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Locations: Americas - US (U), USA (U)
Type: Mandatory Standard
 
2022-06-21
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice Final Rule adopting amendments to its test procedure for metal halide lamp fixtures (MHLFs) to incorporate by reference new relevant industry standards as well as update to latest versions of existing references; clarify the selection of reference lamps used for testing; specify the light output level at which to test dimming ballasts; revise definitions and reorganize the content of the test procedure for better readability and clarity; and revise the standby mode test method for MHLFs.

  • The effective date of this rule is 30 days after the Final Rule has been published in the Federal Register.
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for product testing starting 180 after the Final Rule has been published in the Federal Register. 
  • The incorporation by reference of certain material listed in this rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register 30 days after the Final Rule has been published in the Federal Register. 

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.

2022-06-21
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice initiating an effort to evaluate whether to establish energy conservation standards for a category of direct heating equipment (DHE), specifically consumer hearth heaters. This request for information (RFI) solicits information from the public to help DOE determine whether potential standards for consumer hearth heaters would result in significant energy savings and whether such standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not specifically raised), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until July 18, 2022
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2022–BT–STD-0018, by email (HearthHtrs2022STD0018@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Find product information for Direct Heating Equipment 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.


2022-06-21
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedures for commercial refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers to reference the latest versions of the applicable industry standards. DOE also proposes to establish definitions and test procedures for new equipment categories, adopt test procedures consistent with recently published waivers and interim waivers, establish product-specific enforcement provisions, allow for volume determinations based on computer aided designs, specify a sampling plan for volume and total display area, and adopt additional clarifying amendments. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 60 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2017–BT–TP-0008, by email (CRE2017TP0008@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Monday, August 1, 2022, 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 Commercial Refrigerators, Refrigerator-Freezers, and 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-06-21
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice announcing the availability of the preliminary analysis it has conducted for purposes of evaluating the need for amended energy conservation standards for dehumidifiers, which is set forth in DOE's preliminary technical support document (TSD) for this rulemaking. DOE will hold a public meeting via webinar to discuss and receive comment on the preliminary analysis. The meeting will cover the analytical framework, models, and tools used to evaluate potential standards; the results of preliminary analyses performed by DOE; the potential energy conservation standard levels derived from these analyses (if DOE determines that proposed amendments are necessary); and other relevant issues. In addition, DOE encourages written comments on these subjects.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice until 60 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2019–BT–STD-0043, by email (Dehumidifiers2019STD0043@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Technical Support Document 
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, 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 Dehumidifiers 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

 

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-06-21
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) pertaining to energy conservation standards for dedicated-purpose pool pump motors. In this NOPR, DOE proposes to establish standards for dedicated-purpose pool pump motors, a category of electric motors, and also announces a public meeting to receive comment on these proposed standards and associated analyses and results.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until August 22, 2022.
  • 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).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • The TSD is available via the docket.
  • 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 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

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-06-21
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notification of proposed determination (NOPD) pertaining to energy conservation standards for packaged terminal air conditioners (PTACs) and packaged terminal heat pumps (PTHPs). The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) requires DOE to periodically review standards. In this NOPD, DOE has preliminarily determined that it lacks clear and convincing evidence that more-stringent standards for PTACs and PTHPs would be economically justified. As such, DOE has preliminarily determined that standards for PTACs and PHTPs do not need to be amended. DOE requests comment on this proposed determination and the associated analyses and results.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPD until 60 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 may submit comments identified by docket number  EERE–2019–BT– STD-0035, by email (PTACHP2019STD0035@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 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 Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners and Packaged Terminal 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


Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-06-13
Location: Washington DC
Description:

On July 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule that amended the test procedure for refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers and established both coverage and procedures for testing miscellaneous refrigeration products (MREFs). That final rule also established provisions within DOE’s compliance procedures to provide instructions regarding product category determinations, which were intended to be consistent with the definitions established for MREFs and refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers. DOE has now published a Federal Register notice  proposing to correct certain inconsistencies between the instructions for determining product categories and the corresponding product definitions to avoid confusion regarding the application of those definitions. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

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

2022-06-09
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedure for dehumidifiers. The proposed amendments would reference the current version of an applicable industry standard; allow the rating test period to be 2 or 6 hours; permit the use of a sampling tree in conjunction with an aspirating psychrometer for testing a dehumidifier with a single process air intake grille; and specify for dehumidifiers with network capabilities that all network functions must be disabled throughout testing. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until August 8, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2019-BT-TP- 0026, by email (Dehumidifier2019TP0026@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00p.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 Dehumidifiers 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

 

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-06-08
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedure for portable air conditioners (portable ACs) to incorporate a measure of variable-speed portable AC performance and make minor clarifying edits. DOE also proposes a new test procedure to improve representativeness for all configurations of portable ACs, which relies on a substantively different measure of cooling capacity and energy consumption compared to the current portable AC test procedure. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until August 8, 2022.
  • 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).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, 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 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-06-07
Location: Washington DC
Description:

On July 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule that amended the test procedure for refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers and established both coverage and procedures for testing miscellaneous refrigeration products (MREFs). That final rule also established provisions within DOE’s compliance procedures to provide instructions regarding product category determinations, which were intended to be consistent with the definitions established for MREFs and refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers. DOE has now issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice  proposing to correct certain inconsistencies between the instructions for determining product categories and the corresponding product definitions to avoid confusion regarding the application of those definitions. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE– 2022–BT–CRT-0021, by email (Refrigeration2022CRT0021@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Find product information for Miscellaneous Refrigeration 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.

2022-06-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice amending the test procedures for residential and commercial clothes washers to further specify test conditions, instrument specifications, and test settings; address large clothes container capacities; add product-specific enforcement provisions; delete obsolete provisions; and consolidate all test cloth-related provisions and codify additional test cloth material verification procedures used by industry. This final rule also establishes a new test procedure for commercial clothes washers with additional modifications for certain test conditions, measurement of average cycle time, required test cycles, tested load sizes, semi-automatic clothes washer provisions, new performance metrics, and updated usage factors. The new test procedure will be used for the evaluation and issuance of updated efficiency standards, as well as to determine compliance with the updated standards, should such standards be established.

  • The effective date of this rule is July 1, 2022.
  • The amendments will be mandatory for product testing starting November 28, 2022. 
  • The incorporation by reference of certain materials listed in this rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register on July 1, 2022.
  • Find product information for Commercial 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

2022-06-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register comment extension notice pertaining to test procedures for compressors. On May 6, 2022, DOE published a request for information (RFI) regarding test procedures for compressors. The RFI provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data, and information by June 6, 2022. DOE received a request from the Compressed Air and Gas Institute on May 23, 2022 requesting an extension of the public comment period for an additional 60 days. DOE has reviewed the request and is granting a 14-day extension of the public comment period to allow comments to be submitted until June 20, 2022.

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

2022-05-31
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of proposed determination (NOPD) pertaining to energy conservation standards for general service fluorescent lamps (GSFLs).The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), prescribes standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including GSFLs. 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. In this NOPD, DOE has initially determined that amended energy conservation standards for GSFLs do not need to be amended and requests comment on this proposed determination and the associated analyses and results.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPD until August 1, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2019–BT–STD-0030, by email (eere2019BTSTD0030@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Monday, July 11, 2022, 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 General Service Fluorescent Lamps 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.

 

2022-05-31
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedure for dehumidifiers. The proposed amendments would reference the current version of an applicable industry standard; allow the rating test period to be 2 or 6 hours; permit the use of a sampling tree in conjunction with an aspirating psychrometer for testing a dehumidifier with a single process air intake grille; and specify for dehumidifiers with network capabilities that all network functions must be disabled throughout testing. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 60 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2019-BT-TP- 0026, by email (Dehumidifier2019TP0026@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00p.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 Dehumidifiers 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-05-27
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) pertaining to energy conservation standards for dedicated-purpose pool pump motors. In this NOPR, DOE proposes to establish standards for dedicated-purpose pool pump motors, a category of electric motors, and also announces a public meeting to receive comment on these proposed standards and associated analyses and results.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 60 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 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).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • The TSD is available via the docket.
  • 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 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.

2022-05-26
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed determination (NOPD) pertaining to energy conservation standards for general service fluorescent lamps (GSFLs).The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), prescribes standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including GSFLs. 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. In this NOPD, DOE has initially determined that amended energy conservation standards for GSFLs do not need to be amended and requests comment on this proposed determination and the associated analyses and results.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPD until 60 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2019–BT–STD-0030, by email (ApplianceStandardsQuestions@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Monday, July 11, 2022, 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 General Service Fluorescent Lamps 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-05-25
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice considering potential amendments to the test procedures for air-cooled commercial package air conditioners and heat pumps with a rated cooling capacity greater than or equal to 65,000 Btu/h, evaporatively-cooled commercial package air conditioners, and water-cooled commercial package air conditioners. DOE is also considering whether to amend the current energy conservation standards for air-cooled commercial package air conditioners and heat pumps with a rated cooling capacity greater than or equal to 65,000 Btu/h. Through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information regarding issues 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 equipment without being unduly burdensome to conduct, or reduce testing burden. DOE also welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including those topics not specifically raised), as well as the submission of data and other relevant 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.

2022-05-24
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedure for portable air conditioners (portable ACs) to incorporate a measure of variable-speed portable AC performance and make minor clarifying edits. DOE also proposes a new test procedure to improve representativeness for all configurations of portable ACs, which relies on a substantively different measure of cooling capacity and energy consumption compared to the current portable AC test procedure. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 60 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 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).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, 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 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

 

2022-05-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice pertaining to standards for automatic commercial ice makers (ACIMs). On March 25, 2022, DOE published in the Federal Register a notification of a webinar and availability of preliminary technical support document for ACIMs, with a deadline for submitting comments of May 24, 2022. Since publication of the proposed rule, DOE has received four requests to extend the comment period. DOE has reviewed these requests and is reopening the comment period until June 7, 2022.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice until June 7, 2022.
  • 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).
  • The TSD is available on the rulemaking docket.
  • 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

2022-05-23
Location: Webinar
Description:

DOE Posts the Slides from the General Service Lamps Enforcement Webinar

On May 4, 2022, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) hosted a General Service Lamps (GSL) Enforcement Policy Webinar to review the implementation for the recently published GSL Final Rules along with the DOE enforcement policy. The slides from that webinar can be found here: GSL Enforcement Webinar Slides.  DOE received a question about the applicability of the 7 months in the enforcement policy and has addressed this in the slides posted on the website. 

Below please find links for the related GSL Definitions and Backstop Final Rules and the GSL enforcement policy:

  1. The GSL Definitions Final Rule, adopting an expanded definition of General Service Lamps, which can be found here: 87FR27461 - Definitions Final Rule. The GSL definitions rule goes into effect on July 8, 2022.
  2. The GSL Backstop Final Rule, implementing the Congressional Efficacy Sales Prohibition, which can be found here: 87FR27439 – Backstop Final Rule. The GSL backstop rule goes into effect on July 25, 2022.
  3. DOE issued an enforcement policy to aid in the transition, which can be found here: GSL Enforcement Policy

Find product information for General Service Lamps including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

87FR27461 - Definitions Final Rule.

On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) published two final rules adopting revised definitions of general service lamp (“GSL”) and general service incandescent lamp (“GSIL”), and other supplemental definitions, to go into effect January 1, 2020. (“January 2017 Final Rules”). Prior to that effective date, on September 5, 2019, DOE withdrew the revised definitions of GSL, GSIL, and the other supplemental definitions. Upon further review and consideration, on August 19, 2021, DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking (“NOPR”) proposing to amend the definitions of GSL, GSIL and the other supplemental definitions as previously set forth in the January 2017 Final Rules. DOE responds to comments received on the NOPR in this final rule and adopts the definitions of GSL and GSIL and the associated supplemental definitions set forth in the January 2017 Final Rules as proposed in the NOPR.

Dates

The effective date of this rule is July 8, 2022. The incorporation by reference of other material listed in this rulemaking was approved by the Director of the Federal Register on March 23, 2009.

