries, please contact cfs@energystar.gov.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Tanja Crk, Product Manager
ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service

Enclosures:
Version 5.0 Discussion Guide

Contact Name: Tanja Crk
Email: Crk.Tanja@epa.gov
Phone: 202-566-1037
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2020-12-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Room Air Conditioner Brand Owners and Other Interested Parties, 

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing the Version 4.2 ENERGY STAR Room Air Conditioner specification. This amendment adds the option to certify models as having connected functionality through an Alternative Demand Response Validation (ADRV). This update does not affect currently certified products. 

Recognizing the potential grid benefit and customer convenience of room air conditioners with connected capabilities, and in response to stakeholder requests to reduce the complexity of testing of such products, the EPA pursued this amendment with the intention of encouraging more ENERGY STAR models to be certified as connected.  

With Version 4.2, EPA will allow manufacturers and brand owners the option to certify models as having connected functionality through an Alternative Demand Response Validation (ADRV). Manufacturers and brand owners with at least two models certified with connected functionality may forego demand response validation testing for new models by using an ADRV. The ADRV is a set of parameters developed and proposed by the manufacturer that predicts a basic model’s ability to meet the demand response portion of the connected criteria. These parameters can include, but are not limited to, hardware and software documentation, connection types and capabilities, and computer simulations. 

All stakeholder-submitted comments agreed with EPA’s proposal, and no clarifications or edits were suggested. EPA thanks stakeholders for their comments in support of this amendment. 

All materials related to this amendment are posted on the ENERGY STAR Room Air Conditioner Version 4 development page. Please direct any specific questions to Park.Ga-Young@epa.gov or (202) 564-1085, or Steve Leybourn at Steve.Leybourn@icf.com or (202) 862-1566.   

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR. 

Sincerely, 

Ga-Young Park 
Product Manager for Appliances
ENERGY STAR Labeled Products

Contact Name: Ga-Young Park
Email: park.ga-young@epa.gov
Phone: 202-564-1085
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2020-12-18
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Imaging Equipment Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder,

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing an amendment to the ENERGY STAR Imaging Equipment specification. This amendment enables remanufactured imaging equipment products to certify as ENERGY STAR and will be reflected as Version 3.1. Imaging equipment products previously certified to Version 3.0 are not affected by this change.

EPA received multiple comments on the Version 3.1 proposal. A commenter requested that EPA ease the proposals around unique model numbers and testing. EPA has retained the requirement for a unique model number as this enables buyers to distinguish efficient remanufactured product on the ENERGY STAR Product Finder. EPA has, however, eased testing by extending the reduced testing afforded to products within a family to include remanufactured family members. Commenters also provided feedback on the remanufactured imaging equipment definition. EPA has simplified the definition to allow greater flexibility, while retaining the key attributes of the definition for ENERGY STAR purposes. Finally, stakeholders requested that these changes be made outside of a “dot” revision, EPA believes because commenters were concerned about the impact on currently certified products.  Recognizing that this is an expansion of scope for the imaging equipment program, the changes made to the specification are incorporated as a Version 3.1 but, EPA wishes to clarify that no action is required for currently certified products.

Please contact me at Fogle.Ryan@epa.gov or 202-343-9153 or John Clinger, ICF, at John.Clinger@icf.com or (215) 967-9407 with questions or concerns about the specification. For other imaging equipment related questions, please contact imagingequipment@energystar.gov.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Ryan Fogle
EPA Manager, ENERGY STAR for IT and Data Center Products

Enclosures:
Version 3.1 Specification

Contact Name: Ryan Fogle
Email: Fogle.Rya@epa.gov
Phone: 202 343-9153
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2020-12-16
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Brand Owner or Other Interested Party:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently in the process of expanding the scope of the ENERGY STAR Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) specification to include DC fast chargers. The Agency is pleased to share a final draft of proposed requirements for the Version 1.1 specification. Stakeholders may submit written comments to evse@energystar.gov by January 20, 2021.

The changes reflected in Version 1.1 will not affect currently certified AC EVSE products, except with respect to the optional connected requirements. EPA has updated the optional connected functionality criteria in this specification that will apply to both AC and DC EVSE. These updates propose more prescriptive requirements (e.g., remote management and scheduling capabilities, as well as defined DR signals) intended to make the connected designation more useful. As a result of the changes to these criteria, manufacturers that have AC EV chargers certified as connected capable on the ENERGY STAR website will need to work with their certification body to update their listings to reflect if the charger meets these updated requirements after Version 1.1 is finalized. In addition, EPA has included several clarifications to the definition of Product Family and subsequently the instructions on selecting a representative model when testing a Product Family, for both AC and DC EVSE.

With this final draft, EPA has updated definitions and several minor aspects of the proposed performance criteria for DC-output EVSE that are outlined below. Additionally, EPA responds to comments received on the initial draft of the amended specification in the accompanying comment response document.

  • Definitions 
    • EPA changed the definition for cabinet/dispenser and minimum dispenser configuration to be termed distributed product configuration and minimum distributed product configuration, respectively, in response to stakeholder comments that the cabinet/dispenser terminology may not represent all possible iterations of DC EVSE configurations.
    • In addition, EPA updated the definition of product family to include two additional allowable variations within models in a product family, as long as the variation does not impact the product’s performance or ability to meet all requirements. This added flexibility applies to both AC and DC EVSE.
  • No Vehicle and Partial On Mode Requirements for DC-output EVSE
    • In response to stakeholder comment, EPA updated the high resolution display allowance for these standby requirements to remove from the equation the instruction to divide the allowance by the number of outputs. This division by the number of outputs is utilized in calculating allowances for AC EVSE because the test method for multi-output AC EVSE requires the tester to measure power for each output. The DC EVSE test method instructs multi-output DC EVSE power to be measured when a single output is being used. As a result, this division by number of outputs is not relevant for DC EVSE and has been removed.
    • Also, EPA included an allowance for portable DC EVSE with an integrated battery that cannot be disabled during testing to account for the power required for a battery management system.
  • Connected Functionality Criteria – EPA updated the requirement to report ISO 15118 capability with more specifics on what would be considered as supporting ISO 15118, in response to feedback that the requirement was vague. In addition, EPA added a requirement to report compliance with UL 9741 in the case of a bidirectional EVSE.
  • Representative Model Selection for Testing – EPA received a recommendation from a stakeholder that the description of representative model should be updated to clarify that if a product family has models with various rated output currents, only the highest consuming would need to be tested as the representative model, as long as all models within the family meet all requirements in the specification. EPA also clarified that non-networked versions of models can be included in a product family as long as they meet the requirements without the respective network allowances, with the networked version being tested as the representative model. This clarification to the selection of a representative model applies to both AC and DC EVSE.

As a reminder, the V1.1 DC EVSE Test Method was finalized and released in June 2020. At this time, manufacturers are encouraged to pursue enrolling an in-house laboratory as a witnessed or supervised manufacturer test laboratory through a recognized Certification Body to be prepared to test and certify products to the ENERGY STAR DC EVSE specification upon finalization in February. Currently UL Verification Services Inc., TUV SUD America, Inc., and Intertek Testing Services NA are recognized Certification Bodies for EVSE with approved W/SMTL programs. It is EPA’s understanding that currently there are third-party laboratories capable of testing lower powered DC EVSE, but most are still building the capacity to test high powered stations. All EPA recognized test labs for EVSE can be found here.

Feedback
Given the current circumstances, EPA is extending the normal comment period deadline to allow stakeholders to provide any comments on the Version 1.1 Final Draft Specification no later than January 20, 2021. Please send comments via e-mail to evse@energystar.gov. All comments received will be posted to the Version 1.1 EVSE specification development webpage, unless the submitter specifically requests that his or her comments remain confidential. Stakeholder engagement is vital to the ENERGY STAR program and EPA looks forward to further work with stakeholders in the development of the EVSE Version 1.1 specification.

Please contact me at (202) 564-8538 or Kwon.James@epa.gov, or Emmy Feldman at (202) 862-1145 or Emmy.Feldman@icf.com, with questions or to share feedback for this effort.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

Best Regards,

James Kwon, EPA Product Manager
ENERGY STAR for EVSE

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR EVSE Version 1.1 Final Draft Specification
ENERGY STAR EVSE Version 1.1 Draft 1 Specification Comment Response Document

2020-12-15
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Partners and other Stakeholders:
 
In follow-up to our recent process to establish ENERGY STAR Most Efficient criteria for 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to maintain 2020 Most Efficient criteria into 2021 for dishwashers and to suspend recognition for televisions. These proposals were delayed as we awaited further progress on ENERGY STAR specification revisions for these categories, which will continue into 2021. 

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2021 Dishwasher Proposal

As of November 2020, 103 models (31 base models) from 9 ENERGY STAR partners meet the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020 recognition criteria for dishwashers. EPA proposes to maintain the current criteria for dishwashers into 2021 as the criteria continue to recognize top performance. These criteria require an annual energy use of <240 kWh/yr and water consumption of <3.2 gallons per cycle for standard-sized models. Additionally, products must meet a per cycle Cleaning Index of a minimum of 70 for each test cycle (heavy, medium, and light).

The graph below is included to provide additional context regarding the basis of this proposal. Data for the graph below is from the ENERGY STAR Qualified Products List for dishwashers.

Proposed Suspension of ENERGY STAR Most Efficient Recognition for Televisions in 2021

Five models from four ENERGY STAR partners meet the 2020 recognition criteria for TVs. The Version 9.0 specification development effort, which is currently underway, proposes a new performance-based approach to establishing criteria. The new approach varies significantly from the Version 8.0 approach, which has been the basis for the Most Efficient criteria for TVs since 2019. With this movement to performance-based criteria underway but not complete, EPA is unable to establish meaningful Most Efficient criteria for TVs for 2021. Further, the very limited participation in ENERGY STAR Most Efficient for TVs in 2020 argues against extending the current criteria in 2021.

Stakeholder Comments and Feedback

Stakeholder feedback on this proposal may be provided no later than January 21, 2021 to MostEfficient@energystar.gov.

Please contact Ga-Young Park, 202-564-1085 or Park.Ga-Young@epa.gov or Steve Leybourn, 202-862-1566 or Steve.Leybourn@icf.com for questions on the proposed dishwasher criteria. For questions on TVs, please contact James Kwon, 202-564-8538 or Kwon.James@epa.gov, or Emmy Feldman, 202-862-1145 or Emmy.Feldman@icf.com. For questions about the DOE test method for dishwashers, contact Bryan Berringer, bryan.berringer@ee.doe.gov or 202-586-0371. For TV test method questions, contact Jeremy Dommu, jeremy.dommu@ee.doe.gov or 202-586-9870.

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.  
 
Sincerely,

Ann Bailey, Director
ENERGY STAR Product Labeling

2020-12-11
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Water Cooler Brand Owner or Other Interested Party:

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing the Draft 2 Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Water Coolers Product Specification, along with the Draft 1 comment response matrix and a revised data package. The deadline to provide comments on this Draft 2 specification is January 22, 2021.

Proposal Summary
EPA received multiple comments on the first draft of this specification and considered each of those comments carefully, incorporating changes into this draft as warranted.  The changes proposed in the Draft 2 are summarized below. More details regarding these topics, EPA rationale, and specific requests for comment are included in note boxes throughout the draft specification as well as the Draft 1 comment response matrix.

  • Capacity Categories: Commenters expressed concern about the proposed levels in Draft 1, namely that they would exclude large capacity water coolers that serve a large portion of the market in commercial spaces. EPA is requiring that all products report their cold water capacity, as measured by the ANSI/ASHRAE 18-2008 (RA 2013) test method. Units that provide hot water shall also report their hot water capacity per the same test method. EPA proposes categorizing all water cooler products as either “Low-Capacity” or “High-Capacity” based on these rated values. This information, along with the On Mode Performance (OMP) data that is reported under this specification, may be used to identify units that are more appropriate for placement in high-traffic areas such as a commercial office setting or lower use frequency areas such as in residences.
  • Certification Criteria: Per the comments mentioned above, distinct On Mode with no water draw levels have been proposed for Low Capacity and High Capacity water coolers in the Hot and Cold and Hot, Cook, and Cold Conditioned Storage categories. The level for Low Capacity units has been reduced to 0.68 kWh/day, which represents approximately 26% of currently recognized ENERGY STAR products in this category. The level for High Capacity water coolers has been proposed at 0.80 kWh/day, which represents approximately 11% of currently recognized ENERGY STAR products within this category. EPA believes these levels recognize the best performing products within each market segment.

Comment Submittal Process
Stakeholders are encouraged to provide written comments for EPA consideration to watercoolers@energystar.gov by January 22, 2021. All comments to Draft 1 are posted and those for Draft 2 will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Water Coolers Product Development website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

Stakeholder Meeting
EPA plans to host a stakeholder webinar on January 7, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST to outline the Draft 2 specification and address initial stakeholder comments and questions. Stakeholders interested in participating in this discussion should register at this link by January 6, 2021.

Please direct any specific questions to Tanja Crk, EPA, at Crk.Tanja@epa.gov or 202-566-1037, and Julia Hegarty, ICF, at Julia.Hegarty@icf.com or 202-862-1163.  

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Tanja Crk, Product Manager
ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service, Vending, Water Coolers

Enclosures:
Draft 2 Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Water Cooler Specification
Draft 2 Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Water Cooler Data Package
Draft 1 Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Comment Response Matrix

2020-12-11
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Small Network Equipment Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder,

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are seeking your input as part of the early stages of a revision of the ENERGY STAR Small Network Equipment (SNE) specification. This letter and accompanying discussion document highlight questions EPA and DOE have regarding testing methodology and scope. EPA and DOE believe that the issues addressed in this document can provide a framework to reducing the testing burden for manufacturers, while providing relatable information to the customer and the ability to differentiate top-performing products in the market. EPA looks forward to working with stakeholders to develop the Version 2.0 specification that will recognize efficiency gains in the SNE market.

The following are EPA’s priorities for the Version 2.0 revision:

  • Revise the SNE test method with a goal of aligning with the European Union Code of Conduct test method, already in use by manufacturers thus reducing testing for many products.
  • Revise the program structure, e.g. scope, adders, criteria levels, to account for an updated testing methodology.


EPA welcomes stakeholder suggestions on any other issues to be considered during the Version 2.0 specification revision process and in particular on those topics raised in the discussion guide.

EPA and DOE will host a webinar to answer any questions on this discussion guide on January 7, 2021 from 1:30-3:30 PM Eastern Time. Stakeholders are requested to share written feedback with EPA and DOE by January 22, 2021. Please register here if you plan on attending.  

Specifications and meeting materials will be distributed via email and posted on the ENERGY STAR website. To track EPA’s progress on this specification, please visit the Small Network Equipment product development website.

Please contact me at Fogle.Ryan@epa.gov or 202-343-9153 or John Clinger at John.Clinger@icfi.com or 215-967-9407 with questions or concerns. For any test method questions, please contact Jeremy Dommu, U.S. Department of Energy, Jeremy.Dommu@EE.Doe.Gov, or 202-586-9870. For any other SNE related questions, please contact networking@energystar.gov. Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Ryan Fogle
EPA Manager, ENERGY STAR for IT and Data Center Products

Enclosures:
Small Network Equipment Version 2.0 Discussion Document

2020-12-03
Location: Washington DC
Description:

EV Charging Newsletter - Year End 2020 

•  Greetings from ENERGY STAR

     •      ESPPM: EV Highlights

     •      ENERGY STAR Day Recap

     •      Partner Corner

    •       ENERGY STAR Specification Updates

     •      What We've Been Up To

     •      New & Updated Resources

Greetings from ENERGY STAR

Dear ENERGY STAR Partners and industry colleagues,

As we approach the end of another calendar year, we wanted to share our appreciation for your participation and engagement in our efforts to increase awareness around the benefits of energy efficient EV charging. Thanks to your efforts, we’re celebrating the following accomplishments in 2020:

  • Our list of qualified products continued to grow and now includes 15 leading manufacturers. Considering the various product families these manufacturers provide, more than 200 unique models carry the ENERGY STAR certification.
  • EPA launched a new and improved website to educate consumers about EV chargers and EVs. It includes tools and resources intended for a broad range of end-users.
  • More utilities incorporated the ENERGY STAR specification into their EV charging programs, including the Southwestern Electric Power Company and the Snohomish Public Utilities District.
  • U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED v4.1 Building Design and Construction rating system was recently updated to incorporate the connected functionality criteria from ENERGY STAR’s EVSE Key Product Criteria.

This newsletter provides a summary of a few recent virtual events in which our partners participated. We’ve also included links to new and updates resources that may be of interest.

As always, please reach out to us at any time, either via evse@energystar.gov or the contacts listed at the end of this newsletter.

Sincerely,  
Peter Banwell

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2020 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting: EV Highlights

This year’s first-ever virtual ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting (ESPPM) saw record-breaking levels of engagement, with nearly 800 industry experts joining sessions, connecting via one-on-one meetings, and engaging with virtual exhibitors.

Among the most active participants were our ENERGY STAR EV charging partners. On the final day of the meeting, EPA was joined by representatives from SolarEdge, Xcel Energy, and the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) to discuss best practices, lessons learned, and successful marketing approaches to increase consumer adoption of efficient EV chargers. View the presentation slides and learn more about how ENERGY STAR is helping build consumer confidence in a rapidly evolving market here.

