Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Publication of the Petition for Waiver of Liebherr Hausgeräte From the DOE Refrigerator and Refrigerator-Freezer Test Procedure, 2198-2199 [E6-374]

Download as PDF 2198 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 9 / Friday, January 13, 2006 / Notices RF272–97101 CHESEBROUGH– POND’S USA CO.; RF272–98890 COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA; RG272–00507 STATE OF OHIO; RK272–00147 STATE OF MONTANA; RK272–00362 STATE OF KANSAS; RK272–03404 WYOMING DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION.; RK272–03418 STATE OF GEORGIA— ENERGY RES.; RK272–04041 STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA; RR272–00207 STATE OF TENNESSEE. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY We note that six of the claimants listed above were not listed in our September 30 notice. Thus, while the general public, including these six claimants, has been given notice and an opportunity to comment on our proposal to withhold payment on claims currently being challenged in court, these six claimants were not put on notice that this decision would directly and adversely impact them. Thus, each of these claimants should be given an opportunity to show that, in fact, its claim should not be included in the list—i.e., is not among those currently being challenged in pending litigation. If such a showing is made by any of the six claimants within 30 days of the date of this notice, we will not delay the distribution of a refund to that claimant. In any event, upon the conclusion of any of the litigation challenging particular refund claims, if our refund award is upheld we will promptly order the disbursement of refunds to the affected claimant(s). It is imperative that all refund recipients immediately inform OHA in the event of any change of payment address or bank account deposit information. DOE will not attempt to locate payees of returned refund payments, and the associated funds will be divided equally between the States and the Federal Government. SUMMARY: Today’s notice publishes a petition for waiver for Liebherr ¨ Hausgerate (Liebherr). The Liebherr petition requests a waiver to modify the refrigerator test procedure for the Liebherr line of combination wine storage-freezer products. The Department of Energy (DOE or Department) is soliciting comments, data, and information respecting the petition for waiver. DATES: The Department will accept comments, data, and information not later than February 13, 2006. ADDRESSES: DOE will accept comments on this petition, identified by case number RF–006, and submitted by any of the following methods: • Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards-Jones, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, Mailstop EE–2J, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC, 20585–0121. • Telephone: (202) 586–2945. Please submit one signed paper original. • Hand Delivery/Courier: Ms. Brenda Edwards-Jones, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, Room 1J–018, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585. Docket: For access to the docket to read copies of public comments received, this notice, and the petition for waiver, go to the U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 1J–018 (Resource Room of the Building Technologies Program), 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC, (202) 586–9127, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Please call Ms. Brenda Edwards-Jones at the above telephone number for additional information regarding visiting the Resource Room. Please note: The Department’s Freedom of Information Reading Room (formerly Room 1E–190 at the Forrestal Building) is no longer housing rulemaking materials. hsrobinson on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Issued in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2005. George B. Breznay, Director, Office of Hearings and Appeals. [FR Doc. E6–373 Filed 1–12–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:41 Jan 12, 2006 Jkt 208001 Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy [Case No. RF–006] Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Publication of the Petition for Waiver of Liebherr ¨ Hausgerate From the DOE Refrigerator and Refrigerator-Freezer Test Procedure Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy. ACTION: Notice of petition for waiver and solicitation of comments. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dr. Michael G. Raymond, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, Mail Stop EE–2J, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121, (202) 586–9611; e-mail: Michael.Raymond@ee.doe.gov; or Francine Pinto, Esq., or Thomas DePriest, Esq., U.S. Department of Energy, Office of General Counsel, Mail Stop GC–72, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585–0103, (202) 586– 9507; e-mail: Francine.Pinto@hq.doe.gov, or Thomas.DePriest@hq.doe.