Addresses

The docket for this rulemaking, which includes Federal Register notices, public meeting attendee lists and transcripts, comments, and other supporting documents/materials, is available for review at www.regulations.gov. All documents in the docket are listed in the www.regulations.gov index. However, not all documents listed in the index may be publicly available, such as information that is exempt from public disclosure.

The docket web page can be found at www.regulations.gov/docket/EERE-2021-BT-STD-0012. The docket web page contains instructions on how to access all documents, including public comments, in the docket.

For further information on how to review the docket, contact the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program staff at (202) 287-1445 or by email: ApplianceStandardsQuestions@ee.doe.gov.

2022-05-20
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) pertaining to energy conservation standards for commercial water heating equipment (CWH).The Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (EPCA), prescribes standards for certain commercial and industrial equipment, including commercial water heaters, hot water supply boilers, and unfired hot water storage tanks (hereinafter referred to as “commercial water heating (CWH) equipment”). EPCA requires DOE to periodically determine whether more-stringent standards for CWH equipment would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would result in significant energy savings. In this NOPR, DOE proposes to amend the standards for certain classes of CWH equipment for which DOE has tentatively determined there is clear and convincing evidence to support more-stringent standards. Additionally, DOE is proposing to codify standards for electric instantaneous CWH equipment from EPCA into the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). DOE also announces a public meeting to receive comment on these proposed standards and the associated analyses and results.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until July 18, 2022
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2021-BT-STD-0027, by email (CommWaterHeaters2021STD0027@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Thursday, June 23, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • The TSD is available on the rulemaking docket.
  • 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 Commercial Water Heating Equipment 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.

2022-05-20
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published Federal Register notice reopening the public comment period for the notification of data availability (NODA) that published in the Federal Register on April 13, 2022, regarding additional testing conducted in furtherance of the development of the translations between the current test procedure and the proposed new test procedure for residential 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

2022-05-18
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice reopening the comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) pertaining to test procedures for central air conditioners and heat pumps. On March 24, 2022, DOE published in the Federal Register a NOPR to amend test procedure for central air conditioners and heat pumps, with a deadline for submitting comments of May 23, 2022. Since publication of the proposed rule, DOE has received two requests to extend the comment period. DOE has reviewed these requests and is reopening the comment period until June 6, 2022.

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

2022-05-16
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice considering potential amendments to the test procedures for air-cooled commercial package air conditioners and heat pumps with a rated cooling capacity greater than or equal to 65,000 Btu/h, evaporatively-cooled commercial package air conditioners, and water-cooled commercial package air conditioners. DOE is also considering whether to amend the current energy conservation standards for air-cooled commercial package air conditioners and heat pumps with a rated cooling capacity greater than or equal to 65,000 Btu/h. Through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information regarding issues 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 equipment without being unduly burdensome to conduct, or reduce testing burden. DOE also welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including those topics not specifically raised), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2022–BT– STD–0015, by email (CommPkgACHP2022STDandTP0015@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Find product information for Commercial Packaged 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.

2022-05-13
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedure for consumer furnace fans to: clarify the scope of applicability; incorporate by reference the most recent version of industry test methods; establish a test method for furnace fans incapable of operating at the required external static pressure; clarify testing of certain products, including furnace fans with modulating controls, furnace fans and modular blowers tested with electric heat kits, certain two-stage furnaces that operate at reduced input only for a preset period of time, dual-fuel furnaces, and certain oil-fired furnaces; and make updates to improve test procedure repeatability and reproducibility. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposals.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR July 12, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE- 2020-BT-TP-0041, by email (FurnFans2020TP0041@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Thursday, May 19, 2022, 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
  • Find product information for Consumer 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-05-13
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 the notification of data availability (NODA) that published in the Federal Register on April 13, 2022, regarding additional testing conducted in furtherance of the development of the translations between the current test procedure and the proposed new test procedure for residential clothes washers.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NODA until May 27, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2017– BT–STD–0014, by email (ConsumerClothesWasher2017STD0014@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Find product information for 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.

2022-05-13
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice amending the test procedures for residential and commercial clothes washers to further specify test conditions, instrument specifications, and test settings; address large clothes container capacities; add product-specific enforcement provisions; delete obsolete provisions; and consolidate all test cloth-related provisions and codify additional test cloth material verification procedures used by industry. This final rule also establishes a new test procedure for residential and commercial clothes washers with additional modifications for certain test conditions, measurement of average cycle time, required test cycles, tested load sizes, semi-automatic clothes washer provisions, new performance metrics, and updated usage factors. The new test procedure will be used for the evaluation and issuance of updated efficiency standards, as well as to determine compliance with the updated standards, should such standards be established.

  • The effective date of this rule is 30 days after the Final Rule has been published in the Federal Register. The amendments will be mandatory for product testing starting 180 days after date of publication in the Federal Register. The incorporation by reference of certain materials listed in this rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register on 30 days after date of publication in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow up email to announce the effective dates once the notice has published in the Federal Register.
  • Find product information for Commercial 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.

 

2022-05-11
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register correction notice pertaining to test procedures for uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). On December 12, 2016, DOE published a final rule that added a test procedure for UPSs to the existing DOE test procedure for battery chargers. This document corrects an error in the amended regulatory text as it appeared in the December 2016 final rule. Neither the error nor the correction in this document affect the substance of the rulemaking or any conclusions reached in support of the final rule.

  • This correction will be effective May 11, 2022.
  • Find product information for Uninterruptible 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

2022-05-09
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register Final Rule pertaining to definitions for General Service Lamps (GSL) and General Service Incandescent Lamp (GSIL). On January 19, 2017, DOE published two final rules adopting revised definitions of GSL and GSIL, and other supplemental definitions, to go into effect January 1, 2020. (“January 2017 Final Rules”). Prior to that effective date, on September 5, 2019, DOE withdrew the revised definitions of GSL, GSIL, and the other supplemental definitions. Upon further review and consideration, on August 19, 2021, DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) proposing to amend the definitions of GSL, GSIL and the other supplemental definitions as previously set forth in the January 2017 Final Rules. DOE responds to comments received on the NOPR in this final rule and adopts the definitions of GSL and GSIL and the associated supplemental definitions set forth in the January 2017 Final Rules as proposed in the NOPR.

  • The effective date of this rule is July 8, 2022.
  • The incorporation by reference of other material listed in this rulemaking was approved by the Director of the Federal Register on March 23, 2009.
  • Find product information for General Service Lamps 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.

2022-05-09
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is announcing three developments pertaining to air compressors. 

1. DOE has published a Federal Register Request for Information initiating a review to consider whether to amend DOE’s test procedure for air compressors. To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process, DOE has identified certain issues associated with the currently applicable test procedure on which DOE is interested in receiving comment. The issues outlined in this document mainly concern the scope of coverage, updated industry test procedures and the accuracy, representativeness and cost of existing test requirements. 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.

2. DOE will also host a "Compressors Regulations 101" webinar on Tuesday, May 24th, 2022 from 1:00pm-3:00pm. This webinar will provide an overview of current compressor regulations, including test procedures, standards, and certification, in advance of January 10, 2025; the date in which compressors manufactured and distributed in commerce, as defined by 42 U.S.C. 6311(7), must meet the energy conservation standards specified in the Code of Federal Regulations at 10 CFR 431.345.

  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, May 24th, 2022 from 1:00pm-3:00pm.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • 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
  • 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.

3. DOE has pulled down the enforcement policy regarding the test procedure for air compressors and removed the policy from the DOE enforcement website as of May 2, 2022. DOE expects regulated entities to begin transitioning in accordance with the current DOE regulations. 

Find product information for Commercial and Industrial Compressors 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.

 

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-05-09
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice announcing a virtual open meeting 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.

  • DOE will hold a webinar on Thursday, June 9th, 2022 from 12:00pm-5:00pm.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Find more information for ASRAC

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.

 

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-05-06
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register correction notice pertaining to test procedures for uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). On December 12, 2016, DOE published a final rule that added a test procedure for UPSs to the existing DOE test procedure for battery chargers. This document corrects an error in the amended regulatory text as it appeared in the December 2016 final rule. Neither the error nor the correction in this document affect the substance of the rulemaking or any conclusions reached in support of the final rule.

  • This correction will be effective once the notice has published the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up e-mail once the notice publishes to announce the effective date.
  • Find product information for Uninterruptible 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

2022-05-05
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) pertaining to energy conservation standards for commercial water heating equipment (CWH).The Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (EPCA), prescribes standards for certain commercial and industrial equipment, including commercial water heaters, hot water supply boilers, and unfired hot water storage tanks (hereinafter referred to as “commercial water heating (CWH) equipment”). EPCA requires DOE to periodically determine whether more-stringent standards for CWH equipment would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would result in significant energy savings. In this NOPR, DOE proposes to amend the standards for certain classes of CWH equipment for which DOE has tentatively determined there is clear and convincing evidence to support more-stringent standards. Additionally, DOE is proposing to codify standards for electric instantaneous CWH equipment from EPCA into the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). DOE also announces a public meeting to receive comment on these proposed standards and the associated analyses and results.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 60 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2021-BT-STD-0027, by email (CommWaterHeaters2021STD0027@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Thursday, June 23, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • The TSD is available on the rulemaking docket.
  • 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 Commercial Water Heating Equipment 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.

 

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-05-05
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register comment extension notice pertaining to standards for small electric motors. On April 20, 2022, DOE published a request for information (RFI) regarding standards for small electric motors. The RFI provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data, and information by May 20, 2022. DOE received requests from the European Committee of Manufacturers of Electrical Machines and Power Electronics on April 29, 2022, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association on May 3, 2022, the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers also on May 3, 2022, and the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute on May 4, 2022, each asking DOE to extend the public comment period for an additional 30 days. DOE has reviewed these requests and is granting an extension of the public comment period to allow comments to be submitted until June 20, 2022.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until June, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2022–BT–STD-0014, by email (SmallElecMotors2022STD0014@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Find product information for 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

2022-05-04
Location: Washington DC
Description:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today adopted two new rules for light bulbs, also known as general service lamps, that will conserve energy and help consumers save on their energy bills. The first rule establishes a revised definition of general service lamps while the second implements the minimum standard of 45 lumens per watt for light bulbs that meet the revised definition. These rules are part of 100 energy efficiency actions the Biden Administration is completing this year, which together will save families $100 every year.

Once these light bulb rules are in place, DOE expects consumers to save nearly $3 billion per year on their utility bills. In addition to delivering significant cost savings for households, schools, and businesses, these energy efficiency actions also advance President Biden’s climate goals. Over the next 30 years, the rules are projected to cut carbon emissions by 222 million metric tons — an amount equivalent to the emissions generated by 28 million homes in one year. LED lightbulbs also last 25 to 50 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

“By raising energy efficiency standards for lightbulbs, we’re putting $3 billion back in the pockets of American consumers every year and substantially reducing domestic carbon emissions,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “The lighting industry is already embracing more energy efficient products, and this measure will accelerate progress to deliver the best products to American consumers and build a better and brighter future.”

The new definition issued today will become effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, while the implementation of the Congressional efficacy standard will become effective 75 days after publication in the Federal Register. DOE has concurrently announced an enforcement policy that allows for a managed transition helping entities all along the distribution chain, including manufacturers, importers, private labelers, distributors, and retailers adjust their production and inventory. The enforcement policy contains two parts: a period of enforcement leniency and a period of progressive enforcement with an emphasis on transitioning production first.

Additionally, DOE will host a webinar on May 4, 2022 at 2 pm ET to discuss the enforcement policy and answer questions from regulated entities. For more details, read the full enforcement policy.

DOE’s Building Technologies Office implements minimum energy conservation standards for more than 60 categories of appliances and equipment.

2022-05-03
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedure for consumer furnace fans to: clarify the scope of applicability; incorporate by reference the most recent version of industry test methods; establish a test method for furnace fans incapable of operating at the required external static pressure; clarify testing of certain products, including furnace fans with modulating controls, furnace fans and modular blowers tested with electric heat kits, certain two-stage furnaces that operate at reduced input only for a preset period of time, dual-fuel furnaces, and certain oil-fired furnaces; and make updates to improve test procedure repeatability and reproducibility. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposals.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 60 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE- 2020-BT-TP-0041, by email (FurnFans2020TP0041@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Thursday, May 19, 2022, 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
  • Find product information for Consumer 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-05-02
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is announcing three developments pertaining to air compressors. 

