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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
 
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

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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.

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ENERGY STAR is the simple choice for energy efficiency.

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.

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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)
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.

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 more fully serve stakeholders, and to drive increasing energy savings. The ENERGY STAR Unit Shipment Data Summary Report  indicates that ENERGY STAR certified water coolers represent 62% of all units shipped in the United States in 2018. This high level of market share presents an opportunity to review the specification to ensure it continues to recognize top performing products and that the ENERGY STAR label continues to deliver meaningful energy savings to consumers.

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.

  • Energy Savings Potential: Understanding the market and typical use schedules will improve estimates of overall energy savings in this product category. EPA seeks information from stakeholders regarding the market size and lifetime of leased and directly sold units to commercial and residential customers. This information is key to determining energy savings and the extent to which ENERGY STAR can effectively differentiate the more efficient models for a range of purchasers.
  • Test Method Scope Considerations: EPA is evaluating the opportunity to introduce criteria based on the “On Mode Test with Water Draw – All Unit Types” and “On Mode Test with Water Draw – On Demand Units Only” which are both included in the current test method. In addition, EPA is considering revising the dispensed temperatures for hot and cold water.  
  • Clarifying Definitions and Scope: Products that provide a range of additional features such as sparkling or alkaline water have been added to the ENERGY STAR certified product list under Version 2.0.  EPA seeks to clarify definitions and scope during the development of Version 3.0 such that all partners are clear on product types covered by this specification.
  • Alternative Refrigerants and Foams: Across ENERGY STAR product categories, EPA is interested in recognizing products that use alternative, low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants and foams; and, would like to understand the availability of those products.
  • Data Assembly: Provided with this discussion guide is a Water Coolers Data Template which stakeholders are requested to use to provide test results for the current test method, as well as data with alternate dispensed water temperatures.

Comment Submittal Process
Stakeholders are encouraged to provide written comments for EPA consideration to watercoolers@energystar.gov by December 19, 2019. 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 December 5, 2019 from 12:00 to 2:00 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 December 4, 2019.

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:
Version 3.0 Specification and Test Method Discussion Guide
Water Cooler Data Template

2019-10-29
Location: Washington DC
Description:

ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage Version 2.0 Draft 1 Specification

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing the Draft 1, Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR data center storage specification. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit any comments to storage@energystar.gov by November 29, 2019.

EPA previously released a Discussion Guide for stakeholder review and comment focused on simplifications to the storage program, introducing EPA’s planned approach for differentiating based on active mode, and requesting initial feedback on the development of Emerald V4.0. EPA is now releasing a Draft 1 specification that considers all of the feedback received in response to the Discussion Guide. Note boxes throughout the specification provide EPA’s rationale for proposals. Also attached to this distribution is a data package that includes the EPA dataset, Draft 1 proposed levels, and potential product qualification estimates.

The Draft 1, Version 2.0 specification incorporates the following key elements:

Energy Criteria: Active state energy efficiency requirements have been proposed for Block I/O products optimized for transaction and/or streaming workloads. All Block I/O storage products will need to meet these requirements in order to certify. These requirements are not proposed to apply to File I/O products in Version 2.0, primarily due to an insufficient amount of File I/O product data to determine levels.

Internal Power Supplies (IPS)s: Based on stakeholder feedback, the stringency of the IPS requirements has been increased to align with 80Plus Platinum for single-output IPSs and 80Plus Gold for multi-output IPSs.

Simplified Testing: As proposed in the Discussion Guide, product families will be represented by a single optimal configuration test point per certified workload type. The simplification of test points will reduce test burden and greatly simplify the product family structure.

Comment Submittal
EPA welcomes stakeholder input on the attached Draft 1, Version 2.0 specification. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit any comments to storage@energystar.gov by November 29, 2019. 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 November 5, 2019 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 1, Version 2.0 Specification
Draft 1 Data Package
 

Contact Name: John Clinger
Email: John.Clinger@icfi.com
Phone: (202) 572-9432
2019-10-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dehumidifiers ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020 Proposed Criteria
 
As indicated in communications specific to the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020 criteria development, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awaited the availability of dehumidifier data in terms of the IEF metric to form the basis of proposed dehumidifier recognition criteria.  EPA is now pleased to share proposed recognition criteria for Dehumidifiers for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020. Stakeholders are invited to provide written comments on these criteria no later than November 22, 2019 to MostEfficient@energystar.gov.

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2019

Dehumidifiers have been eligible for Most Efficient recognition since 2018. ENERGY STAR Most Efficient enjoys robust utility support and is leveraged by over 30 energy efficiency program sponsors, serving almost 13 million households (or roughly 30 million consumers).

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. ENERGY STAR certified models in limited product categories (including dehumidifiers) are promoted by program sponsor-labeled signage in stores. ESRPP retailers now represent more than 70% of the appliance market, accounting for more than 1,000 stores in current program sponsors’ service areas. Going forward, 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 has also made progress in arming consumers with the information they need about recognized products. In addition to highlighting ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2019 products, our website includes images of models, as well as real-time information on retail pricing and where to locate and buy these models. This information is currently available for clothes washers, dryers, dishwashers, monitors, refrigerators, and ventilating fans found at select major retailers. In order to continue to access pricing data from the Amazon API, EPA is completing significant upgrades to our underlying structure for pulling the information. We expect to have that in place by the end of the fall, at which point we will again display prices for dehumidifiers, ceiling fans, and TVs.

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020 Proposed Dehumidifier Recognition Criteria

EPA is proposing revisions to the criteria for dehumidifiers in response to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) recent updates to the federal minimum standards for dehumidifiers, which include a new efficiency metric and test method, and in response to the completion of the ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 specification in early 2019. The 2019 ENERGY STAR Most Efficient criteria for dehumidifiers offered two options for assessing eligibility – one using the previous efficiency metric (Efficiency Factor, EF) and test method (which is no longer relevant), and the other using the new efficiency metric (Integrated Efficiency Factor, IEF) and test method. The ESME 2019 IEF criteria were set at a level that has since become effective for ENERGY STAR certification under the Version 5.0 specification. Thus, the Most Efficient criteria require an update for 2020 to identify the “best of the best” products on the market.


For ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020, EPA is proposing to recognize portable and whole-home dehumidifiers that are 19% and 23% above the federal minimum efficiency standards, respectively:  

Type, Size
 

Integrated Energy Factor
 

Weighted Average Savings (Relative to Federal Minimum)
 

Portable, capacity ≤ 25.00 pints/day
 

≥ 1.70
 

100 kWh/year
 

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
 

177 kWh/year
 

Whole Home, case volume > 8.0 ft3
 

≥ 3.40
 

 



Although data is still limited for some product categories, an analysis of certified ENERGY STAR models and models listed on DOE’s compliance certification database, in conjunction with a review of the engineering analysis DOE conducts for covered products, provided a sufficient basis for EPA’s proposal.

In lieu of a webinar, EPA is sharing the graphs below to provide additional context regarding the basis of this proposal. Data for the graphs below was retrieved from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Compliance Certification Database for Dehumidifiers and includes limited additional data provided by manufacturers for models not yet represented in the database.
 

 

 


According to EPA’s analysis, 11 models from 9 ENERGY STAR brand owners meet the proposed criteria. EPA expects this will grow over time as the market continues to adjust to the new DOE standards and new metrics. In the large portable category where no data were available, EPA followed the same practice as for ENERGY STAR Dehumidifiers Version 5.0 and set a level equivalent to that for large whole home units. Several manufacturers have mentioned they may bring new technology to the US market soon which is expected to meet this level.

EPA welcomes stakeholder feedback on this proposal provided no later than November 22, 2019 to MostEfficient@energystar.gov.

Please contact Ga-Young Park, 202-564-1085 or park.ga-young@epa.gov, or Théo Keeley-LeClaire, 571-373-5471 or theo.keeley-leclaire@icf.com with questions. For questions about the DOE test method, contact Bryan Berringer at DOE, bryan.berringer@ee.doe.gov or 202-586-0371.

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.  
 
Sincerely,

Ann Bailey, Director
ENERGY STAR Product Labeling Branch

2019-10-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dehumidifiers ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020 Proposed Criteria
 
As indicated in communications specific to the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020 criteria development, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awaited the availability of dehumidifier data in terms of the IEF metric to form the basis of proposed dehumidifier recognition criteria.  EPA is now pleased to share proposed recognition criteria for Dehumidifiers for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020. Stakeholders are invited to provide written comments on these criteria no later than November 22, 2019 to MostEfficient@energystar.gov.

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2019

Dehumidifiers have been eligible for Most Efficient recognition since 2018. ENERGY STAR Most Efficient enjoys robust utility support and is leveraged by over 30 energy efficiency program sponsors, serving almost 13 million households (or roughly 30 million consumers).

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. ENERGY STAR certified models in limited product categories (including dehumidifiers) are promoted by program sponsor-labeled signage in stores. ESRPP retailers now represent more than 70% of the appliance market, accounting for more than 1,000 stores in current program sponsors’ service areas. Going forward, 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 has also made progress in arming consumers with the information they need about recognized products. In addition to highlighting ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2019 products, our website includes images of models, as well as real-time information on retail pricing and where to locate and buy these models. This information is currently available for clothes washers, dryers, dishwashers, monitors, refrigerators, and ventilating fans found at select major retailers. In order to continue to access pricing data from the Amazon API, EPA is completing significant upgrades to our underlying structure for pulling the information. We expect to have that in place by the end of the fall, at which point we will again display prices for dehumidifiers, ceiling fans, and TVs.

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020 Proposed Dehumidifier Recognition Criteria

EPA is proposing revisions to the criteria for dehumidifiers in response to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) recent updates to the federal minimum standards for dehumidifiers, which include a new efficiency metric and test method, and in response to the completion of the ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 specification in early 2019. The 2019 ENERGY STAR Most Efficient criteria for dehumidifiers offered two options for assessing eligibility – one using the previous efficiency metric (Efficiency Factor, EF) and test method (which is no longer relevant), and the other using the new efficiency metric (Integrated Efficiency Factor, IEF) and test method. The ESME 2019 IEF criteria were set at a level that has since become effective for ENERGY STAR certification under the Version 5.0 specification. Thus, the Most Efficient criteria require an update for 2020 to identify the “best of the best” products on the market.


For ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020, EPA is proposing to recognize portable and whole-home dehumidifiers that are 19% and 23% above the federal minimum efficiency standards, respectively:  

Type, Size
 

Integrated Energy Factor
 

Weighted Average Savings (Relative to Federal Minimum)
 

Portable, capacity ≤ 25.00 pints/day
 

≥ 1.70
 

100 kWh/year
 

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
 

177 kWh/year
 

Whole Home, case volume > 8.0 ft3
 

≥ 3.40
 

 

Although data is still limited for some product categories, an analysis of certified ENERGY STAR models and models listed on DOE’s compliance certification database, in conjunction with a review of the engineering analysis DOE conducts for covered products, provided a sufficient basis for EPA’s proposal.

In lieu of a webinar, EPA is sharing the graphs below to provide additional context regarding the basis of this proposal. Data for the graphs below was retrieved from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Compliance Certification Database for Dehumidifiers and includes limited additional data provided by manufacturers for models not yet represented in the database.
 

 

 

According to EPA’s analysis, 11 models from 9 ENERGY STAR brand owners meet the proposed criteria. EPA expects this will grow over time as the market continues to adjust to the new DOE standards and new metrics. In the large portable category where no data were available, EPA followed the same practice as for ENERGY STAR Dehumidifiers Version 5.0 and set a level equivalent to that for large whole home units. Several manufacturers have mentioned they may bring new technology to the US market soon which is expected to meet this level.

EPA welcomes stakeholder feedback on this proposal provided no later than November 22, 2019 to MostEfficient@energystar.gov.

Please contact Ga-Young Park, 202-564-1085 or park.ga-young@epa.gov, or Théo Keeley-LeClaire, 571-373-5471 or theo.keeley-leclaire@icf.com with questions. For questions about the DOE test method, contact Bryan Berringer at DOE, bryan.berringer@ee.doe.gov or 202-586-0371.

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.  
 
Sincerely,

Ann Bailey, Director
ENERGY STAR Product Labeling Branch

2019-10-17
Location: Washington DC
Description:

ENERGY STAR Dehumidifiers 5.0 Effective Date Reminder
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to remind stakeholders that the effective date for the Version 5.0 ENERGY STAR Dehumidifiers Program Requirements is October 31, 2019. On this date, only products certified to Version 5.0 and submitted by EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs) to EPA using the Version 5.0 web service will display on our list of certified models.
 
Please contact EPA at dehumidifiers@energystar.gov with any questions regarding the specification. CBs should direct questions concerning the submittal of Version 5.0 certified dehumidifiers to Certification@energystar.gov.
 
Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

2019-10-17
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Register for EPA's Webinar about Room Air Cleaner Labeling Requirements
 
As noted in the ENERGY STAR Room Air Cleaner Version 2.0 Specification Cover Memo, EPA is hosting a webinar for stakeholders Tuesday, October 29th from 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM to review the new room air cleaner ENERGY STAR mark and updated disclaimer text.

During the webinar, EPA will discuss expectations for product labeling using the approved mark and answer any questions. 

EPA encourages manufacturers and retailers to attend. Please register here to attend.

Thank you,
The ENERGY STAR Appliance Team

2019-10-16
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Room Air Cleaners Final Version 2.0 Program Requirements
 
With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to share the Final ENERGY STAR Version 2.0 Room Air Cleaners 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 2.0 requirements will become effective on July 17, 2020. Room air cleaner products certifying for ENERGY STAR under the Version 2.0 specification will offer consumers a savings of more than 27% over a conventional model. This specification establishes new requirements to recognize the most efficient products, requires reporting of key metrics for consumers, and has optional criteria for connected functionality in room air cleaners. If all room air cleaners in the United States met these new requirements, the energy cost savings would grow to more than $400 million each year and more than 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented.

This specification was developed through a process that included release of two 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 Room Air Cleaners Version 2.0 Specification Development webpage.

EPA received a few stakeholder comments in response to the Final Draft specification all requesting clarification on definitions, instructions for significant digits and rounding, and test set up. EPA has made modest clarifying edits to the specification in response. EPA also summarizes these comments and the Agency’s responses in the enclosed comment response document. EPA specifically wants to call out the labeling requirements that were included in the Partner Commitments for the Final Draft. While use of the disclaimer label is not new to the Version 2.0, the label has been updated, and the Agency now hopes to make partners more aware of these requirements by highlighting them. EPA will hold a webinar for stakeholders Tuesday, October 29th from 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM to discuss the room air cleaner labeling requirements. Please register here to attend.

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 2.0 requirements.
  • As of February 28, 2020, CBs will be instructed to stop certifying new product submittals to Version 1.2. Note, however, that existing certifications will remain valid for purposes of ENERGY STAR qualification until July 17, 2020.
  • Any room air cleaner manufactured as of July 17, 2020, must meet Version 2.0 requirements to bear the ENERGY STAR mark. All certifications of products to the Version 1.2 specification will be invalid for purposes of ENERGY STAR qualification and the product finder will only include models certified to Version 2.0.

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 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 questions about the test method, please contact Stephanie Johnson, DOE, at Stephanie.Johnson@ee.doe.gov or (202) 287-1943. For any other questions pertaining to Room Air Cleaners, please contact roomaircleaners@energystar.gov.


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

Katharine Kaplan, Manager
ENERGY STAR Product Development and Program Administration

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR Room Air Cleaners Final Version 2.0 Program Requirements
ENERGY STAR Room Air Cleaners Final Draft Specification Comment Response Document
ENERGY STAR Room Air Cleaners Final Version 2.0 Data Package
 

Contact Name: Katharine Kaplan
Email: kaplan.katharine@epa.gov
Phone: 202-343-9120
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2019-10-15
Location: Washington DC
Description:

ENERGY STAR Computers Version 8.0 Final Specification

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to share the final Version 8.0 ENERGY STAR Computer 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 8.0 requirements will take effect on July 15, 2020. This letter provides highlights of the new requirements and outlines the transition process.

The Version 8.0 specification will recognize the top performing desktop computer and integrated desktop products on the market. Notebooks and thin clients were not impacted by this specification revision as criteria for these products were amended as part of Version 7.1. ENERGY STAR certified computers will use, on average, approximately 50% less energy than standard desktop computers. If all desktop computers sold in the United States were ENERGY STAR certified, the cost savings would grow to nearly $300 million each year and nearly 5 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented, equivalent to the emissions from nearly 500 thousand vehicles.

EPA has made some minor editorial changes to the final specification at the request of stakeholders. In particular, EPA made more clear that thin clients and workstations are not subject to resume time requirements and clarified that in order to obtain the ALLOWANCEProxy adder under Option 1, the desktop computer must meet ECMA 393 full capability. These edits are intended to improve understanding of the requirements. EPA did receive comments on the final draft specification requesting additional leniency on the criteria, particularly those for integrated desktops. EPA considered the requests, which included requests for supplemental adders for touch screen capabilities, but found that performance and market data did not support these changes and they worked against the Agency goals of delivering national energy savings and recognizing leadership products. EPA has provided more detailed responses to these requests in the accompanying comment response matrix.

Version 8.0 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 8.0 requirements.
  • After March 2, 2020, CBs will be instructed to stop certifying new product submittals to Version 7.1. Note, however, that existing certifications to Version 7.1 will remain valid for the purposes of ENERGY STAR certification until July 15, 2020.
    • Note that the ENERGY STAR test method has not changed substantially and therefore, there will be little need for the retesting of products for Version 8.0. Only the very few products with cyclical behavior, where the test method has changed, are expected to need to be retested. 
  • Any computer manufactured as of July 15, 2020, must meet the Version 8.0 requirements to bear the ENERGY STAR mark. All certifications of products to the Version 7.1 specification will be invalid for purposes of ENERGY STAR and CBs will only submit product models certified to Version 8.0 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 computers. 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 test method questions, please contact Jeremy Dommu, U.S. Department of Energy, Jeremy.Dommu@EE.Doe.Gov, or (202) 586-9870. For any 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
Version 8.0 Final Draft Comment Response Document
Version 8.0 Final Data Analysis Package

2019-10-10
Location: Washington DC
Description:

ENERGY STAR Commercial Dishwashers Version 3.0 Draft 2 Specification

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing the Draft 2, Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Commercial Dishwasher Product Specification. This draft includes proposals in response to stakeholder feedback on the Draft 1 specification and additional data provided to EPA.

EPA will hold a webinar to discuss the Draft 2 specification on October 22 from 2pm to 4pm; please RSVP here for the specification webinar.  We encourage stakeholder input on the Draft 2, Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Commercial Dishwasher Product Specification. Please submit any comments to commercialdishwashers@energystar.gov by November 7, 2019

All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR product development website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

EPA thanks stakeholders for their performance data and feedback on the Draft 1 specification. The enclosed comment response document contains a summary of comments on the Draft 1 specification and an explanation of EPA’s response in each case. A majority of comments, however, are directly addressed in the note boxes in the Draft 2 specification. Changes resulting from this information in Draft 2 include: revised performance requirements, addition of an energy recovery credit for washing performance, updated definitions including one for energy recovery, and planned data collection for future revisions.

Performance Criteria, Water Consumption: EPA received several comments from stakeholders on the Draft 1 water consumption requirements, on both the need for the requirement and the proposed requirement levels. EPA remains committed to ensuring that user experience is a top priority in product specifications, and thus is proposing to revert to ENERGY STAR commercial dishwasher product specification Version 2.0 water requirements for all dishmachine types. Multiple stakeholders commented that user experience would be negatively impacted if water requirements were made more stringent, due to a decrease in rinseability performance. Rinseability ensures that particles washed off dishware are not redeposited, maintaining proper appearance of clean and sanitized ware. EPA acknowledges that this requirement was historically provided as a substitute for washing performance metrics while the ASTM test procedures were in development. At the same time, protecting against trade-offs between energy efficiency gains and increased water consumption remains a priority. EPA notes that the industry is working on a test procedure that can quantify the relationship between water and rinseability via the NSF 3 standard, and expects to review and reference this test procedure once finalized by industry.

Performance Criteria, Washing Energy: EPA received comments and additional masked data regarding the Draft 1 proposed washing energy requirements. EPA thanks stakeholders for the additional product information, which allowed the Agency to confirm that proposed levels are appropriate, with minor modifications to ensure that multiple manufacturers and product types can meet them.

Performance Criteria, Idle Energy: EPA received comments from stakeholders that the current measurement of idle energy (door closed) omits the energy use in some cases of the internal / external booster heater, and recommended that this be included in the performance metric. EPA received data confirming that the booster heater did have significant power consumption and is measured in the ASTM test procedures (F1696/F1920). EPA is proposing to collect this data through Version 3.0 in order to update the idle energy requirement in a future revision. EPA notes that all existing idle performance data for ENERGY STAR omits this energy and, as such, there is insufficient data to incorporate booster heater idle energy into the existing idle format for Version 3.0.

Energy Recovery Credit: EPA received comments from multiple stakeholders that the current ASTM test procedures for washing energy need special considerations for energy recovery machines. Due to inlet temperature differences between energy recovery machines and conventional machines, the same dishmachine would appear to require additional energy when tested to the energy recovery case. EPA notes that a long term strategy that addresses this issue is to account for the pre-heat energy used by the machines, calculated in ASTM as the primary domestic hot water energy. EPA is proposing to collect this value through Version 3.0 to allow requirements to be developed in this format in a future revision. In the short term, EPA is proposing an energy recovery credit to the washing performance requirement, where dishmachines meeting proposed energy recovery definitions are eligible for a credit based on product water consumption (gal / rack), up to a maximum value.

Scope: Due to lack of product data and no existing certifications for low temp Pot Pan Utensil and Flight Type machines, EPA removed requirements for these configurations and placed them out of scope in Draft 1. EPA received no comments about this scope revision.

Definitions: EPA clarified several definitions, referencing NSF 170-2015 when possible, and included additional definitions based on stakeholder requests and comments. New definitions were constructed for energy recovery, based on user experience benefits for this technology. Stakeholders are encouraged to review the new and revised definitions to ensure they remain reflective of products on the market.

The exchange of ideas and information between the 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 the EPA’s progress on this specification, please visit the product development website.

Please contact me at Crk.Tanja@epa.gov or 202-566-1037 and Dan Baldewicz at Dan.Baldewicz@icf.com  or 518-452-6426 with questions or concerns. For any other commercial dishwasher related questions, please contact commercialdishwashers@energystar.gov.

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:
Draft 2 Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Commercial Dishwasher Specification
Draft 2 Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Commercial Dishwasher Data Package
Draft 1 Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Commercial Dishwasher Comment Response Document

2019-09-30
Location: Washington DC
Description:

ENERGY STAR Imaging Equipment Version 3.0 Effective Date Reminder
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to remind stakeholders that the effective date for the Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Imaging Equipment Program Requirements is October 11, 2019. 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 imagingequipment@energystar.gov with any questions regarding the specification. CBs should direct questions concerning the submittal of Version 3.0 certified imaging equipment to Certification@energystar.gov.
 
Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

2019-09-30
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Making Sense of the ENERGY STAR SHEMS Program

Confused about the recently-finalized ENERGY STAR Smart Home Energy Management Systems (SHEMS) Version 1.0 specification? Want to learn more about how it could impact your business or organization? Wondering what a SHEMS is?

