Energy Conservation Program: Decision and Order Granting a Waiver to Vinotemp International Corp. From the Department of Energy Walk-In Coolers and Walk-In Freezers Test Procedure, 36732-36739 [2021-14836]

Download as PDF 36732 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 13, 2021 / Notices the legal effect of this document upon publication in the Federal Register. Signed in Washington, DC, on July 8, 2021. Treena V. Garrett, Federal Register Liaison Officer, U.S. Department of Energy. [FR Doc. 2021–14838 Filed 7–12–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY [Case Number 2020–005; EERE–2020–BT– WAV–0022] Energy Conservation Program: Decision and Order Granting a Waiver to Vinotemp International Corp. From the Department of Energy Walk-In Coolers and Walk-In Freezers Test Procedure Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy. ACTION: Notification of decision and order. AGENCY: The U.S. Department of Energy (‘‘DOE’’) gives notification of a Decision and Order (Case Number 2020–005) that grants to Vinotemp International Corp. (‘‘Vinotemp’’) a waiver from specified portions of the DOE test procedure for determining the energy efficiency of specified walk-in cooler refrigeration systems. Due to the design of the specific basic models of walk-in refrigeration systems subject to this Decision and Order, the current test procedure evaluates such models in a manner that is unrepresentative of their energy use. Under the Decision and Order, Vinotemp is required to test and rate the specified basic models of its walk-in cooler refrigeration systems in accordance with the alternate test procedure set forth in the Decision and Order. DATES: The Decision and Order is effective on July 13, 2021. The Decision and Order will terminate upon the compliance date of any future amendment to the test procedure for walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers located at title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (‘‘CFR’’), part 431, subpart R, appendix C that addresses the issues presented in this waiver. At such time, Vinotemp must use the relevant test procedure for this equipment for any testing to demonstrate compliance with the applicable standards, and any other representations of energy use. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Lucy deButts, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Office, EE–5B, 1000 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:47 Jul 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585–0121. Email: AS_Waiver_ Requests@ee.doe.gov. Mr. Michael Kido, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel, Mail Stop GC–33, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585–0103. Telephone: (202) 586–8145. Email: Michael.Kido@hq.doe.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with § 431.401(f)(2) of title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (‘‘CFR’’) (10 CFR 431.401(f)(2)), DOE gives notification of the issuance of its Decision and Order as set forth below. The Decision and Order grants Vinotemp a waiver from the applicable test procedure at 10 CFR part 431, subpart R, appendix C for specified basic models of walk-in cooler refrigeration systems, and provides that Vinotemp must test and rate such walkin cooler refrigeration systems using the alternate test procedure specified in the Decision and Order. Vinotemp’s representations concerning the energy efficiency of the specified basic models must be based on testing according to the provisions and restrictions in the alternate test procedure set forth in the Decision and Order, and the representations must fairly disclose the test results. Distributors, retailers, and private labelers are held to the same requirements when making representations regarding the energy efficiency of these products. (42 U.S.C. 6314(d)) Manufacturers not currently distributing equipment in commerce in the United States that employ a technology or characteristic that results in the same need for a waiver from the applicable test procedure must petition for and be granted a waiver prior to the distribution in commerce of that equipment in the United States. Manufacturers may also submit a request for interim waiver pursuant to the requirements of 10 CFR 431.401. (10 CFR 431.401(j)) Case # 2020–005 Decision and Order I. Background and Authority The Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (‘‘EPCA’’),1 authorizes the U.S. Department of Energy (‘‘DOE’’) to regulate the energy efficiency of a number of consumer products and certain industrial equipment. (42 U.S.C. 6291–6317) Title III, Part C 2 of EPCA 1 All references to EPCA in this document refer to the statute as amended through the Energy Act of 2020, Public Law 116–260 (Dec. 27, 2020). 2 For editorial reasons, upon codification in the U.S. Code, Part C was redesignated as Part A–1. PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 established the Energy Conservation Program for Certain Industrial Equipment, which sets forth a variety of provisions designed to improve the energy efficiency for certain types of industrial equipment. This equipment includes walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers (collectively, ‘‘walk-ins’’), the focus of this document. (42 U.S.C. 6311(1)(G)) The energy conservation program under EPCA consists essentially of four parts: (1) Testing, (2) labeling, (3) Federal energy conservation standards, and (4) certification and enforcement procedures. Relevant provisions of EPCA include definitions (42 U.S.C. 6311), test procedures (42 U.S.C. 6314), labeling provisions (42 U.S.C. 6315), energy conservation standards (42 U.S.C. 6313), and the authority to require information and reports from manufacturers (42 U.S.C. 6316; 42 U.S.C. 6299). The Federal testing requirements consist of test procedures that manufacturers of covered equipment must use as the basis for: (1) Certifying to DOE that their equipment complies with the applicable energy conservation standards adopted pursuant to EPCA (42 U.S.C. 6316(a); 42 U.S.C. 6295(s)), and (2) making representations about the efficiency of that equipment (42 U.S.C. 6314(d)). Similarly, DOE must use these test procedures to determine whether the equipment complies with relevant standards promulgated under EPCA. (42 U.S.C. 6316(a); 42 U.S.C. 6295(s)) Under 42 U.S.C. 6314, EPCA sets forth the criteria and procedures DOE is required to follow when prescribing or amending test procedures for covered walk-ins. EPCA requires that any test procedures prescribed or amended under this section must be reasonably designed to produce test results which reflect energy efficiency, energy use or estimated annual operating cost of walkins during a representative average use cycle and requires that test procedures not be unduly burdensome to conduct. (42 U.S.C.6314(a)(2)) The test procedure for walk-ins is set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations (‘‘CFR’’) at 10 CFR part 431, subpart R, appendix C, Uniform Test Method for the Measurement of Net Capacity and AWEF of Walk-in Cooler and Walk-in Freezer Refrigeration Systems (‘‘Appendix C’’). Any interested person may submit a petition for waiver from DOE’s test procedure requirements. 10 CFR 431.401(a)(1). DOE will grant a waiver from the test procedure requirements if DOE determines either that the basic model for which the waiver was requested contains a design E:\FR\FM\13JYN1.SGM 13JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 13, 2021 / Notices characteristic that prevents testing of the basic model according to the prescribed test procedures, or that the prescribed test procedures evaluate the basic model in a manner so unrepresentative of its true energy consumption characteristics as to provide materially inaccurate comparative data. 10 CFR 431.401(f)(2). DOE may grant the waiver subject to conditions, including adherence to alternate test procedures. Id. As soon as practicable after the granting of any waiver, DOE will publish in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend its regulations so as to eliminate any need for the continuation of such waiver. 10 CFR 431.401(l). As soon thereafter as practicable, DOE will publish in the Federal Register a final rule to that effect. Id. When DOE amends the test procedure to address the issues presented in a waiver, the waiver will automatically terminate on the date on which use of that test procedure is required to demonstrate compliance. 10 CFR 431.401(h)(3). II. Vinotemp’s Petition for Waiver: Assertions and Determinations jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES DOE received correspondence from Vinotemp, docketed on June 29, 2020, seeking an interim waiver from the DOE test procedure applicable to walk-ins set forth in Appendix C for certain basic models Vinotemp characterized as ‘‘wine cellar’’ systems. (Vinotemp, No. 1 3) By letter docketed on December 10, 2020, Vinotemp submitted a petition for waiver for certain basic models of walkin cooler refrigeration systems to supplement its original interim waiver request (Vinotemp, No. 3).4 The December 10, 2020 submission also explicitly stated that none of the basic models could operate below 45 °F and provided external static pressure (‘‘ESP’’) values for the subject basic models.5 Vinotemp included additional basic models and clarified the specified external static pressure values as 3 A notation in the form ‘‘Vinotemp, No. 1’’ identifies a written submission: (1) Made by Vinotemp; and (2) recorded in document number 1 that is filed in the docket of this petition for waiver (Docket No. EERE–2020–BT–WAV–0022) and available at www.regulations.gov. 4 The waiver process under 10 CFR 431.401 requires that a petition for interim waiver must reference the related petition for waiver. (10 CFR 431.401(b)(2)) 5 The December 10, 2020 update was consistent with a letter from the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (‘‘AHRI’’) recommending that a 45 °F minimum temperature be used for testing wine cellar cooling systems, and that testing be conducted at an external static pressure (‘‘ESP’’) value equal to 50 percent of the maximum ESP to be specified by manufacturers for each basic model. The AHRI letter is available at Docket No. EERE– 2020–BT–WAV–0022–0002. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:47 Jul 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 maximum values (rather than tested values) for the specified basic models in an updated petition for interim waiver, received on March 11, 2021 (Vinotemp, No. 10). Vinotemp stated that the specified basic models of walk-in cooler refrigeration systems operate at a temperature range of 45 °F to 65 °F and 50 to 70 percent relative humidity (‘‘RH’’), rather than the 35 °F with less than 50 percent RH test conditions prescribed by the test procedure for walk-in cooler applications. Vinotemp stated that the units operate at temperature and relative humidity ranges optimized for long-term storage of wine, reflecting conditions in natural caves, and that they are usually located in air-conditioned spaces. Vinotemp asserted that the specified units cannot operate at 35 °F. On May 4, 2021, DOE published a notification announcing its receipt of the petition for waiver and granted Vinotemp an interim waiver. 