1. DOE has issued a pre-publication Federal Register Request for Information initiating a review to consider whether to amend DOE’s test procedure for air compressors. To inform interested parties and to facilitate this process, DOE has identified certain issues associated with the currently applicable test procedure on which DOE is interested in receiving comment. The issues outlined in this document mainly concern the scope of coverage, updated industry test procedures and the accuracy, representativeness and cost of existing test requirements. 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.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2022–BT–TP-0019, by email (Compressors2022TP0019@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).

2. DOE will also host a "Compressors Regulations 101" webinar on Tuesday, May 24th, 2022 from 1:00pm-3:00pm. This webinar will provide an overview of current compressor regulations, including test procedures, standards, and certification, in advance of January 10, 2025; the date in which compressors manufactured and distributed in commerce, as defined by 42 U.S.C. 6311(7), must meet the energy conservation standards specified in the Code of Federal Regulations at 10 CFR 431.345.

  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, May 24th, 2022 from 1:00pm-3:00pm.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • 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
  • 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.

3. DOE has pulled down the enforcement policy regarding the test procedure for air compressors and removed the policy from the DOE enforcement website as of May 2, 2022.  DOE expects regulated entities to begin transitioning in accordance with the current DOE regulations. 

Find product information for Commercial and Industrial Compressors 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-04-27
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register Final Rule pertaining to definitions for General Service Lamps (GSL) and General Service Incandescent Lamp (GSIL). On January 19, 2017, DOE published two final rules adopting revised definitions of GSL and GSIL, and other supplemental definitions, to go into effect January 1, 2020. (“January 2017 Final Rules”). Prior to that effective date, on September 5, 2019, DOE withdrew the revised definitions of GSL, GSIL, and the other supplemental definitions. Upon further review and consideration, on August 19, 2021, DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) proposing to amend the definitions of GSL, GSIL and the other supplemental definitions as previously set forth in the January 2017 Final Rules. DOE responds to comments received on the NOPR in this final rule and adopts the definitions of GSL and GSIL and the associated supplemental definitions set forth in the January 2017 Final Rules as proposed in the NOPR.

  • The effective date of this rule is 60 days after the Final Rule has been published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow up email to announce the effective date once the notice has published in the Federal Register.
  • Find product information for General Service Lamps 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.

2022-04-27
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice announcing the availability of the preliminary analysis it has conducted for purposes of evaluating the need for amended energy conservation standards for refrigerated bottled or canned beverage vending machines, which is set forth in the Department’s preliminary technical support document (TSD) for this rulemaking. DOE will hold a public meeting via webinar to discuss and receive comment on its preliminary analysis. The meeting will cover the analytical framework, models, and tools used to evaluate potential standards for this equipment; the results of preliminary analyses performed by DOE; the potential energy conservation standard levels derived from these analyses (if DOE determines that proposed amendments are necessary); and other relevant issues. In addition, DOE encourages written comments on these subjects.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice until June 27, 2022.
  • 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).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Monday, May 23, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • The TSD is available on the rulemaking docket.
  • 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 Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machine 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

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-04-27
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register Final Rule pertaining to energy conservation standards for General Service Lamps (GSLs). In this final rule, DOE is codifying in the Code of Federal Regulations the 45 lumens per watt (“lm/W”) backstop requirement for general service lamps (GSLs) that Congress prescribed in the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended. DOE has determined this backstop requirement applies because DOE failed to complete a rulemaking regarding GSLs in accordance with certain statutory criteria. This final rule represents a departure from DOE's previous determination published in 2019 that the backstop requirement was not triggered.

  • The effective date of this rule is 75 days after the Final Rule has been published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow up email to announce the effective date once the notice has published in the Federal Register.
  • DOE will host a General Service Lamps Enforcement Policy Webinar on Wednesday May 4, 2022, from 2:00 pm -3:30 pm. Please email appliancestandardsquestions@ee.doe.gov to request a link to join the webinar.

Find product information for General Service Lamps including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact

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.

2022-04-26
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice pertaining to energy conservation standards for commercial warm air furnaces (CWAFs). The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), prescribes standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including CWAFs. EPCA also requires DOE to periodically review standards. In this notification of proposed determination (NOPD), DOE has initially determined that it lacks clear and convincing evidence that amended energy conservation standards for CWAFs would be economically justified. DOE requests comment on this proposed determination.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPD until June 27, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2019-BT-STD-0042, by email (PkgHVACFurnace2019STD0042@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, June, 7, 2022, 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 Commercial Warm Air Furnaces 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.

2022-04-21
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedures for walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers to harmonize with updated industry standards, revise the test methods to more fully represent field energy use, and better account for the range of walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer component equipment designs. DOE also proposes to revise certain definitions applicable to walk-ins. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal and announcing a public meeting to collect comments and data on its proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until June 21, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2017–BT–TP– 0010, by email (WICF2017TP0010@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Monday, May 9, 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
  • 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.

2022-04-21
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published 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 battery chargers. The meeting 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 battery chargers. In addition, DOE encourages written comments on these subjects.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice until  May 2, 2022.
  • 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).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Thursday, April 21, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • The TSD is available on the rulemaking docket.
  • 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 Battery Chargers 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-04-20
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice undertaking a review for amended energy conservation standards for small electric motors to determine whether to amend applicable energy conservation standards for this equipment. Specifically, through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information to evaluate whether amended energy conservation standards would result in significant savings of energy; be technologically feasible; and be economically justified. 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 RFI.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until May 20, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2022–BT–STD-0014, by email (SmallElecMotors2022STD0014@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Find product information for 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.

 

 

2022-04-18
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedures for central air conditioners and heat pumps that will be required for certification of compliance with applicable energy conservation standards starting January 1, 2023 to address a limited number of specific issues. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until May 23, 2022. 
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2021–BT–TP-0030, by email (CentralACHeatPumps2021TP0030@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Monday, April 18, 2022, 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 Central Air Conditioner 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-04-15
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice undertaking a review for amended energy conservation standards for small electric motors to determine whether to amend applicable energy conservation standards for this equipment. Specifically, through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information to evaluate whether amended energy conservation standards would result in significant savings of energy; be technologically feasible; and be economically justified. 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 RFI.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2022–BT–STD-0014, by email (SmallElecMotors2022STD0014@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Find product information for 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.

2022-04-13
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice pertaining to energy conservation standards for residential clothes washers (RCWs) On September 1, 2021, DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding test procedures for RCWs, which will be used as the basis for evaluating, issuing, and determining compliance with updated standards, should such standards be established. On September 29, 2021, DOE published a preliminary analysis of standards for RCWs, which presented preliminary translations between the energy and water efficiency metrics as measured by the current test procedure and new energy and water efficiency metrics as measured by the proposed test procedure. In this NODA, DOE is publishing the results of additional testing conducted in furtherance of the development of the translations between the current test procedure and the proposed new test procedure. DOE requests comments, data, and information regarding the data.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NODA until May 13, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2017– BT–STD–0014, by email (ConsumerClothesWasher2017STD0014@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Find product information for 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.

2022-04-13
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comment pertaining to energy conservation standards for computer room air conditioners (CRACs). The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), prescribes standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including small, large, and very large commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment, of which CRACs are a category. EPCA requires DOE to consider the need for amended standards each time the relevant industry standard is amended with respect to the standard levels or design requirements applicable to that equipment, or periodically under a six-year-lookback review provision. In this document, DOE is proposing amended standards for CRACs that rely on a new efficiency metric and are equivalent to those levels specified in the industry standard. DOE has preliminarily determined that it lacks the clear and convincing evidence required by the statute to adopt standards more stringent than the levels specified in the industry standard. This document also announces a public meeting webinar to receive comment on these proposed standards and associated analyses and results.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until May 6, 2022.
    Comments regarding the likely competitive impact of the proposed standard should be sent to the Department of Justice until April 6, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2020–BT–STD-0008 and/or RIN 1904-AF01, by email (2019ASHRAE2020STD0008@ee.doe.gov.), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Interested persons may contact the Division at energy.standards@usdoj.gov. Please indicate in the “Subject” line of your email the title and Docket Number of this proposed rulemaking.
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 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 Computer 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-04-11
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal register notice granting an interim waiver extension (Case No. 2022-002) to AHT Cooling Systems GmbH and AHT Cooling Systems USA Inc. (AHT) from specified portions of the DOE Commercial Refrigerators, Freezers, and Refrigerator-Freezers (collectively “commercial refrigeration equipment” or “CRE”) test procedure for determining the energy consumption of the specified AHT CRE basic models. Under this extension, AHT is required to test and rate the specified basic models in accordance with the alternate test procedure specified in the interim 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.

2022-04-11
Location: Webinar
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 ceiling fan light kits (CFLKs).The meeting 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 CFLKs. In addition, DOE encourages written comments on these subjects.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice until May 6, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2019–BT–STD-0040, by email (CFLK2019STD0040@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Monday, April 11, 2022, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • The TSD is available on the rulemaking docket.
  • 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 Ceiling Fan Light Kits 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-04-11
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedure for commercial and industrial pumps (pumps) to harmonize with updated industry standards, to expand the scope of clean water pumps covered by this test procedure, and to revise calculation methods for pumps sold with motors and controls to better represent field energy use. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal and announcing a public meeting to collect comments and data on its proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until June 10, 2022.
  • 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).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on April 26, 2022, 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 Commercial and Industrial 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-04-10
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register comment extension notice pertaining to test procedures and energy conservation standards for consumer air cleaners. On January 25, 2022, DOE published in the Federal Register a request for information (RFI) regarding test procedures and standards for consumer air cleaners. On February 10, 2022, DOE received a joint comment from the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP), and the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), (collectively, the "Joint Commenters"), requesting a 45-day extension of the public comment period for the RFI. DOE has reviewed these requests and is granting an extension of the public comment period to allow comments to be submitted until April 10, 2022.

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.

2022-04-08
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice pertaining to energy conservation standards for residential clothes washers (RCWs) On September 1, 2021, DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding test procedures for RCWs, which will be used as the basis for evaluating, issuing, and determining compliance with updated standards, should such standards be established. On September 29, 2021, DOE published a preliminary analysis of standards for RCWs, which presented preliminary translations between the energy and water efficiency metrics as measured by the current test procedure and new energy and water efficiency metrics as measured by the proposed test procedure. In this NODA, DOE is publishing the results of additional testing conducted in furtherance of the development of the translations between the current test procedure and the proposed new test procedure. DOE requests comments, data, and information regarding the data.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NODA 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2017– BT–STD–0014, by email (ConsumerClothesWasher2017STD0014@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Find product information for 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

 

2022-04-07
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to amend energy conservation standards for room air conditioners, and also announces a webinar to receive comment on these proposed standards and associated analyses and results. The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), prescribes standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including room air conditioners. 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. 

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until June 6, 2022.
  • 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).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 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 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-04-06
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal register notice granting an interim waiver extension (Case No. 2022-002) to AHT Cooling Systems GmbH and AHT Cooling Systems USA Inc. (AHT) from specified portions of the DOE Commercial Refrigerators, Freezers, and Refrigerator-Freezers (collectively “commercial refrigeration equipment” or “CRE”) test procedure for determining the energy consumption of the specified AHT CRE basic models. Under this extension, AHT is required to test and rate the specified basic models in accordance with the alternate test procedure specified in the interim waiver.

  • The Extension of Interim Waiver is effective once the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow up email to announce the effective date once the notice has been published.
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for Commercial Refrigerators, Freezers, and Refrigerator-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.

2022-04-06
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice that gives notice of a Decision and Order (Case No. 2022-001) that grants AHT Cooling Systems GmbH and AHT Cooling Systems USA Inc. (AHT) a waiver extension from specified portions of the DOE Commercial Refrigerators, Freezers, and Refrigerator-Freezers (collectively “commercial refrigeration equipment” or “CRE”) test procedure for determining the energy consumption of the specified AHT CRE basic models. AHT is required to test and rate the specified basic models in accordance with the alternate test procedure specified in this Decision and Order.