To answer all of your questions and help interested device manufacturers, service providers, home builders, energy efficiency program sponsors, and retailers get on board as easily as possible, EPA will be hosting a series of “office hours” about the nascent SHEMS program. The series will consist of four hour-long webinars as noted on the schedule below. Each webinar will include three basic components: (1) general information about the program, (2) information targeted to a specific stakeholder group, and (3) answering questions from session attendees. All stakeholders are invited to attend as many or as few sessions as they would like.

•  October 16, 2019, 1-2pm ET: Making Sense of the ENERGY STAR SHEMS Program for Service Providers and Device Manufacturers

•  October 30, 2019, 1-2pm ET: Making Sense of the ENERGY STAR SHEMS Program for Retailers

•  November 13, 2019, 1-2pm ET: Working Toward Smart Efficiency: an Overview of the SHEMS Specification for Energy Efficiency Program Sponsors

•  December 4, 2019, 1-2pm ET: Making Sense of the ENERGY STAR SHEMS Program for Home Builders

To register for a session, please follow the hyperlink for the relevant session name. Please send additional questions and any requests for material to cover to SmartHomeSystems@energystar.gov.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR, and we look forward to making sense of SHEMS

2019-09-26
Location: Washington DC
Description:

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020 Final Recognition Criteria
Please visit here for important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning the final recognition criteria for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020. On the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020 Criteria Development web page, you will find the final recognition criteria documents for fourteen eligible product categories, the EPA cover memo, and a stakeholder comment summary with EPA response. The proposed criteria for Dehumidifiers will be shared with stakeholders this fall. The updated HVAC application will be available by January 1, 2020.

Please contact MostEfficient@energystar.gov with any questions.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

2019-09-24
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Energy Star Newsletter Summer 2019

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 as well as data offered by manufacturers and other stakeholders during the specification 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 on EPA’s SOP for ENERGY STAR specification setting click here.

The following information includes some helpful reminders as you prepare for upcoming specification changes and manage your inventory of ENERGY STAR certified products.

Recent and upcoming specification activities include:

•-ENERGY STAR Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines Final Version 4.0
EPA released the ENERGY STAR Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines Final Version 4.0 on July 30, 2019. Version 4.0 requirements will become effective on April 29, 2020. This specification establishes updated definitions, scope, and energy and low power mode requirements in alignment with and in response to the Department of Energy (DOE) federal minimum standard that came into effect on January 8, 2019. To review the Version 4.0, please visit the product development webpage, here. Newly certified products will be added to Product Finder under vending machines.

•-ENERGY STAR Commercial Dishwashers Draft 2 Version 3.0
EPA released the ENERGY STAR Commercial Dishwashers Draft 1 Version 3.0 specification on April 3, 2019. The Version 3.0 specification proposes the introduction of a wash energy metric, amendments to the current ENERGY STAR criteria levels, scope changes, and updates to the referenced test methods. Draft 2 is expected for publication and comment soon! For more information on activities performed to date in preparation for this revision, please visit the product development webpage, here. Contact commercialdishwashers@energystar.gov with any questions or comments.

•-ENERGY STAR Commercial Ovens Draft 1 Version 3.0
ENERGY STAR Commercial Ovens Draft 1 Version 3.0 development is underway with anticipated release in winter 2019. As part of a separate but related effort, ENERGY STAR is scoping induction stovetop technology, please contact commercialovens@energystar.gov for details.

•-ENERGY STAR Water Coolers Discussion Guide
ENERGY STAR Water Coolers discussion guide is underway with anticipated release in fall 2019. Contact watercoolers@energystar.gov with any questions or comments.

For more information regarding the ENERGY STAR specification process or additional CFS equipment updates, visit energystar.gov/productdevelopment.

ENERGY STAR Component Inspection Verification Program Update

To ensure consumer confidence in the ENERGY STAR label and to protect the investment of ENERGY STAR partners, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires third-party certification of product models that earn the label. Prior to labeling, products are tested in an EPA-recognized laboratory and reviewed by an EPA-recognized certification body (CB). In addition, post–market verification testing is conducted on a portion of ENERGY STAR certified products. For commercial food service (CFS) product categories, EPA is developing an alternative to post-market testing that involves component inspection, with commercial steam cookers the first to be completed.

Participation in the component inspection verification program will be optional for qualified CFS partners and certification bodies to use as an alternative to traditional energy testing, for verification test purposes only. Recent EPA activities to expand the program include completing a review of the commercial steam cooker program results from 2018, discussing the energy impacts associated with changes in software controls, and reviewing information provided by CBs and partners about existing component verification programs. It is anticipated that ongoing discussions between EPA and stakeholders will lead to a draft CFS component inspection directive by 2019, which will expand upon the current steam cooker directive when finalized. The final directive will apply to an initial subset of CFS products to be determined by EPA, and will clarify the process for onboarding other CFS product categories. Please contact Brian Krausz (Krausz.Brian@epa.gov) with any questions about the CFS component inspection verification program.

The ENERGY STAR Industrial Workshop meeting will be held September 23 through September 24 in Washington, D.C. Energy managers from industrial companies across America are invited to meet in a no-sell environment to learn and discuss proven strategies for reducing energy costs and improving environmental footprints. Join the discussion and gain real-world sustainability best practices for energy efficiency from top U.S. industrial experts. This Workshop would be particularly useful to anyone interested in learning more about ENERGY STAR partnership for buildings. Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) is processing registrations for both the ENERGY STAR workshop and AEE World (formerly WEEC). Registration is required to attend the ENERGY STAR Industrial Workshop. Visit the event page for more details, here.

2019-09-24
Location: Washington DC
Description:

2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting Recap

Thanks to all who traveled to Charlotte, NC for the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting. Retailers, manufacturers, energy efficiency program sponsors, third-party program implementers, and other stakeholders were all well represented among the 500 people who joined the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for three busy days of meetings and sessions. So much work got done! Meeting participants made productive use of 12 available meeting rooms for more than 220 individual working meetings, collaborating on the best ways to promote sales of ENERGY STAR certified products. In addition to organizing and moderating presentation sessions, ENERGY STAR program staff participated in close to 150 hours of meetings with various ENERGY STAR partners. And 20 different companies brought energy efficiency to life, displaying their ENERGY STAR certified products as part of the Product Expo.

Special thanks to our meeting sponsors, who were ably facilitated by Nationwide Marketing Group. We are especially grateful to Nationwide for enlightening attendees with insights on the independent retailer perspective.   


In case you missed it, here are some additional highlights:

Efficiency Programs and Approaches

  • With a little added focus and some innovative program approaches, there are plenty of cost-effective savings to be had, featuring ENERGY STAR certified products. One increasingly popular approach recognizes low-to-middle income (LMI) audiences as an opportunity audience for energy efficiency, with companies like Walmart experiencing how the ENERGY STAR message can resonate with them. In the face of ongoing uncertainty, sponsors of lighting programs are finding success by focusing on specialty bulbs. Although more challenging, heat pump water heaters present a tremendous opportunity, particularly when you consider leveraging one of the effective midstream, distributor program models currently being piloted (Efficiency Maine, Duke Energy, and Uplight).  And who can say just how much future potential there might be when it comes to smart home energy management systems (ICF, Centerpoint Energy, and Constellation).
  • Utility investments in ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostat programs are gaining momentum, as reflected in the 39% jump in sales nationally in 2018 (Baltimore Gas & Electric, Ecobee, and Uplight).
  • With the prospect of increased electrification comes the imperative to do it efficiently and a heightened interest in residential space heating. Ductless heat pump mini-splits have the potential to play an important role (Mitsubishi, CLEAResult, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, and Eversource). Some utilities are grappling with the challenges associated with developing electric vehicle charging programs, while ENERGY STAR charging equipment partners are leveraging the new business opportunity.
  • Recognizing the critical role of third-party program implementers, EPA is offering program support tailored for you. Learn more about how your business interests and the ENERGY STAR program might intersect here (Peter Banwell, Dan Cronin, Abi Daken, and Jill Vohr).
  • In its fourth year, with more than 15% of the US market served and nearly 70% of the appliance market represented by committed and engaged retailers, the ENERGY STAR Retail Products Platform is ready to grow. The group is working to introduce greater flexibility to better meet the needs of program sponsors seeking to leverage this platform for strategic collaboration with retailers and manufacturers across the country. Contact EPA to learn more about ESRPP and how this powerful midstream platform could work for your energy efficiency programs.

ENERGY STAR Program Developments

  • EPA was pleased to unveil the newly finalized ENERGY STAR program for labeling smart home energy management systems (SHEMS). Learn more about how it will work and visions for the future here.
  • Progress continues, with valuable input from key stakeholders, on the development of “connected” criteria and a demand response test procedure for residential water heaters. A broad group of stakeholders are participating in bringing ENERGY STAR certified heat pump water heaters with load shifting capability to the market as early as mid-2020.
  • Taking to heart input from stakeholders about issues such as timing, EPA is exploring new options for an upcoming revision to the ENERGY STAR specification for central air conditioning/air source heat pumps. Draft 2 is expected to be released for comment before Thanksgiving.
  • It continues to be a priority for the ENERGY STAR Program to ensure that energy efficiency in products comes with high performance and attractive features. ENERGY STAR partners like Samsung and BSH continue to innovate to deliver on this promise.
  • Applications for 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards are now available. The online application system will be available in mid-October, and the deadline for submission will be in early December. For the latest information visit www.energystar.gov/awards.

Outreach and Marketing

  • ENERGY STAR partners continue to innovate successful strategies for driving consumer adoption of energy-saving products with added value from ENERGY STAR. Eversource’s innovative “outside-in” approach brings together a trifecta of understanding customer needs, what messages resonate and engage them, and what media channels effectively reach them. The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance featured a cutting edge approach to consumer research and how integrating ENERGY STAR into product messaging made a big difference in consumer interest and adoption. Attendees also learned about ways to optimize outreach around ENERGY STAR as the quintessential ingredient brand.
  • Residential heat pump water heaters present a significant efficiency opportunity with a compelling customer savings message. Experts in the field shared insights on effective ways to market them (D&R International, United Illuminating, A.O. Smith).  Featured resources include the online ENERGY STAR product finder which includes specifics on local installers with heat pump water heater experience. The mobile-friendly ENERGY STAR Water Heater Replacement Guide helps potential purchasers determine whether a heat pump water heater is right for their home.
  • The ENERGY STAR Program is reinvigorating outreach efforts (C+C, ICF) to raise awareness and demand for  ENERGY STAR certified HVAC with an ambitious media plan set for this fall which include the debut of a new online consumer buying guide, replacement calculator, and product finder. Now is the time to look toward aligning your HVAC programs with ENERGY STAR.

Tools and Resources

  • Attention web content managers – the ENERGY STAR Program offers a range of free resources designed to enhance the consumer experience on your website. ENERGY STAR certified product lists can be tailored automatically and made available on your website through APIs. Energy-saving advice, maintained by the ENERGY STAR program, can also be automatically tailored and packaged for your use. Product Finders have been updated to offer consumers a one- stop-shop for buying guidance, savings tips, tools, rebates, as well as price and location data – representing an off-the-shelf marketplace that you can readily leverage for your customers.

For access to all of this year’s presentations, please visit www.energystar.gov/partnermeeting and click on the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting Presentations link.

EPA is researching venues and dates in September 2020 for next year’s ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting.


 

2019-09-12
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Room Air Cleaners Final Draft Specification Version 2.0
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) welcomes your input on the ENERGY STAR Room Air Cleaners Version 2.0 Final Draft Specification. This draft addresses stakeholder feedback on the Draft 1 Specification and a limited topic proposal that were released in March and June 2019, respectively. The proposed effective date of this Version 2.0 Room Air Cleaners Specification is July 17, 2020.
 
EPA highlights key changes in the Final Draft below and provides rationale for these proposed changes in noteboxes throughout the specification. Additionally, EPA responds to comments received on other topics in the accompanying comment response document.

  • On Mode Requirements – EPA received stakeholder feedback indicating that the proposed Smoke CADR/W criteria for the lowest size bin may cause products sold at a lower price point to be unable to qualify for the ENERGY STAR label. As a result, EPA reduced the Minimum Smoke CADR/W from 2.1 to 1.9 to increase the selection of certified products that are smaller and less expensive. Stakeholders also shared concern that products with HEPA filters would not be represented in the models meeting the Version 2.0 criteria. EPA reviewed stakeholder and EPA-gathered in-store data and ENERGY STAR Retail Products Platform on-line data and concluded that a good selection of HEPA models in all size bins are eligible for the ENERGY STAR at proposed levels. Finally, EPA clarified that the rated Smoke CADR and the measured operating power be used to calculate CADR/Watt for each product.
  • Partial On Mode Requirements – EPA received stakeholder feedback that some room air cleaner products with Wi-Fi capability require additional steps upon shipment to properly set up a network connection to the product. In order to clarify how products with Wi-Fi capability should be tested, the specification now notes that products with this capability should be tested with Wi-Fi enabled and a network connection properly configured. As a result, all products with Wi-Fi capability will be tested with it enabled and configured properly and will be eligible to receive the 1 watt network connected power allowance in Partial On Mode.
  • Reporting Requirements – EPA expanded the information that will be reported on the ENERGY STAR certified product list to provide consumers with valuable details about the product (e.g., filter type and model number).
  • Optional Connected Criteria – The connected criteria that EPA sought comment on separately are now included in Section 4 of the Final Draft. EPA learned through stakeholder comments that these criteria are somewhat forward looking. However, EPA believes that they provide a level playing field for partners who are interested in providing or incentivizing this functionality and has maintained the criteria as proposed. EPA responded to stakeholder feedback in the accompanying connected criteria comment response document.
  • Test Method – EPA has included additional instructions for properly configuring a network connection to ensure this is done in a repeatable manner.

Stakeholders are requested to provide any remaining comments on the Version 2.0 Final Draft Specification no later than September 26, 2019. Please send comments via e-mail to roomaircleaners@energystar.gov. All comments received will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Room Air Cleaners Version 2.0 Specification Development webpage, unless the submitter specifically requests that his or her comments remain confidential.
 
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 questions about the test method, please contact Stephanie Johnson, DOE, at Stephanie.Johnson@ee.doe.gov or (202) 287-1943. Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Katharine Kaplan, Manager
ENERGY STAR Product Development and Program Administration

    Enclosures:
    ENERGY STAR Room Air Cleaners Version 2.0 Final Draft Specification
    ENERGY STAR Room Air Cleaners Version 2.0 Draft 1 Comment Response Document
    ENERGY STAR Room Air Cleaners Version 2.0 Limited Topic Proposal 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
2019-09-10
Location: Washington DC
Description:

ENERGY STAR Computers Version 8.0 Final Draft Specification

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing the Final Draft, Version 8.0 ENERGY STAR Computer specification and Final Draft, Computers Test Method. EPA thanks stakeholders for the feedback that they provided and has taken that feedback into consideration in developing this draft specification. EPA has included an anticipated effective date of July 15, 2020 for the Version 8.0 specification.

This final draft reflects significant engagement with stakeholders and strikes a reasonable balance across the numerous criteria that make up this specification. In response to stakeholder feedback, EPA has made modest adjustments to a select set of adders including reducing the adder for hard disk drives and notebook storage and adding an adder for higher throughput ports used by higher end content creation products. EPA has also made minor adjustments to the base allowances that account for the changes to the adder values. In addition, EPA has amended the incentive structure for full network connectivity to allow for tiered incentives based on how efficient the alternative low power mode is and to provide access to the incentive by integrated desktops.

Stakeholders may submit any comments on this Final Draft specification to computers@energystar.gov no later than September 24, 2019. 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 computers 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 regarding the specification. 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 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:
Final Draft, Version 8.0 Specification
Final Draft, Computers Test Method
Draft 2, Comment Response Matrix

Contact Name: Farideh Namjou
Email: FNamjou@energy.state.ca.us
Address: 1516 Ninth Street MS-29
City: Sacramento
State: Ca 95814
Country: USA
URL: http://www.energy.ca.gov/
Comments: 916-654-4287
2019-09-09
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Join us in celebrating ENERGY STAR Day on Tuesday, October 22, 2019!

Each year, ENERGY STAR Day brings together the Environmental Protection Agency and its partners in celebrating the value of saving energy, saving money, and protecting the climate. For ENERGY STAR Day 2019, we are bringing back our aspirational theme from 2018: Save Today, Save Tomorrow, Save for Good with ENERGY STAR. The idea is simple. With ENERGY STAR certified products, you can save today with rebates and other deals, save tomorrow with energy savings, and save for good – for all the good things you want in your life and for a healthier planet for you and your family.
 

This year we will use 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. Our goal? To ensure that energy savings with ENERGY STAR is accessible and affordable for everyone.

How to Participate 

Make your voice heard on social media on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.

Join us by raising awareness and offering opportunities for your audience to save for good with ENERGY STAR. Help amplify our message to the entire country.

Let's see how far our collective voice can reach! 

  • When: Tuesday, October 22 (ALL DAY)
  • Where: Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
  • How: Use the hashtag #ENERGYSTARDay to join the conversation!

Find sample social media, a video, and graphics in our ENERGY STAR Day Toolkit! We have added social images and sample posts specific to product types, such as lighting, appliances, smart thermostats, water heaters, and more to support participation regardless of the ENERGY STAR certified products you want to promote.

If you have any initiatives that provide opportunities for saving energy to those that need it the most, such as income-qualified programs and/or special deals on ENERGY STAR certified products, we invite you to promote these initiatives on ENERGY STAR Day. EPA will feature them on our ENERGY STAR Day landing page, energystar.gov/SaveForGood.
 

What will EPA be doing?

Throughout October, EPA will be conducting paid outreach through a mix of media, including broad outreach to amplify the celebration of energy-savings, as well as targeted outreach to underserved audiences based on our customer segmentation data. All outreach will drive traffic to an ENERGY STAR Day web page featuring Product Finder and a showcase of partner initiatives.

If you have questions, please contact your ENERGY STAR Regional Account Manager by emailing eeaccountmanager@energystar.gov. If you are a retail or manufacturer partner, please reach out to changetheworld@energystar.gov. We look forward to your participation in another successful ENERGY STAR Day celebration!


The ENERGY STAR Communications Team

 

2019-09-04
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR Central Air Conditioner and Air Source Heat Pump Partners and Stakeholders:

EPA and the Department of Energy (DOE) hope to see you at our stakeholder meeting on the ENERGY STAR Central Air Conditioner and Air Source Heat Pump Version 6.0 Specification. The meeting will be in conjunction with the ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting (ESPPM) at The Westin Charlotte in Charlotte, NC. The meeting will be held on Thursday, September 12, from 1:45-4:45PM EST, in the Morehead Room (Level 2). Topics include discussions on Draft 1 stakeholder feedback, the planned transition to 2023 test method and standard, and update on proposals for the climate-based criteria and optional connected criteria.

If you can’t join us in Charlotte, this meeting also has a webinar and call in option – register here.

Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR Program

For more information, visit: www.energystar.gov

This message was sent to you on behalf of ENERGY STAR. Each ENERGY STAR partner organization must have at least one primary contact receiving e-mail to maintain partnership. If you are no longer working on ENERGY STAR, and wish to be removed as a contact, please update your contact status in your MESA account. If you are not a partner organization and wish to opt out of receiving e-mails, please contact EnergyStarProducts@energystar.gov.  Unsubscribing means that you will no longer receive program-wide or product-specific e-mails from ENERGY STAR.

2019-09-03
Location: Washington DC
Description:

SHEMS Final Version 1.0 Specification

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to share the Version 1.0 ENERGY STAR SHEMS Program Requirements and Method to Determine Field Performance. EPA would like to thank the many stakeholders who contributed to the development of this specification. The specification is effective immediately and service providers may begin certifying their products once they have the required field data and have signed an ENERGY STAR Partnership Agreement.

The Version 1.0 specification establishes required energy-saving SHEMS features designed to deliver cost savings as well as user convenience. These features include reliable occupancy-based control of connected devices, user feedback and display of energy use data, limiting the standby power of required devices, and the inclusion of an ENERGY STAR certified connected thermostat. The specification requires periodic submission of statistical analysis of field data gathered from installations of the certified SHEMS package. EPA will use this data to affirm specification compliance, develop a performance metric, and assess energy savings potential in the coming years.

We are excited about the potential for the ENERGY STAR label to help service providers increase the demand for qualifying SHEMS packages in an increasingly competitive market where consumers seek purchase advice and guidance. More than 90 percent of American households recognize the ENERGY STAR label, three-fourths of purchasers of ENERGY STAR products indicate the label was influential and four of five purchasers would recommend ENERGY STAR products to friends. More than 700 utilities and other energy efficiency program sponsors, reaching roughly 95 percent of U.S. households in all 50 states, leverage ENERGY STAR to deliver greater energy efficiency. The estimated annual market value of ENERGY STAR product sales is more than $100 billion. 

This specification was developed through rigorous engagement with stakeholders including working groups, three draft specifications, and numerous meetings. EPA received several comments and letters of support in response of the Final Draft specification. In response to comments received, EPA made several minor editorial changes and clarified the expectations for water heater connectivity and the applicability of the marketing requirements to packages marketed to end users. Additional comments are addressed in the accompanying comment response document. EPA appreciates all comments and letters of support.

Next Steps

The effective date for the Version 1.0 SHEMS specification is September 3, 2019. Service providers new to the ENERGY STAR program may submit a Partnership Agreement to join@energystar.gov to initiate the application process for the SHEMS program. For information about this process, please visit www.energystar.gov/join. Existing partners or applicants do not need to take any action to indicate their intention to certify SHEMS products.  

Certification bodies (CBs) may submit applications for EPA recognition. EPA expects to announce the first set of recognized CBs in late September. Third-party laboratories interested in obtaining EPA recognition for the ENERGY STAR SHEMS program may also submit an application for EPA recognition. Laboratories are eligible for expedited recognition if they are already accredited to IEC 62301 and recognized by EPA for testing other product categories. First-party labs can be recognized and conduct testing if they participate in a witnessed or supervised testing program run by an EPA-recognized CB. For more information, please visit www.energystar.gov/3rdPartyCert. EPA will host a mandatory webinar for CBs seeking recognition for this category on September 4, 2019 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern Time. Interested CBs may register for the mandatory webinar here.

Third-Party Certification

SHEMS service providers may certify their SHEMS packages once they have compiled their initial field data submission. EPA has clarified in the Method to Determine Field Performance that platform capabilities that do not impact energy saving algorithms are not required to be present in the field data submission for initial certification.

All new products must be certified by an EPA-recognized certification body before being marketed as ENERGY STAR. Upon meeting all certification requirements, a CB will notify the Partner that the product is ENERGY STAR certified and will submit certified product data to EPA for listing on the ENERGY STAR website. For more information on the Third-Party Certification program please visit www.energystar.gov/3rdpartycert. After certification, partners will submit statistical analysis of field data gathered from installations of the certified SHEMS package to EPA every 6 months and will update their product listing if any required element of the SHEMS package changes.