86 FR 23692 (‘‘Notification of Petition for Waiver’’). In the Notification of Petition for Waiver, DOE noted that the ‘‘Selfcontained’’ and ‘‘Self-packaged’’ basic models of walk-in refrigeration systems identified by Vinotemp in its petition are self-contained, single-package systems. Although not specifically addressed in Vinotemp’s request for waiver, DOE notes that operating a wine cellar at the 35 °F condition would adversely mechanically alter the intended performance of the system, which would include icing of the evaporator coil that could potentially damage the compressor, and would not result in an accurate representation of the performance of the cooling unit. 86 FR 23692, 23695. Additionally, although not explicitly identified by Vinotemp, DOE recognized that because of their single-package design, these basic models have insufficient space within the units and insufficient lengths of liquid line and evaporator outlet line for the dual mass flow meters (i.e., two independent meters) and the dual temperature and pressure measurements (i.e., two independent sets of measuring equipment) required by the test procedure’s refrigerant enthalpy method. Id. AHRI 1250–2009 (‘‘Standard for Performance Rating of Walk-in Coolers and Freezers’’ 6)—the industry testing standard on which DOE’s test procedure is based—does not include specific provisions for testing single-package systems, and testing these basic models using the refrigerant enthalpy method as required by Appendix C would require extensive 6 This also includes the related Errata sheet published by AHRI, dated December 2015. PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36733 additional piping to route the pipes out of the system—where the components could be installed—and then back in. This additional piping would impact unit performance, would likely be inconsistent between test labs, and would result in unrepresentative test values for the unit under test. AHRI has published a revised version of the test standard that provides provisions for single-package systems without requiring extensive additional piping (AHRI 1250–2020, 2020 Standard for Performance Rating of Walk-in Coolers and Freezers). In the Notification of Petition for Waiver, DOE established an alternate test procedure that was a modified version of the alternate test procedure suggested by Vinotemp. 86 FR 23692, 23698–23700. The alternate test procedure prescribed in the Notification of Petition for Waiver is the same as the alternate test procedure established in other waivers and interim waivers granted by DOE for similarly situated equipment.7 Specifically, the required alternate test procedure establishes unit cooler air inlet conditions of 55 °F and 55 percent RH, specifies primary and secondary capacity measurement methods for single-package systems, requires testing at 50 percent of maximum external static pressure for ducted units, and defines wine cellar box load and evaporator cycle periods for calculation of Annual Walk-in Energy Factor (‘‘AWEF’’) for the specified basic models of walk-in cooler refrigeration systems. Id. DOE solicited comments from interested parties on all aspects of the petition and the modified alternate test procedure. Id. DOE received one comment, which was submitted by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas and Electric, and Southern California Edison (collectively, ‘‘the CA IOUs’’).8 The CA IOUs stated their agreement with DOE that since the subject basic models are unable to operate below 45 °F, there is limited opportunity for market confusion from labeling the products tested according to the test procedure waivers as walk-in coolers. (CA IOUs, No. 12) For the reasons explained here and in the Notification of Petition for Waiver, absent a waiver the basic models identified by Vinotemp in its petition 7 See Notice of Decision and Order granting a waiver to Vinotheque (Case No. 2019–011; 86 FR 26504 (May 14, 2021); Notice of Decision and Order granting a waiver to CellarPro (Case No. 2019–009; 86 FR 26496 (May 14, 2021); and Notice of Decision and Order granting a waiver to Air Innovations (Case No. 2019–010; 86 FR 23702 (May 4, 2021). 8 Comment available in Docket No. EERE–2020– BT–WAV–0022 at www.regulations.gov. E:\FR\FM\13JYN1.SGM 13JYN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 36734 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 13, 2021 / Notices cannot be tested and rated for energy consumption on a basis representative of their true energy consumption characteristics. As noted previously, the alternate test procedure prescribed in the Interim Waiver modified Vinotemp’s suggested alternate test procedure by including ESP provisions for certain systems that can be installed with (1) ducted evaporator air, (2) with or without ducted evaporator air, (3) ducted condenser air, or (4) with or without ducted condenser air. For such systems, testing is conducted at 50 percent of the maximum ESP specified by the manufacturer, subject to a tolerance of ¥0.00/+0.05 inches of water column (‘‘in. wc.’’). (Vinotemp, No. 2) Selection of a representative ESP equal to half the maximum ESP is based on the expectation that most installations will require less than the maximum allowable duct length. In the absence of field data, DOE expects that a range of duct lengths from the minimal length to the maximum allowable length would be used; thus, half of the maximum ESP would be representative of most installations. If the basic model provides multiple condenser or unit cooler fan speed settings, the speed setting used is as instructed in the unit’s installation instructions. However, if the installation instructions do not specify a fan speed setting for ducted installation, systems that can be installed with ducts would be tested with the highest available fan speed. The ESP is set for testing either by symmetrically restricting the outlet duct or, if using the indoor air enthalpy method, by adjusting the airflow measurement apparatus blower. The alternate test procedure also specifies the requirements for measuring ESP consistent with the provisions provided in AHRI 1250–2020 when using the indoor air enthalpy method with unit coolers. Additionally, the alternate test procedure requires that specified basic models that are split systems must be tested as matched pairs. According to Vinotemp’s petition, the walk-in refrigeration system basic models that are split-systems are sold as full systems (i.e., matched pairs) rather than as individual unit cooler and condensing unit components. This Order provides no direction regarding refrigerant line connection operating conditions, and as such is inapplicable to testing the basic models as individual components. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:47 Jul 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 Consequently, this Order addresses only matched-pair testing of the specified basic models that are split-systems. Contrary to Vinotemp’s request, the Order does not modify the condenser air entering dry bulb temperature for outdoor condensers. 86 FR 23692, 23697. Vinotemp had suggested a 90 °F condenser air entering dry bulb temperature in its waiver request; however, the company did not provide technical justification for this request, and DOE has determined that outdoor wine cellar refrigeration units must be tested at 95 °F, 59 °F, and 35 °F, consistent with the current DOE test procedure. For the reasons explained in the Notification of Petition for Waiver, the Order does not include a 0.55 correction factor in the alternate test procedure as suggested by Vinotemp. 86 FR 23692, 23697–23698. The company had observed that the test procedure in appendix A to subpart B of 10 CFR part 430 (‘‘Appendix A’’), which applies to miscellaneous refrigeration products, includes such a factor to adjust for average use, and sought to include such a factor as part of its petition. As explained in the Notice of Petition for Waiver, the closed-door conditions on which the miscellaneous refrigeration correction factor is based are not present in the test procedure for walk-in cooler refrigeration systems, and the referenced AHRI 1250–2009 provisions assume a load factor of 50 percent, consistent with Appendix C. Id. As a result, applying the 0.55 correction factor as suggested by Vinotemp is not appropriate for the specified basic models. DOE is requiring that Vinotemp test and rate specified wine cellar walk-in refrigeration system basic models according to the alternate test procedure specified in this Decision and Order. This alternate procedure is a modified version of the one suggested by Vinotemp. The alternate test procedure required under this Order is the same alternate test procedure prescribed in the Interim Waiver Order. This Decision and Order applies only to the basic models listed and does not extend to any other basic models. DOE evaluates and grants waivers for only those basic models specifically set out in the petition, not future models that may be manufactured by the petitioner. Vinotemp may request that DOE extend the scope of this waiver to include additional basic models that employ the PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 same technology as those listed in this waiver. 10 CFR 431.401(g). Vinotemp may also submit another petition for waiver from the test procedure for additional basic models that employ a different technology and meet the criteria for test procedure waivers. 10 CFR 431.401(a)(1). DOE notes that it may modify or rescind the waiver at any time upon DOE’s 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. 10 CFR 431.401(k)(1). Likewise, Vinotemp may request that DOE rescind or modify the waiver if the company discovers an error in the information provided to DOE as part of its petition, determines that the waiver is no longer needed, or for other appropriate reasons. 10 CFR 431.401(k)(2). As set forth previously, the test procedure specified in this Decision and Order is not the same as the test procedure suggested by Vinotemp. If Vinotemp believes that the alternate test method it suggested provides representative results and is less burdensome than the test method required by this Decision and Order, Vinotemp may submit a request for modification under 10 CFR 431.401(k)(2) that addresses the concerns that DOE has specified with that procedure. Vinotemp may also submit another less burdensome alternative test procedure not expressly considered in this notification under the same provision. III. Order After careful consideration of all the material that was submitted by Vinotemp, the various public-facing materials (e.g., marketing materials, product specification sheets, and installation manuals) for the units identified in the petition, information provided by Vinotemp and other wine cellar walk-in refrigeration system manufacturers in meetings with DOE, and the comment received, in this matter, it is ordered that: (1) Vinotemp must, as of the date of publication of this Order in the Federal Register, test and rate the following Wine Mate-branded wine cellar walk-in cooler refrigeration system basic models with the alternate test procedure as set forth in paragraph (2): E:\FR\FM\13JYN1.SGM 13JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 13, 2021 / Notices 36735 VINOTEMP BASIC MODELS Brand name Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine Wine 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................................................................................. