Petition for Waiver of Samsung Electronics America, Inc. From the Department of Energy Residential Refrigerator and Refrigerator-Freezer Test Procedure, and Grant of Interim Waiver, 13109-13113 [2012-5287]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 43 / Monday, March 5, 2012 / Notices capacities of 24,000, 30,000, 36,000, 48,000 and 54,000 Btu/hr respectively. High static pressure duct: ARUH36RLAV, ARUH48RLAV, ARUH54RLAV, ARUH60RLAV, ARUH72RLAV, ARUH90RLAV and ARUH96RLAV with nominal cooling capacities of 36,000, 48,000, 60,000, 72,000, 90,000 and 96,000 Btu/hr respectively. DOE makes decisions on waivers and interim waivers for only those models specifically set out in the petition, not future models that may be manufactured by the petitioner. FUJITSU may submit a petition for waiver and request for grant of interim waiver, as appropriate, for additional models of commercial package air conditioners and heat pumps for which it seeks a waiver from the DOE test procedure. In addition, DOE notes that grant of an interim waiver or waiver does not release a petitioner from the certification requirements set forth at 10 CFR part 429. erowe on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES III. Alternate Test Procedure In responses to two petitions for waiver from Mitsubishi, DOE specified an alternate test procedure to provide a basis from which Mitsubishi could test and make valid energy efficiency representations for its R410A CITY MULTI products, as well as for its R22 multi-split products. Alternate test procedures related to the Mitsubishi petitions were published in the Federal Register on April 9, 2007. See 72 FR 17528 and 72 FR 17533. For reasons similar to those published in these prior notices, DOE believes that an alternate test procedure is appropriate in this instance. DOE understands that existing testing facilities have limited ability to test multiple indoor units simultaneously. This limitation makes it impractical for manufacturers to test the large number of possible combinations of indoor and outdoor units for some variable refrigerant flow zoned systems. We further note that after DOE granted a waiver for Mitsubishi’s R22 multi-split products, ARI formed a committee to discuss testing issues and to develop a testing protocol for variable refrigerant flow systems. The committee has developed a test procedure that has been adopted by AHRI—‘‘ANSI/AHRI 1230–2010: Performance Rating of Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) MultiSplit Air-Conditioning and Heat Pump Equipment’’ and is referenced in ASHRAE 90.1–2010. ANSI/AHRI 1230– 2010 with Addendum 1 (dated February 2011) allows the use of up to 12 indoor units (instead of 5 indoor units previously) in the configuration of a VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:06 Mar 02, 2012 Jkt 226001 basic model. ANSI/AHRI 1230–2010 is consistent with the alternate test procedure established in the commercial multi-split waivers that DOE has granted to Mitsubishi and several other manufacturers. ANSI/ AHRI 1230–2010 uses a definition of ‘‘tested combination’’ that is substantially the same as the definition in the alternate test procedure in those waivers. DOE prescribed ANSI/AHRI 1230–2010 in decision and orders granted to Carrier Corporation (76 FR 31951, June 2, 2011), Fujitsu General Limited (76 FR 50204, August 12, 2011), and Mitsubishi (76 FR 65710, October 24, 2011). Therefore, as a condition for granting this interim waiver to FUJITSU, DOE requires the use of ANSI/AHRI–1230– 2010 with Addendum 1 as the alternate test procedure. This alternate test procedure will allow FUJITSU to test and make energy efficiency representations for its AIRSTAGE V–II products. As stated above, DOE has applied this alternate test procedure to other waivers for similar residential and commercial central air conditioners and heat pumps manufactured by other manufacturers. IV. Summary and Request for Comments Through today’s notice, DOE announces receipt of FUJITSU’s petition for waiver from the test procedures that apply to commercial multi-split heat pump products and grants an interim waiver to FUJITSU. For the reasons articulated above, DOE also grants FUJITSU an interim waiver from those procedures. DOE is publishing FUJITSU’s petition for waiver in its entirety pursuant to 10 CFR 430.401(b)(1)(iv). The petition contains no confidential information. Furthermore, today’s notice includes an alternate test procedure that FUJITSU is required to follow as a condition of its interim waiver. DOE solicits comments from interested parties on all aspects of the petition. Pursuant to 10 CFR 431.401(d), any person submitting written comments must also send a copy of such comments to the petitioner. The contact information for the petitioner is: Masami Kato, Manager, Engineering Attestation Administration Department, Air Conditioner Administration Division, FUJITSU General Limited, 1116 Suenaga, Takatsu-ku, Kawasaki 213–8502, Japan. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 13109 (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). 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: 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. Issued in Washington, DC, on February 28, 2012. Kathleen B. Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. [FR Doc. 2012–5228 Filed 3–2–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy [Case No. RF–021] Petition for Waiver of Samsung Electronics America, Inc. From the Department of Energy Residential Refrigerator and Refrigerator-Freezer Test Procedure, and Grant of Interim Waiver Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy. ACTION: Notice of petition for waiver, notice of grant of interim waiver, and request for comments. AGENCY: This notice announces receipt of and publishes the Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (Samsung) petition for waiver (hereafter, ‘‘petition’’) from specified portions of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) test procedure for determining the energy consumption of electric refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers. In its petition, Samsung provides an alternate test procedure that is the same as the test procedure DOE published in an interim final rule. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning Samsung’s petition and the suggested alternate test procedure. Today’s notice also grants Samsung an interim waiver from the electric refrigerator and refrigerator-freezer test SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\05MRN1.SGM 05MRN1 erowe on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 13110 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 43 / Monday, March 5, 2012 / Notices procedure, subject to use of the alternative test procedure set forth in this notice. DATES: DOE will accept comments, data, and information with respect to the Samsung Petition until April 6, 2012. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by case number ‘‘RF–021,’’ by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: https:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Email: AS_Waiver_Requests@ee.doe.gov. Include the case number [Case No. RF– 017] 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. 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., 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 application for interim waiver; and (4) prior DOE waivers and rulemakings regarding similar refrigerator-freezer products. Please call Ms. Brenda Edwards at the above telephone number for additional information. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Bryan Berringer, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, Mail Stop EE–2J, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121. Telephone: (202) 586–0371. Email: AS_Waiver_Requests@ee.doe.gov. Ms. Elizabeth 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. Email: Elizabeth.Kohl@hq.doe.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background and Authority Title III, Part B of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), Public Law 94–163 (42 U.S.C. 6291– 6309, as codified), established the VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:06 Mar 02, 2012 Jkt 226001 Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles, a program covering most major household appliances, which includes the electric refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers that are the focus of this notice.1 Part B includes definitions, test procedures, labeling provisions, energy conservation standards, and the authority to require information and reports from manufacturers. Further, Part B authorizes the Secretary of Energy to prescribe test procedures that are reasonably designed to produce results which measure the energy efficiency, energy use, or estimated annual operating costs of a covered product, and that are not unduly burdensome to conduct. (42 U.S.C. 6293(b)(3)) The test procedure for automatic electric refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers is contained in 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix A1. The regulations set forth in 10 CFR 430.27 contain provisions that enable a person to seek a waiver from the test procedure requirements for covered products. The Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (the Assistant Secretary) will grant a waiver if it is determined that the basic model for which the petition for waiver was submitted contains one or more design characteristics that prevents testing of the basic model according to the prescribed test procedures, or if the prescribed test procedures may evaluate the basic model in a manner so unrepresentative of its true energy consumption characteristics as to provide materially inaccurate comparative data. 10 CFR 430.27(l). Petitioners must include in their petition any alternate test procedures known to the petitioner to evaluate the basic model in a manner representative of its energy consumption. 10 CFR 430.27(b)(1)(iii). The Assistant Secretary may grant the waiver subject to conditions, including adherence to alternate test procedures. 10 CFR 430.27(l). Waivers remain in effect pursuant to the provisions of 10 CFR 430.27(m). The waiver process also allows the Assistant Secretary to grant an interim waiver from test procedure requirements to manufacturers that have petitioned DOE for a waiver of such prescribed test procedures. 10 CFR 430.27(g). An interim waiver remains in effect for 180 days or until DOE issues its determination on the petition for waiver, whichever is sooner. DOE may extend an interim waiver for an additional 180 days. 10 CFR 430.27(h). 1 For editorial reasons, upon codification in the U.S. Code, Part B was re-designated Part A. PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 II. Petition for Waiver of Test Procedure and Application for Interim Waiver On December 14, 2011, Samsung submitted a petition for waiver from the test procedure applicable to residential electric refrigerators and refrigeratorfreezers set forth in 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix A1. Samsung is designing new refrigerator-freezers that incorporate multiple defrost cycles. In its petition, Samsung seeks a waiver from the existing DOE test procedure applicable to refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers under 10 CFR part 430 because the existing test procedure does not account for multiple defrost cycles. Therefore, Samsung has asked to use an alternate test procedure that is the same as the test procedure provisions for products with long time or variable defrost DOE published in an interim final rule (75 FR 78810, December 16, 2010). On January 27 and July 19, 2011, Samsung had submitted similar petitions for waiver and requests for interim waiver for other basic models of refrigerator-freezers that incorporate multiple defrost cycles. DOE subsequently granted a waiver for the products specified in these petitions. 77 FR 1474 (Jan. 10, 2012). Samsung also requests an interim waiver from the existing DOE test procedure. An interim waiver may be granted if it is determined that the applicant will experience economic hardship if the application for interim waiver is denied, if it appears likely that the petition for waiver will be granted, and/or the Assistant Secretary determines that it would be desirable for public policy reasons to grant immediate relief pending a determination of the petition for waiver. (10 CFR 430.27(g)). DOE has determined that Samsung’s application for interim waiver does not provide sufficient market, equipment price, shipments and other manufacturer impact information to permit DOE to evaluate the economic hardship Samsung might experience absent a favorable determination on its application for interim waiver. DOE has determined, however that it is likely Samsung’s petition will be granted, and that it is desirable for public policy reasons to grant Samsung relief pending a determination on the petition. Previously, DOE granted a waiver to Samsung for other basic models incorporating multiple defrost technology (77 FR 1474, Jan. 10, 2012), and DOE has determined that it is desirable to have similar basic models tested in a consistent manner. Samsung’s petition included an alternate test procedure to account for E:\FR\FM\05MRN1.SGM 05MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 43 / Monday, March 5, 2012 / Notices erowe on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES the energy consumption of its refrigerator-freezer models with multiple defrost cycles. The alternate test procedure specified by Samsung is the same as the test procedure published in the interim final rule referenced above. DOE recently issued a final test procedure for refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers (https://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/ appliance_standards/pdfs/ refr_frz_tp_finalrule_01_09_12.pdf). The final test procedure addresses comments received on the Samsung petitions that were the subject of the previous waiver, as well as on the interim final rule. The alternate test procedure specified in this interim waiver (as well as the previous waiver granted to Samsung) is identical to the test procedure provisions for products with long time or variable defrost adopted in the final test procedure rule. For the reasons stated above, DOE grants Samsung’s application for interim waiver from testing of its refrigeratorfreezer product line containing multiple defrost cycles. Therefore, it is ordered that: The application for interim waiver filed by Samsung is hereby granted for the specified Samsung refrigeratorfreezer basic models that incorporate multiple defrost cycles, subject to the specifications and conditions below. Samsung shall be required to test or rate the specified refrigerator-freezer products according to the alternate test procedure as set forth in section III, ‘‘Alternate Test Procedure.’’ The interim waiver applies to the following basic model groups: PFSS6SMX**** PSB42****** RF323T*DB** RF263B*AE** RF263N*AE** 592 656** GSE4820SS RF323B*DB** RF261B*AE** RF263S*AE** PSB48****** E42BS75E** RF263T*AE** RF260B*AE** DOE makes decisions on waivers and interim waivers for only those models specifically set out in the petition, not VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:06 Mar 02, 2012 Jkt 226001 future models that may be manufactured by the petitioner. Samsung may submit a subsequent petition for waiver and request for grant of interim waiver, as appropriate, for additional models of refrigerator-freezers for which it seeks a waiver from the DOE test procedure. In addition, DOE notes that grant of an interim waiver or waiver does not release a petitioner from the certification requirements set forth at 10 CFR part 429. III. Alternate Test Procedure EPCA requires that manufacturers use DOE test procedures to make representations about the energy consumption and energy consumption costs of products covered by the statute. (42 U.S.C. 6293(c)) Consistent representations are important for manufacturers to use in making representations about the energy efficiency of their products and to demonstrate compliance with applicable DOE energy conservation standards. Pursuant to its regulations applicable to waivers and interim waivers from applicable test procedures at 10 CFR 430.27, DOE will consider setting an alternate test procedure for Samsung in a subsequent Decision and Order. During the period of the interim waiver granted in this notice, Samsung shall test the products listed above according to the test procedures for residential electric refrigerator-freezers prescribed by DOE at 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix A1, except that, for the Samsung products listed above only, include: 1. In section 1, Definitions, the following definition: ‘‘Defrost cycle type’’ means a distinct sequence of control whose function is to remove frost and/or ice from a refrigerated surface. There may be variations in the defrost control sequence such as the number of defrost heaters energized. Each such variation establishes a separate distinct defrost cycle type. However, defrost achieved regularly during the compressor ‘‘off’’ cycles by warming of the evaporator without active heat addition is not a defrost cycle type. 2. In section 4, Test Period, the following: PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 13111 4.2.1 Long-time Automatic Defrost. If the model being tested has a long-time automatic defrost system, the two-part test described in this section may be used. The first part is a stable period of compressor operation that includes no portions of the defrost cycle, such as precooling or recovery, that is otherwise the same as the test for a unit having no defrost provisions (section 4.1). The second part is designed to capture the energy consumed during all of the events occurring with the defrost control sequence that are outside of stable operation. 4.2.1.1 Cycling Compressor System. For a system with a cycling compressor, the second part of the test starts at the termination of the last regular compressor ‘‘on’’ cycle. The average temperatures of the fresh food and freezer compartments measured from the termination of the previous compressor ‘‘on’’ cycle to the termination of the last regular compressor ‘‘on’’ cycle must both be within 0.5 °F (0.3 °C) of their average temperatures measured for the first part of the test. If any compressor cycles occur prior to the defrost heater being energized that cause the average temperature in either compartment to deviate from its average temperature for the first part of the test by more than 0.5 °F (0.3 °C), these compressor cycles are not considered regular compressor cycles and must be included in the second part of the test. As an example, a ‘‘precooling’’ cycle, which is an extended compressor cycle that lowers the temperature(s) of one or both compartments prior to energizing the defrost heater, must be included in the second part of the test. The test period for the second part of the test ends at the termination of the first regular compressor ‘‘on’’ cycle after both compartment temperatures have fully recovered to their stable conditions. The average temperatures of the compartments measured from this termination of the first regular compressor ‘‘on’’ cycle until the termination of the next regular compressor ‘‘on’’ cycle must both be within 0.5 °F (0.3 °C) of their average temperatures measured for the first part of the test. See Figure 1. E:\FR\FM\05MRN1.SGM 05MRN1 13112 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 43 / Monday, March 5, 2012 / Notices 5.2.1.5 Long-time or Variable Defrost Control for Systems with Multiple Defrost cycle Types. The energy consumption in kilowatt-hours per day shall be calculated equivalent to: Where: 1440 is defined in 5.2.1.1 and EP1, T1, and 12 are defined in 5.2.1.2; i is a variable that can equal 1, 2, or more that identifies the distinct defrost cycle types applicable for the refrigerator or refrigerator-freezer; EP2i = energy expended in kilowatt-hours during the second part of the test for defrost cycle type i; T2i = length of time in minutes of the second part of the test for defrost cycle type i; CTi is the compressor run time between instances of defrost cycle type i, for longtime automatic defrost control equal to a fixed time in hours rounded to the nearest tenth of an hour, and for variable defrost control equal to of an hour (CTL for the defrost cycle type with the longest compressor run time between defrosts must be greater than or equal to 6 but less than or equal to 12 hours); CTMi = maximum compressor run time between instances of defrost cycle type i in hours rounded to the nearest tenth of an hour (greater than CTLi but not more than 96 hours); For cases in which there are more than one fixed CT value (for long-time defrost VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:06 