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United States Department of Energy

Locations: Americas - US (U), USA (U)
Type: Mandatory Standard
 
2021-03-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

​The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is initiating an effort to consider amending energy conservation standards for packaged terminal air conditioners and heat pumps. Once completed, this rulemaking will fulfill DOE’s statutory obligation to either propose amended energy conservation standards for these products or to determine that the existing standards do not need to be amended. To this end, DOE must determine whether national standards more stringent than those currently in place would result in a significant amount of energy savings and whether such amended national standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified.

Written comments and information will be accepted on or before March 8, 2021

Reference:

https://members.wto.org/crnattachments/2020/TBT/USA/20_7865_00_e.pdf

2021-02-17
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice Final Rule establishing separate product classes for top-loading consumer clothes washers and consumer clothes dryers that offer cycle times for a normal cycle of less than 30 minutes, and for front-loading residential clothes washers that offer cycle times for a normal cycle of less than 45 minutes. DOE’s decision to establish these new product classes is based on the comments received in response to the proposed rule as well as testing and evaluation conducted by the Department. This rulemaking sets out the basis for the new product classes. DOE intends to determine the specific energy and water consumption limits for the new product classes in separate rulemakings in accordance with the requirements of the Department’s Process Rule.

  • The effective date of this rule is January 15, 2021.
  • Find product information for Consumer Clothes Dryers and Consumer Clothes Washers including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2021-02-17
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice Final Rule establishing separate product classes for top-loading consumer clothes washers and consumer clothes dryers that offer cycle times for a normal cycle of less than 30 minutes, and for front-loading residential clothes washers that offer cycle times for a normal cycle of less than 45 minutes. DOE’s decision to establish these new product classes is based on the comments received in response to the proposed rule as well as testing and evaluation conducted by the Department. This rulemaking sets out the basis for the new product classes. DOE intends to determine the specific energy and water consumption limits for the new product classes in separate rulemakings in accordance with the requirements of the Department’s Process Rule.

  • The effective date of this rule is January 15, 2021.
  • Find product information for Consumer Clothes Dryers and Consumer Clothes Washers including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2021-02-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Mark Your Calendar: Virtual Lighting R&D Workshop, February 1-4

Join the U.S. Department of Energy and the Illuminating Engineering Society at the virtual Lighting R&D Workshop, February 1-4, 2021. As always, this event will gather top lighting scientists and industry thought leaders to share the latest on lighting science and technology advances, and to identify future research needs.

We value your input, and we’re working to provide a virtual platform where attendees can participate in interactive expert panel discussions, real-time networking opportunities, and moderated topic table discussions. The poster session will remain a cornerstone for robust discussion, as researchers share their work, discuss potential future collaborations, and network.

More details, coming soon!

STUDENTS: Submit your abstract by December 4 for the Student Poster and Design Concept Competition.

2021-01-19
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Final Determination notice in the Federal Register pertaining to energy conservation standards for Small Electric Motors (SEMs).  86 FR 4885.  The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including SEMs. EPCA also requires DOE to periodically determine whether more-stringent standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would result in significant conservation of energy. In this final determination, DOE has determined that more stringent SEMs standards would not be cost effective, and thus has determined that standards for SEMs should not be amended.

  1. The effective date on this final determination is January 19, 2021
  2. Find product information for Small Electric Motors including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program

2021-01-07
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice announcing receipt of and publishes a petition for waiver and interim waiver from Air Innovations, which seeks a waiver for specified walk-in cooler refrigeration system basic models from DOE's test procedure used to determine the efficiency and energy consumption of walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers. DOE also gives notice of an Interim Waiver Order that requires Air Innovations to test and rate the specified walk-in cooler refrigeration system basic models in accordance with the alternate test procedure set forth in the Interim Waiver Order, which modifies the alternate test procedure suggested by Air Innovations. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning Air Innovations’ petition, its suggested alternate test procedure, and the alternate test procedure specified in the Interim Waiver Order so as to inform DOE’s final decision on Air Innovations’ waiver request.

  • The Interim Waiver Order will be effective once the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the effective date once it has published.
  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this waiver until 30 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by case number “2019-010" and docket number EERE-2019-BT-WAV- 0029, by email (AirInnovations2019WAV0029@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for Walk-In Coolers and Walk-In Freezers including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2021-01-04
Location: Washington DC
Description:

DOE Publishes a Decision and Order Pertaining to Test Procedures for Walk-in Coolers and Walk-in Freezers

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice that gives notification of a Decision and Order (Case Number 2020-002) that grants to Senneca Holdings (Senneca) a waiver from specified portions of the DOE test procedure for determining the energy consumption of specified walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer door (walk-in door) basic models. Under the Decision and Order, Senneca is required to test and rate the specified basic models of its walk-in doors in accordance with the alternate test procedure specified in the Decision and Order.

  • The Decision and Order is effective on January 4, 2021.
  • The Decision and Order will terminate upon the compliance date of any future amendment to the test procedure for walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer doors located at title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), part 431, subpart R, appendix A that addresses the issues presented in this waiver. At such time, Senneca must use the relevant test procedure for this equipment for any testing to demonstrate compliance with the applicable standards, and any other representations of energy use.
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for Walk-In Coolers and Walk-In Freezers including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2021-01-04
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register Final Rule pertaining to test procedure for Small Electric Motors and Electric Motors. In this final rule DOE is further harmonizing its test procedures with industry practice by updating a currently incorporated testing standard to reference that standard's latest version, incorporating a new industry testing standard that manufacturers would be permitted to use in addition to those industry standards currently incorporated by reference, and harmonizing certain test conditions with current industry standards to improve the comparability of test results for small electric motors. None of these changes would affect the measured average full-load efficiency of small electric motors or the measured nominal full-load efficiency of electric motors when compared to the current test procedures.

  • The effective date of this rule is February 3, 2021.
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for product testing starting July 6, 2021.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register on February 3, 2021.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain other publications listed in this rulemaking was approved by the Director of the Federal Register on June 4, 2012.
  • Find product information for Small Electric Motors and Electric Motors including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-12-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice announcing the receipt of and publishes a petition for waiver and interim waiver from Heat Transfer Products Group (HTPG), which seeks a waiver for specified carbon dioxide (CO2) direct expansion unit cooler basic models from DOE's test procedure used to determine the efficiency of walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer refrigeration systems. DOE also gives notice of an Interim Waiver Order that requires HTPG to test and rate the specified CO2 direct expansion unit cooler basic models in accordance with the alternate test procedure set forth in the Interim Waiver Order. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning HTPG's petition and its suggested alternate test procedure so as to inform DOE's final decision on HTPG's waiver request.

  • The Interim Waiver Order is effective on December 23, 2020.
  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice until January 22, 2021.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by identified by case number “2020-009", docket number EERE-2020-BT-WAV-0025, email (HTPG2020WAV0025@ee.doe.gov) via the Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for Walk-In Coolers and Walk-In Freezers including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-12-21
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice initiating an early assessment review to determine whether any new or amended standards would satisfy the relevant requirements of EPCA for a new or amended energy conservation standard for Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTACs) and Packaged Terminal Heat Pumps (PTHPs). Specifically, through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information that could enable the agency to determine whether DOE should propose a “no new standard” determination because a more stringent standard: Would not result in a significant savings of energy; is not technologically feasible; is not economically justified; or any combination of foregoing. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including those topics not specifically raised in this RFI), as well as the submission of data and other relevant concerning this early assessment review.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-12-16
Location: Washington DC
Description:

DOE Publishes a Final Determination Pertaining to Standards for Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register Final Determination notice pertaining to standards for fluorescent lamp ballasts (FLBs). Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (EPCA), prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including FLBs). EPCA also requires DOE to periodically determine whether more-stringent standards would be technologically feasible and cost effective, and would result in significant energy savings. In this final determination, DOE has determined that energy conservation standards for fluorescent lamp ballasts do not need to be amended.

  • The effective date of this final determination is December 16, 2020.
  • Find product information for Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-12-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notification of proposed determination (NOPD) and request for comment pertaining to Standards for Consumer Conventional Cooking Products. Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including consumer conventional cooking products. EPCA also requires DOE to periodically determine whether more-stringent standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would result in significant energy savings. In this NOPD, DOE has initially determined that amended energy conservation standards for consumer conventional cooking products would not be economically justified and would not result in a significant conservation of energy. DOE requests comment on this proposed determination and the associated analyses and results.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPD until March 1, 2021.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2014-BT-STD-0005, by email (ConventionalCookingProducts2014STD0005@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • The webinar will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Frequently Asked Questions on the Notice of Proposed Determination, Request for Comment and Notice of Public Webinar Pertaining to Standards for Consumer Conventional Cooking Products
  • Find product information for Consumer Conventional Cooking Products.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program

2020-12-11
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register final rule adopting a streamlined approach to its test procedure waiver decision-making process that requires the Department to notify, in writing, an applicant for an interim waiver of the disposition of the request within 45 business days of receipt of the application. An interim waiver will remain in effect until a final waiver decision is published in the Federal Register or until DOE publishes a new or amended test procedure that addresses the issues presented in the application, whichever is earlier. DOE's regulations continue to specify that DOE will take either of these actions within 1 year of issuance of an interim waiver. This final rule addresses delays in DOE's current process for considering requests for interim waivers and waivers from the DOE test method, which in turn can result in significant delays for manufacturers in bringing new and innovative products to market. This final rule requires the Department to process interim waiver requests within the 45 business day window and clarifies the process by which interested stakeholders provide input into the development of an appropriate test procedure waiver.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-12-09
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice Decision and Order (Case Number 2020-008) that grants to CNA International, Inc. (CNA) a waiver from specified portions of the DOE test procedure for determining the energy and water consumption of specified dishwashers. Under the Decision and Order CNA is required to test and rate the specified basic model of its dishwasher in accordance with the alternate test procedure specified in the Decision and Order.

  • The Decision and Order is effective on December 9, 2020.
  • The Decision and Order will terminate upon the compliance date of any future amendment to the test procedure for dishwashers located at title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), part 430, subpart B, appendix C1 that addresses the issues presented in this waiver. At such time, CNA must use the relevant test procedure for this product for any testing to demonstrate compliance with the applicable standards, and any other representations of energy use.
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for Dishwashers including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-12-08
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notification of proposed determination (NOPD) and request for comment pertaining to Standards for Consumer Conventional Cooking Products. Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including consumer conventional cooking products. EPCA also requires DOE to periodically determine whether more-stringent standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would result in significant energy savings. In this NOPD, DOE has initially determined that amended energy conservation standards for consumer conventional cooking products would not be economically justified and would not result in a significant conservation of energy. DOE requests comment on this proposed determination and the associated analyses and results.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPD until 75 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2014-BT-STD-0005, by email (ConventionalCookingProducts2014STD0005@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • The webinar will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Frequently Asked Questions on the Notice of Proposed Determination, Request for Comment and Notice of Public Webinar Pertaining to Standards for Consumer Conventional Cooking Products
  • Find product information for Consumer Conventional Cooking Products.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-12-08
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review to determine whether to proceed with a rulemaking to amend DOE’s test procedures for packaged terminal air conditioners (PTACs) and packaged terminal heat pumps (PTHPs) to adopt the most recent procedures referenced in the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 90.1, “Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings,” which are consistent with DOE’s current test procedures, unless there exists clear and convincing evidence supporting the adoption of alternate procedures. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this RFI), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information concerning this early assessment review.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-12-08
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review for amended energy conservation standards for miscellaneous refrigeration products to determine whether to amend the applicable energy conservation standards for this product. Specifically, through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information that could enable the agency to determine whether DOE should propose a “no-new-standard” determination because a more-stringent standard: would not result in a significant savings of energy; is not technologically feasible; is not economically justified; or any combination of the foregoing. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including those topics not specifically raised in this RFI), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information concerning this early assessment review.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until February 22, 2021.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2020-BT-STD-0039, by email (MRP2020STD0039@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find product information for Miscellaneous Refrigeration Products including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-12-03
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review for amended energy conservation standards for miscellaneous refrigeration products to determine whether to amend the applicable energy conservation standards for this product. Specifically, through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information that could enable the agency to determine whether DOE should propose a “no-new-standard” determination because a more-stringent standard: would not result in a significant savings of energy; is not technologically feasible; is not economically justified; or any combination of the foregoing. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including those topics not specifically raised in this RFI), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information concerning this early assessment review.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until 75 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2020-BT-STD-0039, by email (MRP2020STD0039@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find product information for Miscellaneous Refrigeration Products including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-12-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of proposed determination (NOPD) and request for comment pertaining to standards for direct heating equipment (DHE). The Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (EPCA), prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products, including DHE. EPCA also requires DOE to periodically determine whether more-stringent, amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would result in significant energy savings. After carefully considering the available market and technical information for these products, DOE has tentatively concluded in this document that more-stringent standards for DHE would not save a significant amount of energy. Further, depending on the product class, more-stringent standards for DHE would not be technologically feasible or economically justified. As such, DOE has tentatively determined that amended energy conservation standards are not needed. DOE requests comment on this proposed determination, as well as the associated analyses and results.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPD until February 16, 2021.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2019-BT-STD-0002, by email (DHE2019STD0002@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • The webinar will be held on Monday, January 25, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Frequently Asked Questions on the Notice of Proposed Determination and Request for Comment pertaining to energy conservation standards for Direct Heating Equipment.
  • Find product information for Direct Heating Equipment.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-11-30
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review to determine whether to proceed with a rulemaking to amend DOE’s test procedures for packaged terminal air conditioners (PTACs) and packaged terminal heat pumps (PTHPs) to adopt the most recent procedures referenced in the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 90.1, “Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings,” which are consistent with DOE’s current test procedures, unless there exists clear and convincing evidence supporting the adoption of alternate procedures. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this RFI), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information concerning this early assessment review.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until 75 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2019–BT–TP–0027, by email (PTACHP2019TP0027@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Frequently Asked Questions on the Test Procedures for Commercial Equipment; Early Assessment Review: Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners and Packaged Terminal Heat Pumps
  • Find product information for Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners and Packaged Terminal Heat Pumps.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-11-24
Location: Workshop
Description:

Now more than ever, partnerships power innovation

Registration has opened for the 2021 Lighting R&D Workshop, a virtual and free event co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Illuminating Engineering Society. This year we are committed to retaining all the features that attendees have come to expect from the in-person workshop: opportunities to hear from and interact with top lighting scientists and industry thought leaders and to provide input on future research needs. Partnerships established and renewed at this event have powered innovation in the lighting industry for nearly two decades.

This year’s virtual Lighting R&D Workshop features:

  • Interactive expert panel discussions that dissect complex science and technology issues.
  • Topic table sessions that seek inputs to inform future research planning.
  • A dynamic poster session that showcases top research and provides an opportunity for real-time Q&A.
  • Networking opportunities that enable attendees to chat more informally.

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2020-11-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

This Notice document was issued by the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office (EERE)

For related information, Open Docket Folder


Action

Information collection extension, with changes; notice and request for comment.

Summary

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) intends to extend with changes for three years with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Certification Reports, Compliance Statements, Application for a Test Procedure Waiver, and Recordkeeping for Consumer Products and Commercial/Industrial Equipment subject to Energy or Water Conservation Standards Package under OMB No. 1910-1400.

Dates

Written comments and information are requested and will be accepted on or before January 22, 2021.

Addresses

Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Alternatively, interested persons may submit comments, identified by docket number EERE-2020-BT-CRT-0018, by any of the following methods:

1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

2. Email: to InfoCollection2020CRT0018@ee.doe.gov. Include docket number EERE-2020-BT-CRT-0018 in the subject line of the message.

3. Postal Mail: Appliance and Equipment Standards Program, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, Mailstop EE-5B, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585-0121. Telephone: (202) 287-1445. If possible, please submit all items on a compact disc (“CD”), in which case it is not necessary to include printed copies.

4. Hand Delivery/Courier: Appliance and Equipment Standards Program, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, 950 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20024. Telephone: (202) 287-1445. If possible, please submit all items on a CD, in which case it is not necessary to include printed copies.

No telefacsimilies (faxes) will be accepted.

Docket: The docket for this activity, which includes Federal Registernotices, comments, and other supporting documents/materials, is available for review at http://www.regulations.gov. All documents in the docket are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index. However, some documents listed in the index, such as those containing information that is exempt from public disclosure, may not be publicly available.

The docket web page can be found at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=EERE-2020-BT-CRT-0018. The docket web page will contain simple instructions on how to access all documents, including public comments, in the docket.

For Further Information Contact

Ms. Catherine Rivest, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Office, EE-5B, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585-0121. Telephone: (202) 586-7335. Email: ApplianceStandardsQuestions@ee.doe.gov.

Supplementary Information

Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

This information collection request contains:

(1) OMB No.: 1910-1400;

(2) Information Collection Request Title: Certification Reports, Compliance Statements, Application for a Test Procedure Waiver, Application for Extension of Representation Requirements, Labeling, and Recordkeeping for Consumer Products and Commercial/Industrial Equipment subject to Federal Energy or Water Conservation Standards;

(3) Type of Request: Revision with changes;

(4) Purpose:

Pursuant to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (“EPCA” or “the Act”), (1) Public Law 94-163 (42 U.S.C. 6291-6317, as codified), DOE regulates the energy efficiency of a number of consumer products, and commercial and industrial equipment. Title III, Part B  (2) of EPCA established the Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles, which sets forth a variety of provisions designed to improve energy efficiency of covered consumer products (“covered products”). Title III, Part C  (3) of EPCA, added by Public Law 95-619, Title IV, § 441(a), established the Energy Conservation Program for Certain Industrial Equipment, which sets forth a variety of provisions designed to improve energy efficiency of covered commercial and industrial equipment (collectively referred to as “covered equipment”).

Covered products and covered equipment are described in 10 CFR parts 429, 430, and 431. These covered products and covered equipment, including all product or equipment classes, include: (1) Consumer refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers and freezers; (2) Room air conditioners; (3) Central air conditioners and central air conditioning heat pumps; (4) Consumer water heaters; (5) Consumer furnaces and boilers; (6) Dishwashers; (7) Residential clothes washers; (8) Clothes dryers; (9) Direct heating equipment; (10) Cooking products; (11) Pool heaters; (12) Television sets; (13) Fluorescent lamp ballasts; (14) General service fluorescent lamps, general service incandescent lamps, and incandescent reflector lamps; (15) Faucets; (16) Showerheads; (17) Water closets; (18) Urinals; (19) Ceiling fans; (20) Ceiling fan light kits; (21) Torchieres; (22) Compact fluorescent lamps; (23) Dehumidifiers; (24) External power supplies; (25) Battery chargers; (26) Candelabra base incandescent lamps and intermediate base incandescent lamps; (27) Commercial warm air furnaces; (28) Commercial refrigerators, freezers, and refrigerator-freezers; (29) Commercial heating and air conditioning equipment; (30) Commercial water heating equipment; (31) Automatic commercial ice makers; (32) Commercial clothes washers; (33) Distribution transformers; (34) Illuminated exit signs; (35) Traffic signal modules and pedestrian modules; (36) Commercial unit heaters; (37) Commercial pre-rinse spray valves; (38) Refrigerated bottled or canned beverage vending machines; (39) Walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers and certain components; (40) Metal halide lamp ballasts and fixtures; (41) Integrated light-emitting diode lamps; (42) General service lamps; (43) Furnace fans; (44) Pumps; (45) Commercial packaged boilers; (46) Consumer miscellaneous refrigeration equipment; (47) Portable air conditioners; (48) Compressors; (49) Electric motors; (50) Small electric motors; (51) rough service lamps; and (52) vibration service lamps.

Under EPCA, DOE's energy conservation program consists essentially of four parts: (1) Testing, (2) labeling, (3) Federal energy conservation standards, and (4) certification and enforcement procedures. For consumer products, relevant provisions of the Act specifically include definitions (42 U.S.C. 6291), energy conservation standards (42 U.S.C. 6295), test procedures (42 U.S.C. 6293), labeling provisions (42 U.S.C. 6294), and the authority to require information and reports from manufacturers (42 U.S.C. 6296). For covered equipment, relevant provisions of the Act include definitions (42 U.S.C. 6311), energy conservation standards (42 U.S.C. 6313), test procedures (42 U.S.C. 6314), labeling provisions (42 U.S.C. 6315), and the authority to require information and reports from manufacturers (42 U.S.C. 6316).

DOE is seeking to renew its information collection related to the following aspects of the appliance standards program: (1) Gathering data and submitting certification and compliance reports for each basic model distributed in commerce in the U.S. including supplemental testing instructions for certain commercial equipment; (2) maintaining records underlying the certified ratings for each basic model including test data and the associated calculations; (3) applications for a test procedure waiver, which manufacturers may elect to submit if they manufacture a basic model that cannot be tested pursuant to the DOE test procedure; (4) applications requesting an extension of the date by which representations must be made in accordance with any new or amended DOE test procedure; and (5) labeling.

DOE's certification and compliance activities ensure accurate and comprehensive information about the energy and water use characteristics of covered products and covered equipment sold in the United States. Manufacturers of all covered products and covered equipment must submit a certification report before a basic model is distributed in commerce, annually thereafter, and if the basic model is redesigned in such a manner to increase the consumption or decrease the efficiency of the basic model such that the certified rating is no longer supported by the test data. Additionally, manufacturers must report when production of a basic model has ceased and is no longer offered for sale as part of the next annual certification report following such cessation. DOE requires the manufacturer of any covered product or covered equipment to establish, maintain, and retain the records of certification reports, of the underlying test data for all certification testing, and of any other testing conducted to satisfy the requirements of part 429, part 430, and/or part 431. Certification reports provide DOE and consumers with comprehensive, up-to-date efficiency information and support effective enforcement.

As the result of a negotiated rulemaking, DOE adopted additional certification requirements for commercial HVAC, water heater, and refrigeration equipment. Specifically, DOE requires manufacturers of commercial refrigeration equipment and some types of commercial HVAC equipment to submit a PDF with specific testing instructions to be used by the Department during verification and enforcement testing. Manufacturers of commercial water heating equipment and some types of commercial HVAC equipment have the option of submitting a PDF with additional testing instructions at the manufacturer's discretion. For additional information on the negotiated rulemaking or supplemental testing instructions see docket number EERE-2013-BT-NOC-0023.