Please note that ENERGY STAR partnership as a SHEMS service provider is limited to organizations that own and/or license a brand name under which they provide the SHEMS service in the United States and/or Canada. Partnership is not available to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), in this case including original service providers that do not own a consumer-facing service brand. It is typical for hardware and service OEMs to work with ENERGY STAR partners to gather required field data and test data.

On behalf of EPA, we appreciate your participation in the development of this specification and look forward to working with each of you as you certify and promote your SHEMS products. Please contact Abigail Daken at daken.abigail@epa.gov or (202) 343-9375 and Taylor Jantz-Sell (returning January 2020) at jantz-sell.taylor@epa.gov or (202) 343-9042 with specific questions. General questions can be sent to smarthomesystems@energystar.gov.

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

Abigail Daken & Taylor Jantz-Sell

Co-Leads, ENERGY STAR Smart Home Energy Management Systems

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for SHEMS Version 1.0
ENERGY STAR SHEMS Version 1.0 Method to Determine Field Performance
ENERGY STAR SHEMS Version 1.0 Data Reporting Template
ENERGY STAR SHEMS Final Draft Comment Response Document

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
2019-08-27
Location: Charlotte, NC
Description:

Join Us for the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting

Charlotte, North Carolina | September 10-12

Get excited for the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting! The ENERGY STAR team has developed a session specifically geared for lighting partners. This session is meant to help partners learn about the latest market insights and specialty bulbs. It's not too late to register! Visit the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting page to register and for other meeting information.

View the latest agenda to start planning your time in Charlotte and make sure to join ENERGY STAR for the following sessions on September 12:

ENERGY STAR Lighting Updates & What's So Special About Specialty Bulbs?
September 12, 12:45 - 1:45pm

This session will address how ENERGY STAR can help partners seize persisting market potential in the lighting market. We will dive into recent research on specialty bulb market share and remaining savings potential. Join us in exploring how utilities incentivize consumers to look for the ENERGY STAR when purchasing LED specialty bulbs and learn about ENERGY STAR resources that lighting programs can use to promote these bulbs.

Moderator: Jessica Lorenz

Speakers:
Dan Rogers, ICF
Tom Cohen, Greenlite
Daniel Cote, CLEAResult

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:

Meeting location: The Westin Charlotte
601 South Collete Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
(704) 375-2600

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/cltcw-the-westin-charlotte/

Rooms in the ENERGY STAR room block are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Please make your arrangements as soon as possible.

Updates on 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.

 

 

 

 

2019-08-21
Location: Charlotte, NC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Partners and Stakeholders,

EPA is pleased to provide you with the following updates for the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting, which will be held September 10 – 12, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

For full meeting details, please visit the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting webpage.

1. New! REGISTRATION EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 6
2. Reminder!  HOTEL ROOM BLOCK ALMOST SOLD OUT
3. LOCAL TRANSPORTATION
4. CO-SPONSORS

Meeting Location: The Westin Charlotte
601 South College Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
(704) 375-2600
https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/cltcw-the-westin-charlotte/

REGISTRATION EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 6

Register Now!
 
The formal registration period for the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting ends at 8:00 PM ET today, August 21.

However, as a courtesy to late registrants, the online system will remain available through September 6 at 8:00 PM ET, as well as onsite. 
 
To register, please click on the link above or visit the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting page and click on the green “Register Today” button.

Although registration has been extended, please:

  • Register before 8:00 PM ET today, August 21
    • To be listed on the final meeting participant list that is circulated prior to the meeting
    • To have your pre-printed badge ready when you check in at meeting registration*
  • Register before 8:00 PM ET August 27 to receive the final meeting materials via email on August 29. This email will include the participant list and agenda companion document with session descriptions and speaker information.**

*Badges for those registering after 8:00 PM ET today, August 21 will be generated onsite at the meeting. We will make every effort to have them ready as soon as possible after the start of the meeting.

**All attendees will receive a hard copy of the final meeting agenda when they check in at meeting registration.
 
Other Reminders:

As of August 14, we are no longer able to accept cancellations and registration refunds, under any circumstances, due to hotel commitments.

The $309 per person registration fee includes optional breakfast, lunch, and meeting breaks for the duration of the meeting. This fee is remitted in its entirety to the hotel to cover the cost of food and beverages provided. EPA and its contractors do not keep any portion of the fee for any purpose. If you require a kosher meal, please indicate this in the "special requirements" field during registration.
 
All attendees, including ENERGY STAR Expo exhibitors, must pay the meeting registration fee if they wish to partake of the food and beverages provided by the Westin Charlotte for meeting attendees. Registration fees are not included in ENERGY STAR Product Expo booth payments.

HOTEL ROOM BLOCK ALMOST SOLD OUT
The ENERGY STAR room block for the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting is almost sold out.
 
Although space is limited, the Westin Charlotte may still have rooms at the discounted ENERGY STAR meeting rate of $219/night available on certain dates. There may also be rooms available at the standard (non-discounted) rates. 
 
To explore all your accommodation options at the Westin Charlotte, please call reservations directly at 866-837-4148.
 
If your preferred dates are not available at the Westin, the following nearby venues may have availability:

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION 
Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is approximately 7 miles from the Westin Charlotte.

Suggested options for getting to and from the Westin include:

  • Airport Taxi (one-way): approximately $25
  • Uber/Lyft (one-way): approximately $16
  • Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) Bus (one-way): approximately $3 – the Westin is located at the College St. & Stonewall St. stop  

More information on how to access the Westin by plane, train, bus, or car can be found here.

Please contact partnermeeting@energystar.gov with any questions.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in Charlotte!

 
The ENERGY STAR Team

EPA (Climate Protection Partnerships Division) - ENERGY STAR
1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20460 US

 

2019-08-19
Location: Charlotte, NC
Description:

2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting Update – 3 DAYS LEFT TO REGISTER

EPA is pleased to provide you with the following updates for the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting, which will be held September 10 – 12, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

1. Time Sensitive! JUST 3 DAYS LEFT TO REGISTER - ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES AUGUST 21
2. Reminder!  HOTEL ROOM BLOCK ALMOST SOLD OUT
3. New!  LOCAL TRANSPORTATION
4. New!  ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM SPONSORS – YOU’RE INVITED! FITTED FOR THE FUTURE: A DISCUSSION ON EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
5. CO-SPONSORS

Meeting Location: The Westin Charlotte
601 South College Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
(704) 375-2600
https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/cltcw-the-westin-charlotte/

For full meeting details, please visit the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting webpage.

JUST 3 DAYS LEFT TO REGISTER – ONLINE REGISTRATION EXTENDED TO AUGUST 21

Register Now!
 
Online registration is open for just 3 more days, through Wednesday, August 21.
 
To register, please click on the link above or visit the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting page and click on the green “Register Today” button.
 
Reminder: As of August 14, we are no longer able to accept cancellations and registration refunds, under any circumstances, due to hotel commitments.
 
*The $309 per person registration fee includes optional breakfast, lunch, and meeting breaks for the duration of the meeting. This fee is remitted in its entirety to the hotel to cover the cost of food and beverages provided. EPA and its contractors do not keep any portion of the fee for any purpose. If you require a kosher meal, please indicate this in the "special requirements" field during registration.
 
All attendees, including ENERGY STAR Expo exhibitors, must pay the meeting registration fee if they wish to partake of the food and beverages provided by the Westin Charlotte for meeting attendees. Registration fees are not included in ENERGY STAR Product Expo booth payments.

HOTEL ROOM BLOCK ALMOST SOLD OUT
The ENERGY STAR room block for the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting is almost sold out.
 
Although space is limited, the Westin Charlotte may still have rooms at the discounted ENERGY STAR meeting rate of $219/night available on certain dates. There may also be rooms available at the standard (non-discounted) rates. 
 
To explore all your accommodation options at the Westin Charlotte, please call reservations directly at 866-837-4148.
 
If your preferred dates are not available at the Westin, the following nearby venues may have availability:

  • Courtyard by Marriott Charlotte City Center
  • Aloft Charlotte Uptown at the EpiCentre
  • Charlotte Marriott City Center
  • LOCAL TRANSPORTATION 
    Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is approximately 7 miles from the Westin Charlotte.

    Suggested options for getting to and from the Westin include:

  • Airport Taxi (one-way): approximately $25
  • Uber/Lyft (one-way): approximately $16
  • Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) Bus (one-way): approximately $3 – the Westin is located at the College St. & Stonewall St. stop  
  • More information on how to access the Westin by plane, train, bus, or car can be found here.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM SPONSORS – YOU’RE INVITED! FITTED FOR THE FUTURE: A DISCUSSION ON EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
 

You are invited to join EPA at Fitted for the Future: A Discussion on Emerging Technologies. This unique session at the ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting will give participating utilities and energy efficiency program sponsors an opportunity to hear directly from several manufacturer partners who are at the forefront of technological advances in appliances. They will speak on exciting trends and opportunities for increased energy savings, with a focus on categories where reaching the next level of savings has been challenging.


This session is by invitation only and you can reserve your seat now through our RSVP page on Eventbrite.

If you have questions about the session, please contact Steve.Leybourn@icf.com.
 
Fitted for the Future: A Discussion on Emerging Technologies

  • Date: Tuesday, September 10
  • Time: 1:15 – 2:15 PM

RSVP Now

Please contact partnermeeting@energystar.gov with any questions.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in Charlotte!
The ENERGY STAR Team

 

2019-08-15
Location: Washington DC
Description:

ENERGY STAR Luminaires Version 2.2 Final Specification
 
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized minor adjustments to the ENERGY STAR Luminaires specification, reflected in a Version 2.2 (V2.2). Current certifications will not be affected by these changes. Comments received in response to the proposed adjustments were minimal. The final V2.2 specification and EPA’s response to comments received are posted at www.energystar.gov/luminaires.
 
Finalized adjustments include:

      1.    Personal Device Charging: products such as portable floor and desk task lights with integral USB chargers and AC outlets
             are no longer excluded from the scope of the Luminaires specification.
      2.    New Method of Measurement: ANSI/IES LM-79-19 is now an acceptable method of measurement for new
             product certifications.
      3.    Integral Battery Packs: Section 1.1 now clearly indicates that products with integral battery packs intended for emergency
             light source operation in the event of loss of normal power are not excluded for the purposes of ENERGY STAR certification.
      4.    Inseparable Other SSL Luminaires: A formal definition for inseparable “other” now clarifies that solid state (LED) luminaire
             types not otherwise itemized in the directional scope must be measured with luminaire photometry. Clarification was also added
             to express that directional types that are called out in the specification can be separable or inseparable. The
             exemption of inseparable other products from Color Angular Uniformity and Luminaire Serviceability requirements was
             always intended and is now explicitly stated as well.
      5.    Qualified Product Exchange form: EPA has updated the Qualified Product Exchange forms to simplify the certification of
             models that could be considered more than one luminaire type (e.g. recessed downlight and downlight SSL retrofit) so long as
             they meet all relevant requirements for each luminaire type.

EPA appreciates your contribution to the development of this specification and welcomes individual inquiries; please contact Peter Banwell, EPA, at (202) 343-9408 or banwell.peter@epa.gov or Daniel Rogers, ICF, at (908) 233-0554 or lighting@energystar.gov. Thank you for your support of ENERGY STAR.

Sincerely,

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

Contact Name: Robert Burchard
Email: Burchard.Robert@epa.gov
Phone: 202-343-9126
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2019-08-13
Location: Charlotte, NC
Description:

Products Partner Meeting Update - ONLINE REGISTRATION EXTENDED UNTIL AUGUST 21

EPA is pleased to provide you with the following updates for the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting, which will be held September 10 – 12, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

1. ACT NOW! ONLINE REGISTRATION EXTENDED TO AUGUST 21
2. ACT NOW!  HOTEL ROOM BLOCK ALMOST SOLD OUT
3. UPDATED! AGENDA AND AGENDA COMPANION DOCUMENT UPDATED
4. CO-SPONSORS

For full meeting details, please visit the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting webpage.


ACT NOW! ONLINE REGISTRATION EXTENDED TO AUGUST 21

Register Now!
 
Online registration has been extended through Wednesday, August 21.
 
To register, please click on the link above or visit the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting page and click on the green “Register Today” button.
 
Please note: As of August 14, we are no longer able to accept cancellations and registration refunds, under any circumstances, due to hotel commitments.
 
*The $309 per person registration fee includes optional breakfast, lunch, and meeting breaks for the duration of the meeting. This fee is remitted in its entirety to the hotel to cover the cost of food and beverages provided. EPA and its contractors do not keep any portion of the fee for any purpose. If you require a kosher meal, please indicate this in the "special requirements" field during registration.
 
All attendees, including ENERGY STAR Expo exhibitors, must pay the meeting registration fee if they wish to partake of the food and beverages provided by the Westin Charlotte for meeting attendees. Registration fees are not included in ENERGY STAR Product Expo booth payments.


ACT NOW! HOTEL ROOM BLOCK ALMOST SOLD OUT
The ENERGY STAR room block for the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting is almost sold out.
 
Although space is limited, the Westin Charlotte may still have rooms at the discounted ENERGY STAR meeting rate of $219/night available on certain dates. There may also be rooms available at the standard (non-discounted) rates. 
 
To explore all your accommodation options at the Westin Charlotte, please call reservations directly at 866-837-4148.
 
If your preferred dates are not available at the Westin, the following nearby venues may have availability:

UPDATED! AGENDA AND AGENDA COMPANION DOCUMENT
The 2019 ENERGY STAR Product Partner Meeting preliminary agenda and agenda companion document with detailed session descriptions have been updated with some minor schedule changes. A version of this companion document with speaker information will be circulated to those registered by August 21 immediately in advance of the meeting. Please note that these documents are still subject to change.


Please contact partnermeeting@energystar.gov with any questions.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in Charlotte!

 
The ENERGY STAR Team

 

2019-08-07
Location: Charlotte, NC
Description:

1 WEEK REGISTRATION & SLEEPING ROOM REMINDER

EPA is pleased to provide you with the following updates for the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting, which will be held September 10 – 12, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

URGENT & TIME SENSITIVE!
1. JUST 1 WEEK LEFT TO REGISTER – ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES ON AUGUST 14
2. SLEEPING ROOM CUT-OFF REMINDER
REMINDERS:
3. ONE-ON-ONE NETWORKING SESSIONS: SIGN UP INSTRUCTIONS
4. PRELIMINARY MEETING AGENDA AND AGENDA COMPANION DOCUMENT
5. MEETING CO-SPONSORS

JUST 1 WEEK LEFT TO REGISTER – ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES ON AUGUST 14
The Westin Charlotte is pleased to offer attendees a full breakfast, lunch, and breaks throughout the meeting for a cost of $309 per person.

Registration for the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting is open for just 1 more week until August 14, 2019. To register, please visit the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting online registration page.
 
 Benefits of registering online before August 14 include:

  • Receipt of all final meeting materials one week prior to the meeting (these are only sent to attendees who registered);
  • Advance notice to your peers that you will be attending the meeting, allowing them to connect with you in advance to arrange one-on-one networking sessions and other meetings;
  • Inclusion of your name and organization in the online meeting participant list that is updated in real time on the online meeting registration page, and distributed via email to all registered attendees immediately prior to the meeting; and
  • Pre-printed name badges for faster onsite check-in.

After August 14th, attendees can only register for the meeting onsite.  After August 14th, cancellations and registration refunds cannot be accepted under any circumstances, due to hotel commitments.
 
All attendees, including ENERGY STAR Expo exhibitors, must pay the meeting registration fee if they wish to partake of the food and beverages provided by the Westin Charlotte for meeting attendees. Registration fees are not included in ENERGY STAR Product Expo booth payments.

*This per person fee is remitted in its entirety to the hotel to cover the cost of food and beverages provided. EPA and its contractors do not keep any portion of the fee for any purpose. If you require a kosher meal, please indicate this in the "special requirements" field during registration.

SLEEPING ROOM CUTOFF REMINDER
Sleeping rooms at The Westin Charlotte are going fast. Rooms are limited and available on a first come, first served basis, so please make your arrangements as soon as possible. The hotel’s cut-off for reserving rooms in the ENERGY STAR room block is August 24, 2019.

Meeting location: The Westin Charlotte
601 South College Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
(704) 375-2600
https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/cltcw-the-westin-charlotte/
 
To book your rooms at The Westin Charlotte

  • Go to 2019 ENERGY STAR Partner Meetings to link to a personalized web site for the ENERGY STAR room block (recommended).
  • Call reservations directly at 866-837-4148 and refer to “ENERGY STAR” 

Sleeping room rates (all applicable state and local taxes are additional):

  • $219/night - double
  • Rates will be available 3 days prior and 3 days after the event, subject to availability at the time of reservation.

ONE-ON-ONE NETWORKING SESSIONS: SIGN-UP INSTRUCTIONS 
As in past years, EPA is offering attendees a number of rooms to conduct independent meetings over the meeting dates. For information on scheduling a meeting room, please see the one-on-one networking session guidelines. Please note that in order to provide all partners equal access to these rooms, EPA has limited the initial number of slots available to each requester, with additional slots offered subject to availability.  
 

PRELIMINARY MEETING AGENDA AND AGENDA COMPANION DOCUMENT
EPA is pleased to provide an updated preliminary agenda and a companion document with detailed session descriptions. A version of this companion document with speaker information will be circulated closer to the meeting. Please note that these documents are still subject to change.

Please contact partnermeeting@energystar.gov with any questions.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in Charlotte!

 
The ENERGY STAR Team

 

 

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2019-08-06
Location: Canada
Description:

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020: Proposed product categories and recognition criteria

The ENERGY STAR program continues to recognize the highest performers in energy efficiency for recognized products by extending and expanding the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient designation for 2020. 

Energy efficiency advocates throughout North America can continue to raise the bar on energy efficiency by leveraging ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020 product information  that helps consumers find and purchase the “best of the best” among recognized product categories.

2020 Product Categories and Recognition Criteria 
For 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) intends to continue to highlight all 14 of the product categories currently eligible for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient recognition, and introduce room air conditioners to the portfolio for a total of 15 categories. The proposed criteria for dehumidifiers will be shared with stakeholders this fall. 
The proposed recognition criteria for 2020 were based on an analysis of currently certified ENERGY STAR models as well as engineering analysis conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy. The results of the analysis indicated that for many categories existing recognition criteria remain reflective of the “best of the best.” As a result, Most Efficient 2019 efficiency criteria is being extended into 2020 for boilers, furnaces, central air conditioners and air source heat pumps, dishwashers, geothermal heat pumps (GHP), refrigerators/freezers, televisions, and ventilation fans. In addition to adding criteria for room air conditioners, additional product sub-types are also being proposed for recognition for refrigerator/freezer and windows*. The monitor criteria has also been revised and modest revisions are being proposed to ceiling fan and dryer criteria. Lastly, it is being proposed to allow partners to indicate the availability of consumer features such as soil sensing on the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient product list for dishwashers, refrigerators, and dryers.

Additional information regarding the roll out of ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020 recognition will be provided with the finalization of these criteria. Products recognized in 2019 that meet the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020 criteria will automatically receive recognition.

Find details on the proposal and individual product criteria on the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020 Criteria Development web page. 

A stakeholder webinar will be held on August 7, 2019 from 2 to 4 pm EST to discuss the proposed recognition criteria. To participate in this webinar, please register here by August 6th. Please share written comments no later than August 22, 2019 with MostEfficient@energystar.gov. It is expected that recognition requirements will be finalized in August.

For more information, contact MostEfficient@energystar.gov or in Canada, contact Erin Sullivan by e-mail at erin.sullivan@canada.ca or by phone at 613 947-1219.

*The Most Efficient residential windows specification for Canada is developed and published by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). For 2020, the qualifying criteria will be more stringent and include sliding glass doors. For further information, please contact Erin Sullivan by e-mail at erin.sullivan@canada.ca.

2019-08-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Final Draft Professional Imaging Equipment Test Method

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing the Final Draft ENERGY STAR Professional Imaging Equipment Test Method. EPA thanks stakeholders for the feedback provided and has taken that feedback into consideration in developing this Final Draft test method.
 
The Final Draft reflects significant engagement with stakeholders. EPA has moved the clarified as-shipped instructions to the General Initialization section, updated the auto-off and default delay time to sleep instructions, and provided further clarifications for paper coating and measurement actions. EPA received additional comments related to the treatment of accessories. The Agency believes that accessories are better dealt with via the ENERGY STAR specification, perhaps through the incorporation of adders with sufficient supporting data. Treatment of accessories will be considered as part of this revision during development of the eligibility criteria.
 
Any remaining comments on this Final Draft test method may be submitted to imagingequipment@energystar.gov by August 15, 2019. 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 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 Draft Professional Imaging Equipment Test Method
Draft 2 Professional Imaging Equipment Test Method Comment Response

2019-07-31
Location: Washington DC
Description:

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020 Recognition Criteria
 
This is a reminder that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient proposed recognition criteria for 2020 on July 22nd. Comments are due August 22, 2019 and may be submitted to MostEfficient@energystar.gov.
 
EPA will hold a stakeholder webinar on August 7, 2019 from 2pm to 4pm Eastern Time to discuss the proposed 2020 recognition criteria. To participate in this webinar, please register here by August 6th.
 
Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

2019-07-31
Location: Washington DC
Description:

ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting - SHEMS Sessions

EPA is pleased to invite you to the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting, which will be held September 10 – 12, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Content on ENERGY STAR Smart Home Energy Management Systems will be focused on Day 2 of the meeting, September 11th, with the sessions below. This meeting is a great networking opportunity and rooms are available to reserve for private meetings. Stakeholders interested in connecting with attendees of the concurrent Residential New Construction Partner Meeting can contact Brice Lang at lang.brice@epa.gov. Additional details for the meeting are available at www.energystar.gov/partnermeeting, including the full agendaRegister before August 14th.
 
Smart Home Energy Management Systems (SHEMS) 1 of 2: Building Towards a Future Vision
(Concurrent) 1:45 – 2:45 P.M.

ENERGY STAR certified SHEMS is the first step in building a future that incorporates varied interests into one platform for energy management. How do we continue working towards a shared vision for ultimate home energy management? How do we encourage best practices for whole home integration that will delight consumers? What other initiatives are needed to get closer to this future vision? This session will cover the program to date as well as explore the vision for the future. 

2019-07-31
Location: Washington DC
Description:

SHEMS Final Draft Version 1.0 Specification
 
With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to share the Final Draft of the ENERGY STAR SHEMS Version 1.0 Specification and Partner Commitments and the Final Draft Method to Determine Field Performance. The Agency appreciates the considerable effort stakeholders have put into helping us develop this specification. All materials related to EPA’s development of the specification can be found at www.energystar.gov/SHEMS. EPA anticipates finalizing the SHEMS Version 1.0 Specification by the end of August 2019.

The Final Draft specification reflects comments received in response to Draft 2 and subsequent stakeholder discussions. Stakeholders were generally supportive of the requirements proposed in the Draft 2 specification. EPA has made minor modifications to address remaining concerns. Revisions included in the Final Draft include:

Partner Commitments
Given the complexity and fast-moving market associated with SHEMS, EPA has added a partner commitment that anticipates regular communication with partners to gather program insights, monitor market developments, and work toward the development of a metric and future specification versions. 