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) sets forth a variety of provisions concerning energy efficiency. Part B of Title III (42 U.S.C. 6291–6309) provides for the ‘‘Energy Conservation Program For Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles’’ which requires, among other things, that DOE prescribe standardized test procedures to measure the energy consumption of certain consumer products, including refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers. The relevant DOE test procedure for purposes of today’s decision and order is ‘‘Uniform Test Method for Measuring the Energy Consumption of Electric Refrigerators and Electric Refrigeratorfreezers’’ (current test procedure). The current test procedure is set forth in 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, Appendix A1. It prescribes a method for characterizing the energy requirements of all types of refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers and yields model-specific energy efficiency information that can aid consumers in their purchasing decisions. The Department’s regulations contain provisions allowing a person to seek a waiver from the test procedure requirements for covered consumer products. These provisions are set forth in 10 CFR 430.27. The waiver provisions allow the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (Assistant Secretary) to waive temporarily the test procedure for a particular basic model when a petitioner shows that the basic model contains one or more design characteristics that prevent testing according to the prescribed test procedures, or when the prescribed test procedures may evaluate the basic model in a manner so unrepresentative of its true energy consumption as to provide materially inaccurate comparative data. (10 CFR 430.27(a)(l)) Waivers generally remain in effect until final test procedure amendments become effective, thereby FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 9 / Friday, January 13, 2006 / Notices resolving the problem that is the subject of the waiver. (10 CFR 430.27(m)) On July 5, 2005, Liebherr filed a petition for waiver regarding the DOE refrigerator and refrigerator-freezer test procedures. Liebherr’s petition seeks a waiver from the DOE test procedure because, Liebherr asserts, its line of combination wine storage-freezers are not accurately categorized by any of the current DOE classes. Liebherr has submitted a modified test procedure to be used for rating its combination wine storage-freezers. Liebherr proposes to calculate the energy consumption of these products by using the current test procedure outlined in 10 CFR Part 430, Subpart B, Appendix A1 for refrigerator/ freezers with the following exception. The current methodology outlined in Appendix A1 states that the unit’s energy consumption is to be based on either the freezer compartment temperature or the refrigerator compartment temperature. However, the units produced by Liebherr do not include a refrigerator compartment, but do include a section solely dedicated for the purpose of wine storage, which is not convertible so that it may be used for any other purpose; therefore, Liebherr asserts, it is inappropriate to measure the energy consumption of these units in accordance with the refrigerator-freezer test procedure. Liebherr proposes to combine portions of the refrigerator-freezer test procedure with portions of the AHAM household wine chiller energy test procedure. The Department is publishing Liebherr’s petition for waiver in its entirety. The petition contains no confidential information. The Department solicits comments, data, and information with respect to the petition. Any person submitting written comments must also send a copy of such comments to the petitioner. 10 CFR 430.27(b)(1)(iv). Issued in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2006. Douglas L. Faulkner, Acting Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. hsrobinson on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES July 5th, 2005 Mr. Michael G. Raymond, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Mail Station EE–41, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington DC 20585–0121. ¨ Petition by Liebherr Hausgerate for a Waiver. Energy Conservation Standards in 10 CFR Part 430, for the Liebherr Wine/ freezer Models ‘‘WF 1051’’ and ‘‘WFI 1051’’ 1. Description of Applicant ¨ Liebherr Hausgerate is part of the Liebherr Group, an international group with a workforce of over 21,000 employees and VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:41 Jan 12, 2006 Jkt 208001 more than 80 companies worldwide, including the United States of America. Further information can be found at http:// www.liebherr.com. ¨ Liebherr Hausgerate has specialized in the manufacture of high quality refrigerators, freezers and wine storage appliances. It is headquartered in Ochsenhausen, Germany. The marketing of Liebherr products in the U.S. started in the 2nd quarter of 2004. Right now, Liebherr Hausgerte is only manufacturing under the Liebherr brand name for products sold in the United States. 