On December 18, 2014, Congress enacted the EPS Service Parts Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 113-263, “Service Parts Act”). That law exempted manufacturers of certain external power supplies (“EPSs”) that were made available as service and spare parts for end-use products manufactured before February 10, 2016, from the energy conservation standards that DOE promulgated in its February 2014 rule. See 79 FR 7846 (Feb. 10, 2014). Additionally, the Service Parts Act permits DOE to require manufacturers of an EPS that is exempt from the 2016 standards to report to DOE the total number of such EPS units that are shipped annually as service and spare parts and that do not meet those standards. (42 U.S.C. 6295(u)(5)(A)(ii)) DOE may also limit the applicability of the exemption if the Secretary determines that the exemption is resulting in a significant reduction of the energy savings that would result in the absence of the exemption. (42 U.S.C. 6295(u)(5)(A)(iii)) In a final rule published on May 16, 2016, DOE adopted reporting requirements for EPS manufacturers to provide the total number of exempt EPS units sold as service and spare parts for which the manufacturer is claiming exemption from the current standards. 81 FR 30157.

On April 30, 2015, Congress enacted the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 (Pub. L. 114-11, “Energy Efficiency Improvement Act”). That law established definitions and energy conservation standards for grid-enabled water heaters that DOE promulgated in its August 2015 Final Rule. See 80 FR 48004 (Aug. 11, 2015). Additionally, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act mandates DOE to require manufacturers of grid-enabled water heaters to report to DOE the total number of such units that are shipped annually. (42 U.S.C. 6295(e)(6)(C)(i))

DOE currently requires manufacturers or their party representatives to prepare and submit certification reports and compliance statements using DOE's electronic web-based tool, the Compliance and Certification Management System (CCMS), which is the primary mechanism for submitting certification reports to DOE. CCMS currently has product and equipment specific templates which manufacturers are required to use when submitting certification data to DOE. DOE believes the availability of electronic filing through the CCMS system reduces reporting burdens, streamlines the process, and provides the Department with needed information in a standardized, more accessible form. This electronic filing system also ensures that records are recorded in a permanent, systematic way.

Manufacturers also may rely on CCMS reporting to satisfy certain reporting requirements established by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”). EPCA directs the FTC generally to prescribe labeling rules for the consumer products subject to energy conservation standards under EPCA. (42 U.S.C. 6296) The required labels generally must disclose the estimated annual operating cost of such product (determined in accordance with Federal test procedures); and information respecting the range of estimated annual operating costs for covered products to which the rule applies. (42 U.S.C. 6296(c)(1)) Pursuant to EPCA, the FTC prescribed the Energy Labeling Rule, which in part, requires manufacturers to attach yellow EnergyGuide labels to many of the covered consumer products. See 16 CFR part 305. EnergyGuide labels for most products subject to the FTC labeling requirement contain three key disclosures: Estimated annual energy cost (16 CFR 305.5); a product's energy consumption or energy efficiency rating as determined from DOE test procedures (Id.); and a comparability range displaying the highest and lowest energy costs or efficiency ratings for all similar models (16 CFR 305.10).

The Energy Labeling Rule also contains reporting requirements for most products, under which manufacturers must submit data to the FTC both when they begin manufacturing new models and on an annual basis thereafter. 16 CFR 305.8. These reports must contain, among other things, estimated annual energy consumption or energy efficiency ratings, similar to what is required under DOE's reporting requirement. Id. Prior to 2013, FTC collected energy data on products subject to the Energy Labeling Rule separate from DOE through paper and email submissions to the FTC. This arrangement required manufacturers to submit nearly duplicative reports to DOE and FTC.

However, in 2013 the FTC streamlined and harmonized its reporting requirements by giving manufacturers the option to report FTC-required data through DOE's CCMS, in lieu of the traditional practice of submitting directly to FTC. 78 FR 2200 (Jan. 10, 2013); 16 CFR 305.8(a)(1). As such, the CCMS reduces duplicative reporting for manufacturers of covered consumer products that are also required to report under the FTC Energy Label Rule.

DOE allows manufacturers of both consumer products and/or commercial equipment to apply for a test procedure waiver. Manufacturers may submit an application for a test procedure waiver at his or her discretion if it is determined that the basic model for which the petition for waiver was submitted contains one or more design characteristics that prevents testing of the basic model according to the prescribed test procedures, or if the prescribed test procedures may evaluate the basic model in a manner so unrepresentative of its true energy consumption characteristics as to provide materially inaccurate comparative data. The Department currently uses and will continue to use the information submitted in the application for a waiver as the basis for granting or denying the petition. See 10 CFR 430.27 for additional information on petitions for waivers and for consumer products. See 10 CFR 431.401 for additional information on petitions for waivers for commercial equipment.

DOE also allows manufacturers of both consumer products and/or commercial equipment to submit applications requesting an extension of the date by which representations must be made in accordance with any new or amended DOE test procedure. DOE may grant extensions of up to 180 days if it determines that making such representations would impose an undue hardship on the petitioner. The Department currently uses and will continue to use the information submitted in these applications as the basis for granting or denying the petition.

In addition to the FTC labeling requirements for consumer products discussed, EPCA directs DOE to establish labeling requirements for covered industrial and commercial equipment when specified criteria is met. If the Department has prescribed test procedures for any class of covered equipment, a labeling rule applicable to such class of covered equipment must be prescribed. (42 U.S.C. 6315(a)) EPCA, however, requires that certain criteria must be met prior to DOE prescribing a given labeling rule. Specifically, DOE must determine that: (1) Labeling is technologically and economically feasible with respect to any particular equipment class; (2) significant energy savings will likely result from such labeling; and (3) labeling is likely to assist consumers in making purchasing decisions. (42 U.S.C. 6315(h)) DOE has established labeling requirements under the authority in 42 U.S.C. 6315 for electric motors (10 CFR 431.31), walk-in coolers and freezers (10 CFR 431.305), and pumps (10 CFR 431.466).

(4) Proposed changes to the information collection, including description of additional information that would be collected.

DOE is considering revisions to the CCMS that would facilitate a reduction in duplicative reporting under the California's Appliance Efficiency Regulations, similar to what was achieved with the FTC. Under its Appliance Efficiency Regulations, California requires manufacturers to certify and report to the California Energy Commission, energy efficiency data of certain consumer products. See, California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 20, section 1606. For consumer products that are reported to the California Energy Commission and are subject to Federal test procedures, the California regulations generally require submission of data from those Federal test procedures (i.e., the same data reported to DOE). DOE is considering adding fields to the CCMS that would allow the California Energy Commission to accept a CCMS report in satisfaction of the state reporting requirement. Submission of the additional information would not be mandatory (from DOE's perspective) and would consist of information that manufacturers are already submitting to the California Energy Commission. Should the California Energy Commission choose to streamline and harmonize its reporting requirements by giving manufacturers the option to report California-required data through DOE's CCMS, use of CCMS would reduce duplicative reporting between the California and DOE requirements.

DOE is considering collecting the total number of grid-enabled water heaters shipped annually by manufacturers of grid-enabled water heaters in order to comply with the requirements of The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act. (42 U.S.C. 6295(e)(6)(C)(i))

(5) Annual Estimated Number of Respondents: 2,000;

(6) Annual Estimated Number of Total Responses: 20,000;

(7) Annual Estimated Number of Burden Hours: 755,000 (35 hours per certification, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information; 16 additional hours for creating supplement testing instructions for commercial HVAC, water heating, and refrigeration equipment manufacturers; 160 hours for test procedure waiver preparation; 160 hours for representation extension request preparation; 1 hour for creating and applying a label for walk-in cooler and freezer, commercial and industrial pump, and electric motor manufacturers);

(8) Annual Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Cost Burden: $77,500,000.

Statutory Authority

Section 326(d) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, Public Law 94-163, as amended (42 U.S.C. 6296); 10 CFR parts 429, 430, and 431.

Signing Authority

This document of the Department of Energy was signed on November 18, 2020, by Alexander N. Fitzsimmons, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, pursuant to delegated authority from the Secretary of Energy. That document with the original signature and date is maintained by DOE. For administrative purposes only, and in compliance with requirements of the Office of the Federal Register, the undersigned DOE Federal Register Liaison Officer has been authorized to sign and submit the document in electronic format for publication, as an official document of the Department of Energy. This administrative process in no way alters the legal effect of this document upon publication in the Federal Register.

Signed in Washington, DC, on November 18, 2020.

Treena V. Garrett,

Federal Register Liaison Officer, U.S. Department of Energy.

[FR Doc. 2020-25845 Filed 11-20-20; 8:45 am]

BILLING CODE 6450-01-P

Footnotes

(1)  All references to EPCA in this document refer to the statute as amended through America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, Public Law 115-270 (Oct. 23, 2018).

(2)  For editorial reasons, upon codification in the U.S. Code, Part B was redesignated Part A.

(3)  For editorial reasons, upon codification in the U.S. Code, Part C was redesignated Part A-1.

2020-11-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

This Notice document was issued by the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office (EERE)

For related information, Open Docket Folder


Action

Information collection extension, with changes; notice and request for comment.

Summary

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) intends to extend with changes for three years with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Certification Reports, Compliance Statements, Application for a Test Procedure Waiver, and Recordkeeping for Consumer Products and Commercial/Industrial Equipment subject to Energy or Water Conservation Standards Package under OMB No. 1910-1400.

Dates

Written comments and information are requested and will be accepted on or before January 22, 2021.

Addresses

Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Alternatively, interested persons may submit comments, identified by docket number EERE-2020-BT-CRT-0018, by any of the following methods:

1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

2. Email: to InfoCollection2020CRT0018@ee.doe.gov. Include docket number EERE-2020-BT-CRT-0018 in the subject line of the message.

3. Postal Mail: Appliance and Equipment Standards Program, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, Mailstop EE-5B, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585-0121. Telephone: (202) 287-1445. If possible, please submit all items on a compact disc (“CD”), in which case it is not necessary to include printed copies.

4. Hand Delivery/Courier: Appliance and Equipment Standards Program, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, 950 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20024. Telephone: (202) 287-1445. If possible, please submit all items on a CD, in which case it is not necessary to include printed copies.

No telefacsimilies (faxes) will be accepted.

Docket: The docket for this activity, which includes Federal Registernotices, comments, and other supporting documents/materials, is available for review at http://www.regulations.gov. All documents in the docket are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index. However, some documents listed in the index, such as those containing information that is exempt from public disclosure, may not be publicly available.

The docket web page can be found at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=EERE-2020-BT-CRT-0018. The docket web page will contain simple instructions on how to access all documents, including public comments, in the docket.

For Further Information Contact

Ms. Catherine Rivest, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Office, EE-5B, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585-0121. Telephone: (202) 586-7335. Email: ApplianceStandardsQuestions@ee.doe.gov.

Supplementary Information

Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

This information collection request contains:

(1) OMB No.: 1910-1400;

(2) Information Collection Request Title: Certification Reports, Compliance Statements, Application for a Test Procedure Waiver, Application for Extension of Representation Requirements, Labeling, and Recordkeeping for Consumer Products and Commercial/Industrial Equipment subject to Federal Energy or Water Conservation Standards;

(3) Type of Request: Revision with changes;

(4) Purpose:

Pursuant to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (“EPCA” or “the Act”), (1) Public Law 94-163 (42 U.S.C. 6291-6317, as codified), DOE regulates the energy efficiency of a number of consumer products, and commercial and industrial equipment. Title III, Part B  (2) of EPCA established the Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles, which sets forth a variety of provisions designed to improve energy efficiency of covered consumer products (“covered products”). Title III, Part C  (3) of EPCA, added by Public Law 95-619, Title IV, § 441(a), established the Energy Conservation Program for Certain Industrial Equipment, which sets forth a variety of provisions designed to improve energy efficiency of covered commercial and industrial equipment (collectively referred to as “covered equipment”).

Covered products and covered equipment are described in 10 CFR parts 429, 430, and 431. These covered products and covered equipment, including all product or equipment classes, include: (1) Consumer refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers and freezers; (2) Room air conditioners; (3) Central air conditioners and central air conditioning heat pumps; (4) Consumer water heaters; (5) Consumer furnaces and boilers; (6) Dishwashers; (7) Residential clothes washers; (8) Clothes dryers; (9) Direct heating equipment; (10) Cooking products; (11) Pool heaters; (12) Television sets; (13) Fluorescent lamp ballasts; (14) General service fluorescent lamps, general service incandescent lamps, and incandescent reflector lamps; (15) Faucets; (16) Showerheads; (17) Water closets; (18) Urinals; (19) Ceiling fans; (20) Ceiling fan light kits; (21) Torchieres; (22) Compact fluorescent lamps; (23) Dehumidifiers; (24) External power supplies; (25) Battery chargers; (26) Candelabra base incandescent lamps and intermediate base incandescent lamps; (27) Commercial warm air furnaces; (28) Commercial refrigerators, freezers, and refrigerator-freezers; (29) Commercial heating and air conditioning equipment; (30) Commercial water heating equipment; (31) Automatic commercial ice makers; (32) Commercial clothes washers; (33) Distribution transformers; (34) Illuminated exit signs; (35) Traffic signal modules and pedestrian modules; (36) Commercial unit heaters; (37) Commercial pre-rinse spray valves; (38) Refrigerated bottled or canned beverage vending machines; (39) Walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers and certain components; (40) Metal halide lamp ballasts and fixtures; (41) Integrated light-emitting diode lamps; (42) General service lamps; (43) Furnace fans; (44) Pumps; (45) Commercial packaged boilers; (46) Consumer miscellaneous refrigeration equipment; (47) Portable air conditioners; (48) Compressors; (49) Electric motors; (50) Small electric motors; (51) rough service lamps; and (52) vibration service lamps.

Under EPCA, DOE's energy conservation program consists essentially of four parts: (1) Testing, (2) labeling, (3) Federal energy conservation standards, and (4) certification and enforcement procedures. For consumer products, relevant provisions of the Act specifically include definitions (42 U.S.C. 6291), energy conservation standards (42 U.S.C. 6295), test procedures (42 U.S.C. 6293), labeling provisions (42 U.S.C. 6294), and the authority to require information and reports from manufacturers (42 U.S.C. 6296). For covered equipment, relevant provisions of the Act include definitions (42 U.S.C. 6311), energy conservation standards (42 U.S.C. 6313), test procedures (42 U.S.C. 6314), labeling provisions (42 U.S.C. 6315), and the authority to require information and reports from manufacturers (42 U.S.C. 6316).

DOE is seeking to renew its information collection related to the following aspects of the appliance standards program: (1) Gathering data and submitting certification and compliance reports for each basic model distributed in commerce in the U.S. including supplemental testing instructions for certain commercial equipment; (2) maintaining records underlying the certified ratings for each basic model including test data and the associated calculations; (3) applications for a test procedure waiver, which manufacturers may elect to submit if they manufacture a basic model that cannot be tested pursuant to the DOE test procedure; (4) applications requesting an extension of the date by which representations must be made in accordance with any new or amended DOE test procedure; and (5) labeling.

DOE's certification and compliance activities ensure accurate and comprehensive information about the energy and water use characteristics of covered products and covered equipment sold in the United States. Manufacturers of all covered products and covered equipment must submit a certification report before a basic model is distributed in commerce, annually thereafter, and if the basic model is redesigned in such a manner to increase the consumption or decrease the efficiency of the basic model such that the certified rating is no longer supported by the test data. Additionally, manufacturers must report when production of a basic model has ceased and is no longer offered for sale as part of the next annual certification report following such cessation. DOE requires the manufacturer of any covered product or covered equipment to establish, maintain, and retain the records of certification reports, of the underlying test data for all certification testing, and of any other testing conducted to satisfy the requirements of part 429, part 430, and/or part 431. Certification reports provide DOE and consumers with comprehensive, up-to-date efficiency information and support effective enforcement.

As the result of a negotiated rulemaking, DOE adopted additional certification requirements for commercial HVAC, water heater, and refrigeration equipment. Specifically, DOE requires manufacturers of commercial refrigeration equipment and some types of commercial HVAC equipment to submit a PDF with specific testing instructions to be used by the Department during verification and enforcement testing. Manufacturers of commercial water heating equipment and some types of commercial HVAC equipment have the option of submitting a PDF with additional testing instructions at the manufacturer's discretion. For additional information on the negotiated rulemaking or supplemental testing instructions see docket number EERE-2013-BT-NOC-0023.

On December 18, 2014, Congress enacted the EPS Service Parts Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 113-263, “Service Parts Act”). That law exempted manufacturers of certain external power supplies (“EPSs”) that were made available as service and spare parts for end-use products manufactured before February 10, 2016, from the energy conservation standards that DOE promulgated in its February 2014 rule. See 79 FR 7846 (Feb. 10, 2014). Additionally, the Service Parts Act permits DOE to require manufacturers of an EPS that is exempt from the 2016 standards to report to DOE the total number of such EPS units that are shipped annually as service and spare parts and that do not meet those standards. (42 U.S.C. 6295(u)(5)(A)(ii)) DOE may also limit the applicability of the exemption if the Secretary determines that the exemption is resulting in a significant reduction of the energy savings that would result in the absence of the exemption. (42 U.S.C. 6295(u)(5)(A)(iii)) In a final rule published on May 16, 2016, DOE adopted reporting requirements for EPS manufacturers to provide the total number of exempt EPS units sold as service and spare parts for which the manufacturer is claiming exemption from the current standards. 81 FR 30157.

On April 30, 2015, Congress enacted the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 (Pub. L. 114-11, “Energy Efficiency Improvement Act”). That law established definitions and energy conservation standards for grid-enabled water heaters that DOE promulgated in its August 2015 Final Rule. See 80 FR 48004 (Aug. 11, 2015). Additionally, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act mandates DOE to require manufacturers of grid-enabled water heaters to report to DOE the total number of such units that are shipped annually. (42 U.S.C. 6295(e)(6)(C)(i))

DOE currently requires manufacturers or their party representatives to prepare and submit certification reports and compliance statements using DOE's electronic web-based tool, the Compliance and Certification Management System (CCMS), which is the primary mechanism for submitting certification reports to DOE. CCMS currently has product and equipment specific templates which manufacturers are required to use when submitting certification data to DOE. DOE believes the availability of electronic filing through the CCMS system reduces reporting burdens, streamlines the process, and provides the Department with needed information in a standardized, more accessible form. This electronic filing system also ensures that records are recorded in a permanent, systematic way.

Manufacturers also may rely on CCMS reporting to satisfy certain reporting requirements established by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”). EPCA directs the FTC generally to prescribe labeling rules for the consumer products subject to energy conservation standards under EPCA. (42 U.S.C. 6296) The required labels generally must disclose the estimated annual operating cost of such product (determined in accordance with Federal test procedures); and information respecting the range of estimated annual operating costs for covered products to which the rule applies. (42 U.S.C. 6296(c)(1)) Pursuant to EPCA, the FTC prescribed the Energy Labeling Rule, which in part, requires manufacturers to attach yellow EnergyGuide labels to many of the covered consumer products. See 16 CFR part 305. EnergyGuide labels for most products subject to the FTC labeling requirement contain three key disclosures: Estimated annual energy cost (16 CFR 305.5); a product's energy consumption or energy efficiency rating as determined from DOE test procedures (Id.); and a comparability range displaying the highest and lowest energy costs or efficiency ratings for all similar models (16 CFR 305.10).

The Energy Labeling Rule also contains reporting requirements for most products, under which manufacturers must submit data to the FTC both when they begin manufacturing new models and on an annual basis thereafter. 16 CFR 305.8. These reports must contain, among other things, estimated annual energy consumption or energy efficiency ratings, similar to what is required under DOE's reporting requirement. Id. Prior to 2013, FTC collected energy data on products subject to the Energy Labeling Rule separate from DOE through paper and email submissions to the FTC. This arrangement required manufacturers to submit nearly duplicative reports to DOE and FTC.

However, in 2013 the FTC streamlined and harmonized its reporting requirements by giving manufacturers the option to report FTC-required data through DOE's CCMS, in lieu of the traditional practice of submitting directly to FTC. 78 FR 2200 (Jan. 10, 2013); 16 CFR 305.8(a)(1). As such, the CCMS reduces duplicative reporting for manufacturers of covered consumer products that are also required to report under the FTC Energy Label Rule.

DOE allows manufacturers of both consumer products and/or commercial equipment to apply for a test procedure waiver. Manufacturers may submit an application for a test procedure waiver at his or her discretion if it is determined that the basic model for which the petition for waiver was submitted contains one or more design characteristics that prevents testing of the basic model according to the prescribed test procedures, or if the prescribed test procedures may evaluate the basic model in a manner so unrepresentative of its true energy consumption characteristics as to provide materially inaccurate comparative data. The Department currently uses and will continue to use the information submitted in the application for a waiver as the basis for granting or denying the petition. See 10 CFR 430.27 for additional information on petitions for waivers and for consumer products. See 10 CFR 431.401 for additional information on petitions for waivers for commercial equipment.

DOE also allows manufacturers of both consumer products and/or commercial equipment to submit applications requesting an extension of the date by which representations must be made in accordance with any new or amended DOE test procedure. DOE may grant extensions of up to 180 days if it determines that making such representations would impose an undue hardship on the petitioner. The Department currently uses and will continue to use the information submitted in these applications as the basis for granting or denying the petition.

In addition to the FTC labeling requirements for consumer products discussed, EPCA directs DOE to establish labeling requirements for covered industrial and commercial equipment when specified criteria is met. If the Department has prescribed test procedures for any class of covered equipment, a labeling rule applicable to such class of covered equipment must be prescribed. (42 U.S.C. 6315(a)) EPCA, however, requires that certain criteria must be met prior to DOE prescribing a given labeling rule. Specifically, DOE must determine that: (1) Labeling is technologically and economically feasible with respect to any particular equipment class; (2) significant energy savings will likely result from such labeling; and (3) labeling is likely to assist consumers in making purchasing decisions. (42 U.S.C. 6315(h)) DOE has established labeling requirements under the authority in 42 U.S.C. 6315 for electric motors (10 CFR 431.31), walk-in coolers and freezers (10 CFR 431.305), and pumps (10 CFR 431.466).

(4) Proposed changes to the information collection, including description of additional information that would be collected.

DOE is considering revisions to the CCMS that would facilitate a reduction in duplicative reporting under the California's Appliance Efficiency Regulations, similar to what was achieved with the FTC. Under its Appliance Efficiency Regulations, California requires manufacturers to certify and report to the California Energy Commission, energy efficiency data of certain consumer products. See, California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 20, section 1606. For consumer products that are reported to the California Energy Commission and are subject to Federal test procedures, the California regulations generally require submission of data from those Federal test procedures (i.e., the same data reported to DOE). DOE is considering adding fields to the CCMS that would allow the California Energy Commission to accept a CCMS report in satisfaction of the state reporting requirement. Submission of the additional information would not be mandatory (from DOE's perspective) and would consist of information that manufacturers are already submitting to the California Energy Commission. Should the California Energy Commission choose to streamline and harmonize its reporting requirements by giving manufacturers the option to report California-required data through DOE's CCMS, use of CCMS would reduce duplicative reporting between the California and DOE requirements.

