Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Notice of Petition for Waiver of General Electric Company (GE) From the Department of Energy Residential Refrigerator and Refrigerator-Freezer Test Procedure, 22586-22588 [2010-9969]

Download as PDF 22586 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 82 / Thursday, April 29, 2010 / Notices Consultations With Other Agencies DOE consulted with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) staff concerning the Electrolux petition for waiver. The FTC staff did not have any objections to granting a waiver to Electrolux. CRS23*** CRS26*** FFHS23**** FFUS23**** FGHS23**** FGUS23**** FPHS23**** FPUS23**** EI23SS**** EW23SS**** FFHC23**** FFCU23**** FGHC23**** FGCU23**** FPHC23**** FPCU23**** FFSC23**** EI23CS**** EW23CS**** E23CS**** FFHS26**** FFUS26**** (3) Electrolux shall be required to test the products listed in paragraph (2) above according to the test procedures for electric refrigerator-freezers prescribed by DOE at 10 CFR part 430, appendix A1, except that, for the Electrolux products listed in paragraph (2) only: (A) The following definition is added at the end of Section 1: 1.13 Variable anti-sweat heater control means an anti-sweat heater where power supplied to the device is determined by an operating condition variable(s) and/or ambient condition variable(s). (B) Section 2.2 is revised to read as follows: mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES 2.2 Operational conditions. The electric refrigerator or electric refrigerator-freezer shall be installed and its operating conditions maintained in accordance with HRF–1–1979, section 7.2 through section 7.4.3.3. except that the vertical ambient temperature gradient at locations 10 inches (25.4 cm) out from the centers of the two sides of the unit being tested is to be maintained during the test. Unless shields or baffles obstruct the area, the gradient is to be maintained from 2 inches (5.1 cm) above the floor or supporting platform to a height 1 foot (30.5 cm) above the unit under test. Defrost controls are to be operative. The anti-sweat heater switch is to be off during one test and on during the second test. In the case of an electric refrigerator-freezer equipped with variable anti-sweat heater control, the result of the second test will be derived by performing the calculation described in 6.2.3. Other exceptions are noted in 2.3, 2.4, and 5.1 below. (C) New section 6.2.3 is inserted after section 6.2.2.2. 6.2.3 Variable anti-sweat heater control test. The energy consumption of an electric refrigerator-freezer with a variable anti-sweat heater control in the on position (Eon), expressed in kilowatt-hours per day, shall be calculated equivalent to: VerDate Mar<15>2010 Conclusion After careful consideration of all the material that was submitted by Electrolux and consultation with the FTC staff, it is ordered that: (1) The petition for waiver submitted by Electrolux Home Products, Inc. (Case No. RF–012) is hereby granted as set forth in the paragraphs below. 16:19 Apr 28, 2010 Jkt 220001 FGHS26**** FGUS26**** FPHS26**** FPUS26**** EI26SS**** EW26SS**** FGHF23**** FGUB23**** FPHF23**** FPUB23**** FGHN23**** FGUN23**** FPHN23**** FPUN23**** EI23BC**** EW23BC**** E23BC***** FFHB26**** FFUB26**** FFHN26**** FFUN26**** EI26BS**** EON = E + (Correction Factor) where E is determined by sections 6.2.1.1, 6.2.1.2, 6.2.2.1, or 6.2.2.2, whichever is appropriate, with the anti-sweat heater switch in the off position. Correction Factor = (Anti-sweat Heater Power × System-loss Factor) × (24 hrs/1 day) × (1 kW/1000 W) Where: Anti-sweat Heater Power = A1 * (Heater Watts at 5%RH) + A2 * (Heater Watts at 15%RH) + A3 * (Heater Watts at 25%RH) + A4 * (Heater Watts at 35%RH) + A5 * (Heater Watts at 45%RH) + A6 * (Heater Watts at 55%RH) + A7 * (Heater Watts at 65%RH) + A8 * (Heater Watts at 75%RH) + A9 * (Heater Watts at 85%RH) + A10 * (Heater Watts at 95%RH) Where A1–A10 are defined in the following table: A1 A2 A3 A4 A5 = = = = = 0.034 0.211 0.204 0.166 0.126 A6 = 0.119 A7 = 0.069 A8 = 0.047 A9 = 0.008 A10 = 0.015 Heater Watts at a specific relative humidity = the nominal watts used by all heaters at that specific relative humidity, 72 °F ambient, and DOE reference temperatures of fresh food (FF) average temperature of 45 °F and freezer (FZ) average temperature of 5 °F. System-loss Factor = 1.3 (4) Representations. Electrolux may make representations about the energy use of its adaptive control anti-sweat heater refrigerator-freezer products for compliance, marketing, or other purposes only to the extent that such products have been tested in accordance with the provisions outlined above and such representations fairly disclose the results of such testing. (5) This waiver shall remain in effect consistent with the provisions of 10 CFR 430.27(m). PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 (2) Electrolux shall not be required to test or rate the following Electrolux models on the basis of the current