In addition to participating in sessions, ENERGY STAR EV charging partners highlighted their latest and greatest ENERGY STAR certified chargers and product promotions at the Virtual Product Expo. ClipperCreek and EVBox were joined by 26 fellow ENERGY STAR manufacturers and retailers showcasing the latest energy-saving products on the market. For more information on the products and promotions that were featured, contact us at evse@energystar.gov.

For more information about the meeting, check out the 2020 ESPPM webpage here.  

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ENERGY STAR Day Recap


ENERGY STAR and its partners, including EV charging manufacturers and utilities, are proud to celebrate efforts to help Americans Save Today, Save Tomorrow, and Save For Good. This year, ENERGY STAR and its partners used social media to raise awareness of the benefits of ENERGY STAR certified products, with a particular focus on providing energy-saving opportunities to underserved audiences that need it the most. Special thanks to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), ClipperCreek, and EVBox for sharing posts promoting ENERGY STAR Day.

In case you missed it, check out the ENERGY STAR Day video. Dozens of ENERGY STAR partners, including our ENERGY STAR EV charging partners, joined with EPA by sharing the video on social media! 
 
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Partner Corner

Reminder: Submit Unit Shipment Data to EPA by March 1, 2021

Mark your calendars! 2020 Unit Shipment Data is due by March 1, 2021. All ENERGY STAR product brand owner partners are required to report annually their certified product unit shipment data. EPA collects unit shipment data to determine the market penetration of ENERGY STAR products and evaluate the overall performance of the program. Failure to submit unit shipment data by the March 1 deadline will result in the removal of the partner's certified products from the certified products list on the ENERGY STAR website, and its name from the partner list.

EPA will distribute instructions for submitting 2020 data, which will include the data collection template in the coming months. Since all correspondence will be sent via email to all primary and secondary contacts, it is important that partners update their contact information in My ENERGY STAR Account tool (MESA).

For more information or if you have any questions, please visit the FAQs page or email unitshipmentdata@energystar.gov.

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Stay in the Loop!

Update your information within 30 days of a change of contact status to ensure you receive important correspondence from ENERGY STAR, such as information on the annual unit shipment data requirement or specification updates.
 

To update your contact information, please log into your My ENERGY STAR Account (MESA).

 If you have issues accessing your account, please click “Forgot password?” or contact your ENERGY STAR account manager.


ENERGY STAR Specification Updates

EPA has proposed updates to the optional connected criteria in the Version 1.1 specification development process that will apply to both AC and DC EV charging equipment. These more prescriptive grid responses are intended to make the connected designation more useful.

Figure 1: Open Protocols based EV Charging Example Architecture

The criteria include proposed requirements for:

  • Using open standards, including Open Charge Point Protocol, SEP 2.0, CTA-2045, and/or OpenADR 2.0, for all Demand Response communication layers
  • Reporting whether the EV charger has the necessary hardware to support ISO 15118 for higher level communication, and reporting of UL-9741 compliance for bidirectional EVSE
  • Enabling scheduling, remote management, and consumer feedback capabilities
  • Providing the ability for the consumer to override a DR request
  • Supporting specific, defined DR signals: charge now, curtail charge, delay charge, and return to normal operation (EPA provides demand response message mapping in Appendix A of the specification as a useful framework for aligning these signals with CTA 2045, OpenADR 2.0b, and OCPP operational states)


EPA intends these criteria for long dwell time applications, based on our understanding that these provide the most load flexibility. EPA also provides an informational appendix regarding benefits and examples of the types of architectures possible for managed charging.

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What We've Been Up To...

You may be interested in the following recent webinars featuring ENERGY STAR EV chargers:

ENERGY STAR’s Peer Reviewed Paper for the 33rd Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS33): Plugging Energy Efficiency into North American EV Charging Infrastructure

New & Updated Resources

Contact List:

Product Testing and Laboratory Procedures
Brian Krausz, EPA ENERGY STAR Program
Krauz.Brian@epa.gov

Emmy Feldman, ICF
Emmy.Feldman@icf.com

Partnership and Marketing
Peter Banwell, EPA ENERGY STAR Program
Banwell.Peter@epa.gov

State and Electric Utility Programs:
Stacy Noblet, ICF
Stacy.Noblet@icf.com

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ENERGY STAR® is the simple choice for energy efficiency.
For more than 25 years, EPA's ENERGY STAR Program has been America's resource for saving energy and protecting the environment. Join the millions making a difference at  www.energystar.gov today.

EPA (Climate Protection Partnerships Division) - ENERGY STAR
1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20460 US

 

 

2020-11-02
Location: Washington DC
Description:

EPA is rescheduling the webinar for the recently released Draft 1 Version 4.0 ENERGY STAR Water Heaters specification and the Draft 2 Test Method to Validate Demand Response for Residential Water Heaters due to the Federal holiday. The stakeholder webinar will now be held on November 20, 2020 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm ET. Stakeholders interested in participating in this discussion should RSVP here, those who have already registered should have received an updated calendar event.
 
Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.
 
Sincerely,

   Abigail Daken
   EPA Manager, ENERGY STAR HVAC Program

   Enclosures:

   Draft 1 Version 4.0 ENERGY STAR Water Heaters Specification

2020-10-28
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Water Heater Partner or Other Interested Party:

With this letter, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a revision of the ENERGY STAR specification for water heaters. We are pleased to share the first draft of the Version 4.0 ENERGY STAR specification and the second draft Test Method to Validate Demand Response for Residential Water Heaters. The current criteria for recognition have been in place since April 2015. Since that time, the products on offer (particularly heat pump water heaters) have progressed rapidly. In response, EPA recognizes the need to revise the criteria. This process will encompass and supersede the ongoing Version 3.3 specification development process to add optional connected criteria.

The Draft 1, Version 4.0 ENERGY STAR Water Heater Product Specification reflects changes to keep the ENERGY STAR specification in line with products on offer in the market. Revising the specification serves key market players by providing a nationally available efficiency level that aligns with energy efficiency program sponsors’ need for program savings and ideally boosting market adoption of efficient models. Calculated savings associated with the proposed criteria are 2,544 kWh ($315) per year for electric water heaters under 55 gallons, and 466 kWh ($58) per year for electric water heaters 55 gallons or greater. The national electric savings potential for electric water heaters is 87 TWh per year, or $10.8 billion. Recognizing electric heat pump water heaters already reflect the lowest energy use for the service delivered, this revision will not substantially affect the number of ENERGY STAR models available to consumers. EPA considered raising levels for gas storage and gas instantaneous water heaters as well, but was unable to find higher levels with compelling savings or consumer payback. 
 
In addition, EPA seeks to simplify and rationalize a specification that has become complicated by the piecewise transition from EF to UEF metrics. As proposed in the Version 3.3 Draft 2, the EF criteria have been moved to Appendix A. Products sold only in Canada may still certify using EF, but all products sold in the U.S. must certify with UEF. EPA is also updating the solar water heater criteria to reflect the upcoming SUEF metric as proposed in the Solar Ratings and Certification Corporation’s draft revision to the ICC 900/SRCC 300-2020 Solar Thermal System Standard, Appendix A: Solar Uniform Energy Factor Procedure for Solar Water Heating Systems.

The Draft 2 Test Method to Validate Demand Response incorporates updates based on comments received in response to the publication of the Draft 1 Test Method to Validate Demand Response and the Draft 2, Version 3.3 ENERGY STAR Water Heater Product Specification. Updates were also proposed based on testing water heaters with connected capabilities to the Draft 1 Test Method. The Draft 1 Version 4.0 specification also contains minor modifications to the connected criteria in response to comments received on the Version 3.3 specification. More details can be found in note boxes throughout the specification.

EPA will hold a webinar to discuss the proposed criteria and test method on November 11th from 3:00-5:00pm ET; please RSVP here for the specification and test method webinar. We encourage stakeholder feedback on the Draft 1, Version 4.0 ENERGY STAR Water Heater Product Specification and the Draft 2 Test Method to Validate Demand Response. Please submit any comments to WaterHeaters@energystar.gov by December 9, 2020. Based on current circumstances, this comment period has been extended to 6 weeks. 

All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Product Development website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

Please direct any specific questions to Abigail Daken at EPA, Daken.Abigail@epa.gov, or 202-343-9375 and Julia Hegarty at ICF, Julia.Hegarty@icf.com or 202-862-1163. Please direct test procedure questions to Catherine Rivest at DOE, Catherine.Rivest@ee.doe.gov or 202-586-7335.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program. 

Sincerely,

Abigail Daken
EPA Manager, ENERGY STAR HVAC Program

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR Draft 1 Version 4.0 Water Heaters Specification
ENERGY STAR Draft 1 Version 4.0 Water Heaters Data Package
Draft 2 ENERGY STAR Connected Residential Water Heaters Test Method to Validate Demand Response
ENERGY STAR Draft 2 Version 3.3 Water Heaters Comment Response Matrix

Contact Name: Abigail Daken
Email: daken.abigail@epa.gov
Phone: 202-343-9375
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2020-10-27
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Televisions Stakeholders,

This is a reminder that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Draft 1 of the ENERGY STAR Televisions Version 9.0 specification in September 2020. Comments are due October 29th, 2020 and may be submitted to Televisions@energystar.gov.

All comments received will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Televisions Version 9.0 product development webpage, unless the submitter specifically requests that their comments remain confidential.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

2020-10-27
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Commercial Dishwasher Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to share the Final Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Commercial Dishwasher product specification. EPA would like to thank the many stakeholders who have invested time and resources in an effort to contribute feedback that has informed this specification revision process.

The Version 3.0 requirements will become effective on July 27, 2021. ENERGY STAR certified commercial dishwashers under the Version 3.0 specification will offer consumers, on average, energy savings of up to 17 percent. This specification establishes updated performance levels, including the introduction of a wash energy metric; recognizes products with innovative heat recovery technologies; and aligns with updated industry test methods, terms and definitions. If all commercial dishwashers sold in the United States were ENERGY STAR certified to Version 3.0, the energy cost savings would grow to more than $230 million each year, and more than 4.3 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented. 

This specification was developed through a process that included release of two draft specifications, a limited topic proposal, and the final draft specification, two webinars, stakeholder meetings, and additional input from American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) F26 committee participants and various other industry stakeholders. Stakeholder comments, previous drafts of the specification, and related materials are available on the product development website.  

No changes were made from the final draft to the final specification that impact scope of eligible products or certification criteria under Sections 2 and 3, respectively. 

Key changes to the Version 3.0 specification since the final draft are summarized below.  Additional comments and responses can be found in the accompanying comment response document

  • Test Method References: In response to the final draft, a stakeholder requested EPA refrain from finalizing the specification until the referenced test method revisions were approved by the ASTM F26 committee. With the recent approval of the methods, EPA is finalizing this specification making minor changes to align.  EPA adjusted the heat recovery machine definition; assumed system efficiency constant in the hot water energy offset equation (from 0.80 to 0.77), and updated the test method references in Table 3 of the V3.0 specification as: 
    • ASTM F1696-20, Standard Test Method for Energy Performance of Stationary-Rack, Door-Type Commercial Dishwashing Machines
    • ASTM F1920-20, Standard Test Method for Energy Performance of Rack Conveyor Commercial Dishwashing Machines
  • Heat Recovery Machine Requirement: Based on input from stakeholders, EPA has included the following footnote in Section 1.D.a. of the final specification, clarifying that in order to meet the heat recovery machine definition and for purposes of applying the offset equation, the machine may not exceed 5% hot water supply: 
    • If at any point during the wash and rinse cycles hot water is supplied to the machine, it is part of the allotted maximum 5% volume, which includes top-off or make-up water to replenish the tank due to evaporation or other residual losses.

Timeline and Next Steps: 

EPA shares partners’ desire for a smooth transition from one ENERGY STAR specification to 
the next, so that consumers can expect ENERGY STAR labeled products to fully meet the latest 
requirements upon their effective date. With this in mind, EPA has established the following 
timeline: 

  • Effective immediately, manufacturers may elect to have their Certification Body (CB) certify their eligible products to the Version 3.0 requirements. 
  • On March 11, 2021, CBs will be instructed to stop certifying new product submittals to Version 2.0. Note, however, that existing certifications will remain valid for purposes of ENERGY STAR certification until July 27, 2021.
  • Any Commercial Dishwasher products manufactured as of July 27, 2021, must meet Version 3.0 requirements to bear the ENERGY STAR mark. All certifications of products to the Version 2.0 specification will be invalid for purposes of ENERGY STAR certification and CBs will only submit product models certified to Version 3.0 to EPA.

ENERGY STAR partnership as a manufacturer is limited to organizations that own and/or license a brand name under which they sell eligible products in the United States and/or Canada. Partnership is not available to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that do not sell directly to consumers or end users. OEMs may certify products on behalf of the ENERGY STAR brand owners/licensees; however, the brand owner must be the ENERGY STAR partner associated directly with the certified product models, since only partners are authorized to use the ENERGY STAR certification mark.

EPA thanks stakeholders who provided feedback during the specification revision process and looks forward to working with you as you certify and market your energy-efficient commercial dishwashers. If you have any questions or concerns about the specification or partnership process, please contact me at Crk.Tanja@epa.gov or 202-566-1037 and Adam Spitz at Adam.Spitz@icf.com or 916-231-7685 with questions or concerns. For any other commercial dishwasher related questions, please contact cfs@energystar.gov

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

Best regards,

Tanja Crk, Product Manager 
ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service

Enclosures:
Commercial Dishwashers Final Version 3.0 Specification
Commercial Dishwashers Final Draft Version 3.0 Comment Response Matrix
Commercial Dishwashers Final Version 3.0 Data Packet  

2020-10-26
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Room Air Conditioner Brand Owners and Other Interested Parties,

Recognizing the potential grid benefit and customer convenience of room air conditioners with connected capabilities, and in response to stakeholder requests to reduce the complexity of testing of such products, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is amending the ENERGY STAR testing requirements for room air conditioners with connected functionality with the intention of encouraging more models to be certified as ENERGY STAR. This proposed amendment will not impact currently certified products.

As demonstrated for federally regulated products like central air conditioners and heat pumps, an alternative method for certification can be a viable path when different models are available with similar components and programing. For room air conditioner, EPA is proposing to allow manufacturers and brand owners the option to certify models as having connected functionality through an Alternative Demand Response Validation (ADRV). Manufacturers and brand owners with at least two models certified with connected functionality may forego demand response validation testing for new models by using an ADRV. The ADRV is a set of parameters developed and proposed by the manufacturer that predicts a basic model’s ability to meet the demand response portion of the connected criteria. These paraments can include, but are not limited to hardware and software documentation, connection types and capabilities, and computer simulations.

Proposed Changes to the Test Requirements Section

5) Test Requirements:
* * * * *
 

D. Compliance with connected functionality requirements, as specified in Section 4, shall be demonstrated through examination of product and/or product documentation.

E. Compliance of a basic model with demand response functionality (section 4.G.) shall be:
 

a. Validated by testing using the ENERGY STAR Test Method for Room Air Conditioners to Validate Demand Response (June 2017) in order for a product to be listed as having connected functionality on the Qualified Product List, and to be eligible for any connected allowance.
 

OR
 

b. Predicted via an Alternative Demand Response Validation (ADRV). An ADRV is developed based on the specific set of manufacturer-defined parameters from a minimum of (2) tested basic connected models (TBCMs) that have been tested according to the ENERGY STAR Test Method for Room Air Conditioners to Validate Demand Response (June 2017) and meet the demand response requirements of the connected criteria. Examples of these parameters can include, but are not limited to, hardware and software documentation, connection types and capabilities, and computer simulations. To use an ADRV for a model’s certification, the manufacturer shall submit 1) test data from the relevant TBCM, and 2) a short memo to the certifying body stating their intent to use an ADRV to meet the demand response portion of testing requirements and explaining how the TBCM test data is relevant to the model for certification.
 

i.  A TBCM manufactured by an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and sold across different brands and brand owners may be used to support an ADRV across those brands.
 

ii.  Manufacturers are responsible for ensuring the accuracy and reliability of the ADRV. Models certified based on an ADRV will be subject to verification testing based on the ENERGY STAR Test Method for Room Air Conditions to Validate Demand Response.
 

In recognition of advances in connected functionality in the market and to align with optional connected criteria in other ENERGY STAR specifications, EPA has made non-substantive updates to the connected criteria in the room air conditioner specification.

Given the current circumstances, EPA is extending the normal comment period deadline to allow stakeholders to provide any comments.  If you have comments or concerns about this amendment, please submit them by December 7, 2020 to appliances@epa.gov.  Please direct any specific questions to Park.Ga-Young@epa.gov or (202) 564-1085, or Steve Leybourn at Steve.Leybourn@icf.com or (202) 862-1566.  

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

Sincerely,

Ga-Young Park
Product Manager for Appliances
ENERGY STAR Labeled Products

Contact Name: Ga-Young Park
Email: park.ga-young@epa.gov
Phone: 202-564-1085
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2020-10-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to distribute the Final Draft Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR® Central Air Conditioner and Heat Pump (CAC/HP) specification and the Final Draft ENERGY STAR Cold Climate Heat Pump Controls Verification Procedure (CVP). Stakeholders may submit comments on the final draft to EPA no later than November 19, 2020. EPA plans to finalize this Version 6.0 CAC/HP specification before the end of 2020.