  • The Decision and Order is effective once the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow up email to announce the effective date once the notice has been published.
  • The Decision and Order will terminate upon the compliance date of any future amendment to the test procedure for CRE located in 10 CFR part 431, subpart C, appendix B that addresses the issues presented in this waiver. At such time, AHT must use the relevant test procedure for the specified basic models of CRE 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 Commercial Refrigerators, Freezers, and Refrigerator-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

2022-04-06
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedures for television sets to incorporate by reference the relevant updated industry standard. DOE has tentatively determined that the proposed updates would result in a test procedure that is more representative of the average energy use of television sets. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 60 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2016-BT-TP-0023, by email (televisions2016tp0023@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on  Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 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 Television Sets 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-04-06
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedures for television sets to incorporate by reference the relevant updated industry standard. DOE has tentatively determined that the proposed updates would result in a test procedure that is more representative of the average energy use of television sets. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until May 2, 2022. 
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2016-BT-TP-0023, by email (televisions2016tp0023@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on  Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 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 Television Sets 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-04-05
Location: Webinar
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 electric motors. The meeting will cover the analytical framework, models, and tools used to evaluate potential standards for this equipment; the results of preliminary analyses performed for this equipment; the potential energy conservation standard levels derived from these analyses that may be considered for this equipment should proposed amendments be determined necessary; and any other issues relevant to the evaluation of energy conservation standards for electric motors. Written comments on these subjects from the public are encouraged.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice until May 2, 2022.
  • 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).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • The TSD is available on the rulemaking docket.
  • 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 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-04-01
Description:

DOE Seeks Input on Building-Integrated Photovoltaics

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) and Building Technologies Office (BTO) have jointly issued a request for information (RFI) to gather input on technical and commercial challenges and opportunities for building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) systems.

While roof-mounted solar systems on buildings are more common, BIPV systems offer other ways to site solar technologies on buildings, like directly integrating solar modules into the roof or the building’s facade. Integrating solar generation directly into building components could improve material and supply chain efficiencies and reduce system costs.

"There is so much untapped potential to make solar energy more ubiquitous in our communities, and create high-performing, energy-efficient buildings,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. “Innovative strategies that use building-integrated photovoltaics can improve solar integration, enable new designs and uses, and support our decarbonization goals.”

BIPV products have been available for over a decade but adoption has been slower than predicted. The goal of this RFI is to identify and quantify barriers to BIPV deployment and inform future strategy and program development in this area.

SETO and BTO are seeking feedback from industry, research laboratories, academia, government agencies, and other stakeholders related to BIPV technologies and markets.

The deadline to submit your response to this RFI is April 1, 2022, at 5 p.m. ET. Download the RFI to see the full list of questions and instructions on how to submit your response.

2022-04-01
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice rescheduling the automatic commercial ice makers (ACIMs) public meeting. On March 25, 2022, DOE published a notification of a webinar and availability of preliminary technical support document for ACIMs. The document announced a public meeting webinar would be held on April 25, 2022. Additionally, on March 24, 2022, DOE received a request from the Hoshizaki America, Inc. to move the webinar date due to a conflict with an industry-wide conference. To accommodate this scheduling issue, DOE is moving the public meeting webinar for ACIMs to Thursday, May 5, 2022.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice until May 24, 2022.
  • 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).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Thursday, May 5, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • The TSD is available on the rulemaking docket.
  • 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 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

2022-03-31
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedures for refrigerated bottled or canned beverage vending machines (BVMs) to reference the latest version of the industry standard. DOE also proposes to provide setup instructions for non-beverage shelves, update the lowest application product temperature definition and instructions, require testing of coin and bill payment mechanisms if shipped with the BVM (but not until the compliance date of any amended energy conservation standards), specify setup instructions for leak mitigation controls, and remove an obsolete version of the test procedure. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until May 31, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2021–BT–TP- 0007, by email (BVM2021TP0007@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Monday, May 2, 2022, 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 Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines 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.

2022-03-30
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register final rule pertaining to test procedures for Microwave Ovens. In this final rule, DOE is amending its test procedure for microwave oven standby mode and off mode to provide additional specifications for the test conditions related to clock displays and network functions. DOE is not prescribing an active mode test procedure for microwave ovens at this time.

  • The effective date of this rule is April 29, 2022.
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for product testing starting September 26, 2022
  • The incorporation by reference of certain material listed in this rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register December 17, 2012.
  • 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.

2022-03-30
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice proposing to amend energy conservation standards for room air conditioners, and also announces a webinar to receive comment on these proposed standards and associated analyses and results. The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), prescribes standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including room air conditioners. 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. 

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 60 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 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).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 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 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

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-03-30
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice pertaining to energy conservation standards for air-cooled, three-phase, small commercial air conditioners and heat pumps and air-cooled, three-phase, variable refrigerant flow air conditioners and heat pumps. The Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (EPCA), prescribes standards for small, large, and very large commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment, of which air cooled, three-phase, small commercial air conditioners and heat pumps with a cooling capacity of less than 65,000 Btu/h and air-cooled, three-phase, variable refrigerant flow air conditioners and heat pumps with a cooling capacity of less than 65,000 Btu/h are categories. EPCA requires DOE to consider the need for amended standards each time the relevant industry standard is amended with respect to the standard levels or design requirements applicable to that equipment, or periodically under a six-year-lookback review provision. For the three-phase equipment that is the subject of this notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR), DOE is proposing amended standards that rely on new efficiency metrics and align with amended efficiency levels in the industry standard. DOE has preliminarily determined that it lacks clear and convincing evidence required by the statute to adopt standards more stringent than the levels specified in the industry standard. 

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.

2022-03-29
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register proposes to amend the test procedures for commercial warm air furnaces (CWAFs) to incorporate the latest versions of the industry standards that are currently incorporated by reference. DOE also proposes to establish a new metric, Thermal Efficiency Two (TE2), and corresponding test procedure. Use of the newly proposed test procedure would become mandatory at such time as compliance with amended energy conservation standards based on TE2 is required, should DOE adopt such standards. DOE also proposes additional specifications for CWAFs with multiple vent hoods or small- diameter vent hoods. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 60 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE- 2019-BT-TP-0041, by email (Furnaces2019TP0041@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, March 29, 2022, 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
  • Find product information for Commercial Warm Air Furnaces 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-03-25
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice announcing the availability of the preliminary analysis it has conducted for purposes of evaluating the need for amended energy conservation standards for automatic commercial ice makers, which is set forth in the Department’s preliminary technical support document (TSD) for this rulemaking. DOE will hold a public meeting via webinar to discuss and receive comment on its preliminary analysis. The meeting will cover the analytical framework, models, and tools used to evaluate potential standards for this equipment, the results of preliminary analyses performed by DOE, the potential energy conservation standard levels derived from these analyses (if DOE determines that proposed amendments are necessary), and other relevant issues.  In addition, DOE encourages written comments on these subjects.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice until May 24, 2022.
  • 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).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Monday, April 25, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • The TSD is available on the rulemaking docket.
  • 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 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.

2022-03-24
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice pertaining to energy conservation standards for external power supplies (EPSs). DOE will hold a webinar to discuss and receive comments on the preliminary analysis it has conducted for purposes of evaluating standards for EPSs. The meeting 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 EPSs. In addition, DOE encourages written comments on these subjects. 

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice until 60 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 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).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Thursday, March, 24, 2022, from 1:00p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • The TSD is available on the rulemaking docket.
  • 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 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-03-24
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice pertaining to energy conservation standards for external power supplies (EPSs). DOE will hold a webinar to discuss and receive comments on the preliminary analysis it has conducted for purposes of evaluating standards for EPSs. The meeting 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 EPSs. In addition, DOE encourages written comments on these subjects. 

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice until April 26, 2022.
  • 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).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Thursday, March, 24, 2022, from 1:00p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • The TSD is available on the rulemaking docket.
  • 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 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.

2022-03-24
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedures for central air conditioners and heat pumps that will be required for certification of compliance with applicable energy conservation standards starting January 1, 2023 to address a limited number of specific issues. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 60 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2021–BT–TP-0030, by email (CentralACHeatPumps2021TP0030@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Monday, April 18, 2022, 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 Central Air Conditioner 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-03-24
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice announcing the availability of the preliminary analysis it has conducted for purposes of evaluating the need for amended energy conservation standards for automatic commercial ice makers, which is set forth in the Department’s preliminary technical support document (TSD) for this rulemaking. DOE will hold a public meeting via webinar to discuss and receive comment on its preliminary analysis. The meeting will cover the analytical framework, models, and tools used to evaluate potential standards for this equipment, the results of preliminary analyses performed by DOE, the potential energy conservation standard levels derived from these analyses (if DOE determines that proposed amendments are necessary), and other relevant issues.  In addition, DOE encourages written comments on these subjects.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice until 60 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 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).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Monday, April 25, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • The TSD is available on the rulemaking docket.
  • 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 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-03-24
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice pertaining to energy conservation standards for air-cooled, three-phase, small commercial air conditioners and heat pumps and air-cooled, three-phase, variable refrigerant flow air conditioners and heat pumps. The Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (EPCA), prescribes standards for small, large, and very large commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment, of which air cooled, three-phase, small commercial air conditioners and heat pumps with a cooling capacity of less than 65,000 Btu/h and air-cooled, three-phase, variable refrigerant flow air conditioners and heat pumps with a cooling capacity of less than 65,000 Btu/h are categories. EPCA requires DOE to consider the need for amended standards each time the relevant industry standard is amended with respect to the standard levels or design requirements applicable to that equipment, or periodically under a six-year-lookback review provision. For the three-phase equipment that is the subject of this notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR), DOE is proposing amended standards that rely on new efficiency metrics and align with amended efficiency levels in the industry standard. DOE has preliminarily determined that it lacks clear and convincing evidence required by the statute to adopt standards more stringent than the levels specified in the industry standard. 

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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-03-23
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 coolers and walk-in freezers to harmonize with updated industry standards, revise the test methods to more fully represent field energy use, and better account for the range of walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer component equipment designs. DOE also proposes to revise certain definitions applicable to walk-ins. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal and announcing a public meeting to collect comments and data on its proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 60 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2017–BT–TP– 0010, by email (WICF2017TP0010@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Monday, May 9, 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
  • 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-03-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register final rule pertaining to test procedures for Microwave Ovens. In this final rule, DOE is amending its test procedure for microwave oven standby mode and off mode to provide additional specifications for the test conditions related to clock displays and network functions. DOE is not prescribing an active mode test procedure for microwave ovens at this time.

  • The effective date of this rule is 30 days after date of publication in the Federal Register.
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for product testing starting 180 days after date of publication in the Federal Register.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain material listed in this rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register 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 effective dates.
  • 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.

2022-03-23
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing amended energy conservation standards for variable refrigerant flow (VRF) multi-split air conditioners and VRF multi-split system heat pumps (collectively referred to as “VRF multi-split systems”) that rely on a new cooling efficiency metric and are equivalent to those levels specified in the industry standard. DOE has preliminarily determined that it lacks the clear and convincing evidence required by the statute to adopt standards more stringent than the levels specified in the industry standard. This document also announces a public meeting webinar to receive comment on these proposed standards and associated analyses and results.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until May 2, 2022.
  • Comments regarding the likely competitive impact of the proposed standard should be sent to the Department of Justice contact by March 31, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2018–BT–STD-0003, by email (multisplitachp2018std0003@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Interested persons may contact the Antitrust Division at energy.standards@usdoj.gov.Please indicate in the “Subject” line of your email the title and Docket Number of this proposed rulemaking.
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Wednesday, March, 23, 2022, 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 variable refrigerant flow multi-split 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-03-17
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedure for commercial and industrial pumps (pumps) to harmonize with updated industry standards, to expand the scope of clean water pumps covered by this test procedure, and to revise calculation methods for pumps sold with motors and controls to better represent field energy use. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal and announcing a public meeting to collect comments and data on its proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 60 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 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).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on April 26, 2022, 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 Commercial and Industrial 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.