test procedures contained in 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix A1. Instead, it shall be required to test and rate such products according to the alternate test procedure as set forth in paragraph (3) below: Sfmt 4703 FGHB28**** FGUB28**** FPHB28**** FPUB28**** FGHN28**** FGUN28**** FPHN28**** FPUN28**** EI28BS**** EW28BS**** (6) This waiver is issued on the condition that the statements, representations, and documentary materials provided by the petitioner are valid. DOE may revoke or modify this waiver at any time if it determines the factual basis underlying the petition for waiver is incorrect, or the results from the alternate test procedure are unrepresentative of the basic models’ true energy consumption characteristics. Issued in Washington, DC on April 22, 2010. Cathy Zoi, Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. [FR Doc. 2010–9973 Filed 4–28–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy [Case No. RF–015] Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Notice of Petition for Waiver of General Electric Company (GE) From the Department of Energy Residential Refrigerator and Refrigerator-Freezer Test Procedure AGENCY: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy. ACTION: Notice of petition for waiver and request for comments. SUMMARY: This notice announces receipt of and publishes the GE petition for waiver (hereafter, ‘‘petition’’) from parts of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) test procedure for determining the energy consumption of electric refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers. Through this document, DOE is E:\FR\FM\29APN1.SGM 29APN1 mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 82 / Thursday, April 29, 2010 / Notices soliciting comments with respect to the GE petition. DATES: DOE will accept comments, data, and information with respect to the GE petition until, but no later than June 1, 2010. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by case number RF–015, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • E-mail: AS_Waiver_Requests@ee.doe.gov. Include either the case number [Case No. RF–015], and/or ‘‘GE Petition’’ in the subject line of the message. • Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards, 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 original paper copy. • Hand Delivery/Courier: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, 950 L’Enfant Plaza SW., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20024. Please submit one signed original paper copy. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and case number for this proceeding. Submit electronic comments in WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, Portable Document Format (PDF), or text (American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII)) file format and avoid the use of special characters or any form of encryption. Wherever possible, include the electronic signature of the author. DOE does not accept telefacsimiles (faxes). Any person submitting written comments must also send a copy of such comments to the petitioner, pursuant to Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) 430.27(d). The contact information for the petitioner is: Earl F. Jones, Senior Counsel, GE Consumer & Industrial, Appliance Park 2–225, Louisville, KY 40225. E-mail: earl.f.jones@ge.com. According to 10 CFR 1004.11, any person submitting information that he or she believes to be confidential and exempt by law from public disclosure should submit two copies to DOE: one copy of the document including all the information believed to be confidential, and one copy of the document with the information believed to be confidential deleted. DOE will make its own determination about the confidential status of the information and treat it according to its determination. Docket: For access to the docket to review the background documents VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:19 Apr 28, 2010 Jkt 220001 relevant to this matter, you may visit the U.S. Department of Energy, 950 L’Enfant Plaza SW., (Resource Room of the Building Technologies Program), Washington, DC, 20024, (202) 586–2945, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Available documents include the following items: (1) This notice; (2) public comments received; (3) the petition for waiver; and (4) prior DOE rulemakings regarding similar central air conditioning and heat pump equipment. Please call Ms. Brenda Edwards at the above telephone number for additional information regarding visiting the Resource Room. 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. Telephone: (202) 586–9611. E-mail: Michael.Raymond@ee.doe.gov. Ms. Betsy Kohl, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel, Mail Stop GC–71, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585–0103. Telephone: (202) 586–7796. E-mail: Elizabeth.Kohl@hq.doe.