With the Version 6.0 revision, EPA seeks to recognize products that have both excellent efficiency and advanced design features, including those products with connected and installation capabilities as well as cold climate heat pumps. This draft has considered stakeholder feedback and incorporates some changes to ensure that the specification reflects an appropriate subset of the market in 2023. EPA is maintaining the proposed effective date of January 1, 2023 to allow manufacturers time to adjust to the regulatory changes that will occur on that date. However, EPA notes that as for all revisions, products may certify to the new version as soon as it is final.  For CAC/HP, EPA has made specific provisions to allow products to certify immediately to the Cold Climate and Connected designations as they are able.

Final Draft Summary
The Final Draft Version 6.0 includes changes from the Draft 2 proposal that are in line with stakeholder feedback. In accordance with stakeholder concerns, EPA revised SEER2 criteria for all categories and the HSPF2 criteria in some cases to allow for a wider range of models to certify and reduce the cost of an ENERGY STAR certified unit. These changes are reflected in the revised Final Draft Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR CAC/HP Data Package, which contains updated savings and payback periods.

EPA continues to see the value in having climate specific criteria for heat pumps, but in line with comments received on both the Draft 2 specification and the CVP, seeks to reduce the burden of certification and clarify when tested data is needed. For currently available units that certify early, the low ambient performance criteria can be met, and the Cold Climate designation earned, through use of application data, and the CVP will not be required until January 1, 2023. Certification via Appendix M metrics will be allowed until twelve months before the specification effective date. As of January 1, 2022, certification must be made with Appendix M1 and the CVP will be required for units to gain the Cold Climate designation. Products that certify early to the Version 6.0 specification shall submit the appropriate metrics per Appendix M1 by January 1, 2023 to remain certified, including the low ambient performance criteria and CVP for Cold Climate heat pumps.

Additionally, EPA has removed the requirement that all products must have staged or variable capacities for the Version 6.0 specification. EPA remains confident there is value in having units that offer two or more capacities for most installations and will continue to support those programs that are interested in promoting those units. However, the efficiency criteria will provide sufficient exclusivity for the Version 6.0 specification.

No major changes are proposed to the Connected Criteria or the Installation Capabilities, although some adjustments to the language and format of those sections have been made. More details regarding all changes described above are included in note boxes throughout the specification document.

Controls Verification Procedure
The final draft version of the CVP includes changes from the draft that are in line with stakeholder feedback. All references to the DOE Appendix M test procedure have been removed as the final draft specification proposes that the CVP not be required prior to January 1, 2022.

EPA has revised its definition for Native Controls to clarify the literature hierarchy for determining settings, as well as the type of indoor unit thermostat to be paired with the unit under test. EPA is aware of performance differences that may result from variable-speed systems being tested with a thermostat that is not specifically designed for use with that system. For this reason, EPA has specified that a lab-standardized thermostat control is only to be used for single and two-stage equipment. Units that are intended for use with a communicating thermostat shall be tested with the thermostat shipped with the system or that is specified by the manufacturer as the most common application for that unit.

Additionally, EPA has restructured the Test Procedure section of the CVP to more explicitly reference the defrost cycle and to clarify the application of steady-state tolerances vs dynamic equilibrium criteria. The adjustment procedure for units having a variable-speed compressor has been left unchanged, other than to clarify the optional nature of the procedure as an additional step for systems to obtain Energy Star Cold Climate Heat Pump certification.

Comment Submittal Process
Stakeholders may provide written comments for EPA consideration to CAC-ASHP@energystar.gov by November 19, 2020. All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR CAC-ASHP Product Development website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

Please direct any specific questions to Abigail Daken, EPA, at daken.abigail@epa.gov or (202) 343-9375, and Julia Hegarty, ICF, at julia.hegarty@icf.com or (202) 862-1163.  For test procedure inquiries, please contact Catherine Rivest, U.S. Department of Energy, at Catherine.Rivest@ee.doe.gov or 202-586-7335. Thank you for taking the time to review these Final Draft documents. I look forward to continuing working with you.
Sincerely,

Abigail Daken, Product Manager
ENERGY STAR for HVAC

Enclosures:
Final Draft Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR CAC-HP Specification
Final Draft Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR CAC-HP Data Package
Final Draft Controls Verification Procedure
Draft 2 Version 6.0 and CVP ENERGY STAR CAC-HP Comment Response Matrix

Contact Name: Abigail Daken
Email: daken.abigail@epa.gov
Phone: 202-343-9375
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2020-10-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to remind stakeholders that as of November 2, 2020, EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs) are required to cease certification of new storage products to the Version 1.1 specification and may only certify storage products to the Version 2.0 specification. Certification bodies may continue submitting administrative modifications to existing storage product certifications to the Version 1.1 specification until March 15, 2021. After this date, only storage products certified to the Version 2.0 specification will appear on the ENERGY STAR website and certified products list.

Please contact EPA at certification@energystar.gov with any questions regarding the specification. CBs should direct questions concerning the submittal of certified storage products to storage@energystar.gov.

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

2020-09-30
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to remind stakeholders that the effective date for the Version 8.0 ENERGY STAR Computers Program Requirements is October 15, 2020. On this date, only products certified to Version 8.0 and submitted by EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs) to EPA using the Version 8.0 web service will display on our list of certified models.
 
Please contact EPA at Computers@energystar.gov with any questions regarding the specification. CBs should direct questions concerning the submittal of Version 8.0 certified Computers to Certification@energystar.gov.
 
Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

 

2020-09-28
Location: Webinar
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Stakeholder:
 
This is a reminder that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the ENERGY STAR Version 9.0 TVs Draft 1 Specification on September 17th. Comments are due October 29th, 2020 and may be submitted to televisions@energystar.gov.
 
EPA will host a stakeholder webinar to present details of the Draft 1 specification and address stakeholder questions on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 from 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM Eastern Time. If you wish to attend this meeting, please register here.
 
Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

2020-09-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

ENERGY STAR SHEMS Updates

ENERGY STAR SHEMS in the News

News You Can Use

Relevant Standards

ENERGY STAR SHEMS on the (Virtual) Road

ENERGY STAR SHEMS Updates

Throughout the summer, the Smart Home Energy Management Systems (SHEMS) team has worked closely with potential partners to help guide them towards certification. While some potential partners have been delayed by COVID-19, we anticipate that the program will have certified several systems by the end of the year, bringing ENERGY STAR SHEMS to homes across the country.

Interested service provider partners can find out about certifying their SHEMS packages by viewing the resources on the SHEMS for Partners page.

•  Past Webinars

•  Frequently Asked Questions

•  Key Product Criteria

•  Version 1.0 specification

Certification Bodies

•  UL Verification Services Inc

News You Can Use

Smarter Households

Over 41.3 million American households currently have at least one smart home device. By 2024, this number is expected to grow rapidly, reaching over 61 million households. Of those, 45 million are expected to include devices for energy management. Read More

SHEMS in California Law

California’s Statewide Utility Codes and Standards Team is recommending that key requirements of the ENERGY STAR SHEMS program be used as the basis for a HEMS credit under the state’s Energy Code starting in 2023, or sooner. Read more

Study Reveals Smart Lighting Savings

A recent study from National Grid and TRC Companies found that adding room level occupancy controls on top of basic whole-home occupancy doubles the additional lighting energy savings from a HEMS – smart lamp integration. Together, geofencing and room-level controls provide an additional 34% energy savings relative to an LED retrofit for an estimated total savings per bulb of 45.8 kWh per year. Please contact Brad Piper, BPiper@trccompanies.com, for more information.

ENERGY STAR SHEMS On The (Virtual) Road

Past

In case you missed it, an ENERGY STAR SHEMS paper and presentation recording were featured in the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Summer Study in August 2020. This paper discusses bundling consumer interest with energy savings and provides an in-depth understanding of the drivers and market actors for the ENERGY STAR SHEMS program. The full paper is titled "Bundling energy savings with consumer interest in smart homes," and can be found here along with a short 20-minute presentation recording.

ENERGY STAR SHEMS is one of the "Top Five Residential Technical Market Opportunities" examined during a presentation at the 2020 American Lighting Association (ALA) Residential Lighting Symposium which replaces the ALA Annual Conference this year. The session features Terry McGowan, ALA’s Director of Engineering & Technology, and is scheduled for online presentation from 2:30 – 3:45 P.M. CST on Wednesday, September 16. The recording will be viewable to registrants (including non-ALA members) after the session concludes.

Upcoming

Save the date! The 2020 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting will be held virtually from October 27-29 and will feature dedicated SHEMS content in two sessions:

SHEMS Pilots Update: Get the latest updates from utilities and supporting service providers that are conducting pilots and programs that intersect with the ENERGY STAR smart home energy management systems specification. Speakers will discuss key insights on automated energy savings and consumer engagement and education from pilots across the country. Insights will touch on consumer segmentation such as low income and multi-family and cover successful leveraging of partnerships and utility marketplaces.

SHEMS Pitch Party: Looking for innovative new ideas in the smart home energy management space? Join us for a series of short pitches covering topics from integration with distributed energy resources to messaging strategies for security and consumer privacy. Speakers include service providers working toward ENERGY STAR certification, device manufacturers, and researchers.

Register for free and review this 3-minute overview of the virtual meeting platform!

ENERGY STAR SHEMS in the News

How Smart Homes Could Benefit from Energy Management Systems

"A program like this [ENERGY STAR SHEMS] could be vital for saving consumers money through smart energy management, particularly as residents become more educated about ongoing home maintenance costs, the total cost of homeownership, and have the desire to keep utility bills low."

-National Association of Home Builders. June 1, 2020.

Relevant Standards

New Standards for Submetering Devices

Electrical energy monitoring and management starts with measuring it. Submeters provide details of energy and associated quantities for monitoring or revenue submetering for a variety of applications including SHEMS. In order for the measured energy to be useful in energy management, it should meet certain levels of accuracy. The National Electrical Manufacturer’s Association (NEMA) is a trade association of electrical equipment manufacturers and maintains relevant standards. The NEMA Submetering Product Section has published two standards, NEMA ESM1-1 and ESM1-2, to begin addressing these needs. These standards are part of an emerging series of electrical submetering standards.

•ESM1-1 2019 Electrical Submeter - General Requirements document covers the common definition and requirements for all ESM1 documents.

•ESM1-2 2019 Electrical Submeter - Active Energy Accuracy standard covers metrological requirements for regular AC submeters.

They are available for free download here: ESM1-1 and ESM1-2.

Looking forward to helping our future get energy smart together! Have SHEMS insights to share from a pilot or research? Please contact SmartHomeSystems@energystar.gov or Taylor Jantz-Sell at jantz-sell.taylor@epa.gov.

Contact Name: Taylor Jantz-Sell
Email: jantz-sell.taylor@epa.gov
Phone: 202-343-9042
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2020-09-17
Location: Webinar
Description:

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a revision of the ENERGY STAR specification for televisions and releasing the ENERGY STAR Version 9.0 TVs Draft 1 Specification for stakeholder review. EPA will host a stakeholder webinar to present details of the Draft 1 specification and address stakeholder questions on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 from 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM Eastern Time. If you wish to attend this meeting, please register here.

Since Version 8.0’s release in February 2018, EPA has participated in efforts to test a significant number of current TV models and has monitored international test procedure developments. This work has brought to light challenges with the current approach to testing and recognizing TVs, including:

  • Using a metric that encourages TVs to employ dim backlight settings;
  • Setting requirements for only one Preset Picture Setting, which may not persist in the home; and
  • Testing luminance by measuring a center-screen point with the 3-bar pattern, which is not reflective of viewer perceived luminance while viewing typical content.


As a result, EPA is now proposing use of performance-based criteria to encourage more efficient product design through the adoption of efficient components (e.g., LEDs, films, power supplies, etc.) and energy saving features (e.g., local dimming). The key features of the V9.0 approach are summarized below and described in more detail later in this letter. Version 9.0:

  • Leverages a performance-based metric that encourages designs that produce light more efficiently;
  • Requires the use of camera equipment to measure light averaged across the entire screen during dynamic video play (as opposed to a center-screen point measurement), resulting in a new metric called Dynamic Luminance;
  • Evaluates TV performance in multiple SDR and HDR Preset Picture Settings; and
  • Evaluates TVs with multicast traffic present on network, with and without smart speakers.


Version 9.0 Test Procedures
To the extent that the Department of Energy (DOE) requires use of the Federal Test Procedure, EPA plans to collect and post associated test results on the ENERGY STAR Product Finder. Under Version 9.0, TVs will be certified based on measurements from additional testing that EPA proposes for On Mode and measurements from both the Federal Test Procedure and additional proposed tests for Standby Mode. These additional tests were developed in consultation with DOE, in collaboration with NEEA, and have been recognized by a handful of industry and NGO stakeholders as solving some of today’s more daunting TV testing issues. The On Mode test procedures that EPA proposes for the purposes of ENERGY STAR certification will measure performance/watt in commonly used preset picture settings. These tests and resulting performance-based criteria are based on the results from testing over 100, mostly 4K, TV models with automated test equipment. The tests require the use of camera equipment to measure light averaged across the entire screen during dynamic video play (as opposed to a center-screen point measurement), resulting in a new metric called dynamic luminance. EPA believes that dynamic luminance measurements will better reflect the levels of light and degree of luminance uniformity that a typical viewer experiences.

EPA also proposes that automatic brightness control (ABC) and Motion Detection Dimming (MDD) remain disabled during the additional tests for ENERGY STAR certification. Testing with MDD disabled aligns with the provisional direction of the IEC MT62087 test procedure. EPA does recognize the potential saving opportunities that a well-programed ABC feature can deliver to consumers. As a result, EPA is following the development of the updated approach towards ABC testing in MT62087 and will evaluate whether to include ABC-based metrics in future ENERGY STAR TV program requirements.

The proposed tests require that the TV be tested in three commonly selected preset picture settings: SDR default, SDR brightest, and HDR default. Current research shows that a majority of devices are either left in their default setting or have been put into their brightest preset picture setting. As a result, testing in both settings captures typical use and addresses the preset picture setting that is often the most energy consuming. In addition, with broadcast TV transitioning to HDR, the HDR10 PPS is expected to be much more commonly used in the near future and well within the lifetime of TVs sold today.

In addition to Standby Mode requirements based on the Federal Test Procedure, EPA proposes testing to measure standby power with Multicast DNS requests present on the network. EPA has observed that a significant number of smart TVs use more power (e.g. > 10 watts) in Standby-Active, Low Mode when configured to allow wake-by-voice commands via smart speaker. Furthermore, other smart TVs experience a similar increase in standby power when Multicast DNS requests are present on the network, with or without a smart speaker connection. Use of streaming media services (e.g. YouTube, Spotify) creates this type of network traffic. As a result, EPA believes this testing and the standby mode criteria will encourage efficient integration with smart speakers.

Updated Certification Criteria
EPA proposes On Mode criteria based on proposed additional test procedure measurements of three picture settings (default, brightest, and HDR):

  • An efficiency limit based on screen area and measured luminance; and
  • A power cap based on screen area (to provide a mechanism to limit extremely bright backlight settings, which are not constrained by the efficiency limit alone).

An Adjustment Factor is applied to the On Mode criteria to account for the power requirement differences innate to technologies that produce different screen resolutions. Today’s market for televisions has evolved to consist of several standard resolutions; as such, EPA is providing adjustment factors for HD (1080p), 4K, and 8K resolution formats since they represent the majority of TV sales. In addition, as consumers have come to desire products that deliver an enhanced viewing experience, technologies have emerged to produce content with exceptionally high contrast ratios. The Agency acknowledges that these different formats and technologies have inherently different energy requirements and has developed the criteria proposed in Draft 1 accordingly.

The above criteria eliminate the need for today’s minimum luminance requirements, allowing for a wide range of luminance settings while ensuring that luminance is provided efficiently. In doing so, this approach provides manufacturers more flexibility and an incentive to deliver light efficiently (i.e., more efficient TVs can be brighter than less efficient TVs).
 

Lastly, EPA proposes standby mode criteria based on both the Federal Test Procedure and the proposed additional standby tests.
 

Upcoming Webinar
The exchange of ideas and information between EPA, industry, and other interested parties is critical to the success of ENERGY STAR. Stakeholder participation is key to the ENERGY STAR specification development process and is strongly encouraged. EPA plans to hold a webinar on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 from 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM Eastern Time to discuss the Draft 1 Version 9.0 specification. To participate in this webinar, please register here to attend.

Feedback
Given the current circumstances, EPA is extending the normal comment period deadline to allow stakeholders to provide any comments on the Version 9.0 Draft 1 Specification no later than October 29, 2020. Please send comments via e-mail to televisions@energystar.gov. All comments received will be posted to the Version 9.0 TVs Specification development webpage, unless the submitter specifically requests that his or her comments remain confidential. Stakeholder engagement is vital to the ENERGY STAR program and EPA looks forward to further work with stakeholders in the development of the TVs Version 9.0 specification.

Please contact me at (202) 564-8538 or Kwon.James@epa.gov, or Emmy Feldman at (202) 862-1145 or Emmy.Feldman@icf.com, with questions or to share feedback for this effort.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

Best Regards,

James Kwon, EPA Product Manager
ENERGY STAR for Consumer Electronics

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR Version 9.0 TVs Draft 1 Specification
ENERGY STAR Version 9.0 TVs Draft 1 Data Package

Contact Name: Emmy Feldman
Email: Emmy.Feldman@icf.com
Phone: 202-862-1145
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2020-09-16
Location: Webinar
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Stakeholder:
 
The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) has published the revised SNIA Emerald™ Power Efficiency Measurement Specification V4.0, which is referenced by the ENERGY STAR® Data Center Storage Specification Version 2.0.