DOE is considering collecting the total number of grid-enabled water heaters shipped annually by manufacturers of grid-enabled water heaters in order to comply with the requirements of The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act. (42 U.S.C. 6295(e)(6)(C)(i))

(5) Annual Estimated Number of Respondents: 2,000;

(6) Annual Estimated Number of Total Responses: 20,000;

(7) Annual Estimated Number of Burden Hours: 755,000 (35 hours per certification, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information; 16 additional hours for creating supplement testing instructions for commercial HVAC, water heating, and refrigeration equipment manufacturers; 160 hours for test procedure waiver preparation; 160 hours for representation extension request preparation; 1 hour for creating and applying a label for walk-in cooler and freezer, commercial and industrial pump, and electric motor manufacturers);

(8) Annual Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Cost Burden: $77,500,000.

Statutory Authority

Section 326(d) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, Public Law 94-163, as amended (42 U.S.C. 6296); 10 CFR parts 429, 430, and 431.

Signing Authority

This document of the Department of Energy was signed on November 18, 2020, by Alexander N. Fitzsimmons, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, pursuant to delegated authority from the Secretary of Energy. That document with the original signature and date is maintained by DOE. For administrative purposes only, and in compliance with requirements of the Office of the Federal Register, the undersigned DOE Federal Register Liaison Officer has been authorized to sign and submit the document in electronic format for publication, as an official document of the Department of Energy. This administrative process in no way alters the legal effect of this document upon publication in the Federal Register.

Signed in Washington, DC, on November 18, 2020.

Treena V. Garrett,

Federal Register Liaison Officer, U.S. Department of Energy.

[FR Doc. 2020-25845 Filed 11-20-20; 8:45 am]

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Footnotes

(1)  All references to EPCA in this document refer to the statute as amended through America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, Public Law 115-270 (Oct. 23, 2018).

(2)  For editorial reasons, upon codification in the U.S. Code, Part B was redesignated Part A.

(3)  For editorial reasons, upon codification in the U.S. Code, Part C was redesignated Part A-1.

2020-11-18
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice granting a waiver extension (Case No. 2020-007) to GE Appliances, a Haier Company (GEA) from specified portions of the DOE consumer refrigeration products test procedure for determining the energy consumption of the specified GEA combination cooler refrigeration product basic model. Under this extension, GEA is required to test and rate the specified basic model in accordance with the alternate test procedure specified in the Order.

  • The Extension of Waiver is effective on November 18, 2020.
  • The Extension of Waiver will terminate upon the compliance date of any future amendment to the test procedure for consumer refrigeration products located in 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix A that addresses the issues presented in this waiver. At such time, GEA must use the relevant test procedure for the specified basic model of combination cooler refrigeration product for any testing to demonstrate compliance with standards, and any other representations of energy use.
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for Consumer Refrigeration Products including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-11-05
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published Federal Register notice announcing that it is undertaking an early assessment review to determine whether to proceed with a rulemaking to amend the test procedure for portable air conditioners (AC). Specifically, through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information that could enable the agency to determine whether DOE should propose not to amend the existing DOE test procedure because an amended test procedure would not more accurately or fully comply with the statutory requirement that the test procedure produces results that measure energy use during a representative average use cycle or period of use for the product, and not be unduly burdensome to conduct. DOE also seeks comment on the availability of consensus-based test procedures for measuring the energy use of portable ACs that more accurately or fully comply with this statutory requirement.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-10-28
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of Decision and Order (Case Number 2020-001) that grants to Hoshizaki America, Inc. (Hoshizaki) a waiver from specified portions of the DOE test procedure for determining the energy consumption of specified basic models of automatic commercial ice makers (ACIM). Under the Decision and Order, Hoshizaki is required to test and rate the specified ACIM basic models in accordance with the alternate test procedure specified in the Decision and Order.

  • The Decision and Order is effective on October 28, 2020.
  • DOE would like to highlight and provide advance notice that per 10 CFR 431.401(j) within 60 days after DOE issues a waiver to a manufacturer for a product employing a particular technology or having a particular characteristic, any manufacturer currently distributing in commerce in the United States equipment employing a technology or characteristic that results in the same need for a waiver from the applicable test procedure must submit a petition for waiver. Manufacturers not currently distributing such equipment in commerce in the United States must petition for and be granted a waiver prior to the distribution in commerce of that equipment in the United States. 10 CFR 431.401(j). Manufacturers may also submit a request for interim waiver pursuant to the requirements of 10 CFR 431.401.
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for Automatic Commercial Ice Makers including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-10-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice extending the public comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) by which DOE proposes to revise its existing enforcement regulations for certain consumer products and commercial and industrial equipment covered under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, as amended. DOE published the NOPR in the Federal Register on August 31, 2020, establishing a public comment period that ends on October 30, 2020. In this document, DOE is extending the comment period to December 30, 2020 and announcing a public hearing on December 8, 2020.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-10-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice extending the public comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) by which DOE proposes to revise its existing enforcement regulations for certain consumer products and commercial and industrial equipment covered under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, as amended. DOE published the NOPR in the Federal Register on August 31, 2020, establishing a public comment period that ends on October 30, 2020. In this document, DOE is extending the comment period to December 30, 2020 and announcing a public hearing on December 8, 2020.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-10-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register Final Rule pertaining to the establishment of a new product class for residential dishwashers. DOE received a petition from the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) to define a new product class under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (EPCA), for standard residential dishwashers with a cycle time for the normal cycle of less than one hour from washing through drying. Based upon its evaluation of the petition and careful consideration of the public comments, DOE granted CEI’s petition and proposed a dishwasher product class with a cycle time for the normal cycle of less than one hour. In this final rule, DOE establishes a new product class for standard residential dishwashers with a cycle time for the normal cycle of one hour (60 minutes) or less from washing through drying. DOE’s decision to establish the new product class is based on its evaluation of CEI’s petition, the comments the Department received in response to the petition and the proposed rule to establish the new product class, as well as additional testing and evaluation conducted by the Department. This rulemaking only sets out the basis for the new product class. DOE intends to determine the specific energy and water consumption limits for the product class in a separate rulemaking.

  • This rule will be effective 30 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the effective date.
  • The incorporation by reference of a certain publication in this final rule will be approved by the Director of the Office of the Federal Register 30 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the approval date.
  • Frequently Asked Questions on the Final Rule Pertaining to the Establishment of a New Product Class for Residential Dishwashers
  • Find product information for Residential Dishwashers including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-10-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice announcing that it is undertaking an early assessment review to determine whether to proceed with a rulemaking to amend the test procedure for portable air conditioners (AC). Specifically, through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information that could enable the agency to determine whether DOE should propose not to amend the existing DOE test procedure because an amended test procedure would not more accurately or fully comply with the statutory requirement that the test procedure produces results that measure energy use during a representative average use cycle or period of use for the product, and not be unduly burdensome to conduct. DOE also seeks comment on the availability of consensus-based test procedures for measuring the energy use of portable ACs that more accurately or fully comply with this statutory requirement.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until 75 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2020-BT-TP-0029, by email (PortableAC2020TP0029@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Frequently Asked Questions on the Test Procedures for Consumer Products; Early Assessment Review: Portable Air Conditioners RFI
  • Find product information for Portable Air Conditioners.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-10-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of Decision and Order (Case Number 2020-001) that grants to Hoshizaki America, Inc. (Hoshizaki) a waiver from specified portions of the DOE test procedure for determining the energy consumption of specified basic models of automatic commercial ice makers (ACIM). Under the Decision and Order, Hoshizaki is required to test and rate the specified ACIM basic models in accordance with the alternate test procedure specified in the Decision and Order.

  • The Decision and Order is effective upon publication in the Federal Register. 
  • DOE would like to highlight and provide advance notice that per 10 CFR 431.401(j) within 60 days after DOE issues a waiver to a manufacturer for a product employing a particular technology or having a particular characteristic, any manufacturer currently distributing in commerce in the United States equipment employing a technology or characteristic that results in the same need for a waiver from the applicable test procedure must submit a petition for waiver. Manufacturers not currently distributing such equipment in commerce in the United States must petition for and be granted a waiver prior to the distribution in commerce of that equipment in the United States. 10 CFR 431.401(j). Manufacturers may also submit a request for interim waiver pursuant to the requirements of 10 CFR 431.401.
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for Automatic Commercial Ice Makers including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-10-16
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice extending the public comment period for submitting comments and data on the notice of supplemental proposed interpretive rulemaking (NOPIR) that published on September 24, 2020.  In response to a petition for rulemaking submitted on October 18, 2018 (Gas Industry Petition), DOE published that petition in the Federal Register on November 1, 2018, for public review and input, and DOE subsequently published a proposed interpretive rule in the Federal Register on July 11, 2019. After carefully considering the public comments on its proposed interpretive rule, DOE tentatively determined to consider a more involved class structure which turns on maintenance of compatibility with existing venting categories, and published a NOPIR on September 24, 2020. On September 25, 2020, and October 6, 2020, DOE received comments requesting extension of the comment period on the NOPIR. On September 29, 2020, DOE received a comment from the submitters of the Gas Industry Petition requesting prompt action on their petition.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program

2020-10-16
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice extending the public comment period for submitting comments and data on the notice of supplemental proposed interpretive rulemaking (NOPIR) that published on September 24, 2020.  In response to a petition for rulemaking submitted on October 18, 2018 (Gas Industry Petition), DOE published that petition in the Federal Register on November 1, 2018, for public review and input, and DOE subsequently published a proposed interpretive rule in the Federal Register on July 11, 2019. After carefully considering the public comments on its proposed interpretive rule, DOE tentatively determined to consider a more involved class structure which turns on maintenance of compatibility with existing venting categories, and published a NOPIR on September 24, 2020. On September 25, 2020, and October 6, 2020, DOE received comments requesting extension of the comment period on the NOPIR. On September 29, 2020, DOE received a comment from the submitters of the Gas Industry Petition requesting prompt action on their petition.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program

2020-10-16
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice extending the public comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) by which DOE proposes to revise its existing enforcement regulations for certain consumer products and commercial and industrial equipment covered under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, as amended. DOE published the NOPR in the Federal Register on August 31, 2020, establishing a public comment period that ends on October 30, 2020. In this document, DOE is extending the comment period to December 30, 2020 and announcing a public hearing on December 8, 2020.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-10-15
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review to determine whether to amend energy conservation standards for dishwashers. Specifically, through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information that could enable the agency to determine whether DOE should propose a “no new standard” determination because a more stringent standard: Would not result in a significant savings of energy; is not technologically feasible; is not economically justified; or any combination of foregoing. DOE also seeks comment on the consideration of standards for a “short cycle” product class, as well as on any subject within the scope of this document (including those not topics not specifically raised in this RFI). DOE also requests submission of data and other relevant information concerning this early assessment review.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until December 28, 2020.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2019-BT-STD-0039, by email (Dishwashers2019STD0039@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier
  • Find product information for Dishwashers including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program

2020-10-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to amend its procedures for providing public input on possible corrections to pre-publication drafts of energy conservation standard documents, as informed by a decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit regarding the implementation and scope of the existing procedures. This proposal seeks to modify certain aspects of these procedures and to clarify and reflect the Department's intent with regard to the procedures. In particular, the proposal would clarify that although DOE has elected to utilize a distinct error correction process to receive public input on certain pre-publication draft documents, this process does not in any way restrict, limit, diminish, or eliminate the Secretary's discretion to determine whether to establish or amend an energy conservation standard, or to determine the appropriate level at which to amend or establish any energy conservation standard.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this proposal until November 9, 2020.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2020-BT-STD-0015 by email (ErrorCorrection2020STD0015@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.

This email is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-10-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The JUMP into STEM competition, hosted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is accepting submissions from students currently enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities until November 13, 2020 for three new challenges: Advanced Building Construction Methods, Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB), and Building Energy Audit for Residential or Commercial Buildings.

  • The Advanced Building Construction Methods challenge encourages substantial changes in building materials or construction methods, leading to benefits such as increased productivity and worker safety through reduced construction time, reduced cost and waste, improvements to occupant comfort and health, and reduced energy use.
  • The Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB) challenge encourages conceptual designs that support the U.S. Department of Energy Building Technologies Office’s overall GEB strategy in the areas of intelligent algorithms that optimize a building’s active and passive systems to maximize energy efficiency and whole-building-level interoperable and low-cost automation systems that enable communication with building equipment and appliances.
  • The Building Energy Audit for Residential or Commercial Buildings challenge is intended for solutions that expedite energy audits or develop a new energy audit methodology that reduces time and cost compared to current audit practices. In addition to proposing solutions, this challenge also asks teams to demonstrate the proposed energy audit solution on an existing building.

Students who are interested in competing have until November 13, 2020 to submit their idea. Teams of judges, carefully selected to represent a mixture of industry, academia, DOE, and the national laboratories, will select the winners for each challenge. Challenge winners will receive recognition and be matched with a professional for an hour-long mentoring session. Challenge winners and additional finalists will be announced on December 7, 2020 and invited to the final competition. The final competition will be hosted by NREL on January 28-29, 2021. Eligible winners from the final competition will be awarded paid internships at either ORNL or NREL during Summer 2021.

The JUMP into STEM competition encourages teams of two to four students to provide novel solutions to real challenges within the building industry, including a tech-to-market plan. JUMP into STEM not only aims to increase the number of students involved in building science, but also increase the diversity of students involved in building science. Teams are highly encouraged to include members from different majors and from underrepresented groups in the building industry including but not limited to those based on race, gender, and ethnicity. For a list of winners from the FY19-20 JUMP into STEM program, please visit the web site at https://jumpintostem.org/past-winners/

2020-09-30
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register Final Rule pertaining to the establishment of a new product class for residential dishwashers. DOE received a petition from the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) to define a new product class under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (EPCA), for standard residential dishwashers with a cycle time for the normal cycle of less than one hour from washing through drying. Based upon its evaluation of the petition and careful consideration of the public comments, DOE granted CEI’s petition and proposed a dishwasher product class with a cycle time for the normal cycle of less than one hour. In this final rule, DOE establishes a new product class for standard residential dishwashers with a cycle time for the normal cycle of one hour (60 minutes) or less from washing through drying. DOE’s decision to establish the new product class is based on its evaluation of CEI’s petition, the comments the Department received in response to the petition and the proposed rule to establish the new product class, as well as additional testing and evaluation conducted by the Department. This rulemaking only sets out the basis for the new product class. DOE intends to determine the specific energy and water consumption limits for the product class in a separate rulemaking.

  • This rule will be effective November 30, 2020.
  • The incorporation by reference of a certain publication in this final rule will be approved by the Director of the Office of the Federal Register as off November 30, 2020.
  • Frequently Asked Questions on the Final Rule Pertaining to the Establishment of a New Product Class for Residential Dishwashers
  • Find product information for Residential Dishwashers including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-09-29
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice publishing an analysis of the energy savings potential of amended industry consensus standards for certain classes of computer room air conditioners (CRACs) and air-cooled, three-phase, small commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment with a cooling capacity of less than 65,000 Btu/h (air-cooled, three-phase, small commercial package AC and HP (<65K) equipment). DOE is also soliciting information regarding energy conservation standards for CRACs and air-cooled, three-phase, small commercial package AC and HP (<65K) equipment for which the industry consensus standards have not been amended, pursuant to EPCA’s six-year-lookback review requirement. This notice of data availability (NODA) and request for information (RFI) solicits information from the public to help DOE determine whether more-stringent amended standards for CRACs or air-cooled, three-phase, small commercial package AC and HP (<65K) equipment would result in significant additional energy savings and whether such standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified.

Find product information for Computer Room Air Conditioners;Air-Cooled, Three-Phase, Small Commercial Package Air Conditioning and Heating Equipment

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-09-29
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The National Energy Codes Conference (NECC), originally scheduled for May 2020, has been tentatively rescheduled for May 2021.

  • When: May 11-13, 2021
  • Where: Chicago, IL

Please hold this date in hopeful anticipation of our typical NECC lineup in a safe and healthy setting. However, recognizing the uncertain nature of in-person gatherings, be advised that the revised date and location may yet change, and please plan accordingly. We’ll continue to monitor the situation and stay tuned for further updates in the coming months.

In the meantime...

Coming Soon: Fall Seminar Series
The DOE Building Energy Codes Program (BECP) is kicking-off a series of virtual seminars featuring a collection of timely and emerging topics pertinent to residential and commercial buildings. While the NECC remains postponed, the conversation continues!

The NECC Seminar Series will provide an opportunity to highlight key issues and challenges, recent updates, as well as various forms of technical assistance available to state and local governments. Seminars will be held weekly, beginning the first week of October. Each session will materialize across a range of engaging formats, from topic-based lectures to expert panels to interactive discussions. All building energy code stakeholders are welcome!

Current Lineup
View the scheduled lineup below and register for individual topics. Participate live in upcoming events or select past sessions for recordings of past events. Learn more.

Series Kickoff: Thursday, October 1, 2020 @ 1:00 - 2:00pm ET
Host: U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office
Speakers: David Nemtzow, DOE; Jeremy Williams, DOE; state and local panelists 
Description: Representatives from the DOE Building Energy Codes Program (BECP) will present updates and set the stage for future webinars in this multi-part seminar series. This initial installment will feature a state and local round-up and a collection of panelists speaking to the many notable advancements across the U.S. In addition, BECP will highlight recent updates impacting building energy efficiency, resilience and energy codes, and introduce the many engaging topics that we'll cover in the coming weeks: 

  • What’s new in Standard 90.1-2019 and the 2021 IECC
  • Best practices for virtual/remote inspections and electronic permitting
  • Advanced technologies and the role of building energy codes
  • Updates on state building energy efficiency field validation studies
  • Evolving state and local policies toward a resilient, efficient future
  • HVAC design strategies and limitations for low-load homes
  • How to support trends toward performance-based code compliance

Continuing Education
Continuing education credits will be offered for the live events. Instructions for requesting certificates of completion will be provided during each webinar. Learn more.

Thank you for your understanding and support of the NECC. We hope to see you soon. In the meantime, please continue to stay safe and be well!



The Building Energy Codes Program
The U.S. Department of Energy provides technical assistance supporting building energy codes. Modern codes help ensure energy efficiency and affordability, and bolster the comfort, resilience and productivity of American homes and businesses. Learn more

2020-09-28
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice that announces receipt of and publishes a petition for waiver and interim waiver from GE Appliances, a Haier Company, which seeks a waiver for specified room air conditioner basic models from the DOE test procedure used for determining the efficiency of room air conditioners. DOE also gives notice of an Interim Waiver Order that requires GEA to test and rate the specified room air conditioner basic models in accordance with the alternate test procedure set forth in the Interim Waiver Order. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning GEA's petition and suggested alternate test procedure so as to inform DOE's final decision on GEA's waiver request.

  • The Interim Waiver Order is effective on September 23, 2020.
  • Written comments and information will be accepted on or before October 23, 2020.
  • Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. The regulations.gov docket for this waiver is EERE-2020-BT-WAV-0021
  • Alternatively, interested persons may submit comments, identified by case number “2020-004”, and Docket number “EERE-2020-BT-WAV-0021 by Email (GERAC2020WAV0021@ee.doe.gov), postal mail, or hand delivery/courier. 
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for Room Air Conditioners including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-09-28
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice that announces receipt of and publishes a petition for waiver and interim waiver from Senneca Holdings, which seeks a waiver for specified basic models of walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer doors from DOE test procedure used for determining the energy consumption of walk-in doors. This document also provides notice of an Interim Waiver Order requiring Senneca Holdings to test and rate the specified walk-in door basic models in accordance with the alternate test procedure set forth in the Interim Waiver Order. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning the petition and its suggested alternate test procedure so as to inform DOE's final decision on the waiver request.

  • The Interim Waiver Order is effective on September 28, 2020.
  • Written comments and information will be accepted on or before October 28, 2020.
  • Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. The regulations.gov docket for this waiver is EERE-2020-BT-WAV-0009.
  • Alternatively, interested persons may submit comments, identified by case number “2020-002”, and Docket number “EERE-2020-BT-WAV-0009" by Email (AS_Waiver_Requests@ee.doe.gov), postal mail, or hand delivery/courier. 
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for Walk-In Coolers and Walk-In Freezers  including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-09-25
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice announcing that it is undertaking an early assessment review to determine whether to proceed with a rulemaking to amend the energy conservation standards for automatic commercial ice makers. This early assessment RFI requests data and information that could enable the agency to determine whether DOE should propose a “no-new-standard” determination because a more-stringent standard: (1) would not result in a significant savings of energy; (2) is not technologically feasible; (3) is not economically justified; or (4) any combination of the foregoing. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this RFI), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information concerning this early assessment review.

  1. DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until 75 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  2. Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2017–BT–STD–0022, by email (ACIM2017STD0022@ee.doe.gov),Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  3. Find product information for Automatic Commercial Ice Makers.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-09-25
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice announcing that it is undertaking an early assessment review to determine whether to proceed with a rulemaking to amend the test procedure for commercial and industrial pumps. This request for information (“RFI”), DOE seeks data and information that could enable the agency to determine whether to amend its current test procedure as well as comment on the availability of consensus-based test procedures for measuring the energy use of commercial and industrial pumps that could be adopted with or without modification.

  1. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this RFI), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information concerning this early assessment review.
  2. DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until 75 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  3. Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2020–BT–TP–0032, by email (Pumps2020TP0032@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  4. Find product information for Pumps.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program

2020-09-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice announcing is undertaking an early assessment review to determine whether to amend energy conservation standards for dishwashers. Specifically, through this request for information (“RFI”), DOE seeks data and information that could enable the agency to determine whether DOE should propose a “no new standard” determination because a more stringent standard: would not result in a significant savings of energy; is not technologically feasible; is not economically justified; or any combination of foregoing.  DOE also seeks comment on the consideration of standards for a “short cycle” product class, as well as on any subject within the scope of this document (including those not topics not specifically raised in this RFI).    