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background On December 19, 2006, GE filed a petition for waiver from the test procedure applicable to residential electric refrigerators and refrigeratorfreezers set forth in Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) part 430, subpart B, appendix A1. The products covered by the petition employ adaptive anti-sweat heaters, which detect and respond to temperature and humidity conditions, and then activate adaptive heaters as needed to evaporate excess moisture. GE’s petition was published in the Federal Register on April 17, 2007. 72 FR 19189. DOE granted the GE petition in a decision & order published on February 27, 2008. 73 FR 10425. II. Petition for Waiver of Test Procedure On February 16, 2010, GE informed DOE that it has developed additional basic models with adaptive anti-sweat heater technology. GE asserted that these new products function and operate the same way as the basic models listed in GE’s December 2006 petition for waiver with respect to the properties that made those products eligible for a waiver. GE requested that DOE grant a new waiver for these additional basic models. The following PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 22587 additional products are covered by the February 2010 waiver request: All models with the letters CFCP1NIY****, CFCP1NIZ****, CFCP1ZIY****, PFCF1NFY****, PFCF1NFZ****, PFCF1PJY****, PFCF1PJZ****, PFCS1NFY****, PFCS1NFZ****, PFCS1PJY****, PFCS1PJZ****, PFQS5PJY****, PFSF5NFY****, PFSF5NFZ****, PFSF5PJY****, PFSF5PJZ****, PFSS5NFY****, PFSS5NFZ****, PFSS5PJY****, PFSS5PJZ****, PGCS1NFY****, PGCS1NFZ****, PGCS1PJY****, PGCS1PJZ****, PGSS5NFY****, PGSS5NFZ****, PGSS5PJY****, PGSS5PJZ****, ZFGB21HY****, ZFGB21HZ****, ZFGP21HY****, ZFGP21HZ****. (The asterisks, or wild cards, denote color or other features that do not affect energy performance.) DOE notes that GE’s February 2010 petition for waiver also includes an alternate test procedure for testing products equipped with adaptive antisweat heaters. The alternate test procedure submitted in the February 2010 petition is identical to the one contained in GE’s December 2006 petition. IV. Summary and Request for Comments Through today’s notice, DOE announces receipt of GE’s petition for waiver from certain parts of the test procedure that apply to basic models of refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers with variable anti-sweat heater controls and adaptive heaters manufactured by GE. DOE is publishing GE’s petition for waiver in its entirety pursuant to 10 CFR 430.27(b)(1)(iv). The petition contains no confidential information. The petition includes a suggested alternate test procedure and calculation methodology to determine the energy consumption of GE’s specified refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers with adaptive anti-sweat heaters. DOE is interested in receiving comments from interested parties on all aspects of the petition, including the suggested alternate test procedure and calculation methodology. Pursuant to 10 CFR 430.27(b)(1)(iv), any person submitting written comments to DOE must also send a copy of such comments to the petitioner, whose contact information is included in the ADDRESSES section above. Issued in Washington, DC, on April 22, 2010. Cathy Zoi, Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. E:\FR\FM\29APN1.SGM 29APN1 22588 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 82 / Thursday, April 29, 2010 / Notices mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES February 16, 2010 Catherine R. Zoi, Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Ave., SW., Route Symbol: EE–1, Wash. DC 20585 Re: Case No. RF–007 Dear Ms. Assistant Secretary: GE Consumer & Industrial, is an operating division of General Electric Co., (‘‘GE’’) is a leading manufacturer and marketer of household appliances, including, as relevant to this proceeding, refrigerators. In December 2006, GE filed a Petition for Waiver (‘‘Petition’’), which requested the thenAssistant Secretary grant it a waiver from certain parts of the test procedure promulgated by the U.S. Department of Energy (‘‘DOE’’ or ‘‘the Department’’) for determining refrigerator-freezer energy consumption for its new models of refrigerator-freezers. These innovative models were designed with adaptive anti-sweat heaters, i.e., anti-sweat heaters that respond to humidity conditions found in consumers’ homes. Depending on ambient humidity conditions, the anti-sweat heaters would be turned on or off to prevent the accumulation of moisture inside the unit and on the outside of the case. And, because of their ability to sense humidity conditions, energy used to turn the anti-sweat heaters on can be better controlled. As pointed out in GE’s petition, the test conditions specified by DOE’s test procedure neither define required humidity conditions nor otherwise take ambient humidity conditions into account in calculating energy consumption, the adaptive feature of GE’s new model cannot be tested. The Petition also pointed out that, if GE had tested its new smart-technology refrigerator per the test procedure the results would not have accurately measured the energy used by the new models. The Assistant Secretary granted GE’s waiver petition on February 27, 2008.1 Thereafter, Whirlpool Corp. filed and was granted its waiver petition, 2 as was Electrolux 3 and Samsung.4 GE files this request for the sole purpose of asking that the relief granted in 2008 be extended to GE’s new models of refrigerator-freezers.5 If this request 1 FR Vol. 73 10425 et seq. Vol. 73 39684 et seq. (July 10, 2008). 