These revisions in the SNIA specification include updates to the Storage Taxonomy for Solid State Storage-based systems, other taxonomy clarifications, and minor changes to the testing process and reporting requirements.

The SNIA Green Storage Technical Work Group (TWG) and Green Storage Initiative (GSI) will deliver a 2-hour training webinar oriented toward Emerald testers detailing the updates made in Version 4.0.

Information on the webinar can be found below:

Webinar: SNIA Emerald™ V4.0 Training
Date and Time: September 16, 2020, 3:00 - 5:00 PM ET 

To register: Please send an email no later than September 4th, 2020 with your name, title, email address, and company name to emerald@snia.org. There is no fee to register or attend the training. Webinar details will be emailed in advance of the webinar.
 

The webinar will cover:

  • Pre-requisite assumptions of the webinar
  • Changes in SNIA Emerald™ Power Efficiency Measurement Specification V4.0 from V3.0.3
  • Detailed overview of the revised V4.0 Storage Taxonomy
  • Overview of the timeline for ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage V2.0


For more information about the SNIA Green Storage TWG and GSI, please visit www.sniaemerald.com and www.snia.org/gsi.

Questions about this webinar can be directed to emerald@snia.org.

Thank you for your support of ENERGY STAR and we look forward to seeing you there!

2020-08-31
Location: Webinar
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Stakeholder:
 
The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) has published the revised SNIA Emerald™ Power Efficiency Measurement Specification V4.0, which is referenced by the ENERGY STAR® Data Center Storage Specification Version 2.0.

These revisions in the SNIA specification include updates to the Storage Taxonomy for Solid State Storage-based systems, other taxonomy clarifications, and minor changes to the testing process and reporting requirements.

The SNIA Green Storage Technical Work Group (TWG) and Green Storage Initiative (GSI) will deliver a 2-hour training webinar oriented toward Emerald testers detailing the updates made in Version 4.0.

Information on the webinar can be found below:

Webinar: SNIA Emerald™ V4.0 Training
Date and Time: September 16, 2020, 3:00 - 5:00 PM ET 

To register: Please send an email no later than September 4th, 2020 with your name, title, email address, and company name to emerald@snia.org. There is no fee to register or attend the training. Webinar details will be emailed in advance of the webinar.
 

The webinar will cover:

  • Pre-requisite assumptions of the webinar
  • Changes in SNIA Emerald™ Power Efficiency Measurement Specification V4.0 from V3.0.3
  • Detailed overview of the revised V4.0 Storage Taxonomy
  • Overview of the timeline for ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage V2.0


For more information about the SNIA Green Storage TWG and GSI, please visit www.sniaemerald.com and www.snia.org/gsi.

Questions about this webinar can be directed to emerald@snia.org.

Thank you for your support of ENERGY STAR and we look forward to seeing you there!

2020-08-04
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Stakeholder:
 
This is a reminder that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the draft of the proposed 2021 criteria for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient in June 2020. Comments are due August 7th, 2020 and may be submitted to MostEfficient@energystar.gov.

All comments received will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2021 Criteria Development webpage, unless the submitter specifically requests that his or her comments remain confidential. 

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

2020-07-20
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Vending Machine Partners:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to remind vending machine partners that as of April 29, 2020 only vending machines that meet the Version 4.0 ENERGY STAR Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machine product specification may be certified as ENERGY STAR and only these units will appear on the ENERGY STAR certified product list.

Already two leadership partners have certified eight models which are listed on the ENERGY STAR Product Finder. Rebates for ENERGY STAR Vending machines are available in territories served by PPL, ComEd, Vectren, and El Paso Electric as well as across Nebraska through a statewide loan fund. 

These energy saving models are in good company. Americans purchased more than 300 million ENERGY STAR certified products and more than 300 million ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs in 2018, for an estimated annual market value of more than $100 billion. 

In 2018 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped Americans save nearly 430 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity and avoid $35 billion in energy costs, with associated emission reductions of 330 million metric tons of greenhouse gases, 220,000 short tons of sulfur dioxide, 210,000 short tons of nitrogen oxides, and 23,000 short tons of fine particulate matter (PM2.5). 

Please contact EPA at vendingmachines@energystar.gov with any questions regarding the specification. Please visit the ENERGY STAR website for details on the process for certifying models to the Version 4.0 requirements.
 
Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program. 

2020-07-15
Location: Washington DC
Description:

This is a reminder that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the first draft of proposed requirements for DC-output EVSE in June 2020.  Comments are due July 27th, 2020 and may be submitted to EVSE@energystar.gov.

All comments received will be posted to the Version 1.1 EVSE specification development webpage, unless the submitter specifically requests that his or her comments remain confidential. Stakeholder engagement is vital to the ENERGY STAR program and EPA looks forward to further work with stakeholders in the development of the EVSE Version 1.1 specification. 

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

2020-07-06
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Smart Home Energy Management Systems (SHEMS) Stakeholders,

As a reminder, we are seeking proposals from stakeholders who want to present their ENERGY STAR SHEMS-related ideas and expertise at the 2020 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting! We are looking for:

  • Insights from SHEMS-related pilots. Pilots of interest should be leveraging systems that align with the ENERGY STAR criteria even if not yet certified, and may be planned, in progress, or completed.
  • Pitches regarding ENERGY STAR SHEMS-related projects or products. Find support for your ideas for groundbreaking smart home device integrations, service offerings, or pilot programs!

Interested in presenting? Contact smarthomesystems@energystar.gov with a brief description of your role and presentation topic by July 8.

This year’s meeting will be held from October 27-29, 2020 and will be held virtually if social distancing persists. Otherwise, the meeting will take place in Denver, CO. Check https://www.energystar.gov/2020ESPPM for updates and more information.

2020-06-26
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Imaging Equipment Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder,

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would like to share an amendment to the Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Imaging Equipment (IE) specification, a proposed minor expansion of scope which EPA intends to publish as a Version 3.1 specification once finalized. Currently certified products are not affected.

Based on recent discussions with partners, EPA is proposing to add remanufactured imaging equipment to the scope of the specification. EPA proposes to allow for certification of remanufactured imaging products if they meet the enclosed definition and the same eligibility criteria as a corresponding new model.  Further, they must also make use of a unique model number, allowing for differentiation from a new model.  This approach enables models that bring the additional environmental benefit realized by avoiding the energy and other resources used in making a new model to be certified as ENERGY STAR.

EPA welcomes stakeholder input on this proposed amendment. Given the current circumstances, EPA is allowing extra time for ENERGY STAR comments.  Stakeholders are encouraged to submit any comments to imagingequipment@energystar.gov by July 27, 2020. All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Product Development website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

The exchange of ideas and information between EPA, industry, and other interested parties is critical to the success of ENERGY STAR. Materials associated with this amendment are posted to the ENERGY STAR Product Development website.

Please contact me at Fogle.Ryan@epa.gov or 202-343-9153 or John Clinger, ICF, at John.Clinger@icf.com or (215) 967-9407 with questions or concerns about this amendment. For other imaging equipment related questions, please contact imagingequipment@energystar.gov.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Ryan Fogle
   EPA Manager, ENERGY STAR for IT and Data Center Products

   Enclosures:
   Draft, Version 3.1 Specification

Contact Name: John Clinger
Email: John.Clinger@icfi.com
Phone: (202) 572-9432
2020-06-24
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Stakeholder:
 
Please visit here for important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning the proposed recognition criteria for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2021. On the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2021 Criteria Development web page, you will find the proposed recognition criteria documents for twelve product categories and the EPA cover memo. The proposed criteria for Dishwashers and Televisions will be shared with stakeholders in the coming months. EPA will not recognize Boilers as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient in 2021.
 
EPA will hold a stakeholder webinar on Wednesday, July 15th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Time to discuss the proposed 2021 recognition criteria. Please register for this webinar here. Please contact MostEfficient@energystar.gov with any questions.
 
Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

2020-06-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Smart Home Energy Management Systems (SHEMS) Stakeholders,

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce that planning is underway for the 2020 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting, which will feature two sessions with dedicated SHEMS content. This year’s meeting will take place Tuesday, October 27 – Thursday, October 29, 2020, in Denver, Colorado. In the event that social distancing persists, we are designing the meeting so we can convene virtually over the same dates. Please hold October 27 – 29 for ENERGY STAR, and we will keep you posted on our plans as the dates get closer.

We are seeking proposals from stakeholders who want to present their ENERGY STAR SHEMS-related ideas and expertise at Partner Meeting! We are looking for:

  • Insights from SHEMS-related pilots. Pilots of interest should be leveraging systems that align with the ENERGY STAR criteria even if not yet certified, and may be planned, in progress, or completed.
  • Pitches regarding ENERGY STAR SHEMS-related projects or products. Find support for your ideas for groundbreaking smart home device integrations, service offerings, or pilot programs!

Interested in presenting? Contact smarthomesystems@energystar.gov with a brief description of your role and presentation topic by July 8.

2020-06-16
Location: Newsletter
Description:

Welcome to ENERGY STAR’s inaugural HVAC newsletter. This newsletter will showcase what’s new and upcoming with ENERGY STAR air source heat pumps, s mart t hermostats, c entral a ir c onditioning, r oom ACs, and beyond. By updating our partners quarterly, our goal is to keep an open channel of communication that emphasizes education, collaboration, and above all, saving energy!Welcome to ENERGY STAR’s inaugural HVAC newsletter. This newsletter will showcase what’s new and upcoming with ENERGY STAR air source heat pumps, s mart t hermostats, c entral a ir c onditioning, r oom ACs, and beyond. By updating our partners quarterly, our goal is to keep an open channel of communication that emphasizes education, collaboration, and above all, saving energy!

Smart Thermostats

ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostats span 17 brands and 56 different models. A rapidly spreading technology, smart thermostats witnessed sales of 7.5 million units in 2018, compared to 6.5 million in 2017. As of 2018, the market penetration for ENERGY STAR smart thermostats was 58% for all thermostats due to enormous support from over 40 utilities nationwide that offer rebates. With the versatility, ease of installation, and ability to control the temperature in your home from anywhere, an ENERGY STAR smart thermostat is the simple choice for your home.

Federal Tax Credits Extended

The Non-Business Energy Property Tax Credits have been extended through 12/31/2020. Air source heat pumps and central air conditioners that are ENERGY STAR certified and are installed in a primary residence meet the requirements for this tax credit of up to $300. Additional details can be found here.

Product Development:

EPA is in revising the metric used to determine product qualification for connected thermostats. If you’re interested in participating in upcoming connected thermostat metric development meetings, please email ConnectedThermostats@energystar.gov to be added to the list. A list of documents related to the development of the metric can be found here.

New and Upcoming with HVAC

The ENERGY STAR® Central Air Conditioners & Heat Pumps Specification Version 6.0 is currently under development . Materials related to this revision process are here. The current timeline is below:

Tech Spotlight: Integrated Controls

The energy and cost savings associated with airsource heat pumps are no secret, but utilization remains low in cold weather climates due to performance concerns. Now with integrated controls, homes that are heated with oil or propane can utilize a heat pump in conjunction with their existing heating system to maximize comfort and cost savings. Integrated controls work by automatically switching between systems based on the outdoor temperature, allowing homes to utilize highly efficient heating when practical, and traditional heating when that’s not quite enough.

New on energystar.gov

  • HVAC guide/ calculator – The ENERGY STAR Heating and Cooling Guide help consumers navigate an HVAC equipment upgrade that will save energy, save money, and help protect the climate.
  • HVAC Product Finder – The newly available HVAC Product Finder is an easy to use resource identify the brands that offer ENERGY STAR certified equipment. If you know the size range you need, you can see which model series that have ENERGY STAR options could work for you.

Social Media Engagement Opportunities

A big thank you to all partners who were able to participate in the ENERGY STAR Earth Day campaign in April. The support was overwhelming, especially considering the difficult circumstances, and we were inspired by the engagement. For those who want to get or stay involved, ENERGY STAR will be promoting HVAC and Smart Thermostats through our cooling campaign all summer long.

Helpful links for partners

      •     Product Finder

      •     Rebate Finder

      •     Federal Tax Credit Information

2020-06-15
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Commercial Dishwasher Partner or Other Interested Stakeholders:

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing the ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Commercial Dishwasher Final Draft Specification. This final draft addresses stakeholder feedback on the previously released Draft 2 specification, the subsequent Draft 2 stakeholder webinar held on October 22, 2019, and the limited topic proposal that was published on March 4, 2020. EPA plans on publishing the Final Version 3.0 Commercial Dishwasher Specification no later than August 10, 2020 with an effective date of May 24, 2021.

Through the limited topic proposal and extensive discussion with stakeholders, EPA vetted a means of offsetting the energy used by heat recovery machines.  EPA’s proposal received broad support and the Agency has carried this proposal into the final draft. In response to Draft 2, stakeholders suggested, and EPA has included, a footnote acknowledging the difference in water consumption measurements outlined in NSF versus ASTM test methods. Lastly, EPA received requests for clarifications to definitions and the idle energy efficiency requirements, all of which are addressed in the final draft.  EPA has noted these changes and the Agency’s rationale with note boxes throughout the specification and has also attached a comment response matrix for the Draft 2 Specification and Limited Topic Proposal.

Comment Submittal
Remaining stakeholder comments regarding the Version 3.0 Final Draft Specification may be submitted no later than July 13, 2020 to commercialdishwashers@energystar.gov.

As a reminder, all submitted comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Product Development website unless the submitter specifically requests their respective comments remain confidential.

Please contact me at Crk.Tanja@epa.gov or 202-566-1037 and Adam Spitz at Adam.Spitz@icf.com or 916-231-7685 with questions or concerns. For any other commercial dishwasher related questions, please contact commercialdishwashers@energystar.go

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Tanja Crk, Product Manager
ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Enclosures:
Version 3.0 Commercial Dishwasher Final Draft Specification
Version 3.0 Commercial Dishwasher Draft 2 Comment Matrix
Version 3.0 Commercial Dishwasher Limited Topic Proposal Comment Matrix

Contact Name: Tanja Crk
Email: Crk.Tanja@epa.gov
Phone: 202-566-1037
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2020-06-11
Location: Newsletter
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR Partners and industry colleagues,

Thanks to your continued hard work and support, we have seen tremendous growth in ENERGY STAR certified Electric Vehicle Chargers. We continue to add new partners and products to the list of certified products and our list now represents a significant portion of the Level 2 EV charging market.

The purpose of this newsletter is to provide partners, stakeholders, and interested parties with helpful EV charger resources and to update you on ENERGY STAR Program plans and activities. We will distribute the newsletter twice a year, and we hope the content informs you about important updates related to ENERGY STAR EV chargers. In this edition, we will highlight opportunities to engage with electric vehicle leaders across the nation, remind everyone of key upcoming deadlines, and provide tools for making the most of your ENERGY STAR partnership.

We appreciate you being a part of this program and we are excited to share additional specification updates and highlights from upcoming industry events in our next communication.

Sincerely,  
Peter Banwell

Welcome ENERGY STAR Electric Vehicle Charging Partners!
Thank you to all our participating partners, both existing and new! We recently welcomed new partners, including BTCPower, Flo, Nuvve, and Tellus.

Existing partners are taking several approaches to reach customers with the ENERGY STAR message. From social media to digital advertising, we appreciate the many ways you participated to help more consumers save energy, save money, and help protect the environment by choosing ENERGY STAR certified products. For the most up to date ENERGY STAR EV Charging news and resources, check out our updated webpage!  

Earth Day Recap
April 22nd marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and the ENERGY STAR Program celebrated by featuring the combined benefits of energy efficiency and green power as the path toward a clean energy future and a healthier environment. 

In case you missed it, check out the Earth Day video, which featured EV images. Dozens of ENERGY STAR partners, including several of our ENERGY STAR EV charging partners, joined with EPA by sharing the video on social media!

 Partner Corner

Save the Date: 2020 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting

Mark your calendars - the 2020 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting is scheduled to take place either as a virtual meeting or in Denver, CO from October 27-29, 2020. Join product partners from around the country to discuss the latest market insights, new energy efficiency program models, and cutting-edge technology.

The EV Chargers team is planning to host several sessions that dive into important industry topics. A link to the 2019 session presentation can be found here.

The ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting is a rare opportunity to meet with utilities, implementers, manufacturers, and retailers - all in one place! Stay tuned for additional information.

Stay in the Loop!

Update your information within 30 days of a change of contact status to ensure you receive important crespondence from ENERGY STAR, such as information on the annual unit shipment data requirement or

ENERGY STAR Specification Updates

EPA is in the process of revising and expanding criteria for EV chargers. There are several goals to this process: 1) Expand the product coverage beyond Level 2 to include DC “fast” and “high power” models. 2) Provide stakeholders (state agencies, utilities, etc.) with a uniform test method for energy efficiency. 3) Develop networking criteria that reflects emerging standards and communications protocols (price signals, demand response, billing and payments, etc.).