EPA has clarified the partner commitment on marketing SHEMS. The intent behind this partner commitment is to ask service providers that opt to partner with the ENERGY STAR program and leverage the ENERGY STAR label for SHEMS to prioritize the ENERGY STAR offering over similar non-conforming offerings. The approach EPA has taken with the ENERGY STAR SHEMS specification allows absolute flexibility in terms of which elements of the package the customer opts to purchase or not, but we are asking ENERGY STAR partners not to pro-actively offer and market competing packages that fall short of the ENERGY STAR specification (e.g. a package with an ENERGY STAR thermostat and lighting or a smart plug but not both). Given the care that was taken to limit the prescribed elements of the specification, we anticipate that service providers interested in participating in the program that have existing SHEMS offerings will simply adapt them to add any missing device (i.e. there is no restriction on the range of additional devices that may be included). We believe this approach is reasonable as an expectation of our partnership as it avoids undermining the objectives of the ENERGY STAR SHEMS specification while preserving consumer choice. 
 
Definitions
In response to stakeholder suggestions, EPA has made minor revisions to the definitions of Transient Occupancy Device, Home Energy Sub Metering System, and Time of Use (TOU) Pricing. Per stakeholder request, the correction to the definition of Home Energy Sub Metering System now includes non-invasive disaggregation devices.

EPA has included new definitions of “compatible,” “SHEMS-specific hub,” and "Away time" (in the Method to Determine Field Performance). These definitions were added in order to provide additional clarity about the capabilities service providers are expected to deliver in order to include encouraged devices in the ENERGY STAR listing for a certified SHEMS package, the devices for which standby power must be measured and reported, and how to identify away hours.

Eligibility Criteria
EPA has included several small edits and clarifications in the eligibility criteria section, including:

  • Requiring service providers to recommend to their customers that persistent occupancy devices be installed in high-traffic areas of the home for best results.
  • Clarifying that the service must be capable of controlling the required and, as applicable, the encouraged devices in the certified package.
  • Encouraging development of systems supporting load building and advanced variable rate structures.

Method to Determine Field Performance
EPA has made several adjustments and added optional fields per stakeholder comment, including:

  • Clarified the method for rounding calculated statistics and the rounding precision.
  • Added two optional statistics to be reported for savings metric development: average power during non-away time, and average reduction in power during away hours.
  • Added an optional field in SHEMS Market Evolution to record the number of installations in each state.

Note boxes throughout the specification provide context for edits made in the Final Draft. The accompanying comment response document addresses comments that were not addressed in the specification or method to determine field performance.
 
Comment Submittal
Any final comments may be submitted to smarthomesystems@energystar.gov by August 12, 2019. All comments received will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Product Development website, unless the submitter specifically requests otherwise.
 
Please contact Taylor Jantz-Sell at (202) 343-9042 or Jantz-Sell.Taylor@epa.gov (until August 9th) with any specific questions or concerns, or Abigail Daken at (202) 343-9375 or daken.abigail@epa.gov.
 
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 SHEMS Final Draft Version 1.0 Specification and Partner Commitments
ENERGY STAR SHEMS Final Draft Method to Determine Field Performance
ENERGY STAR SHEMS Draft 2 Comment Response Document

Contact Name: Abigail Daken
Email: daken.abigail@epa.gov
Phone: 202-343-9375
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2019-07-30
Location: Charlotte, NC
Description:

2.5 WEEK REGISTRATION & SLEEPING ROOM REMINDER

EPA is pleased to provide you with the following updates for the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting, which will be held September 10 – 12, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

URGENT & TIME SENSITIVE!
1. JUST 2.5 WEEKS LEFT TO REGISTER – ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES ON AUGUST 14
2. SLEEPING ROOM CUT-OFF REMINDER
REMINDERS:
3. ONE-ON-ONE NETWORKING SESSIONS: SIGN-UP INSTRUCTIONS
4. UPDATED PRELIMINARY MEETING AGENDA AND AGENDA COMPANION DOCUMENT
5. MEETING CO-SPONSORS
6. GREEN MEETINGS
7. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 


JUST 2.5 WEEKS LEFT TO REGISTER – ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES ON AUGUST 14
The Westin Charlotte is pleased to offer attendees a full breakfast, lunch, and breaks throughout the meeting for a cost of $309 per person.

Registration for the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting is open for just 2.5 more weeks until August 14, 2019. To register, please visit the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting online registration page.
 
 Benefits of registering online before August 14 include:

  • Receipt of all final meeting materials one week prior to the meeting (these are only sent to attendees who registered);
  • Advance notice to your peers that you will be attending the meeting, allowing them to connect with you in advance to arrange one-on-one networking sessions and other meetings;
  • Inclusion of your name and organization in the online meeting participant list that is updated in real time on the online meeting registration page, and distributed via email to all registered attendees immediately prior to the meeting; and
  • Pre-printed name badges for faster onsite check-in.

After August 14th, attendees can only register for the meeting onsite.  After August 14th, cancellations and registration refunds cannot be accepted under any circumstances, due to hotel commitments.
 
All attendees, including ENERGY STAR Expo exhibitors, must pay the meeting registration fee if they wish to partake of the food and beverages provided by the Westin Charlotte for meeting attendees. Registration fees are not included in ENERGY STAR Product Expo booth payments.

*This per person fee is remitted in its entirety to the hotel to cover the cost of food and beverages provided. EPA and its contractors do not keep any portion of the fee for any purpose. If you require a kosher meal, please indicate this in the "special requirements" field during registration.

SLEEPING ROOM CUTOFF REMINDER
Sleeping rooms at The Westin Charlotte are going fast. Rooms are limited and available on a first come, first served basis, so please make your arrangements as soon as possible. The hotel’s cut-off for reserving rooms in the ENERGY STAR room block is August 24, 2019.

Meeting location: The Westin Charlotte
601 South College Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
(704) 375-2600
https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/cltcw-the-westin-charlotte/
 
To book your rooms at The Westin Charlotte

  • Go to 2019 ENERGY STAR Partner Meetings to link to a personalized web site for the ENERGY STAR room block (recommended).
  • Call reservations directly at 866-837-4148 and refer to “ENERGY STAR” 

Sleeping room rates (all applicable state and local taxes are additional):

  • $219/night - double
  • Rates will be available 3 days prior and 3 days after the event, subject to availability at the time of reservation.

ONE-ON-ONE NETWORKING SESSIONS: SIGN-UP INSTRUCTIONS
As in past years, EPA is offering attendees a number of rooms to conduct independent meetings over the meeting dates. For information on scheduling a meeting room, please see the one-on-one networking session guidelines. Please note that in order to provide all partners equal access to these rooms, EPA has limited the initial number of slots available to each requester, with additional slots offered subject to availability.  

UPDATED PRELIMINARY MEETING AGENDA AND AGENDA COMPANION DOCUMENT
EPA is pleased to provide an updated preliminary agenda and a companion document with detailed session descriptions. A version of this companion document with speaker information will be circulated closer to the meeting. Please note that these documents are still subject to change.
 

The EPA opening plenary will be the first session on the first day of the meeting, and the ensuing sessions will address a range of timely topics, challenges, opportunities, and trends related to ENERGY STAR certified appliances, electronics, electric vehicle chargers, HVAC, lighting, smart home energy management systems, smart thermostats, and water heaters.  This structure offers attendees the advantage of being able to participate in relevant sessions, while allowing for additional networking time between those sessions that are of interest to you.  

GREEN MEETINGS

EPA is working with The Westin Charlotte to make the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting as resource efficient as possible. In 2019, offerings include a range of guest room conservation measures, as well as facility energy efficiency, water conservation, and recycling programs. Additional information on The Westin Charlotte’s environmental program can be found here.
 
In order to reduce waste and limit printing and shipping costs associated with meeting materials, EPA invites meeting participants to join the effort to go paperless for the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting. As in past years, EPA will email all attendees who register online between July 16 - August 14 the final meeting materials a week before the meeting. Each individual can choose to print only those materials they deem most critical.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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.

Please contact partnermeeting@energystar.gov with any questions.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in Charlotte!

 
The ENERGY STAR Team

EPA (Climate Protection Partnerships Division) - ENERGY STAR
1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20460 US

2019-07-30
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The ENERGY STAR® Appliance Newsletter July 2019

Table of Contents


Maintaining Momentum on Appliance Promotions

Thank you to all our participating partners! From social media and Twitter Chats to in-store signage and digital advertising, we appreciate the many ways you participated to help more customers save energy, save money, and help protect the environment by choosing ENERGY STAR.  

Our latest marketing materials are always available for partner use any time of the year. And, to all our laundry partners, don’t forget to check out our heat pump dryer video! This short, animated video takes viewers step-by-step through the drying process, showcasing why this technology is definitely one to consider for their next purchase. We encourage you to share the video on your website, with sales associates, through social media, or through any of your other customer outreach channels.
 


See You in Charlotte for Partner Meeting
Mark your calendars for the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting! This year’s meeting will take place Tuesday, September 10 – Thursday, September 12 in Charlotte, NC.

This year, the EPA opening plenary will be the first session on the first day of the meeting, and the ensuing sessions will address a range of timely topics, challenges, opportunities, and trends related to ENERGY STAR certified appliances, electronics, electric vehicle chargers, HVAC, lighting, smart home energy management systems, smart thermostats, and water heaters.

Meeting location: The Westin Charlotte
601 South College Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
(704) 375-2600
www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/cltcw-the-westin-charlotte/ (link is external)

To book your rooms at The Westin Charlotte:

  • Call reservations directly at 866-837-4148 and refer to “ENERGY STAR” or
  • Go to 2019 ENERGY STAR Partner Meetings(link is external) to link to a personalized web site for the ENERGY STAR room block.

EPA is pleased to provide an updated preliminary agenda and an initial agenda companion document with detailed session descriptions. Key appliance-focused sessions include:

  • ENERGY STAR Products: Energy Efficiency and High Performance - During this session, manufacturers across several product categories will discuss how the latest advancements in energy efficiency technology go hand-in-hand with other high-performance benefits.
  • Making Laundry Better with Heat Pump Dryers - Join this panel discussion with leading partners to see why ENERGY STAR certified heat pump dryers offers a promising energy-saving opportunity for consumers. Panelists will share their most recent technological innovations and how they are communicating the benefits of heat pump dryers everywhere from online outreach to the store floor.
  • Fitted for the Future: A Discussion on Emerging Technologies - This industry panel will speak to products that are at the forefront of technological advances motivating exciting trends and opportunities for increased energy savings, with a focus on categories where reaching the next level of savings has been challenging. Note: this session is by invitation only for utilities/energy efficiency program sponsors.

EPA will again be scheduling individual meetings with partners. If you would like to meet with EPA during the meeting, please contact appliances@energystar.gov and let us know your schedule. We will do our best to accommodate your requests.

The latest updates on hotel reservations and meeting registration will be provided as they become available and will also be posted on the ENERGY STAR meetings page at www.energystar.gov/partnermeeting


Update Your ENERGY STAR Sales Training with 2019 Savings & Messaging

Arm your sales associates with the latest savings and product messaging for your ENERGY STAR certified appliances. The following 2019 appliance training materials are available online:

Be sure to visit the ENERGY STAR Training Center in August for the latest update to the Appliance Consumer Messaging Guide. Looking for graphics or messaging about our appliance promotions? You can always find the most recent updates on our Marketing Materials page.
 


ENERGY STAR Day is October 22 – Join Us!

Save the date for ENERGY STAR Day on October 22, 2019. This year we are building on last year’s theme of Save Today, Save Tomorrow and Save for Good with both broad audience engagement complimented by a more targeted effort to provide the benefits of saving energy to those that need it the most, the underserved. 

The ENERGY STAR Day toolkit and a wide variety of marketing materials for lighting and smart thermostats – from digital assets, such as web tools, infographics, and social media images and posts, along with point-of-sale materials, fact sheets, and more are available on our marketing materials page at www.energystar.gov/marketing_materials.
 


Appliance Specification Updates

Dehumidifiers: Dehumidifiers Version 5.0 is now available for early certification and will go into effect on October 31, 2019. The updated specification includes new product category definitions (portable and whole-home), new product capacity ranges, and criteria in terms of a new efficiency metric, the Integrated Energy Factor (IEF). As of June 3, 2019, CBs will no longer certify new products to Version 4.0. Details regarding the development process can be found on the Dehumidifiers Specification Version 5.0 webpage.

Room Air Cleaners: On March 18, 2019, EPA released the draft 1 Room Air Cleaner Version 2.0 Specification and invited stakeholder written comments. EPA reviewed and published the draft 1 comments and on June 27, 2019 released a limited topic proposal on adding connected criteria to the Version 2.0 specification. EPA is currently reviewing all stakeholder comments and is working on the final draft of the Room Air Cleaner Version 2.0 Specification. All comments and additional details can be found on the Room Air Cleaner Specification Version 2.0 webpage.

Dishwashers: EPA plans to launch a specification revision for this category later this year.  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.

EPA also plans to launch specification development efforts for a set of new appliance products.  If you are interested in receiving communications related to any of the products below please fill in this form or send an email to appliances@energystar.gov with your name and indicate which of the following products are of interest.

Microwaves: In Q4 2019, EPA plans to launch a new product specification for microwave ovens.

Miscellaneous Refrigeration Products: In Q3 2019, EPA plans to launch a new product specification for miscellaneous refrigeration products.

Portable Air Conditioners: In Q3 2019, EPA plans to launch a new product specification for portable air conditioners.

EPA (Climate Protection Partnerships Division) - ENERGY STAR
1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20460 US


2019-07-30
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines Version 4.0 Final Specification
 
With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to share the Final Version 4.0 ENERGY STAR Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machine product 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.
 
The Version 4.0 requirements will become effective on April 29, 2020. Vending machine products certifying for ENERGY STAR under the Version 4.0 specification will use, on average, approximately 9% less energy than standard vending machine products. This specification establishes updated definitions, scope, and energy and low power mode requirements in alignment with and in response to the DOE federal minimum standard that came into effect on January 8, 2019. If all refrigerated beverage vending machines sold in the United States were ENERGY STAR certified, the energy cost savings would grow to nearly $7 million and more than 150 million pounds of annual 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, along with multiple webinars, stakeholder meetings, and close engagement with stakeholders. No comments were received on the final draft specification. A minor change was made to the final specification to ensure consistency across ENERGY STAR product specifications and with DOE terminology such that ‘represented value’ is replaced with ‘certified rating’ and the unit sampling plan language defers to DOE’s sampling requirements. Stakeholder comments, previous drafts of the specification, and related materials are available on the product development website.
 
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 December 16, 2019, CBs will be instructed to stop certifying new product submittals to Version 3.1 and 3.2. Note, however, that existing certifications will remain valid for purposes of ENERGY STAR qualification until April 29, 2020.
  • Any vending machines manufactured as of April 29, 2020, must meet Version 4.0 requirements to bear the ENERGY STAR mark. All certifications of products to the Version 3.1 and 3.2 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 vending machines. Please direct any questions regarding the specification and its timeline to Tanja Crk at EPA, Crk.Tanja@epa.gov or (202) 566-1037. Please direct questions about the test procedure to Stephanie Johnson at DOE, Stephanie.Johnson@ee.doe.gov  or (202) 287-1943. For any other vending machine related questions, please contact vendingmachines@energystar.gov.
 
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:
    Final Version 4.0 ENERGY STAR Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines Specification
    Data Packet Version 4.0 Final

 

2019-07-29
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® CAC/ASHP Brand Owner or Other Interested Party,

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) welcomes your input on the enclosed Limited Topic Proposal for Optional Connected Criteria for the ENERGY STAR® Central Air Conditioner and Air-Source Heat Pump (CAC/ASHP) specification. Stakeholders may provide comments on these proposed connected criteria to EPA no later than August 29, 2019 to inform the development of a Draft 2 Version 6.0 specification.
 
EPA will hold a stakeholder webinar on Monday, August 19th from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Eastern Time to discuss the Limited Topic Proposal. Please register for this webinar here. Please contact CAC-ASHP@energystar.gov with any questions. 
 
Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

Abigail Daken, Manager
ENERGY STAR HVAC Program

Enclosures:
Limited Topic Proposal for Optional Connected Criteria

2019-07-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

ENERGY STAR Luminaires Version 2.2 Draft Specification
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to make minor adjustments reflected in the ENERGY STAR Luminaires Version 2.2 Draft Specification to support several new market developments and provide clarification on two requirements. Current certifications will not be affected by these changes.
 
The proposed changes include:

1.   Personal Device Charging: Products such as portable floor and desk task lights with integral USB chargers and AC
      outlets are currently excluded from the Luminaires specification. Because consumers may carry upwards of three devices
      when they travel, table and floor lights with AC outlets and/or USB charging ports are now prevalent in hotel guestrooms and
      retailers are increasingly selling these for use in homes. Unlike other functionality (e.g., voice assistance, audio speakers, and UV
      disinfection), EPA is able to propose the inclusion of integral AC outlets and USB charging ports because a federal standard exists
      that limits the amount of power consumed by the external power supplies used to enable USB charging functionality.
2.   New Method of Measurement: The IES has updated LM-79 since the release of the Luminaires V2.1 specification. EPA
      has evaluated it for consistency and is including it as an acceptable method of measurement for new product certifications.
3.   Integral Battery Packs: Products with integral battery packs intended for emergency light source operation in the event of loss
      of normal power are not excluded for the purposes of ENERGY STAR certification. This was always intended and is now
      explicitly stated in Section 1.1.
4.   Inseparable Other SSL Luminaires: EPA has included a formal definition for inseparable “other” to clarify that solid state
      (LED) luminaire types not otherwise itemized in the directional scope must be measured with luminaire photometry.
      Clarification was also added to express that directional types that are called out in the specification can be separable or
      inseparable. The exemption of inseparable other products from Color Angular Uniformity and Luminaire Serviceability
      requirements was always intended and is now explicitly stated as well. 

Partners and stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments on the draft to lighting@energystar.gov by August 5, 2019. Please indicate “ENERGY STAR Luminaires V2.2 Draft Specification Comments” in the email subject line. Comments received will be posted to the ENERGY STAR website unless otherwise requested.

EPA appreciates your contribution to the development of this specification and welcomes individual inquiries; please contact me with questions, comments or concerns at (202) 343-9042 or jantz-sell.taylor@epa.gov or lighting@energystar.gov. Thank you for your support of ENERGY STAR.

Sincerely,

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

 

2019-07-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Proposed ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020 Recognition Criteria
 
Please visit here for important correspondence from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning the proposed recognition criteria for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020. On the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2020 Criteria Development web page, you will find the proposed recognition criteria documents for fourteen product categories and the EPA cover memo. The proposed criteria for Dehumidifiers will be shared with stakeholders this fall.
 
EPA will hold a stakeholder webinar on Wednesday, August 7th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Eastern Time to discuss the proposed 2020 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.

2019-07-16
Location: Charlotte, NC
Description:

Online Registration Now Open and One-on-One Networking Rooms Available! September 10 – 12, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

EPA is pleased to provide you with the following updates for the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting, which will be held September 10 – 12, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

1. New! ONLINE MEETING REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – PLEASE REGISTER ASAP!
2. New! ONE-ON-ONE NETWORKING SESSIONS: SIGN-UP INSTRUCTIONS

REMINDERS:
3.  AGENDA COMPANION DOCUMENT AND UPDATED PRELIMINARY MEETING AGENDA
4. ENERGY STAR EXPO
5. LOCATION AND HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
6. CO-SPONSORSHIP & EVENING EVENTS
7. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

ONLINE MEETING REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – PLEASE REGISTER ASAP!
Registration for the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting is now open! To register, please visit the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting Page and click on the red registration link.
 
The Westin Charlotte is pleased to offer attendees a full breakfast, lunch, and breaks throughout the meeting for a cost of $309 per person.
 
IMPORTANT: Please note that the online system will be available until August 14, 2019. EPA strongly encourages partners to register well in advance of this date. Benefits of registering early include:

  • Receipt of all final meeting materials one week prior to the meeting (these are only sent to attendees who registered);
  • Advance notice to your peers that you will be attending the meeting, allowing them to connect with you in advance to arrange one-on-one networking sessions and other meetings;
  • Inclusion of your name and organization in the online meeting participant list that is updated in real time on the online meeting registration page, and distributed via email to all registered attendees immediately prior to the meeting; and
  • Pre-printed name badges for faster onsite check-in.

After August 14th, attendees will only be able to register for the meeting onsite.  Please also note that after August 14th, cancellations and registration refunds cannot be accepted under any circumstances, due to hotel commitments.
 
*This per person meal fee is remitted in its entirety to the hotel. EPA and its contractors do not keep any portion of the fee for any purpose. If you require a kosher meal, please indicate this in the "special requirements" field during registration.
 
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ONE-ON-ONE NETWORKING SESSIONS: SIGN-UP INSTRUCTIONS
As in past years, EPA is offering attendees a number of rooms to conduct independent meetings over the meeting dates. For information on scheduling a meeting room, please see the one-on-one networking session guidelines. Please note that in order to provide all partners equal access to these rooms, EPA has limited the initial number of slots available to each requester, with additional slots offered subject to availability.  
 
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AGENDA COMPANION DOCUMENT AND UPDATED PRELIMINARY MEETING AGENDA
EPA is pleased to provide an updated preliminary agenda and a companion document with detailed session descriptions. A version of this companion document with speaker information will be circulated closer to the meeting. Please note that these documents are still subject to change.
 

The EPA opening plenary will be the first session on the first day of the meeting, and the ensuing sessions will address a range of timely topics, challenges, opportunities, and trends related to ENERGY STAR certified appliances, electronics, electric vehicle chargers, HVAC, lighting, smart home energy management systems, smart thermostats, and water heaters.  This structure offers attendees the advantage of being able to participate in relevant sessions, while allowing for additional networking time between those sessions that are of interest to you.  As a reminder, the 2019 ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction Partner Meeting will take place at the same location from September 11 – 12.


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ENERGY STAR EXPO  
The ENERGY STAR Expo is now closed.
 
Exhibitors who have signed up for the ENERGY STAR Product Expo will be working with FERN for all their exhibitor-specific needs. While there is no upfront cost to exhibit at the meeting, exhibitors’ costs for the booth package, set-up, labor, and materials associated with their booths will be handled directly with FERN.  FERN will bill exhibitors for all labor and material associated with their booths.
 
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LOCATION AND HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
Meeting location: The Westin Charlotte
601 South College Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
(704) 375-2600
https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/cltcw-the-westin-charlotte/
 
To book your rooms at The Westin Charlotte:

  • Call reservations directly at 866-837-4148 and refer to “ENERGY STAR” or
  • Go to 2019 ENERGY STAR Partner Meetings to link to a personalized web site for the ENERGY STAR room block.

Sleeping room rates (all applicable state and local taxes are additional):

  • $219/night - double
  • Rates will be available 3 days prior and 3 days after the event, subject to availability at the time of reservation.

The hotel’s cut-off date for reserving rooms in the ENERGY STAR room block is August 24, 2019. Rooms are limited and available on a first come, first served basis so please make your arrangements as soon as possible.
 
Information about The Westin Charlotte’s Green Meeting’s Initiative can be found here.  