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice until 75 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2019-BT-STD-0039, by email (Dishwashers2019STD0039@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find product information for Dishwashers including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-09-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of proposed determination (NOPD) and request for comment pertaining to standards for Evaporatively-Cooled Commercial Package Air Conditioners and Water-Cooled Commercial Package Air Conditioners. The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) requires DOE to periodically determine whether more stringent, amended standards would result in significant additional conservation of energy, be technologically feasible, and be economically justified. In this NOPD, DOE has tentatively determined that the standards for small (cooling capacity less than 135,000 Btu/h), large (cooling capacity greater than or equal to 135,000 and less than 240,000 Btu/h), and very large (cooling capacity greater than or equal to 240,000 and less than 760,000 Btu/h) ECUACs and WCUACs do not need to be amended, and DOE requests comment on this proposed determination and the associated analyses and results. DOE will also be hosting a public meeting webinar on Thursday, October 1, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-09-16
Location: Webinar postponed
Description:

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is postponing the September 22, 2020 webinar of the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC). DOE will announce a new date through a Federal Register notice in the near future.

This email is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-09-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a new study investigating age-related changes in light-emitting diode (LED) device efficiency and optical performance.

Lighting application efficiency (LAE)—the efficient delivery of light from the light source to the lighted task—is a useful way to identify and improve the energy productivity of LED technologies. Because of their high reliability, light source efficiency, and spectral tuning capabilities, LED lighting products are expected to exceed their conventional counterparts in LAE.

The new study aims to increase our understanding of the tradeoffs involved in optimizing the different elements of LAE: light source efficiency, optical delivery efficiency, spectral efficiency, and intensity effectiveness.

Conducted by RTI International, the study focuses on products with modified spectral output, because the method of spectral modification has a significant impact on the efficiencies in question. The report summarizes the findings from up to 8,000 hours of accelerated stress testing (AST) on lamp, LED light-engine, and downlight devices. The AST included high-temperature and wet high-temperature operation.

The findings show that the optimization of spectral efficiency can come at the cost of initial light source efficiency. Furthermore, the introduction of violet LEDs can promote long-term optical delivery efficiency degradation, and the introduction of optical filters or new phosphors can lead to unwanted spectral efficiency changes, because the ratio of phosphor emitters changes with aging.

Among the other key findings:

  • Chromaticity maintenance of the products was generally good, with parametric failure only occurring for one product at one AST condition.
  • Longer test times are needed to fully understand the luminous flux maintenance, luminous efficacy changes, and chromaticity shifts for some of the products.
  • The study identified a common failure location in six-inch downlights.

The study results provide valuable information about changes to the light source, spectral, and optical delivery efficiencies as the devices age. This information can be used to improve future SSL designs.

Download the full report.

2020-09-08
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice extending the public comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) which DOE proposes to establish separate product classes for top-loading residential clothes washers and consumer clothes dryers that offer cycle times for a normal cycle of less than 30 minutes, and for front-loading residential clothes washers that offer cycle times for a normal cycle of less than 45 minutes. In this notice, DOE is extending the comment period to October 13, 2020 and announcing a public hearing on September 30, 2020.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until October 13, 2020.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2020-BT-STD-0001, by email (ConsumerWashersDryers2020STD0001@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • The webinar will be held on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Find product information for Clothes Washers and Clothes Dryers.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program

2020-09-08
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice extending the public comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) which DOE proposes to establish separate product classes for top-loading residential clothes washers and consumer clothes dryers that offer cycle times for a normal cycle of less than 30 minutes, and for front-loading residential clothes washers that offer cycle times for a normal cycle of less than 45 minutes. In this notice, DOE is extending the comment period to October 13, 2020 and announcing a public hearing on September 30, 2020.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until October 13, 2020.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2020-BT-STD-0001, by email (ConsumerWashersDryers2020STD0001@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • The webinar will be held on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Find product information for Clothes Washers and Clothes Dryers.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.  

2020-09-04
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice that announces receipt of and publishes a petition for waiver and interim waiver from CNA International, Inc. (CNA), which seeks a waiver for a specified dishwasher basic model from the DOE test procedure used for determining the energy and water consumption of dishwashers. DOE also gives notice of an Interim Waiver Order that requires CNA to test and rate the specified dishwasher basic model in accordance with the alternate test procedure set forth in the Interim Waiver Order. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning CNA’s petition and its suggested alternate test procedure so as to inform DOE’s final decision on CNA’s waiver request.

  • The Interim Waiver Order is effective on September 4, 2020.
  • Written comments and information are requested and will be accepted on or before October 5, 2020.
  • Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments using the Federal eRulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov.The regulations.gov docket for this waiver is EERE-2020-BT-WAV-0024.
  • Alternatively, interested persons may submit comments identified by case number "2020-008" and docket EERE-2020-BT-WAV-0024 by Email (CNA2020WAV0024@ee.doe.gov), postal mail, or hand delivery/courier. 
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for Dishwashers including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-09-02
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedures for walk-in freezers to address an issue affecting hot gas defrost-equipped unit coolers (hot gas defrost unit coolers). DOE is proposing to amend the current test procedure regarding hot gas unit coolers consistent with an update to the industry standard that is incorporated by reference in the DOE test procedure for walk-in freezer refrigeration systems. Given the upcoming energy conservation standards compliance date of July 10, 2020, DOE is limiting the scope of this proposed rulemaking to expediently address how to test a hot gas defrost unit cooler.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 75 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2020-BT-TP-0016, by email (WICF2020TP0016@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • The webinar will be held on Friday, October 2, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Find product information for Walk-In Coolers and Walk-In Freezers.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-09-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice that announces receipt of and publishes a petition for waiver and interim waiver from CNA International, Inc. (CNA), which seeks a waiver for a specified dishwasher basic model from the DOE test procedure used for determining the energy and water consumption of dishwashers. DOE also gives notice of an Interim Waiver Order that requires CNA to test and rate the specified dishwasher basic model in accordance with the alternate test procedure set forth in the Interim Waiver Order. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning CNA’s petition and its suggested alternate test procedure so as to inform DOE’s final decision on CNA’s waiver request.

  • The interim waiver order is effective once the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up e-mail once the notice publishes to announce the effective date.
  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this petition until 30 days after date of publication in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up e-mail once the notice publishes to announce the closing date of the comment period.
  • Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments using the Federal eRulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov.The regulations.gov docket for this waiver is EERE-2020-BT-WAV-0024.
  • Alternatively, interested persons may submit comments identified by case number "2020-008" and docket EERE-2020-BT-WAV-0024 by Email (CNA2020WAV0024@ee.doe.gov), postal mail, or hand delivery/courier. 
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for Dishwashers including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-09-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking proposing to revise its existing enforcement regulations for certain consumer products and commercial and industrial equipment covered under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, as amended (EPCA). The proposal, if adopted, would provide the regulated industry with further clarity and transparency about DOE's enforcement process, including enforcement sampling procedures and test notice requirements. The proposal provides for a process to petition DOE for reexamination of a pending determination of noncompliance, and for DOE to have the discretion to consider third-party certification program testing as official enforcement test data. Ultimately, the proposal will further align DOE's regulations with its statutory authority, foster communication between DOE and the regulated industry, and promote the effective and systematic enforcement of DOE's regulations.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-09-01
Location: Webinar
Description:

On April 30, 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published in the Federal Register a notification of proposed determination and request for comment regarding energy conservation standards for small electric motors. DOE has now issued a pre-publication notice announcing that a webinar will be held regarding this proposed determination and that the comment period is re-opened to accept additional written comments.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice of proposed determination until October 20, 2020.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2019–BT–STD–0008, by email (SmallElecMotors2019STD0008@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • The webinar will be held on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Frequently Asked Questions on the notice of proposed determination pertaining to Small Electric Motors.
  • Find product information for Small Electric Motors.

This  is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-08-28
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice proposing to establish a test procedure and an accompanying labeling requirement for dedicated-purpose pool pump (DPPP) motors. Specifically, DOE is proposing to incorporate by reference an industry standard pertaining to DPPP definitions and marking requirements; require the use of an industry testing standard for testing the energy efficiency of DPPP motors; and to establish a labeling requirement that would specify information to be included on the permanent nameplate, catalogs, and marketing materials of DPPP motors. DOE will also hold a webinar on this proposed test procedure on October 20, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until 45 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2017–BT–STD-0048, by email (DPPMotors2017STD0048@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • The webinar will be held on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Find product information for Dedicated-Purpose Pool Pump Motors.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-08-27
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) had issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review for amended energy conservation standards for battery chargers to determine whether to amend applicable energy conservation standards for this product. Specifically, through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information that could enable the agency to determine whether it should propose a “no new standard” determination because a more stringent standard: would not result in a significant savings of energy; is not technologically feasible; is not economically justified; or any combination of the foregoing.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until 75 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2020-BT-STD-0013, by email (Batterychargers2020STD0013@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find product information for Battery Chargers.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-08-27
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) had issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed determination (NOPD) and request for comment pertaining to standards for Evaporatively-Cooled Commercial Package Air Conditioners and Water-Cooled Commercial Package Air Conditioners. The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) requires DOE to periodically determine whether more stringent, amended standards would result in significant additional conservation of energy, be technologically feasible, and be economically justified. In this NOPD, DOE has tentatively determined that the standards for small (cooling capacity less than 135,000 Btu/h), large (cooling capacity greater than or equal to 135,000 and less than 240,000 Btu/h), and very large (cooling capacity greater than or equal to 240,000 and less than 760,000 Btu/h) ECUACs and WCUACs do not need to be amended, and DOE requests comment on this proposed determination and the associated analyses and results. DOE will also be hosting a public meeting webinar on Thursday, October 1, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until 75 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2017-BT-STD-0032, by email (WCandECUAC2017STD0032@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • The webinar will be held on Thursday, October 1, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Frequently Asked Questions on the Notice of Proposed Determination and Request for Comment pertaining to energy conservation standards for Evaporatively-Cooled Commercial Package Air Conditioners and Water-Cooled Commercial Package Air Conditioners.
  • Find product information for Evaporatively-Cooled Commercial Package Air Conditioners and Water-Cooled Commercial Package Air Conditioners.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-08-27
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice publishing an analysis of the energy savings potential of amended industry consensus standards for certain classes of computer room air conditioners (CRACs) and air-cooled, three-phase, small commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment with a cooling capacity of less than 65,000 Btu/h (air-cooled, three-phase, small commercial package AC and HP (<65K) equipment). DOE is also soliciting information regarding energy conservation standards for CRACs and air-cooled, three-phase, small commercial package AC and HP (<65K) equipment for which the industry consensus standards have not been amended, pursuant to EPCA’s six-year-lookback review requirement. This notice of data availability (NODA) and request for information (RFI) solicits information from the public to help DOE determine whether more-stringent amended standards for CRACs or air-cooled, three-phase, small commercial package AC and HP (<65K) equipment would result in significant additional energy savings and whether such standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-08-25
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice extending the public comment period for the preliminary analysis it has conducted for purposes of evaluating energy conservation standards for room air conditioners (ACs). DOE published the notice of webinar and availability of preliminary technical support document in the Federal Register on June 17, 2020, establishing a 60-day public comment period ending August 17, 2020. On August 3, 2020, DOE received a comment requesting extension of the comment period by 14 days. DOE is extending the public comment period for submitting comments and data on the notice of webinar and availability of preliminary technical support document by 14 days, to September 8, 2020.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice until September 8, 2020.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2014-BT-STD-0059, by email (RoomAC2014STD0059@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find product information for Room Air Conditioners including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-08-24
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Final Rule pertaining to test procedures for cooking products. On August 9, 2019, as a result of a petition from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) and data received in response to that petition, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) proposing to withdraw the test procedure for conventional cooking tops established under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA). In this final rule, DOE withdraws the test procedure for conventional cooking tops under EPCA. DOE has determined that the conventional cooking tops test procedure is not representative of energy use or efficiency during an average use cycle and is overly burdensome to conduct.

  • The effective date of this rule is September 17, 2020.
  • Find product information for Cooking Products including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-08-24
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice that announces receipt of and publishes a petition for waiver and interim waiver from ECR International, Inc. (ECR), which seeks a waiver for specified furnace fan basic models, which are belt-driven, single-speed, and designed for use in “heat-only” applications, from the DOE test procedure used for determining the energy consumption of furnace fans. DOE also gives notice of an Interim Waiver Order that requires ECR to test and rate the specified furnace fan basic models in accordance with the alternate test procedure set forth in the Interim Waiver Order. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning ECR’s petition and its suggested alternate test procedure, as well as the alternate test procedure specified in the interim waiver granted by DOE, to inform DOE’s final decision on ECR’s waiver request.

  • The interim waiver order went into effect August 18, 2020.
  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this petition until September 17, 2020.
  • Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments using the Federal eRulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov.The regulations.gov docket for this waiver is EERE-2019-BT-WAV-0004.
  • Alternatively, interested persons may submit comments identified by case number "2019-001" and docket number EERE-2019-BT-WAV-0004 by Email (ECR2019WAV0004@ee.doe.gov), postal mail, or hand delivery/courier. 
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for Furnace Fans including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-08-24
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Final Rule amending its decision-making process for selecting energy conservation standards by specifying that it will conduct a comparative analysis of the relative benefits and burdens of potential energy conservation standard levels in determining whether a specific energy conservation standard level is economically justified.

  • The effective date of this rule is October 19, 2020.

This email is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-08-24
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder,

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites your feedback on candidate technologies for the 2021 ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award. The deadline to submit nominations is September 28, 2020

The ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award was created to raise the profile of innovative technologies that may not yet meet key principles associated with the ENERGY STAR program (e.g. widely available, cost-effective), but have the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions once they are more widely adopted. As products in these categories become more mainstream, the relevant product categories then may become candidates for ENERGY STAR specification development. To be eligible, technologies must be:

  • Commercially available, but not widely adopted (<5% market share);
  • Offered by more than one supplier;
  • Likely to significantly reduce greenhouse gases from the residential or commercial sector at competitive costs;
  • Capable of delivering superior environmental performance, as demonstrated by independent third-party organizations;
  • Environmentally acceptable (technology use is a net plus for the environment);
  • Supported by capable partners with adequate financing and established business records;
  • Well matched to EPA/ENERGY STAR competencies and appropriate roles.

There is no restriction on who may provide feedback or submit a nomination; however, nominations submitted by manufacturers must be accompanied by laboratory and/or field performance data. EPA would welcome feedback and nominations from utilities on emerging technologies of interest to them as well. Please note that EPA is accepting nominations for technology categories only. As examples, previous categories included: Micro Combined Heat and Power systems, Advanced Clothes Dryers, Demand Control Kitchen Ventilation systems, Innovative Refrigerant Systems, Solid-State Refrigeration, Room Air Conditioners with Efficient Variable Output, Air-to-Water Heat Pumps, and Advanced Adaptive Compressors. Nominations should be sent to emergingtech@energystar.gov.

Award Extension Notice for Advanced Adaptive Compressors for 2021
EPA is pleased to announce that the ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology recognition will be extended for advanced adaptive compressors into 2021. Advanced adaptive compressor refrigeration systems remain a promising technology as they offer significant energy savings over traditional refrigeration systems. Extending this award category into 2021 will provide additional promotional opportunities and will continue to reward manufacturers as they introduce additional award-eligible systems.

Stakeholders with questions can contact Peter Banwell, EPA, at banwell.peter@epa.gov and (202) 343-9408 or Emmy Feldman, ICF, at emmy.feldman@icf.com and (202) 862-1145. To view previous Award categories and criteria, please visit www.energystar.gov/emergingtech.

2020-08-17
Location: Webinar
Description:

The Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice announcing a meeting via webinar of the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC). The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that agencies publish notice of an advisory committee meeting in the Federal Register. The primary focus of this meeting will be the discussion and prioritization of topic areas on which ASRAC can assist the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program. DOE plans to hold this webinar to gather advice and recommendations on the development of standards and test procedures for consumer products and commercial and industrial equipment. 

  • The webinar will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-08-10
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice extending the public comment period for the preliminary analysis it has conducted for purposes of evaluating energy conservation standards for room air conditioners (ACs). DOE published the notice of webinar and availability of preliminary technical support document in the Federal Register on June 17, 2020, establishing a 60-day public comment period ending August 17, 2020. On August 3, 2020, DOE received a comment requesting extension of the comment period by 14 days. DOE is extending the public comment period for submitting comments and data on the notice of webinar and availability of preliminary technical support document by 14 days, to August 31, 2020.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice until August 31, 2020.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2014-BT-STD-0059, by email (RoomAC2014STD0059@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find product information for Room Air Conditioners including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This email is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

DOE Issues a Comment Extension Notice Pertaining to Energy Conservation Standards for Room Air Conditioners

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice extending the public comment period for the preliminary analysis it has conducted for purposes of evaluating energy conservation standards for room air conditioners (ACs). DOE published the notice of webinar and availability of preliminary technical support document in the Federal Register on June 17, 2020, establishing a 60-day public comment period ending August 17, 2020. On August 3, 2020, DOE received a comment requesting extension of the comment period by 14 days. DOE is extending the public comment period for submitting comments and data on the notice of webinar and availability of preliminary technical support document by 14 days, to August 31, 2020.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice until August 31, 2020.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2014-BT-STD-0059, by email (RoomAC2014STD0059@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find product information for Room Air Conditioners including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This email is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-08-06
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published Federal Register notice of proposed determination (NOPD) and request for comment pertaining to energy conservation standards for metal halide lamp fixtures (MHLF).The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), directs DOE to determine whether standards for MHLFs should be amended. In this NOPD, DOE has initially determined that the energy conservation standards for MHLFs do not need to be amended and also asks for comment on this proposed determination and associated analyses and results. DOE will also host a webinar on Thursday, August 27, 2020, from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice until October 19, 2020.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2017-BT-STD-0016, by email (MHLF2017STD0016@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Frequently Asked Questions on the Notice of Proposed Determination and Request for Comment pertaining to energy conservation standards for Metal Halide Lamp Fixtures.
  • The webinar will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Find product information for Metal Halide Lamp Fixtures including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This email is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-07-28
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review for amended energy conservation standards for commercial clothes washers to determine whether to amend applicable energy conservation standards for this equipment. Specifically, through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information that could enable the agency to determine whether DOE should propose a “no-new-standard” determination because a more-stringent standard: would not result in a significant savings of energy; is not technologically feasible; is not economically justified; or any combination of the foregoing.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-07-28
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice that announces receipt of and publishes a petition for waiver and interim waiver from Hoshizaki America, Inc. (Hoshizaki), which seeks a waiver for specified Automatic Commercial Ice Maker (ACIM) basic models from the DOE test procedure used for determining the energy use of ACIM. DOE also gives notice of an Interim Waiver Order that requires Hoshizaki to test and rate the specified ACIM basic models in accordance with the alternate test procedure set forth in the Interim Waiver Order. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning Hoshizaki’s petition and its suggested alternate test procedure so as to inform DOE’s final decision on Hoshizaki’s waiver request.

  • The interim waiver order is effective on July 23, 2020.
  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this petition until August 24, 2020.
  • Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments using the Federal eRulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov.The regulations.gov docket for this waiver is EERE-2020-BT-WAV- 0005.
  • Alternatively, interested persons may submit comments identified by case number "2020-001" and docket number EERE-2020-BT-WAV- 0005 by Email (Hoshizaki2020WAV0005@ee.doe.gov), postal mail, or hand delivery/courier. 
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for Automatic Commercial Ice Makers including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-07-28
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice reopening the public comment period for its Request for Information (RFI) regarding energy conservation standards for external power supplies that published on May 20, 2020. The request provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data, and information by July 6, 2020. Prior to the end of the comment period for the request of information, DOE received a request from a group of industry trade groups seeking additional time to consider the applicability and impact of an updated energy conservation standard for this equipment. In light of this request, DOE is reopening the public comment period for submitting comments for an additional 30 days.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until August 24, 2020.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2020-BT-STD-0006, by email (EPS2020STD006@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Frequently Asked Questions on the request for information pertaining to energy conservation standards for External Power Supplies.
  • Find product information for External Power Supplies

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-07-20
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice that announces receipt of and publishes a petition for waiver and interim waiver from Hoshizaki America, Inc. (Hoshizaki), which seeks a waiver for specified Automatic Commercial Ice Maker (ACIM) basic models from the DOE test procedure used for determining the energy use of ACIM. DOE also gives notice of an Interim Waiver Order that requires Hoshizaki to test and rate the specified ACIM basic models in accordance with the alternate test procedure set forth in the Interim Waiver Order. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning Hoshizaki’s petition and its suggested alternate test procedure so as to inform DOE’s final decision on Hoshizaki’s waiver request.

  • The interim waiver order is effective once the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up e-mail once the notice publishes to announce the effective date.
  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this petition until 30 days after date of publication in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up e-mail once the notice publishes to announce the closing date of the comment period.
  • Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments using the Federal eRulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov.The regulations.gov docket for this waiver is EERE-2020-BT-WAV- 0005.
  • Alternatively, interested persons may submit comments identified by case number "2020-001" and docket number EERE-2020-BT-WAV- 0005 by Email (Hoshizaki2020WAV0005@ee.doe.gov), postal mail, or hand delivery/courier. 
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for Automatic Commercial Ice Makers including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-07-20
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to remind vending machine partners that as of April 29, 2020 only vending machines that meet the Version 4.0 ENERGY STAR Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machine product specification may be certified as ENERGY STAR and only these units will appear on the ENERGY STAR certified product list.

Already two leadership partners have certified eight models which are listed on the ENERGY STAR Product Finder. Rebates for ENERGY STAR Vending machines are available in territories served by PPL, ComEd, Vectren, and El Paso Electric as well as across Nebraska through a statewide loan fund. 

These energy saving models are in good company. Americans purchased more than 300 million ENERGY STAR certified products and more than 300 million ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs in 2018, for an estimated annual market value of more than $100 billion. 

In 2018 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped Americans save nearly 430 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity and avoid $35 billion in energy costs, with associated emission reductions of 330 million metric tons of greenhouse gases, 220,000 short tons of sulfur dioxide, 210,000 short tons of nitrogen oxides, and 23,000 short tons of fine particulate matter (PM2.5). 

Please contact EPA at vendingmachines@energystar.gov with any questions regarding the specification. Please visit the ENERGY STAR website for details on the process for certifying models to the Version 4.0 requirements.
 
Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program. 