Mar 02, 2012 Jkt 226001 (CTLi × CTMi)/(F × (CTMi ¥ CTLi) + CTLi); CTLi = least or shortest compressor run time between instances of defrost cycle type i in hours rounded to the nearest tenth PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\05MRN1.SGM 05MRN1 EN05MR12.001</GPH> have different defrost frequencies. The two-part method in 4.2.1 shall be used. The second part of the method will be conducted separately for each distinct defrost cycle type. 3. In section 5, Test Measurements, the following: EN05MR12.000</GPH> erowe on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 4.2.4 Systems with Multiple Defrost Frequencies. This section applies to models with long-time automatic or variable defrost control with multiple defrost cycle types, such as models with single compressors and multiple evaporators in which the evaporators Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 43 / Monday, March 5, 2012 / Notices models) or more than one CTM and/or CTL value (for variable defrost models) for a given defrost cycle type, an average fixed CT value or average CTM and CTL values shall be selected for this cycle type so that 12 divided by this value or values is the frequency of occurrence of the defrost cycle type in a 24 hour period, assuming 50% compressor run time. F = default defrost energy consumption factor, equal to 0.20. For variable defrost models with no values for CTLi and CTMi in the algorithm, the default values of 6 and 96 shall be used, respectively. D is the total number of distinct defrost cycle types. erowe on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES IV. Summary and Request for Comments Through today’s notice, DOE announces receipt of Samsung’s petition for waiver from certain parts of the test procedure that apply to clothes washers and grants an interim waiver to Samsung. DOE is publishing Samsung’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 to measure the energy consumption of refrigerator-freezer basic models that incorporate multiple defrost cycles. DOE solicits comments from interested parties on all aspects of the petition. 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. The contact information for the petitioner is: Michael Moss, Director of Corporate Environmental Affairs, Samsung Electronics America, Inc., 18600 Broadwick St., Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220. 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). Issued in Washington, DC, on February 28, 2012. Kathleen B. Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. December 14, 2011 Dr. Henry Kelly Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Department of Energy VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:06 Mar 02, 2012 Jkt 226001 1000 Independence Avenue SW. Washington, DC 20585 Re: Samsung Petition for Waiver and Application for Interim Waiver, Single Compressor RefrigeratorFreezers with Multiple Defrost Cycles Dear Assistant Secretary Kelly: Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (‘‘Samsung’’) respectfully submits this Application for Interim Waiver and Petition for Waiver to the Department of Energy (‘‘DOE’’ or ‘‘the Department’’) for single compressor refrigerator-freezers with multiple defrost cycles that are manufactured by Samsung from DOE’s test procedure for refrigerator-freezers. Reasoning 10 CFR Part 430.27(a)(1) allows a person to submit a petition to waive for a particular basic model any requirements of § 430.23 upon the grounds that the basic model contains one or more design characteristics which either prevent testing of the basic model according to the prescribed test procedures, or the prescribed test procedures may evaluate the basic model in a manner so unrepresentative of its true energy consumption characteristics as to provide materially inaccurate comparative data. Current test procedures as prescribed in Appendix A1 to Subpart B of Part 430 (‘‘Appendix A1’’) do not adequately provide a way for Samsung to accurately represent the energy consumption of its refrigerator-freezers with multiple defrost cycles. Previous, DOE concurred with Samsung’s understanding in the interim waiver granted to Samsung in 76 FR 54456 and 76 FR 16760.1 Meanwhile, DOE communicated that all manufacturers planning on marketing refrigerator-freezers with multiple defrost cycles must seek a waiver from the Department.2 Request Samsung respectfully request immediate relief from being required to test or rate its refrigerator-freezer products that incorporate multiple defrost cycles according to 10 CFR part 430 subpart B, appendix A1. Instead, 1 DOE understands, however, that absent an interim waiver, Samsung’s products would not be accurately tested and rated for energy consumption because the current energy test procedure does not include test procedures for products with multiple defrost cycle types. 2 Until these amendments are required in conjunction with the 2014 standards, manufacturers introducing products equipped with multiple defrost cycle types should, consistent with 10 CFR 430.27, petition for a waiver since the modified version of Appendix A1 set out in today’s notice will not include a specified method for capturing this energy usage. PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 13113 Samsung seeks the alternate test procedure as prescribed in 76 FR 54456, Section IV, ‘‘Alternate Test Procedure’’ for the following models: PFSS6SMX**** PSB42****** RF323T*DB** RF263B*AE** RF263N*AE** 592 656** GSE4820SS RF323B*DB** RF261B*AE** RF263S*AE** PSB48****** E42BS75E** RF263T*AE** RF260B*AE** Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding this Petition for Waiver and Application for Interim Waiver. I will be happy to discuss should any questions arise. Sincerely, Michael Moss, Director of Corporate Environmental Affairs. [FR Doc. 2012–5287 Filed 3–2–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Combined Notice of Filings #1 Take notice that the Commission received the following electric rate filings: Docket Numbers: ER11–4304–001. Applicants: Golden Spread Electric Cooperative, Inc. Description: Amendment to Initial Tariff Filing to be effective 10/12/2011. Filed Date: 2/24/12. Accession Number: 20120224–5001. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/16/12. Docket Numbers: ER12–1151–000. Applicants: Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Description: Pacific Gas and Electric Company submits tariff filing per 35.13(a)(2)(iii: Two E&P Agreements under PG&E’s Transmission Owner Tariff and Report to be effective 2/24/ 2012. Filed Date: 2/23/12. Accession Number: 20120223–5109. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/15/12. Docket Numbers: ER12–1152–000. Applicants: Bounce Energy PA, LLC. Description: Application for MarketBased Rate Authority to be effective 2/24/2012. Filed Date: 2/24/12. Accession Number: 20120224–5002. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/16/12. E:\FR\FM\05MRN1.SGM 05MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