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES (2) The alternate test procedure for the Vinotemp basic models listed in paragraph (1) of this Order is the test procedure for Walk-in Cooler Refrigeration Systems prescribed by DOE at 10 CFR part 431, subpart R, appendix C, (‘‘Appendix C to Subpart R’’) with the modifications provided below. All other requirements of Appendix C and DOE’s other relevant regulations remain applicable. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:47 Jul 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 Configuration Basic model No. Single-Packaged ...................................................................... Single-Packaged ...................................................................... Single-Packaged ...................................................................... Single-Packaged ...................................................................... Single-Packaged ...................................................................... Single-Packaged ...................................................................... Single-Packaged ...................................................................... Single-Packaged ...................................................................... Single-Packaged ...................................................................... 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WM–8500SSD. WM–8500SSH. WM–8500SSL. WM–8500SSS. WM–12000SSA. WM–12000SSD. WM–12000SSH. WM–12000SSS. In Appendix C to Subpart R, revise section 3.1.1 (which specifies modifications to AHRI 1250–2009 (incorporated by reference; see § 431.303)) to read: 3.1.1. In Table 1, Instrumentation Accuracy, refrigerant temperature measurements shall have an accuracy of ±0.5 °F for unit cooler in/out. Measurements used to determine temperature or water vapor content of the air (i.e., wet bulb or dew point) shall be accurate to within ±0.25 °F; all other PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 temperature measurements shall be accurate to within ±1.0 °F. In Appendix C to Subpart R, revise section 3.1.4 (which specifies modifications to AHRI 1250–2009) and add modifications of AHRI 1250–2009 Tables 3 and 4 to read: 3.1.4. In Tables 3 and 4 of AHRI 1250– 2009, Section 5, the Condenser Air Entering Wet-Bulb Temperature requirement applies only to single-packaged dedicated systems. Tables 3 and 4 shall be modified to read: E:\FR\FM\13JYN1.SGM 13JYN1 36736 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 13, 2021 / Notices TABLE 3—FIXED CAPACITY MATCHED REFRIGERATOR SYSTEM AND SINGLE-PACKAGED DEDICATED SYSTEM, CONDENSING UNIT LOCATED INDOOR Unit cooler air entering dry-bulb, °F Unit cooler air entering relative humidity, %1 Condenser air entering dry-bulb, °F Maximum condenser air entering wet-bulb, °F Compressor status Test objective Evaporator Fan Power ...... 55 55 ........................ ........................ ........................... Refrigeration Capacity ....... 55 55 90 3 65 Measure fan input wattage 2. Determine Net Refrigeration Capacity of Unit Cooler, input power, and EER at Rating Condition. Test description Compressor On Notes: 1 The test condition tolerance (maximum permissible variation of the average value of the measurement from the specified test condition) for relative humidity is 3%. 2 Measure fan input wattage either by measuring total system power when the compressor and condenser are turned off or by separately submetering the evaporator fan. 3 Maximum allowable value for Single-Packaged Systems that do not use evaporative Dedicated Condensing Units, where all or part of the equipment is located in the outdoor room. TABLE 4—FIXED CAPACITY MATCHED REFRIGERATOR SYSTEM AND SINGLE-PACKAGED DEDICATED SYSTEM, CONDENSING UNIT LOCATED OUTDOOR Unit cooler air entering dry-bulb, °F Unit cooler air entering relative humidity, % 1 Condenser air entering dry-bulb, °F Maximum condenser air entering wet-bulb, °F Compressor status Test objective Evaporator Fan Power ...... 55 55 ........................ ........................ ........................... Refrigeration Capacity A ... 55 55 95 3 68 Compressor On Refrigeration Capacity B ... 55 55 59 3 46 Compressor On Refrigeration Capacity C ... 55 55 35 3 29 Compressor On Measure fan input wattage 2. Determine Net Refrigeration Capacity of Unit Cooler, input power, and EER at Rating Condition. Determine Net Refrigeration Capacity of Unit Cooler and system input power at moderate condition. Determine Net Refrigeration Capacity of Unit Cooler and system input power at cold condition. Test description Notes: 1 The test condition tolerance (maximum permissible variation of the average value of the measurement from the specified test condition) for relative humidity is 3%. 2 Measure fan input wattage either by measuring total system power when the compressor and condenser are turned off or by separately submetering the evaporator fan. 3 Maximum allowable value for Single-Packaged Dedicated Systems that do not use evaporative Dedicated Condensing Units, where all or part of the equipment is located in the outdoor room. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES In Appendix C to Subpart R, following section 3.2.5 (instructions regarding modifications to AHRI 1250– 2009), add sections 3.2.6 and 3.2.7 to read: 3.2.6 The purpose in section C1 of appendix C is modified by extending it to include Single-Packaged Dedicated Systems. 3.2.7 For general test conditions and data recording (appendix C, section C7), the test acceptance criteria in Table 2 and the data to be recorded in Table C2 apply to the Dual Instrumentation and Calibrated Box methods of test. In Appendix C to Subpart R, revise section 3.3 to read: In Appendix C to Subpart R, revise sections 3.3.3 through 3.3.3.2 to read: 3.3. Matched systems, single-packaged dedicated systems, and unit coolers tested alone: Test any split system wine cellar walkin refrigeration system as a matched pair. Any condensing unit or unit cooler component must be matched with a corresponding counterpart for testing. Use the test method in AHRI 1250–2009 (incorporated by reference; see § 431.303), appendix C as the method of test for matched refrigeration systems, single-packaged dedicated systems, or unit coolers tested alone, with the following modifications: 3.3.3 Evaporator fan power. 3.3.3.1 The unit cooler fan power consumption shall be measured in accordance with the requirements in Section C3.5 of AHRI 1250–2009. This measurement shall be made with the fan operating at full speed, either measuring unit cooler or total system power input upon the completion of the steady state test when the compressors and condenser fan of the walk-in system is turned off, or by submetered measurement of the evaporator fan power during the steady state test. * VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:20 Jul 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 * Frm 00039 * * Fmt 4703 * Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\13JYN1.SGM 13JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 13, 2021 / Notices Section C3.5 of AHRI 1250–2009 is revised to read: Unit Cooler Fan Power Measurement. The following shall be measured and recorded during a fan power test. EFcomp,on Total electrical power input to fan motor(s) of Unit Cooler, W FS Fan speed (s), rpm N Number of motors Pb Barometric pressure, in. Hg Tdb Dry-bulb temperature of air at inlet, °F Twb Wet-bulb temperature of air at inlet, °F V Voltage of each phase, V For a given motor winding configuration, the total power input shall be measured at the highest nameplated voltage. For threephase power, voltage imbalance shall be no more than 2%. 3.3.3.2 Evaporator fan power for the offcycle is equal to the on-cycle evaporator fan power with a run time of ten percent of the off-cycle time. EFcomp,off = 0.1 × EFcomp,on In Appendix C to Subpart R, following section 3.3.7.2, add new sections 3.3.8, 3.3.9, and 3.3.10 to read: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 3.3.8. Measure power and capacity of single-packaged dedicated systems as described in sections C4.1.2 and C9 of AHRI 1250–2020. The third and fourth sentences of Section C9.1.1.1 of AHRI 1250–2020 (‘‘Entering air is to be sufficiently dry as to not produce frost on the Unit Cooler coil. Therefore, only sensible capacity measured by dry bulb change shall be used to calculate capacity.’’) shall not apply. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:09 Jul 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 3.3.9. For systems with ducted evaporator air, or that can be installed with or without ducted evaporator air: Connect ductwork on both the inlet and outlet connections and determine external static pressure as described in ASHRAE 37–2009, sections 6.4 and 6.5. Use pressure measurement instrumentation as described in ASHRAE 37– 2009 section 5.3.2. Test at the fan speed specified in manufacturer installation instructions—if there is more than one fan speed setting and the installation instructions do not specify which speed to use, test at the highest speed. Conduct tests with the external static pressure equal to 50 percent of the maximum external static pressure allowed by the manufacturer for system installation within a tolerance of –0.00/+0.05 in. wc. If testing with the indoor air enthalpy method, adjust the airflow measurement apparatus fan to set the external static pressure—otherwise, set the external static pressure by symmetrically restricting the outlet of the test duct. In case of conflict, these requirements for setting evaporator airflow take precedence over airflow values specified in manufacturer installation instructions or product literature. 3.3.10. For systems with ducted condenser air, or that can be installed with or without ducted condenser air: Connect ductwork on both the inlet and outlet connections and determine external static pressure as described in ASHRAE 37–2009, sections 6.4 and 6.5. Use pressure measurement instrumentation as described in ASHRAE 37–2009 section 5.3.2. Test at the fan speed specified in manufacturer PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36737 installation instructions—if there is more than one fan speed setting and the installation instructions do not specify which speed to use, test at the highest speed. Conduct tests with the external static pressure equal to 50 percent of the maximum external static pressure allowed by the manufacturer for system installation within a tolerance of –0.00/+0.05 in. wc. If testing with the outdoor enthalpy method, adjust the airflow measurement apparatus fan to set the external static pressure—otherwise, set the external static pressure by symmetrically restricting the outlet of the test duct. In case of conflict, these requirements for setting condenser airflow take precedence over airflow values specified in manufacturer installation instructions or product literature. If testing using the outdoor air enthalpy method, the requirements of section 8.6 of ASHRAE 37–2009 are not applicable. In Appendix C to Subpart R, revise section 3.3.6 (which specifies modifications to AHRI 1250–2009) to read: 3.3.6. AWEF is calculated on the basis that walk-in box load is equal to half of the system net capacity, without variation according to high and low load periods and without variation with outdoor air temperature for outdoor refrigeration systems, and the test must be done as a matched or single-package refrigeration system, as follows: BILLING CODE 6450–01–P E:\FR\FM\13JYN1.SGM 13JYN1 36738 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 13, 2021 / Notices For Indoor Condensing Units: AWEF BL = 0.5 · (7 LF = = £. 