2. Background and General Information Liebherr is requesting relief for a product which consists of a combination of a wine storage compartment on top and freezer compartment on the bottom, Liebherr models WF 1051 and WFI 1051. Liebherr understands that DOE is not willing to prevent manufacturers of coming to the market with new innovative products which will enhance consumers well being and satisfaction. The market for wine storage has been growing substantially over the last years and is expected to continue growing in the future. Currently, there is not a current DOE standards for a wine/freezer combination, thus the current evaluation standards would not measure the energy consumption in a representative manner. 3. Petition for a Waiver ¨ On behalf of Liebherr-Hausgerate GmbH, P.O. Box 1161, 88411 Ochsenhausen, Germany, I wish to submit a petition for a waiver with respect to the Department of Energy, energy efficiency standards under 10 CFR 430.27. The appliances WF 1051 and WFI 1051 are a combination of a wine storage compartment and a freezer compartment in the bottom. The wine compartment can reach 45° F, which is the ideal drinking temperature for some white wines. But the unit goes as high as 64° F so that we can bring red wines to ideal drinking temperature as well. The wine connoisseurs recommend an average of 55– 57° F for long term storage of any kind of wine. Both models feature wooden wine racks which are not suitable for the storage of fresh food. We also do not offer any optional glass shelves or plastic racks to replace them. So the wine compartment could not be used as a regular refrigerator. The models WF 1051 and WFI 1051 do not fit into the current standards. To evaluate the models in a representative manner of its true energy consumption characteristics the standard temperature of single wine coolers (55° F) for the wine storage compartment and the standard temperature (5° F) for the freezer compartment should be used. Therefore, the energy consumption is defined by the higher of the two values calculated by the following two formulas (according to 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, Appendix A1): —Energy consumption of the wine compartment: EWine = ET1 + [(ET2–ET1) x (55° F–TW1) / (TW2–TW1)] —Energy consumption of the freezer: PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2199 EFreezer = ET1 + [(ET2–ET1) x (5° F–TF1) / (TF2–TF1)]. The total adjusted volume of the models WF 1051 and WFI 1051 is 11.14 ft 3. Using the standard temperature of 55° F for the wine compartment the annual energy use of the models WF 1051 and WFI 1051 is 475 kWh/a. According to current DOE standards, these models are classified as refrigeratorfreezer with automatic defrost with bottommounted freezer without through-the-door ice service. Respectfully submitted, Marc Perez, Liebherr-Canada Ltd., 1015 Sutton Drive, Burlington ON L7L 5Z8, Canada. [FR Doc. E6–374 Filed 1–12–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. EL06–24–000] City of Anaheim, CA; Notice of Filing January 6, 2006. Take notice that on December 29, 2005, the City of Anaheim, California (Anaheim) submitted its third annual revision of its Transmission Revenue Balancing Account Adjustment filed on December 7, 2005. Anaheim stated the corrections are reflected in Exhibit ANA–1 and Exhibit ANA–2 as well as in the revised Appendix I. Any person desiring to intervene or to protest this filing must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211, 385.214). Protests will be considered by the Commission in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but will not serve to make protestants parties to the proceeding. Any person wishing to become a party must file a notice of intervention or motion to intervene, as appropriate. Such notices, motions, or protests must be filed on or before the comment date. Anyone filing a motion to intervene or protest must serve a copy of that document on the Applicant and all the parties in this proceeding. The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the ‘‘eFiling’’ link at http://www.ferc.gov. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 14 copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426. This filing is accessible on-line at http://www.ferc.gov, using the ‘‘eLibrary’’ link and is available for review in the Commission’s Public E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

