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H.R. 5710 (112th): Better Use of Refrigerator Regulations Act

The text of the bill below is as of May 10, 2012 (Introduced).



2d Session

H. R. 5710


May 10, 2012

(for himself, Mr. Braley of Iowa, Mr. Pitts, Mr. Garrett, Mr. Gohmert, Mr. Manzullo, Mr. Cole, Mr. Fleischmann, Mr. Austin Scott of Georgia, and Mr. Kingston) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


To amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to establish minimum efficiency standards for self-contained commercial refrigerators and freezers, and to direct the Department of Energy to establish standards for other related products.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Better Use of Refrigerator Regulations Act.


Service over the counter, self-contained, medium temperature commercial refrigerators

Section 342(c) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6313(c)) is amended—


in paragraph (1)—


by redesignating subparagraphs (B) and (C) as subparagraphs (D) and (E), respectively; and


by inserting after subparagraph (A) the following:


The term (SOC-SC-M) means a medium temperature commercial refrigerator—


with a self-contained condensing unit and equipped with sliding or hinged doors in the back intended for use by sales personnel, and with glass or other transparent material in the front for displaying merchandise; and


that has a height not greater than 66 inches and is intended to serve as a counter for transactions between sales personnel and customers.


The term TDA means the total display area (ft2) of the refrigerated case, as defined in Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute Standard 1200.



by redesignating paragraphs (4) and (5) as paragraphs (5) and (6), respectively; and


by inserting after paragraph (3) the following:


Each SOC-SC-M manufactured on or after the date which is 6 months after the date of enactment of the Better Use of Refrigerator Regulations Act shall have a total daily energy consumption (in kilowatt hours per day) of not more than 0.6 x TDA + 1.0.