US DOE completed energy efficiency standards for dishwashers and general service incandescent lamps; microwaves, and electric gas kitchen ranges and ovens; general service fluorescent lamps and incandescent reflector lamps; commercial boilers and air conditioning equipment; and, most recently, beverage vending machines. The latest standards for energy consumption for the approximately 2.3 million beverage vending machines in the country were completed on Monday of this week. The final rule will reduce emissions by up to 9.6 million metric tons from 2012 through 2042 and will save commercial customers of the machines $38,000,000-$52,000,000 US per year simul taneously. Together, DOE expects the standards to save up to 1.1 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide once in effect in 2012.

Contact: Drury Crawley, US Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, (202) 586-9220, drury.crawley@ee.doe.gov, www.energy.gov