[Case No. RF-006]


Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Publication of 
the Petition for Waiver of Liebherr Hausger[auml]te From the DOE 
Refrigerator and Refrigerator-Freezer Test Procedure

AGENCY: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of 
Energy.

ACTION: Notice of petition for waiver and solicitation of comments.

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SUMMARY: Today's notice publishes a petition for waiver for Liebherr 
Hausger[auml]te (Liebherr). The Liebherr petition requests a waiver to 
modify the refrigerator test procedure for the Liebherr line of 
combination wine storage-freezer products. The Department of Energy 
(DOE or Department) is soliciting comments, data, and information 
respecting the petition for waiver.

DATES: The Department will accept comments, data, and information not 
later than February 13, 2006.

ADDRESSES: DOE will accept comments on this petition, identified by 
case number RF-006, and submitted by any of the following methods:
     Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards-Jones, U.S. Department of Energy, 
Building Technologies Program, Mailstop EE-2J, 1000 Independence 
Avenue, SW., Washington, DC, 20585-0121.
     Telephone: (202) 586-2945. Please submit one signed paper 
original.
     Hand Delivery/Courier: Ms. Brenda Edwards-Jones, U.S. 
Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, Room 1J-018, 1000 
Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585.

Docket: For access to the docket to read copies of public comments 
received, this notice, and the petition for waiver, go to the U.S. 
Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 1J-018 (Resource Room of 
the Building Technologies Program), 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., 
Washington, DC, (202) 586-9127, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays. Please call Ms. Brenda 
Edwards-Jones at the above telephone number for additional information 
regarding visiting the Resource Room. Please note: The Department's 
Freedom of Information Reading Room (formerly Room 1E-190 at the 
Forrestal Building) is no longer housing rulemaking materials.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Michael G. Raymond, U.S. 
Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, Mail Stop EE-2J, 
Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 
20585-0121, (202) 586-9611; e-mail: Michael.Raymond@ee.doe.gov; or 
Francine Pinto, Esq., or Thomas DePriest, Esq., U.S. Department of 
Energy, Office of General Counsel, Mail Stop GC-72, Forrestal Building, 
1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585-0103, (202) 586-
9507; e-mail: Francine.Pinto@hq.doe.gov, or Thomas.DePriest@hq.doe.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title III of the Energy Policy and 
Conservation Act (EPCA) sets forth a variety of provisions concerning 
energy efficiency. Part B of Title III (42 U.S.C. 6291-6309) provides 
for the ``Energy Conservation Program For Consumer Products Other Than 
Automobiles'' which requires, among other things, that DOE prescribe 
standardized test procedures to measure the energy consumption of 
certain consumer products, including refrigerators and refrigerator-
freezers. The relevant DOE test procedure for purposes of today's 
decision and order is ``Uniform Test Method for Measuring the Energy 
Consumption of Electric Refrigerators and Electric Refrigerator-
freezers'' (current test procedure). The current test procedure is set 
forth in 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, Appendix A1. It prescribes a 
method for characterizing the energy requirements of all types of 
refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers and yields model-specific 
energy efficiency information that can aid consumers in their 
purchasing decisions.
    The Department's regulations contain provisions allowing a person 
to seek a waiver from the test procedure requirements for covered 
consumer products. These provisions are set forth in 10 CFR 430.27. The 
waiver provisions allow the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency 
and Renewable Energy (Assistant Secretary) to waive temporarily the 
test procedure for a particular basic model when a petitioner shows 
that the basic model contains one or more design characteristics that 
prevent testing according to the prescribed test procedures, or when 
the prescribed test procedures may evaluate the basic model in a manner 
so unrepresentative of its true energy consumption as to provide 
materially inaccurate comparative data. (10 CFR 430.27(a)(l)) Waivers 
generally remain in effect until final test procedure amendments become 
effective, thereby

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resolving the problem that is the subject of the waiver. (10 CFR 
430.27(m))
    On July 5, 2005, Liebherr filed a petition for waiver regarding the 
DOE refrigerator and refrigerator-freezer test procedures. Liebherr's 
petition seeks a waiver from the DOE test procedure because, Liebherr 
asserts, its line of combination wine storage-freezers are not 
accurately categorized by any of the current DOE classes. Liebherr has 
submitted a modified test procedure to be used for rating its 
combination wine storage-freezers. Liebherr proposes to calculate the 
energy consumption of these products by using the current test 
procedure outlined in 10 CFR Part 430, Subpart B, Appendix A1 for 
refrigerator/freezers with the following exception. The current 
methodology outlined in Appendix A1 states that the unit's energy 
consumption is to be based on either the freezer compartment 
temperature or the refrigerator compartment temperature. However, the 
units produced by Liebherr do not include a refrigerator compartment, 
but do include a section solely dedicated for the purpose of wine 
storage, which is not convertible so that it may be used for any other 
purpose; therefore, Liebherr asserts, it is inappropriate to measure 
the energy consumption of these units in accordance with the 
refrigerator-freezer test procedure. Liebherr proposes to combine 
portions of the refrigerator-freezer test procedure with portions of 
the AHAM household wine chiller energy test procedure.
    The Department is publishing Liebherr's petition for waiver in its 
entirety. The petition contains no confidential information. The 
Department solicits comments, data, and information with respect to the 
petition. Any person submitting written comments must also send a copy 
of such comments to the petitioner. 10 CFR 430.27(b)(1)(iv).