3 FR Vol. 74 66344 et seq. (December 15, 2009). 4 FR Vol. 74 66340 et seq. (December 15, 2009). 5 The new models are all models with the letters CFCP1NIY****, CFCP1NIZ****, CFCP1ZIY****, PFCF1NFY****, PFCF1NFZ****, PFCF1PJY****, PFCF1PJZ****, PFCS1NFY****, PFCS1NFZ****, PFCS1PJY****, PFCS1PJZ****, PFQS5PJY****, 2 FR VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:19 Apr 28, 2010 Jkt 220001 must be treated as a new waiver petition pursuant to 10 C.F.R. § 430.27, then please accept it as such. If, however, this request can be treated as a request to amend the 2008 decision to cover the new models, then please accept it as such. GE incorporates herein the original humidity sensor waiver petition and has attached the petition hereto as Exhibit 1. Attached as Exhibit 2 is the Department’s decision granting that petition. We believe that granting our request will be another step in the Department’s support of advanced technologies, technologies that promote innovation and strengthen consumer confidence in the reliability of the Department’s test procedures A favorable and speedy ruling on this matter is necessary as the new models are in development and scheduled for sale in the second quarter of 2010. GE will be injured in the market if approval is delayed. Hardship to GE would result if the benefits of the investment in developing the new models is delayed. Respectfully submitted, llllllllllllllllll l Earl F. Jones Senior Counsel GE Consumer & Industrial Appliance Park 2–225 Louisville, KY 40225 earl.f.jones@ge.com 502–452–3164 (voice) 502–452–0395 (fax) Affected Persons Primary affected persons in the refrigerator-freezer category include BSH Home Appliances Corp. (BoschSiemens Hausgerate GmbH), Electrolux Home Products, Equator, Fisher & Paykel Appliances, Inc., Gorenje USA, Haier America Trading, L.L.C., Heartland Appliances, Inc., Kelon Electrical Holdings Col, Ltd., Liebherr Hausgerate, LG Electronics USA INC., Northland Corporation, Samsung Electronics America, Inc., Sanyo Fisher Company, Sears, Sub-Zero Freezer Company, U–Line, Viking Range, and Whirlpool Corporation. The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers is also generally interested in energy efficiency requirements for appliances. Consumers’ Union, ACEEE, NRDC and Alliance to Save Energy are not PFSF5NFY****, PFSF5NFZ****, PFSF5PJY****, PFSF5PJZ****, PFSS5NFY****, PFSS5NFZ****, PFSS5PJY****, PFSS5PJZ****, PGCS1NFY****, PGCS1NFZ****, PGCS1PJY****, PGCS1PJZ****, PGSS5NFY****, PGSS5NFZ****, PGSS5PJY****, PGSS5PJZ****, ZFGB21HY****, ZFGB21HZ****, ZFGP21HY****, ZFGP21HZ****. The asterisks, or wild cards, denote color or other features that do not affect energy performance. PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 manufacturers but have an interest in this matter. GE will notify all these organizations as required by the Department’s rules and provide them with a non-confidential version of this Petition. [FR Doc. 2010–9969 Filed 4–28–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. EL10–51–000] Grassland Renewables Energy LLC; Notice of Petition for Declaratory Order March 30, 2010. Take notice that on March 29, 2010, pursuant to Rule 207 of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (Commission) Rules of Practice and Procedure, Grassland Renewables Energy LLC filed an application for Petition for Declaratory Order, requesting the Commission to rule on whether the Petitioner’s proposal to construct the Wind Spirit Project Collector System (WSP Collector System) as a participant funded transmission facility with priority transmission service rights assigned to WSP Poolco and other entities that agree to pay for the entire cost of the WSP Collector System by contracting for such service at cost-based rates in advance of construction, satisfies the Commission’s open access transmission requirements, as the Commission ruled on a participant funded transmission facilities in Orders, Northeast Utilities Service Co. and NSTAR Electric Co., 127 FERC ¶ 61,179 (May 22, Order), and reh’g denied, 129 FERC ¶ 61,279 (December 29, Order) (2009). 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. On or before the comment date, it is not necessary to serve motions to intervene or protests on persons other than the Applicant. The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the ‘‘eFiling’’ link at http://www.ferc.gov. E:\FR\FM\29APN1.SGM 29APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

