ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service Newsletter Summer 2017

ENERGY STAR Team at the 2017 National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show

EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Commercial Food Service Program Manager, Kirsten Hesla, as well as members of the ENERGY STAR team attended the 2017 NRA Show from May 20th - May 23rd in Chicago, IL. The team held one-on-one meetings with stakeholders to discuss product developments, new technologies in the commercial equipment industry, and ENERGY STAR’s 2017 marketing initiatives.

If you did not have the opportunity to speak with an ENERGY STAR team member and have questions, please reach out to


Why Efficiency Matters: The Story of Arby's and ENERGY STAR

As part of ENERGY STAR’s latest case study initiative, Arby’s and EPA partnered up to highlight the impressive energy savings Arby’s achieved through its use of ENERGY STAR certified equipment and other energy savings techniques. After committing to an environmentally-focused corporate social responsibility platform, Arby's upgraded its company-owned restaurants with ENERGY STAR commercial kitchen equipment to help achieve its ambitious energy savings goals. Check out the newly released case study here.

Are you an operator with a similar success story? Do you use ENERGY STAR certified equipment? If so, please visit this website for more information, or reach out to


Updates for Manufacturers

  • Automatic Commercial Ice Makers (ACIM) V3.0

EPA released the final ENERGY STAR Commercial Ice Makers Version 3.0 specification on May 19, 2017. The specification will take effect on January 28, 2018. EPA would like to thank the many stakeholders who provided valuable feedback throughout the specification development process.

These new performance requirements for ACIMs offer end users up to 20% energy savings compared to standard products, depending on size and type.

In addition to updating performance requirements, this specification establishes optional connected functionality criteria for commercial ice makers. The connected criteria may offer end users new convenience and energy-saving features such as the ability to establish minimum or critical capacity of ice in the storage bin at all times.


Looking for more information? The ENERGY STAR Commercial Ice Makers V3.0 Cover Memo, Specification, and Data Plots are available here.

  • Updates to ENERGY STAR Commercial Dishwashers

EPA is launching the ENERGY STAR Commercial Dishwasher Version 3.0 Specification Revision process. On Friday, July 14th, EPA published a Discussion Guide, which is available on the ENERGY STAR Commercial Dishwashers Version 3.0 product development webpage.

Stakeholder engagement is a core component of the ENERGY STAR specification revision process. EPA will host a webinar on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST focused on key topics introduced in the Discussion Guide. If you would like to participate in the webinar, please register here.

Congratulations, ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year 2017 Winners!

EPA congratulates the Partners who have excelled in energy efficiency innovation, education, and public service this past year. Visit for a list of all the 2017 Partner of the Year award winners.

Believe it or not, the 2018 award submission period is right around the corner. We look forward to seeing the creative ways your organization is marketing, highlighting, and selling ENERGY STAR certified commercial kitchen equipment! Please reach out if you have questions about the Partner of the Year application process.

Upcoming ENERGY STAR Webinar

ENERGY STAR would like to host a webinar with the goal of increasing collaboration between manufacturers, representative advocacy groups, dealers/distributors, and utilities. EPA plans to schedule a webinar to provide an overview of utility incentive programs and best practices for increasing the sale of ENERGY STAR products. We hope this webinar will inspire collaboration within the food service industry distribution channel.

Do you have a webinar idea you’d like to share? Are you interested in participating? If so, please reach out to

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Your partnership is critical to this ongoing success!

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