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CO-SPONSORSHIP & EVENING EVENTS

EPA is grateful to Nationwide Marketing Group and other ENERGY STAR partners for their generous support of food and beverage and audio/visual offerings at the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting (2019 ESPPM) and the 2019 ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction Partner Meeting (2019 ESRPM).
 
2019 ESPPM & 2019 ESRPM Co-Sponsors  
Nationwide Marketing Group (Facilitating Co-Sponsor)
Best Buy Co., Inc.
Samsung Electronics America
Greenlite Lighting Corporation
GE Lighting 
Honeywell International, Inc. 
Resideo Technologies, Inc.
Signify
Technical Consumer Products. Inc. (TCP)
A. O. Smith
Cree Lighting
Kenmore
L'Image Home Products, Inc.
Top Build Home Services
Altair Lighting
Broan - NuTone, LLC
Entergy Arkansas, LLC
Feit Electric
 

Note: No EPA funds will be used for food and beverage offerings associated with the 2019 ESPPM and ESRPM or related events and activities.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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.

Please contact partnermeeting@energystar.gov with any questions.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in Charlotte!
 
The ENERGY STAR Team

EPA (Climate Protection Partnerships Division) - ENERGY STAR
1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20460 US


2019-07-16
Location: Washington DC
Description:

ENERGY STAR Computers Version 8.0 Draft 2
 
With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing the Draft 2, Version 8.0 ENERGY STAR Computer specification and test method. EPA thanks stakeholders for the feedback that they provided and has taken that feedback into consideration in developing this draft specification. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit any comments to computers@energystar.gov by August 16, 2019.
 
The Draft 2, Version 8.0 specification incorporates the following key elements:
 
Energy Criteria:
EPA is adjusting the category system, base allowances, and functional adders in Draft 2. EPA has developed separate criteria for integrated desktops as these products most commonly use notebook components, which serve a distinct customer end use. In addition, EPA has adjusted the desktop base allowances to account for the change in product mix. Finally, EPA has adjusted the adders to better take into account the updated mode weightings. These updated levels continue to target the top quartile of the market, while also allowing products with fewer feature sets, and lower energy consumption, improved means to achieve ENERGY STAR certification. EPA has released an updated data package, which includes the new dataset.
 
Power Supply Criteria:
In Draft 2, EPA is proposing to reintroduce 80Plus Bronze or equivalent requirements for those products with a nameplate rating of less than 500W. However, EPA is also proposing a 10% load requirement of 0.80 for all internal power supplies.
 
Resume Time
Stakeholders noted in their Draft 1 comments that there has been inconsistent testing of resume time in the Version 7.1 specification and requested amendments to the sleep mode definition to exclude resume time. In Draft 1, the Department of Energy proposed an addition to the test method to help define how to test for resume time. This has been removed in Draft 2 and EPA has added a requirement for resume time for notebooks and desktops, while removing it from the sleep mode definition. Manufacturers will self-declare that the product can meet this requirement.
 
Full Network Connectivity
As part of the June 18 stakeholder meeting, a new proposal for full network connectivity was shared by stakeholders. EPA assessed the proposal and has reintroduced an incentive for those desktop products that meet the full connectivity. In addition, the Agency has increased the energy consumption allowance from 2 watts to 2.5 watts.
 
­Comment Submittal
EPA welcomes stakeholder input on the attached, Draft 2, Version 8.0 specification. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit any comments to computers@energystar.gov by August 16, 2019. 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 2 specification on July 25, 2019 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 computers 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 regarding the specification. 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 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:
Draft 2, Version 8.0 Specification
Draft 2, Computers Test Method
Draft 1, Comment Response Matrix
Data Package

2019-07-10
Location: Washington DC
Description:

ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage Version 2.0 Discussion Guide
 
With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking your early input specific to the revision of the ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage specification. To this end, EPA has developed a Discussion Guide that 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 2.0 specification that will recognize efficiency gains in the data center storage market.
 
This Discussion Guide focuses on the following areas:

  • Simplification of the configuration structure, system ranges, and testing data requirements.
  • Removal of family variation allowances and the current approach to certifying systems with multiple device types.
  • Revision of requirements for internal power supplies, number of required capacity optimizing methods, and minimum efficiency requirements.
  • Request for additional information on the status of the Vdbench tool and any unforeseen impacts of Emerald V4 on ENERGY STAR Version 2.0.
  • Request for non-certified product data.

Stakeholder suggestions on any other issues to be considered during the Version 2.0 specification revision process are welcomed, in particular on those topics raised in the Discussion Guide.
 
EPA will host a webinar to engage with stakeholders on this Discussion Guide on July 24, 2019 from 1-3 PM Eastern Time. Please register here. Stakeholders are encouraged to provide written comments via email to storage@energystar.gov, no later than August 12, 2019. Specifications and meeting materials will be distributed via email and posted on the ENERGY STAR website, unless directed otherwise. 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, 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:
Version 2.0 Discussion Guide

2019-07-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Save the Date for Fall Promotions: Lighting, Smart Thermostats & ENERGY STAR Day

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is excited to announce plans and materials for three ENERGY STAR promotions this fall: Lighting, Smart Thermostats, and ENERGY STAR Day.

Light the Moment

EPA is gearing up for another successful promotion of ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs based on the learnings from our 2018 fall and 2019 spring promotions targeting underserved audiences with the aspirational Light the Moment call-to-action, combined with the practical benefits of low-cost, energy- and money-saving messaging. Light the Moment 2018 garnered 2 million impressions and more than 400,000 video views exceeding industry benchmarks. Also, visitors spent more than 2.4 minutes on the landing page featuring participating partner programs – almost 1 minute longer than that page's average of 1:55.

The Fall Light the Moment promotion will continue this trend with the goal of capitalizing on remaining opportunities to replace old, less efficient lighting with ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs.

To that end, it will once again focus on underserved households, including Spanish speaking and elderly audiences by leveraging targeted media services and channels, such as GroundTruth and Instagram, plus EPA’s own customer segmentation data.

Smart Thermostats

This fall, we are introducing a fresh approach to promoting ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostats. Given our goal of increased adoption, we believe targeting eco-conscious homeowners who have not yet made the switch from programmable to smart would provide the most effective results. As such, we are planning a messaging and media strategy with a focus on environmental benefits that engages at key points along the customer journey to purchase.

Our promotional creative will thus lead with environmentally-focused messaging that plays off of the dual benefits of ENERGY STAR smart thermostats: “A Perfect Climate Inside and Out” and  “Perfect for Everywhere You Live”. Stay-tuned for a full suite of updated marketing materials.

 

MEDIA MIX THAT ENGAGES ALONG THE PATH TO PURCHASE

 

AWARENESS
Display and Video Advertising: Draw eco-conscious consumers in on the benefits of making the switch.


Paid Social: Leverage Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to capture attention and influence purchase.


RESEARCH
Paid Search: Engage highly qualified consumers who are actively researching Smart Thermostats and primed for purchase. 


Content Marketing: Leverage popular

 

ENERGY STAR Day

 

 

Save the date for ENERGY STAR Day on October 22, 2019. This year we are building on last year’s theme of Save Today, Save Tomorrow and Save for Good with both broad audience engagement complimented by a more targeted effort to provide the benefits of saving energy to those that need it the most, the underserved. 

The ENERGY STAR Day toolkit and a wide variety of marketing materials for lighting and smart thermostats – from digital assets, such as web tools, infographics, and social media images and posts, along with point-of-sale materials, fact sheets, and more are available on our marketing materials page at energystar.gov/marketing_materials.

Get Materials

As always, we look forward to your participation, and let us know how we can be of assistance as you plan your own marketing activities. If you have questions, please contact your ENERGY STAR Regional Account Manager by emailing eeaccountmanager@energystar.gov. If you are a retail or manufacturer partner please reach out to changetheworld@energystar.gov.

The ENERGY STAR Communications Team

ENERGY STAR® is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For more than 25 years, people across America have looked to EPA’s ENERGY STAR program for guidance on saving energy, saving money, and protecting the environment. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. Visit www.energystar.gov today.

 

 

 

 

2019-06-27
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Room Air Cleaners Limited Topic Proposal Version 2.0

As part of the ENERGY STAR Room Air Cleaner specification revision, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering adding optional criteria for connected functionality. The objective is to define a set of minimum requirements an air cleaner would have to meet in order to be identified as “connected” on the ENERGY STAR Product Finder.
 
EPA released Draft 1 of the Version 2.0 Air Cleaner specification on March 18, 2019 for stakeholder review. In response to stakeholder comments, EPA is now releasing a limited topic proposal providing opportunity for comment specifically on the potential connected criteria before releasing a Final Draft Version 2.0 specification. Stakeholders may provide comments to EPA no later than July 15, 2019.
 
Proposed Optional Connected Criteria
 
EPA received feedback from stakeholders recommending that EPA consider establishing criteria for connected functionality in room air cleaners. The focus of the optional criteria EPA is proposing is open access and energy consumption reporting. These criteria reflect a simplified version of optional connected criteria found in numerous ENERGY STAR specifications. Most notably, these criteria do not address demand response. Consistent with conversations earlier in this specification development process, EPA does not plan to develop optional demand response criteria for this product category at this time.
 
While EPA anticipates that early entrants in providing connected functionality will focus on providing capabilities through a product specific app, in the long term, users have more energy saving opportunities for products that participate in a service provider managed smart home package. The proposed criteria include capabilities that are important for connecting to such smart home packages. This proposal addresses energy reporting by requiring that it be available to third parties through use of open standards and provision of interface documentation. EPA is developing an ENERGY STAR Smart Home Energy Management System specification, that will recognize smart home packages that deliver energy savings. You can find more information here.
 
Stakeholders are encouraged to share feedback on the relevance of these features for air cleaners on the market today and in the near future, as well as thoughts on how air cleaners are envisioned to support smart energy management services. Lastly, EPA seeks information on the prevalence of Wi-Fi in today’s products and whether functions such as filter alerts and product management are being offered through a manufacturer’s app.

Proposed additions to the Version 2.0 specification follow below.

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4. Optional Connected Criteria
 
4.1.1     To be recognized as connected, a room air cleaner shall include the base room air cleaner plus all elements (hardware, software) required to enable communication in response to consumer-authorized energy related commands (not including third-party remote management which may be made available solely at the discretion of the manufacturer).
 
4.1.2     The specific design and implementation of the connected room air cleaner is at the manufacturer’s discretion provided it is interoperable with other devices via open communications protocol and enables economical, consumer-authorized third-party access to the functionalities provided for in Section 4.4. The capabilities shall be supported through one or more means, as identified in Section 4.2.2. A product that enables economical and direct, on-premises, open- standards based interconnection is the preferred option for meeting this requirement, but alternative approaches are also acceptable.
 
4.1.3     The product must continue to comply with the applicable product safety standards – the addition of the functionality described below shall not override existing safety protections and functions. The appliance must meet manufacturer’s internal minimum performance guidelines, e.g., air cleaning.
 
4.2      Communications
 
4.2.1     Open Standards – Communication with entities outside the connected room air cleaner that enables connected functionality (Section 4.4) must use, for all communication layers, standards that are:

A. Included in the Smart Electric Power Alliance Catalog of Standards, and/or

B. Included in the NIST Smart Grid framework Tables 4.1 and 4.2, and/or

C. Adopted by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or another well-established international standards organization such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), or Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). 
 

4.2.2     Communications Hardware Architecture – Communication with entities outside the connected room air cleaner that enables connected functionality (Section 4.4) shall be enabled by any of the following means, according to the manufacturer’s preference:
 

A. Built-in communication technology

B. Manufacturer-specific external communication module(s) and/or device(s)

C. Open standards-based communication port on the appliance combined with open standards-based communications module

D. Open standards-based communication port(s) on the appliance in addition to A, B or C, above

If option B or C is used, the communication module/device(s) must be easy for a consumer to install and shipped with the appliance, provided to the consumer at the time of sale, or provided to the consumer in a reasonable amount of time after the sale.

 
4.3       Open Access
 
4.3.1     To enable interconnection with the product, in addition to Section 4.2.1 that requires open-standards, an interface specification, API or similar documentation shall be made available to interested parties that at a minimum, allows transmission, reception, and interpretation of the following information:
 

A. Energy Consumption Reporting specified in Section 4.4 (must include accuracy, units, and measurement interval). 
 

4.4       Energy Consumption Reporting
 
4.4.1     In order to enable simple, actionable energy use feedback to consumers and consumer authorized energy use reporting to third-parties, the product shall be capable of transmitting energy consumption data via a communication link to energy management systems and other consumer authorized devices, services, or applications. This data shall be representative of the product’s interval energy consumption. It is recommended that data be reported in watt-hours for intervals of 15 minutes or less, however, representative data may also be reported in alternate units and intervals as specified in the product manufacturer’s interface specification or API detailed in Section 4.3.
 
4.4.2     The product may also provide energy use feedback to the consumer on the product itself. On-product feedback, if provided, may be in units and format chosen by the manufacturer (e.g., $/month).
 
4.5       Information to Consumers
 
4.5.1     If additional modules, devices, services, and/or infrastructure are part of the configuration required to activate the product’s communications capabilities, prominent labels, or other forms of consumer notifications with instructions shall be displayed at the point of purchase and in the product literature. These shall provide specific information on what consumers must do to activate these capabilities (e.g. “This product has Wi-Fi capability and requires Internet connectivity and a wireless router to enable interconnection with an Energy Management System, and/or with other external devices, systems or applications.”).

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If you have comments or concerns about this proposal, please submit them by July 15, 2019, to roomaircleaners@energystar.gov. Please direct any specific questions to Katharine Kaplan, EPA, at kaplan.katharine@epa.gov or (202) 343-9120, Emmy Feldman, ICF, at Emmy.Feldman@icf.com or (202) 862-1145, and Steve Leybourn at ICF, Steve.Leybourn@icf.com or (202) 862-1566.

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

Katharine Kaplan, Manager
ENERGY STAR Product Development and Program Administration

Contact Name: Katharine Kaplan
Email: kaplan.katharine@epa.gov
Phone: 202-343-9120
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2019-06-27
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines Final Draft Version 4.0 Specification
 
With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing the Final Draft, Version 4.0 ENERGY STAR Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machine Product Specification. EPA appreciates the time and effort stakeholders have contributed to this specification development process.  Any remaining comments on the Final Draft Version 4.0 product specification may be submitted via email to vendingmachines@energystar.gov by July 15, 2019. This specification is anticipated to take effect in April 29, 2020. 
 
EPA received a limited set of comments on the Draft 2 and hosted a follow-on webinar and subsequent individual stakeholder meetings to ensure the Agency fully understood these comments. Comments reiterated concerns about the stringency of the proposed levels, placement restrictions for refrigerants under UL 541, and the effective date of the specification. The latest list of products in DOE’s Compliance Certification Management System suggests that the industry is leveraging and implementing more advanced technologies and strategies allowing them to meet the proposed eligibility criteria by a significant margin. As such, EPA has retained the Draft 2 levels in this Final Draft. All comments and EPA’s responses can be found in noteboxes throughout the Final Draft specification as well as the comment response document that accompanies this letter. EPA has also updated the data package for this specification to include the latest data available in DOE's CCMS.
 
Comment Submittal
Any remaining comments on the Final Draft Version 4.0 product specification may be submitted via email to vendingmachines@energystar.gov by July 15, 2019. All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Product Development website unless the submitter requests otherwise.
 
The exchange of ideas and information between the 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 Product Development website.
 
Please contact me at Crk.Tanja@epa.gov or (202) 566-1037 with questions or concerns. For questions on the test method, please contact Stephanie Johnson at Stephanie.Johnson@ee.doe.gov or (202) 287-1943. For any other vending machine related questions, please contact vendingmachines@energystar.gov.

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:
    Final Draft Version 4.0 ENERGY STAR Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines Specification
    Vending Machine Comment Response Document for Draft 2 Version 4.0
    Data Packet Version 4.0 Final Draft

 

2019-06-20
Location: Washington DC
Description:

ENERGY STAR Spring Lighting Newsletter | 2019

Save the Date – 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting

Congratulations to the 2019 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award Winners!

Earth Day Recap

Light the Moment, with ENERGY STAR! Updates

Lighting Specification Updates

Free ENERGY STAR Marketing Resources!

Save the Date – 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting

Mark your calendars – the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting is just around the corner! This year's meeting will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina from September 10th – 12th. Join product partners and residential new construction partners from around the country to discuss the latest market insights, new energy efficiency program models, and cutting-edge technology.

As you plan your travel, schedule time to hear expert speakers dive into important lighting industry topics. On Thursday, September 12th join us for the following sessions:

  • What's So Special About Specialty Bulbs? Learn about the energy savings potential of ENERGY STAR certified LED specialty bulbs and how utilities incentivize consumers to look for the ENERGY STAR when purchasing specialty bulbs.
  • Making Fixtures a Focus. Learn how ENERGY STAR partners are capturing energy efficiency savings with stylish and functional ENERGY STAR certified fixtures.

The ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting is a rare opportunity to meet with utilities, implementers, manufacturers, and retailers – all in one place! Meeting rooms will be available to Partners for independent working meetings. Stay tuned for additional information.

Congratulations to the 2019 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award Winners!

Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy honor organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protect the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements during the ENERGY STAR Awards.

This year, over 183 award winners from across the country were recognized for their outstanding feats in energy efficiency, in categories including: energy management, energy efficiency program delivery, product brand owner, retailer, and more. The awards ceremony was held on April 11th at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC.

Congratulations to ENERGY STAR Lighting Partners Eaton, GE Lighting, Globe Electric Company (USA) Inc., Greenlite Lighting Corporation, and L'Image Home Products; we loved getting to watch you shine!

Earth Day Rundown

For Earth Day this year, we let people know that they didn’t have to do anything crazy to celebrate –  just take the ENERGY STAR pledge! Between our twitter chat with our partners, and consumer-oriented ad materials, we saw:

  • 50,000 people reached through ENERGY STAR Facebook posts.
  • More than 10,000 visits to our Earth Day pledge page representing an estimated 7.4 million pounds of GHG emissions saved with a pledge to choose ENERGY STAR certified products.

Thanks to everyone who pledged, shared, and tweeted to help us put Earth Day in the spotlight.

Light the Moment, with ENERGY STAR! Updates

Use ENERGY STAR Light the Moment marketing materials to engage your customers at events, in-store, and online to encourage the purchase of ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs. Check out our suite of marketing materials, such as seasonal social media graphics, sample posts, event kits, posters, and more, to help us spread the word about the benefits of ENERGY STAR certified LED lighting. We also have a Light the Moment Event Kit to help you engage consumers at retail or other events, filled with fun activities leveraging social media.

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

Lighting Specification Updates

Smart Home Energy Management Systems:  EPA is working with stakeholders to define a smart home system that saves energy, while delivering cost savings and convenience. On June 11, EPA released the ENERGY STAR Smart Home Energy Management Systems (SHEMS) Draft 2 Version 1.0 Specification 1.0. Your engagement is critical to the success of this program. The comment period for Draft 2 Version 1.0 closes on July 11. EPA will also host a webinar to answer any questions on the Draft 2 specification and/or method on June 24, 2019 from 1-3pm Eastern Time. Please register here if you plan on attending. EPA hopes to complete the specification this August.

ENERGY STAR lighting partners operating in the connected product and smart home space are encouraged to participate in the process. If you are not already receiving the emails on this topic and would like to be added to the distribution list to receive updates, send your contact information to SmartHomeSystems@energystar.gov.

Learn more at: www.energystar.gov/SHEMS.

Did you know?

Filament style lamps, including 2200K vintage style ST shapes, have been able to earn the ENERGY STAR since the release of the ENERGY STAR specification for Lamps Version 2.0 on December 31, 2015.

As of May 1, 2019, 726 filament style lamps from 41 brands have earned the ENERGY STAR, including a variety of shapes (A, B, BA, C, CA, G, and ST) and color appearances (2200K up to 5000K). Filament style lamps are some of the most efficient ENERGY STAR lamps available with nearly 175 products producing 100 lumens per watt. Additionally, certified products are available to replace 15-, 25-, 40-, 60- and 100-watt incandescent products.

Luminaires: EPA is working on proposing minor adjustments to the ENERGY STAR Luminaires specification, reflected in a Version 2.2. This update will include a provision for the certification of table top lamps with USB chargers. Current certifications will not be affected by these changes. The ENERGY STAR specification for Luminaires Version 2.2 and the cover memo with its release will be available at www.energystar.gov/luminaires.

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

Partner Resources:

ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting

ENERGY STAR Lighting Training Center                      

Help Us Keep Our Mailing List Up to Date no longer wish to receillighting@energystar.gov.
As always please feel free to send us any questions or suggested topics for our next newsletter.

2019-06-20
Location: Washington DC
Description:

SHEMS Package Public Info
 
EPA wanted to introduce and gather input on the types of information we intend to build into the ENERGY STAR Product Finder for SHEMS Packages. This information, once final, would be the official public listing of certified SHEMS packages on energystar.gov. Please send questions and feedback to Smarthomesystems@energystar.gov by July 20th 2019.

REMINDER: SHEMS Draft 2 Stakeholder Webinar Monday, June 24th 
EPA is hosting a webinar to answer any questions on the Draft 2 specification and/or method on June 24, 2019 from 1-3pm Eastern Time. (It will likely not go for two full hours.) Please register here if you plan on attending.
 
Additionally, we wanted to let you know about a great in-person opportunity to network and discuss the SHEMS program and opportunities for collaboration among our stakeholders: The 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting, which will be held September 10 – 12, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Two sessions on SHEMS will be held in the afternoon of September 11th. Key information below, and updates on the meeting will be posted at www.energystar.gov/partnermeeting.

1. AGENDA COMPANION DOCUMENT AND UPDATED PRELIMINARY MEETING AGENDA
2. Time Sensitive! ENERGY STAR EXPO – DEADLINE JULY 12
3. Time Sensitive! CO-SPONSORSHIP & EVENING EVENTS  – DEADLINE JULY 12
4. MEETING REGISTRATION
5. LOCATION AND HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
6. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 
 
Please contact Taylor Jantz-Sell at (202) 343-9042 or Jantz-Sell.Taylor@epa.gov with additional questions or concerns regarding the SHEMS program. For questions pertaining to the Method to Determine Field Performance, please contact Abigail Daken at (202) 343-9375 or daken.abigail@epa.gov

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

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
2019-06-13
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Products Partner Meeting Update – Agenda Companion Document and Updated Preliminary Agenda Available

EPA is pleased to provide you with the following updates for the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting, which will be held September 10 – 12, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

1. New! AGENDA COMPANION DOCUMENT AND UPDATED PRELIMINARY MEETING AGENDA
REMINDERS:
2. Updated and Time Sensitive! ENERGY STAR EXPO – DEADLINE JULY 12
3. Updated and Time Sensitive! CO-SPONSORSHIP & EVENING EVENTS  – DEADLINE JULY 12
4. MEETING REGISTRATION
5. LOCATION AND HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
6ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 


AGENDA COMPANION DOCUMENT AND UPDATED PRELIMINARY MEETING AGENDA
EPA is pleased to provide an updated preliminary agenda and an initial companion document with detailed session descriptions. A version of this companion document with speaker information will be circulated closer to the meeting. Please note that these documents are still subject to change.
 