    Issued in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2006.
Douglas L. Faulkner,
Acting Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

July 5th, 2005
Mr. Michael G. Raymond, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy 
Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Mail Station EE-41, Forrestal 
Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington DC 20585-0121.

Petition by Liebherr Hausger[auml]te for a Waiver. Energy Conservation 
Standards in 10 CFR Part 430, for the Liebherr Wine/freezer Models ``WF 
1051'' and ``WFI 1051''

 1. Description of Applicant

    Liebherr Hausger[auml]te is part of the Liebherr Group, an 
international group with a workforce of over 21,000 employees and 
more than 80 companies worldwide, including the United States of 
America. Further information can be found at http://
www.liebherr.com.
    Liebherr Hausger[auml]te has specialized in the manufacture of 
high quality refrigerators, freezers and wine storage appliances. It 
is headquartered in Ochsenhausen, Germany. The marketing of Liebherr 
products in the U.S. started in the 2nd quarter of 2004. Right now, 
Liebherr Hausgerte is only manufacturing under the Liebherr brand 
name for products sold in the United States.

 2. Background and General Information

    Liebherr is requesting relief for a product which consists of a 
combination of a wine storage compartment on top and freezer 
compartment on the bottom, Liebherr models WF 1051 and WFI 1051.
    Liebherr understands that DOE is not willing to prevent 
manufacturers of coming to the market with new innovative products 
which will enhance consumers well being and satisfaction. The market 
for wine storage has been growing substantially over the last years 
and is expected to continue growing in the future.
    Currently, there is not a current DOE standards for a wine/
freezer combination, thus the current evaluation standards would not 
measure the energy consumption in a representative manner.

 3. Petition for a Waiver

    On behalf of Liebherr-Hausger[auml]te GmbH, P.O. Box 1161, 88411 
Ochsenhausen, Germany, I wish to submit a petition for a waiver with 
respect to the Department of Energy, energy efficiency standards 
under 10 CFR 430.27.
    The appliances WF 1051 and WFI 1051 are a combination of a wine 
storage compartment and a freezer compartment in the bottom. The 
wine compartment can reach 45[deg] F, which is the ideal drinking 
temperature for some white wines. But the unit goes as high as 
64[deg] F so that we can bring red wines to ideal drinking 
temperature as well. The wine connoisseurs recommend an average of 
55-57[deg] F for long term storage of any kind of wine.
    Both models feature wooden wine racks which are not suitable for 
the storage of fresh food. We also do not offer any optional glass 
shelves or plastic racks to replace them. So the wine compartment 
could not be used as a regular refrigerator.
    The models WF 1051 and WFI 1051 do not fit into the current 
standards. To evaluate the models in a representative manner of its 
true energy consumption characteristics the standard temperature of 
single wine coolers (55[deg] F) for the wine storage compartment and 
the standard temperature (5[deg] F) for the freezer compartment 
should be used. Therefore, the energy consumption is defined by the 
higher of the two values calculated by the following two formulas 
(according to 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, Appendix A1):

--Energy consumption of the wine compartment:

    EWine = ET1 + [(ET2-ET1) x (55[deg] F-TW1) / (TW2-
TW1)]

--Energy consumption of the freezer:

EFreezer = ET1 + [(ET2-ET1) x (5[deg] F-TF1) / (TF2-
TF1)].

    The total adjusted volume of the models WF 1051 and WFI 1051 is 
11.14 ft \3\. Using the standard temperature of 55[deg] F for the 
wine compartment the annual energy use of the models WF 1051 and WFI 
1051 is 475 kWh/a. According to current DOE standards, these models 
are classified as refrigerator-freezer with automatic defrost with 
bottom-mounted freezer without through-the-door ice service.
     Respectfully submitted,
    Marc Perez, Liebherr-Canada Ltd., 1015 Sutton Drive, Burlington 
ON L7L 5Z8, Canada.

 [FR Doc. E6-374 Filed 1-12-06; 8:45 am]
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