55 (90 °F) BL+ 3.412 · EFcomp,off . q55 (90 °F) + 3.412 · EFcomp,off BL o 55 (90 F) · LF • + EFcomp,off · (1 - LF) For Outdoor Condensing Units: BL LF ( tj ) = . = 0.5 · (7 55 (95 °F) BL+ 3.412 · EFcomp,off q55 (tj) AWEF . + 3.412 · EFcomp,off = LJ=1BL(tj) "f.1=1E(tj) jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Where: B˙L is the non-equipment-related box load LF is the load factor And other symbols are as defined in AHRI 1250–2009. (3) Representations. Vinotemp may not make representations about the efficiency of a basic model listed in paragraph (1) of this Order for compliance, marketing, or other purposes unless the basic model has been tested in accordance with the provisions set forth above and such representations fairly disclose the results of such testing. (4) This waiver shall remain in effect according to the provisions of 10 CFR 431.401. (5) This Order is issued on the condition that the statements, representations, and information provided by Vinotemp are valid. If Vinotemp makes any modifications to the controls or configurations of a basic model subject to this Order, such modifications will render the waiver invalid with respect to that basic model, and Vinotemp will either be required to VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:47 Jul 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 = BL· nj use the current Federal test method or submit a new application for a test procedure waiver. DOE may rescind or modify this waiver at any time if it determines the factual basis underlying the petition for waiver is incorrect, or the results from the alternate test procedure are unrepresentative of a basic model’s true energy consumption characteristics. 10 CFR 431.401(k)(1). Likewise, Vinotemp may request that DOE rescind or modify the waiver if Vinotemp discovers an error in the information provided to DOE as part of its petition, determines that the waiver is no longer needed, or for other appropriate reasons. 10 CFR 431.401(k)(2). (6) Vinotemp remains obligated to fulfill any applicable requirements set forth at 10 CFR part 429. DOE makes decisions on waivers and interim waivers for only those basic models specifically set out in the petition, not future models that may be manufactured by the petitioner. Vinotemp may submit a new or amended petition for waiver and request PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 for grant of interim waiver, as appropriate, for additional basic models of walk-in cooler refrigeration systems. Alternatively, if appropriate, Vinotemp may request that DOE extend the scope of a waiver or an interim waiver to include additional basic models employing the same technology as the basic model(s) set forth in the original petition consistent with 10 CFR 431.401(g). Signing Authority This document of the Department of Energy was signed on July 7, 2021, by Kelly Speakes-Backman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, pursuant to delegated authority from the Secretary of Energy. That document with the original signature and date is maintained by DOE. For administrative purposes only, and in compliance with requirements of the Office of the Federal Register, the undersigned DOE Federal Register Liaison Officer has been authorized to sign and submit the E:\FR\FM\13JYN1.SGM 13JYN1 EN13JY21.005</GPH> BL(tj) Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 13, 2021 / Notices document in electronic format for publication, as an official document of the Department of Energy. This administrative process in no way alters the legal effect of this document upon publication in the Federal Register. Signed in Washington, DC, on July 8, 2021. Treena V. Garrett, Federal Register Liaison Officer, U.S. Department of Energy. [FR Doc. 2021–14836 Filed 7–12–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–C DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Agency Information Collection Extension AGENCY: U.S. Department of Energy. Notice and request for OMB review and comment. ACTION: The Department of Energy (DOE) invites public comment on a proposed collection of information that DOE is developing for submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The information collection requests a three-year extension of its Labor Relations Report collection. The collection requests information from the Department of Energy Management and Operation (M&O) and Facilities Management Contractors for contract administration, management oversight, and cost control. The information collection will assist the Department in evaluating the implementation of the contractors’ work force collective bargaining agreements, and apprise the Department of significant labor-management developments at DOE contractor sites. This information is used to ensure that Department contractors maintain good labor relations and retain a workforce in accordance with the terms of their contract and in compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements as identified by contract. SUMMARY: Comments regarding this collection must be received on or before September 13, 2021. If you anticipate that you will be submitting comments, but find it difficult to do so within the period of time allowed by this notice, please contact the person listed in ADDRESSES as soon as possible. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES DATES: Written comments should be sent to: John M. Sullivan, GC–63, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585, or by fax at (202) 586–0971; or by email to john.m.sullivan@ hq.doe.gov. ADDRESSES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:47 Jul 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to: John M. Sullivan, AttorneyAdvisor (Labor), GC–63, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585, or by fax at (202) 586–0971 or by email to john.m.sullivan@ hq.doe.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This information collection request contains: (1) OMB No.: 1910–5143; (2) Information Collection Request Title: Labor Relations Report; (3) Type of Request: Renewal; (4) Purpose: The proposed collection will request information from the Department of Energy M&O and Facilities Management Contractors for contract administration, management oversight, and cost control. This information is used to ensure that Department contractors maintain good labor relations and retain a workforce in accordance with the terms of their contract and in compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements as identified by contract. The respondents are Department M&O and Facility Management Contractors; (5) Annual Estimated Number of Respondents: 35; (6) Annual Estimated Number of Total Responses: 35; (7) Annual Estimated Number of Burden Hours: 1.84 per respondent for total of 64.4 per year; (8) Annual Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Cost Burden: $5,964.95. Statutory Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7254, 7256. Signing Authority This document of the Department of Energy was signed on July 6, 2021, by John T. Lucas, Deputy General Counsel for Transactions, Technology and Contractor Human Resources, pursuant to delegated authority from the Secretary of Energy. That document with the original signature and date is maintained by DOE. For administrative purposes only, and in compliance with requirements of the Office of the Federal Register, the undersigned DOE Federal Register Liaison Officer has been authorized to sign and submit the document in electronic format for publication, as an official document of the Department of Energy. This administrative process in no way alters the legal effect of this document upon publication in the Federal Register. Signed in Washington, DC, on July 8, 2021. Treena V. Garrett, Federal Register Liaison Officer, U.S. Department of Energy. [FR Doc. 2021–14855 Filed 7–12–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36739 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP18–103–000] Rockies Express Pipeline LLC; Notice of Extension of Time Request Take notice that on June 23, 2021, Rockies Express Pipeline LLC (Rockies Express) requested that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) grant an extension of time, until September 20, 2023, to complete the construction of six new 5,350 horsepower (hp) natural gas reciprocating compressor units (32,100 hp total) at its existing Cheyenne Compressor Station (Cheyenne Hub Enhancement Project) in Weld County, Colorado, as authorized as part of the Cheyenne Hub Enhancement Project in the September 20, 2019 Order Issuing Certificates 1 (September 20 Order). The September 20 Order required Rockies Express to complete construction and make the facilities available for service within two years of the Order date. Rockies Express has since completed construction of four of the six authorized compressor units, placing units 1–3 into service on July 26, 2020,2 and unit 4 into service on December 17, 2020.3 Compressor units 5 and 6 remain unconstructed. Rockies Express states it has been delayed in reaching full commercialization for compressor units 5 and 6, with the economic slowdown and fallout from the COVID–19 pandemic. The final two compressor units that have not yet been constructed will be installed at the existing Cheyenne Compressor Station on land already owned by Rockies Express under the terms and conditions of the existing certificate. Rockies Express states that the extension of time will not result in any environmental impacts not already examined on the record in the certificate proceeding and will provide Rockies Express with the time necessary to install these remaining two units. This notice establishes a 15-calendar day intervention and comment period deadline. Any person wishing to comment on Rockies Express’ request for an extension of time may do so. No 1 Cheyenne Connector, LLC, 168 FERC ¶ 61,180 (2019), order amending certificate, 171 FERC ¶ 61,055 (2020). In the Order the Commission also approved the Cheyenne Connector Pipeline Project in Docket No. CP18–102–000. 2 Notice of Commencement of Service of Rockies Express Pipeline LLC, Docket No. CP18–103–000 (July 13, 2020). 3 Notice of Commencement of Service of Rockies Express Pipeline LLC, Docket No. CP18–103–000 (December 17, 2020). E:\FR\FM\13JYN1.SGM 13JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

