Notice of 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, 3787-3790 [2014-01295]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 15 / Thursday, January 23, 2014 / Notices Therefore, for the reasons discussed above, and in light of the previous waivers to other manufacturers, DOE grants Indesit’s petition for waiver from testing of its Ariston TCL73XNA and TCL73XSNA condenser clothes dryers. Consultations With Other Agencies DOE consulted with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) staff concerning the Indesit petition for waiver. The FTC staff did not have any objections to granting a waiver to Indesit. sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Conclusion After careful consideration of all the material that was submitted by Indesit and consultation with the FTC staff, it is ordered that: (1) The petition for waiver submitted by Indesit Company (Case No. CD–009) is hereby granted as set forth in the paragraphs below. (2) Indesit shall not be required to test or rate its Ariston TCL73XNA and TCL73XSNA condensing clothes dryer models on the basis of the test procedures at 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix D. (3) This waiver shall remain in effect from the date this decision and order consistent with the provisions of 10 CFR 430.27(m). (4) 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. (5) This waiver applies to only those models specifically set out in Indesit’s petition. Indesit may submit a new or amended petition for waiver and request for grant of interim waiver, as appropriate, for additional models of clothes dryers for which it seeks a waiver from the DOE test procedure. Grant of this petition for waiver also does not release a petitioner from any applicable certification requirements set forth at 10 CFR Part 429. Issued in Washington, DC, on January 16, 2014. llllllllllllllllll l Kathleen B. Hogan Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy [FR Doc. 2014–01292 Filed 1–22–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:50 Jan 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy [Case No. RF–036] Notice of 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 a petition for waiver from Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (Samsung) regarding 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 identical to the test procedure DOE published in a final rule setting out testing requirements for manufacturers to follow starting in 2014. 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 refrigeratorfreezer test 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 February 24, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by case number ‘‘RF–036,’’ 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–034) in the subject line of the message. • Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, Mailstop EE–5B/ 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. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3787 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 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 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–5B, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121. Telephone: (202) 586–0371. Email: Bryan.Berringer@ee.doe.gov. Mr. Michael Kido, 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) 586–8145. Email: Michael.Kido@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 refrigerator-freezers that are the focus of this notice.1 Part B includes definitions, test procedures, labeling provisions, and energy conservation standards for various consumer products and provides DOE with 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 current test procedure for 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 1 For editorial reasons, upon codification in the U.S. Code, Part B was re-designated Part A. E:\FR\FM\23JAN1.SGM 23JAN1 3788 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 15 / Thursday, January 23, 2014 / Notices sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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. 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 occurs earlier. 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 November 26, 2013, 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 a final rule. See 77 FR 3559, 3564–3565 (January 25, 2012). These provisions were placed in appendix A, which is not required for use until September 15, 2014, and are not contained in the current appendix A1 test procedure. VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:50 Jan 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 Samsung has previously 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 Samsung’s waiver requests in each case. See 77 FR 1474 (Jan. 10, 2012), 77 FR 75428 (Dec. 20, 2012), 78 FR 35901 (June 14, 2013), and 78 FR 35898 (June 14, 2013). 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 and DOE has determined that it is desirable to have similar basic models tested in a consistent manner. See 77 FR 1474 (Jan. 10, 2012) (Case Nos. RF–018, 019); 77 FR 75428 (Dec. 20, 2012) (Case No. RF–021); 78 FR 35901 (June 14, 2013) (Case No. RF– 026); and 78 FR 35898 (June 14, 2013) (Case No. RF–027). Samsung’s petition included an alternate test procedure to account for 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 final rule referenced above. 