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DOE Publishes New Vending Machine Energy Efficiency Standards

September 2009 - Energy Efficiency

The DOE has published a final rule for new energy efficiency standards for cold beverage vending machines that will cut machine energy use by 42 percent.

The standards, published by the DOE, are enforceable three years after the date of publication, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
They build on a series of improvements in vending machine efficiency achieved over the past decade.

With the new standards, per unit energy use will be no more than about 1,400 to 1,800 kilowatt-hours per year. Typical new machines will save over $100 per year, with the savings being much greater for larger machines and those in warm climates, according to ACEEE.

Altogether, according to DOE, the proposed new beverage machine standards could save about 16 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity over 30 years (or 0.16 quad of primary energy). This is enough electricity to meet the needs of about 1.4 million typical U.S. homes for one year.

The standards would save vending machine property owners nearly $500 million over thirty years. The standards would, cumulatively over thirty years, eliminate nearly 10 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions (or roughly the amount emitted by two million typical cars in a year). These carbon dioxide emission reductions, according to DOE, are worth as much as another $543 million.

The published standards are part of a memorandum signed in February by President Obama, directing DOE to complete five new standards by August and to meet or beat all legal deadlines for standards due later. Altogether, about two dozen new energy efficiency standards are expected during the current presidential term.


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