2022-03-17
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedures for refrigerated bottled or canned beverage vending machines (BVMs) to reference the latest version of the industry standard. DOE also proposes to provide setup instructions for non-beverage shelves, update the lowest application product temperature definition and instructions, require testing of coin and bill payment mechanisms if shipped with the BVM (but not until the compliance date of any amended energy conservation standards), specify setup instructions for leak mitigation controls, and remove an obsolete version of the test procedure. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 60 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2021–BT–TP- 0007, by email (BVM2021TP0007@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Monday, May 2, 2022, 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 Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines 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.

2022-03-16
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice pertaining to energy conservation standards for ceiling fans. 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 ceiling fans. The meeting 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 ceiling fans.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice until April 11, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2021–BT–STD-0011, by email (CeilingFans2021STD0011@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, from 1:00p.m. to 4:00 p.m
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Click here to view the TSD.
  • 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 Ceiling 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-03-15
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to amend its test procedure for computer room air conditioners (CRACs) to incorporate by reference the latest draft version of the relevant industry consensus test standard. DOE also proposes to adopt the net sensible coefficient of performance (NSenCOP) metric in its test procedures for CRACs. Additionally, DOE proposes to amend certain provisions for representations and enforcement. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this proposal), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until April 8, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2021-BT-TP-0017, by email (ComputerRoomAC2021TP0017@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, March, 15, 2022, 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 Computer 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-03-10
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice evaluating potential energy conservation standards for fans and blowers, including air circulating fans. Through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information to help determine whether potential energy conservation standards for fans and blowers, including air circulating fans, would result in standards that are technologically feasible and economically justified while producing significant conservation of energy. 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.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until March 10, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2022-BT-STD-0002, by email (FansAndBlowers2022STD0002@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Find product information for Fans and Blowers 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.

2022-03-10
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedure for ceiling fan light kits (CFLKs). DOE proposes to update references to industry standards to their latest versions and incorporate industry standards necessary for executing the test; to modify appendix V1 to allow for the use of a goniophotometer; to revise definitions regarding CFLKs with solid-state lighting (SSL) light sources in appendix V1 to clarify the scope and test methods for CFLKs; and to remove appendix V and rename appendix V1 as appendix V. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until May 9, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2019–BT– TP- 0024, by email (CFLK2019TP0024@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Monday, April 11, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 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 Ceiling Fan Light Kits 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-03-09
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice reopening and extending the comment period for requests for information (RFI) pertaining to test procedures and energy conservation standards for dedicated-purpose pool pumps (DPPPs). On January 24, 2022, DOE published a RFI regarding test procedures for DPPPs and a RFI regarding energy conservation standards for DPPPs. The RFIs each provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data, and information on the proposal by February 23, 2022. DOE received a request from the Pool and Hut Tub Alliance on February 9, 2022, and a joint request from the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas and Electric, and Southern California Edison on February 11, 2022, each asking DOE to extend the public comment periods for both RFIs for 30 additional days. DOE has reviewed these requests and is reopening the public comment periods to allow comments to be submitted until March 9, 2022.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until March 9, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2022–BT–TP-0003 for test procedures and EERE–2022–BT–STD-0001 for standards, by email (DPPP2022TP0003@ee.doe.gov for test procedures and DPPP2022STD0001@ee.doe.gov for standards), or Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Find product information for Dedicated-Purpose Pool 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.

2022-03-07
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comment pertaining to energy conservation standards for computer room air conditioners (CRACs). The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), prescribes standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including small, large, and very large commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment, of which CRACs are a category. EPCA requires DOE to consider the need for amended standards each time the relevant industry standard is amended with respect to the standard levels or design requirements applicable to that equipment, or periodically under a six-year-lookback review provision. In this document, DOE is proposing amended standards for CRACs that rely on a new efficiency metric and are equivalent to those levels specified in the industry standard. DOE has preliminarily determined that it lacks the clear and convincing evidence required by the statute to adopt standards more stringent than the levels specified in the industry standard. This document also announces a public meeting webinar to receive comment on these proposed standards and associated analyses and results.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 60 days after date of publication in the Federal Register. Comments regarding the likely competitive impact of the proposed standard should be sent to the Department of Justice 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2020–BT–STD-0008 and/or RIN 1904-AF01, by email (2019ASHRAE2020STD0008@ee.doe.gov.), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Interested persons may contact the Division at energy.standards@usdoj.gov. Please indicate in the “Subject” line of your email the title and Docket Number of this proposed rulemaking.
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 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 Computer 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

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-03-07
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice pertaining to standards for Miscellaneous Refrigeration Products (MREFs). On January 21, 2022, (DOE) published a notification of a webinar and availability of a preliminary technical support document for MREFs. The notification announced that a public meeting webinar would be held on February 17, 2022. On January 28, 2022, DOE received a request from the Association of Home Appliance Manufactures (AHAM) to move the webinar date due to significant scheduling constraints. 

  • DOE is moving the public meeting webinar to Monday, March 7, 2022.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Click here to view the TSD.
  • 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 Miscellaneous Refrigeration 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.

2022-03-07
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication 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 ceiling fan light kits (CFLKs).The meeting 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 CFLKs. In addition, DOE encourages written comments on these subjects.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice until 60 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2019–BT–STD-0040, by email (CFLK2019STD0040@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Monday, April 11, 2022, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • The TSD is available on the rulemaking docket.
  • 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 Ceiling Fan Light Kits 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-03-04
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice undertaking the preliminary stages of a rulemaking to consider amendments to the test procedure for uninterruptible power supplies. This request for information(RFI) seeks data and information regarding issues 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 or period of use for the product without being unduly burdensome to conduct or reduce testing burden. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this document), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until March 4, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2022–BT–TP-0005, by email (UPS2022TP0005@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Find product information for Uninterruptible 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.

2022-02-24
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication 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 electric motors. The meeting will cover the analytical framework, models, and tools used to evaluate potential standards for this equipment; the results of preliminary analyses performed for this equipment; the potential energy conservation standard levels derived from these analyses that may be considered for this equipment should proposed amendments be determined necessary; and any other issues relevant to the evaluation of energy conservation standards for electric motors. Written comments on these subjects from the public are encouraged.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice until 60 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 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).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • The TSD is available on the rulemaking docket.
  • 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 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.

2022-02-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice undertaking a review to determine whether amendments are warranted for the test procedure for dedicated- purpose pool pumps. Specifically, through this request for information (RFI), DOE has identified certain issues associated with the currently applicable test procedure on which DOE is interested in receiving comment. The issues outlined in this document mainly concern the scope of coverage, updated industry test procedures, and the definition of a basic model. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document, including topics not raised in this request for information (RFI).

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until February 23, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2022–BT–TP-0003, by email (DPPP2022TP0003@ee.doe.gov), or Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Find product information for Dedicated-Purpose Pool 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.

2022-02-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register comment extension notice pertaining to test procedures and energy conservation standards for consumer air cleaners. On January 25, 2022, DOE published in the Federal Register a request for information (RFI) regarding test procedures and standards for consumer air cleaners. On February 10, 2022, DOE received a joint comment from the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP), and the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), (collectively, the "Joint Commenters"), requesting a 45-day extension of the public comment period for the RFI. DOE has reviewed these requests and is granting an extension of the public comment period to allow comments to be submitted until April 10, 2022.

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.

2022-02-22
Location: Webinar
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 dishwashers. 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 dishwashers. In addition, DOE encourages written comments on these subjects. 

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice until March 25, 2022.
  • 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).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Click here to view the TSD.
  • 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 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-02-18
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice that tentatively determines that portable electric spas qualify as a covered product under Part A of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (EPCA). DOE has tentatively determined that coverage of portable electric spas is necessary and appropriate to carry out the purposes of EPCA and that the average U.S. household energy use for portable electric spas is likely to exceed 100 kilowatt- hours per year.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPD until April 18, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2022–BT–DET-0006, by email (PortableElecSpas2022DET0006@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Find product information for Portable Electric Spas 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.

2022-02-10
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice that tentatively determines that portable electric spas qualify as a covered product under Part A of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (EPCA). DOE has tentatively determined that coverage of portable electric spas is necessary and appropriate to carry out the purposes of EPCA and that the average U.S. household energy use for portable electric spas is likely to exceed 100 kilowatt- hours per year.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPD until 60 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2022–BT–DET-0006, by email (PortableElecSpas2022DET0006@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Find product information for Portable Electric Spas 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.

2022-02-03
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice evaluating potential energy conservation standards for fans and blowers, including air circulating fans. Through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information to help determine whether potential energy conservation standards for fans and blowers, including air circulating fans, would result in standards that are technologically feasible and economically justified while producing significant conservation of energy. 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.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2022-BT-STD-0002, by email (FansAndBlowers2022STD0002@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Find product information for Fans and Blowers 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.

2022-02-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice extending the comment period for the electric motors test procedure notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR). On December 17, 2021, DOE published a NOPR on potential amendments to its test procedure for electric motors. The NOPR provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data, and information on the proposal by February 15, 2022.  DOE received requests from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the Hydraulic Institute (HI) on January 25, 2022, and January 26, 2022, respectively, asking DOE to extend the public comment period for 30 additional days. DOE has reviewed these requests and is granting an extension of the public comment period to allow public comments to be submitted until February 28, 2022.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until February 28, 2022.
  • 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).
  • Find product information for 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.

2022-02-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice proposing to amend its test procedure for computer room air conditioners (CRACs) to incorporate by reference the latest draft version of the relevant industry consensus test standard. DOE also proposes to adopt the net sensible coefficient of performance (NSenCOP) metric in its test procedures for CRACs. Additionally, DOE proposes to amend certain provisions for representations and enforcement. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this proposal), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 60 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2021-BT-TP-0017, by email (ComputerRoomAC2021TP0017@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, March, 15, 2022, 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 Computer 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.

2022-02-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to establish new energy conservation standards for dehumidifying direct-expansion dedicated outdoor air systems (DX-DOASes) that are of equivalent stringency as the minimum levels specified in the amended American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air- Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 90.1 “Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings” (ASHRAE Standard 90.1) when tested pursuant to the most recent applicable industry standard for this equipment. DOE has preliminarily determined that it lacks clear and convincing evidence to adopt standards more stringent than the levels specified in ASHRAE Standard 90.1. DOE also announces a public meeting via webinar to receive comment on these proposed standards and associated analyses and results.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until April 4, 2022. 
  • Comments regarding the likely competitive impact of the proposed standard should be sent to the Department of Justice until  March 3, 2022. 
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2017–BT–STD–0017, by email (CommACHeatingEquipCat2017STD0017@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Interested persons may contact the Division at energy.standards@usdoj.gov. Please indicate in the “Subject” line of your email the title and Docket Number of this proposed rulemaking.
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Monday, February, 28, 2022, 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 Outdoor Air Systems 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-01-26
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice initiating rulemaking activities to consider potential test procedure and energy conservation standards for consumer air cleaners. Through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information regarding development and evaluation of a new test procedure that would be reasonably designed to produce test results which reflect energy use during a representative average use cycle for the product without being unduly burdensome to conduct. Additionally, this RFI solicits information regarding the development and evaluation of potential new energy conservation standards for consumer air cleaners, and whether such standards would result in significant energy savings, be technologically feasible and economically justified. DOE also welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including those topics not specifically raised), as well as the submission of data and other relevant 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.

2022-01-26
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice undertaking the preliminary stages of a rulemaking to consider amendments to the test procedure for uninterruptible power supplies. This request for information(RFI) seeks data and information regarding issues 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 or period of use for the product without being unduly burdensome to conduct or reduce testing burden. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this document), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2022–BT–TP-0005, by email (UPS2022TP0005@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Find product information for Uninterruptible 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.

2022-01-21
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice pertaining to energy conservation standards for miscellaneous refrigeration products (MREFs). DOE will hold a webinar to discuss and receive comments on the preliminary analysis it has conducted for purposes of evaluating standards for (MREFs). The meeting will cover the analytical framework, models, and tools that DOE is using to evaluate potential standards for these products; the results of preliminary analyses performed by DOE; the potential 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 standards for MREFs. 