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 that manufacturers of these products are required to use in 2014. For the reasons stated above, DOE grants Samsung’s application for interim PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 waiver from the testing requirements under 10 CFR Part 430, Appendix A–1 for those specific refrigerator-freezer product lines containing multiple defrost cycles identified below. Therefore, it is ordered that: The application for interim waiver filed by Samsung is hereby granted for the specified Samsung refrigeratorfreezer basic model that incorporates multiple defrost cycles, subject to the specifications and conditions below. Samsung shall be required to test and rate the specified refrigerator-freezer product according to the alternate test procedure as set forth in section III, ‘‘Alternate Test Procedure.’’ The interim waiver applies to the following basic models: RS25H5121 ** RS25H5111 ** DOE makes decisions on waivers and interim waivers for only the 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 the grant of an interim waiver or waiver does not release a petitioner from the certification requirements set forth at 10 CFR part 429. Further, this interim waiver is conditioned upon the presumed validity of statements, representations, and documents provided by the petitioner. DOE may revoke or modify this interim waiver at any time upon a determination that the factual basis underlying the petition for waiver is incorrect, or upon a determination that the results from the alternate test procedure are unrepresentative of the basic models’ true energy consumption characteristics. 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 at 10 CFR 430.27, DOE will consider setting an alternate test procedure for Samsung in a subsequent Decision and Order. E:\FR\FM\23JAN1.SGM 23JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 15 / Thursday, January 23, 2014 / Notices VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:50 Jan 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 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 PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 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\23JAN1.SGM 23JAN1 EN23JA14.066</GPH> sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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, Samsung shall include the following: 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 3789 3790 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 15 / Thursday, January 23, 2014 / Notices 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: 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 (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 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 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. The petition contains no confidential information. The petition includes a suggested alternate test procedure to measure the energy consumption of refrigeratorfreezer basic models that incorporate multiple defrost cycles. DOE solicits comments from interested parties on all aspects of the petition. 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., 19 Chapin Road, Building D, Pine Brook, NJ 07058. 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 January 16, 2014. Kathleen B. Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency and Renewable 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 refrigeratorfreezers with multiple defrost cycles. DOE concurred with Samsung’s understanding in the interim waiver granted to Samsung in 76 FR 16760 and subsequently granted the waiver on January 10, 2012 (77 FR 1474). Additionally, DOE communicated that all manufacturers planning on marketing refrigerator-freezers with multiple defrost cycles must seek a waiver from the Department. For the reasons that DOE described in its granting of waiver (77 FR 1474) for Samsung refrigerator freezers with multiple defrost cycles, Samsung believes that the granting of Interim Waiver and Waiver for the models listed below are warranted. 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 applicable to refrigerator-freezers and grants an interim waiver to Samsung. DOE is publishing Samsung’s petition for waiver in its entirety. VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:50 Jan 22, 2014 Jkt 232001 November 26, 2013 Dr. David Danielson Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Department of Energy 1000 Independence Avenue SW. Washington, DC 20585 Dear Assistant Secretary Danielson: 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 Samsung’s compressor refrigerator-freezers with multiple defrost cycles. Request Samsung requests that the alternate test procedure for refrigerators with multiple defrost cycles, as prescribed in the waiver (77 FR 1474) and in the interim waiver (77 FR 13109) granted to Samsung, be granted for the following basic Samsung refrigeratorfreezers with multiple defrost cycles models: RS25H5121 ** RS25H5111 ** 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. 2014–01295 Filed 1–22–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P 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 PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 E:\FR\FM\23JAN1.SGM 23JAN1 EN23JA14.067</GPH> sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD 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