EPA released an ENERGY STAR Final Draft Test Method for DC EV chargers in September 2019 and expects to release Draft 1 criteria shortly. Stakeholder participation is encouraged.  Click here to be added to the distribution list for future documents.

In addition, the Draft 1 will include changes to the existing connected/networked requirements for AC Level 2 Units. EPA is proposing new requirements for:  

  • Scheduling of charging sessions.
  • Remote management capabilities.
  • Definitions of demand response signals that the EV charger should support

Draft requirements can be found here. EPA is interested in comments on these criteria, here

Data Request:
Your engagement is critical to the success of this program. Manufacturers and other stakeholders are invited to continue providing test data for current DC EV charging models, using the data assembly form, for inclusion in the data set that informs the specification criteria. EPA will release subsequent drafts for stakeholder review and comment in the coming months as EPA and anticipates a final specification for DC EV chargers will be released and go into effect in Fall 2020.
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What We've Been Up To...nterested in the following recent webinars featuring ENERGY STAR EV chargers:

New & Updated Resources

Contact List:

Product Testing and Laboratory Procedures
Brian Krausz, EPA ENERGY STAR Program
Krausz.Brian@epa.gov

Emmy Feldman, ICF
Emmy.Feldman@icf.com

Partnership and Marketing
Peter Banwell, EPA ENERGY STAR Program
Banwell.peter@epa.gov

State and Electric Utility Programs:
Stacy Noblet, ICF
Stacy.Noblet@icf.com

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2020-06-09
Location: Washington DC
Description:

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing the Version 1.1 amendment to the ENERGY STAR Large Network Equipment (LNE) specification. This amendment expands the scope to allow products with more than 40Gb/s ports to certify as ENERGY STAR. EPA has updated the reference to the Generalized Internal Power Supply Efficiency Test Protocol in Section 3.2.3 to align with the reference in Section 3.2.2 in response to a stakeholder comment.  EPA was also asked to raise the IPS efficiency requirement to 80Plus Gold.  While out of scope for an amendment, EPA will consider this comment when next revising this specification. EPA received no further comment on the proposed amendment.  Large Network Equipment products previously certified to Version 1.0 are not affected by this change.

Please contact me at Fogle.Ryan@epa.gov or 202-343-9153 or John Clinger, ICF, at John.Clinger@icf.com or (215) 967-9407 with questions or concerns. For any other LNE related questions, please contact largenetwork@energystar.gov. Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.
Sincerely,

Ryan Fogle
EPA Manager, ENERGY STAR for IT and Data Center Products
 
Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR LNE Version 1.1 Final Specification

Contact Name: Ryan Fogle
Email: Fogle.Rya@epa.gov
Phone: 202 343-9153
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2020-06-03
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the Draft 1 Version 3.0  ENERGY STAR Water Cooler Product Specification, and plans to host a stakeholder webinar on Wednesday, June 24, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm EST to outline the Draft 1 specification and address initial stakeholder comments and questions. Stakeholders interested in participating in this discussion should register at this link by Monday, June 22, 2020

For assistance with registering for the Draft 1 webinar, or to provide comments to the Draft 1 Version 3.0 specification, please contact watercoolers@energystar.gov. For specific questions about the specification, please contact Tanja Crk, EPA, at Crk.Tanja@epa.gov or 202-566-1037, and Julia Hegarty, ICF, at julia.hegarty@icf.com or 202-862-1163.  

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program. 

Contact Name: Tanja Crk
Email: Crk.Tanja@epa.gov
Phone: 202-566-1037
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2020-06-02
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Water Cooler Brand Owner or Other Interested Party:

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing the Draft 1 Version 3.0  ENERGY STAR Water Cooler Product Specification.  This draft includes proposals in response to stakeholder feedback on the previously released discussion guide. The deadline to provide comments on this Draft 1 specification is Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Background
The ENERGY STAR program helps businesses and individuals save money and protect the environment by identifying products with superior energy efficiency. EPA monitors market and technology developments, looking for opportunities to increase market adoption of products that meet consumer demands while offering great energy performance. The ENERGY STAR specification development process is an opportunity to review the current specification (Version 2.0, in effect since 2014) for additional savings opportunities and update multiple sections for clarity, adjusting the scope and criteria as needed. EPA is launching the development of the Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Water Cooler specification with proposed adjustments to the criteria to provide further differentiation where necessary, primarily in categories that use more energy in standby and that make up the bulk of ENERGY STAR sales.

Proposal Summary 
The changes proposed in the Draft 1 are summarized below. More details regarding these topics, EPA rationale, and specific requests for comment are included in note boxes throughout the draft specification.

  • Definitions: This draft includes a definition for “Hot, Cook, and Cold Units” to allow this category to be identified in the ENERGY STAR Product Finder. Adjustments have also been made to the definitions within the Water Source and Water Conditioning sections, to clarify which products should be recognized by each designation and reduce confusion regarding categorization in the ENERGY STAR Qualified Products List and in unit shipment data reported to EPA. The definition for “Compartment-type Water Cooler” has been removed as there does not appear to be a market presence for these units.
  • Scope: EPA is expanding the scope of the specification to include products that dispense sparkling, flavored, and alkaline water, in addition to hot and cold water. EPA excludes from scope water coolers that have provisions for making, storing, and dispensing small amounts of ice.
  • Certification Criteria: To continue to recognize the most efficient water coolers in each category, EPA is revising the criteria for Hot and Cold & Hot, Cook, and Cold Conditioned Storage units as these offer the greatest energy savings improvement per unit and also represent the majority of current ENERGY STAR shipments.
  • Test Modes: While the test method has not changed, additional sections are explicitly referenced in this draft to include a requirement that On Mode with Water Draw Performance (OMP) for Cold Water Draw and Hot Water Draw must be reported.
  • Alternative Refrigerants: EPA is interested in highlighting products that use alternative, low global warming potential (low-GWP) refrigerants across product categories and is requiring that water coolers report the refrigerant type and charge.

Comment Submittal Process
Stakeholders are encouraged to provide written comments for EPA consideration to watercoolers@energystar.gov by Tuesday, July 14, 2020. All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Water Coolers Product Development website unless the submitter requests otherwise. 

Stakeholder Meeting
EPA plans to host a stakeholder webinar on Wednesday, June 24, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm EST to outline the Draft 1 specification and address initial stakeholder comments and questions. Stakeholders interested in participating in this discussion should register at this link by Monday, June 22, 2020

Please direct any specific questions to Tanja Crk, EPA, at Crk.Tanja@epa.gov or 202-566-1037, and Julia Hegarty, ICF, at julia.hegarty@icf.com or 202-862-1163.  

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program. 

Sincerely,

Tanja Crk, Product Manager
ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service, Vending, Water Coolers

Enclosures:
Draft 1 Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Water Cooler Specification
Draft 1 Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Water Cooler Data Package

Contact Name: Tanja Crk
Email: Crk.Tanja@epa.gov
Phone: 202-566-1037
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2020-06-02
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Partner or other Interested Stakeholder:

The purpose of this email is to notify you about an amendment the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making to the ENERGY STAR Lamps specification (V2.1). The change extends the allowance for worst-case testing of families with envelope finish differences to all lamp types. Further explanation is provided in this letter.   

This change will be posted effective on June 15, 2020. Please feel free to contact me with questions, comments or concerns at (202) 343-9042 or Jantz-Sell.Taylor@epa.gov or Daniel Rogers, ICF, at (908) 233-0554 or Lighting@energystar.gov.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

Sincerely,

Taylor Jantz-Sell

ENERGY STAR Lighting Program Manager
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

 

Contact Name: Taylor Jantz-Sell
Email: jantz-sell.taylor@epa.gov
Phone: 202-343-9042
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2020-05-28
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Data Center Storage Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder,

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to share the final Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage specification. EPA would like to thank the many stakeholders who have invested time and effort to contribute feedback that has informed this product specification process. These Version 2.0 requirements will take effect March 15, 2021 and will recognize the top performing data center storage products on the market. This letter outlines the transition process.

EPA has made some minor editorial changes to the final specification at the request of stakeholders. This includes a slight adjustment to the capacity optimizing method (COM) definition more clearly align with the terminology used in the SNIA Emerald test method.  EPA also removed a sentence in the example under Table 8 and updated the test data requirements for scale up products. No other comments were offered.    

Version 2.0 Transition Timeline and Next Steps
EPA shares partners’ desire for a smooth transition from one ENERGY STAR specification to the next so that consumer expectations are met and ENERGY STAR labeled products fully meet the new requirements upon their effective date. With this in mind, EPA has established the following timeline: 
 

  • Effective immediately, manufacturers may elect to have their Certification Body (CB) certify eligible products to the Version 2.0 requirements.
  • After November 2, 2020, CBs will be instructed to stop certifying new product submittals to Version 2.0. Note, however, that existing certifications to Version 1.1 will remain valid for the purposes of ENERGY STAR certification until March 15, 2021.
  • Any data center storage manufactured as of March 15, 2021, must meet the Version 2.0 requirements to bear the ENERGY STAR mark. All certifications of products to the Version 1.1 specification will be invalid for purposes of ENERGY STAR and CBs will only submit product models certified to Version 2.0 to EPA.


On behalf of the EPA, I would like to thank all stakeholders who provided feedback during this specification revisions process and I look forward to working with you as you certify and market your ENERGY STAR certified data center storage. Please contact me at Fogle.Ryan@epa.gov or 202-343-9153 or John Clinger, ICF, at John.Clinger@icf.com or (215) 967-9407 with questions or concerns regarding the specification. For any other Data Center Storage related questions, please contact storage@energystar.gov. Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.
 

Ryan Fogle
EPA Manager, ENERGY STAR for IT and Data Center Products
 
Enclosures:
Data Center Storage Version 2.0 Final Specification
Data Center Storage Version 2.0 Final Data Package

 

Contact Name: Ryan Fogle
Email: Fogle.Rya@epa.gov
Phone: 202 343-9153
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2020-05-20
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The ENERGY STAR Most Efficient consumer pages now reflect the appliances currently recognized for 2020, including clothes dryers, clothes washers, dehumidifiers, dishwashers, refrigerators and freezers, and room air conditioners. ENERGY STAR Most Efficient recognizes products that deliver cutting edge energy efficiency along with the latest in technological innovation. This award truly represents the best of ENERGY STAR.

Please check the website to see if your ENERGY STAR Most Efficient product is listed to ensure we are sharing the most up to date information with consumers. If not, please contact mostefficient@energystar.gov to work toward getting your product listed. You can also request the 2020 graphic files and guidelines for using the mark.

Additional information can be found on the 2020 ENERGY STAR Most Efficient Criteria page. Take advantage of the 2020 ENERGY STAR Most Efficient Sell Sheet to help your sales team communicate the benefits of ENERGY STAR Most Efficient appliances to your consumers.

Appliance Specification Updates

Room Air Cleaners: EPA released the Final Room Air Cleaner Specification on October 16, 2019, with an original effective date of July 17, 2020. In light of widespread and unanticipated supply chain disruptions, and in response to broad stakeholder concern, EPA is now delaying the effective date until October 17, 2020. As part of the specification revision, EPA also updated the ENERGY STAR room air cleaner disclaimer label. More information about this update and the labeling requirements can be found in the webinar slides EPA presented in October 2019. 

Dishwashers: EPA launched a specification revision for this category on March 10, 2020, and comments for Draft 1 were due May 18, 2020. If you are not already a dishwasher contact for your organization and would like to receive communications related to dishwashers, please update your contact information via MESA.

In 2020, EPA also anticipates launching new specification development efforts for microwaves and miscellaneous refrigeration products. If you are interested in receiving communications related to any of these products please fill in this form or send an email to appliances@energystar.gov with your name and indicate which products are of interest.

2020-05-19
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Clothes Dryer Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder,

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has become aware that clothes dryer cycles have increased in number and that settings have become much more adjustable since the ENERGY STAR Clothes Dryer Specification Version 1 (“Version 1”) became effective on January 1, 2015. In response, EPA is clarifying the intention of the ENERGY STAR specification, that ENERGY STAR certified clothes dryers default back to the cycle and settings in which they were tested and that savings information for downloadable cycles be made available for consumers.

Since Version 1 went into effect, EPA has learned of the availability of functionalities that impact the clothes dryer cycles that are typically used. Consumers with clothes dryers that are Wi-Fi-enabled, or “smart,” are now able to download specialized cycles. Also, for some dryer models, consumers can change default settings for some cycles in ways that persist. Additionally, EPA has discovered that some clothes dryer models default to the last-used cycle upon next use. These shifts in functionality could mean that a clothes dryer is rarely run in the cycle in which it was tested and obtained ENERGY STAR certification, likely contrary to consumer expectations.

EPA makes clear its intent that the tested mode persists per the note under Section 3.B of Version 1, that products “provide consumers with a satisfactory experience in the tested mode so as to encourage continued use and consistently yield both savings and environmental benefit.”

Further, the Version 1 specification requires manufacturers to provide the specific cycle and setting selections on which the energy-use rating of a dryer is based in informational materials per Section 3.C.a. Guidance about cycles and settings that may use more or less energy than the tested cycle must also be provided to consumers per Section 3.C.b.; this requirement applies to cycles that are downloadable post-installation, as well.

EPA is clarifying its expectation that future clothes dryers certified to Version 1 perform in a manner consistent with its stated intent regarding the consistent use of the default or tested mode. Specifically, certified models should default to the cycle and settings in which the products were tested and obtained ENERGY STAR certification prior to each use. Further, partners are required to provide consumers with information on the energy implications of downloadable cycles. This clarification reflects EPA’s heightened interest and attention to this issue.

Please contact me at Park.Ga-Young@epa.gov or (202) 564-1085, or Steve Leybourn at Steve.Leybourn@icf.com or (202) 862-1566 with any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program. 
 
Best Regards,

Ga-Young Park
Product Manager for Appliances
ENERGY STAR Labeled Products

Contact Name: Ga-Young Park
Email: park.ga-young@epa.gov
Phone: 202-564-1085
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2020-05-07
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Residential Dishwasher Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder,
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has posted an updated Data Package for the ENERGY STAR Residential Dishwasher Version 7.0 Draft 1 Specification.

In response to requests, EPA is releasing an updated data package with additional information specific to the Draft 1 proposals. This updated data package includes an analysis of cleaning, drying, noise, cycle time, and consumer satisfaction for models that meet the Draft 1 proposed levels.

EPA is also extending the comment period deadline to Monday, May 18 in response to numerous stakeholder requests. Stakeholders can submit comments to appliances@energystar.gov up through this date. All comments received will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Residential Dishwasher Version 7.0 Specification Development webpage, unless the submitter specifically requests for his or her comments to remain confidential.
 
Please contact Ga-Young Park, EPA, at Park.Ga-Young@epa.gov or (202) 564-1085, or Steve Leybourn, ICF, at Steve.Leybourn@icf.com or (202) 862-1145, with any questions or concerns about the proposed specification or data package.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Contact Name: Ga-Young Park
Email: park.ga-young@epa.gov
Phone: 202-564-1085
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2020-04-16
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Vending Machines Stakeholders:
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to remind stakeholders that the effective date for the Version 4.0 ENERGY STAR Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines Program Requirements is April 29, 2020. On this date, only products certified to Version 4.0 and submitted by EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs) to EPA using the Version 4 web service will display on our list of certified models.
 
Please contact EPA at vendingmachines@energystar.gov with any questions regarding the specification. CBs should direct questions concerning the submittal of Version 4.0 certified Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines to Certification@energystar.gov.
 
Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

2020-04-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Data Center Storage Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder,

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing the Final Draft, Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage specification and the ENERGY STAR Draft test method. EPA thanks stakeholders for the feedback that they provided and has taken that feedback into consideration in developing this Final Draft specification. This specification will take effect on March 15, 2021.

EPA received broad stakeholder support in response to the Draft 2 released on February 19th along with modest comments requesting clarifying language in two instances and an update the test method notation to reflect the new Emerald Version 4.0.0 test method which this specification references. 

Given the current circumstances, EPA is giving stakeholders until May 14, 2020 to submit any remaining comments on this Final Draft specification to storage@energystar.gov. All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Product Development website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

The exchange of ideas and information between EPA, industry, and other interested parties is critical to the success of ENERGY STAR. Specifications and meeting materials will be distributed via email and posted on the ENERGY STAR website. To track EPA’s progress on this specification, please visit the storage product development website.

Please contact me at Fogle.Ryan@epa.gov or (202) 343-9153 or John Clinger, ICF, at John.Clinger@icf.com or (215) 967-9407 with questions or concerns about this specification revision. For other Data Center Storage related questions, please contact storage@energystar.gov.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Ryan Fogle
EPA Manager, ENERGY STAR for IT and Data Center Products
 
Enclosures:
Final Draft, Version 2.0
Draft Test Method

Contact Name: John Clinger
Email: John.Clinger@icfi.com
Phone: (202) 572-9432
2020-04-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Room Air Cleaner Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder,
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Final ENERGY STAR Room Air Cleaner Specification on October 16, 2019, with an original effective date of July 17, 2020. In light of widespread and unanticipated supply chain disruptions, and in response to broad stakeholder concern, EPA is now delaying the effective date until October 17, 2020.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program. 
 