[Case Number 2020-005; EERE-2020-BT-WAV-0022]


Energy Conservation Program: Decision and Order Granting a Waiver 
to Vinotemp International Corp. From the Department of Energy Walk-In 
Coolers and Walk-In Freezers Test Procedure

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

ACTION: Notification of decision and order.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') gives notification of 
a Decision and Order (Case Number 2020-005) that grants to Vinotemp 
International Corp. (``Vinotemp'') a waiver from specified portions of 
the DOE test procedure for determining the energy efficiency of 
specified walk-in cooler refrigeration systems. Due to the design of 
the specific basic models of walk-in refrigeration systems subject to 
this Decision and Order, the current test procedure evaluates such 
models in a manner that is unrepresentative of their energy use. Under 
the Decision and Order, Vinotemp is required to test and rate the 
specified basic models of its walk-in cooler refrigeration systems in 
accordance with the alternate test procedure set forth in the Decision 
and Order.

DATES: The Decision and Order is effective on July 13, 2021. The 
Decision and Order will terminate upon the compliance date of any 
future amendment to the test procedure for walk-in coolers and walk-in 
freezers located at title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations 
(``CFR''), part 431, subpart R, appendix C that addresses the issues 
presented in this waiver. At such time, Vinotemp must use the relevant 
test procedure for this equipment for any testing to demonstrate 
compliance with the applicable standards, and any other representations 
of energy use.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Lucy deButts, U.S. Department of 
Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building 
Technologies Office, EE-5B, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 
20585-0121. Email: [email protected].
    Mr. Michael Kido, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General 
Counsel, Mail Stop GC-33, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue 
SW, Washington, DC 20585-0103. Telephone: (202) 586-8145. Email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with Sec.  431.401(f)(2) of 
title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (``CFR'') (10 CFR 
431.401(f)(2)), DOE gives notification of the issuance of its Decision 
and Order as set forth below. The Decision and Order grants Vinotemp a 
waiver from the applicable test procedure at 10 CFR part 431, subpart 
R, appendix C for specified basic models of walk-in cooler 
refrigeration systems, and provides that Vinotemp must test and rate 
such walk-in cooler refrigeration systems using the alternate test 
procedure specified in the Decision and Order. Vinotemp's 
representations concerning the energy efficiency of the specified basic 
models must be based on testing according to the provisions and 
restrictions in the alternate test procedure set forth in the Decision 
and Order, and the representations must fairly disclose the test 
results. Distributors, retailers, and private labelers are held to the 
same requirements when making representations regarding the energy 
efficiency of these products. (42 U.S.C. 6314(d))
    Manufacturers not currently distributing equipment in commerce in 
the United States that employ a technology or characteristic that 
results in the same need for a waiver from the applicable test 
procedure must petition for and be granted a waiver prior to the 
distribution in commerce of that equipment in the United States. 
Manufacturers may also submit a request for interim waiver pursuant to 
the requirements of 10 CFR 431.401. (10 CFR 431.401(j))

Case # 2020-005

Decision and Order

I. Background and Authority

    The Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (``EPCA''),\1\ 
authorizes the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') to regulate the 
energy efficiency of a number of consumer products and certain 
industrial equipment. (42 U.S.C. 6291-6317) Title III, Part C \2\ of 
EPCA established the Energy Conservation Program for Certain Industrial 
Equipment, which sets forth a variety of provisions designed to improve 
the energy efficiency for certain types of industrial equipment. This 
equipment includes walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers (collectively, 
``walk-ins''), the focus of this document. (42 U.S.C. 6311(1)(G))
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    \1\ All references to EPCA in this document refer to the statute 
as amended through the Energy Act of 2020, Public Law 116-260 (Dec. 
27, 2020).
    \2\ For editorial reasons, upon codification in the U.S. Code, 
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    The energy conservation program under EPCA consists essentially of 
four parts: (1) Testing, (2) labeling, (3) Federal energy conservation 
standards, and (4) certification and enforcement procedures. Relevant 
provisions of EPCA include definitions (42 U.S.C. 6311), test 
procedures (42 U.S.C. 6314), labeling provisions (42 U.S.C. 6315), 
energy conservation standards (42 U.S.C. 6313), and the authority to 
require information and reports from manufacturers (42 U.S.C. 6316; 42 
U.S.C. 6299).
    The Federal testing requirements consist of test procedures that 
manufacturers of covered equipment must use as the basis for: (1) 
Certifying to DOE that their equipment complies with the applicable 
energy conservation standards adopted pursuant to EPCA (42 U.S.C. 
6316(a); 42 U.S.C. 6295(s)), and (2) making representations about the 
efficiency of that equipment (42 U.S.C. 6314(d)). Similarly, DOE must 
use these test procedures to determine whether the equipment complies 
with relevant standards promulgated under EPCA. (42 U.S.C. 6316(a); 42 
U.S.C. 6295(s))
    Under 42 U.S.C. 6314, EPCA sets forth the criteria and procedures 
DOE is required to follow when prescribing or amending test procedures 
for covered walk-ins. EPCA requires that any test procedures prescribed 
or amended under this section must be reasonably designed to produce 
test results which reflect energy efficiency, energy use or estimated 
annual operating cost of walk-ins during a representative average use 
cycle and requires that test procedures not be unduly burdensome to 
conduct. (42 U.S.C.6314(a)(2)) The test procedure for walk-ins is set 
forth in the Code of Federal Regulations (``CFR'') at 10 CFR part 431, 
subpart R, appendix C, Uniform Test Method for the Measurement of Net 
Capacity and AWEF of Walk-in Cooler and Walk-in Freezer Refrigeration 
Systems (``Appendix C'').
    Any interested person may submit a petition for waiver from DOE's 
test procedure requirements. 10 CFR 431.401(a)(1). DOE will grant a 
waiver from the test procedure requirements if DOE determines either 
that the basic model for which the waiver was requested contains a 
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characteristic that prevents testing of the basic model according to 
the prescribed test procedures, or that the prescribed test procedures 
evaluate the basic model in a manner so unrepresentative of its true 
energy consumption characteristics as to provide materially inaccurate 
comparative data. 10 CFR 431.401(f)(2). DOE may grant the waiver 
subject to conditions, including adherence to alternate test 
procedures. Id.
    As soon as practicable after the granting of any waiver, DOE will 
publish in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking to 
amend its regulations so as to eliminate any need for the continuation 
of such waiver. 10 CFR 431.401(l). As soon thereafter as practicable, 
DOE will publish in the Federal Register a final rule to that effect. 
Id. When DOE amends the test procedure to address the issues presented 
in a waiver, the waiver will automatically terminate on the date on 
which use of that test procedure is required to demonstrate compliance. 
10 CFR 431.401(h)(3).