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

[Case No. RF-036]


Notice of 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 a petition for waiver from 
Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (Samsung) regarding 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 identical to the test procedure DOE published in a final 
rule setting out testing requirements for manufacturers to follow 
starting in 2014. 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 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 February 24, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by case number ``RF-
036,'' 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-034) in the subject line of the message.
     Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, 
Building Technologies Program, Mailstop EE-5B/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 
9:00 a.m. and 4:00 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-5B, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue 
SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. Telephone: (202) 586-0371. Email: 
Bryan.Berringer@ee.doe.gov.
Mr. Michael Kido, 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) 586-8145. Email: 
Michael.Kido@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 refrigerator-freezers that are the focus of 
this notice.\1\ Part B includes definitions, test procedures, labeling 
provisions, and energy conservation standards for various consumer 
products and provides DOE with 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 current test 
procedure for 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 
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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. 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 occurs earlier. 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 November 26, 2013, 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 a final rule. See 77 FR 3559, 3564-
3565 (January 25, 2012). These provisions were placed in appendix A, 
which is not required for use until September 15, 2014, and are not 
contained in the current appendix A1 test procedure. Samsung has 
previously 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 Samsung's 
waiver requests in each case. See 77 FR 1474 (Jan. 10, 2012), 77 FR 
75428 (Dec. 20, 2012), 78 FR 35901 (June 14, 2013), and 78 FR 35898 
(June 14, 2013).
    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 and DOE has determined that it is desirable 
to have similar basic models tested in a consistent manner. See 77 FR 
1474 (Jan. 10, 2012) (Case Nos. RF-018, 019); 77 FR 75428 (Dec. 20, 
2012) (Case No. RF-021); 78 FR 35901 (June 14, 2013) (Case No. RF-026); 
and 78 FR 35898 (June 14, 2013) (Case No. RF-027).
    Samsung's petition included an alternate test procedure to account 
for 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 final rule 
referenced above. 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 that 
manufacturers of these products are required to use in 2014.
    For the reasons stated above, DOE grants Samsung's application for 
interim waiver from the testing requirements under 10 CFR Part 430, 
Appendix A-1 for those specific refrigerator-freezer product lines 
containing multiple defrost cycles identified below. Therefore, it is 
ordered that:
    The application for interim waiver filed by Samsung is hereby 
granted for the specified Samsung refrigerator-freezer basic model that 
incorporates multiple defrost cycles, subject to the specifications and 
conditions below. Samsung shall be required to test and rate the 
specified refrigerator-freezer product according to the alternate test 
procedure as set forth in section III, ``Alternate Test Procedure.''
    The interim waiver applies to the following basic models:

RS25H5121 **
RS25H5111 **

    DOE makes decisions on waivers and interim waivers for only the 
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 the grant of an interim waiver or waiver does not release a 
petitioner from the certification requirements set forth at 10 CFR part 
429.
    Further, this interim waiver is conditioned upon the presumed 
validity of statements, representations, and documents provided by the 
petitioner. DOE may revoke or modify this interim waiver at any time 
upon a determination that the factual basis underlying the petition for 
waiver is incorrect, or upon a determination that the results from the 
alternate test procedure are unrepresentative of the basic models' true 
energy consumption characteristics.

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 at 10 CFR 430.27, DOE will 
consider setting an alternate test procedure for Samsung in a 
subsequent Decision and Order.

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    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, Samsung shall include the 
following:
    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:
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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 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 
applicable to refrigerator-freezers and grants an interim waiver to 
Samsung. DOE is publishing Samsung's petition for waiver in its 
entirety. 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. 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., 
19 Chapin Road, Building D, Pine Brook, NJ 07058. 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 January 16, 2014.
Kathleen B. Hogan,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency and 
Renewable Energy.

November 26, 2013

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

Dear Assistant Secretary Danielson:

    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 
Samsung's compressor refrigerator-freezers with multiple defrost 
cycles.

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. DOE concurred 
with Samsung's understanding in the interim waiver granted to 
Samsung in 76 FR 16760 and subsequently granted the waiver on 
January 10, 2012 (77 FR 1474). Additionally, DOE communicated that 
all manufacturers planning on marketing refrigerator-freezers with 
multiple defrost cycles must seek a waiver from the Department.
    For the reasons that DOE described in its granting of waiver (77 
FR 1474) for Samsung refrigerator freezers with multiple defrost 
cycles, Samsung believes that the granting of Interim Waiver and 
Waiver for the models listed below are warranted.

Request

    Samsung requests that the alternate test procedure for 
refrigerators with multiple defrost cycles, as prescribed in the 
waiver (77 FR 1474) and in the interim waiver (77 FR 13109) granted 
to Samsung, be granted for the following basic Samsung refrigerator-
freezers with multiple defrost cycles models:

RS25H5121 **
RS25H5111 **

    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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