NAMA Files Comments With U.S. Department Of Energy On Proposed Energy Conservation Standards For Beverage Vending Machines

Oct. 20, 2015

(CHICAGO) October 20, 2015 - NAMA filed comments Monday with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) regarding the potential impact of changes to current energy conservation standards for beverage vending machines, according to Eric Dell, NAMA’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.

The comments were filed on behalf of the industry in response to the DOE’s request for public comment as the department considers amending Energy Conservation Standards for Refrigerated Bottled or Canned Beverage Vending Machines (BVMs).

The DOE recently updated its test procedure for beverage vending machines in a final rule published July 31, 2015. This current proposal on energy conservation standards is the next step in the process. The proposed changes impact beverage machines that dispense cooled bottles or cans and are installed inside or outside of commercial, residential or public buildings including gas stations, hotels and motels, apartments, dormitories and government buildings.

“I’d like to thank the machine manufacturing community for their input in organizing the industry’s comments,” Dell said. “This proposed rule could have a tremendous negative financial impact on the entire industry at a time when machine manufacturers are also having to update their processes to introduce new refrigerants mandated by EPA earlier this year,” he continued.

“NAMA invites the DOE to work closely with our industry as they create the final rule. The impact of this potentially unattainable standard could create substantial financial burdens for many small business manufacturers and operators across the country and could detract from the vending channel’s ability to continue to expand its use of ENERGY STAR vending machines,” Dell concluded.

A copy of the comments submitted by NAMA can be found here:

Founded in 1936, NAMA is the association representing the $25 billion U.S. vending and refreshment service industry. With more than 1250 member companies – including many of the world’s most recognized brands – NAMA provides advocacy, education and research for its membership. Visit NAMA on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.