2020-07-20
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to remind vending machine partners that as of April 29, 2020 only vending machines that meet the Version 4.0 ENERGY STAR Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machine product specification may be certified as ENERGY STAR and only these units will appear on the ENERGY STAR certified product list.

Already two leadership partners have certified eight models which are listed on the ENERGY STAR Product Finder. Rebates for ENERGY STAR Vending machines are available in territories served by PPL, ComEd, Vectren, and El Paso Electric as well as across Nebraska through a statewide loan fund. 

These energy saving models are in good company. Americans purchased more than 300 million ENERGY STAR certified products and more than 300 million ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs in 2018, for an estimated annual market value of more than $100 billion. 

In 2018 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped Americans save nearly 430 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity and avoid $35 billion in energy costs, with associated emission reductions of 330 million metric tons of greenhouse gases, 220,000 short tons of sulfur dioxide, 210,000 short tons of nitrogen oxides, and 23,000 short tons of fine particulate matter (PM2.5). 

Please contact EPA at vendingmachines@energystar.gov with any questions regarding the specification. Please visit the ENERGY STAR website for details on the process for certifying models to the Version 4.0 requirements.
 
Thank you for your support of the ENERGY STAR program. 

2020-07-17
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of data availability informing the public of its collection of shipment data and creation of spreadsheet models to provide comparisons between 2019 unit sales and benchmark estimate unit sales of five lamp types (i.e., rough service lamps, vibration service lamps, 3-way incandescent lamps, 2,601–3,300 lumen general service incandescent lamps, and shatter-resistant lamps). DOE has prepared, and is making available on its website, a spreadsheet showing the comparisons of projected sales versus 2019 sales, as well as the model used to generate the original sales estimates.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-07-09
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review for amended energy conservation standards for commercial clothes washers to determine whether to amend applicable energy conservation standards for this equipment. Specifically, through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information that could enable the agency to determine whether DOE should propose a “no-new-standard” determination because a more-stringent standard: would not result in a significant savings of energy; is not technologically feasible; is not economically justified; or any combination of the foregoing.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until 60 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2019-BT-STD-0044, by email(CommClothesWashers2019STD0044@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Frequently Asked Questions on the request for information pertaining to energy conservation standards for Commercial Clothes Washers.
  • Find product information for Commercial Clothes Washers.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program

2020-07-08
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of proposed rule pertaining to test procedures for room air conditioners (room ACs). The notices proposes to amend the test procedure for room ACs to address updates to the industry standards that are incorporated by reference, provide for the testing of variable-speed room ACs to better reflect their relative efficiency gains at lower outdoor temperatures as compared to single-speed room ACs, and to provide specifications and minor corrections that would improve repeatability, reproducibility, and overall readability of the test procedure. Because there are no testing modifications proposed for single-speed room ACs, DOE expects that the proposed changes will not affect the measured energy use for these models. For variable-speed room ACs, the proposed changes will improve the representativeness of the measured energy use of these models. As part of this proposal, DOE is announcing a public webinar to collect comments and data on its proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until August 10, 2020.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2017-BT-TP-0012, by email (RoomAC2017TP0012@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • The webinar will be held on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • If no participants register for the webinar, then it will be cancelled. DOE will hold a public meeting on this proposed test procedure if one is requested by June 25, 2020..
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-07-08
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice reopening the public comment period for its Request for Information (RFI) regarding energy conservation standards for external power supplies that published on May 20, 2020. The request provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data, and information by July 6, 2020. Prior to the end of the comment period for the request of information, DOE received a request from a group of industry trade groups seeking additional time to consider the applicability and impact of an updated energy conservation standard for this equipment. In light of this request, DOE is reopening the public comment period for submitting comments for an additional 30 days.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until 30 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2020-BT-STD-0006, by email (EPS2020STD006@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Frequently Asked Questions on the request for information pertaining to energy conservation standards for External Power Supplies.
  • Find product information for External Power Supplies

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-07-06
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) has published a Federal Register notice extending the public comment period for its Request for Information (“RFI”) regarding test procedures for residential and commercial clothes washers. DOE published the RFI in the Federal Register on May 22, 2020, establishing a 30-day public comment period ending June 22, 2020. On June 10, 2020, DOE received a comment requesting extension of the comment period by 30 days (and no less than two weeks). In addition, on June 11, 2020, DOE received a comment requesting extension of the comment period by 60 days. DOE is extending the public comment period for submitting comments and data on the RFI by 14 days, to July 6, 2020.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-07-06
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of petition for waiver from LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc. (LGE), which seeks a waiver from DOE's test procedure used for determining the efficiency of specified central air conditioner (CAC) and heat pump (HP) basic models. DOE also gives notice of an Interim Waiver Order that requires LGE to test and rate specified CAC and HP basic models in accordance with the alternate test procedure set forth in the Interim Waiver Order. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning LGE's petition and its suggested alternate test procedure so as to inform DOE's final decision on LGE's waiver request.

  • The interim waiver is effective on July 6, 2020.
  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this petition until August 5, 2020.
  • Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments using the Federal eRulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov.The regulations.gov docket for this waiver is EERE-2019-BT-WAV-0023.
  • Alternatively, interested persons may submit comments identified by case number "2019-008" and docket number EERE-2019-BT-WAV-0023 by Email (LG2019WAV0023@ee.doe.gov), postal mail, or hand delivery/courier. 
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-07-06
Location: Washington DC
Description:

DOE Publishes a Notice of Final Determination Pertaining to Electric Motors and Small Electric Motors

The U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) has published a Federal Register notice announcing a final determination classifying North Carolina Advanced Energy Corporation as a nationally recognized certification program for electric motors and small electric motors.

  • This final determination is effective July 6, 2020.
  • Find product information for Electric Motors and Small Electric Motors including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-07-06
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of data availability informing the public of its collection of shipment data and creation of spreadsheet models to provide comparisons between 2019 unit sales and benchmark estimate unit sales of five lamp types (i.e., rough service lamps, vibration service lamps, 3-way incandescent lamps, 2,601–3,300 lumen general service incandescent lamps, and shatter-resistant lamps). DOE has prepared, and is making available on its website, a spreadsheet showing the comparisons of projected sales versus 2019 sales, as well as the model used to generate the original sales estimates.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-07-02
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice final rule pertaining to test procedures for Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts (FLB). March 18, 2019, DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to amend the test procedure for fluorescent lamp ballasts. That proposed rulemaking serves as the basis for the final rule. Specifically, in this final rule, DOE updates references to industry standards; clarifies the selection of reference lamps; removes extraneous requirements in the stabilization procedure; provides a second stabilization option for measuring ballast luminous efficiency; and revises the test procedure for measuring standby mode energy consumption.

  • The Final Rule will be effective 30 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. The final rule changes will be mandatory for product testing 180 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the effective dates for both once the notice has published.
  • Frequently Asked Questions on the Final Rule Pertaining to Test Procedures for Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts.
  • Find product information for Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-07-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed determination (NOPD) and request for comment pertaining to energy conservation standards for metal halide lamp fixtures (MHLF).The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), directs DOE to determine whether standards for MHLFs should be amended. In this NOPD, DOE has initially determined that the energy conservation standards for MHLFs do not need to be amended and also asks for comment on this proposed determination and associated analyses and results. DOE will also host a webinar on Thursday, August 27, 2020, from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice until 75 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2017-BT-STD-0016, by email (MHLF2017STD0016@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Frequently Asked Questions on the Notice of Proposed Determination and Request for Comment pertaining to energy conservation standards for Metal Halide Lamp Fixtures.
  • The webinar will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Find product information for Metal Halide Lamp Fixtures including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-06-24
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice reopening the comment period for the request for information (RFI) pertaining to test procedures for consumer water heaters and residential-duty commercial water heaters that published on April 16, 2020. Prior to the end of the comment period for the RFI, DOE received a requests from the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute and American Public Gas Association seeking additional time to analyze data, possibly conduct further testing, and prepare comments.  In light of this request, DOE is reopening the comment period and will accept comments regarding the RFI until no later than June 24, 2020.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-06-17
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) is extending the public comment period for its Request for Information (“RFI”) regarding test procedures for residential and commercial clothes washers. DOE published the RFI in the Federal Register on May 22, 2020, establishing a 30-day public comment period ending June 22, 2020. On June 10, 2020, DOE received a comment requesting extension of the comment period by 30 days (and no less than two weeks). In addition, on June 11, 2020, DOE received a comment requesting extension of the comment period by 60 days. DOE is extending the public comment period for submitting comments and data on the RFI by 14 days, to July 6, 2020.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-06-17
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) is extending the public comment period for its Request for Information (“RFI”) regarding test procedures for residential and commercial clothes washers. DOE published the RFI in the Federal Register on May 22, 2020, establishing a 30-day public comment period ending June 22, 2020. On June 10, 2020, DOE received a comment requesting extension of the comment period by 30 days (and no less than two weeks). In addition, on June 11, 2020, DOE received a comment requesting extension of the comment period by 60 days. DOE is extending the public comment period for submitting comments and data on the RFI by 14 days, to July 6, 2020.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-06-17
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice reopening to comment period for the request for information (RFI) pertaining to the energy conservation standards for air-cooled commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment (ACUACs and ACUHPs) and commercial warm air furnaces (CWAFs) notice that published on May 12, 2020. The RFI provided an opportunity for submission of written comments, data, and information to the Department by June 11, 2020. Prior to the end of the comment period for the RFI, DOE received a request from the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), as well as from the American Public Gas Association (APGA), seeking additional time to consider the applicability and impact of an updated energy conservation standard for this equipment. In light of these requests, DOE is reopening the comment period for the subject RFI for an additional 14 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-06-17
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice announcing a webinar to discuss and receive comments on the preliminary analysis it has conducted for purposes of evaluating energy conservation standards for room air conditioners (ACs). The webinar will cover the analytical framework, models, and tools that DOE is using to evaluate potential standards for this product; the results of preliminary analyses performed by DOE for this product; the potential energy conservation standard levels derived from these analyses that DOE could consider for this product should it determine that proposed amendments are necessary; and any other issues relevant to the evaluation of energy conservation standards for room ACs.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice until August 17, 2020.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2014-BT-STD-0059, by email (RoomAC2014STD0059@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • The webinar will be held on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • DOE has prepared an agenda, a preliminary technical support document (TSD), and briefing materials, which are available on the DOE website at: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EERE-2014-BT-STD-0059.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Find product information for Room Air Conditioners including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-06-11
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice initiating a data collection process through this request for information (RFI), to consider whether to amend DOE’s current standards for Refrigerated Bottled or Canned Beverage Vending Machines (beverage vending machines) to determine whether to amend applicable energy conservation standards for this equipment. DOE seeks data and information that could enable the agency to determine whether DOE should propose a “no-new-standard” determination because a more-stringent standard: would not result in a significant savings of energy; is not technologically feasible; is not economically justified; or any combination of the foregoing.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-06-11
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will hold a webinar to discuss and receive comments on the preliminary analysis it has conducted for purposes of evaluating energy conservation standards for room air conditioners (ACs). The webinar will cover the analytical framework, models, and tools that DOE is using to evaluate potential standards for this product; the results of preliminary analyses performed by DOE for this product; the potential energy conservation standard levels derived from these analyses that DOE could consider for this product should it determine that proposed amendments are necessary; and any other issues relevant to the evaluation of energy conservation standards for room ACs.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice until 60 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2014-BT-STD-0059, by email (RoomAC2014STD0059@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • The webinar will be held on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • DOE has prepared an agenda, a preliminary technical support document (TSD), and briefing materials, which are available on the DOE website at: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EERE-2014-BT-STD-0059.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Find product information for Room Air Conditioners including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-06-09
Location: Washington DC
Description:

On May 12, 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a request for information (RFI) pertaining to the energy conservation standards for air-cooled commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment (ACUACs and ACUHPs) and commercial warm air furnaces (CWAFs). The RFI provided an opportunity for submission of written comments, data, and information to the Department by June 11, 2020. Prior to the end of the comment period for the RFI, DOE received a request from the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), as well as from the American Public Gas Association (APGA), seeking additional time to consider the applicability and impact of an updated energy conservation standard for this equipment. In light of these requests, DOE is reopening the comment period for the subject RFI for an additional 14 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-06-04
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice initiating a data collection process through this request for information (RFI), to consider whether to amend DOE’s current standards for Refrigerated Bottled or Canned Beverage Vending Machines (“beverage vending machines”) to determine whether to amend applicable energy conservation standards for this equipment. DOE seeks data and information that could enable the agency to determine whether DOE should propose a “no-new-standard” determination because a more-stringent standard: would not result in a significant savings of energy; is not technologically feasible; is not economically justified; or any combination of the foregoing.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until 60 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2020-BT-STD-0014, by email (BVM2020STD0014@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find product information for Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-06-04
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice initiating a data collection process through this request for information (RFI), to consider whether to amend DOE’s current test procedures for electric motors. To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process, this document identifies several issues concerning the current test procedures on which comment is sought and invites public comment on any relevant topic (including those that have not been specifically raised).

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until July 20, 2020.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2020-BT-TP-0011, by email (ElecMotors2020TP0011@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find product information for Electric Motors.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-06-03
Location: Washington DC
Description:

 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of decision and order granting a waiver to LG Electronics USA, Inc. (“LG”) from specified portions of the DOE test procedure for determining the energy efficiency of listed portable air conditioner basic models. Under the Decision and Order, LG is required to test and rate the listed basic models of its portable air conditioners in accordance with the alternate test procedure specified in the Decision and Order. 

  • The Decision and Order is effective June 2, 2020.
  • DOE would like to highlight and provide advance notice that per 10 CFR 430.27(j) within 60 days after DOE issues a waiver to a manufacturer for a product employing a particular technology or having a particular characteristic, any manufacturer currently distributing in commerce in the United States a product employing a technology or characteristic that results in the same need for a waiver (as specified by DOE in the published decision and order on the petition in the Federal Register) must submit a petition for waiver pursuant to 10 CFR 430.27. Manufacturers not currently distributing such products in commerce in the United States must petition for and be granted a waiver prior to distribution in commerce in the United States. Manufacturers may also submit a request for interim waiver pursuant to 10 CFR 430.27.
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for portable air conditioners including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-06-03
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice initiating a data collection process through this request for information (RFI), to consider whether to amend DOE’s current test procedure for illuminated exit signs. Specifically, DOE seeks data and information pertinent to whether amended test procedures would more accurately or fully comply with the requirement that the test procedure produces results measure energy use during a representative average use cycle or period of use for the product without being unduly burdensome to conduct, or reduce testing burden.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until July 16, 2020.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2019-BT-TP-0013, by email (exitsigns2019TP0013@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Frequently Asked Questions on the request for information pertaining to test procedures for Illuminated Exit Signs.

Find product information for Illuminated Exit Signs.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-05-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice initiating a data collection process through this request for information (RFI), to consider whether to amend DOE’s current test procedure  for residential and commercial clothes washers. As part of this RFI, DOE seeks comment on whether there have been changes in product testing methodology or new products on the market since the last test procedure update that may create the need to make amendments to the test procedure for clothes washers. DOE also seeks data and information that could enable the agency to propose that the current test procedure produces results that are representative of an average use cycle for the product and is not unduly burdensome to conduct, and therefore does not need amendment.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-05-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) is seeking input from industry stakeholders regarding next-generation HVAC R&D topics. To support this activity, DOE is holding a virtual workshop on June 2nd from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET. This introductory webinar will be followed by topic-specific sessions.

Virtual Workshop Details

BTO supports the development of next-generation HVAC technologies that provide cost-effective energy efficiency and grid flexibility. By engaging key stakeholders, BTO hopes to gather input regarding three key issues:

  1. Next-generation technology development priorities
  2. Challenges and barriers to successfully commercializing next-generation HVAC technologies
  3. Major gaps in academic, government, and commercial R&D efforts

Workshop Sessions

Kick-off Webinar – June 2, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET

  • This webinar will clarify the objectives, scope, and context of the upcoming Topic-Specific R&D Discussions
  • Discuss logistics for the Topic-Specific R&D Discussions
  • Answer stakeholder questions

Topic-Specific R&D Discussions – To be held following the Kick-off Webinar

  • Dates, times, and instructions for signing up for these Topic-Specific R&D Discussions will be provided during and following the Kick-off Webinar.
  • Objectives:
    • Provides forum for stakeholders to discuss the emerging technology within a particular HVAC topic area
    • Opportunity for DOE to gather information on emerging HVAC technologies from industry stakeholders

Register for the June 2nd webinar here.

2020-05-21
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice initiating a data collection process through this request for information (RFI), to consider whether to amend DOE’s current energy conservation standards for residential water heaters. This RFI solicits information from the public to help DOE determine whether amended standards for consumer water heaters would result in significant energy savings and whether such standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-05-21
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice initiating a data collection process through this request for information (RFI), to consider whether to amend DOE’s current energy conservation standards for electric motors. DOE is soliciting information from the public to help determine whether amending the current electric motor standards would produce significant energy savings while being technologically feasible and cost effective. Accordingly, DOE seeks information regarding any technological or market changes since the most recent standards update that would justify a new rulemaking to increase the stringency of the current standards consistent with these factors.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-05-20
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice initiating a data collection process through this request for information (RFI), to consider whether to amend DOE’s current energy conservation standards for External Power Supplies (EPS). This RFI solicits information from the public to help DOE determine whether amended standards for EPSs would result in significant energy savings and whether such standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified. As part of this RFI, DOE seeks comment on whether there have been sufficient technological or market changes since the most recent standards update that may justify a new rulemaking to consider more stringent standards. Specifically, DOE seeks data and information that could enable the agency to determine whether DOE should propose a “no new standard” determination because a more stringent standard: would not result in a significant savings of energy; is not technologically feasible; is not economically justified; or any combination of the foregoing.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until July 6, 2020.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2020-BT-STD-0006, by email (EPS2020STD006@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Frequently Asked Questions on the request for information pertaining to energy conservation standards for External Power Supplies.
  • Find product information for External Power Supplies.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program

2020-05-12
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice initiating a data collection process through this request for information (RFI), to consider whether to amend DOE’s current energy conservation standards for water-source heat pumps (WSHPs). This RFI solicits information from the public to help DOE determine whether amended standards for WSHPs, a category of covered commercial equipment, would result in significant additional energy savings and whether such standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified. 

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-05-12
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice initiating a data collection process through this request for information (RFI), to consider whether to amend DOE’s current energy conservation standards for air-cooled commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment (ACUACs and ACUHPs) and commercial warm air furnaces (CWAFs). This RFI solicits information from the public to help DOE determine whether amended standards for ACUACs, ACUHPs, and CWAFs, subsets of covered commercial equipment, would result in significant additional energy savings and whether such standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified. 

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program

2020-05-06
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice initiating a data collection process through this request for information (RFI), to consider whether to amend DOE’s current energy conservation standards for External Power Supplies (EPS). This RFI solicits information from the public to help DOE determine whether amended standards for EPSs would result in significant energy savings and whether such standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified. As part of this RFI, DOE seeks comment on whether there have been sufficient technological or market changes since the most recent standards update that may justify a new rulemaking to consider more stringent standards. Specifically, DOE seeks data and information that could enable the agency to determine whether DOE should propose a “no new standard” determination because a more stringent standard: would not result in a significant savings of energy; is not technologically feasible; is not economically justified; or any combination of the foregoing.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until 45 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2020-BT-STD-0006, by email (EPS2020STD006@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Frequently Asked Questions on the request for information pertaining to energy conservation standards for External Power Supplies.
  • Find product information for External Power Supplies.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-05-06
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice initiating a data collection process through this request for information (RFI), to consider whether to amend DOE’s current energy conservation standards for External Power Supplies (EPS). This RFI solicits information from the public to help DOE determine whether amended standards for EPSs would result in significant energy savings and whether such standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified. As part of this RFI, DOE seeks comment on whether there have been sufficient technological or market changes since the most recent standards update that may justify a new rulemaking to consider more stringent standards. Specifically, DOE seeks data and information that could enable the agency to determine whether DOE should propose a “no new standard” determination because a more stringent standard: would not result in a significant savings of energy; is not technologically feasible; is not economically justified; or any combination of the foregoing.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until 45 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2020-BT-STD-0006, by email (EPS2020STD006@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Frequently Asked Questions on the request for information pertaining to energy conservation standards for External Power Supplies.
  • Find product information for External Power Supplies.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-05-04
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice initiating a data collection process through this request for information (RFI), to consider whether to amend DOE’s current test procedure for battery chargers. As part of this request, DOE seeks comment and data on whether there have been changes in product testing methodology or new products on the market since the last test procedure update that may necessitate amending the test procedure for battery chargers. To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process, DOE has also gathered data, identifying several issues described in detail in this document that are associated with the currently applicable test procedures on which DOE is interested in receiving comment.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-05-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice initiating a data collection process through this request for information (RFI), to consider whether to amend DOE’s current energy conservation standards for general service fluorescent lamps (GSFLs) and incandescent reflector lamps (IRLs). This RFI solicits information from the public to help DOE determine whether amended standards for GSFLs and IRLs would result in significant energy savings and whether such standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-05-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Building Technologies Office

The Building Technologies Office Digest provides a roundup of the latest news, funding opportunities, reports, events, and webinars from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE's) Building Technologies Office (BTO). Click the links below to learn more.

To view previous BTO Digests, visit the Archived Digest.

EMPOWERED FOA NOW AVAILABLE

DOE releases new funding opportunity to prepare emergency response and resilience planning professionals on the front lines of a rapidly changing energy system

SOLAR DECATHLON

2020 Solar Decathlon Design Challenge winners showcase efficient, affordable, innovative buildings in virtual event

NEWS FROM BTO

GRID-INTERACTIVE EFFICIENT BUILDINGS (GEB)

Listen to BTO Director David Nemtzow and National Lab experts speak about DOE’s Connected Communities work and potential FOA in the Peak Load Management Association’s Load Management Dialogue

SOLID-STATE LIGHTING

Relive the Solid-State Lighting R&D Workshop: access presentations, review proceedings, and hear from SSL’s program director

GRID-INTERACTIVE EFFICIENT BUILDINGS

The DOE-facilitated State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action) SEE Action Publishes two technical assistance reports on GEB available here and here

ENERGY STORAGE GRAND CHALLENGE

The Energy Storage Grand Challenge regional workshops are going virtual! Stay up-to-date with the new schedule of events

CONNECTED COMMUNITIES RFI

Submit your responses on DOE’s proposed FOA on Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings in Connected Communities by Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 5 p.m. E.T.