II. Vinotemp's Petition for Waiver: Assertions and Determinations

    DOE received correspondence from Vinotemp, docketed on June 29, 
2020, seeking an interim waiver from the DOE test procedure applicable 
to walk-ins set forth in Appendix C for certain basic models Vinotemp 
characterized as ``wine cellar'' systems. (Vinotemp, No. 1 \3\) By 
letter docketed on December 10, 2020, Vinotemp submitted a petition for 
waiver for certain basic models of walk-in cooler refrigeration systems 
to supplement its original interim waiver request (Vinotemp, No. 3).\4\ 
The December 10, 2020 submission also explicitly stated that none of 
the basic models could operate below 45 [deg]F and provided external 
static pressure (``ESP'') values for the subject basic models.\5\ 
Vinotemp included additional basic models and clarified the specified 
external static pressure values as maximum values (rather than tested 
values) for the specified basic models in an updated petition for 
interim waiver, received on March 11, 2021 (Vinotemp, No. 10). Vinotemp 
stated that the specified basic models of walk-in cooler refrigeration 
systems operate at a temperature range of 45 [deg]F to 65 [deg]F and 50 
to 70 percent relative humidity (``RH''), rather than the 35 [deg]F 
with less than 50 percent RH test conditions prescribed by the test 
procedure for walk-in cooler applications. Vinotemp stated that the 
units operate at temperature and relative humidity ranges optimized for 
long-term storage of wine, reflecting conditions in natural caves, and 
that they are usually located in air-conditioned spaces. Vinotemp 
asserted that the specified units cannot operate at 35 [deg]F.
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    \3\ A notation in the form ``Vinotemp, No. 1'' identifies a 
written submission: (1) Made by Vinotemp; and (2) recorded in 
document number 1 that is filed in the docket of this petition for 
waiver (Docket No. EERE-2020-BT-WAV-0022) and available at 
www.regulations.gov.
    \4\ The waiver process under 10 CFR 431.401 requires that a 
petition for interim waiver must reference the related petition for 
waiver. (10 CFR 431.401(b)(2))
    \5\ The December 10, 2020 update was consistent with a letter 
from the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute 
(``AHRI'') recommending that a 45 [deg]F minimum temperature be used 
for testing wine cellar cooling systems, and that testing be 
conducted at an external static pressure (``ESP'') value equal to 50 
percent of the maximum ESP to be specified by manufacturers for each 
basic model. The AHRI letter is available at Docket No. EERE-2020-
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    On May 4, 2021, DOE published a notification announcing its receipt 
of the petition for waiver and granted Vinotemp an interim waiver. 86 
FR 23692 (``Notification of Petition for Waiver''). In the Notification 
of Petition for Waiver, DOE noted that the ``Self-contained'' and 
``Self-packaged'' basic models of walk-in refrigeration systems 
identified by Vinotemp in its petition are self-contained, single-
package systems. Although not specifically addressed in Vinotemp's 
request for waiver, DOE notes that operating a wine cellar at the 35 
[deg]F condition would adversely mechanically alter the intended 
performance of the system, which would include icing of the evaporator 
coil that could potentially damage the compressor, and would not result 
in an accurate representation of the performance of the cooling unit. 
86 FR 23692, 23695. Additionally, although not explicitly identified by 
Vinotemp, DOE recognized that because of their single-package design, 
these basic models have insufficient space within the units and 
insufficient lengths of liquid line and evaporator outlet line for the 
dual mass flow meters (i.e., two independent meters) and the dual 
temperature and pressure measurements (i.e., two independent sets of 
measuring equipment) required by the test procedure's refrigerant 
enthalpy method. Id. AHRI 1250-2009 (``Standard for Performance Rating 
of Walk-in Coolers and Freezers'' \6\)--the industry testing standard 
on which DOE's test procedure is based--does not include specific 
provisions for testing single-package systems, and testing these basic 
models using the refrigerant enthalpy method as required by Appendix C 
would require extensive additional piping to route the pipes out of the 
system--where the components could be installed--and then back in. This 
additional piping would impact unit performance, would likely be 
inconsistent between test labs, and would result in unrepresentative 
test values for the unit under test. AHRI has published a revised 
version of the test standard that provides provisions for single-
package systems without requiring extensive additional piping (AHRI 
1250-2020, 2020 Standard for Performance Rating of Walk-in Coolers and 
Freezers).
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    In the Notification of Petition for Waiver, DOE established an 
alternate test procedure that was a modified version of the alternate 
test procedure suggested by Vinotemp. 86 FR 23692, 23698-23700. The 
alternate test procedure prescribed in the Notification of Petition for 
Waiver is the same as the alternate test procedure established in other 
waivers and interim waivers granted by DOE for similarly situated 
equipment.\7\ Specifically, the required alternate test procedure 
establishes unit cooler air inlet conditions of 55 [deg]F and 55 
percent RH, specifies primary and secondary capacity measurement 
methods for single-package systems, requires testing at 50 percent of 
maximum external static pressure for ducted units, and defines wine 
cellar box load and evaporator cycle periods for calculation of Annual 
Walk-in Energy Factor (``AWEF'') for the specified basic models of 
walk-in cooler refrigeration systems. Id. DOE solicited comments from 
interested parties on all aspects of the petition and the modified 
alternate test procedure. Id.
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    \7\ See Notice of Decision and Order granting a waiver to 
Vinotheque (Case No. 2019-011; 86 FR 26504 (May 14, 2021); Notice of 
Decision and Order granting a waiver to CellarPro (Case No. 2019-
009; 86 FR 26496 (May 14, 2021); and Notice of Decision and Order 
granting a waiver to Air Innovations (Case No. 2019-010; 86 FR 23702 
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    DOE received one comment, which was submitted by the Pacific Gas 
and Electric Company, San Diego Gas and Electric, and Southern 
California Edison (collectively, ``the CA IOUs'').\8\ The CA IOUs 
stated their agreement with DOE that since the subject basic models are 
unable to operate below 45 [deg]F, there is limited opportunity for 
market confusion from labeling the products tested according to the 
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    For the reasons explained here and in the Notification of Petition 
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cannot be tested and rated for energy consumption on a basis 
representative of their true energy consumption characteristics. As 
noted previously, the alternate test procedure prescribed in the 
Interim Waiver modified Vinotemp's suggested alternate test procedure 
by including ESP provisions for certain systems that can be installed 
with (1) ducted evaporator air, (2) with or without ducted evaporator 
air, (3) ducted condenser air, or (4) with or without ducted condenser 
air. For such systems, testing is conducted at 50 percent of the 
maximum ESP specified by the manufacturer, subject to a tolerance of -
0.00/+0.05 inches of water column (``in. wc.''). (Vinotemp, No. 2)
    Selection of a representative ESP equal to half the maximum ESP is 
based on the expectation that most installations will require less than 
the maximum allowable duct length. In the absence of field data, DOE 
expects that a range of duct lengths from the minimal length to the 
maximum allowable length would be used; thus, half of the maximum ESP 
would be representative of most installations.
    If the basic model provides multiple condenser or unit cooler fan 
speed settings, the speed setting used is as instructed in the unit's 
installation instructions. However, if the installation instructions do 
not specify a fan speed setting for ducted installation, systems that 
can be installed with ducts would be tested with the highest available 
fan speed. The ESP is set for testing either by symmetrically 
restricting the outlet duct or, if using the indoor air enthalpy 
method, by adjusting the airflow measurement apparatus blower.
    The alternate test procedure also specifies the requirements for 
measuring ESP consistent with the provisions provided in AHRI 1250-2020 
when using the indoor air enthalpy method with unit coolers.
    Additionally, the alternate test procedure requires that specified 
basic models that are split systems must be tested as matched pairs. 
According to Vinotemp's petition, the walk-in refrigeration system 
basic models that are split-systems are sold as full systems (i.e., 
matched pairs) rather than as individual unit cooler and condensing 
unit components. This Order provides no direction regarding refrigerant 
line connection operating conditions, and as such is inapplicable to 
testing the basic models as individual components. Consequently, this 
Order addresses only matched-pair testing of the specified basic models 
that are split-systems.
    Contrary to Vinotemp's request, the Order does not modify the 
condenser air entering dry bulb temperature for outdoor condensers. 86 
FR 23692, 23697. Vinotemp had suggested a 90 [deg]F condenser air 
entering dry bulb temperature in its waiver request; however, the 
company did not provide technical justification for this request, and 
DOE has determined that outdoor wine cellar refrigeration units must be 
tested at 95 [deg]F, 59 [deg]F, and 35 [deg]F, consistent with the 
current DOE test procedure.
    For the reasons explained in the Notification of Petition for 
Waiver, the Order does not include a 0.55 correction factor in the 
alternate test procedure as suggested by Vinotemp. 86 FR 23692, 23697-
23698. The company had observed that the test procedure in appendix A 
to subpart B of 10 CFR part 430 (``Appendix A''), which applies to 
miscellaneous refrigeration products, includes such a factor to adjust 
for average use, and sought to include such a factor as part of its 
petition. As explained in the Notice of Petition for Waiver, the 
closed-door conditions on which the miscellaneous refrigeration 
correction factor is based are not present in the test procedure for 
walk-in cooler refrigeration systems, and the referenced AHRI 1250-2009 
provisions assume a load factor of 50 percent, consistent with Appendix 
C. Id. As a result, applying the 0.55 correction factor as suggested by 
Vinotemp is not appropriate for the specified basic models.
    DOE is requiring that Vinotemp test and rate specified wine cellar 
walk-in refrigeration system basic models according to the alternate 
test procedure specified in this Decision and Order. This alternate 
procedure is a modified version of the one suggested by Vinotemp. The 
alternate test procedure required under this Order is the same 
alternate test procedure prescribed in the Interim Waiver Order.
    This Decision and Order applies only to the basic models listed and 
does not extend to any other basic models. DOE evaluates and grants 
waivers for only those basic models specifically set out in the 
petition, not future models that may be manufactured by the petitioner. 
Vinotemp may request that DOE extend the scope of this waiver to 
include additional basic models that employ the same technology as 
those listed in this waiver. 10 CFR 431.401(g). Vinotemp may also 
submit another petition for waiver from the test procedure for 
additional basic models that employ a different technology and meet the 
criteria for test procedure waivers. 10 CFR 431.401(a)(1).
    DOE notes that it may modify or rescind the waiver at any time upon 
DOE's 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. 10 CFR 431.401(k)(1). Likewise, 
Vinotemp may request that DOE rescind or modify the waiver if the 
company discovers an error in the information provided to DOE as part 
of its petition, determines that the waiver is no longer needed, or for 
other appropriate reasons. 10 CFR 431.401(k)(2).
    As set forth previously, the test procedure specified in this 
Decision and Order is not the same as the test procedure suggested by 
Vinotemp. If Vinotemp believes that the alternate test method it 
suggested provides representative results and is less burdensome than 
the test method required by this Decision and Order, Vinotemp may 
submit a request for modification under 10 CFR 431.401(k)(2) that 
addresses the concerns that DOE has specified with that procedure. 
Vinotemp may also submit another less burdensome alternative test 
procedure not expressly considered in this notification under the same 
provision.