[Case No. RF-015]


Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Notice of 
Petition for Waiver of General Electric Company (GE) From the 
Department of Energy Residential Refrigerator and Refrigerator-Freezer 
Test Procedure

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

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

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SUMMARY: This notice announces receipt of and publishes the GE petition 
for waiver (hereafter, ``petition'') from parts of the U.S. Department 
of Energy (DOE) test procedure for determining the energy consumption 
of electric refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers. Through this 
document, DOE is

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soliciting comments with respect to the GE petition.

DATES: DOE will accept comments, data, and information with respect to 
the GE petition until, but no later than June 1, 2010.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by case number RF-015, 
by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     E-mail: AS_Waiver_Requests@ee.doe.gov. Include either 
the case number [Case No. RF-015], and/or ``GE Petition'' in the 
subject line of the message.
     Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards, 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 original paper copy.
     Hand Delivery/Courier: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department 
of Energy, Building Technologies Program, 950 L'Enfant Plaza SW., Suite 
600, Washington, DC 20024. Please submit one signed original paper 
copy.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name 
and case number for this proceeding. Submit electronic comments in 
WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, Portable Document Format (PDF), or text 
(American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII)) file 
format and avoid the use of special characters or any form of 
encryption. Wherever possible, include the electronic signature of the 
author. DOE does not accept telefacsimiles (faxes).
    Any person submitting written comments must also send a copy of 
such comments to the petitioner, pursuant to Title 10 of the Code of 
Federal Regulations (10 CFR) 430.27(d). The contact information for the 
petitioner is: Earl F. Jones, Senior Counsel, GE Consumer & Industrial, 
Appliance Park 2-225, Louisville, KY 40225. E-mail: 
earl.f.jones@ge.com.
    According to 10 CFR 1004.11, any person submitting information that 
he or she believes to be confidential and exempt by law from public 
disclosure should submit two copies to DOE: one copy of the document 
including all the information believed to be confidential, and one copy 
of the document with the information believed to be confidential 
deleted. DOE will make its own determination about the confidential 
status of the information and treat it according to its determination.
    Docket: For access to the docket to review the background documents 
relevant to this matter, you may visit the U.S. Department of Energy, 
950 L'Enfant Plaza SW., (Resource Room of the Building Technologies 
Program), Washington, DC, 20024, (202) 586-2945, between 9 a.m. and 4 
p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Available 
documents include the following items: (1) This notice; (2) public 
comments received; (3) the petition for waiver; and (4) prior DOE 
rulemakings regarding similar central air conditioning and heat pump 
equipment. Please call Ms. Brenda Edwards at the above telephone number 
for additional information regarding visiting the Resource Room.

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. Telephone: (202) 586-9611. E-mail: 
Michael.Raymond@ee.doe.gov.
    Ms. Betsy Kohl, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General 
Counsel, Mail Stop GC-71, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, 
SW., Washington, DC 20585-0103. Telephone: (202) 586-7796. E-mail: 
Elizabeth.Kohl@hq.doe.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    On December 19, 2006, GE filed a petition for waiver from the test 
procedure applicable to residential electric refrigerators and 
refrigerator-freezers set forth in Title 10 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations (10 CFR) part 430, subpart B, appendix A1. The products 
covered by the petition employ adaptive anti-sweat heaters, which 
detect and respond to temperature and humidity conditions, and then 
activate adaptive heaters as needed to evaporate excess moisture. GE's 
petition was published in the Federal Register on April 17, 2007. 72 FR 
19189. DOE granted the GE petition in a decision & order published on 
February 27, 2008. 73 FR 10425.