[Case No. RF-021]


Petition for Waiver of Samsung Electronics America, Inc. From the 
Department of Energy Residential Refrigerator and Refrigerator-Freezer 
Test Procedure, and Grant of Interim Waiver

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

ACTION: Notice of petition for waiver, notice of grant of interim 
waiver, and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces receipt of and publishes the Samsung 
Electronics America, Inc. (Samsung) petition for waiver (hereafter, 
``petition'') from specified portions of the U.S. Department of Energy 
(DOE) test procedure for determining the energy consumption of electric 
refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers. In its petition, Samsung 
provides an alternate test procedure that is the same as the test 
procedure DOE published in an interim final rule. DOE solicits 
comments, data, and information concerning Samsung's petition and the 
suggested alternate test procedure. Today's notice also grants Samsung 
an interim waiver from the electric refrigerator and refrigerator-
freezer test

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procedure, subject to use of the alternative test procedure set forth 
in this notice.

DATES: DOE will accept comments, data, and information with respect to 
the Samsung Petition until April 6, 2012.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by case number ``RF-
021,'' by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Email: AS_Waiver_Requests@ee.doe.gov. Include the case 
number [Case No. RF-017] 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.
    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., 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 application 
for interim waiver; and (4) prior DOE waivers and rulemakings regarding 
similar refrigerator-freezer products. Please call Ms. Brenda Edwards 
at the above telephone number for additional information.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Bryan Berringer, U.S. Department 
of Energy, Building Technologies Program, Mail Stop EE-2J, Forrestal 
Building, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. 
Telephone: (202) 586-0371. Email: AS_Waiver_Requests@ee.doe.gov.
    Ms. Elizabeth 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. 
Email: Elizabeth.Kohl@hq.doe.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background and Authority