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until March 22, 2022.
  • 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).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Thursday, February 17, 2022, from 12:30p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Click here to view the TSD.
  • 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 Miscellaneous Refrigeration 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-01-20
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register correction to the notice proposing to amend the test procedure for consumer water heaters and residential-duty commercial water heaters to update the procedure to the latest versions of the industry standards that are incorporated by reference and to consider procedures that are included in a draft industry standard, which is not currently incorporated by reference. DOE also proposes to interpret the statutory definition of consumer water heater to cover larger capacity heat pump type units as commercial equipment and proposes several new definitions for water heaters that cannot be appropriately tested with the current DOE test procedure, along with test methods to test these products. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposals.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until March 14, 2022.
  • 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).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Thursday, January 27, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please note that the webinar meeting date has been corrected.
  • 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 Consumer Waters Heaters and Commercial Water Heaters 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-01-20
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register correction to the notice proposing to amend the test procedure for consumer water heaters and residential-duty commercial water heaters to update the procedure to the latest versions of the industry standards that are incorporated by reference and to consider procedures that are included in a draft industry standard, which is not currently incorporated by reference. DOE also proposes to interpret the statutory definition of consumer water heater to cover larger capacity heat pump type units as commercial equipment and proposes several new definitions for water heaters that cannot be appropriately tested with the current DOE test procedure, along with test methods to test these products. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposals.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until March 14, 2022.
  • 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).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Thursday, January 27, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please note that the webinar meeting date has been corrected.
  • 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 Consumer Waters Heaters and Commercial Water Heaters 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-01-20
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedure for variable refrigerant flow multi-split air conditioners and heat pumps (VRF multi-split systems) to incorporate by reference the latest version of the industry test standard. DOE also proposes to adopt the integrated energy efficiency ratio metric in its test procedures for VRF multi-split systems. Additionally, DOE proposes to adopt provisions in the updated industry test procedure relevant to certification and enforcement, including a controls verification procedure. DOE welcomes written comment from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not specifically raised in this proposal), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until February 8, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2021–BT–TP-0019, by email (VRFMultisplitACHP2021TP0019@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Thursday, January 20, 2022, 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 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.

2022-01-19
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register Final Rule notice pertaining to energy conservation standards for short-cycle product classes for residential dishwashers, residential clothes washers and consumer clothes dryers. On October 30, 2020, and December 16, 2020 (DOE) published two final rules that established product classes for residential dishwashers with a cycle time for the normal cycle of 60 minutes or less, top-loading residential clothes washers and certain classes of consumer clothes dryers with a cycle time of less than 30 minutes, and front-loading residential clothes washers with a cycle time of less than 45 minutes (short-cycle product classes). The rules resulted in amended standards for these short-cycle product classes, without determining whether relevant statutory criteria for amending standards were met. On August 11, 2021, DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to withdraw these short-cycle product classes This final rule finalizes the revocation of the two earlier rules that improperly promulgated standards for these new product classes and reinstates the prior product classes and applicable standards for these covered 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.

2022-01-19
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register Final Rule notice pertaining to energy conservation standards for short-cycle product classes for residential dishwashers, residential clothes washers and consumer clothes dryers. On October 30, 2020, and December 16, 2020 (DOE) published two final rules that established product classes for residential dishwashers with a cycle time for the normal cycle of 60 minutes or less, top-loading residential clothes washers and certain classes of consumer clothes dryers with a cycle time of less than 30 minutes, and front-loading residential clothes washers with a cycle time of less than 45 minutes (short-cycle product classes). The rules resulted in amended standards for these short-cycle product classes, without determining whether relevant statutory criteria for amending standards were met. On August 11, 2021, DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to withdraw these short-cycle product classes This final rule finalizes the revocation of the two earlier rules that improperly promulgated standards for these new product classes and reinstates the prior product classes and applicable standards for these covered 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.

2022-01-19
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register Final Rule notice pertaining to energy conservation standards for short-cycle product classes for residential dishwashers, residential clothes washers and consumer clothes dryers. On October 30, 2020, and December 16, 2020 (DOE) published two final rules that established product classes for residential dishwashers with a cycle time for the normal cycle of 60 minutes or less, top-loading residential clothes washers and certain classes of consumer clothes dryers with a cycle time of less than 30 minutes, and front-loading residential clothes washers with a cycle time of less than 45 minutes (short-cycle product classes). The rules resulted in amended standards for these short-cycle product classes, without determining whether relevant statutory criteria for amending standards were met. On August 11, 2021, DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to withdraw these short-cycle product classes This final rule finalizes the revocation of the two earlier rules that improperly promulgated standards for these new product classes and reinstates the prior product classes and applicable standards for these covered 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.

2022-01-18
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication 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 dishwashers. 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 dishwashers. In addition, DOE encourages written comments on these subjects. 

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice until 60 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 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).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Click here to view the TSD.
  • 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 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-01-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice initiating rulemaking activities to consider potential test procedure and energy conservation standards for consumer air cleaners. Through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information regarding development and evaluation of a new test procedure that would be reasonably designed to produce test results which reflect energy use during a representative average use cycle for the product without being unduly burdensome to conduct. Additionally, this RFI solicits information regarding the development and evaluation of potential new energy conservation standards for consumer air cleaners, and whether such standards would result in significant energy savings, be technologically feasible and economically justified. DOE also welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including those topics not specifically raised), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2021-BT-STD-0035 and EERE-2021-BT-TP-0036, by email (AirCleaners2021STD0035@ee.doe.gov or AirCleaners2021TP0036@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Find product information for Air Cleaners 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.

2022-01-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to amend its test procedures for single package vertical air conditioners and single package vertical heat pumps. DOE is proposing to incorporate by reference the most recent version of the relevant industry test standard, AHRI 390-2021, and to amend certain provisions for representations for the subject equipment. DOE is also proposing definitions for “single- phase single package vertical air conditioners with cooling capacity less than 65,000 Btu/h” and for “single-phase single package vertical heat pumps with cooling capacity less than 65,000 Btu/h.” The proposed definitions would explicitly define this equipment as subsets of the broader single package vertical air conditioner and single package vertical heat pump equipment categories, and further distinguish such equipment from certain residential central air conditioners and heat pumps. DOE seeks comment from interested parties on this proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until March 15, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2017-BT-TP-0020, by email (SPVACandHeatPumps2017TP0020@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Wednesday, February 9th, 2022, from 1:00p.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 Single Package Vertical 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.

2022-01-13
Location: Washington DC
Description:

4 Days | 50+ Expert Speakers

Join the U.S. Department of Energy and the Illuminating Engineering Society at the 19th annual Solid-State Lighting Workshop, January 31–February 3, 2022, where top lighting scientists and industry thought leaders will gather to share progress, challenges, ideas, and solutions to shape the future of lighting.

Session Highlights

  • Energy Savings from Lighting Application Efficiency
  • Non-Visual Physiological Responses to Light
  • Next-Generation Lighting Professionals
  • Advances in LED Materials and Devices
  • Advances in OLED Materials
  • Breaking Through to Next-Level Lighting Performance
  • Lighting and Sustainability: A Cradle-to-Cradle Discussion
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technologies
  • Diffuse Lighting Panels
  • Disinfection: What Have We Learned About GUV and Other Methods?
  • Innovations in Display Architecture for Improved Energy Efficiency and Performance
  • Taming Advanced Lighting System Complexity: A Call to Action
  • Building Scale Systems Interoperability and Integration
  • New Frontiers of Lighting

Plus...

  • Dynamic virtual poster sessions provide an opportunity to learn more about DOE-funded research projects and engage with today’s leading lighting scientists.
  • Topic table sessions seek inputs to inform planning for future research.

Register Now

2022-01-12
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register Final Rule notice pertaining to energy conservation standards for short-cycle product classes for residential dishwashers, residential clothes washers and consumer clothes dryers. On October 30, 2020, and December 16, 2020 (DOE) published two final rules that established product classes for residential dishwashers with a cycle time for the normal cycle of 60 minutes or less, top-loading residential clothes washers and certain classes of consumer clothes dryers with a cycle time of less than 30 minutes, and front-loading residential clothes washers with a cycle time of less than 45 minutes (short-cycle product classes). The rules resulted in amended standards for these short-cycle product classes, without determining whether relevant statutory criteria for amending standards were met. On August 11, 2021, DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to withdraw these short-cycle product classes This final rule finalizes the revocation of the two earlier rules that improperly promulgated standards for these new product classes and reinstates the prior product classes and applicable standards for these covered products.

  • This final rule is effective 30 days after the notice has been published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow up email to announce the effective date once the notice has been published.
  • Find product information for Residential Dishwashers, Residential Clothes Washers and Consumer Clothes Dryers 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.

2022-01-12
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register Final Rule notice pertaining to energy conservation standards for short-cycle product classes for residential dishwashers, residential clothes washers and consumer clothes dryers. On October 30, 2020, and December 16, 2020 (DOE) published two final rules that established product classes for residential dishwashers with a cycle time for the normal cycle of 60 minutes or less, top-loading residential clothes washers and certain classes of consumer clothes dryers with a cycle time of less than 30 minutes, and front-loading residential clothes washers with a cycle time of less than 45 minutes (short-cycle product classes). The rules resulted in amended standards for these short-cycle product classes, without determining whether relevant statutory criteria for amending standards were met. On August 11, 2021, DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to withdraw these short-cycle product classes This final rule finalizes the revocation of the two earlier rules that improperly promulgated standards for these new product classes and reinstates the prior product classes and applicable standards for these covered products.

  • This final rule is effective 30 days after the notice has been published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow up email to announce the effective date once the notice has been published.
  • Find product information for Residential Dishwashers, Residential Clothes Washers and Consumer Clothes Dryers 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.

2022-01-12
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice undertaking a review to determine whether amendments are warranted for the test procedure for dedicated- purpose pool pumps. Specifically, through this request for information (RFI), DOE has identified certain issues associated with the currently applicable test procedure on which DOE is interested in receiving comment. The issues outlined in this document mainly concern the scope of coverage, updated industry test procedures, and the definition of a basic model. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document, including topics not raised in this request for information (RFI).

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2022–BT–TP-0003, by email (DPPP2022TP0003@ee.doe.gov), or Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Find product information for Dedicated-Purpose Pool 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.

2022-01-12
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice pertaining to energy conservation standards for miscellaneous refrigeration products (MREFs). DOE will hold a webinar to discuss and receive comments on the preliminary analysis it has conducted for purposes of evaluating standards for (MREFs). The meeting will cover the analytical framework, models, and tools that DOE is using to evaluate potential standards for these products; the results of preliminary analyses performed by DOE; the potential 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 standards for MREFs. 

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 60 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 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).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Thursday, February 17, 2022, from 12:30p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Click here to view the TSD.
  • 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 Miscellaneous Refrigeration 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.

2022-01-11
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedure for consumer water heaters and residential-duty commercial water heaters to update the procedure to the latest versions of the industry standards that are incorporated by reference and to consider procedures that are included in a draft industry standard, which is not currently incorporated by reference. DOE also proposes to interpret the statutory definition of consumer water heater to cover larger capacity heat pump type units as commercial equipment and proposes several new definitions for water heaters that cannot be appropriately tested with the current DOE test procedure, along with test methods to test these products. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposals.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until March 14, 2022.
  • 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).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Thursday, January 27, 2022, 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
  • Find product information for Consumer Waters Heaters and Commercial Water Heaters 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.

2022-01-10
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 notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) that DOE published on November 4, 2021, regarding a proposal for a new test procedure for conventional cooking tops, a category of cooking products, that would replace the procedure that DOE withdrew on August 18, 2020. DOE is also extending the public comment period for a notification of data availability (NODA) that DOE published on December 16, 2021, regarding the results of DOE’s recently completed test program assessing the repeatability and reproducibility of the proposed test procedure.

  • The comment period for the NOPR which published on November 4, 2021 (86 FR 60974) and the NODA which published on December 16, 2021 (86 FR 71406), is extended by 30 days.
  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR and the test results no later than February 17, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2021-BT-TP-0023, by email (Cooking Products2021@ee.doe.gov.), or Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • 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.