This year, the EPA opening plenary will be the first session on the first day of the meeting, and the ensuing sessions will address a range of timely topics, challenges, opportunities, and trends related to ENERGY STAR certified appliances, electronics, electric vehicle chargers, HVAC, lighting, smart home energy management systems, smart thermostats, and water heaters.  This structure offers attendees the advantage of being able to participate in relevant sessions, while allowing for additional networking time between those sessions that are of interest to you.  As a reminder, the 2019 ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction Partner Meeting will take place at the same location from September 11 – 12.



ENERGY STAR EXPO  – DEADLINE JULY 12
Reserve your booth ASAP - a few spots are still available for the ENERGY STAR Expo!

EPA is offering ENERGY STAR retailer and manufacturing partners the opportunity to showcase their ENERGY STAR certified products at the meeting.  If you are interested in exhibiting your ENERGY STAR certified appliances, electronics, electric vehicle chargers, HVAC, lighting, smart home energy management systems, smart thermostats, and water heaters during the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting, please send an email to Kelly Schneider, ICF, at Kelly.Schneider@icf.com no later than July 12, 2019.
 
To accommodate as many requests as possible, exhibitors may initially only sign-up for one booth.  If additional space is available after July 12, EPA will release the additional booths to those exhibitors that have requested multiple booths.
 
Please note that the ENERGY STAR Product Expo will be in the center section of the main ballroom, where all the meals and breaks will also take place. The booths will be placed around the perimeter of the room to allow for easy interaction with other stakeholders. The ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting and the ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction Partner Meeting will host their main sessions in the ballroom sections on either side of the ENERGY STAR Product Expo.   
 
Exhibitors will be working with an exhibitor services company for all their exhibitor-specific needs.  While there is no upfront cost to exhibit at the meeting, exhibitors’ costs for the booth package, set-up, labor, and materials associated with their booths will be handled directly with the expo services provider.   
 


CO-SPONSORSHIP & EVENING EVENTS – DEADLINE JULY 12

EPA is grateful to Nationwide Marketing Group and other ENERGY STAR partners for their generous support of food and beverage and audio/visual offerings at the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting (2019 ESPPM) and the 2019 ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction Partner Meeting (2019 ESRPM).
 
2019 ESPPM & 2019 ESRPM Co-Sponsors (as of June 12, 2019)
Nationwide Marketing Group (Facilitating Co-Sponsor)
Samsung Electronics America
Greenlite Lighting Corporatio
Phillips Lighting/Signify
L'Image Home Products, Inc.
A. O. Smith
 
We are forwarding the below information on behalf of Nationwide Marketing Group:

Nationwide Marketing Group is proud to be the Facilitating Co-Sponsor of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting (2019 ESPPM) and the 2019 ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction Partner Meeting (2019 ESRPM). In this capacity, we are pleased to offer all our fellow ENERGY STAR partners the opportunity to join us in supporting these important meetings.
 
This opportunity is open until the earlier of July 12, 2019, or until co-sponsorship goals are met.
 
To sign up, please go to this registration page: https://2019esmeetingscosponsorship.eventbrite.com

Questions or additional information? Contact: Richard Weinberg, Sr VP, Business Services, rick.weinberg@nationwidegroup.org, 336.714.5095

Partner-hosted events and activities offered in conjunction with the ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting offer value-added networking opportunities for program stakeholders after each day’s sessions have ended. EPA is happy to share information on any partner-hosted events or activities offered to all attendees in future meeting materials and communications. Interested partners should email Elizabeth.Caiafa@icf.com.

Please note: No EPA funds will be used for food and beverage offerings associated with the 2019 ESPPM or related events and activities. 
 

2019-06-11
Location: Washington DC
Description:

SHEMS Version 1.0 Draft 2 Specification
 
With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing Draft 2 of the ENERGY STAR SHEMS Version 1.0 Specification, the ENERGY STAR SHEMS Partner Commitments, and the Draft 2 Method to Determine Field Performance. EPA thanks stakeholders for participating in the SHEMS stakeholder meeting on April 12 and submitting written feedback which has informed the proposed changes in these subsequent draft documents. All materials related to EPA’s development of the specification can be found at www.energystar.gov/SHEMS.

In addition to meeting the relevant performance specifications, ENERGY STAR partners are subject to a set of partner commitments which address proper use of the label and certain additional reporting requirements. As part of this distribution, EPA is sharing the standard ENERGY STAR Partner Commitments as adapted for this category. In particular, EPA hopes to make clear how labeling will work given the unique nature of the SHEMS category.

EPA received feedback from utility stakeholders questioning the timing of this specification given a lack of data to demonstrate incremental energy savings to the consumer over a currently labeled product or service such as connected thermostats. In going forward now, our intent is to lay the foundation for energy management with smart home devices as this market develops and to pave the way for more holistic home energy management in the future. The data collected through this first phase of the program will be used to develop a savings metric which will allow the program to set objective savings targets for SHEMS going forward. EPA has carefully considered utility stakeholder program needs in designing the specification by requiring capabilities to support water heater control, time of use pricing, and basic grid services and included a specific list of encouraged products that present additional opportunities for energy efficiency and demand response for service providers to prioritize for integration. While it is impractical for the specification to require integration with all priority devices at this time, we recognize the importance of making service providers aware that utilities are unlikely to support packages that do not go beyond the minimum requirements. In addition to developing integrations with additional devices, EPA encourages service providers to engage in formal industry processes with device manufacturers to develop best practices and ensure interoperability.
 
Note boxes throughout the specification provide context for edits made in Draft 2 largely based on the comments received. The accompanying comment response document addresses comments that were not addressed in the specification. The Draft 2 specification and method incorporate edits to the following key elements.
 
Definitions
EPA revised a handful of definitions including service/device package, hub, idle and standby states, and included a new definition for Time of Use Pricing.
 
Eligibility Criteria
EPA has included many small edits and clarifications in the eligibility criteria section, including:

  • Clarifying the minimum number of occupancy-based commands required and the level of detail required for reporting energy consumption.
  • Clarifying requirements for marketing and sale of required devices.
  • Indicating an intent to revisit standby power requirements in future revisions.
  • Clarifying demand response reporting requirements in a new section, 4.4.C).
  • Making minor updates to applicable test methods in Table 2. 

Method to Determine Field Performance
EPA has made minor edits based on comments that arose during the Draft 1 webinar and through written feedback, including:

  • Proposing that the reporting of installations by climate zone and number of away hours by month be mandatory rather than optional.
  • Explicitly allowing for a pre-market test group to be a suitable population of analysis for the first 6-month period of analysis to be submitted to attain ENERGY STAR certification.
  • Specifying a minimum sample size for data submission.
  • Adding two fields corresponding to the number of installations with poor connectivity and the lighting load in nighttime/vacation mode.

To address questions and support better understanding of how the specification will roll out for third party certification and package listings will be displayed on the ENERGY STAR web site, EPA will be releasing a separate overview of anticipated public data elements for stakeholders to review and provide feedback on shortly after the release of Draft 2.
 
Comment Submittal
EPA encourages stakeholders to submit any additional written comments on the structure or approaches proposed in the Draft 2 documents during this comment period so that EPA can move forward with Final Draft documents in a timely manner. Any written comments should be submitted no later than July 11, 2019. Please send comments via email to smarthomesystems@energystar.gov. All comments received will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Product Development website, unless the submitter specifically requests otherwise.
 
Stakeholder Webinar
EPA will host a webinar to answer any questions on the Draft 2 specification and/or method on June 24, 2019 from 1-3pm Eastern Time. Please register here if you plan on attending. Please contact Taylor Jantz-Sell at (202) 343-9042 or Jantz-Sell.Taylor@epa.gov with additional questions or concerns. For questions pertaining to the Method to Determine Field Performance, please contact Abigail Daken at (202) 343-9375 or daken.abigail@epa.gov.
 
Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.
 
Sincerely,

Co-Leads, ENERGY STAR Smart Home Energy Management Systems
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR SHEMS Draft 2 Version 1.0 Specification
ENERGY STAR SHEMS Draft 2 Method to Determine Field Performance
ENERGY STAR SHEMS Draft Partner Commitments
ENERGY STAR SHEMS Draft 1 Comment Response Document

2019-06-10
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR Partners,

The Environmental Protection Agency is pleased to announce the kick-off of our 2019 cooling season promotions featuring ENERGY STAR. There is still time for partners to get involved. The promotions include a range of products and best practices that your customers can use  to save energy, save money, and protect the climate all summer long. ENERGY STAR offerings are highlighted below and everything you need to get involved can be found on the marketing materials web page.

Brand New! Cooling Season Ask the Expert Video

ENERGY STAR is excited to release a brand new Ask the Expert video, featuring tips and best practices for saving energy this summer. Both home owners and renters at every economic level can benefit from energy efficient product purchases and practices, and this video will give them the blueprint for achieving their energy saving goals.           

From sealing and insulating, to purchasing certified room air conditioners and smart thermostats, this video takes the viewer step-by-step throughout the home with energy efficiency in mind. Partners are invited to use this video on your websites and on social media, as a simple and engaging way to educate followers about saving energy during the hottest months of the year.
ENERGY STAR Certified Room Air Conditioners - The Cool Choice for Room AC
Certified room air conditioners will play a major role in ENERGY STAR’s cooling season promotions, as we work with partners to educate consumers on the benefits of looking for the trusted blue label for energy-savings and increased comfort. This promotion will target audiences (e.g., multi-family) most inclined to seek out a room air conditioner, focusing on low to middle income, the elderly, and Spanish speaking audiences as well as a secondary audience of young, urban professionals.

ENERGY STAR has developed engaging, educational assets to reach these audiences, including short 15-second videos featuring energy-saving advice from pets, a 30-second Spanish-language video, and additional social media content. From retail POP building blocks, to fact sheets and digital content, partners can find everything they need to participate on the marketing materials web page.

ENERGY STAR Certified Smart Thermostats - The Smart Choice Made Simple

Properly using your thermostat is a great way to save energy in the summertime, and an ENERGY STAR certified Smart Thermostat makes saving simple. During the cooling season ENERGY STAR will work with partners to educate consumers on the benefits of certified smart thermostats, showing them what differentiates ENERGY STAR models from others on the market. Similar to the room air conditioner promotion, ENERGY STAR will showcase cute and cuddly pets in 15-second videos, showing how a certified model can help everyone in your home save energy and stay comfortable all summer long.

ENERGY STAR will reach homeowners in markets with active smart thermostat programs via an integrated campaign including multiple creative assets placed on YouTube/GDN and through social media, including Facebook and Instagram.

To further support partner outreach efforts, ENERGY STAR has created a suite of educational assets including point-of-sale materials, info-graphics, web widgets, and retail fact sheets to aid in the promotion of this popular product. All assets can be found on the marketing materials web page.

Save The Date! Cooling Season Twitter Chat

ENERGY STAR is excited to join our partners to educate consumers on the best ways to save energy, save money, and protect the environment this summer. Join us for our Cooling Season Twitter Chat on Thursday, June 27th at 2 pm ET, and show the Twitterverse how your organization can help everyone save energy. Just follow the hashtag #ENERGYSTARChat.

The ENERGY STAR team is excited to work with you to promote ENERGY STAR this cooling season. Please let us know your interest in participating, as well as your promotional plans, so we can best coordinate our efforts.

The ENERGY STAR Communications Team
changetheworld@energystar.gov

 

 

 

 

2019-06-05
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Computer Servers Stakeholders:
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to remind stakeholders that the effective date for the Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Computer Servers Program Requirements is June 17, 2019. 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 servers@energystar.gov with any questions regarding the specification. CBs should direct questions concerning the submittal of Version 3.0 certified computer servers to Certification@energystar.gov.
 
Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

2019-05-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

ENERGY STAR Computers Version 8.0 Stakeholder Meeting
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites stakeholders to join EPA for a discussion on the recent Draft 1 computer specification and subsequent data analysis in advance of the release of the Draft 2 specification. EPA will host this stakeholder meeting on June 18, 2019 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm ET in Washington, DC. This meeting will be held at the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) headquarters at 1101 K St NW, Suite 610.
 
EPA will post an updated dataset to the ENERGY STAR Product Development website no later than close of business on Friday, May 24. EPA will distribute a finalized agenda in advance of the meeting.
 
Please RSVP at computers@energystar.gov if you are planning to participate in-person, or here if you are planning on participating remotely. Questions may be directed to Ryan Fogle, EPA, at Fogle.Ryan@epa.gov or 202-343-9153 or John Clinger, ICF, at John.Clinger@icf.com or 215-967-9407.
 
Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Contact Name: John Clinger
Email: John.Clinger@icfi.com
Phone: (202) 572-9432
2019-05-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Announcing Nationwide Marketing Group as Facilitating Co-Sponsor

EPA is pleased to announce that Nationwide Marketing Group is the Facilitating Co-Sponsor for the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting (2019 ESPPM) and the 2019 ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction Partner Meeting (2019 ESRPM), which are being held September 10-12 and September 11-12 respectively.
 
We are forwarding the below information on behalf of Nationwide Marketing Group.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Richard Weinberg, Sr VP, Business Services, rick.weinberg@nationwidegroup.org, 336.714.5095

Join Nationwide Marketing Group as a Co-Sponsor for
the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting and
the 2019 ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction Partner Meeting!

Nationwide Marketing Group is proud to be the Facilitating Co-Sponsor of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting (2019 ESPPM) and the 2019 ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction Partner Meeting (2019 ESRPM).

We are pleased to offer all our fellow ENERGY STAR partners this limited time opportunity to join us in co-sponsoring food and beverage and audio visual offerings for the meetings. 
 
This opportunity is open until the earlier of July 12, 2019, or until co-sponsorship goals are met.
 
Co-sponsorship opportunities are available to ENERGY STAR partners in good standing on a first-come, first-served basis until July 12, 2019 or until co-sponsorship goals are met. After the co-sponsorship cut-off, individual registration fees will be set at a level that covers remaining food and beverage costs of the meeting.
 
To sign up, please go to this registration page: https://2019esmeetingscosponsorship.eventbrite.com

Questions or additional information? Contact: Richard Weinberg, Sr VP, Business Services, rick.weinberg@nationwidegroup.org, 336.714.5095

EPA (Climate Protection Partnerships Division) - ENERGY STAR
1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20460 US

2019-05-13
Location: Washington DC
Description:

ENERGY STAR Imaging Equipment Version 2.0 Cessation Date Reminder
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to remind stakeholders that as of May 15, 2019, EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs) are required to cease certification of new imaging equipment to the Version 2.0 specification and may only certify imaging equipment to the Version 3.0 specification. Certification bodies may continue submitting administrative modifications to existing imaging equipment certifications to the Version 2.0 specification until October 10, 2019. After this date, only imaging equipment certified to the Version 3.0 specification will appear on the ENERGY STAR website and certified products list.

CBs must notify EPA by May 15, 2019 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 imagingequipment@energystar.gov with any questions regarding the specification. CBs should direct questions concerning the submittal of certified imaging equipment to Certification@energystar.gov.

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

2019-05-02
Location: Charlotte, NC
Description:

Preliminary Agenda and Hotel Accommodation Information Available
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to provide you with the following updates for the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting, which will be held September 10 – 12, 2019 in Charlotte, NC. 

1. LOCATION AND HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
2. PRELIMINARY MEETING AGENDA
3. CO-SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
4. MEETING REGISTRATION
5. ENERGY STAR EXPO
6. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 
 
1. LOCATION AND HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
Meeting location: The Westin Charlotte
601 South College Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
(704) 375-2600
https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/cltcw-the-westin-charlotte/
 
To book your rooms at The Westin Charlotte:

  • Call reservations directly at 866-837-4148 and refer to “ENERGY STAR” or;
  • Go to 2019 ENERGY STAR Partner Meetings to link to a personalized web site for the ENERGY STAR room block.

Sleeping room rates (all applicable state and local taxes are additional)

  • $219/night - double
  • Rates will be available 3 days prior and 3 days after the event, subject to availability at the time of reservation. 

The hotel’s cut-off date for reserving rooms in the ENERGY STAR room block is August 24, 2019. Rooms are limited and available on a first come, first served basis so please make your arrangements as soon as possible.

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2. PRELIMINARY MEETING AGENDA
To assist with your travel plans, EPA is pleased to provide a preliminary agenda outlining the flow of the meeting. Sessions seek to address key information and trends relevant to those involved with advancing energy efficiency through ENERGY STAR appliances, electronics, electric vehicle chargers, HVAC, lighting, smart home energy management systems, smart thermostats, and water heaters. Session descriptions and speaker information will be provided at a later date.  As a reminder, the 2019 ENERGY STAR Residential New Construction Partner Meeting will take place at the same location from September 11 – 12.

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3. CO-SPONSORSHIP & EVENING EVENTS
We anticipate that there will be co-sponsorship opportunities for the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting. More information to follow.

Partner-hosted events and activities offered in conjunction with the ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting offer value-added networking opportunities for program stakeholders after each day’s sessions have ended. EPA is happy to share information on any partner-hosted events or activities offered to all attendees in future meeting materials and communications. Interested partners should email Elizabeth.Caiafa@icf.com.

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4. MEETING REGISTRATION
Online registration will be announced in mid-July.
For sleeping room reservations, please see section one (1) above.

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5. ENERGY STAR EXPO
The ENERGY STAR Expo is under development. This year, exhibitor booths will be located in the same ballroom where meals will be taking place. Sessions will be held in sections of the ballroom on either side of the expo/meal space.
 
For those interested in exhibiting their ENERGY STAR certified appliances, electronics, electric vehicle chargers, HVAC, lighting, smart home energy management systems, smart thermostats, and water heaters during the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting, information on exhibitor opportunities will be provided later in the summer. If you are interested in exhibiting during the meeting, please send an email to Kelly.Schneider@icf.com.

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6. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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.

Please contact partnermeeting@energystar.gov if you have any additional questions.
 
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in Charlotte!

 

 

2019-04-25
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® CAC/ASHP Brand Owner or Other Interested Party:
 
EPA is rescheduling the webinar for the recently released Draft 1 Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR® Central Air Conditioner and Air-Source Heat Pump (CAC/ASHP) specification. Stakeholders informed EPA of conflicting industry events at the originally scheduled time of May 7, 2019. The stakeholder webinar will now be held on May 10, 2019 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm ET. Stakeholders interested in participating in this discussion should RSVP here by May 8, 2019.
 
Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.
 
Sincerely,

Abigail Daken, Manager
ENERGY STAR HVAC Program

Enclosures:
Draft 1 Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR CAC-ASHP Specification

2019-04-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) welcomes your input on the enclosed Draft 1 Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR® Central Air Conditioner and Air-Source Heat Pump (CAC/ASHP) specification. EPA plans to hold a stakeholder meeting on May 7, 2019 to discuss the Draft 1 specification in greater detail. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments on this Draft to EPA no later than May 23, 2019.
 
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 more fully serve stakeholders, and to drive increased energy savings. This proposal seeks to take advantage of several such opportunities. Recently, manufacturers of ASHP have started offering products that better suit colder climates. In concert with this, many regions with cold climates have become increasingly interested in efficient electric heating. In response, EPA proposes climate differentiated requirements and labels for cold climate capable products. 

Additionally, staged and variable capacity air conditioners and heat pumps have become more common and less expensive. By adjusting better for partial load, such units provide increased comfort to consumers along with efficiency gains.  
 
Proposal Summary
Draft 1 Version 6.0 proposes the following changes and identifies other areas for further discussion:

  • Climate-differentiated Recognition for Heat Pumps: EPA proposes differentiating ASHPs that meet performance requirements suitable for cold climates from ASHPs meeting SEER, EER, and HSPF requirements for moderate and hot climates. This change in approach would involve tailored versions of the ENERGY STAR label – one indicating cold climate qualification and another indicating moderate/hot climate qualification. CACs will continue to use the standard ENERGY STAR label.
  • Definitions: Definitions have been added to clarify the proposed regional requirements.
  • Performance Criteria: For Cold Climate ASHPs, EPA proposes higher HSPF and lower EER requirements, and two additional criteria have been added: COP @ 5°F and Percentage of Rated Capacity @ 5°F. EPA proposes retaining current ENERGY STAR levels for EER and HSPF for CACs and Moderate and Warm Climate ASHPs. For all products, EPA proposes a higher SEER level, in recognition of the efficiency typically expected of staged and variable capacity units.
  • Staged and Variable Capacity: EPA is proposing that all ENERGY STAR certified units have at least two capacity stages or are continuously variable.
  • Test Method: A test method reference has been added for the COP and Percentage of Rated Capacity criteria defined at 5°F, referring to the federal test method for CAC/ASHP units, 10 CFR part 430 Subpart B, Appendix M1 for the very low temperature Heating Test condition.

More details regarding these elements are included in note boxes throughout the draft specification.
 
Comment Submittal Process
Stakeholders are encouraged to provide written comments for EPA consideration to CAC-ASHP@energystar.gov by May 23, 2019. 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 on May 7, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm ET to discuss the Draft 1 document and address initial stakeholder comments and questions. Stakeholders interested in participating in this discussion should RSVP to CAC-ASHP@energystar.gov by May 3, 2019. 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 1 document. I look forward to working with you over the next several months to develop the Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR CAC/ASHP specification.

Sincerely,

Abigail Daken, Manager
ENERGY STAR HVAC Program

Enclosures:
Draft 1 Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR CAC-ASHP Specification

2019-04-18
Location: Washington DC
Description:

2019 Light the Moment Launching Soon!

The 2019 ENERGY STAR spring lighting promotion is set to launch at the end of April. There is still time to get involved and share in the benefits. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is excited to bring together the emotional appeal of Light the Moment with the direct, energy-saving benefits of ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs to reach consumers who have yet to make the switch, especially those who can benefit the most from the savings. The promotion will focus on connecting low-to-moderate income (LMI) audiences to bulbs at retail locations that are easy to access with affordable price-points made possible with the help of utility program incentives.

Building off learnings from the fall lighting promotion, the media mix will include online ads, leveraging last year’s popular Light the Moment video, placed on websites relevant to the LMI audience coupled with social media on Facebook and Instagram. All ads will drive traffic to the ENERGY STAR Light the Moment promotional page featuring the Best Value Finder tool, which highlights low cost certified bulbs and where to buy them.


EPA is excited to work with participating partners to drive awareness, and ultimately purchase, among your customer base. Participation is easy. Just check out the variety of materials available on the marketing materials web page, including social media, in-store signage templates, fact sheets, and even a Light the Moment event kit—all featuring lifestyle imagery of meaningful moments lit by ENERGY STAR certified lighting.

Get Materials

Thanks to all our partners who plan to participate, including the following energy efficiency program sponsors, representing more than 5 million households, as well as several prominent retailers and manufacturers that have integrated ENERGY STAR Light the Moment messaging in-store and on their packaging.

  • Entergy Arkansas
  • Hawaii Energy
  • Consumers Energy
  • AEP Ohio
  • Indianapolis Power & Light
  • Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO)
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
  • UGI Utilities

There is still time to join us and benefit from the momentum created by the broad appeal of Light the Moment. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to make the most of your 2019 lighting programs.