    Title III, Part B of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 
(EPCA), Public Law 94-163 (42 U.S.C. 6291-6309, as codified), 
established the Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other 
Than Automobiles, a program covering most major household appliances, 
which includes the electric refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers 
that are the focus of this notice.\1\ Part B includes definitions, test 
procedures, labeling provisions, energy conservation standards, and the 
authority to require information and reports from manufacturers. 
Further, Part B authorizes the Secretary of Energy to prescribe test 
procedures that are reasonably designed to produce results which 
measure the energy efficiency, energy use, or estimated annual 
operating costs of a covered product, and that are not unduly 
burdensome to conduct. (42 U.S.C. 6293(b)(3)) The test procedure for 
automatic electric refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers is contained 
in 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix A1.
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    The regulations set forth in 10 CFR 430.27 contain provisions that 
enable a person to seek a waiver from the test procedure requirements 
for covered products. The Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and 
Renewable Energy (the Assistant Secretary) will grant a waiver if it is 
determined that the basic model for which the petition for waiver was 
submitted contains one or more design characteristics that prevents 
testing of the basic model according to the prescribed test procedures, 
or if the prescribed test procedures may evaluate the basic model in a 
manner so unrepresentative of its true energy consumption 
characteristics as to provide materially inaccurate comparative data. 
10 CFR 430.27(l). Petitioners must include in their petition any 
alternate test procedures known to the petitioner to evaluate the basic 
model in a manner representative of its energy consumption. 10 CFR 
430.27(b)(1)(iii). The Assistant Secretary may grant the waiver subject 
to conditions, including adherence to alternate test procedures. 10 CFR 
430.27(l). Waivers remain in effect pursuant to the provisions of 10 
CFR 430.27(m).
    The waiver process also allows the Assistant Secretary to grant an 
interim waiver from test procedure requirements to manufacturers that 
have petitioned DOE for a waiver of such prescribed test procedures. 10 
CFR 430.27(g). An interim waiver remains in effect for 180 days or 
until DOE issues its determination on the petition for waiver, 
whichever is sooner. DOE may extend an interim waiver for an additional 
180 days. 10 CFR 430.27(h).

II. Petition for Waiver of Test Procedure and Application for Interim 
Waiver

    On December 14, 2011, Samsung submitted a petition for waiver from 
the test procedure applicable to residential electric refrigerators and 
refrigerator-freezers set forth in 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix 
A1. Samsung is designing new refrigerator-freezers that incorporate 
multiple defrost cycles. In its petition, Samsung seeks a waiver from 
the existing DOE test procedure applicable to refrigerators and 
refrigerator-freezers under 10 CFR part 430 because the existing test 
procedure does not account for multiple defrost cycles. Therefore, 
Samsung has asked to use an alternate test procedure that is the same 
as the test procedure provisions for products with long time or 
variable defrost DOE published in an interim final rule (75 FR 78810, 
December 16, 2010). On January 27 and July 19, 2011, Samsung had 
submitted similar petitions for waiver and requests for interim waiver 
for other basic models of refrigerator-freezers that incorporate 
multiple defrost cycles. DOE subsequently granted a waiver for the 
products specified in these petitions. 77 FR 1474 (Jan. 10, 2012).
    Samsung also requests an interim waiver from the existing DOE test 
procedure. An interim waiver may be granted if it is determined that 
the applicant will experience economic hardship if the application for 
interim waiver is denied, if it appears likely that the petition for 
waiver will be granted, and/or the Assistant Secretary determines that 
it would be desirable for public policy reasons to grant immediate 
relief pending a determination of the petition for waiver. (10 CFR 
430.27(g)).
    DOE has determined that Samsung's application for interim waiver 
does not provide sufficient market, equipment price, shipments and 
other manufacturer impact information to permit DOE to evaluate the 
economic hardship Samsung might experience absent a favorable 
determination on its application for interim waiver. DOE has 
determined, however that it is likely Samsung's petition will be 
granted, and that it is desirable for public policy reasons to grant 
Samsung relief pending a determination on the petition. Previously, DOE 
granted a waiver to Samsung for other basic models incorporating 
multiple defrost technology (77 FR 1474, Jan. 10, 2012), and DOE has 
determined that it is desirable to have similar basic models tested in 
a consistent manner.
    Samsung's petition included an alternate test procedure to account 
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the energy consumption of its refrigerator-freezer models with multiple 
defrost cycles. The alternate test procedure specified by Samsung is 
the same as the test procedure published in the interim final rule 
referenced above. DOE recently issued a final test procedure for 
refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers (https://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/pdfs/refr_frz_tp_finalrule_01_09_12.pdf). The final test procedure addresses 
comments received on the Samsung petitions that were the subject of the 
previous waiver, as well as on the interim final rule. The alternate 
test procedure specified in this interim waiver (as well as the 
previous waiver granted to Samsung) is identical to the test procedure 
provisions for products with long time or variable defrost adopted in 
the final test procedure rule.
    For the reasons stated above, DOE grants Samsung's application for 
interim waiver from testing of its refrigerator-freezer product line 
containing multiple defrost cycles. Therefore, it is ordered that:
    The application for interim waiver filed by Samsung is hereby 
granted for the specified Samsung refrigerator-freezer basic models 
that incorporate multiple defrost cycles, subject to the specifications 
and conditions below. Samsung shall be required to test or rate the 
specified refrigerator-freezer products according to the alternate test 
procedure as set forth in section III, ``Alternate Test Procedure.''
    The interim waiver applies to the following basic model groups:

PFSS6SMX****
PSB42******
RF323T*DB**
RF263B*AE**
RF263N*AE**
592 656**
GSE4820SS
RF323B*DB**
RF261B*AE**
RF263S*AE**
PSB48******
E42BS75E**
RF263T*AE**
RF260B*AE**

    DOE makes decisions on waivers and interim waivers for only those 
models specifically set out in the petition, not future models that may 
be manufactured by the petitioner. Samsung may submit a subsequent 
petition for waiver and request for grant of interim waiver, as 
appropriate, for additional models of refrigerator-freezers for which 
it seeks a waiver from the DOE test procedure. In addition, DOE notes 
that grant of an interim waiver or waiver does not release a petitioner 
from the certification requirements set forth at 10 CFR part 429.