GRID-INTERACTIVE EFFICIENT BUILDINGS

BTO unveils new GEB webinar series: connect with authors of the GEB Technical Reports to understand key findings. Register here

WINDOWS & ENVELOPE

Hunter Douglas receives first-ever energy performance rating for window attachments from the Attachment Energy Rating Council

BETTER BUILDINGS

DOE’s Better Buildings Summit, scheduled for June 8-11, 2020, is going virtual

EVENTS & WEBINARS

GRID-INTERACTIVE EFFICIENT BUILDINGS

Connected Communities Examples Webinar: Spotlight on Reynolds Landing
Webinar, Monday, May 4, 2020, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT

BETTER BUILDINGS RESIDENTIAL NETWORK

Get Smart (Labs): Results From the Smart Labs Accelerator
Webinar, Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT

BETTER BUILDINGS RESIDENTIAL NETWORK

How Is the Coronavirus Impacting Residential Energy Efficiency Programs? Perspectives From the Field
Webinar, Thursday, May 14, 2020, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT

GRID-INTERACTIVE EFFICIENT BUILDINGS

GEB Technical Reports Webinar Series: Sensors, Controls & Data Analytics
Webinar, Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EDT

GRID-INTERACTIVE EFFICIENT BUILDINGS

GEB Technical Reports Webinar Series: Lighting & Electronics
Webinar, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT

BETTER BUILDINGS RESIDENTIAL NETWORK

Is the Smart Home Delivering on Its Promises?
Webinar, Thursday, May 28, 2020, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT

GRID-INTERACTIVE EFFICIENT BUILDINGS

GEB Technical Reports Webinar Series: HVAC
Webinar, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EDT

BETTER BUILDINGS

Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit
Webinars, June 8 - 10, 2020

 

 

2020-05-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice initiating a data collection process through this request for information (RFI), to consider whether to amend DOE’s current energy conservation standards for electric motors. DOE is soliciting information from the public to help determine whether amending the current electric motor standards would produce significant energy savings while being technologically feasible and cost effective. Accordingly, DOE seeks information regarding any technological or market changes since the most recent standards update that would justify a new rulemaking to increase the stringency of the current standards consistent with these factors.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until 30 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2020-BT-STD-0007, by email (ElecMotors2020STD0007@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Frequently Asked Questions on the request for information pertaining to standards for electric motors.
  • Find product information for Electric Motors.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-04-27
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice initiating a data collection process through this request for information (RFI), to consider whether to amend DOE’s current energy conservation standards for air-cooled commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment (ACUACs and ACUHPs) and commercial warm air furnaces (CWAFs). This RFI solicits information from the public to help DOE determine whether amended standards for ACUACs, ACUHPs, and CWAFs, subsets of covered commercial equipment, would result in significant additional energy savings and whether such standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified. 

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-04-24
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice initiating a data collection process through this request for information (RFI), to consider whether to amend DOE’s current energy conservation standards for single package vertical air conditioners (SPVACs) and single package vertical heat pumps (SPVHPs), collectively referred to as single package vertical units (SPVUs). This RFI solicits information from the public to help DOE determine whether amended standards for SPVUs, a category of covered commercial equipment, would result in significant additional energy savings and whether such standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified. 

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-04-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice announcing receipt of a petition received by DOE on January 10, 2020, from the Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA), International, Air Conditioning Contractors of America, and Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors of America requesting that DOE establish a Federal test procedure for commercial and industrial fans. The petition requests that DOE resume a previous DOE rulemaking effort to establish a Federal test procedure for commercial and industrial fans, and that such test procedure be based on an upcoming industry test method.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-04-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice initiating a data collection process through this request for information (RFI), to consider whether to amend DOE’s current test procedure for battery chargers. As part of this request, DOE seeks comment and data on whether there have been changes in product testing methodology or new products on the market since the last test procedure update that may necessitate amending the test procedure for battery chargers. To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process, DOE has also gathered data, identifying several issues described in detail in this document that are associated with the currently applicable test procedures on which DOE is interested in receiving comment.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until 30 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2020–BT–TP–0012, by email(Batterychargers2020TP0012@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Frequently Asked Questions on the request for information pertaining to test procedures for battery chargers.
  • Find product information for Battery Chargers.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-04-20
Location: Washington DC
Description:

DOE Publishes a Correction Notice Pertaining to Test Procedures for Portable Air Conditioners

On June 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule adopting test procedures for portable air conditioners. A correction rule was subsequently published on October 14, 2016 to correct typographical errors in the June 2016 final rule that were included in the regulatory text. DOE has now published a correction notice that corrects typographical errors introduced in the October 2016 correction rule, including missing parentheses and incorrect variable names. Neither the errors nor the corrections in this document affect the substance of the rulemaking or any of the conclusions reached in support of the final rule.

  • This correction notice will be effective April 20, 2020.
  • Find product information for Portable Air Conditioners including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-04-17
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published Federal Register notice initiating a data collection process through this request for information (RFI), to consider whether to amend DOE’s current test procedure for consumer water heaters and residential-duty commercial water heaters. DOE seeks data and information pertinent to whether amended test procedures would more accurately or fully comply with the requirement that the test procedure produces results that measure energy use during a representative average use cycle for the product, and not be unduly burdensome to conduct.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-04-17
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice initiating a data collection process through this request for information (RFI), to consider whether to amend DOE’s current energy conservation standards for general service fluorescent lamps (GSFLs) and incandescent reflector lamps (IRLs). This RFI solicits information from the public to help DOE determine whether amended standards for GSFLs and IRLs would result in significant energy savings and whether such standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-04-15
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice initiating a data collection process through this request for information (RFI), to consider whether to amend DOE’s current energy conservation standards for single package vertical air conditioners (SPVACs) and single package vertical heat pumps (SPVHPs), collectively referred to as single package vertical units (SPVUs). This RFI solicits information from the public to help DOE determine whether amended standards for SPVUs, a category of covered commercial equipment, would result in significant additional energy savings and whether such standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified. 

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until 30 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2019-BT-STD-0033, by email (SPVU2019STD0033@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find product information for Single Packaged Vertical Units.
  • Frequently Asked Questions on the Request for Information pertaining to Standards for Single Packaged Vertical Units.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-04-15
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice initiating an effort to elicit information from stakeholders and the interested public concerning the prioritization of rulemakings pursuant to the Department’s updated and modernized rulemaking methodology titled, “Procedures, Interpretations, and Policies for Consideration of New or Revised Energy Conservation Standards and Test Procedures for Consumer Products and Commercial/Industrial Equipment” (Process Rule). This rule expands early opportunities for public input on the Appliance Program’s priority setting of its rulemaking activities.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this request for comment until May 15, 2020.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2020–BT–STD–0004 , by email (PrioritySetting2020STD0004@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find more information on the Process Rule.

This  is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-04-13
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed determination pertaining to standards for small electric motors. The Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including small electric motors. EPCA also requires the Secretary of Energy to periodically determine whether more-stringent, amended standards would be technologically feasible and cost effective, and would result in significant conservation of energy. DOE has tentatively determined that more stringent small electric motors standards would not be cost effective, and, thus, is not proposing to amend its energy conservation standards for this equipment.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice of proposed determination until 60 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2019–BT–STD–0008 , by email (SmallElecMotors2019STD0008@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Frequently Asked Questions on the notice of proposed determination pertaining to Small Electric Motors.
  • Find product information for Small Electric Motors.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-04-10
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication notice announcing receipt of a petition received by DOE on January 10, 2020, from the Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA), International, Air Conditioning Contractors of America, and Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors of America requesting that DOE establish a Federal test procedure for commercial and industrial fans. The petition requests that DOE resume a previous DOE rulemaking effort to establish a Federal test procedure for commercial and industrial fans, and that such test procedure be based on an upcoming industry test method.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this petition for comment until 30 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2020–BT–PET–0003, by email (FansPetition2020PET0003@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find more product information on Commercial and Industrial Fans and Blowers.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-04-09
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice initiating an effort to elicit information from stakeholders and the interested public concerning the prioritization of rulemakings pursuant to the Department’s updated and modernized rulemaking methodology titled, “Procedures, Interpretations, and Policies for Consideration of New or Revised Energy Conservation Standards and Test Procedures for Consumer Products and Commercial/Industrial Equipment” (Process Rule). This rule expands early opportunities for public input on the Appliance Program’s priority setting of its rulemaking activities.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this request for comment until 30 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2020–BT–STD–0004 , by email (PrioritySetting2020STD0004@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find more information on the Process Rule.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-04-08
Location: Washington DC
Description:

EM Press Releases for DOE Office of Environmental Management. This information has recently been updated, and is now available.

DOE Awards Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity Contract for Technical Support Services

The Office of Environmental Management is awarding an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract for Technical Support Services to S&K Federal.

2020-04-06
Location: Washington DC
Description:

DOE Issues a Pre-Publication Request for Information Pertaining to Test Procedures to Consumer Water Heaters

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice initiating a data collection process through this request for information (RFI), to consider whether to amend DOE’s current test procedure for consumer water heaters and residential-duty commercial water heaters. DOE seeks data and information pertinent to whether amended test procedures would more accurately or fully comply with the requirement that the test procedure produces results that measure energy use during a representative average use cycle for the product, and not be unduly burdensome to conduct.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until 45 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2019–BT–TP–0032 , by email (WaterHeaters2019TP0032@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Frequently Asked Questions on the request for information pertaining to Water Heaters.
  • Find product information for Water Heaters.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-04-02
Location: Washington DC
Description:

DOE Issues a Pre-Publication Correction Notice Pertaining to Test Procedures for Portable Air Conditioners

On June 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule adopting test procedures for portable air conditioners. A correction rule was subsequently published on October 14, 2016 to correct typographical errors in the June 2016 final rule that were included in the regulatory text. DOE has now issued a pre-publication correction notice that corrects typographical errors introduced in the October 2016 correction rule, including missing parentheses and incorrect variable names. Neither the errors nor the corrections in this document affect the substance of the rulemaking or any of the conclusions reached in support of the final rule.

  • This correction notice will be effective once it has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the effective date.
  • Find product information for Portable Air Conditioners including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-03-18
Description:

Dear Colleagues:

The Department of Energy (DOE) encourages you to consider scientific questions that underpin COVID-19 response and that the research community may answer using DOE user facilities, computational resources, and enabling infrastructure. Please send research questions that the scientific community may address with DOE resources by email to SC.DCL@science.doe.gov. More information can be found in the Dear Colleague Letter on DOE’s Coronavirus Resources Hub. Responses will be reviewed beginning March 18, 2020.

The Department is acting rapidly to leverage, and when appropriate provide prioritized access to, the full range of DOE user facilities and other facilities available at national laboratories to support the national and international effort to address COVID-19.

The Department looks forward to the responses.

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), U.S. Department of Energy

2020-03-11
Location: Washington DC
Description:

This week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) announced more than $6 million for eight projects to improve energy-intensive manufacturing processes and strengthen the U.S. manufacturing sector.

CESMII is a part of Manufacturing USA, a network of regional institutes that have a specialized technology focus to increase U.S. manufacturing competitiveness and promote a robust and sustainable national manufacturing research and development (R&D) infrastructure. CESMII works with American companies to spur innovations in new, integrated, systematic “smart” manufacturing processes with a highly skilled manufacturing workforce and a vibrant supply chain.

The Trump Administration has identified advanced manufacturing as one of the vital industries of the future. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Oct. 2018 “Strategy for American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing” calls for new smart manufacturing technologies to “facilitate a digital transformation in the manufacturing sector by enabling the application of big data analytics and advanced sensing and control technologies to a host of manufacturing activities.”

“Advances in digital technologies and other forms of ‘smart manufacturing’ can improve the efficiency and competitiveness of America’s manufacturing sector,” said Alex Fitzsimmons, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency. “In partnership with industry, universities, and the National Laboratories, DOE’s investments will help position the U.S. for global leadership in the advanced manufacturing industries of the future.”

The following projects are selected for negotiations:

  • Auburn University and Rayonier Advanced Materials will develop a soft sensor and predictive control for anti-foaming agent usage, wash water flow, and pulp quality in paper manufacturing using statistics pattern analysis and machine learning.
  • Baxter Solutions and Purdue University will develop real-time, non-invasive, process monitoring system for pharmaceutical lyophilization (also known as freeze-drying) equipment based on a wireless network of vacuum and temperature sensors.
  • Honeywell, Virginia Tech, Bodycote, and Seco-Warwick will develop new sensors, monitoring and data analytic methods and apply them to three industrially relevant thermal processes.
  • Pennsylvania State University, Texas A&M University (TAMU), and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) will develop novel self-powered sensors and identify actuators needed to collect information and respond to actions for machines including legacy machines for key applications.
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and IBM will develop a modeling engine with sophisticated predictive capabilities to model a variety of manufacturing processes and demonstrate the capabilities on a critical complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor transistor manufacturing process.
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals will develop advanced process models, sensors and data integration architecture that will be demonstrated on wet granulation, drying and milling in pharmaceutical manufacturing processes.
  • UTRC, Purdue University, and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. will develop a simulation and testing framework to determine the feasibility of using ultrasound to mitigate dirty white spot defects in forged IN 718 turbine parts in the Vacuum Arc Remelting process.
  • West Virginia University, University at Buffalo, and Indiana Technology and Manufacturing Companies (ITAMCO) will develop and test hybrid modeling for energy efficient grinding processes for gear manufacturing in collaboration with the industrial partners.

Founded in 2016, in partnership with DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), CESMII is the third institute funded by EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office. CESMII accelerates smart manufacturing adoption through the integration of advanced sensors, data analytics, platforms and controls to improve productivity, precision, performance, and energy consumption in manufacturing.

To create and sustain American leadership in advanced manufacturing, DOE is investing in new industrial technologies, materials, and processes to help bolster American manufacturing. Last month, EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office announced $187 million in new investments for high-impact manufacturing technologies, materials, and processes to strengthen the domestic manufacturing base.

Description:

The US Department of Energy has issued guidance regarding the early use of an amended test procedure prior to its compliance date. Additional details can be found at http://www1.eere.energy.gov/guidance/detail_search.aspx?IDQuestion=625&pid=2&spid=1.

Contact Name: Ashley Armstrong
Email: Ashley.Armstrong@EE.Doe.Gov
Description:

DOE Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Electric Motors Energy Conservation Standards

The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking regarding energy conservation standards for certain commercial and industrial electric motors, under subpart B of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 431, including a number of different groups of electric motors that DOE has not previously regulated. (November 25, 2013).

  • Find more information on the rulemaking, including milestones, statutory authority, rulemaking documents, and any other related rulemakings.
  • All notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents associated with this rulemaking are included in Docket No. EERE-2010-BT-STD-0027.
  • Learn how to participate in the public meeting/webinar scheduled for December 11, 2013.
  • Find information about how to comment on the rulemaking. The public comment period closes 60 days after the date of publication in the Federal Register. When submitting comments, please only reference the Federal Register version of the notice.
  • Find product information about current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions, and exemptions; the statutory authority; historical information; and contact information.

This email is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program. By following the link provided below, you may change your Subscriber Preferences to remove your email address from the product-specific lists being used by DOE under this program.

Description:

DOE Issues Test Procedure Final Rule & Publishes Energy Conservation Standards NOPR for Electric Motors

The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register final rule regarding test procedures for electric motors. For more information, please visit the rulemaking page.

  • Test Procedure: All notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents associated with this rulemaking are included in Docket No. EERE-2012-BT-TP-0043.

DOE has also published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) regarding energy conservation standards for certain commercial and industrial electric motors, under subpart B of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 431, including a number of different groups of electric motors that DOE has not previously regulated. 78 FR 73590 (December 6, 2013). This portion of the email updates a previous email announcing DOE’s issuance of the notice. For more information, including the public meeting date and comment deadline, please visit the rulemaking page.

  • Energy Conservation Standard: All notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents associated with this rulemaking are included in Docket No. EERE-2010-BT-STD-0027.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

Description:

DOE Publishes Final Rule for Electric Motors Test Procedures

The Department of Energy (DOE) has published a final rule regarding test procedures for electric motors. 78 FR 75962 (December 13, 2013).

  • Find more information on the rulemaking, including milestones, statutory authority, rulemaking documents, and any other related rulemakings.
  • All notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents associated with this rulemaking are included in Docket No. EERE-2012-BT-TP-0043.
  • Find product information about current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions, and exemptions; the statutory authority; historical information; and contact information.

This notice is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

 

Description:

DOE Issues Final Rule for Alternative Efficiency Determination Methods and Alternative Rating Methods

The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register final rule revising its existing regulations governing the use of particular methods as alternatives to testing for commercial heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, water heating, and refrigeration equipment (December 24, 2013).

  • Find more information on the rulemaking, including milestones, statutory authority, rulemaking documents, and any other related rulemakings.
  • All notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents associated with this rulemaking are included in Docket No. EERE-2011-BT-TP-0024.

This email is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program. By following the link provided below, you may change your Subscriber Preferences to remove your email address from the product-specific lists being used by DOE under this program.

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DOE Drive to Increase SSL Efficiencies will Drive Down Power Converter Sizes

As part of cutting energy waste and doubling energy productivity by 2030, the U.S. Energy Department (DOE) today announced nearly $10 million to support research, development, and manufacturing of solid-state lighting (SSL) technologies across the country. A side-effect of success from this program will be a significant reduction in the size and wattage ratings of power converters associated with SSL installations. It will also lead to an even greater growth in the numbers of power converters consumed as a result of the very-high growth rates that success will drive into the market for LED lighting.

Based on the Energy Department’s recent report on the adoption of LEDs, Department-supported research and development over the past 10 years has helped accelerate SSL technology deployment, yielding an energy savings of $675 million in 2012. Today, available LED technology is about 150 lumens per watt; the Energy Department’s target is 250 lumens per watt – a 75% increase. Higher performing LEDS will help further reduce overall costs and increase lighting efficiency. An improvement of 75% in the efficiency of LEDs to product light is expected to result in a similar magnitude reduction in the size of the needed power converter for any given light fixture and lighting rating.

This funding will help accelerate the development of high-quality light-emitting diode (LED) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) products with the potential to reduce lighting energy use for American families and businesses by one half and enhance U.S. global competitiveness. Today’s funding opportunity is open to applications in the following areas: Core Technology Research – The Energy Department will fund projects seeking to advance applied research for technology development, with an emphasis on meeting efficacy, performance, and cost targets. Product Development – The Energy Department will fund projects seeking to use basic or applied research to develop or improve commercially viable SSL materials, devices, or systems. And U.S. Manufacturing – The Energy Department will fund projects seeking to accelerate SSL technology adoption through manufacturing innovations and improvements that reduce costs and enhance quality and consistency.

Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issues a pre-publication Federal Register notice of open teleconference/webinar for the variable refrigerant flow multi-split air conditioners and heat pumps (VRF multi-split systems) working group.

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2020-03-04
Location: Washington DC
Description:

DOE Publishes a Notice Announcing an Online Portal for Agency Guidance Documents

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice announcing a online portal for agency guidance documents. In accordance with Executive Order (E.O.) 13891 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum M-20-02, DOE established an online portal for the public to access DOE guidance documents. The portal provides links to DOE program webpages containing guidance documents, as required by E.O. 13891. The portal includes links to the guidance webpages for the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program and other relevant EERE guidance webpages.

  • The portal and associated link are currently active as of March 4, 2020.
  • The portal may be found at https://www.energy.gov/gc/doe-guidance.
  • For more information contact: Matthew Ring, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel, Forrestal Building, GC-33, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585, (202) 586-2555, Email: Guidance@hq.doe.gov.

This email is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-02-20
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice extending the public comment period for its notice of proposed rulemaking (“NOPR”) pertaining to test procedures for consumer refrigeration products that published on  December 23, 2019. The NOPR stated that written public comments would be accepted until February 21, 2020. On January 27, 2020, DOE received a joint request from the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to extend the comment period for the NOPR by 60 days so that the data their teams are collecting and analyzing could be submitted to the docket and considered by the DOE. On February 5, 2020, DOE received a request from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) to extend the comment period for the Test Procedure NOPR for Consumer Refrigeration Products by 30 days. DOE has reviewed this request and will be granting a 45 day extension of the public comment period until April 6, 2020.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-02-07
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Federal Register notice extending the public comment period for its notice of proposed rulemaking (“NOPR”) pertaining to test procedures for consumer refrigeration products that published on  December 23, 2019. The NOPR stated that written public comments would be accepted until February 21, 2020. On January 27, 2020, DOE received a joint request from the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to extend the comment period for the NOPR by 60 days so that the data their teams are collecting and analyzing could be submitted to the docket and considered by the DOE. On February 5, 2020, DOE received a request from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) to extend the comment period for the Test Procedure NOPR for Consumer Refrigeration Products by 30 days. DOE has reviewed this request and will be granting a 45 day extension of the public comment period until April 6, 2020.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-02-04
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice extending the public comment period for its notice of proposed rulemaking (“NOPR”) pertaining to test procedures for external power supplies. On December 6, 2019, DOE published a proposal to amend the test procedures for external power supplies. The proposal provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data, and information by February 4, 2020. On January 21, 2020, DOE received a request from the USB Implementers Forum, Inc. to extend the public comment period by 14 days. DOE has reviewed this request and is granting the 14-day extension.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until February 18, 2020.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2019-BT-TP-2012 , by email (EPS2019TP0012@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Frequently Asked Question on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Pertaining to Test Procedures for External Power Supplies.
  • Find product information for External Power Supplies including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-01-31
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of decision and order granting a waiver to Bradford White Corporation (BWC) pertaining to consumer water heaters. DOE gives notice of a decision and order that grants BWC a waiver from specified portions of DOE's test procedure for determining the energy efficiency of specified basic models of consumer water heaters.

  • The Decision and Order is effective on January 31, 2020. 
  • DOE would like to highlight and provide advance notice that per 10 CFR 430.27(j) within 60 days after DOE issues a waiver to a manufacturer for a product employing a particular technology or having a particular characteristic, any manufacturer currently distributing in commerce in the United States a product employing a technology or characteristic that results in the same need for a waiver (as specified by DOE in the published decision and order on the petition in the Federal Register) must submit a petition for waiver pursuant to 10 CFR 430.27. Manufacturers not currently distributing such products in commerce in the United States must petition for and be granted a waiver prior to distribution in commerce in the United States. Manufacturers may also submit a request for interim waiver pursuant to 10 CFR 430.27.
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for consumer water heaters including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-01-31
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of decision and order granting a waiver to Signify North America Corporation (Signify) pertaining to illuminated exit sign. DOE gives notice of a decision and order that grants Signify a waiver from specified portions of DOE's test procedure for determining the energy efficiency of specified basic models of illuminated exit signs.