The ENERGY STAR Communications Team

2019-04-15
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines Version 3.2 Amendment
 
With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is amending the ENERGY STAR Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machine specification to align with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) test procedure Part 431 Subpart Q, Appendix B. Currently certified products are not affected; however, EPA recommends that all newly certified models make use of Appendix B. No other changes are reflected in this Version 3.2, which will take effect immediately. Version 4.0, under development now, will specify the requirement to use Appendix B.
 
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 questions on the test method, please contact Stephanie Johnson at Stephanie.Johnson@ee.doe.gov or 202-287-1943. For any other vending machine related questions, please contact vendingmachines@energystar.gov.
 
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 3.2 ENERGY STAR Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines Specification

 

2019-04-08
Location: Washington DC
Description:

2019 ENERGY STAR® Products Partner Meeting: Save the Date!
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce that planning is underway for the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting for appliances, electronics, HVAC, lighting, smart thermostats, and water heaters. This year’s meeting will take place Tuesday, September 10, 2019 – Thursday, September 12, 2019 in Charlotte, NC.
 
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, HVAC, lighting, smart thermostats, and/or water heater products;
  • Manufacturing partners producing ENERGY STAR appliance, electronics, 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 2018, the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Stakeholder Meeting will be held at the same location.

Please mark your calendars and reserve the dates. More information pertaining to the draft agenda and hotel accommodations will be forthcoming in the coming weeks.
 
We anticipate that there will co-sponsorship opportunities for the 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting. More information to follow.

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 2019 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina!

2019-04-08
Location: Washington DC
Description:

SHEMS Draft 1 Version 1.0 Specification Stakeholder Meeting

As a reminder, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host a SHEMS in-person meeting and webinar on Friday, April 12 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm ET. The discussion will focus on the Draft 1 documents released last week and will loosely follow the schedule below:

More information relevant to the SHEMS development effort can be found on the ENERGY STAR SHEMS product development webpage.
 
The in-person meeting will be held at the Consumer Technology Association in Arlington, VA. To RSVP, please contact SmartHomeSystems@energystar.gov by Wednesday, April 10th. If you are unable to attend in person and would like to participate in the webinar, please register here. EPA leads, Abigail Daken and Taylor Jantz-Sell, will be available for one-on-one meetings the morning of the 12th at CTA. Contact Taylor at Jantz-Sell.Taylor@epa.gov to reserve a time.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR. 

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
2019-04-03
Location: Washington DC
Description:

ENERGY STAR Commercial Dishwashers Version 3.0 Draft 1 Specification
 
With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing the Draft 1, Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Commercial Dishwasher Product Specification. This draft includes proposals in response to stakeholder feedback on the previously released discussion guide and ongoing work with stakeholders to assemble data on which this specification could be based. The deadline to provide comments on this Draft 1 specification is May 9, 2019.
 
Since the effective date (February 2013) of the current Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR Commercial Dishwasher specification, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) revised the commercial dishwasher test methods to include washing energy performance test procedures. On July 14, 2017, EPA distributed a Discussion Guide and Data Assembly Template to stakeholders to generate a more robust dataset inclusive of washing energy performance data. The Agency received some performance data in response, along with a request to extend the data submission deadline. As a result, on December 20, 2017, EPA announced a data submission deadline extension to February 28, 2018. Throughout the remainder of the 2018 calendar year, EPA continued working with stakeholders, assembling additional information used to inform this specification.
 
Due to the introduction of the new wash energy metric and high ENERGY STAR market share (approximately 67% in 2017), EPA is launching development of Version 3.0. EPA highlights key changes reflected in the Draft 1 below and provides rationale in note boxes throughout the specification. To support stakeholder review, a data package that includes the EPA dataset, proposed levels, and savings estimates, accompanies this Draft 1. 

Terms and Definitions: EPA has proposed the addition of the following new terms and definitions in the Draft 1 Version 3.0 specification:

  • Heat Recovery Machine
  • Washing Energy
  • Water Consumption

Scope: The EPA is proposing a scope reduction to exclude low-temperature pot, pan, utensil (PPU) and low-temperature flight type machines considering the absence of performance data and limited availability of these products in the market.
 
Test Method: As noted above, the ASTM F1696-18 Standard Test Method for Energy Performance of Stationary-Rack, Door-Type Commercial Dishwashing Machines and ASTM 1920-15 Standard Test Method for Energy Performance of Rack Conveyor Commercial Dishwashing Machines have been revised to include washing energy performance test procedures in addition to idle energy and water consumption, and as such, EPA is effectively replacing the current Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR Test Method for Commercial Dishwashers (Rev. May-2012) with the referenced ASTM standards.
 
To effectively characterize the total energy profile of dishwashers and potential for energy and water savings, it is necessary to analyze performance data from both washing and idle settings, from both wash and idle energy tests. The current ENERGY STAR test method does not include a test procedure to measure wash energy consumption. EPA believes this metric is critical to accurately compare total energy performance of these products. Thus, EPA is proposing to align with ASTM test methods that include washing energy performance, water consumption rate, and idle energy rate tests.
 
EPA is proposing maximum washing energy performance limits for undercounter, single tank door, PPU, single tank conveyor, and multiple tank conveyor machines, expressed in kWh/rack. Insufficient washing energy data precludes proposing a washing energy limit for flight type products at this time. As a result, EPA is proposing washing energy performance as a reporting requirement for single tank and multiple tank flight type machines in order to continue certifying flight type machines while collecting washing energy performance data.
 
Performance Requirements: While the Agency did not receive wash energy for all models in the ENERGY STAR dataset, EPA does have ample idle energy and water consumption data and combined this with more limited wash energy data to propose levels. EPA anticipates that the proposed levels reflect a reasonable step forward for idle energy and water performance and allow for a reasonable first application of wash energy requirements. EPA’s full data package including data plots can be found on the ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Draft 1 Commercial Dishwashers Product Development website.
 
Stakeholder Webinar
EPA will host a webinar to answer any questions on this Draft 1, Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Commercial Dishwashers Product Specification on April 25, 2019 from 1:30-3:30 PM Eastern Time. Please register here if you plan on attending.  
 
Comment Submittal
EPA welcomes stakeholder input on the attached Draft 1, Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Commercial Dishwasher Product Specification. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit any comments to commercialdishwashers@energystar.gov by May 9, 2019.  EPA will also accept additional wash energy data submitted by this same deadline. Please send an email to commercialdishwashers@energystar.gov for further details.
 
All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Product Development website unless the submitter requests otherwise.
 
The exchange of ideas and information between the 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 the EPA’s progress on this specification, please visit the Product Development website.
 
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.gov.
 
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:
Draft 1 Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Commercial Dishwasher Specification
Draft 1 Version 3.0 Commercial Dishwasher Data Package

2019-04-03
Location: Washington DC
Description:

ENERGY STAR Computers Version 8.0 Draft 1 Specification
 
With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing the Draft 1, Version 8.0 ENERGY STAR Computers specification and test method. As had been discussed as part of the Version 7.0 specification, with Version 8.0, EPA is addressing desktop, integrated desktop, and workstation products. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit any comments to computers@energystar.gov by May 3, 2019.
 
EPA released a Discussion Guide for stakeholder review and comment focused on the ENERGY STAR categorization systems, mode weightings, internal power supplies, and possible scope amendments. EPA is now releasing a Draft 1 specification and test method that consider this early feedback. Note boxes throughout the specification provide EPA’s rationale for proposals. Comments not addressed in the specification are responded to in the accompanying comment response document. Also attached to this distribution is a data package that includes the EPA dataset, Draft 1 proposed levels, and savings estimates. The Draft 1, Version 8.0 specification incorporates the following key elements.  
 
Energy Criteria
Market penetration for desktop computers is currently 52% and for workstations 21%. As such, EPA is proposing more stringent ENERGY STAR criteria for desktop products. This proposal consolidates some of the desktop categories, reduces the base allowances, and adjusts the adders to take into account more recent information from the ENERGY STAR Displays and Notebook revisions and the California Energy Commission standard development effort. EPA has also adjusted the mode weightings based on significant stakeholder data. Workstations mode weightings have also been amended based on this stakeholder data, but the criteria have been maintained given the low market share of ENERGY STAR workstations.
 
Internal Power Supply Criteria
EPA is proposing to expand the 80Plus Gold or equivalent criteria to all internal power supplies. This represents a balance of the comments received on the Discussion Guide. EPA believes that this proposal will address poor performing power supplies at lower load points, while not imposing additional testing burden on manufacturers.
 
­Comment Submittal
EPA welcomes stakeholder input on the attached, Draft 1, Version 8.0 specification. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit any comments to computers@energystar.gov by May 3, 2019. 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 April 16, 2019 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 computers 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 regarding the specification. 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 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:
Draft 1, Version 8.0 Specification
Draft 1, Computers Test Method
Data and Analysis Package
Discussion Guide Comment Response Matrix

 

Contact Name: John Clinger
Email: John.Clinger@icfi.com
Phone: (202) 572-9432
2019-04-03
Location: Washington DC
Description:

SHEMS Draft 1 Version 1.0 Specification
 
With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the release of the ENERGY STAR SHEMS Draft 1 Version 1.0 Specification and Draft Method to Determine Field Performance. This is a first of its kind ENERGY STAR specification, and EPA would like to thank stakeholders for their participation and interest since we announced the concept last June. All materials related to EPA’s development of the specification can be found at www.energystar.gov/SHEMS.

This specification aims to define a home energy management system that will enhance the consumer “smart home” experience by delivering meaningful energy savings in addition to the comfort and convenience associated with smart home devices. EPA is creating this opportunity to promote energy management in the smart home space as the market continues to grow and evolve. By providing a national platform for smart energy management that is scalable, customizable and can be leveraged by a variety of stakeholders, we hope to foster increasingly effective methods of smart home energy management.

Our initial program is designed to facilitate untapped residential energy savings associated with occupancy-based optimization control of key devices and the introduction of additional energy-saving products into the home. Longer term, as we learn more about the market, our goal is to document and increase these savings by leveraging a savings metric. Key features of the Version 1.0 performance criteria include:

  • Equipment requirements specifying an ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostat, ENERGY STAR certified lighting and plug load control.
  • Standby limits on all required devices.
  • Minimum service requirement to receive and utilize occupancy information to produce energy-saving device control actions (e.g. schedules, suggested actions, service initiated actions).
  • User access to energy use information to facilitate energy-saving behavior.
  • A daily kWh budget for operating lights while away.
  • Grid communication and access requirement to enable demand response functionality.
  • Data submittal every six months to allow statistical analysis of field data in lieu of laboratory testing to demonstrate ongoing service performance.

Consumer experience, control, privacy and user preferences are key to successful SHEMS and top of mind for the program. The proposed specification is designed to allow service providers to offer a breadth of customization features, varying methods for delivering service and the flexibility to manage these essential elements as the market evolves. EPA understands there may be security risks associated with smart products and systems. Recognizing that this is not our area of expertise, we do not intend to take the lead on developing security standards in the smart home market. To the extent that sound security standards arise, EPA may point to them in ENERGY STAR specifications as appropriate.

Additionally, EPA is committed to supporting the highest levels of interoperability among devices in homes to ensure that the largest number of devices can operate with each other, to improve the user experience by minimizing effort to integrate new devices, and so that those devices can work effectively together to save energy. Pursuing this objective will necessarily require insight into how different system architectures and protocols work and an understanding of the extent to which different equipment technologies affect key SHEMS functionalities and capabilities.
 
Finally, while prescriptive load management is not a hallmark of the proposed Version 1.0 SHEMS specification, smart energy load management is an important goal for the future, and we seek to encourage systems to offer load management functionality for homes capable of leveraging this opportunity.

An in-person meeting and accompanying webinar will be held at the Consumer Technology Association headquarters in Arlington, VA on April 12, 2019 from 1pm to 4pm ET. To RSVP to attend in person contact smarthomesystems@energystar.gov; to register for the webinar click here.

Any comments on the Draft 1 specification and Draft Method to Determine Field Performance should be submitted no later than May 3, 2019. Please send comments via email to smarthomesystems@energystar.gov. All comments received will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Product Development website, unless the submitter specifically requests otherwise.

Please contact Taylor Jantz-Sell at (202) 343-9042 or Jantz-Sell.Taylor@epa.gov with additional questions or concerns. For questions pertaining to the Method to Determine Field Performance, please contact Abigail Daken at (202) 343-9375 or Daken.Abigail@epa.gov.

Thank you for your contributions towards the development of this new specification, and for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

Sincerely,

Taylor Jantz-Sell & Abigail Daken

Co-Leads, ENERGY STAR Smart Home Energy Management Systems
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR SHEMS Draft 1 Version 1.0 Specification
ENERGY STAR SHEMS Draft Method to Determine Field Performance
ENERGY STAR SHEMS Draft Data Reporting Template

2019-04-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

ENERGY STAR Data Center Storage Version 1.1 Updated Program Requirements
 
With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is updating the Version 1.1 ENERGY STAR Storage Specification to reference a new version of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Emerald™ Power Efficiency Measurement Specification (Emerald Version 3.0.3). For purposes of ENERGY STAR certification, storage products should be tested using Emerald Version 3.0.3 moving forward. Test results already submitted through the certification process using a previously referenced version of Emerald are not affected by this update. Additional information on the update can be found here.
 
If you have questions or concerns about these changes, 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. 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:
Version 1.1 Specification

Contact Name: John Clinger
Email: John.Clinger@icfi.com
Phone: (202) 572-9432
2019-04-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

SHEMS Draft 1 Version 1.0 Specification Stakeholder Meeting

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host a SHEMS in-person meeting and webinar on Friday, April 12 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm (ET). The discussion will focus on the SHEMS Draft 1 Version 1.0 specification and field performance method, which EPA expects to release shortly. Information relevant to the SHEMS development effort can be found on the ENERGY STAR SHEMS product development webpage.
 
The in-person meeting will be held at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) in Arlington, VA. To RSVP, please contact SmartHomeSystems@energystar.gov by April 10th. If you are unable to attend in person and would like to participate in the webinar, please register here. EPA leads, Abigail Daken and Taylor Jantz-Sell, will be available for one-on-one meetings the morning of April 12th at CTA. Contact Taylor at Jantz-Sell.Taylor@epa.gov to reserve a time.

Thank you for your continued support of ENERGY STAR.

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
2019-03-20
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Spring 2019 Appliances Newsletter

Table of Contents

2019 ENERGY STAR Most Efficient Criteria and Resources

Start your 2019 off on the right foot by highlighting your 2019 ENERGY STAR Most Efficient appliances. 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. Appliances that are eligible for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient recognition are:

  • Clothes Dryers
  • Clothes Washers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Dishwashers
  • Refrigerators

Additional information can be found on the 2019 ENERGY STAR Most Efficient criteria page. ENERGY STAR certified products meeting these requirements are highlighted on the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient web pages and promoted as part of our ENERGY STAR Most Efficient outreach efforts.

Take advantage of the 2019 ESME Sales Associate Training to help your sales team communicate the benefits of ENERGY STAR Most Efficient appliances to your consumers.

Email mostefficient@energystar.gov for additional info, guidelines on how to use the Most Efficient mark, and to request the 2019 graphic files.

New! Spreading the Word about ENERGY STAR Heat Pump Dryers

EPA is pleased to share the newest addition to our appliance marketing toolkit: Meet the Energy Saving Heat Pump Dryer. This short, animated video takes viewers step-by-step through the drying process, showcasing why this technology is definitely one to consider for their next purchase.

Later this year, EPA will be launching targeted online advertising using the video to promote ENERGY STAR certified heat pump dryers in markets where models are floored and rebates are available. The effort will drive clicks to the ENERGY STAR Product Finder page for heat pump dryers, where consumers can find pricing and location information, rebates, and other buying guidance.

In the new year, we encourage you to help us spread the word about this exciting product category by sharing the video on your website, with sales associates, through social media, or through any of your other customer outreach channels.

Join our 2019 Appliance Product Promotions!

Please plan on joining ENERGY STAR this spring for our annual appliance promotions – Flip Your Fridge, The Cool Choice for Room AC, and Laundry Made Better. You can get a head start by downloading the latest 2019 materials from the Marketing Materials page. Find factsheets, web buttons, social media resources, key messaging, and more! Both the Flip Your Fridge and Room AC promotions include materials in Spanish.

Flip Your Fridge

  • Promotional Window: Earth Day – Memorial Day
  • Key EPA activities include: video ads featuring Flip Your Fridge video, display ads targeting hard-to-reach audiences in markets with active utility programs, BobVila.com sweeps

Cool Choice for Room AC

  • Promotional Window: May – July, with key pushes during expected heat waves
  • Key EPA activities include: video ads featuring Make the Cool Choice, display ads targeting hard-to-reach audiences (low to middle income, elderly, Spanish-speaking)

Laundry Made Better

  • Promotional Window: Late May – 4th of July weekend
  • Key EPA activities include: video ads featuring Fatherhood: A Laundry Saga, display ads targeting families and new home buyers in markets with active utility programs, BobVila.com sweep, exploring media opportunity with YouTube family influencer

The full promotional calendar, also known as the Star Chart, is available here to assist with your planning. Tell us how you plan to get involved by emailing your account manager or appliances@energystar.gov.

Stay tuned for more information coming soon about EPA’s plans for Earth Day and how you can help us celebrate!

 

Save the Date for the 2019 ENERGY STAR Awards Ceremony

Each year, EPA and DOE honor organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. This year’s winners will be recognized at the ENERGY STAR Awards Ceremony at the Washington Hilton on April 11, 2019 in Washington DC. For those attending the ceremony, event registration and hotel information is now available on the 2019 event information page.

For more information about the Awards and partner accomplishments, visit energystar.gov/awards .

Specification Updates

Dehumidifiers: On February 11, EPA released the final Dehumidifiers Version 5.0 Program Requirements. Version 5.0 is now available for early certification and will go into effect on October 31, 2019. The updated specification includes new product category definitions (portable and whole-home), new product capacity ranges, and criteria in terms of a new efficiency metric, the Integrated Energy Factor (IEF). Details regarding the development process can be found on the Dehumidifiers Specification Version 5.0 webpage.

Room Air Cleaners: In Fall 2018, EPA shared a Room Air Cleaner Discussion Guide and invited stakeholder written comments. EPA is currently reviewing all stakeholder comments and working on the Draft 1 Room Air Cleaner Specification. All comments and additional details can be found on the Room Air Cleaner Specification Version 2.0 webpage.

Dishwashers: In light of high ENERGY STAR market share for Residential Dishwashers, EPA plans to launch a specification revision for this category in Q2 2019. 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.

EPA also plans to launch specification development efforts for a set of new appliance products. If you are interested in receiving communications related to any of the products below please fill in this form or send an email to appliances@energystar.gov with your name and indicate which of the following products are of interest.

Microwaves: In Q3/4 2019, EPA plans to launch a new product specification for microwave ovens.

Miscellaneous Refrigeration Products: In Q2/3 2019, EPA plans to launch a new product specification for miscellaneous refrigeration products.

Portable Air Conditioners: In Q2/3 2019, EPA plans to launch a new product specification for portable air conditioners.

 

2019-03-18
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Room Air Cleaners Version 2.0 Draft 1 Specification

Dear ENERGY STAR® Room Air Cleaner Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder,
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) welcomes your input on the ENERGY STAR Room Air Cleaners Version 2.0 Draft 1 Specification. This draft includes proposals in response to stakeholder feedback on the discussion guide that was released in October 2018. EPA will host a webinar to answer any questions on this Draft 1 Specification on Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 1 – 3 PM Eastern Time. Please register here if you plan on attending.
 
With this proposed revision, EPA seeks to recognize advances in efficiency for room air cleaner products. As such, this Draft 1 specification offers proposals to increase the stringency of the efficiency criteria. EPA highlights key changes in the Draft 1 below and provides rationale for these proposed changes in note boxes throughout the specification. Additionally, EPA responds to comments received on a number of other topics addressed in the discussion guide, including noise and filter requirements and treatment of products with sensors, as well as testing protocols in the accompanying comment response document. A data package that provides EPA’s dataset, proposed levels, and savings associated with this Draft 1 accompanies this mailing as well.

  • Definitions – EPA has updated several definitions to align with those in the ANSI/AHAM AC-1-2015 standard. 
  • On Mode Requirements – EPA understands that smoke pollutants can present the greatest health risk, that smoke is used to determine the appropriate room size for a product, and that smoke has the smallest particle of the three pollutants tested to ANSI/AHAM AC-1-2015. Due to these considerations and stakeholder feedback, EPA believes that smoke is an appropriate pollutant to use as the basis for an efficiency evaluation of room air cleaners and has set Draft 1 criteria based on smoke CADR/W. Also, after analyzing the relationship between CADR and CADR/W, EPA believes it is appropriate to set efficiency criteria based on a product’s size, or CADR. In setting these criteria, EPA targeted the top 25% of models available on the market in each size bin.
  • Partial On Mode Requirements – EPA updated the Draft 1 Specification to reference Partial On Mode (replacing Standby Mode) to align with IEC 62542. Partial On Mode now refers to a lower power mode in which a product can be providing a number of secondary functions, including network connectivity (if available and enabled by default). EPA recognizes the increasing prevalence of network capability among room air cleaners and proposes a network connected allowance, while also lowering the Maximum Partial On Mode power requirement to 1 Watt based on available data.
  • Test Method – EPA updated test method references to reflect the most recent versions. 

Stakeholder engagement is a vital aspect to the success of the ENERGY STAR program, and EPA looks forward to working with stakeholders to develop the Version 2.0 specification. Stakeholders are requested to provide comments on the Version 2.0 Draft 1 Specification no later than April 17, 2019. Please send comments via e-mail to roomaircleaners@energystar.gov. All comments received will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Room Air Cleaners Version 2.0 Specification Development webpage, unless the submitter specifically requests that his or her comments remain confidential.
 
Please contact me at Burchard.Robert@epa.gov or (202) 343-9126, or Katharine Kaplan at Kaplan.Katharine@epa.gov or (202) 343-9120, or Emmy Feldman, ICF, at Emmy.Feldman@icf.com or (202) 862-1145, with any questions or concerns about the specification. For questions about the test method, please contact Stephanie Johnson, DOE, at Stephanie.Johnson@ee.doe.gov or (202) 287-1943. Thank you for your continued support of the ENERGY STAR program.
 
Best Regards,

Robert Burchard
ENERGY STAR for Room Air Cleaners

 

Enclosures:
ENERGY STAR Room Air Cleaners Version 2.0 Draft 1 Specification
ENERGY STAR Room Air Cleaners Version 2.0 Discussion Guide Comment Response Document
ENERGY STAR Room Air Cleaners Version 2.0 Draft 1 Specification Data Package

Contact Name: Robert Burchard
Email: Burchard.Robert@epa.gov
Phone: 202-343-9126
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2019-02-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

2019 Lighting Materials Available!

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to share upcoming plans to promote ENERGY STAR certified LED lighting in conjunction with Earth Day this April. This year we will continue to build on the momentum of the ENERGY STAR Light the Moment campaign, while supplementing this broad appeal with a targeted effort to reach the low to mid-income (LMI) consumer.

To support this outreach and provide ample opportunity for lighting partners to participate and benefit, updated materials are now available, including the wide variety of Light the Moment themed materials from 2018 as well as sample mobile ads and additional social media posts targeting LMI audiences.