III. Alternate Test Procedure

    EPCA requires that manufacturers use DOE test procedures to make 
representations about the energy consumption and energy consumption 
costs of products covered by the statute. (42 U.S.C. 6293(c)) 
Consistent representations are important for manufacturers to use in 
making representations about the energy efficiency of their products 
and to demonstrate compliance with applicable DOE energy conservation 
standards. Pursuant to its regulations applicable to waivers and 
interim waivers from applicable test procedures at 10 CFR 430.27, DOE 
will consider setting an alternate test procedure for Samsung in a 
subsequent Decision and Order.
    During the period of the interim waiver granted in this notice, 
Samsung shall test the products listed above according to the test 
procedures for residential electric refrigerator-freezers prescribed by 
DOE at 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix A1, except that, for the 
Samsung products listed above only, include:
    1. In section 1, Definitions, the following definition:
    ``Defrost cycle type'' means a distinct sequence of control whose 
function is to remove frost and/or ice from a refrigerated surface. 
There may be variations in the defrost control sequence such as the 
number of defrost heaters energized. Each such variation establishes a 
separate distinct defrost cycle type. However, defrost achieved 
regularly during the compressor ``off'' cycles by warming of the 
evaporator without active heat addition is not a defrost cycle type.
    2. In section 4, Test Period, the following:
    4.2.1 Long-time Automatic Defrost. If the model being tested has a 
long-time automatic defrost system, the two-part test described in this 
section may be used. The first part is a stable period of compressor 
operation that includes no portions of the defrost cycle, such as 
precooling or recovery, that is otherwise the same as the test for a 
unit having no defrost provisions (section 4.1). The second part is 
designed to capture the energy consumed during all of the events 
occurring with the defrost control sequence that are outside of stable 
operation.
    4.2.1.1 Cycling Compressor System. For a system with a cycling 
compressor, the second part of the test starts at the termination of 
the last regular compressor ``on'' cycle. The average temperatures of 
the fresh food and freezer compartments measured from the termination 
of the previous compressor ``on'' cycle to the termination of the last 
regular compressor ``on'' cycle must both be within 0.5 [deg]F (0.3 
[deg]C) of their average temperatures measured for the first part of 
the test. If any compressor cycles occur prior to the defrost heater 
being energized that cause the average temperature in either 
compartment to deviate from its average temperature for the first part 
of the test by more than 0.5 [deg]F (0.3 [deg]C), these compressor 
cycles are not considered regular compressor cycles and must be 
included in the second part of the test. As an example, a 
``precooling'' cycle, which is an extended compressor cycle that lowers 
the temperature(s) of one or both compartments prior to energizing the 
defrost heater, must be included in the second part of the test. The 
test period for the second part of the test ends at the termination of 
the first regular compressor ``on'' cycle after both compartment 
temperatures have fully recovered to their stable conditions. The 
average temperatures of the compartments measured from this termination 
of the first regular compressor ``on'' cycle until the termination of 
the next regular compressor ``on'' cycle must both be within 0.5 [deg]F 
(0.3 [deg]C) of their average temperatures measured for the first part 
of the test. See Figure 1.

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    4.2.4 Systems with Multiple Defrost Frequencies. This section 
applies to models with long-time automatic or variable defrost control 
with multiple defrost cycle types, such as models with single 
compressors and multiple evaporators in which the evaporators have 
different defrost frequencies. The two-part method in 4.2.1 shall be 
used. The second part of the method will be conducted separately for 
each distinct defrost cycle type.
    3. In section 5, Test Measurements, the following:
    5.2.1.5 Long-time or Variable Defrost Control for Systems with 
Multiple Defrost cycle Types. The energy consumption in kilowatt-hours 
per day shall be calculated equivalent to:
[GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TN05MR12.001

Where:

1440 is defined in 5.2.1.1 and EP1, T1, and 12 are defined in 
5.2.1.2;
i is a variable that can equal 1, 2, or more that identifies the 
distinct defrost cycle types applicable for the refrigerator or 
refrigerator-freezer;
EP2i = energy expended in kilowatt-hours during the 
second part of the test for defrost cycle type i;
T2i = length of time in minutes of the second part of the 
test for defrost cycle type i;
CTi is the compressor run time between instances of 
defrost cycle type i, for long-time automatic defrost control equal 
to a fixed time in hours rounded to the nearest tenth of an hour, 
and for variable defrost control equal to