III. Order

    After careful consideration of all the material that was submitted 
by Vinotemp, the various public-facing materials (e.g., marketing 
materials, product specification sheets, and installation manuals) for 
the units identified in the petition, information provided by Vinotemp 
and other wine cellar walk-in refrigeration system manufacturers in 
meetings with DOE, and the comment received, in this matter, it is 
ordered that:
    (1) Vinotemp must, as of the date of publication of this Order in 
the Federal Register, test and rate the following Wine Mate-branded 
wine cellar walk-in cooler refrigeration system basic models with the 
alternate test procedure as set forth in paragraph (2):

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                          Vinotemp Basic Models
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          Brand name              Configuration       Basic model No.
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Wine Mate.....................  Single-Packaged..  WM-2500HZD.
Wine Mate.....................  Single-Packaged..  WM-4500HZD.
Wine Mate.....................  Single-Packaged..  WM-6500HZD.
Wine Mate.....................  Single-Packaged..  WM-8500HZD.
Wine Mate.....................  Single-Packaged..  WM-4510HZD.
Wine Mate.....................  Single-Packaged..  WM-6510HZD.
Wine Mate.....................  Single-Packaged..  WM-8510HZD.
Wine Mate.....................  Single-Packaged..  WM-4500DS.
Wine Mate.....................  Single-Packaged..  WM-6500DS.
Wine Mate.....................  Single-Packaged..  WM-8500DS.
Wine Mate.....................  Single-Packaged..  WM-12030DS.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-2500SSA.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-2500SSD.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-2500SSH.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-2500SSL.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-2500SSI.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-2500SSO.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-2500SSR.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-2500SSV.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-2500SSW.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-4500SSA.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-4500SSD.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-4500SSH.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-4500SSL.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-4500SSI.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-4500SSO.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-4500SSR.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-4500SSS.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-4500SSV.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-4500SSW.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-6500SSA.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-6500SSD.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-6500SSH.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-6500SSL.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-6500SSR.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-6500SSV.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-8500SSA.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-8500SSD.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-8500SSH.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-8500SSL.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-8500SSS.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-12000SSA.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-12000SSD.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-12000SSH.
Wine Mate.....................  Matched..........  WM-12000SSS.
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    (2) The alternate test procedure for the Vinotemp basic models 
listed in paragraph (1) of this Order is the test procedure for Walk-in 
Cooler Refrigeration Systems prescribed by DOE at 10 CFR part 431, 
subpart R, appendix C, (``Appendix C to Subpart R'') with the 
modifications provided below. All other requirements of Appendix C and 
DOE's other relevant regulations remain applicable.
    In Appendix C to Subpart R, revise section 3.1.1 (which specifies 
modifications to AHRI 1250-2009 (incorporated by reference; see Sec.  
431.303)) to read:

    3.1.1. In Table 1, Instrumentation Accuracy, refrigerant 
temperature measurements shall have an accuracy of 0.5 
[deg]F for unit cooler in/out. Measurements used to determine 
temperature or water vapor content of the air (i.e., wet bulb or dew 
point) shall be accurate to within 0.25 [deg]F; all 
other temperature measurements shall be accurate to within 1.0 [deg]F.

    In Appendix C to Subpart R, revise section 3.1.4 (which specifies 
modifications to AHRI 1250-2009) and add modifications of AHRI 1250-
2009 Tables 3 and 4 to read:

    3.1.4. In Tables 3 and 4 of AHRI 1250-2009, Section 5, the 
Condenser Air Entering Wet-Bulb Temperature requirement applies only 
to single-packaged dedicated systems. Tables 3 and 4 shall be 
modified to read:

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                Table 3--Fixed Capacity Matched Refrigerator System and Single-Packaged Dedicated System, Condensing Unit Located Indoor
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                                                       Unit cooler
                                       Unit cooler    air entering    Condenser air      Maximum
          Test description            air entering      relative      entering dry-   condenser air       Compressor status           Test objective
                                        dry-bulb,     humidity, % 1   bulb, [deg]F    entering wet-
                                         [deg]F                                       bulb, [deg]F
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Evaporator Fan Power...............              55              55  ..............  ..............  ...........................  Measure fan input
                                                                                                                                   wattage \2\.
Refrigeration Capacity.............              55              55              90          \3\ 65  Compressor On..............  Determine Net
                                                                                                                                   Refrigeration
                                                                                                                                   Capacity of Unit
                                                                                                                                   Cooler, input power,
                                                                                                                                   and EER at Rating
                                                                                                                                   Condition.
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Notes:
\1\ The test condition tolerance (maximum permissible variation of the average value of the measurement from the specified test condition) for relative
  humidity is 3%.
\2\ Measure fan input wattage either by measuring total system power when the compressor and condenser are turned off or by separately submetering the
  evaporator fan.
\3\ Maximum allowable value for Single-Packaged Systems that do not use evaporative Dedicated Condensing Units, where all or part of the equipment is
  located in the outdoor room.


                Table 4--Fixed Capacity Matched Refrigerator System and Single-Packaged Dedicated System, Condensing Unit Located Outdoor
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                                                       Unit cooler
                                       Unit cooler    air entering    Condenser air      Maximum
          Test description            air  entering     relative      entering dry-   condenser air       Compressor status           Test objective
                                        dry-bulb,      humidity, %    bulb, [deg]F    entering wet-
                                         [deg]F            \1\                        bulb, [deg]F
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Evaporator Fan Power...............              55              55  ..............  ..............  ...........................  Measure fan input
                                                                                                                                   wattage \2\.
Refrigeration Capacity A...........              55              55              95          \3\ 68  Compressor On..............  Determine Net
                                                                                                                                   Refrigeration
                                                                                                                                   Capacity of Unit
                                                                                                                                   Cooler, input power,
                                                                                                                                   and EER at Rating
                                                                                                                                   Condition.
Refrigeration Capacity B...........              55              55              59          \3\ 46  Compressor On..............  Determine Net
                                                                                                                                   Refrigeration
                                                                                                                                   Capacity of Unit
                                                                                                                                   Cooler and system
                                                                                                                                   input power at
                                                                                                                                   moderate condition.
Refrigeration Capacity C...........              55              55              35          \3\ 29  Compressor On..............  Determine Net
                                                                                                                                   Refrigeration
                                                                                                                                   Capacity of Unit
                                                                                                                                   Cooler and system
                                                                                                                                   input power at cold
                                                                                                                                   condition.
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Notes:
\1\ The test condition tolerance (maximum permissible variation of the average value of the measurement from the specified test condition) for relative
  humidity is 3%.
\2\ Measure fan input wattage either by measuring total system power when the compressor and condenser are turned off or by separately submetering the
  evaporator fan.
\3\ Maximum allowable value for Single-Packaged Dedicated Systems that do not use evaporative Dedicated Condensing Units, where all or part of the
  equipment is located in the outdoor room.

