When the Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007 was enacted, it put equipment manufacturers in the energy spotlight, forcing compliance to groundbreaking standards in energy conservation. Since the law’s inception, which as a whole addressed energy independence and security across a variety of U.S. industries and product categories, equipment manufacturers have returned to the drawing boards to test existing products and research new offerings. Senior editor Katherine Field talked with Michael Evans, VP sales and marketing for Kalamazoo, Mich.-based Eliason Corp., about EISA’s impact on both sides of the retail equation: on vendors and on retailers.
How has EISA affected equipment manufacturers such as yourself, and what are its ramifications for retailers?
The Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007 (EISA) is a federal law that mandates strict new guidelines aimed at the reduction of energy consumption, reduced dependence on oil and strategies for addressing global climate change. As a result, equipment manufacturers have been forced to design products that meet the new energy-conservation standards. Likewise, retailers must now re-think the way they approach everything from store lighting to compressor motors to the doors used in walk-in cooler and freezer openings.
What kinds of measures do retailers need to take to meet EISA requirements or to factor the law into their store operations/equipment?
The new EISA regulations will affect decisions made by retailers regarding the equipment that they specify for their stores. For example, there are now strict requirements in place regarding the efficiency of the metal halide ballasts used in fluorescent light fixtures. In addition, walk-in coolers and freezers installed after Jan. 1, 2009, must have doors that have a minimum insulation value of R-25 and R-32, respectively.
What are some new products/product categories that are now on the market due to EISA?
Several double-acting door companies, including Eliason, have introduced cooler doors that meet the R-25 requirement. In fact, we offer three different models of EISA R-25 doors—all of which meet the new standard. We also offer a line of energy-saving covers that are installed on refrigerated cases in supermarkets, convenience sto