(CTLi x CTMi)/(F x (CTMi - 
CTLi) + CTLi);

CTLi = least or shortest compressor run time between 
instances of defrost cycle type i in hours rounded to the nearest 
tenth of an hour (CTL for the defrost cycle type with the 
longest compressor run time between defrosts must be greater than or 
equal to 6 but less than or equal to 12 hours);
CTMi = maximum compressor run time between instances of 
defrost cycle type i in hours rounded to the nearest tenth of an 
hour (greater than CTLi but not more than 96 hours);
For cases in which there are more than one fixed CT value (for long-
time defrost

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models) or more than one CTM and/or CTL value 
(for variable defrost models) for a given defrost cycle type, an 
average fixed CT value or average CTM and CTL 
values shall be selected for this cycle type so that 12 divided by 
this value or values is the frequency of occurrence of the defrost 
cycle type in a 24 hour period, assuming 50% compressor run time.
F = default defrost energy consumption factor, equal to 0.20.
For variable defrost models with no values for CTLi and 
CTMi in the algorithm, the default values of 6 and 96 
shall be used, respectively.
D is the total number of distinct defrost cycle types.

IV. Summary and Request for Comments

    Through today's notice, DOE announces receipt of Samsung's petition 
for waiver from certain parts of the test procedure that apply to 
clothes washers and grants an interim waiver to Samsung. DOE is 
publishing Samsung'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 
to measure the energy consumption of refrigerator-freezer basic models 
that incorporate multiple defrost cycles.
    DOE solicits comments from interested parties on all aspects of the 
petition. 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. The contact information for the petitioner is: Michael 
Moss, Director of Corporate Environmental Affairs, Samsung Electronics 
America, Inc., 18600 Broadwick St., Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220. 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).

    Issued in Washington, DC, on February 28, 2012.
Kathleen B. Hogan,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency and 
Renewable Energy.
December 14, 2011

Dr. Henry Kelly
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue SW.
Washington, DC 20585

Re: Samsung Petition for Waiver and Application for Interim Waiver, 
Single Compressor Refrigerator-Freezers with Multiple Defrost Cycles

    Dear Assistant Secretary Kelly: Samsung Electronics America, Inc. 
(``Samsung'') respectfully submits this Application for Interim Waiver 
and Petition for Waiver to the Department of Energy (``DOE'' or ``the 
Department'') for single compressor refrigerator-freezers with multiple 
defrost cycles that are manufactured by Samsung from DOE's test 
procedure for refrigerator-freezers.

Reasoning

    10 CFR Part 430.27(a)(1) allows a person to submit a petition to 
waive for a particular basic model any requirements of Sec.  430.23 
upon the grounds that the basic model contains one or more design 
characteristics which either prevent testing of the basic model 
according to the prescribed test procedures, or the prescribed test 
procedures may evaluate the basic model in a manner so unrepresentative 
of its true energy consumption characteristics as to provide materially 
inaccurate comparative data.
    Current test procedures as prescribed in Appendix A1 to Subpart B 
of Part 430 (``Appendix A1'') do not adequately provide a way for 
Samsung to accurately represent the energy consumption of its 
refrigerator-freezers with multiple defrost cycles. Previous, DOE 
concurred with Samsung's understanding in the interim waiver granted to 
Samsung in 76 FR 54456 and 76 FR 16760.\1\ Meanwhile, DOE communicated 
that all manufacturers planning on marketing refrigerator-freezers with 
multiple defrost cycles must seek a waiver from the Department.\2\
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    \1\ DOE understands, however, that absent an interim waiver, 
Samsung's products would not be accurately tested and rated for 
energy consumption because the current energy test procedure does 
not include test procedures for products with multiple defrost cycle 
types.
    \2\ Until these amendments are required in conjunction with the 
2014 standards, manufacturers introducing products equipped with 
multiple defrost cycle types should, consistent with 10 CFR 430.27, 
petition for a waiver since the modified version of Appendix A1 set 
out in today's notice will not include a specified method for 
capturing this energy usage.
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Request

    Samsung respectfully request immediate relief from being required 
to test or rate its refrigerator-freezer products that incorporate 
multiple defrost cycles according to 10 CFR part 430 subpart B, 
appendix A1. Instead, Samsung seeks the alternate test procedure as 
prescribed in 76 FR 54456, Section IV, ``Alternate Test Procedure'' for 
the following models:

PFSS6SMX****
PSB42******
RF323T*DB**
RF263B*AE**
RF263N*AE**
592 656**
GSE4820SS
RF323B*DB**
RF261B*AE**
RF263S*AE**
PSB48******
E42BS75E**
RF263T*AE**
RF260B*AE**
    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding 
this Petition for Waiver and Application for Interim Waiver. I will be 
happy to discuss should any questions arise.

     Sincerely,

Michael Moss,

Director of Corporate Environmental Affairs.

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