    In Appendix C to Subpart R, following section 3.2.5 (instructions 
regarding modifications to AHRI 1250-2009), add sections 3.2.6 and 
3.2.7 to read:

    3.2.6 The purpose in section C1 of appendix C is modified by 
extending it to include Single-Packaged Dedicated Systems.
    3.2.7 For general test conditions and data recording (appendix 
C, section C7), the test acceptance criteria in Table 2 and the data 
to be recorded in Table C2 apply to the Dual Instrumentation and 
Calibrated Box methods of test.

    In Appendix C to Subpart R, revise section 3.3 to read:

    3.3. Matched systems, single-packaged dedicated systems, and 
unit coolers tested alone: Test any split system wine cellar walk-in 
refrigeration system as a matched pair. Any condensing unit or unit 
cooler component must be matched with a corresponding counterpart 
for testing. Use the test method in AHRI 1250-2009 (incorporated by 
reference; see Sec.  431.303), appendix C as the method of test for 
matched refrigeration systems, single-packaged dedicated systems, or 
unit coolers tested alone, with the following modifications:
* * * * *
    In Appendix C to Subpart R, revise sections 3.3.3 through 3.3.3.2 
to read:

    3.3.3 Evaporator fan power.
    3.3.3.1 The unit cooler fan power consumption shall be measured 
in accordance with the requirements in Section C3.5 of AHRI 1250-
2009. This measurement shall be made with the fan operating at full 
speed, either measuring unit cooler or total system power input upon 
the completion of the steady state test when the compressors and 
condenser fan of the walk-in system is turned off, or by submetered 
measurement of the evaporator fan power during the steady state 
test.

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    Section C3.5 of AHRI 1250-2009 is revised to read:
    Unit Cooler Fan Power Measurement. The following shall be 
measured and recorded during a fan power test.

EFcomp,on Total electrical power input to fan motor(s) of Unit 
Cooler, W
FS Fan speed (s), rpm
N Number of motors
Pb Barometric pressure, in. Hg
Tdb Dry-bulb temperature of air at inlet, [deg]F
Twb Wet-bulb temperature of air at inlet, [deg]F
V Voltage of each phase, V

    For a given motor winding configuration, the total power input 
shall be measured at the highest nameplated voltage. For three-phase 
power, voltage imbalance shall be no more than 2%.
    3.3.3.2 Evaporator fan power for the off-cycle is equal to the 
on-cycle evaporator fan power with a run time of ten percent of the 
off-cycle time.

EFcomp,off = 0.1 x EFcomp,on

    In Appendix C to Subpart R, following section 3.3.7.2, add new 
sections 3.3.8, 3.3.9, and 3.3.10 to read:

    3.3.8. Measure power and capacity of single-packaged dedicated 
systems as described in sections C4.1.2 and C9 of AHRI 1250-2020. 
The third and fourth sentences of Section C9.1.1.1 of AHRI 1250-2020 
(``Entering air is to be sufficiently dry as to not produce frost on 
the Unit Cooler coil. Therefore, only sensible capacity measured by 
dry bulb change shall be used to calculate capacity.'') shall not 
apply.
    3.3.9. For systems with ducted evaporator air, or that can be 
installed with or without ducted evaporator air: Connect ductwork on 
both the inlet and outlet connections and determine external static 
pressure as described in ASHRAE 37-2009, sections 6.4 and 6.5. Use 
pressure measurement instrumentation as described in ASHRAE 37-2009 
section 5.3.2. Test at the fan speed specified in manufacturer 
installation instructions--if there is more than one fan speed 
setting and the installation instructions do not specify which speed 
to use, test at the highest speed. Conduct tests with the external 
static pressure equal to 50 percent of the maximum external static 
pressure allowed by the manufacturer for system installation within 
a tolerance of -0.00/+0.05 in. wc. If testing with the indoor air 
enthalpy method, adjust the airflow measurement apparatus fan to set 
the external static pressure--otherwise, set the external static 
pressure by symmetrically restricting the outlet of the test duct. 
In case of conflict, these requirements for setting evaporator 
airflow take precedence over airflow values specified in 
manufacturer installation instructions or product literature.
    3.3.10. For systems with ducted condenser air, or that can be 
installed with or without ducted condenser air: Connect ductwork on 
both the inlet and outlet connections and determine external static 
pressure as described in ASHRAE 37-2009, sections 6.4 and 6.5. Use 
pressure measurement instrumentation as described in ASHRAE 37-2009 
section 5.3.2. Test at the fan speed specified in manufacturer 
installation instructions--if there is more than one fan speed 
setting and the installation instructions do not specify which speed 
to use, test at the highest speed. Conduct tests with the external 
static pressure equal to 50 percent of the maximum external static 
pressure allowed by the manufacturer for system installation within 
a tolerance of -0.00/+0.05 in. wc. If testing with the outdoor 
enthalpy method, adjust the airflow measurement apparatus fan to set 
the external static pressure--otherwise, set the external static 
pressure by symmetrically restricting the outlet of the test duct. 
In case of conflict, these requirements for setting condenser 
airflow take precedence over airflow values specified in 
manufacturer installation instructions or product literature. If 
testing using the outdoor air enthalpy method, the requirements of 
section 8.6 of ASHRAE 37-2009 are not applicable.

    In Appendix C to Subpart R, revise section 3.3.6 (which specifies 
modifications to AHRI 1250-2009) to read:

    3.3.6. AWEF is calculated on the basis that walk-in box load is 
equal to half of the system net capacity, without variation 
according to high and low load periods and without variation with 
outdoor air temperature for outdoor refrigeration systems, and the 
test must be done as a matched or single-package refrigeration 
system, as follows:
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Where:

BL is the non-equipment-related box load
LF is the load factor
And other symbols are as defined in AHRI 1250-2009.

    (3) Representations. Vinotemp may not make representations about 
the efficiency of a basic model listed in paragraph (1) of this Order 
for compliance, marketing, or other purposes unless the basic model has 
been tested in accordance with the provisions set forth above and such 
representations fairly disclose the results of such testing.
    (4) This waiver shall remain in effect according to the provisions 
of 10 CFR 431.401.
    (5) This Order is issued on the condition that the statements, 
representations, and information provided by Vinotemp are valid. If 
Vinotemp makes any modifications to the controls or configurations of a 
basic model subject to this Order, such modifications will render the 
waiver invalid with respect to that basic model, and Vinotemp will 
either be required to use the current Federal test method or submit a 
new application for a test procedure waiver. DOE may rescind or modify 
this waiver at any time if it determines the factual basis underlying 
the petition for waiver is incorrect, or the results from the alternate 
test procedure are unrepresentative of a basic model's true energy 
consumption characteristics. 10 CFR 431.401(k)(1). Likewise, Vinotemp 
may request that DOE rescind or modify the waiver if Vinotemp discovers 
an error in the information provided to DOE as part of its petition, 
determines that the waiver is no longer needed, or for other 
appropriate reasons. 10 CFR 431.401(k)(2).
    (6) Vinotemp remains obligated to fulfill any applicable 
requirements set forth at 10 CFR part 429.
    DOE makes decisions on waivers and interim waivers for only those 
basic models specifically set out in the petition, not future models 
that may be manufactured by the petitioner. Vinotemp may submit a new 
or amended petition for waiver and request for grant of interim waiver, 
as appropriate, for additional basic models of walk-in cooler 
refrigeration systems. Alternatively, if appropriate, Vinotemp may 
request that DOE extend the scope of a waiver or an interim waiver to 
include additional basic models employing the same technology as the 
basic model(s) set forth in the original petition consistent with 10 
CFR 431.401(g).

Signing Authority

    This document of the Department of Energy was signed on July 7, 
2021, by Kelly Speakes-Backman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary 
and Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable 
Energy, pursuant to delegated authority from the Secretary of Energy. 
That document with the original signature and date is maintained by 
DOE. For administrative purposes only, and in compliance with 
requirements of the Office of the Federal Register, the undersigned DOE 
Federal Register Liaison Officer has been authorized to sign and submit 
the

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document in electronic format for publication, as an official document 
of the Department of Energy. This administrative process in no way 
alters the legal effect of this document upon publication in the 
Federal Register.

    Signed in Washington, DC, on July 8, 2021.
Treena V. Garrett,
Federal Register Liaison Officer, U.S. Department of Energy.
[FR Doc. 2021-14836 Filed 7-12-21; 8:45 am]
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