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VEE-0054 - In the Matter of Amana Appliances

This Decision and Order considers an Application for Exception filed by Amana Appliances (Amana), seeking exception relief from the provisions of 10 C.F.R. Part 430, Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Energy Conservation Standards for Refrigerators, Refrigerator-Freezers and Freezers (Refrigerator Efficiency Standards). In its exception request, Amana asserts that the firm would suffer a competitive disadvantage and undue hardship if required to adhere to the Refrigerator Efficiency Standards of Part 430, effective July 1, 2001, 10 C.F.R. § 430.32. If Amana’s Application for Exception were granted, Amana would receive a 10 percent increase in maximum energy consumption allowable under Part 430, effective July 1, 2001 until January 1, 2010, with respect to all of the firm’s classes of refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers (refrigerator products). As set forth in this Decision and Order, we have concluded that Amana’s Application for Exception should be denied.