IBWA News Splash
July 16, 2020
Vol. 21, No. 26
  EPA to Proceed With New ENERGY STAR 3.0 Specifications for Water Coolers; IBWA Submits Comments Encouraging EPA to Consider Consumer Preferences
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving forward with new energy-reduction specifications for water coolers, known as Energy Star 3.0. EPA recently released draft Energy Star 3.0 specifications relating to water coolers. Notable changes from Energy Star 2.0 include:
  • Reduced energy consumption for hot/cold and hot, cook and cold conditioned storage units from 0.87 kWh/day (Energy Star 2.0 specification) to 0.70 kWh/day.
  • New reporting requirements for on mode with water draw.
  • Requires reporting of the type of charge and type of refrigerant used.
With input from members of the IBWA Energy Star 3.0 Working Group, IBWA submitted comments on July 14 arguing to EPA that the proposed energy consumption of 0.70 Kwh/day is too low and will exclude several high performing and in-demand coolers that customers enjoy. Instead, IBWA suggested that EPA look to adopt a specification of 0.80 Kwh/day, as this would meet the goal of the EPA ENERGY STAR program and continue to provide coolers that satisfy consumer preferences. IBWA also suggested that the industry have additional time to comply with any new specification, as it often takes many months for research and technological advancement necessary to meet energy reduction specifications.  
In addition, IBWA is seeking clarification regarding what will happen to coolers currently in service that meet Energy Star 2.0 specifications but may not meet new Energy Star 3.0 specifications. IBWA is asking that EPA make it clear that a distributor can remove a cooler from the office or home of an existing customer so it can be cleaned or refurbished, and undergo any necessary maintenance, and the cooler will still retain its ENERGY STAR certification. In addition, that cooler can then be reinstalled or replaced with another cooler of the same make and model in the office or home of an existing customer.
CLICK HERE to read IBWA’s comments to EPA.

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In This Issue:
• EPA to Proceed With New ENERGY STAR 3.0 Specifications for Water Coolers; IBWA Submits Comments Encouraging EPA to Consider Consumer Preferences
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