  • The Decision and Order is effective on January 31, 2020.
  • DOE would like to highlight and provide advance notice that per 10 CFR 431.401(j) within 60 days after DOE issues a waiver to a manufacturer for a product employing a particular technology or having a particular characteristic, any manufacturer currently distributing in commerce in the United States a product employing a technology or characteristic that results in the same need for a waiver (as specified by DOE in the published decision and order on the petition in the Federal Register) must submit a petition for waiver pursuant to 10 CFR 431.401. Manufacturers not currently distributing such products in commerce in the United States must petition for and be granted a waiver prior to distribution in commerce in the United States. Manufacturers may also submit a request for interim waiver pursuant to 10 CFR 431.401.
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.

Find product information for illuminated exit signs including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-01-27
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice extending the public comment period for its notice of proposed rulemaking (“NOPR”) pertaining to test procedures for external power supplies. On December 6, 2019, DOE published a proposal to amend the test procedures for external power supplies. The proposal provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data, and information by February 4, 2020. On January 21, 2020, DOE received a request from the USB Implementers Forum, Inc. to extend the public comment period by 14 days. DOE has reviewed this request and is granting the 14-day extension.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until February 18, 2020.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2019-BT-TP-2012 , by email (EPS2019TP0012@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Frequently Asked Question on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Pertaining to Test Procedures for External Power Supplies.
  • Find product information for External Power Supplies including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This email is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-01-24
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced an investment of nearly $300 million in funding for research and development (R&D) of sustainable transportation resources and technologies. This investment supports DOE’s goal of ensuring that as the transportation system transforms, consumers have affordable, clean, efficient, and domestic energy options that give families and businesses greater choice in how they meet their mobility needs.

Funded through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), the Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) will be issued on behalf of the three sustainable transportation offices: Vehicles, Fuel Cells, and Bioenergy Technology Offices. EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) will provide funding support under two of the FOAs that will catalyze research, development, and adoption of energy-related advanced manufacturing technologies and practices to drive U.S. economic competitiveness and energy productivity.

Brief summaries of the FOAs with AMO-funded subtopics can be found below:

FY20 Vehicles Multi-Topic FOA (up to $133M): Topic areas within this FOA address priorities in advanced batteries and electrification; advanced engine and fuel technologies, including technologies for off-road applications; lightweight materials; new mobility technologies (energy efficient mobility systems), and alternative fuels technology demonstrations.

AMO will provide funding support on the following subtopic:

  • Materials Technology (up to $15M): Developing lightweight and high-performance fiber-reinforced polymer composites for vehicle applications.

H2@Scale New Markets FOA (up to $64M): Topic areas within this FOA advance DOE’s H2@Scale initiative. This investment will support innovative hydrogen concepts that will encourage market expansion and increase the scale of hydrogen production, storage, transport, and use, including heavy-duty trucks, data centers, and steel production.

AMO will provide funding support on the following subtopics:

  • Electrolyzer Manufacturing R&D (up to $15M): Lowering the cost of hydrogen produced from megawatt- and gigawatt-scale electrolyzers by improving large-scale, high-volume electrolyzer manufacturing in the U.S.
  • Advanced Carbon Fiber for Compressed Gas Storage Tanks (up to $15M): Reducing the cost of hydrogen and natural gas storage tanks by developing low-cost, high-strength carbon fiber and scaling up to industry-relevant scales.

The application process will include two phases: a concept paper submission and a full application submission.

  • Concept papers for the Vehicles FOA are due on Friday, February 21, 2020 and full applications are due on April 14, 2020.
  • Concept papers for the Fuel Cells FOA are due on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 and full applications are due on April 20, 2020.

For more information, please refer to the Vehicles FOA and the Fuel Cells FOA on EERE Exchange.

2020-01-21
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of decision and order granting a waiver to Signify North America Corporation (Signify) pertaining to illuminated exit sign. DOE gives notice of a decision and order that grants Signify a waiver from specified portions of DOE's test procedure for determining the energy efficiency of specified basic models of illuminated exit signs.

  • The Decision and Order is effective upon publication in the Federal Register. 
  • DOE would like to highlight and provide advance notice that per 10 CFR 431.401(j) within 60 days after DOE issues a waiver to a manufacturer for a product employing a particular technology or having a particular characteristic, any manufacturer currently distributing in commerce in the United States a product employing a technology or characteristic that results in the same need for a waiver (as specified by DOE in the published decision and order on the petition in the Federal Register) must submit a petition for waiver pursuant to 10 CFR 431.401. Manufacturers not currently distributing such products in commerce in the United States must petition for and be granted a waiver prior to distribution in commerce in the United States. Manufacturers may also submit a request for interim waiver pursuant to 10 CFR 431.401.
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for illuminated exit signs including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-01-16
Location: Washington DC
Description:

DOE Issues a Decision and Order Granting a Waiver to Bradford White Corporation Pertaining to Consumer Water Heaters

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of decision and order granting a waiver to Bradford White Corporation (BWC) pertaining to consumer water heaters. DOE gives notice of a decision and order that grants BWC a waiver from specified portions of DOE's test procedure for determining the energy efficiency of specified basic models of consumer water heaters.

  • The Decision and Order is effective upon publication in the Federal Register. 
  • DOE would like to highlight and provide advance notice that per 10 CFR 430.27(j) within 60 days after DOE issues a waiver to a manufacturer for a product employing a particular technology or having a particular characteristic, any manufacturer currently distributing in commerce in the United States a product employing a technology or characteristic that results in the same need for a waiver (as specified by DOE in the published decision and order on the petition in the Federal Register) must submit a petition for waiver pursuant to 10 CFR 430.27. Manufacturers not currently distributing such products in commerce in the United States must petition for and be granted a waiver prior to distribution in commerce in the United States. Manufacturers may also submit a request for interim waiver pursuant to 10 CFR 430.27.
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for consumer water heaters including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2020-01-13
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Join the U.S. Department of Energy and the Illuminating Engineering Society at the 2020 Lighting R&D Workshop in San Diego for three packed days of expert speakers, lively discussion, and non-stop networking. And don’t miss the heart of the workshop – the annual poster session – where top lighting scientists share updates on their work and offer an opportunity for one-on-one, face-to-face discussions about complex science and technology challenges.  

Online registration closes on Friday, January 17, 2020!

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Attendees can also earn up to 16.25 IES continuing education credits for attending the full conference.

2020-01-07
Location: Washington DC
Description:

On December 23, 2019 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comment pertaining to test procedures for consumer refrigeration products. In this notice DOE announced that there would be a public meeting held on January 9, 2019 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at DOE, Forrestal Building, Conference Room 8E-089, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585. The meeting will now be held in conference room 1E-245.

  • The public meeting will be held at The U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 1E-245, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585.
  • If you plan to attend the meeting in person please register by sending your name and company information via email to appliance_standards_public_meetings@ee.doe.gov
  • In addition, you can attend the public meeting via webinar. Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this meeting either in person or via webinar must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to the scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2019-12-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comment pertaining to test procedures for consumer refrigeration products. DOE proposes to amend the test procedures for consumer refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers, and miscellaneous refrigeration products to more accurately measure energy use of consumer refrigeration products during a representative average use cycle and reduce test procedure burden. DOE’s analysis indicates that the proposed amendments, if finalized, would result in a total net cost savings of approximately $23 million and reduce regulatory burdens. DOE will also hold a public meeting on January 9, 2019 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until February 21, 2020.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2017-BT-TP-0004, by email (ConsumerRefrigFreezer2017TP0004@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find product information for Consumer Refrigerators and Freezers.
  • Frequently Asked Questions on the  notice of proposed rulemaking pertaining to consumer refrigeration products.
  • The public meeting will be held at The U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 8E-089, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585.
  • If you plan to attend the meeting in person please register by sending your name and company information via email to appliance_standards_public_meetings@ee.doe.gov
  • In addition, you can attend the public meeting via webinar. Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this meeting either in person or via webinar must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to the scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2019-12-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice that announces an interim determination classifying North Carolina Advanced Energy Corporation as a nationally recognized certification program under DOE's regulations regarding recognition of nationally recognized certification programs and procedures for recognition and withdrawal of recognition of accreditation bodies and certification programs for electric and small electric motors.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information in response to the notice of interim determination until January 22, 2020
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2019-BT-PET-0019-0008 , by email (AdvEnergyElecMotorsPet2019PET0019@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find product information for Electric Motors and Small Electric Motors including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2019-12-19
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Reminder: Responses to DOE's Request for Information on Lighting R&D are Due December 19, 2019

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Building Technologies Office (BTO), within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), issued a Request for Information (RFI) (DE-FOA-0002160) to seek broad stakeholder input to inform the strategic direction of the DOE lighting research and development (R&D) portfolio. The purpose of the RFI is to better understand how lighting research goals can be refined to reflect evolving technology needs and inform related R&D activities.

The RFI was released on Monday, November 4, 2019, and the period to submit comments will close on Thursday, December 19, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. ET.

BTO’s Lighting R&D Program aims to drive the development of advanced lighting solutions through innovative, early-stage R&D. This research supports BTO’s overall goal to improve the energy productivity of buildings without sacrificing occupant comfort or product performance. The program is guided by the Lighting R&D Opportunities (RDO) report, which is updated annually with input gathered from the U.S. lighting science R&D community, the annual DOE Lighting R&D Workshop, and ongoing engagement with lighting researchers. 

The Lighting RFI is requesting that stakeholders:

  • Provide critical input on current Lighting R&D Program direction, activities, and opportunities.
  • Identify impactful lighting R&D opportunities within general illumination that are absent (or underrepresented) in the 2018 DOE Solid-State Lighting RDO document. 
  • Identify impactful lighting R&D opportunities where immediate applications are beyond general illumination but have potential to help save energy in the built environment.

Stakeholder responses to the RFI will inform updates to future editions of the RDO and, ultimately, the strategic direction of the lighting portfolio moving forward. 

Learn more about the RFI in this article. Questions should be submitted to LightingRFI@netl.doe.gov

2019-12-18
Location: San Diego, CA
Description:

Hotel Room Block Deadline Approaches!

Reserve your room now and secure the special $173/night rate for the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2020 Lighting R&D Workshop, co-sponsored by the Illuminating Engineering Society. The 2020 workshop will take place at the Westin San Diego, just three miles from San Diego International Airport.

The room block is open only until Tuesday, January 7, 2020 or until the rooms sell out.

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Attendees can also earn up to 16.25 IES continuing education credits for attending the full conference.

2019-12-13
Location: Washington DC
Description:

DOE Publishes a Comment Extension Notice Pertaining to the Energy Conservation Standards Request for Information for Consumer Refrigerators, Refrigerator-Freezers and Freezers

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice extending the public comment period for its request for information (“RFI”) to solicit information from the public to help DOE determine whether amended standards for consumer refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers would result in a significant amount of additional energy savings and whether those standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified. DOE is extending the public comment period for submitting comments and data on the RFI by 45 days to February 13, 2020.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2019-12-13
Location: Washington DC
Description:

DOE Publishes a Notice of Petition for Waiver, Grant of Interim Waiver and Request for Comments Pertaining to Test Procedures for Room Air Conditioners

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of petition for waiver from GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Co. LTD. (“Midea”), which seeks an exemption from DOE's test procedure when determining the efficiency of listed room air conditioner basic models. Midea seeks to use an alternate test procedure to address issues involved in testing the basic models listed in its petition. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning Midea’s petition and its suggested alternate test procedure to inform its final decision on Midea’s waiver request.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2019-12-12
Location: Washington DC
Description:

DOE Issues a Pre-Publication Notice of Interim Determination Pertaining to the Certification Program for Electric Motors and Small Electric Motors

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice that announces an interim determination classifying North Carolina Advanced Energy Corporation as a nationally recognized certification program under DOE's regulations regarding recognition of nationally recognized certification programs and procedures for recognition and withdrawal of recognition of accreditation bodies and certification programs for electric and small electric motors.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information in response to the notice of interim determination until 30 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow up email once it has been published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2019-BT-PET-0019-0008 , by email (AdvEnergyElecMotorsPet2019PET0019@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find product information for Electric Motors and Small Electric Motors including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2019-12-11
Location: San Diego, CA
Description:

Check out the updated list of confirmed speakers!

The 2020 Lighting R&D Workshop promises to be the biggest yet, boasting more than 70 speakers from companies, research institutions, and universities—all gathering in San Diego to share progress, challenges, ideas, and solutions to shape the future of lighting.

Check out the updated list of speakers below as well as the latest agenda on the workshop website!

Farukh Aslam, Sinclair Holdings

Alex Baker, IES

Dan Blitzer, Practical Lighting Workshop

Michael Boroson, OLEDWorks

George Brainard, Thomas Jefferson University

Michael Bremser, Tempo Lighting

Teal Brogden, Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design

Peter Brown, Lighting Transitions

Tim Brown, University of Manchester

Bruce Bugbee, Utah State University

Steve Burrows, Cameron MacAllister Group

Megan Carroll, New York Digital

Craig Casey, Lutron

Joel Chaddock, National Energy Technology Laboratory

Eugene Chow, PARC

Alex Cooper, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Bob Davis, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Lynn Davis, RTI International

Wendy Davis, University of Sydney

Sarah Dreger, Stantec

Clay Elliott, Navigant

Erik Ennen, NALMCO

John Epler, Lumileds

Tony Esposito, Lighting Research Solutions

Mariana Figueiro, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Debyani Ghosh, Navigant

Ron Gibbons, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Chris Giebink, Penn State University

Kelly Gordon, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Mark Hand, Acuity Brands

Monica Hansen, LED Lighting Solutions

Kale Harbick, USDA Agricultural Research Service

Roy Harvey, Next Generation Lighting Industry Alliance

Michael Herf, f.lux

Chikara Inamura, Designer/Engineer

Andrew Kim, Glint Photonics

Jongchan Kim, University of Michigan

Harald Koenig, Osram Opto Semiconductors

Marc Ledbetter, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Brian Liebel, IES

Joe Miller, LED Specialists

Anthony Mulcahy, E.S.B. Electric Corp.

Monica Neukomm, U.S. Department of Energy

Valerie Nubbe, Navigant

Jon Owen, Columbia University

Morgan Pattison, SSLS, Inc.

Paul Pickard, Ecosense Lighting

Michael Poplawski, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Bob Preston, Capital Electric/Sonepar

Michele Ricks, EMD Performance Materials

Michael Royer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Sarah Safranek, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Luc Schlangen, Eindhoven University of Technology

Brad Schlesselman, Musco Lighting

Dan Schwade, Acuity Brands

Oleg Shchekin, Lumileds

Vladi Shunturov, Acuity Brands

Lisa Skumatz, Skumatz Economic Research Associates

Wouter Soer, Lumileds

Jeff Spindler, OLEDWorks

Ben Sweet-Block, Signify

Mark Thompson, University of Southern California

Joel Timmins, Markon Solutions

John Trublowski, Eaton

Jeff Tsao, Sandia National Laboratories

Billy Tubb, Theatre Consultant

Sergey Vasylyev, Lucent Optics

Brian Walker, U.S. Department of Energy

Claude Weisbuch, University of California, Santa Barbara

Jeremy White, National Park Service

Lorne Whitehead, University of British Columbia

Heinz Willebrand, Signify

Chris Wolgamott, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Jamie Zeitzer, Stanford University

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Attendees can also earn up to 16.25 IES continuing education credits for attending the full conference.
RESERVE A ROOM for a special rate at the Westin San Diego – space is limited!

2019-12-06
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comment pertaining to test procedures for external power supplies. DOE is proposing to add a definition for “commercial and industrial power supply” in its regulations to differentiate between EPSs and other non-consumer power supplies that are not subject to the test procedure. DOE also proposes to add a definition to address an adaptive EPS that conforms to the Universal Serial Bus Power Delivery specifications and revise its procedure to address their testing in a manner more representative of their actual use. Further, the proposed revisions would provide more specific instructions for testing single-voltage EPSs that have multiple output busses. Lastly, DOE proposes to reorganize the test procedure to centralize definitions, consolidate generally applicable requirements, and better delineate requirements for single-voltage, multiple-voltage, and adaptive EPSs.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information in response to the NOPR until February 4, 2020.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2019-BT-TP-2012 , by email (EPS2019TP0012@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Frequently Asked Question on the Notice of proposed rulemaking Pertaining to Test Procedures for External Power Supplies.
  • Find product information for External Power Supplies including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2019-12-06
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of petition for waiver from GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Co. LTD. (“Midea”), which seeks an exemption from DOE's test procedure when determining the efficiency of listed room air conditioner basic models. Midea seeks to use an alternate test procedure to address issues involved in testing the basic models listed in its petition. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning Midea’s petition and its suggested alternate test procedure to inform its final decision on Midea’s waiver request.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this petition until 30 days after date of publication in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up e-mail once the notice publishes to announce the closing date of the comment period.
  • Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments using the Federal eRulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov.The regulations.gov docket for this waiver is EERE-2019-BT-WAV-0009.
  • Alternatively, interested persons may submit comments identified by case number "2019-004" and docket number EERE-2019-BT-WAV-0009 by Email (MideaAmerica2019WAV0009@ee.doe.gov), postal mail, or hand delivery/courier. 
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for room air conditioners including current standards.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2019-12-05
Location: Washington DC
Description:

DOE Issues a Comment Extension Notice Pertaining to the Energy Conservation Standards Request for Information for Consumer Refrigerators, Refrigerator-Freezers and Freezers

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice extending the public comment period for its request for information (“RFI”) to solicit information from the public to help DOE determine whether amended standards for consumer refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers would result in a significant amount of additional energy savings and whether those standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified. DOE is extending the public comment period for submitting comments and data on the RFI by 45 days to February 13, 2020.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2019-12-04
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice canceling the remaining public meetings and webinars previously scheduled for the variable refrigerant flow multi-split air conditioners and heat pumps (VRF multi-split systems) working group. The working group has completed its work, and, therefore, no other meetings or webinars are necessary. This document cancels the schedule of meetings announced in the Federal Register on October 24, 2019.

Find product information for Variable Refrigerant Flow Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program. By following the link provided below, you may change your Subscriber Preferences to remove your email address from the product-specific lists being used by DOE under this program.  

2019-12-04
Location: Washington DC
Description:

DOE Issues a Pre-Publication Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Pertaining to Test Procedures for Consumer Refrigeration Products; Would Save $23M and Reduce Regulatory Burdens

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comment pertaining to test procedures for consumer refrigeration products. DOE proposes to amend the test procedures for consumer refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers, and miscellaneous refrigeration products to more accurately measure energy use of consumer refrigeration products during a representative average use cycle and reduce test procedure burden. DOE’s analysis indicates that the proposed amendments, if finalized, would result in a total net cost savings of approximately $23 million and reduce regulatory burdens. DOE will also hold a public meeting on January 9, 2019 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 60 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2017-BT-TP-0004, by email (ConsumerRefrigFreezer2017TP0004@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find product information for Consumer Refrigerators and Freezers.
  • Frequently Asked Questions on the  notice of proposed rulemaking pertaining to consumer refrigeration products.
  • The public meeting will be held at The U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 8E-089, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585.
  • If you plan to attend the meeting in person please register by sending your name and company information via email to appliance_standards_public_meetings@ee.doe.gov
  • In addition, you can attend the public meeting via webinar. Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this meeting either in person or via webinar must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to the scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2019-11-25
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The Building Technologies Office Digest provides a roundup of the latest news, funding opportunities, reports, events, and webinars from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE's) Building Technologies Office (BTO). Click the links below to learn more.

To view previous BTO Digests, visit the Archived Digest.

SOLID-STATE LIGHTING 

BTO Issues Request For Information: Lighting R&D Opportunities. Read the Full RFI here.

R&D 100 AWARDS

BTO Projects Honored at Prestigious R&D 100 Awards

NEWS FROM BTO

SOLAR DECATHLON

Solar Decathlon Africa: Cool Oasis Of Creativity In The Desert

BETTER BUILDINGS

Smart Energy Analytics Campaign Reveals Continued Energy and Cost Savings for Energy Management and Information Systems

COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

New Paper on Device-level Plug Disaggregation in a Zero Energy Office Building, and Opportunities for Energy Savings Published

BETTER BUILDINGS

November Top 10 Solutions

EVENTS & WEBINARS

BETTER BUILDINGS

How Buildings of All Shapes and Sizes Are Becoming Zero Energy Users 
Webinar, Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET

GRID-INTERACTIVE EFFICIENT BUILDINGS

Time-Sensitive Value of Efficiency: Use Cases in Electricity Sector Planning and Programs
Webinar, Tuesday, December 4, 2019, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET

GRID-INTERACTIVE EFFICIENT BUILDINGS

End-Use Load Profiles: How and When Are Buildings Using Electricity? 
Webinar, Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET

BETTER BUILDINGS RESIDENTIAL NETWORK

Electrification – What Does It Mean for Energy Efficiency?
Webinar, Thursday, December 12, 2019, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET

BETTER BUILDINGS

Best of the Betters: The 2019 Better Project and Better Practice Presentations
Webinar, Thursday, January 7, 2020, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET

NATIONAL LABORATORIES

IMPEL+ Workshops - Applications Open
Multiple Locations, Next Deadline is Wednesday, January 15, 2020

SOLID-STATE LIGHTING

Lighting R&D Workshop
San Diego, CA, January 28-30, 2020

U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy · 1000 Independence Ave., SW · Washington DC 20585

2019-11-19
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice canceling the remaining public meetings and webinars previously scheduled for the variable refrigerant flow multi-split air conditioners and heat pumps (VRF multi-split systems) working group. The working group has completed its work, and, therefore, no other meetings or webinars are necessary. This document cancels the schedule of meetings announced in the Federal Register on October 24, 2019.

Find product information for Variable Refrigerant Flow Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This email is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program. By following the link provided below, you may change your Subscriber Preferences to remove your email address from the product-specific lists being used by DOE under this program.