Get Materials

Materials have been supplemented this year based on the success of last fall’s lighting promotion, which featured a first-ever, all-mobile campaign targeting LMI audiences. Working with media services, Sharethrough and GroundTruth, EPA ENERGY STAR placed native mobile ads and mobile display ads, respectively, resulting in more than 2 million impressions and 23,000 pageviews. We reached LMI audiences through sophisticated digital targeting based on discount shopper behaviors, and certain location behaviors (multi-family housing unit renters and frequent visitors of laundromats). Due to this promising impact, the plan is to continue to supplement broad LTM outreach by also reaching this audience through their primary methods of communications, with highly targeted mobile ads as well as social media promotions on Facebook and Instagram.

We have planned two promotional pushes this year -- this one coinciding with Earth Day and another in October coinciding with ENERGY STAR Day. Whether you are supporting buydowns or offering traditional rebates, the goal is to promote favorable pricing to increase adoption of ENERGY STAR certified LED lighting. Participation is easy. Just take advantage of the marketing materials to customize your outreach activities. One easy and effective way to get involved all year round is through social media using the variety of engaging, seasonally relevant Light the Moment posts, such as Valentine's posts, with content that is sure to increase likes and shares.

We look forward to your participation to leverage the market power of ENERGY STAR in optimizing the impact of your lighting programs in 2019. Be sure to let your Account Manager know so we can add you to the list of featured partners on our promotions landing page: energystar.gov/lightthemoment.

The ENERGY STAR Communications Team
changetheworld@energystar.gov

Have you added Ways to Save Tips to your website? This web service for partners provides an ongoing stream of ENERGY STAR branded, energy-saving tips. Get started at energystar.gov/waystosavetips.

 

2019-02-12
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Smart Home Energy Management Systems 2018 Work Group Summary

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the ENERGY STAR Smart Home Energy Management Systems 2018 Work Group Summary for stakeholder review. The document summarizes outcomes gathered from stakeholder discussions in work groups focusing on four key topics: device mode, occupancy, plug loads, and demand response/distributed energy resources. EPA appreciates the dedicated stakeholder involvement in these work groups and looks forward to continued engagement regarding the Draft 1 specification, which EPA anticipates releasing by the end of the first quarter of 2019.

For more information, please contact SmartHomeSystems@energystar.gov or visit energystar.gov/shems. Further questions may be directed to Taylor Jantz-Sell, EPA, at Jantz-Sell.Taylor@epa.gov or (202) 343-9042 or John Clinger, ICF, at John.Clinger@icf.com or (215) 967-9407.

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

Contact Name: John Clinger
Email: John.Clinger@icfi.com
Phone: (202) 572-9432
2019-02-11
Location: Washington DC
Description:

2019 Room Air Conditioner Materials Available!

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce the availability of marketing materials for the 2019 ENERGY STAR room air conditioner promotion—The Cool Choice for Room AC. Join in on this national promotion and help educate your customers on the energy-saving, environmental, and financial benefits of looking for the ENERGY STAR for their next room air conditioner purchase.

NEW! Room air conditioners with variable speed technology can now earn the ENERGY STAR label. Certified room air conditioners with variable speed technology save even more energy and quietly regulate the temperature, giving consumers the innovation and energy savings they desire in a state-of-the-art room AC.  

ENERGY STAR certified room air conditioners:

  • Use 10 percent less energy and, on average, cost less than $75 per year to run.
  • Have improved insulation! New ENERGY STAR certified room air conditioners come with better materials and clearer instructions to improve sealing around the unit, so they greatly reduce air leaks.

EPA has developed a suite of materials to assist partners in their promotions, including retail POP building blocks, a fact sheet, and digital content such as web buttons, graphics, an Ask the Expert video, and 30-second educational videos in both English and Spanish. All materials can be found on the ENERGY STAR Marketing Materials web page and are also available in Spanish.

Get Materials

The 2019 promotion will kick off mid-May with a cooling season Twitter Chat and last through June. EPA ENERGY STAR will continue some of the effective tactics from last year, but add some additional channels based on new media opportunities, including Instagram ads, as well as news article placements in targeted regions. Similar to the 2018 promotion, EPA ENERGY STAR will specifically target and develop customized content for hard-to-reach audiences (historically underserved) in areas with high room AC sales via video ads on YouTube and retargeted display ads on Google Display Network (GDN). Content will be created in both English and Spanish language, optimized for this audience. We will also time our media flights to align with heat waves when cooling is top of mind for consumers. Timely social media posts will be promoted through Facebook/Instagram to regions affected by the heat waves to take advantage of peak RAC demand. 

Last year’s promotion was a big success, with video ads on YouTube and GDN geotargeted to 9 markets with active RAC programs driving a total of 853,478 impressions and 72,384 pageviews to energystar.gov/roomac and energystar.gov/aireacondicionado (Spanish), where participating partners were featured.


The ENERGY STAR team is excited to reach even more consumers in 2019 and we look forward to working with you on this promotion. Please let us know your interest in participating, as well as your promotional plans, so we can best coordinate our efforts.

The ENERGY STAR Communications Team
changetheworld@energystar.gov

2019-02-11
Location: Washington DC
Description:

ENERGY STAR Dehumidifiers Final Version 5.0 Specification

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to share the Final Version 5.0 ENERGY STAR Dehumidifiers 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 5.0 requirements will become effective on October 31, 2019. Dehumidifier products certifying for ENERGY STAR under the Version 5.0 specification will offer consumers a savings of more than 13 percent. This specification establishes updated definitions and challenging IEF efficiency criteria in order to align with DOE’s dehumidifier product categories and efficiency metric and recognize the highest-performing models. The updated test method for dehumidifiers will further ensure that efficient and effective performance is achieved at standard operating conditions for both portable and whole-home dehumidifiers. If all dehumidifiers sold in the United States were ENERGY STAR certified, the energy cost savings would grow to more than $125 million each year and more than 3 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented.

This specification was developed through a process that included release of two draft specifications and one limited topic proposal, along with multiple stakeholder meetings and input from stakeholders. The single comment EPA received on the final draft specification raised no issues with specification requirements and, therefore, no changes were made to the final Version 5.0 specification. Stakeholder comments, previous drafts of the specification, and related materials are available on the product development website.

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.
  • As of June 3, 2019, 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 October 31, 2019.
  • Any dehumidifier manufactured as of October 31, 2019, 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 dehumidifiers. Please direct any questions regarding the specification and its timeline to Abigail Daken at EPA, Daken.Abigail@epa.gov or 202-343-9375. Please direct questions about the test procedure to Bryan Berringer at DOE, Bryan.Berringer@ee.doe.gov or 202-586-0371. For any other Dehumidifier related questions, please contact dehumidifiers@energystar.gov

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

Sincerely,

Abigail Daken, Manager
ENERGY STAR HVAC Program

Enclosures:
​Final Version 5.0 ENERGY STAR Dehumidifiers Specification

2019-02-06
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Computer Servers Stakeholders:
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to remind stakeholders that as of February 1, 2018, EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs) were required to cease certification of new computer servers to the Version 2.1 specification and may only certify computer servers to the Version 3.0 specification. Certification bodies may continue submitting administrative modifications to existing computer server certifications to the Version 2.1 specification until June 16, 2019. After this date, only computer servers certified to the Version 3.0 specification will appear on the ENERGY STAR website and certified products list.

CBs must notify EPA by February 12, 2018 of models certified to Version 2.1, 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 Servers@energystar.gov with any questions regarding the specification. CBs should direct questions concerning the submittal of certified computer servers to Certification@energystar.gov.

Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program.

2019-02-04
Description:

Rescheduled Webinar for Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machine Version 4.0 Draft 2 Specification
Due to a lapse in funding, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was shut down and the Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machine Version 4.0 Draft 2 Specification webinar was postponed. With funding restored, EPA has rescheduled the webinar for February 14, 2019 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM Eastern Time. Please register here if you plan on attending. Please note that if you registered for the original webinar, you will need to register again.
 
EPA has also extended the comment period for the Draft 2 specification. Comments may now be submitted no later than February 28, 2019 via email to vendingmachines@energystar.gov. The specification and accompanying materials are available on the product development website.
  
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 questions on the test method, please contact Stephanie Johnson, U.S. Department of Energy, at Stephanie.Johnson@ee.doe.gov or (202) 287-1943. For any other vending machine related questions, please contact vendingmachines@energystar.gov.
 
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:
    Draft 2 Version 4.0 ENERGY STAR Vending Machines Cover Memo (Dec. 27, 2018)
    Draft 2 Version 4.0 ENERGY STAR Vending Machines Specification
    Draft 2 Version 4.0 ENERGY STAR Vending Machines Data Packet
    Vending Machine Comment Response Document for Draft 1 Version 4.0

Contact Name: Tanja Crk
Email: Crk.Tanja@epa.gov
Phone: 202-566-1037
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2019-01-31
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Rescheduled Webinar for ENERGY STAR Version 8.0 Computers Discussion Guide
 
Due to a lapse in funding, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was shut down and the Computers Version 8.0 Discussion Guide webinar was postponed. With funding restored, EPA has rescheduled the webinar for February 11, 2019 from 1-3:30 PM Eastern Time. Please register here if you plan on attending. Please note that if you registered for the original webinar, you will need to register again. Stakeholders are encouraged to provide written comments via email to computers@energystar.gov no later than February 20, 2019. Specifications and meeting materials will be distributed via email and posted on the ENERGY STAR website, unless directed otherwise. 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, ICF, at John.Clinger@icf.com or (215) 967-9407 with questions or concerns regarding the specification. 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 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

Contact Name: Jeremy Dommu
Email: Jeremy.Dommu@EE.Doe.Gov
Phone: 202-586-9870
City: Washington
State: DC
Country: USA
URL: www.energystar.gov
2018-12-28
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, Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Imaging Equipment Program Requirements. EPA would like to thank the many stakeholders who have invested a great deal of time and effort to contribute feedback and data that has informed this product specification process. These Version 3.0 requirements will take effect on October 11, 2019. This letter provides highlights of the new requirements and outlines the transition process.
 
The Version 3.0 specification will recognize the top performing imaging equipment products on the market. ENERGY STAR certified commercial imaging equipment will use, on average, approximately 35% less energy than standard imaging equipment. If all imaging equipment sold in the United States were ENERGY STAR certified, the cost savings would grow to $32 million each year and more than 596 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented, equivalent to the emissions of over 57 thousand vehicles.
 
EPA received comments on the final draft specification. Multiple stakeholders requested clarification on the application of the Wi-Fi adder. EPA has noted that the Wi-Fi adder is applied when the imaging equipment product acts as an edge device on the network, not to functionality such as Wi-Fi Direct. The adder is applicable if the Wi-Fi is enabled as shipped. This could include three scenarios that the Agency is aware of: the Wi-Fi stays engaged even when the Ethernet cord is plugged in, the user manually chooses to disengage when the imaging equipment is turned on by selecting Ethernet, and when the Wi- Fi is disabled automatically when the Ethernet cord is plugged in. EPA also updated the duplexing requirements to harmonize with Blue Angel and clarified the language around the default setting. EPA also clarified that the professional DFE energy consumption may be excluded from the Professional Imaging Equipment and the rounding requirements. Finally, the definitions for professional imaging equipment products and professional DFEs were clarified based on the feedback received. EPA has provided additional responses to comments received that did not make it into the Final Version 3.0 specification.
 
As EPA is utilizing the Version 2.0 TEC criteria and revised TEC test method for professional imaging equipment, the Agency has not released the Final Draft Test Method for Professional Imaging Equipment Products with this document. Rather, the Agency will finalize this test method in early 2019.
 
Version 3.0 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 3.0 requirements.
    • EPA has provided a calculator to assist CBs with converting Version 2.0 test results to Version 3.0, which will reflect the change in the amount of paper assumed for annual printing.
  • After May 15, 2019, CBs will be instructed to stop certifying new product submittals to Version 2.0. Note, however, that existing certifications to Version 2.0 will remain valid for the purposes of ENERGY STAR certification until October 11, 2019.
  • Any imaging equipment manufactured as of October 11, 2019, must meet the Version 3.0 requirements to bear the ENERGY STAR mark. All certifications of products to the Version2.0 specification will be invalid for purposes of ENERGY STAR and CBs will only submit product models certified to Version 3.0 to EPA. 

On behalf of 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 imaging equipment. Please contact me at Fogle.Ryan@epa.gov or 202-343-9153 or Matt Malinowski, ICF, at Matt.Malinowski@icf.com or (202) 862-2693 with questions or concerns. 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, Version 3.0 Program Requirements
Final Draft Comment Response Summary
Version 2.0 TEC to Version 3.0 TEC2018 Calculator

Contact Name: Matt Malinowski
Email: matt.malinowski@icfi.com
Phone: 202-862-2693
2018-12-27
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Vending Machine Partner or Other Interested Party:

With this letter, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing the Draft 2, Version 4.0 ENERGY STAR Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machine Product Specification. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments on this draft to EPA no later than January 24, 2019.

Comments Received on the Draft 1 Proposal
EPA received extensive feedback on the Draft 1 Version 4.0 Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machine Product Specification. The Agency hosted a webinar to discuss this feedback as well as numerous follow-up discussions with stakeholders to fully understand the current state of the market. Commenters focused most significantly on the efficiency criteria proposed in Draft 1, which EPA has revised in Draft 2. Stakeholders also provided feedback on a range of other topics in response to the Draft 1 specification including: definitions; scope expansion to Combination A and Combination B machines; proposed energy use criteria; market characteristics; placement limitations for machines operating on R-290; and the proposed effective date. Noteboxes throughout the Draft 2 specification as well as the comment response document that accompanies this letter respond to the full range of comments.

Key elements of the Draft 2 Version 4.0 specification include:

Definitions: The Draft 1 introduced a number of term and definition changes primarily to align with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) final rule 10 CFR §431. All of the proposed Draft 1 term and definition changes remain in the Draft 2 with the exception of ‘Food Vending Machines’ which, per stakeholder feedback, has been amended to ‘Refrigerated Food Vending Machines.’

Scope: EPA proposed expanding scope in Draft 1 to include food vending machines (Refrigerated Food Vending Machines); however, due to the absence of a test method and the low market share of these products, EPA is not considering expansion at this time for perishable food product vending machines. However, the Agency is maintaining expansion to include Combination A and Combination B refrigerated beverage vending machines.

MDEC Requirements: EPA received stakeholder comments suggesting that the proposed Draft 1 levels were too aggressive. The Agency re-evaluated the performance data and is proposing amended levels in this Draft 2 specification. As EPA noted in Draft 1, the Agency anticipates that as manufacturers reconfigure their vending machine products to meet the new federal minimum standard, there will be opportunities to reduce the incremental cost of producing more efficient products by leveraging existing technologies, design options, and components. Therefore, EPA is proposing levels in Draft 2 that reflect the efficiency performance of the top 31% of Class A and 32% of Class B refrigerated beverage vending machines. Data plots can be found in the ENERGY STAR Version 4.0 Draft 2 Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machine Product Development website.

Refrigerants: Through stakeholder comments and subsequent follow-up conversations, EPA has been made aware of the challenge the industry is facing with the ASHARE 15, UL 541, and CSA 128 placement limitations for refrigerated beverage vending machines operating on R-290 as a refrigerant. The Agency understands that the industry is working on solutions for leak mitigation and that those 2 solutions may include additional componentry, possibly resulting in additional energy consumption. While the industry continues to address these challenges, EPA is moving forward with the planned Version 4.0 specification, but will continue to track the progress and ongoing activities related to the development of flammable refrigerant leak mitigation solutions as they are introduced to the market, and the potential impacts on the energy efficiency of the products.

Effective Date: A couple stakeholders suggested postponing the Version 4.0 effective date to allow the industry additional time to re-design their products to improve energy performance and transition to lowGWP refrigerants. In response, EPA has proposed levels achievable by a broad selection of models on the market today and will work with stakeholders to develop a new specification that considers use of alternative refrigerants and other efficiency gains in the future. EPA anticipates finalizing this specification by the end of Q1 2019 with it taking effect 9 months after.

Stakeholder Webinar
EPA will host a webinar to answer any questions on this Draft 2, Version 4.0 ENERGY STAR Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machine Product Specification on January 10, 2019 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time. Please register here if you plan on attending.

Comment Submittal
EPA welcomes stakeholder input on the attached Draft 2, Version 4.0 ENERGY STAR Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machine Product Specification. Stakeholders are encouraged to submit any comments to vendingmachines@enegystar.gov by January 24, 2019. All comments will be posted to the ENERGY STAR Product Development website unless the submitter requests otherwise.

The exchange of ideas and information between the 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 Product Development website. 
 
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 regarding this draft specification. For questions on the test method, please contact Stephanie Johnson at Stephanie.Johnson@ee.doe.gov or (202) 287-1943. For any other vending machine related questions, please contact vendingmachines@energystar.gov.

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:
    Draft 2 Version 4.0 ENERGY STAR Vending Machines Specification
    Vending Machine Comment Response Document for Draft 1 version 4.0

2018-12-21
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Brand Owner or Other Interested Party:
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce the selection of Residential Air-to-Water Heat Pumps as a 2019 ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award category. EPA is proposing performance criteria for these products with the goal of recognizing the best available air-to-water heat pumps 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 – Air-to-Water (ATW) Heat Pumps:
Typical air source heat pumps take heat from outside air using a refrigerant. ATW heat pumps transfer this heat to a fluid outdoors – typically water or a mix of water and glycol – and transport this fluid into a home to provide space heating through hydronic distribution (e.g., radiant floor, radiator, or baseboard water circulation systems). These systems can also be used in a cooling mode creating chilled fluid and running it through an air coil to distribute air conditioning to a home or business. While the ATW heat pump market is small in the U.S., it is well established in Europe and China, with a global market of about 1.7M units/year1.
 
ATW heat pumps have 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, ATW heat pumps can offer energy savings up to 47%2 with a seasonal Coefficient of Performance (COP) of 1.7 - 3.0. ATW 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. In addition to energy savings, ATW heat pump systems can provide the following benefits:

  • Since the system heats water, adding a storage tank to the system will provide homeowners with efficient domestic water heating. This eliminates the need for a separate water heater and can save thousands of dollars for a homeowner.3
  • All fans are located outside the home, providing quiet operation.
  • Allows a retrofit to provide cooling in hydronically-heated homes, without running extensive ducts through the home.

In new construction, ATW 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. These advantages include:

  • Easy zoning configurations: providing desired temperature in each room, or zone, of the home separately (e.g., the kitchen may not need to be heated as much as a bedroom)
  • No space needed for large air ducts in the house design 

As a result, ATW heat pumps can save energy, even in cold climates where many air-to-air heat pumps perform poorly, provide space conditioning and hot water heating, as well as several other benefits for the consumer.
 
Draft Criteria for Review
Interested stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback on the proposed recognition criteria to emergingtech@energystar.gov by January 18, 2019. Depending on the comments received, EPA may release a subsequent draft for stakeholder review prior to finalizing the criteria. Once final, manufacturers of products 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 2019: EVO-Capable Room Air Conditioners
EPA is extending recognition of the 2018 Award category – EVO-Capable Room Air Conditioners – into 2019. EPA changed the required test method to reference a DOE-approved test procedure waiver. Correspondingly, EPA has adjusted the energy-efficiency criteria to now require a model to outperform the U.S. DOE Federal Minimum Combined Energy Efficiency Ratio by at least:

  • 35% for models with a capacity greater than or equal to 14,000 BTU/hour
  • 25% for models with a capacity less than 14,000 BTU/hour 

This update ensures alignment with the recent actions from DOE, reduces test burden for applicants, and simplifies the messaging for the 2019 Award. Please see the ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award for Industry Stakeholders webpage 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.

Best Regards,

Peter Banwell
ENERGY STAR Program

Enclosures:
Criteria for EVO-Capable Room Air Conditioners
Draft 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
2018-12-21
Location: Washington DC
Description:

ENERGY STAR® Commercial Food Service Newsletter—Fall 2018

Specification Updates

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regularly updates ENERGY STAR product specifications. The following information includes some helpful reminders as you prepare for upcoming specification changes and manage your inventory of ENERGY STAR certified products.

Recent and upcoming specification activities include:

ENERGY STAR Commercial Ovens

ENERGY STAR Commercial Dishwashers

ENERGY STAR Commercial Coffee Brewers Version 1.1

ENERGY STAR Automatic Commercial Ice Makers Version 3.0

For more information regarding the ENERGY STAR specification process or additional commercial food service (CFS) equipment updates, visit energystar.gov/productdevelopment.

Learn more here.

Upcoming Events

Meet the ENERGY STAR Team at the 2019 North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) Show

The 2019 NAFEM Show will be in Orlando, FL on February 7–9, 2019. Foodservice professionals from around the world will gather to learn about new trends, attend education seminars, see the latest equipment and products from over 500 of the world’s leading equipment and supplies manufacturers, and network with their peers. In 2017, more than 10,000 attendees visited the NAFEM Show, and almost 50 percent were dealers/distributors, 30 percent were operators, and 10 percent were consultants.

Learn more here.

Save the Date—2019 ENERGY STAR Awards

The ENERGY STAR Awards honor organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. The awards ceremony will be held on April 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. Learn more about past winners and find out more information here.

Learn more here.

Recent Events

2018 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting

The 2018 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting was held this fall in Phoenix, AZ. The three-day meeting included plenary sessions with policy and program updates, as well as opportunities for
one-on-one networking meetings and interactions with other ENERGY STAR stakeholders. Presentations from the Partner Meeting can be found here.

2018 National Restaurant Association Show

The ENERGY STAR team attended and held a workshop at the 2018 National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago, IL. The show consisted of more than 1,200 exhibitors, including more than 65 ENERGY STAR manufacturer partners. EPA also facilitated the first ENERGY STAR CFS Stakeholder Workshop during the show, and over 75 CFS stakeholders attended the event.

Learn more here.

Updates on Additional Commercial Product Categories of Interest

2018 I2SL

In October, the ENERGY STAR team attended the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) Annual Conference in Raleigh, NC. The team met with partners and stakeholders and is excited about learning more about other areas for energy savings in laboratories.

ENERGY STAR Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines

On September 10, 2018, EPA published the ENERGY STAR Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machine Draft 1 Version 4.0 specification, which included amendments to the ENERGY STAR certification requirements and scope expansion to include combination A and combination B type machines. For more information on activities performed to date in preparation for the Draft 2 specification, visit the product development webpage.

ENERGY STAR Water Coolers

EPA is planning on revising the ENERGY STAR Water Cooler Specification in 2019. The current ENERGY STAR Version 2.0 requirements for water coolers have been in effect since February 1, 2014, and due in part to rising market penetration, EPA is revising the specification. To review the current specification, please visit the Version 2.0 product development webpage.

Learn more here.

Meet the Expert

Tanja Crk recently joined the team as EPA’s ENERGY STAR CFS Program Manager where she oversees both ENERGY STAR CFS marketing and product development activities for lab grade refrigeration, commercial kitchen/food service equipment (including coffee brewers), vending machines, and water coolers. Tanja has been with the EPA since 2008. For details on Tanja’s background, visit her LinkedIn page found here. She can be reached at (202) 566-1037 or crk.tanja@epa.gov.

Learn more here.

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2018-12-20
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Dehumidifiers Brand Owner or Other Interested Party:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to share the