II. Petition for Waiver of Test Procedure

    On February 16, 2010, GE informed DOE that it has developed 
additional basic models with adaptive anti-sweat heater technology. GE 
asserted that these new products function and operate the same way as 
the basic models listed in GE's December 2006 petition for waiver with 
respect to the properties that made those products eligible for a 
waiver. GE requested that DOE grant a new waiver for these additional 
basic models. The following additional products are covered by the 
February 2010 waiver request:
    All models with the letters CFCP1NIY****, CFCP1NIZ****, 
CFCP1ZIY****, PFCF1NFY****, PFCF1NFZ****, PFCF1PJY****, PFCF1PJZ****, 
PFCS1NFY****, PFCS1NFZ****, PFCS1PJY****, PFCS1PJZ****, PFQS5PJY****, 
PFSF5NFY****, PFSF5NFZ****, PFSF5PJY****, PFSF5PJZ****, PFSS5NFY****, 
PFSS5NFZ****, PFSS5PJY****, PFSS5PJZ****, PGCS1NFY****, PGCS1NFZ****, 
PGCS1PJY****, PGCS1PJZ****, PGSS5NFY****, PGSS5NFZ****, PGSS5PJY****, 
PGSS5PJZ****, ZFGB21HY****, ZFGB21HZ****, ZFGP21HY****, ZFGP21HZ****. 
(The asterisks, or wild cards, denote color or other features that do 
not affect energy performance.)
    DOE notes that GE's February 2010 petition for waiver also includes 
an alternate test procedure for testing products equipped with adaptive 
anti-sweat heaters. The alternate test procedure submitted in the 
February 2010 petition is identical to the one contained in GE's 
December 2006 petition.

IV. Summary and Request for Comments

    Through today's notice, DOE announces receipt of GE's petition for 
waiver from certain parts of the test procedure that apply to basic 
models of refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers with variable anti-
sweat heater controls and adaptive heaters manufactured by GE. DOE is 
publishing GE's petition for waiver in its entirety pursuant to 10 CFR 
430.27(b)(1)(iv). The petition contains no confidential information. 
The petition includes a suggested alternate test procedure and 
calculation methodology to determine the energy consumption of GE's 
specified refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers with adaptive anti-
sweat heaters. DOE is interested in receiving comments from interested 
parties on all aspects of the petition, including the suggested 
alternate test procedure and calculation methodology. Pursuant to 10 
CFR 430.27(b)(1)(iv), any person submitting written comments to DOE 
must also send a copy of such comments to the petitioner, whose contact 
information is included in the ADDRESSES section above.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on April 22, 2010.
Cathy Zoi,
Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

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February 16, 2010

Catherine R. Zoi, Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency & Renewable 
Energy, Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Ave., SW., Route 
Symbol: EE-1, Wash. DC 20585

 Re: Case No. RF-007

Dear Ms. Assistant Secretary:

    GE Consumer & Industrial, is an operating division of General 
Electric Co., (``GE'') is a leading manufacturer and marketer of 
household appliances, including, as relevant to this proceeding, 
refrigerators. In December 2006, GE filed a Petition for Waiver 
(``Petition''), which requested the then-Assistant Secretary grant it a 
waiver from certain parts of the test procedure promulgated by the U.S. 
Department of Energy (``DOE'' or ``the Department'') for determining 
refrigerator-freezer energy consumption for its new models of 
refrigerator-freezers. These innovative models were designed with 
adaptive anti-sweat heaters, i.e., anti-sweat heaters that respond to 
humidity conditions found in consumers' homes. Depending on ambient 
humidity conditions, the anti-sweat heaters would be turned on or off 
to prevent the accumulation of moisture inside the unit and on the 
outside of the case. And, because of their ability to sense humidity 
conditions, energy used to turn the anti-sweat heaters on can be better 
controlled.
    As pointed out in GE's petition, the test conditions specified by 
DOE's test procedure neither define required humidity conditions nor 
otherwise take ambient humidity conditions into account in calculating 
energy consumption, the adaptive feature of GE's new model cannot be 
tested.
    The Petition also pointed out that, if GE had tested its new smart-
technology refrigerator per the test procedure the results would not 
have accurately measured the energy used by the new models.
    The Assistant Secretary granted GE's waiver petition on February 
27, 2008.\1\ Thereafter, Whirlpool Corp. filed and was granted its 
waiver petition, \2\ as was Electrolux \3\ and Samsung.\4\
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    \1\ FR Vol. 73 10425 et seq.
    \2\ FR Vol. 73 39684 et seq. (July 10, 2008).
    \3\ FR Vol. 74 66344 et seq. (December 15, 2009).
    \4\ FR Vol. 74 66340 et seq. (December 15, 2009).
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    GE files this request for the sole purpose of asking that the 
relief granted in 2008 be extended to GE's new models of refrigerator-
freezers.\5\ If this request must be treated as a new waiver petition 
pursuant to 10 C.F.R. Sec.  430.27, then please accept it as such. If, 
however, this request can be treated as a request to amend the 2008 
decision to cover the new models, then please accept it as such.
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    \5\ The new models are all models with the letters CFCP1NIY****, 
CFCP1NIZ****, CFCP1ZIY****, PFCF1NFY****, PFCF1NFZ****, 
PFCF1PJY****, PFCF1PJZ****, PFCS1NFY****, PFCS1NFZ****, 
PFCS1PJY****, PFCS1PJZ****, PFQS5PJY****, PFSF5NFY****, 
PFSF5NFZ****, PFSF5PJY****, PFSF5PJZ****, PFSS5NFY****, 
PFSS5NFZ****, PFSS5PJY****, PFSS5PJZ****, PGCS1NFY****, 
PGCS1NFZ****, PGCS1PJY****, PGCS1PJZ****, PGSS5NFY****, 
PGSS5NFZ****, PGSS5PJY****, PGSS5PJZ****, ZFGB21HY****, 
ZFGB21HZ****, ZFGP21HY****, ZFGP21HZ****. The asterisks, or wild 
cards, denote color or other features that do not affect energy 
performance.
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    GE incorporates herein the original humidity sensor waiver petition 
and has attached the petition hereto as Exhibit 1. Attached as Exhibit 
2 is the Department's decision granting that petition.
    We believe that granting our request will be another step in the 
Department's support of advanced technologies, technologies that 
promote innovation and strengthen consumer confidence in the 
reliability of the Department's test procedures
    A favorable and speedy ruling on this matter is necessary as the 
new models are in development and scheduled for sale in the second 
quarter of 2010. GE will be injured in the market if approval is 
delayed. Hardship to GE would result if the benefits of the investment 
in developing the new models is delayed.
Respectfully submitted,
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Earl F. Jones
Senior Counsel
GE Consumer & Industrial
Appliance Park 2-225
Louisville, KY 40225 earl.f.jones@ge.com
502-452-3164 (voice)
502-452-0395 (fax)

Affected Persons

    Primary affected persons in the refrigerator-freezer category 
include BSH Home Appliances Corp. (Bosch-Siemens Hausgerate GmbH), 
Electrolux Home Products, Equator, Fisher & Paykel Appliances, Inc., 
Gorenje USA, Haier America Trading, L.L.C., Heartland Appliances, Inc., 
Kelon Electrical Holdings Col, Ltd., Liebherr Hausgerate, LG 
Electronics USA INC., Northland Corporation, Samsung Electronics 
America, Inc., Sanyo Fisher Company, Sears, Sub-Zero Freezer Company, 
U-Line, Viking Range, and Whirlpool Corporation. The Association of 
Home Appliance Manufacturers is also generally interested in energy 
efficiency requirements for appliances. Consumers' Union, ACEEE, NRDC 
and Alliance to Save Energy are not manufacturers but have an interest 
in this matter. GE will notify all these organizations as required by 
the Department's rules and provide them with a non-confidential version 
of this Petition.

[FR Doc. 2010-9969 Filed 4-28-10; 8:45 am]
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