Best Regards,

Ga-Young Park
Product Manager for Appliances
ENERGY STAR Labeled Products

Contact Name: Ga-Young Park
Email: park.ga-young@epa.gov
Phone: 202-564-1085
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2020-04-09
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Computer Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder:
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Final ENERGY STAR Computer Version 8.0 Specification on October 15, 2019, with an original effective date of July 15, 2020. In light of widespread and unanticipated supply chain disruptions, and in response to broad stakeholder concern, EPA is now delaying the effective date until October 15, 2020

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR Program. 

Ryan Fogle
EPA Manager, ENERGY STAR for IT and Data Center Products

2020-04-09
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® EVSE Partners, Certification Bodies and Laboratories,

To prepare for the inclusion of DC EVSE in the ENERGY STAR EVSE specification, this letter shares information about testing and certification of eligible models.

ENERGY STAR Certification Process Overview for Manufacturers/Product Brandowners
To earn the ENERGY STAR label, products must be certified by an EPA-recognized certification body (CB) based on testing in an EPA-recognized laboratory. This third-party certification program is now in effect for over 75 ENERGY STAR product categories. 

EPA-recognized laboratories test products according to the test methods referenced in ENERGY STAR specifications. EPA provides recognition to laboratories that are either accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 by an EPA-recognized accreditation body or participate in a CB's witnessed or supervised manufacturers' testing laboratory (W/SMTL) program for the relevant ENERGY STAR test methods.

Upon certifying a product, the CB submits corresponding performance data to EPA, which is then displayed on the list of ENERGY STAR Certified Products and Product Finder tool online. The ENERGY STAR partner is responsible for any costs related to testing and certification. Certification costs will vary by certification body and are not dictated or influenced by EPA. More information about third-party certification is available here.

Options for testing DC EVSE
As of March 2020, it is EPA’s understanding that several third-party laboratories are capable of testing low-output AC chargers, but most lack capacity to test higher powered, DC EVSE. While third-party laboratories build capability to test high-powered DC EVSE, EPA is aware of several in-house laboratories that are currently equipped to perform this test.

As soon as the ENERGY STAR DC EVSE Test Method is finalized, enrolling an in-house lab as a witnessed or supervised manufacturer test laboratory through a recognized CB may present the best option for manufacturers until enough third-party labs gain accreditation to meet the demand. Currently UL Verification Services Inc., TUV SUD America, Inc., and Intertek Testing Services NA are recognized Certification Bodies for EVSE with approved W/SMTL programs. 

Laboratories planning to apply for EPA recognition for DC EVSE are encouraged to work with these CBs and/or have their scopes of accreditation updated to include the final test method as soon as it is available.

For questions regarding the ENERGY STAR certification process for EVSE, please contact evse@energystar.gov, certification@energystar.gov, or Brian Krausz (Krausz.Brian@epa.gov)

Sincerely,

Brian Krausz, ENERGY STAR Labeling Branch
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

2020-04-09
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® CAC/HP Brand Owner or Other Interested Party:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the ENERGY STAR Cold Climate Heat Pump Controls Verification Procedure (CVP)  on April 1, 2020, with an original comment deadline of April 30. In light of the pressures on stakeholders due to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), EPA is now extending the comment period deadline to May 15. Stakeholders can provide written comments for EPA consideration to CAC-ASHP@energystar.gov. All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR CAC-ASHP Product Development website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

EPA and DOE will host a stakeholder webinar meeting on April 13, 2020 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm EDT to discuss the CVP proposal and address initial stakeholder comments and questions. Stakeholders interested in participating in this discussion should RSVP at this link by April 10, 2020.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Abigail Daken, Product Manager
ENERGY STAR for HVAC

Contact Name: Abigail Daken
Email: daken.abigail@epa.gov
Phone: 202-343-9375
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2020-04-09
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR Partners,

During this challenging time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants you to know that we are here to support your energy efficiency efforts.

With respect to our promotions, we are receptive to feedback we have gathered from many of our partners about your programs and marketing efforts, and have made some corresponding adjustments, including:

  • Postponing the ENERGY STAR Pool Pumps promotion until May or June, 
  • Planning a later launch in mid-May of Flip Your Fridge with ENERGY STAR, and
  • Proceeding as planned for the ENERGY STAR Laundry and Cooling promotions until further notice. 

We will continue to monitor both partner and consumer response and adjust accordingly. Any feedback on how we might best support your programs/marketing efforts under the current circumstances would be greatly appreciated.

Proactively, we have prepared a consumer e-blast on how to save energy while at home with a number of recommendations and tips that are available for partners to utilize as needed. We will be including this content and other supporting materials on our marketing materials page at energystar.gov/marketing_materials for easy access. 

We plan to go ahead with our social celebration for Earth Day on April 22 and will be providing assets for any partners interested in leveraging them, including a 60-second video and sample partner tweets, that will be distributed by mid-April. We encourage your participation if it makes sense for your organization at this time.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions, suggestions, or concerns. 

Utility Partners: eeaccountmanager@energystar.gov
Retail and Manufacturer Product Partners: changetheworld@energystar.gov

We wish all our partners the best,

The ENERGY STAR Communications Team

 

2020-04-08
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Commercial Food Service (CFS) Partners and Stakeholders,

We are sorry to inform you that we are cancelling the ENERGY STAR CFS Workshop scheduled for May 18th in conjunction with the 2020 National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago.

While we understand this is a difficult time for the food service industry, we are committed to continuing our support of energy efficient equipment sales by offering future educational, networking, and marketing opportunities through webinars, promotional events, quarterly newsletters, and new resources in development. We hope you will continue to leverage tools and resources available on the ENERGY STAR CFS webpage.

We anticipate holding an in-person workshop at next year’s National Restaurant Association Show, which will be held May 22-25, 2021 in Chicago. We will send notifications in early 2021 as the workshop date and agenda is finalized.

Thank you again for your commitment to ENERGY STAR and we look forward to engaging with you throughout the year. All of us from ENERGY STAR deeply regret the lost opportunity to hold an in-person workshop.

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused, and look forward to our work together in the coming year.

 

2020-04-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® CAC/HP Brand Owner or Other Interested Party:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) welcomes your input on the enclosed ENERGY STAR Cold Climate Heat Pump Controls Verification Procedure (CVP). EPA and the Department of Energy (DOE) plan to hold a stakeholder meeting on April 13, 2020 to discuss the CVP proposal in greater detail. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments to EPA no later than April 30, 2020.

As proposed in the Draft 2 Version 6.0 Central Air Conditioner and Heat Pump (CAC/HP) Specification, EPA seeks to recognize products that have superior performance as appropriate for different climates. For cold climates, this includes certifying products that meet a minimum Coefficient of Performance (COP) of 1.75, and a minimum Percentage of Heating Capacity of 70% at 5°F. These values are certified at a fixed compressor speed, and EPA recognizes a need to verify that the fixed settings used for lab testing are translated to performance under the unit’s native control. The proposed CVP verifies that 5°F criteria can be achieved under the native controls of the unit.

Consistent with past practice, ENERGY STAR partners will have the option to certify products to the Version 6.0 specification as soon as the specification is finalized. To allow products to certify in the extended time period between the final criteria publication and the anticipated effective date, the CVP provides explicit test conditions for use with Appendix M certification, as well as a reference to the Appendix M1 conditions for products certifying to that test method. Once the effective date of the specification is passed, the CVP will be revised to reflect that all products must use Appendix M1 for certification.

Proposal Summary 
The attached proposal intends to confirm that the performance required in the specification will be achievable once the unit is installed in a home. The proposal details that the unit should be set to operate under native controls. For products certified with the Appendix M test method, the CVP explicitly outlines the appropriate test conditions to verify the COP and Percentage Heating Capacity at 5°F. For products certifying with the Appendix M1 test method, the CVP references the low ambient temperature test conditions defined in Appendix M1. The performance is recorded after the unit reaches steady state, and power measurements indicate the COP and Percentage Heating Capacity at 5°F are at or above the minimum specification requirements.

EPA and DOE request feedback on several aspects of this proposal. More details regarding the proposal and specific questions are included in note boxes throughout the draft document.

Comment Submittal Process
Stakeholders are encouraged to provide written comments for EPA consideration to CAC-ASHP@energystar.gov by April 30, 2020. All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR CAC-ASHP Product Development website unless the submitter requests otherwise. 

Stakeholder Meeting
EPA and DOE will host a stakeholder webinar meeting on April 13, 2020 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm EDT to discuss the CVP proposal and address initial stakeholder comments and questions. Stakeholders are encouraged to inform EPA of any industry events that may conflict with this date. Stakeholders interested in participating in this discussion should RSVP at this link by April 10, 2020.

Please direct any specific questions to Abigail Daken, EPA, at daken.abigail@epa.gov or (202) 343-9375, and Julia Hegarty, ICF, at julia.hegarty@icf.com or (202) 862-1163.  For test procedure inquiries, please contact Antonio Bouza, U.S. Department of Energy, at antonio.bouza@ee.doe.gov or (202) 586-4563. Thank you for taking the time to review this CVP document. I look forward to working with you over the next several months to finalize the Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR CAC/HP specification.

Sincerely,

Abigail Daken, Product Manager
ENERGY STAR for HVAC

Enclosures:
Draft ENERGY STAR Cold Climate Heat Pump Controls Verification Procedure

Contact Name: Abigail Daken
Email: daken.abigail@epa.gov
Phone: 202-343-9375
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2020-04-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Computers Stakeholders:
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to remind stakeholders that as of March 2, 2020, EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs) were required to cease certification of new computers to the Version 7 specification and may only certify computers to the Version 8.0 specification. Certification bodies may continue submitting administrative modifications to existing computer certifications to the Version 7 specification until July 15, 2020. After this date, only computers certified to the Version 8.0 specification will appear on the ENERGY STAR website and certified products list.

Please contact EPA at computers@energystar.gov with any questions regarding the specification. CBs should direct questions concerning the submittal of certified computers to Certification@energystar.gov.

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

2020-04-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Residential Dishwasher Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder,
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the ENERGY STAR Residential Dishwasher Version 7.0 Draft 1 Specification on March 10, 2020, with an original comment period deadline of April 7. In light of the pressures on stakeholders due to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and in response to a stakeholder request, EPA is now extending the comment period deadline to May 11. Stakeholders can submit comments to appliances@energystar.gov at any time by this date.

EPA thanks those that participated in the Draft 1 Version 7.0 ENERGY STAR Residential Dishwashers Webinar on Thursday, March 26. The webinar slides are available on the ENERGY STAR Version 7.0 Residential Dishwashers Product Development webpage with all the other documents associated with this effort.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program. 
 
Best Regards,

Ga-Young Park
Product Manager for Appliances
ENERGY STAR Labeled Products

Contact Name: Ga-Young Park
Email: park.ga-young@epa.gov
Phone: 202-564-1085
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2020-03-11
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Residential Dishwasher Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder,
 
With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a revision of the ENERGY STAR specification for residential dishwashers. We welcome your input on the ENERGY STAR Residential Dishwasher Version 7.0 Draft 1 Specification. Stakeholders are encouraged to provide comments on this draft specification no later than April 7, 2020. EPA will host a stakeholder webinar regarding this Draft 1 Specification on March 26, 2020 from 1 – 4 PM Eastern Time. Please register here if you plan to attend.
 
The current ENERGY STAR criteria for residential dishwashers went into effect on January 29, 2016, and the market share of products meeting them has grown significantly to about 90%. Considering this high market share and the availability of products in the market that exceed the current ENERGY STAR criteria, stronger requirements are necessary to provide meaningful differentiation of highly efficient residential dishwashers for consumers.

With this revision, EPA seeks to recognize advances in energy and water efficiency for residential dishwashers. Key changes in Draft 1 are highlighted below, and the rationale for these proposed changes are explained in note boxes throughout the specification. A data package that provides EPA’s dataset, proposed levels, and savings associated with Draft 1 accompanies this mailing as well.

  • Revised Energy & Water Criteria for Dishwashers: EPA proposes revisions to the kWh/year and gallons per cycle for both standard and compact dishwashers. The Draft 1 decreases the energy consumption for standard dishwashers from 270 kWh/year to 240 kWh/year and decreases water consumption from 3.5 gallons per cycle to 3.2 gallons/cycle. Draft 1 decreases the energy consumption for compact units from 203 kWh/year to 155 kWh/year and decreases water consumption from 3.1 gallons per cycle to 2.0 gallons/cycle.
  • Scope – EPA amended the scope to include only products that can meet a minimum cleaning performance score. Consistent with the ENERGY STAR Guiding Principles, EPA is committed to associating the label with products that deliver energy efficiency without sacrificing performance. Further, manufacturers have cautioned that if product performance does not meet consumer expectations, savings will be negated due to the use of more intensive energy and water cycles or the increased instances of handwashing.
  • Connected – In recognition of advances in connected functionality in the market and to align with optional connected criteria in other ENERGY STAR specifications, EPA has made modest updates to the connected criteria in the dishwasher specification.

Stakeholder engagement is vital to the success of the ENERGY STAR program, and EPA looks forward to collaborating with stakeholders to develop the Version 7.0 specification. Stakeholders are requested to provide comments on the Version 7.0 Draft 1 Specification no later than April 7, 2020. Please send comments via e-mail to appliances@energystar.gov. All comments received will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Residential Dishwasher Version 7.0 Specification Development webpage, unless the submitter specifically requests that his or her comments remain confidential.
 
Please contact me at park.ga-young@epa.gov or (202) 564-1085, Steve Leybourn, ICF, at Steve.Leybourn@icf.com or (202) 862-1145, with any questions or concerns about the specification. Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.
 
Best Regards,

Ga-Young Park
Product Manager for Appliances
ENERGY STAR Labeled Products

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR Residential Dishwashers Version 7.0 Draft 1 Specification
ENERGY STAR Residential Dishwashers Version 7.0 Draft 1 Specification Data Package

Contact Name: Ga-Young Park
Email: park.ga-young@epa.gov
Phone: 202-564-1085
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2020-03-11
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® CAC/ASHP and Connected Thermostats Stakeholders,

Reminder: It’s not too late to register for in-person or remote attendance! Call-in information will be distributed to registrants prior to the meeting.
Update: As of now, EPA continues to plan for an in-person meeting with a call-in option. If the situation changes, with significant closures or travel advisories for Atlanta due to COVID-19 concerns, we may switch to a webinar-only format.

For the average American household, almost half the annual energy bill goes to heating and cooling – more than $900 a year. Based on a recent canvass of existing programs, smart thermostat energy efficiency programs are numerous, growing, and diverse in design. Since 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized smart thermostats that deliver energy savings with the ENERGY STAR, but the controllers for the most efficient, variable speed heating and cooling equipment have not been able to participate. EPA is updating the criteria for ENERGY STAR connected thermostats to allow these controllers to be recognized, and is looking for stakeholder input. 

The format will include presentations and guided discussions addressing relevant issues, including the following:

  • Controls verification procedure for Residential variable speed HVAC controllers: The specifics and usefulness of the test.
  • Using field data to reward controls that successfully avoid cycling variable speed systems and instead run at moderate capacity.
  • NEW: Other ways controls can contribute to energy savings with variable capacity HVAC, and ways to demonstrate them.
  • Updates to the specification criteria and associated software as needed for these controllers.

This free session will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2020 (the day after the ACEEE Hot Water Forum) from 9:00am - 3:00pm, at the ASHRAE headquarters in Atlanta, GA. 

Currently, confirmed speakers include EPA and Lennox.

Pre-work: In a February technical meeting with stakeholders, EPA introduced one possible metric to demonstrate that controls were successfully keeping variable speed HVAC in lower capacity states when possible. Provisionally called “Average Capacity Fraction” or ACF, the metric is explained in the publicly available slides from that meeting, found here. Please review ACF ahead of time and be ready to discuss with other stakeholders on the 26th. This metric presumes that the primary opportunity controls have to ensure energy savings with variable capacity HVAC is to avoid using higher capacity states; however, EPA is interested if there are other mechanisms we should consider instead or in addition to this. For instance, are there savings available from knowing when no one is home and awake? Would it be meaningful to try to avoid large capacity swings in a short period of time? EPA hopes to spend time at the workshop brainstorming about savings mechanisms and whether they can be recognized through analysis of field data.  Field data analysis can be applied to any information the controller would typically have access to, and the analysis may be able to focus on particular times, such as core heating and cooling season, shoulder seasons, recovery from setback, times of moderate or extreme outdoor temperature, etc.

EPA has reached out to several organizations to ask them to speak, and any attendee is welcome to ask for time on the agenda to present their views on this matter. Call-in attendees are welcome to present remotely.

Expected attendees include Mitsubishi Electric, Trane Technologies, Honeywell, Carrier, AHRI, Intertek, SkyCentrics, NEEP, Lennox, Daikin, and Energy Solutions.

The final agenda and details will be released on March 25th.

Please let EPA know if you are interested in attending and/or presenting using this form. Please send any questions to connectedthermostats@energystar.gov.

For more information, visit: www.energystar.gov

2020-03-09
Location: Denver, Colorado
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Partners and Stakeholders:
                
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce that planning is underway for the 2020 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting for appliances, electronics ,electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), HVAC, lighting, smart thermostats, and water heaters.

This year’s meeting will take place Tuesday, October 27 – Thursday, October 29, 2020 in Denver, CO. Please mark your calendars and reserve the dates.
 