2021-12-29
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice proposing to amend its test procedures for single package vertical air conditioners and single package vertical heat pumps. DOE is proposing to incorporate by reference the most recent version of the relevant industry test standard, AHRI 390-2021, and to amend certain provisions for representations for the subject equipment. DOE is also proposing definitions for “single- phase single package vertical air conditioners with cooling capacity less than 65,000 Btu/h” and for “single-phase single package vertical heat pumps with cooling capacity less than 65,000 Btu/h.” The proposed definitions would explicitly define this equipment as subsets of the broader single package vertical air conditioner and single package vertical heat pump equipment categories, and further distinguish such equipment from certain residential central air conditioners and heat pumps. DOE seeks comment from interested parties on this proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 60 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2017-BT-TP-0020, by email (SPVACandHeatPumps2017TP0020@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Wednesday, February 9th, 2022, from 1:00p.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 Single Package Vertical 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2021-12-29
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice pertaining to residential furnaces and commercial water heaters. On August 27, 2021, DOE published in the Federal Register for public comment a proposed interpretive rule to reinstate a long-standing interpretation under which, in the context of residential furnaces, commercial water heaters, and similarly-situated products or equipment, the heat exchanger technology (and associated venting) used to supply heated air or hot water is not a performance-related “feature” that provides a distinct consumer utility under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (EPCA). The August 27, 2021 proposed interpretive rule set forth the basis and rationale for this final interpretive rule, in which DOE responds to public comments and ultimately reinstates its long-standing interpretation as proposed.

  • This final interpretive rule is effective December 29, 2021.
  • Find product information for Residential Furnaces 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.

2021-12-29
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice pertaining to residential furnaces and commercial water heaters. On August 27, 2021, DOE published in the Federal Register for public comment a proposed interpretive rule to reinstate a long-standing interpretation under which, in the context of residential furnaces, commercial water heaters, and similarly-situated products or equipment, the heat exchanger technology (and associated venting) used to supply heated air or hot water is not a performance-related “feature” that provides a distinct consumer utility under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (EPCA). The August 27, 2021 proposed interpretive rule set forth the basis and rationale for this final interpretive rule, in which DOE responds to public comments and ultimately reinstates its long-standing interpretation as proposed.

  • This final interpretive rule is effective December 29, 2021.
  • Find product information for Commercial Water Heaters 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.

2021-12-28
Location: Washington DC
Description:

On November 23, 2021, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comment proposing to amend the test procedures for battery chargers to improve test procedure representativeness. The document provided a comment period deadline for submitting written comments, data, and information by January 24, 2022. DOE received a joint request from interested parties seeking a 30-day extension of the public comment period. DOE has reviewed this request and has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice granting an extension of the public comment period for 14 days to allow public comments to be submitted until February 7, 2022.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until February 7, 2022. 
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2020–BT–TP–0012, by email (BatteryChargers2020TP0012@ee.doe.gov.), or Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Find product information for Battery Chargers 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.

2021-12-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) to establish a test procedure for direct- expansion dedicated outdoor systems (DX-DOASes) pursuant to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended. This document presents an updated proposal based on stakeholder feedback received in response to the July 7, 2021, notice of proposed rulemaking. DOE is revising its proposals regarding the terminology used to describe the equipment at issue and to provide additional direction for testing equipment with special components. DOE welcomes written comment from the public on any subject within the scope of this document, as well as the submission of data and other relevant 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.

2021-12-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedures for dishwashers at appendix C1, adopt a new test procedure at appendix C2, incorporate by reference newly published Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) standards – AHAM DW-1-2020 and DW-2-2020 –, and apply certain provisions of the industry standards to appendices C1 and C2. The proposed amendments to appendix C1 would establish requirements for water hardness, relative humidity, and loading pattern; update requirements for ambient temperature, detergent dosage, and standby power measurement; include testing approaches from recently published waivers for dishwashers; and include provisions for a minimum cleaning index threshold to validate the selected test cycle. The proposed appendix C2 would additionally include updated annual number of cycles and low-power mode hours for the calculation of energy consumption. DOE is seeking comments from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until February 22, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2016-BT-TP-0012, by email (ResDishwasher2016TP0012@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Thursday, February 3, 2022, from 12:30 p.m.. to 4:30 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 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2021-12-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Advanced Manufacturing Office

Secretary Granholm Visits the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm visited Department of Energy’s (DOE) Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory on November 22. While visiting the MDF, Secretary Granholm viewed new systems for advanced manufacturing including compression molding for high volume composite manufacturing and MedUSA, a unique system for the scale up of the tool and die industry. Granholm also enjoyed an up-close look at one of the MDF’s internationally known innovations – the 3D printed Shelby Cobra.

As a national user facility funded by AMO, the MDF provides industry with access to state-of-the-art technologies in additive manufacturing, composites, machining, and digital manufacturing. ORNL’s manufacturing research accomplishments were recently recognized with several R&D 100 Awards in the areas of materials development, carbon capture, and machine tooling. Researchers were also awarded the R&D 100 Silver Recognition Award for enabling a domestic supply chain of COVID-19 filter media and face masks.

DOE Seeking Feedback on Stage 2 of the CABLE Prize

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has issued a Request for Information (RFI) on behalf of DOE. This RFI is intended for the Conductivity-enhanced materials for Affordable, Breakthrough Leapfrog Electric and thermal applications (CABLE) community and broader material testing industry to provide feedback on CABLE Prize Stage 2 documentation, testing requirements, and specifications as well as on potential vendors for the testing itself. In Stage 2, the focus will be on quantitative verification of electrical conductivity enhancement (or the equivalent) through testing and detailed documentation of costs and affordability. Responses are due by January 18, 2022. Check out the video to learn more about the CABLE Prize and Stage 1 winners.

Department of Energy Announces $3 Million Funding Opportunity and $2.3 Million for Selected Projects in High Performance Computing Research at National Laboratories

DOE announced up to $3 million in new funding and $2.3 million in eight selected projects for the High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) initiative. Teams selected through the program will tap into the U.S. National Laboratories’ high performance computing resources to help manufacturers streamline their processes, increase their productivity, and lower their carbon footprint. Learn more about the open solicitation and view the latest teams selected through the program.

Department of Energy Announces $500,000 for Winners of the Water Resource Recovery Prize

AMO recently announced two grand prize winners of the Water Resource Recovery Prize (WRRP). In this two-phased competition, DOE sought novel, systems-based solutions and technologies that improve efficiency and lower the cost of water treatment, while recovering valuable resources from municipal wastewater. Learn more about the grand prize winning projects and watch a video featuring Prize finalists.

Department of Energy, in Partnership with the REMADE Institute, Awards over $16 Million for 23 Projects that Will Reduce Carbon Emissions Across the Manufacturing Sector

DOE and the REMADE Institute announced more than $16 million in research and development funding for 23 projects that will work to reduce energy use and carbon emissions associated with industrial-scale materials production, processing, and recycling. 

“The transition to a net-zero greenhouse gas economy will require an unprecedented reduction in the embodied energy and carbon emissions associated with foundational industrial materials in every critical sector—from healthcare, to agriculture, to transportation,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Kelly Speakes-Backman. “By investing in technologies that improve our ability to re-use, recycle and remanufacture these materials, DOE is moving America toward a circular economy and reducing carbon emission across the manufacturing sector.”  

Learn more about the 23 projects selected for negotiation here.

DOE Announces Expansion of the Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program

DOE recently launched the latest expansion of its Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program to accelerate the commercialization of clean energy technologies. Hosted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), West Gate will join three existing sites of the Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program to equip scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs with the training, technical resources, and mentorship they need to develop next-generation technologies that will pave the way to a zero-carbon economy. Interested participants should review the West Gate webpage for more information on program offerings, eligibility, and application instructions.

The Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program is primarily funded through the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO). Since the program's inception in 2015, AMO has awarded more than $48 million to over 115 innovators running 93 start-ups. Program participants have gone on to attract over $520 million in additional federal funding and follow-on private funding.

Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program Site, Chain Reaction Innovations, Recognized by University of Chicago Argonne Board of Governors

The Chain Reaction Innovations’ (CRI) leadership team was recently recognized by the University of Chicago Argonne Board of Governors with a Distinguished Performance Award. As one of four Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program sites, CRI is a two-year fellowship for innovators focused on clean energy and science technologies.

Since its inception in 2016, CRI has admitted 28 fellows with high-impact startups. As a result of CRI’s mentorship and support, the innovators have created 282 jobs to date and raised $170 million in follow-on funding.

ICYMI: AMO’s Energy Awareness Month Webinar Series

October was Energy Awareness Month and to celebrate, AMO hosted a series of free webinars in partnership with the Better Plants program. These webinars offered strategies to master facility energy use, best practices from energy efficiency goal achievers, and the latest tools from AMO for manufacturers across the industrial sector. We invite you to watch the series, download accompanying documents, and learn more about how AMO and the Better Plants team can help you achieve your energy savings goals.

AMO Congratulates Winners of the C3E Awards

Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm recently recognized nine accomplished women for their achievements and leadership in clean energy at the tenth annual Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Women in Clean Energy Symposium and Awards.

Marina Badoian-Kriticos, winner of the 2021 Education & Advocacy Award, is a Research Scientist at the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), where she also serves as Assistant Director of the U.S. Department of Energy Upper-West Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership (CHP TAP), an AMO program that promotes and assists in transforming the market for CHP, waste heat to power, and district energy technologies/concepts throughout the U.S.

Kate Anderson, winner of the 2021 Social, Economic, & Policy Innovation Award, is chief of staff for Energy Systems Integration at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Kate worked closely with AMO’s CHP experts on the recently completed project to add CHP modeling capabilities to the Renewable Energy Integration and Optimization (REoptTM) Lite web tool.

REGISTER: AMO Virtual Workshop Series on Semiconductor R&D for Energy Efficiency: Advanced Packaging for Energy Efficient Microelectronics

Join AMO for the fourth workshop in a series on semiconductor research and development. The fourth workshop invites AMO stakeholders and partners to discuss emerging technologies and opportunities to overcome key barriers in advanced packaging and improve energy efficiency of 3D microelectronics.  This workshop will be split into two segments: a webinar on January 12 and 13, 2022 and a roundtable on January 19 and 20, 2022. Learn more and register.

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2021-12-21
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedure for automatic commercial ice makers (“ACIMs”; “ice makers”) to update incorporated references to the latest version of the industry standards; establish relative humidity and water hardness test conditions; provide additional detail regarding certain test conditions, settings, setup requirements, and calculations; include a voluntary measurement of potable water use; clarify certification and reporting requirements; and add enforcement provisions. This notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) also proposes to provide additional detail to the DOE test procedure to improve the representativeness and repeatability of the current ACIM test procedure. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until February 22, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2017–BT-TP-0006, by email (ACIM2017TP0006@ee.DOE.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Monday, January 24, 2022, 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 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.

2021-12-21
Location: Washington DC
Description:

DOE Announces Winners of Solid-State Lighting Workshop Student Poster Competition

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has announced the winners of the 2022 Solid-State Lighting Workshop Student Poster Competition. Congratulations to the 2022 winners.

GRAND PRIZE WINNERS

Shruti Hariyani, University of Houston

Advancing Human-Centric Lighting

Hannah Moon, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

Using Electroretinograms to Characterize the Retinal Response of Endangered Hawaiian Seabirds to Different Light Spectra

HONORABLE MENTIONS

  • Sangjun Jeong, Texas A&M University: Far-red Light and Temperature Interactively Affect Plant Morphology, Yield, and Light Use Efficiency in Indoor Lettuce and Basil Production
  • Chen Mo, Pennsylvania State University: Sidewall Passivation for Micro-LEDs
  • Akila Udage, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Evaluation of 3D Printed Antenna Performance for Lighting Fixtures

The student winners will be recognized at the 19th annual Solid-State Lighting Workshop January 31-February 3, 2022, where they will present their research in the virtual Poster Forum alongside more than 50 top scientists sharing updates on their EERE-funded research projects.

Now in its seventh year, the student poster competition attracted submissions from graduate students across the country. Submissions were judged based on quality of research, novelty, and innovation; impact on the field of solid-state lighting; and presentation quality and clarity.