2019-11-18
Location: Washington DC
Description:

DOE Issues a Pre-Publication Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Pertaining to Test Procedures for External Power Supplies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comment pertaining to test procedures for external power supplies. DOE is proposing to add a definition for “commercial and industrial power supply” in its regulations to differentiate between EPSs and other non-consumer power supplies that are not subject to the test procedure. DOE also proposes to add a definition to address an adaptive EPS that conforms to the Universal Serial Bus Power Delivery specifications and revise its procedure to address their testing in a manner more representative of their actual use. Further, the proposed revisions would provide more specific instructions for testing single-voltage EPSs that have multiple output busses. Lastly, DOE proposes to reorganize the test procedure to centralize definitions, consolidate generally applicable requirements, and better delineate requirements for single-voltage, multiple-voltage, and adaptive EPSs.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information in response to the NOPR until 60 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up e-mail once the notice publishes to announce the closing date of the comment period.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2019-BT-TP-2012 , by email (EPS2019TP0012@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Frequently Asked Question on the Notice of proposed rulemaking Pertaining to Test Procedures for External Power Supplies.
  • Find product information for External Power Supplies including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This  is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2019-11-18
Location: Washington DC
Description:

DOE Publishes a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Pertaining to Test Procedures for Microwave Ovens

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking pertaining to test procedures for microwave ovens. DOE proposes to amend the existing test procedure for microwave ovens to provide additional specification for the test conditions related to microwave oven clock displays and microwave ovens with network functions. DOE is also proposing editorial changes to add a section title inadvertently omitted and to revise two incorrect cross-references.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information in response to the NOPR until January 13, 2020.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2017–BT–TP–0024, by email (MWO2017TP0024@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Frequently Asked Question on the Notice of proposed rulemaking Pertaining to Test Procedures for Microwaves.
  • Find product information for Microwave Ovens including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

This is part of an effort by DOE to notify all interested persons of recently issued Federal Register notices and other significant program developments under the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program.

2019-11-18
Location: Washington DC
Description:

New eCatalog Helps Remove Installation Barriers, Lower Project Costs of Packaged CHP Systems

The Packaged Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Systems eCatalog, developed by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, was introduced today at POWERGEN International, the world’s largest power generation event. The eCatalog is an open-source, web-based platform for CHP users that want to learn about packaged CHP systems. This online tool assists in removing installation barriers, lowering project costs and development times, and reducing perceived risks of installing CHP.

CHP systems are highly efficient forms of distributed electricity generation that can supplement, or even replace (e.g. during blackouts), power from the grid. Most CHP installations involve custom engineering and design, whereas packaged systems in the eCatalog are standardized or pre-engineered and can be assembled off-site. This reduces the time and expense of developing a CHP installation.

The eCatalog includes packaged CHP systems with select features designed to reduce economic and performance risk for both the end-user and supplier. CHP users can review standardized electrical and thermal performance data for packaged CHP systems offered by recognized CHP system providers.

The eCatalog features include:

  • CHP packagers provide pre-engineered and tested packaged CHP systems that meet or exceed DOE performance requirements.
  • CHP solution providers responsibly install, commission, maintain, and service recognized packaged CHP systems. Solution providers also serve as a single point of project responsibility.
  • CHP customer engagement partners (utilities, states, municipalities, and federal agencies) support the deployment of packaged CHP by linking their CHP outreach programs, support resources, and applicable incentive programs to the eCatalog.

DOE has conducted a comprehensive review of the engineering and performance test data submitted by the recognized packagers. The DOE review process also assures eCatalog users that recognized packagers and solution providers have proven engineering, design, assembly, installation, and service capabilities to provide packaged CHP systems that can be easily installed and commissioned, and that deliver the specified performance.

The CHP eCatalog is the product of a voluntary public–private partnership designed to validate packaged CHP technologies for growing commercial, institutional, multifamily, government, and light manufacturing markets. The tool currently includes packaged CHP systems ranging from 24 kilowatts to 7.5 megawatts offered by a core group of recognized packagers and solutions providers throughout the nation.

Click here to access the CHP eCatalog. It will continually be updated with additional packages, packagers, solution providers, and customer engagement partners. Visit the DOE Packaged CHP Accelerator website to learn more about packaged CHP and ongoing initiatives.

2019-11-13
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice announcing a public meeting for the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC) to discuss and prioritize topic areas that ASRAC can assist the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program with. The public meeting will be held on December 5, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Washington, DC.

  • The public meeting will be held at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 901 D Street SW, Suite 930, Washington, DC 20024.
  • If you plan to attend the meeting in person please register by sending your name and company information via email to asrac@ee.doe.gov.
  • In addition, you can attend the public meeting via webinar. Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this meeting either in person or via webinar must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to the scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
2019-11-07
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice initiating a data collection process through this request for information (RFI), to consider whether to amend DOE’s current energy conservation standards for consumer refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers. This RFI solicits information from the public to help DOE determine whether amended standards for consumer refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers would result in a significant amount of additional energy savings and whether those standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until 45 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2017-BT-STD-0003, by email (ConsumerRefrigFreezer2017STD0003@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find product information for Consumer Refrigerators and Freezers.
  • Frequently Asked Questions on the Request for Information pertaining to Standards for Refrigerators and Freezers.
2019-11-06
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal register notice announcing a public meeting for the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC) to discuss and prioritize topic areas that ASRAC can assist the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program with. The public meeting will be held on December 5, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Washington, DC.

  • The public meeting will be held at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 901 D Street SW, Suite 930, Washington, DC 20024.
  • If you plan to attend the meeting in person please register by sending your name and company information via email to asrac@ee.doe.gov.
  • In addition, you can attend the public meeting via webinar. Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to the scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
 
2019-11-04
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Energy Department Announces Request for Information on Lighting Research and Development Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Building Technologies Office (BTO), within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), has issued a Request for Information (RFI) (DE-FOA-0002160) to seek broad stakeholder input to inform the strategic direction of the DOE lighting research and development (R&D) portfolio. The purpose of the RFI is to better understand how lighting research goals can be refined to reflect evolving technology needs and inform related R&D activities.

BTO’s Lighting R&D Program aims to drive the development of advanced lighting solutions through innovative, early-stage R&D. This research supports BTO’s overall goal to improve the energy productivity of buildings without sacrificing occupant comfort or product performance. The program is guided by the Lighting R&D Opportunities (RDO) report, which is updated annually with input gathered from the U.S. lighting science R&D community, the annual DOE Lighting R&D Workshop, and ongoing engagement with lighting researchers.

The Lighting RFI is requesting stakeholders to:

  • Provide critical input on current Lighting R&D Program direction, activities, and opportunities.
  • Identify impactful lighting R&D opportunities within general illumination that are absent (or underrepresented) in the 2018 DOE Solid-State Lighting RDO document.
  • Identify impactful lighting R&D opportunities where immediate applications are beyond general illumination but have potential to help save energy in the built environment.

Stakeholder responses to the RFI will inform updates to future editions of the RDO, and ultimately, the strategic direction of the lighting portfolio moving forward. 

How to respond to this RFI: 

This RFI is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement; therefore, EERE is not accepting applications at this time.

2019-11-04
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of decision and order granting a waiver to Anker Innovations Limited (Anker) pertaining to external power supplies. DOE gives notice of a Decision and Order granting Anker a waiver from specified portions of the DOE test procedure for determining the energy efficiency of a specified external power supply basic model.

  • The Decision and Order is effective on November 4, 2019. 
  • Distributors, retailers, and private labelers are held to the same requirements when making representations regarding the energy efficiency of this product. (42 U.S.C. 6293(c)) Manufacturers not currently distributing in commerce in the United States external power supplies employing a technology or characteristic that results in the same need for a waiver from the applicable test procedure must petition for, and be granted a waiver prior to, the distribution in commerce of such products in the United States. Manufacturers may also submit a request for interim waiver pursuant to the requirements of 10 CFR 430.27.
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.

Find product information for external power supply including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information

2019-10-31
Location: Washington DC
Description:

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Peer Review on DOE's Appliance Standards Analytical Methods

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has organized a study to peer review the analytical methods employed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in setting “standards regulations” for the energy performance consumer products and commercial equipment. At the conclusion of the study, the committee will issue a consensus report that makes findings and recommendations on how DOE can improve its regulatory analyses to align with best practices for cost-benefit analysis.

Open Session Dates/Times:

November 19, 2019: 10:30am-5pm
November 20, 2019: 10am-11am

Location:

National Academy of Sciences Building, Room 280
2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C 20418

Registration for Online Attendance :   

https://buildingstandards.eventbrite.com

Registration for in Person Attendance : 

https://buildingstandards.eventbrite.com 

For more information please contact Martin Offutt via email at: moffutt@nas.edu

 
2019-10-31
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking and announcement of webinar pertaining to test procedures for microwave ovens. DOE proposes to amend the existing test procedure for microwave ovens to provide additional specification for the test conditions related to microwave oven clock displays and microwave ovens with network functions. DOE is also proposing editorial changes to add a section title inadvertently omitted and to revise two incorrect cross-references. DOE will host a webinar on November 14, 2019 from 10:00am-1:00pm.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information in response to the NOPR until 60 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up e-mail once the notice publishes to announce the closing date of the comment period.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2017–BT–TP–0024 , by email (MWO2017TP0024@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Thursday, November 14, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Frequently Asked Question on the Notice of proposed rulemaking Pertaining to Test Procedures for Microwaves.
  • Find product information for Microwave Ovens including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.
2019-10-30
Location: Washington DC
Description:

2019-2020 JUMP into STEM Challenges Series Closes November 15!

The Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) online building energy-efficiency competition, JUMP into STEM, will close on Friday, November 15, 2019. Students with the best ideas for the 2019–2020 challenge series will be invited to a final event on Friday, January 31, 2020, where winners will be awarded 10-week paid internships in summer 2020 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory or the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

The three JUMP into STEM challenges are as follows:

  1. Smart Sensors and Controls for Residential Buildings
  2. Designing a Healthier and Energy-Efficient Air Distribution System
  3. Pushing the Envelope with Wall Retrofit Designs

Submit your ideas for the challenges online at http://jump.ideascale.com/.

The following technical presentations are now online to support each challenge:

  • "Smart Sensors and Controls for Residential Buildings” – Bethany Sparn, National Renewable Energy Laboratory 
  • “Smart Sensors and Controls for Residential Buildings” – Jim Leverette, Southern Company.
  • “Smart Sensors and Controls for Residential Buildings” – Michael Kane, Northeastern University
  • “Designing a Healthier and Energy-Efficient Air Distribution System” – Carol Marriott, ClimateCraft
  • “Designing a Healthier and Energy-Efficient Air Distribution System” – Grant Wheeler, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
  • “Designing a Healthier and Energy-Efficient Air Distribution System” – Jeff Munk, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • “Pushing the Envelope with Wall Retrofit Designs” – Andre Desjarlais, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • “Pushing the Envelope with Wall Retrofit Designs” – Chioke Harris, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • “Pushing the Envelope with Wall Retrofit Designs” – Jonathan Benezry, NYSERDA
  • “Pushing the Envelope with Wall Retrofit Designs” – Matt Waring and Bill Riggs, Viridiant

About JUMP into STEM

JUMP (Join the discussion, Unveil innovation, Make connections, Promote tech-to-market) into STEM is an online building science competition for undergraduate and graduate students at U.S. colleges and universities. JUMP into STEM aims to attract bright students from a variety of majors and inspire the next generation of building scientists, focusing on creative ideation and diversity in the building science field. The diversity objective is inclusive of an interdisciplinary mix of majors and representation by women and minorities. JUMP into STEM attracts students from majors such as computer science, data science, statistics, mathematics, physics, economics, sociology, meteorology, architecture, and various engineering disciplines in addition to the traditional building professional degrees of civil and mechanical engineering.

We look forward to seeing your ideas! 

2019-10-24
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Energy Department Announces Notice of Intent to Issue a Funding Opportunity for the High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation Program

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) Initiative will issue its third joint solicitation in fall 2019 for High Performance Computing for Manufacturing and High Performance Computing for Materials.

HPC4EI pairs DOE National Laboratory scientists with industry partners to apply high performance computing (HPC) technology and improve energy utilization in the manufacturing sector. HPC for Manufacturing aims to advance innovative clean energy technologies, reduce energy and resource consumption, and infuse advanced computing expertise and technology into the manufacturing industry. HPC for Materials focuses on material performance predictions at multiple phases/scales, data interpretation and real-time analytics, and integration of multi-physics of HPC codes to simulate material behavior.

HPC4EI conducts two solicitations a year in spring and fall. In the fall solicitation, DOE will seek qualified industry partners to participate in short-term, collaborative projects with DOE’s National Laboratories. Selected projects will be awarded up to $300,000 to support computing cycles and work performed by the National Lab partners. All DOE National Laboratories are eligible to participate. The industry partner must provide a participant contribution of at least 20% of the total project funding. Selected industry partners will be granted access to HPC facilities and experienced scientists and engineers within the labs.

Partner collaborations will address key challenges in U.S. manufacturing and material development by applying modeling, simulation, and data analysis to relevant problems with the intent to improve energy efficiency, increase productivity, reduce cycle time, enable next-generation technologies, test control system algorithms, investigate intensified processes, lower energy cost, and accelerate innovation.

The Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), within DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, provides funding for the HPC for Manufacturing Program. DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE) and EERE’s Vehicle Technologies Office and Fuel Cell Technologies Office provide funding for the HPC for Materials Program. The fall 2019 solicitation is jointly funded by AMO and FE. Since its inception in 2015, more than 90 projects have been funded with more than 40 companies represented in the $34 million HPC for Manufacturing and HPC for Materials portfolio.

HPC4EI programs are designed to spur the use of National Lab supercomputing resources and expertise to advance innovation in energy-efficient manufacturing and new materials that will enable advanced energy technologies.

Learn more about the HPC4EI Initiative.


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2019-10-24
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of decision and order granting a waiver to Anker Innovations Limited (Anker) pertaining to external power supplies. DOE gives notice of a Decision and Order granting Anker a waiver from specified portions of the DOE test procedure for determining the energy efficiency of a specified external power supply basic model.

  • The Decision and Order is effective upon publication in the Federal Register. 
  • Distributors, retailers, and private labelers are held to the same requirements when making representations regarding the energy efficiency of this product. (42 U.S.C. 6293(c)) Manufacturers not currently distributing in commerce in the United States external power supplies employing a technology or characteristic that results in the same need for a waiver from the applicable test procedure must petition for, and be granted a waiver prior to, the distribution in commerce of such products in the United States. Manufacturers may also submit a request for interim waiver pursuant to the requirements of 10 CFR 430.27.
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for external power supply including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information
2019-10-24
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice announcing the updated schedule of public meetings and webinars for the Variable Refrigerant Flow Multi-Split Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps (VRF) Working Group. The next several rounds of public meetings will be held at multiple locations. DOE will host a public meeting and webinar on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, November 5, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Federal Mediation & Conciliation Services, Room 7008, 250 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20427.
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Federal Mediation & Conciliation Services, Room 7008, 250 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20427.
  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 8E-089, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20585-0121.
  • Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 8E-089, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20585-0121.
  • Wednesday, December 18, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Federal Mediation & Conciliation Services, Room 7008, 250 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20427.
  • Thursday, December 19, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Federal Mediation & Conciliation Services, Room 7008, 250 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20427.
  • DOE will host a webinar on Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • If you plan to attend the meetings in person please register by sending your name and company information via email to ASRAC@ee.doe.gov. In addition, you can attend the public meeting via webinar. To register for the webinar please visit the VRF Working Group page.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to the scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines.
  • Find product information for Variable Refrigerant Flow Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.
2019-10-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of proposed determination (NOPD) and request for comment pertaining to energy conservation standards for fluorescent lamp ballasts. EPCA requires DOE to periodically determine whether more-stringent, amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would result in significant energy savings. In this NOPD, DOE has initially determined that energy conservation standards for fluorescent lamp ballasts do not need to be amended and asks for comment on this proposed determination and associated analyses and results. DOE will also hold a webinar on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 10:00am-3:00pm.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information in response to the NOPD until December 23, 2019.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2015-BT-STD-0006 , by email (FluorLampBallast2015STD0006@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • DOE will hold a public meeting on this proposed determination if one is requested no later than November 5, 2019.
  • If no participants register for the webinar then it will be cancelled.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this meeting, either in person or via webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Frequently Asked Question on the Notice of Proposed Determination Pertaining to Energy Conservation Standards for Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts.
  • Find product information for Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.
2019-10-21
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice announcing the updated schedule of public meetings and webinars for the Variable Refrigerant Flow Multi-Split Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps (VRF) Working Group. The next several rounds of public meetings will be held at multiple locations. DOE will host a public meeting and webinar on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, November 5, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Federal Mediation & Conciliation Services, Room 7008, 250 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20427.
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Federal Mediation & Conciliation Services, Room 7008, 250 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20427.
  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 8E-089, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20585-0121.
  • Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 8E-089, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20585-0121.
  • Wednesday, December 18, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Federal Mediation & Conciliation Services, Room 7008, 250 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20427.
  • Thursday, December 19, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Federal Mediation & Conciliation Services, Room 7008, 250 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20427.
  • DOE will host a webinar on Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • If you plan to attend the meetings in person please register by sending your name and company information via email to ASRAC@ee.doe.gov. In addition, you can attend the public meeting via webinar. To register for the webinar please visit the VRF Working Group page.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to the scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines.
  • Find product information for Variable Refrigerant Flow Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.
2019-10-09
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed determination (NOPD) and request for comment pertaining to energy conservation standards for fluorescent lamp ballasts. EPCA requires DOE to periodically determine whether more-stringent, amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would result in significant energy savings. In this NOPD, DOE has initially determined that energy conservation standards for fluorescent lamp ballasts do not need to be amended and asks for comment on this proposed determination and associated analyses and results. DOE will also hold a webinar on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 10:00am-3:00pm.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information in response to the NOPD until 60 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up e-mail once the notice publishes to announce the closing date of the comment period.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2015-BT-STD-0006 , by email (FluorLampBallast2015STD0006@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • DOE will hold a public meeting on this proposed determination if one is requested no later than 14 days after the notice publishes in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up e-mail once the notice publishes to announce the closing date.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this meeting, either in person or via webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Frequently Asked Question on the Notice of Proposed Determination Pertaining to Energy Conservation Standards for Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts
  • Find product information for Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.
2019-10-03
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) has published a Federal Register notice re-opening the public comment period for its request for information (“RFI”) to solicit information from the public to help DOE determine whether to amend standards for residential clothes washers (“RCWs”). DOE published the RFI in the Federal Register on August 2, 2019 establishing a 30-day public comment period ending September 3, 2019. On August 2, 2019, DOE received a comment requesting a 30 day comment period extension. On August 26, 2019, DOE published a notice in the Federal Register extending the public comment on the RFI to receive comments no later than October 3, 2019. On September 20, 2019, DOE received a comment requesting an additional 14 day comment period extension; therefore, DOE is re-opening the public comment period for submitting comments and data on the RFI.

2019-10-03
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of petition for waiver from Bradford White Corporation (“BWC”), which seeks a waiver for a specified consumer water heater basic model from DOE's test procedure used for determining the efficiency of consumer water heaters. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning BWC’s petition, its suggested alternate test procedure, and the alternate test procedure in the Interim Waiver Order so as to inform its final decision on BWC’s waiver request.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information in response to the petition until 30 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up e-mail once the notice publishes to announce the closing date of the comment period.
  • Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments using the Federal eRulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov.The regulations.gov docket for this waiver is EERE-2019-BT-WAV-0020.
  • Alternatively, interested persons may submit comments identified by case number "2019-006" and docket number EERE-2019-BT-WAV-0020 by Email (Bradford2019WAV0020@ee.doe.gov), postal mail, or hand delivery/courier. 
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for consumer water heaters including current standards.
2019-10-03
Location: Washington DC
Description:

On July 23, 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (“NOPR”) regarding proposals to amend the test procedures for clothes dryers and to request comment on the proposals and other aspects of clothes dryer testing. On August 21, 2019, DOE published a notice in the Federal Register changing the public meeting from August 28, 2019 to September 17, 2019 and extending the public comment period for submitting comments and data on the NOPR by 14 days to October 7, 2019. On September 20, 2019, DOE received a request for an additional 60 day comment period extension. DOE has now published a Federal Register notice extending the public comment period for submitting comments and data on the NOPR by 30 days to November 6, 2019.

2019-10-02
Location: Washington DC
Description:

DOE Publishes a Decision and Order Granting a Waiver to Johnson Controls, Inc. Pertaining to Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of decision and order granting a waiver to Johnson Controls, Inc. (“JCI”) pertaining to central air conditioners and heat pumps. DOE gives notice of a Decision and Order granting JCI a waiver from specified portions of the DOE test procedure for determining the efficiency of specified central air conditioners (“CAC”) and heat pump (“HP”) basic models.

  • The Decision and Order is effective October 2, 2019.
  • DOE would like to highlight and provide advance notice that per 10 CFR 430.27(j) within 60 days after DOE issues a waiver to a manufacturer for a product employing a particular technology or having a particular characteristic, any manufacturer currently distributing in commerce in the United States products employing a technology or characteristic that results in the same need for a waiver from the applicable test procedure must submit a petition for waiver. Manufacturers not currently distributing such products in commerce in the United States must petition for and be granted a waiver prior to the distribution in commerce of those products in the United States. Manufacturers may also submit a request for interim waiver pursuant to the requirements of 10 CFR 430.27.
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.
 
2019-09-30
Location: Washington DC
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DOE Selects National Alliance for Water Innovation to Lead $100 Million Energy-Water Desalination Hub

Secretary Rick Perry announced nearly $100 million for the National Alliance for Water Innovation to lead a DOE Energy-Water Desalination Hub that will address water security issues in the United States. Secretary Perry made the announcement on Monday at the Water Environment Federation’s Technical Exhibition and Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

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DOE Announces Phase 1 Winners of Battery Recycling Prize

DOE announced the 15 winners of Phase 1 of the Battery Recycling Prize, a prize that aims to reclaim and recycle critical materials from lithium-based battery technology. For a total of $1 million in prizes, these projects focus on cost-effective recycling processes to recover as much economic value as possible from spent lithium-ion batteries.  The prize is sponsored by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office and the Advanced Manufacturing Office. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory serves as the administrator of the prize. To learn more about the Battery Recycling Prize, please visit AmericanMadeChallenges.org/BatteryRecycling.  


RFI: Notice of Request for Information on Water Security Grand Challenge Resource Recovery Prize

DOE invites public comment for information and feedback on the design of a potential prize competition. The goal of the prize competition is to increase resource recovery from municipal wastewater treatment plants across the United States, an