The three day meeting will include plenary sessions with policy and program updates at the national, regional, and local levels; topical sessions to expand on certain plenary topics and address a range of product-specific issues; promotions and communications sessions; an ENERGY STAR product Expo; and the opportunity to organize and conduct one-on-one networking meetings and interact with other ENERGY STAR stakeholders.
 
The meeting is open to all ENERGY STAR partners and stakeholders. Attendees will include:

  • Utilities and other energy efficiency program sponsors implementing or interested in developing ENERGY STAR programs;
  • Retail partners promoting ENERGY STAR appliance, electronics, EVSE, HVAC, lighting, smart thermostats, and/or water heater products;
  • Manufacturing partners producing ENERGY STAR appliance, electronics, EVSE, HVAC, lighting, smart thermostats, and/or water heater products;
  • Organizations involved in the ENERGY STAR Third Party Certification program; and
  • Other organizations active in the energy efficiency community.
  • As in 2019, the ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction Partner Meeting will be held at the same location.

More information pertaining to the draft agenda and hotel accommodations will be forthcoming in the coming months.

As in 2019, co-sponsorship opportunities for the 2020 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting and 2020 ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction Meeting will be available to ENERGY STAR partners, facilitated by Nationwide Marketing Group. Details to follow in the coming months. Contact Richard Weinberg, Sr VP, Business Services, rick.weinberg@nationwidegroup.org, 336.714.5095 for more information.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can participate as a partner, or if you have additional questions, please email partnermeeting@energystar.gov.  
 
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the 2020 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting in Denver, CO!

Contact Name: Rick Weinberg
Email: rick.weinberg@nationwidegroup.org
Phone: 336-714-5095
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2020-03-09
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Brand Owner or Other Interested Party:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing the final ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award criteria for a new 2020 product category: Refrigerators with Advanced Adaptive Compressors. With this letter EPA is also extending the 2019 product category, Air to Water Heat Pumps, for another year.

In response to input from stakeholders, the initial draft criteria for Advanced Adaptive Compressors have been revised as follows:

  • EPA clarified that the product must outperform the measured Annual Energy Consumption for the Federal Minimum Standard by 30%. This change was necessary to account for icemaker use, which would produce inaccurate results unless measured energy consumption is used.   
  • For testing under Option 2 listed in the criteria, EPA is now specifying the energy consumption measurement for comparison is from the steady-state portion of the DOE 10 CFR 430, Subpart B Appendix A – Residential Refrigerators test method. As a result, EPA noted that the steady-state energy consumption should be measured, per Section 5.2.1 of the test method, with all compartment temperature controls set at their median position midway between their warmest and coldest settings.

All documents associated with the Advanced Adaptive Compressors criteria can be found on the ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology for Industry Stakeholders webpage.

Award Application Process
Manufacturers with products that meet the Award criteria may immediately begin submitting the necessary documentation to emergingtech@energystar.gov for EPA review. Award-winning products will be recognized upon determination that all Award criteria have been satisfied. Note that multiple products are eligible for the Award. All recognized, Award-winning products will be listed on energystar.gov on the list of ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award winners for Advanced Adaptive Compressors.

2019 Air-to-Water Heat Pumps Category
This letter also serves as notice that EPA is extending recognition of the 2019 Award category – Air-to-Water Heat Pumps – into 2020. EPA has updated the criteria to allow for commercial Air-to-Water Heat Pumps (those with a rated cooling capacity greater than 65,000 Btu/h). Please see www.energystar.gov/emergingtech for Award criteria and instructions for new submissions.

If you have any questions about the Award, the criteria development process, or marketing and promotion of Award-winning products, please contact me, Peter Banwell, at banwell.peter@epa.gov and (202) 343-9408, or Emmy Feldman at emmy.feldman@icf.com and (202) 862-1145.

Sincerely,

Peter Banwell
ENERGY STAR Program

Enclosures:
Final Criteria for Advanced Adaptive Compressors
Updated Final Criteria for Air-to-Water Heat Pumps

Contact Name: Emmy Feldman
Email: Emmy.Feldman@icf.com
Phone: 202-862-1145
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2020-03-04
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Commercial Dishwasher Partner or Other Interested Party:

With this letter, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking comment on a modified approach to crediting heat recovery under the upcoming Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Commercial Dishwasher specification. Specifically, EPA is proposing to replace the energy recovery credit calculation as proposed in the Draft 2 V3.0 specification with an equation that calculates the amount of primary water heating energy offset and then subtracts that from the ASTM measured washing energy value. This proposal also includes minor modifications to the definition for heat recovery machines based on stakeholder feedback. The objective is to align the ENERGY STAR Commercial Dishwasher specification more closely with the primary domestic hot water energy use calculation in the ASTM F1696-18 and F1920-15 test methods by calculating the primary water heating energy offset by the heat recovery machine.

EPA released Draft 2 of the Version 3.0 Commercial Dishwasher specification on October 10, 2019 for stakeholder review. In response to stakeholder comments, EPA is now releasing this limited topic proposal focused on new thinking specific to the Draft 2 credit for units with heat recovery capabilities. Stakeholders may provide comments to EPA at commercialdishwashers@energystar.gov no later than March 18, 2020.

All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR product development website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

Feedback on EPA’s Draft 2 Energy Recovery Credit and ASTM’s Updates to F1696-18, F1920-15

EPA received feedback from stakeholders recommending that the Agency refer to the ASTM F1696-18 and F1920-15 test methods to measure the total energy consumption of heat recovery machines rather than taking measurements specific to the heat recovery system within the dishwasher, which would require an estimate or measurement of the inlet water temperature to the booster heater. However, the ASTM test methods do not currently require the inlet water temperature of the booster heater to be measured for these machines. In addition, stakeholders expressed concern over measuring the inlet water temperature to the booster heater, noting that the process for measuring this water temperature would vary among heat recovery machines. This raised repeatability issues that could result in inherent inaccuracies and potentially overestimation of the heat recovery credit proposed in Draft 2 that assumed a fixed inlet water temperature of 110oF to the booster heater. These concerns caused EPA to look more closely at the Draft 2 credit and evaluate other more suitable options for recognizing the energy savings of heat recovery machines. 

Further, EPA has been tracking ASTM’s progress on updating the F1696-18 and F1920-15 test methods and communicating regularly with the ASTM F26 committee chairpersons. ASTM has submitted for ballot proposed updates to the test methods, including an update to F1920-15 to align with F1696-18 to specify the temperature of the water (70±3°F) connected to the cold-water supply for heat recovery machines. This change would ensure that all heat recovery machines, as defined later in this document, follow the same test conditions and process to measure the total energy consumption including all heating devices. In addition, this change would account for the total energy consumption of heat recovery machines in a repeatable way, allowing for comparison to non-heat recovery systems. The primary water heater energy consumed, as reported by the ASTM test method, reflects the actual hot water energy use of each machine, but is currently not included in the energy used per rack. EPA expects this updated test, with modification, to serve the intended purpose of properly crediting heat recovery machines. EPA proposes an intended use below.

Proposed Primary Hot Water Energy Offset Calculation

EPA notes that the primary hot water energy use calculation in ASTM F1696-18 and F1920-15 (section 11) is well-established but is not used for calculating energy performance. Based on the feedback from ASTM F26 committee chairpersons, EPA acknowledges a modification to this equation as a useful way to account for the difference in water inlet temperatures between heat recovery and standard commercial dishwashers. As such, the energy recovery credit described in Draft 2 will be replaced with this stakeholder recommended hot water energy offset (Equation 1). As with the credit proposed in Draft 2, this offset for eligible models would be applied once to a commercial dishwasher and subtracted from the ASTM measured washing energy value to obtain an adjusted (credited) value. Specification requirements would apply to the adjusted value (i.e., Washmeasured - Eprimaryoffset in kWh/rack).

Hot Water Energy Offset: Calculate and report the primary hot water energy offset by the heat recovery dishwasher fed by a cold-water inlet during the washing energy rate test based on Equation 1.

Equation 1.    Eprimaryoffset = (Vwater x cp x r x (Tinstd – Tinhr))/ h whereby

Eprimaryoffset = calculated primary hot water energy offset in Btu/rack (convert to kWh/rack)
Vwater = measured water volume consumed by dishwasher in gallons/rack
cp = specific heat of water Btu/lb*oF = 1 Btu/lb*oF

r= density of water in lb/gal = 8.334 lb/gal

Tinstd = inlet water temperature to a standard (non-heat recovery) machine (per ASTM F1696-18/1920-15 section 9.3 not to exceed 140±2°F) = 140°F (in calculation)
Tinhr = inlet water temperature to a heat recovery machine (per ASTM F1696-18/1920-15 section 9.3 at 70±3°F) = 70°F

h= assumed commercial primary water heating system efficiency feeding dishwashers including standby and recirculation losses in % = 80% = 0.80 (in calculation)
Conceptually, this equation represents the energy the primary water heater would have used had the heat recovery not been present. According to stakeholder input, gas water heaters are more common in commercial settings (reflected in the primary hot water energy use equation for the standard dishwasher as 65%, per ASTM F1696-18 and F1920-15 Sections 11.8.4 and 11.9.4, respectively). In Equation 1, the assumed commercial primary water heating system is based on electric resistance water heaters (and associated distribution efficiency), which are more thermally efficient than gas heaters. In other words, the hot water energy offset will be lower with the assumed commercial primary electric water heater than with a gas water heater. Thus, the electric water heater assumption (i.e., 80%) is a conservative one.

Proposed Revision to Definition for Heat Recovery Machine

In addition, stakeholder comments relayed the need to revise the Draft 2 definition for heat recovery machines to ensure that all dishwashers using heat recovery mechanisms are properly identified to apply the offset equation. This revised definition is provided below.

Heat Recovery Machine: Warewashing equipment with heat recovery; a heat exchanger that recovers energy from other sources (i.e. waste water, exhaust duct) for the purpose of heating potable water. This includes but is not limited to drain water heat exchangers, wash compartment heat exchangers, exhaust heat exchangers, and supplemental heat pumps. The equipment must meet all the following requirements:

a.    ​​​​​​​Use a minimum of 95% of water volume from the cold-water inlet for the wash and rinse
       cycle (the machine can have a cold- and a hot-water inlet, but a maximum of 5% of wash and rinse
       cycle water can come from the hot water inlet);

b.    The temperature of the water at the dishwasher’s inlet must be 70±3°F; and,
c.    The dishwasher must operate at or above 180°F rinse temperature.

As written, part a of the heat recovery machine definition implies that most of the water entering the dishwasher’s heat exchanger is coming from the cold-water inlet and a much smaller fraction is entering the dishwasher’s heat exchanger from the water heater. Part b accounts for the 70oF±3 combined temperature of the cold- and hot-water inlets entering the dishwasher’s heat exchanger. Finally, part c limits the definition of a heat recovery machine to high temperature machines only to exclude vapor condensing machines operating at lower rinse temperatures (i.e., 140oF) that do not use the heat recovered by condensing to reduce energy use for heating water. The EPA’s understanding is that only machines with high temperature rinse provide dense enough waste heat to be worth recovering.

EPA recognizes the value of heat recovery and proposes the approach outlined above as a way to more accurately address it. EPA also appreciates the continued input of collaborators, especially ASTM, in developing this approach.

If you have comments or concerns about this proposal, please submit them by March 18, 2020, to commercialdishwashers@energystar.gov. Please direct any specific questions to Tanja Crk, EPA, at Crk.Tanja@epa.gov or 202-566-1037.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Tanja Crk, Product Manager
ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Contact Name: Tanja Crk
Email: Crk.Tanja@epa.gov
Phone: 202-566-1037
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2020-02-19
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Data Center Storage Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder,

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing the Draft 2, Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage Specification. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments to storage@energystar.gov by March 20, 2020.

In response to the Draft 1, Version 2.0 specification released for stakeholder review, comments focused on aligning ENERGY STAR definitions with those of Emerald V4.0, adjusting the internal power supply requirements, and on concerns regarding the active requirements for transaction and streaming optimized systems. EPA reviewed our dataset and market conditions and hosted follow-up discussion with stakeholders. Based on the comments and additional analysis, EPA has accommodated stakeholder feedback as follows: 

  • EPA supports alignment with Emerald V4.0 and has revised the definitions.
  • Market research affirmed the conditions raised with respect to internal power supplies and relevant redundant requirements are now applied to all products.
  • Criteria levels have been adjusted for transaction and streaming workload types. These changes consider stakeholder feedback regarding the difficulty in attaining the criteria levels for the most common configuration types as well as anticipated changes in the market during the life of Version 2.0.

Comment Submittal
EPA welcomes stakeholder input on the attached Draft 2, Version 2.0 specification. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit any comments to storage@energystar.gov by March 20, 2020. All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Product Development website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

Stakeholder Webinar
EPA will host a webinar to answer any questions on this Draft 1 specification on March 4, 2020 from 1-3 PM Eastern Time. Please register here if you plan on attending.

The exchange of ideas and information between EPA, industry, and other interested parties is critical to the success of ENERGY STAR. Specifications and meeting materials will be distributed via email and posted on the ENERGY STAR website. To track EPA’s progress on this specification, please visit the storage product development website.

Please contact me at Fogle.Ryan@epa.gov or (202) 343-9153 or John Clinger, ICF, at John.Clinger@icf.com or (215) 967-9407 with questions or concerns about this specification revision. For other Data Center Storage related questions, please contact storage@energystar.gov
 
Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.
 
Sincerely,

Ryan Fogle
EPA Manager, ENERGY STAR for IT and Data Center Products
 
Enclosures:
Draft 2, Version 2.0

Contact Name: Ryan Fogle
Email: Fogle.Rya@epa.gov
Phone: 202 343-9153
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2020-02-11
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Imaging Equipment Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder,

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing the Final ENERGY STAR Professional Imaging Equipment Test Method. EPA thanks stakeholders for their feedback which has informed this final test method.

In response to the Final Draft Test Method, multiple stakeholders offered suggestions for clarifying sections of the test method. EPA incorporated many of these suggestions including: updating the voltage in the input power requirements table, clarifying that uncoated paper should be used, and specifying the appropriate print speed as well as the images to be used per test copy. EPA received additional comments regarding the product speed and product initialization. EPA did not make changes in these cases in the interest of maintaining consistency with the agreed upon testing protocols for all other imaging equipment. Additionally, the Agency does not believe a different test for Professional Imaging Equipment is called for in these instances. EPA also received a comment regarding the service and maintenance mode and has maintained this element of the test method. As noted in the Version 3.0 process, automatic adjustments that happen by default are included in the measurement, but EPA has clarified that any manual processes shall be excluded from the measurement to ensure repeatability of the test method.

To assist EPA in establishing ENERGY STAR efficiency requirements for professional imaging equipment products, manufacturers are invited to submit product energy data using the accompanying reporting template posted with this letter. A robust dataset will help EPA ensure that proposed levels are reflective of the overall professional imaging equipment market. Please send completed forms to imagingequipment@energystar.gov no later than June 12, 2020. An amendment to Version 3 incorporating professional imaging equipment products is anticipated for the summer or fall of 2020.

The exchange of ideas and information between EPA, industry, and other interested parties is critical to the success of ENERGY STAR. Specifications and meeting materials will be distributed via email and posted on the ENERGY STAR website. To track EPA’s progress on this specification, please visit the Imaging Equipment Specification Version 3.0 product development webpage.

Please contact me at Fogle.Ryan@epa.gov or (202) 343-9153 or John Clinger, ICF, at John.Clinger@icf.com or (215) 967-9407 with questions or concerns about the imaging equipment specification. For test method questions, please contact Jeremy Dommu, U.S. Department of Energy, Jeremy.Dommu@EE.Doe.Gov, or (202) 586-9870. For any other imaging equipment related questions, please contact imagingequipment@energystar.gov. Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.
Sincerely,

Ryan Fogle
EPA Manager, ENERGY STAR for IT and Data Center Products

Enclosures:
Final Professional Imaging Equipment Test Method
Professional Imaging Equipment Test Reporting Template

2020-02-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to remind stakeholders that the effective date for the Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR Room Air Cleaners Program Requirements is October 17, 2020. On this date, only products certified to Version 2.0 and submitted by EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs) to EPA using the Version 2.0 web service will display on our list of certified models.
 
Please contact EPA at roomaircleaners@energystar.gov with any questions regarding the specification. CBs should direct questions concerning the submittal of Version 2.0 certified Room Air Cleaners to Certification@energystar.gov.
 
Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

2020-01-28
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been made aware of an update to the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) Server Efficiency Rating Tool (SERT). For the purposes of ENERGY STAR certification, computer servers should be tested using SERT Version 2.0.3 moving forward. As has been the case with previous SERT updates during the life of the ENERGY STAR Computer Server program, test results already submitted through the certification process using a version of SERT EPA previously accepted are not affected by this update. This clarification memo can be found on the Computer Servers Version 3.0 Specification product development website.

The SERT Version 2.0.3 is a minor update, with the following changes and the results it produces are comparable to those produced by previous versions:

  • Support for Marvell ThunderX2 processors
  • Support for HP-UX on Itanium
  • Fix for IBM Power Lage Memory configurations running Linux OS

Please contact me at Fogle.Ryan@epa.gov or 202-343-9153 or John Clinger at John.Clinger@icf.com or 215-967-9407 with questions or concerns regarding this update. For any questions regarding certification to SERT Version 2.0.3, please contact certification@energystar.gov. For any other computer server related questions, please contact servers@energystar.gov. Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Sincerely,

Ryan Fogle
EPA Manager, ENERGY STAR for IT and Data Center Products

2020-01-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® CAC/HP Brand Owner or Other Interested Party:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) welcomes your input on the enclosed Draft 2 Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR® Central Air Conditioner and Heat Pump (CAC/HP) specification. EPA plans to hold a stakeholder meeting on February 11, 2020 to discuss the Draft 2 specification in greater detail. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments on this Draft to EPA no later than February 28, 2020.

With the Version 6.0 revision, EPA seeks to recognize products for their superior efficiency as well as their advanced design and capabilities, namely for connected and cold climate products. This draft continues this specification development process with refinements based on stakeholder feedback and also proposes recognizing capabilities that can facilitate a high-quality installation.

In response to the Draft 1 specification, EPA received strong industry feedback that manufacturers will be facing extensive redesign and retesting for the upcoming Federal standards and test method change. In recognition of the concerted effort this will require, EPA is proposing to align the Version 6.0 effective date with the January 1, 2023 effective date of the new standards and test method. In so doing, the Agency is committed to anticipating potential market advances such that the value this ENERGY STAR specification delivers is maintained, even with the delay. Recognizing the investment partners are making in products now and the benefit that extra time to meet ENERGY STAR requirements offers, EPA is proposing adjustments to the criteria for CAC/HP products to achieve the long-term savings goals of the ENERGY STAR program and maintain differentiation in the future market. Consistent with past practice, ENERGY STAR partners will have the option to certify products to the Version 6.0 specification beginning once the specification is finalized. For purposes of this interim period between finalization and the specification’s effective date, equivalent criteria are provided in terms of current DOE metrics (i.e. SEER, EER and HSPF).

Proposal Summary
Draft 2 Version 6.0 proposes the following changes from the Draft 1 proposal, and identifies other areas for further discussion:

  • Definitions: Definitions have been amended to align with Appendix M1 and definitions related to connected capability have been added. Due to the change in the DOE definition, the specification throughout has been amended to refer to central air conditioners and heat pumps (CAC/HP), rather than the previous term, air-source heat pump.
     
  • Cold Climate Recognition: EPA has maintained the climate-based recognition as proposed in Draft 1. For purposes of certification prior to the January 1, 2023 effective date, EPA will accept manufacturer provided application data for the Cold Climate requirements for Coefficient of Performance (COP) and Percentage of Rated Capacity @ 5°F.
  • Performance Criteria: Per the Appendix M1 test method, EPA has proposed ENERGY STAR levels in the new metrics of SEER2, EER2, and HSPF2 for CAC/HPs. To maintain differentiation from the Federal minimum efficiencies and account for future advances, EPA has proposed increased levels for SEER2 and HSPF2. 
  • Staged and Variable Capacity: EPA has maintained the proposal from Draft 1 that all ENERGY STAR certified units have at least two capacity stages or are continuously variable.
  • Installation Capabilities: Per conversations with stakeholders about the important role installation plays in terms of delivered efficiency, EPA is proposing that all ENERGY STAR certified units meet at least three out of several listed capabilities that would help facilitate a high-quality installation.
  • Connected Criteria: As proposed in the recent limited topic proposal on connected criteria for CAC/HP, EPA has included optional connected criteria for this product category. Minor adjustments have been made to align more closely with AHRI 1380.
  • Test Method: The test method reference has been updated to refer to the 2023 Federal test method for CAC/HP units, 10 CFR part 430 Subpart B, Appendix M1. The Appendix M test method may be used for certification prior to January 1, 2023.

More details regarding these elements are included in note boxes throughout the draft specification document.

Comment Submittal Process
Stakeholders are encouraged to provide written comments for EPA consideration to CAC-ASHP@energystar.gov by February 28, 2020. All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR CAC-ASHP Product Development website unless the submitter requests otherwise. 

Stakeholder Meeting
EPA plans to host a stakeholder webinar meeting on February 11, 2020 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm ET to discuss the Draft 2 document and address initial stakeholder comments and questions. Stakeholders interested in participating in this discussion should RSVP here by February 7, 2020. Stakeholders are encouraged to inform EPA of any industry events that may conflict with this proposed date. 

Please direct any specific questions to Abigail Daken, EPA, at daken.abigail@epa.gov or (202) 343-9375, and Julia Hegarty, ICF, at julia.hegarty@icf.com or (202) 862-1163.  For test procedure inquiries, please contact Antonio Bouza, U.S. Department of Energy, at antonio.bouza@ee.doe.gov or (202) 586-9870. Thank you for taking the time to review this Draft 2 document. I look forward to working with you over the next several months to develop the Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR CAC/HP specification.

Sincerely,

Abigail Daken, Manager
ENERGY STAR HVAC Program

Enclosures:
Draft 2 Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR CAC-HP Specification
Draft 2 Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR CAC-HP Data Package
Draft 1 Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR CAC-HP Comment Response Matrix

 

2020-01-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce the selection of Refrigerators with Advanced Adaptive Compressors as a 2020 ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award category. EPA is proposing performance criteria for these products with the goal of recognizing the best available advanced adaptive compressors that help protect the environment while offering the consumer new ways to save energy.

Overview of the Emerging Technology Award
Launched in 2011, the ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award raises the profile of innovative technologies that have the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions once more widely adopted. The annual Award recognizes promising technologies that may not yet meet key principles associated with categories eligible for the ENERGY STAR label (e.g., broadly available, cost effective to the consumer) or may represent large improvements in existing ENERGY STAR product categories. As products become more mainstream, Award categories may become candidates for ENERGY STAR specification development. For more information on the Award, visit www.energystar.gov/emergingtech.

Technology Overview – Advanced Adaptive Compressors:
In a conventional refrigerator, the compressor operates at maximum capacity in response to thermal load, or it is turned off when the desired temperature has been achieved. However, the energy consumption requirements of a refrigerator vary widely based on various factors. An advanced adaptive compressor system in residential refrigeration products pairs an inverter compressor with a sensor-driven control system capable of cooling capacity modulation in response to a varying internal thermal load. As a result, the advanced adaptive compressor system allows for the refrigerator to save a significant amount of energy while regulating the temperature by minimizing wide temperature variations. The per unit efficiency increases by at least 25% with this technology when compared to standard units. If all refrigerators sold in 2020 in the U.S. used this technology and met these draft criteria, the energy cost savings would exceed $160 million.

Draft Criteria for Review
Interested stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback on the proposed recognition criteria to emergingtech@energystar.gov by February 28, 2020. Depending on the comments received, EPA may release a subsequent draft for stakeholder review prior to finalizing the criteria. Once final, manufacturers of refrigerators that meet the Award criteria will be able to submit information and data to EPA for review. Upon EPA approval, manufacturers will be able to use the ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award logo to promote the product.

Additional Technology Categories for 2020: Air-to-Water (ATW) Heat Pumps
To date there have been two companies that earned an Award for Air-to-Water Heat Pumps: Chiltrix Inc. and Mestek, Inc. With this letter, and to allow the new market to further develop, EPA is extending recognition of the 2019 Award category – Air-to-Water Heat Pumps – into 2020. This category of heat pumps has numerous applications with advantages over traditional hydronic systems in new and existing homes, and advantages over forced air systems in new construction. Compared to a typical gas condensing boiler system, Air-to-Water heat pumps can offer energy savings up to 47%[1] with a seasonal Coefficient of Performance (COP) of 1.7 - 3.0. In new construction, Air-to-Water heat pumps provide all the advantages of a hydronic system while also providing efficient electric heat, using up to 70% less electricity than electric baseboard heat.

Air-to-Water systems also demonstrate superior performance at low outdoor temperatures when compared with traditional air source heat pumps, making them appropriate for use throughout the United States, including cold regions. Please see www.energystar.gov/emergingtech for award criteria and instructions for new submissions.

If you have any questions about the Award or the criteria development process, please contact me, Peter Banwell, at banwell.peter@epa.gov and (202) 343-9408, or Emmy Feldman at emmy.feldman@icf.com and (202) 862-1145.

Peter Banwell
ENERGY STAR Program

Enclosures:
Draft Criteria for Advanced Adaptive Compressors

 


Sincerely,

Contact Name: Emmy Feldman
Email: Emmy.Feldman@icf.com
Phone: 202-862-1145
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2019-12-05
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce the final recognition criteria for Dehumidifiers for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020. This letter outlines the final criteria.

Dehumidifiers that meet the 2020 criteria will deliver significant savings over a conventional product as noted below: 

  • Portable dehumidifiers: 100 kWh/yr in annual energy savings, 19% above the Federal Minimum.
  • Whole-home dehumidifiers: 177 kWh/yr in annual energy savings, 23% above the Federal Minimum.

Please note that the criteria for 14 other product categories, which were finalized on September 26, 2019, and the Dehumidifier criteria can be found at www.energystar.gov/mostefficient.

Final criteria for Dehumidifiers for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020 recognition are summarized below. EPA did not receive comments specific to the proposed Dehumidifier criteria. Accordingly, EPA has finalized the criteria as proposed. Products must also be certified as ENERGY STAR by an EPA-recognized certification body. Additional detail for Dehumidifiers is included in the recognition criteria documents available at www.energystar.gov/mostefficient.

To be recognized as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient, Dehumidifiers must meet the applicable minimum Integrate Energy Factor (IEF) shown in the following table, as determined per Appendix X1 to 10 CFR Part 430, Subpart B.

 

Type, size
 

Integrated Energy Factor
 

Portable, capacity ≤ 25.00 pints/day
 

≥ 1.70
 

Portable, capacity 25.01 to 50.00 pints/day
 

≥ 1.90
 

Portable, capacity > 50.00 pints/day
 

≥ 3.40
 

Whole Home, case volume ≤ 8.0 ft3
 

≥ 2.22
 

Whole Home, case volume > 8.0 ft3
 

≥ 3.40
 


ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020 Recognition

ENERGY STAR certified products meeting ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020 requirements will be highlighted at www.energystar.gov/mostefficient beginning January 1, 2020. Shortly, EPA will begin distributing the 2020 ENERGY STAR Most Efficient designation to brand owners of eligible products. As a reminder, usage guidelines are available at http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=partners.most_efficient_criteria. As new products are certified, EPA will invite partners to augment their product listing with the following:

  • A product image. Product images (in jpg, png, or gif format), should include only one product - do not include other people and objects; be a minimum of 250 pixels wide; and for best results, be on a single-color background, preferably white;
  • A product description for use on the web page (i.e., key features and functionalities). The first 50 words will be displayed beside the product photo on the web page; additional text will link to a separate web page; and
  • The name of retail stores or online distributors where the product is available for consumer purchase. This information helps provide price and store location information to consumers on the web page.

To ensure the greatest utility of the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient webpage to consumers, EPA will only highlight products that are currently available for sale in the U.S. As such, EPA reminds partners that it is critical that they keep product availability information with their Certification Bodies current. 

The ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020 designation is intended for use at point-of-sale on point-of-purchase materials, product literature, and websites. It may not be factory-applied to products or product packaging.  Failure to abide by these guidelines may result in loss of recognition. EPA will highlight recognized products on the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020 web page through December 31, 2020. 

We look forward to working with you to market ENERGY STAR Most Efficient products in 2020. Please e-mail mostefficient@energystar.gov with any questions.

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.  
 
Sincerely,  

Ann Bailey, Director
ENERGY STAR Product Labeling Branch

2019-12-03
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to remind stakeholders that as of December 16, 2019, EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs) are required to cease certification of new Vending Machines to the Version 3 specification and may only certify Vending Machines to the Version 4.0 specification. Certification bodies may continue submitting administrative modifications to existing Vending Machines certifications to the Version 3 specification until April 29, 2020. After this date, only Vending Machines certified to the Version 4.0 specification will appear on the ENERGY STAR website and certified products list.

CBs must notify EPA by December 15, 2019 of models certified to Version 3.2, but not yet submitted to EPA, along with information on when data will be submitted. Failure to do so will result in QPX blocking submissions of these products to EPA.
 
Please contact EPA at vendingmachines@energystar.gov with any questions regarding the specification. CBs should direct questions concerning the submittal of Version 4.0 certified vending machines to Certification@energystar.gov.
 
Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

2019-11-26
Location: Washington DC
Description:

ENERGY STAR® Fall Lighting Newsletter | 2019

Recap of ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting 

Partner of the Year Application

Choose a Light Guide

Specification Update for Fixtures

Light the Moment Materials

Free ENERGY STAR Marketing Resources

Energizing 2019 Products Partner Meeting in Charlotte, NC

From retail, to efficiency program managers, to product manufacturers, and to builders, the ENERGY STAR Partner Meeting was full of collaboration and thought-provoking conversations. Partners collaboratively evaluated market data and strategies for efficiency programs, discussed technology breakthroughs, and energized each other in the quest for greater adoption of ENERGY STAR certified technologies. The meeting was co-located with ENERGY STAR Residential Homes meetings which brought even more ENERGY STAR players together. Several lighting products partners participated across meetings. EPA presented a panel on "What's so Special About Specialty Bulbs?" that highlighted opportunities to promote and incentivize the sale of specialty lighting. We also heard from experts on the panel "Everyone Gets a Star" about ways to successfully drive sales of ENERGY STAR certified bulbs and deliver energy savings to underserved communities.

Visit the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting website to learn more about these presentations and more.

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards: Applications are Now Live!

EPA and DOE honor organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency during the annual ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards. Applications are currently live and can be found here. The deadline for applying will be early December. Applicants will receive notice on whether they received a 2020 award mid-February. 2020 award winners will be recognized at the ENERGY STAR Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, April 2, 2020. Learn more about this year's application process and last year's ceremony here: http://www.energystar.gov/about/awards.

Questions? Partners may contact their account manager or email awards@energystar.gov.

Choosing a Light Bulb is as Easy as 1-2-3

Finding the right light bulb just got a whole lot easier with the new and improved ENERGY STAR Choose a Light Guide. Offering consumers a simple path to picking the right light for every room and occasion, the tool addresses three important bulb characteristics.

Users follow simple steps to brighten their homes with energy efficient lighting:

  • Choose the shape
  • Choose the color
  • Choose the brightness

The tool is mobile-friendly, so consumers can identify their desired bulb quickly and on-the-go!

Updates to Lamps, Luminaires, and Fan Specifications

On August 15th 2019, EPA finalized minor adjustments to the ENERGY STAR Luminaires specification, reflected in Version 2.2. Current certifications will not be affected by these changes. Version 2.2 adjustments include: the addition of ANSI/IES LM-79-19 as a new acceptable measurement method, inclusion of products with integral battery packs for emergency light source operation, clarifications for the definition of inseparable "other" luminaire types, and updates to the Qualified Product Exchange forms to simplify model certifications that could be considered more than one luminaire type. One of the most exciting updates in Version 2.2 is the inclusion of personal device charging. Products like portable floor and desk task lights with integrated USB chargers and AC outlets are now included in the scope of the Luminaires specification. The ENERGY STAR specification for Luminaires Version 2.2 and the cover memo with its release can be found at www.energystar.gov/luminaires. There are no new versions currently in development.

Light the Moment

Light the Moment with ENERGY STAR is an annual effort to drive sales and adoption of energy-efficient, ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs. The focus is on both the emotional and rational aspects of lighting to capture consumer interest and imagination, accompanied by meaningful engagement opportunities for you, our partners. Campaign materials address product benefits while resonating on an emotional level and emphasize what sets ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs apart from other bulbs, namely:

  • Quality: Whatever the moment, there's an ENERGY STAR certified LED light perfect for maximizing the impact.
  • Light Distribution: ENERGY STAR LED bulbs light the small, intimate moments AND the big, busy ones.
  • Long life: Lasting over 12 years, an ENERGY STAR certified LED bulb will be there for all the special moments.
  • Environmental Protection: Protecting the planet for future generations so we can continue to experience these moments for years to come.

Messaging and creative assets are now available at energystar.gov/products/tools_resources and include:

  • Campaign messaging
  • Example POP
  • POP Building Blocks
  • Digital Advertising, and more

See the 2020 Outreach Plan Calendar for specifics on tactics and timing for the year to see how you can support the movement.

Contact changetheworld@energystar.gov for more information

.Free ENERGY STAR Marketing Resources!

Check out the ENERGY STAR Lighting Resources page to access factsheets, infographics, marketing tools, and more. Use these resources to engage and educate your consumers, colleagues, and social media followers. You might also learn a thing or two!

For Consumers:

Choose a Light Guide

Renovate with LED Lighting Factsheet

Ask the Expert

Dimmable ENERGY STAR Infographic

Light Bulb Purchasing Guide

Lighting made Easy Infographic

ENERGY STAR Lighting FAQs "Ask the Expert" Video

Light Bulbs Product Finder

Light Fixtures Product Finder

The Energy Source

Partner Resources:

ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting

ENERGY STAR Lighting Training Center

 

2019-11-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Water Coolers Version 3.0 Discussion Guide

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) welcomes your input on the enclosed ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Water Coolers Discussion Guide.

EPA is sharing this ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Water Coolers Discussion Guide to invite stakeholder input on key topics for discussion prior to developing and releasing a Draft 1 Version 3.0 specification. EPA will host a webinar on December 5, 2019, to seek input from stakeholders on the topics outlined below. Please submit feedback and any relevant data to watercoolers@energystar.gov  by December 19, 2019.

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