Learn more about the virtual 2022 Solid-State Lighting Workshop.

2021-12-20
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice pertaining to residential furnaces and commercial water heaters. On August 27, 2021, DOE published in the Federal Register for public comment a proposed interpretive rule to reinstate a long-standing interpretation under which, in the context of residential furnaces, commercial water heaters, and similarly-situated products or equipment, the heat exchanger technology (and associated venting) used to supply heated air or hot water is not a performance-related “feature” that provides a distinct consumer utility under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (EPCA). The August 27, 2021 proposed interpretive rule set forth the basis and rationale for this final interpretive rule, in which DOE responds to public comments and ultimately reinstates its long-standing interpretation as proposed.

  • This final interpretive rule is effective once the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow up email to announce the effective date once the notice has been published.
  • Find product information for Residential Furnaces and Commercial Water Heaters 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.

2021-12-20
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice pertaining to residential furnaces and commercial water heaters. On August 27, 2021, DOE published in the Federal Register for public comment a proposed interpretive rule to reinstate a long-standing interpretation under which, in the context of residential furnaces, commercial water heaters, and similarly-situated products or equipment, the heat exchanger technology (and associated venting) used to supply heated air or hot water is not a performance-related “feature” that provides a distinct consumer utility under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (EPCA). The August 27, 2021 proposed interpretive rule set forth the basis and rationale for this final interpretive rule, in which DOE responds to public comments and ultimately reinstates its long-standing interpretation as proposed.

  • This final interpretive rule is effective once the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow up email to announce the effective date once the notice has been published.
  • Find product information for Residential Furnaces and Commercial Water Heaters 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.

2021-12-20
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to establish definitions, a test procedure, sampling and rating requirements, and enforcement provisions for circulator pumps. Currently, circulator pumps are not subject to DOE test procedures or energy conservation standards. DOE proposes a test procedure for measuring the circulator energy index for circulator pumps. The proposed test method references the relevant industry test standard. The proposed definitions and test procedures are based on the recommendations of the Circulator Pump Working Group, which was established under the Appliance Standards Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until February 18, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2016-BT-TP-0033, by email (CirculatorPumps2016TP0033@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 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 Circulator 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.

2021-12-20
Location: Webinar
Description:

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

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPD until February 18, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2019–BT–STD-0044, by email (CommClothesWashers2019STD044@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 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 Commercial 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.

2021-12-17
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to amend the existing scope of the DOE test procedures consistent with related industry changes for nomenclature and test procedure developments (i.e., for air-over electric motors, submersible electric motors, electric motors greater than 500 horsepower, electric motors considered small, inverter-only electric motors, and synchronous electric motors); add test procedures, metric, and supporting definitions for additional electric motors covered under the proposed scope; and update references to industry standards to reference current versions. Furthermore, DOE proposes to adopt industry provisions related to the prescribed test conditions to further ensure the comparability of test. In addition, DOE proposes to update certain testing instructions to reduce manufacturer burden. Further, DOE proposes to amend the provisions pertaining to certification testing and determination of represented values for electric motors other than dedicated-purpose pool pump motors, apply these provisions to the additional electric motors proposed for inclusion in the scope of the test procedure, and to move both provisions consistent with the location of other certification requirements for other covered products and equipment.. Finally, DOE proposes to add provisions pertaining to certification testing and determination of represented values for dedicated-purpose pool pump motors. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until February 15, 2022.
  • 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).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, January 25th, 2022, from 12:30 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
  • Find product information for 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2021-12-17
Location: Workshop
Description:

Yet we know there is still technology development headroom to raise the bar for efficiency, quality of light, controllability and connectivity, and overall environmental footprint. We also know there is more we can do to remove barriers that still stand in the way of greater deployment of advanced lighting solutions. 

What will it take to truly change the lighting paradigm and arrive at a place where energy-efficient lighting systems are simpler to install, are easier to operate, enable dynamic control, and provide clear productivity and health benefits—with less environmental impact? Find out at the 19th annual Solid-State Lighting Workshop, January 31–February 3, 2022.

Keynote Speakers – January 31

Oleg Shchekin

Chief Technology Officer, Lumileds

Trevor Palmer

President, Acuity Brands

Keynote Speakers – February 2-3

--Lindsay Baker

Chief Executive Officer, International Living Future Institute

--Mike Skurla

Chief Product Officer, Radix IoT

Check out the full workshop agenda!

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2021-12-16
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued final guidance pertaining to the certification and compliance of energy conservation standards for central air conditioners and heat pumps, particularly on how these topics relate to regional standards for these products.

  • Guidance Type: Certification and CCMS; Conservation Standards
  • Find product information for Central 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.

2021-12-16
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) that DOE published on November 4, 2021 regarding a proposal for a new test procedure for conventional cooking tops, a category of cooking products, that would replace the procedure that DOE withdrew on August 18, 2020. DOE is also publishing a NODA regarding the results of DOE's recently completed test program assessing the repeatability and reproducibility of the proposed test procedure. DOE is publishing the results of its testing and requests comment, data, and information regarding the results.

  • The comment period for the NOPR which published on November 4, 2021 (86 FR 60974), is extended. DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding the NOPR and NODA January 18, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2021–BT–TP-0023, by email (CookingProducts2021TP0023@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • 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.

2021-12-15
Location: Washington DC
Description:

4 Days | 50+ Expert Speakers

Join the U.S. Department of Energy and the Illuminating Engineering Society at the 19th annual Solid-State Lighting Workshop, January 31–February 3, 2022, where top lighting scientists and industry thought leaders will gather to share progress, challenges, ideas, and solutions to shape the future of lighting.

Session Highlights

  • Energy Savings from Lighting Application Efficiency
  • Non-Visual Physiological Responses to Light
  • Next-Generation Lighting Professionals
  • Advances in LED Materials and Devices
  • Advances in OLED Materials
  • Breaking Through to Next-Level Lighting Performance
  • Lighting and Sustainability: A Cradle-to-Cradle Discussion
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technologies
  • Diffuse Lighting Panels
  • Disinfection: What Have We Learned About GUV and Other Methods?
  • Innovations in Display Architecture for Improved Energy Efficiency and Performance
  • Taming Advanced Lighting System Complexity: A Call to Action
  • Building Scale Systems Interoperability and Integration
  • New Frontiers of Lighting

Plus...

  • Dynamic virtual poster sessions provide an opportunity to learn more about DOE-funded research projects and engage with today’s leading lighting scientists.
  • Topic table sessions seek inputs to inform planning for future research.

Register Now

2021-12-15
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Department of Energy Releases New Funding Opportunity to Support Small Business Manufacturing Innovation

On December 13, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released $54 million in new funding for the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I program for Fiscal Year 2022. SBIR/STTR provides American small businesses and entrepreneurs the opportunity to conduct high-risk, innovative research and technology development and accelerate the national transition to a clean energy economy.

SBIR/STTR funding enables small businesses to achieve their goals in two phases: Phase I provides up to $205,000 to prove an idea’s feasibility. If successful, awardees can then receive up to $1.15 million in Phase II to develop a prototype. Additional Phase II awards are available for technologies with longer development and commercialization times.

Through the SBIR and STTR programs, the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) collaborates with industry, small businesses, universities, national laboratories, state and local governments, and other stakeholders on emerging manufacturing technologies to drive U.S. industrial decarbonization, energy productivity, and economic competitiveness.

Visit our website to learn more about AMO topics and subtopics.

Mandatory letters of intent are due on January 3, 2022, and full applications are due on February 22, 2022. Learn more about the AMO topics and download the Funding Opportunity Announcement document. View an informational webinar about SBIR/STTR Phase I funding opportunities.

DISCOVER MORE ABOUT AMO!

Visit our Newsletter Archive webpage to catch up on AMO programs. Forward this email to your colleagues so that they can subscribe and stay up-to-date.

2021-12-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) to establish a test procedure for direct- expansion dedicated outdoor systems (DX-DOASes) pursuant to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended. This document presents an updated proposal based on stakeholder feedback received in response to the July 7, 2021, notice of proposed rulemaking. DOE is revising its proposals regarding the terminology used to describe the equipment at issue and to provide additional direction for testing equipment with special components. DOE welcomes written comment from the public on any subject within the scope of this document, as well as the submission of data and other relevant information.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this SNOPR 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2017-BT-TP-0018, by email (CommACHeatingEquipCat2017TP0018@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Find product information for Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems 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.

2021-12-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice revising DOE's test procedure interim waiver process. The revisions address areas of the test procedure interim waiver process regulations that may result in alternate test procedures that are inconsistent with the purpose and requirements of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, and that otherwise appear not to effectuate the statute properly.

  • This rule is effective February 14, 2022.
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.

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.

2021-12-14
Location: Webinar
Description:

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

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPD until 60 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2019–BT–STD-0044, by email (CommClothesWashers2019STD044@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 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 Commercial 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.

2021-12-13
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to codify in the Code of Federal Regulations the 45 lumens per watt (“lm/W”) backstop requirement for general service lamps (GSLs) that Congress prescribed in the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended. DOE proposes this backstop requirement applies because DOE failed to complete a rulemaking regarding general service lamps in accordance with certain statutory criteria.  DOE welcomes comments on this proposal. 

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until January 27, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2021–BT–STD-0005, by email (GSL2021STD0005@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Find product information for General Service Lamps 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.

2021-12-13
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register final rule pertaining to Procedures, Interpretations, and Policies for Consideration in New or Revised Energy Conservation Standards and Test Procedures for Consumer Products and Commercial/Industrial Equipment (Process Rule). The revisions adopted in this final rule are consistent with longstanding DOE practice and would remove unnecessary obstacles to DOE’s ability to meet its statutory obligations under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA).

  • This rule is effective January 12, 2022.
  • Find more information on DOE’s Process Rule here.

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.

2021-12-10
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 notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) that DOE published on November 4, 2021 regarding a proposal for a new test procedure for conventional cooking tops, a category of cooking products, that would replace the procedure that DOE withdrew on August 18, 2020. DOE is also publishing a NODA regarding the results of DOE's recently completed test program assessing the repeatability and reproducibility of the proposed test procedure. DOE is publishing the results of its testing and requests comment, data, and information regarding the results.

  • The comment period for the NOPR which published on November 4, 2021 (86 FR 60974), is extended. DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding the NOPR and NODA 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2021–BT–TP-0023, by email (CookingProducts2021@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 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
  • 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.

2021-12-09
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to amend its test procedure for air-cooled, three-phase, small commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment with a cooling capacity of less than 65,000 British thermal units (Btu/h) per hour and air-cooled, three-phase, variable refrigerant flow air conditioners and heat pumps with a cooling capacity of less than 65,000 Btu/h to incorporate by reference the latest version of the relevant industry test standard. DOE also proposes to adopt the seasonal energy efficiency ratio 2 (SEER2) and heating seasonal performance factor 2 (HSPF2) metrics specified by that industry test standard in the DOE test procedures for the three-phase equipment that is the subject of this notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR). Additionally, DOE proposes to amend certain provisions for representations and enforcement to harmonize with single-phase 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2021-12-07
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedures for ceiling fans. DOE initially presented proposed amendments in a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) published on September 30, 2019. DOE is publishing this supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) to present modifications to certain proposals presented in the NOPR, and to propose additional amendments. In this SNOPR, DOE proposes to include a definition for “circulating air” for the purpose of the ceiling fan definition, include ceiling fans greater than 24 feet in the scope, include certain belt-driven ceiling fans within scope, include a standby metric for large-diameter ceiling fans, amend the low speed definition, permit an alternate set-up to collect air velocity test data, amend certain set-up and operation specifications, amend the blade thickness measurement requirement, and update product-specific rounding and enforcement provisions. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this SNOPR until February 7, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2013–BT–TP-0050, by email (CF2013TP0050@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Please note that this date has been updated since the pre-publication notice was issued. The meeting will be on January 11. The meeting will not be held on the date listed in the pre-publication notice or prior e-mail notification.
  • 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 Ceiling 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2021-12-03
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice revising DOE's test procedure interim waiver process. The revisions address areas of the test procedure interim waiver process regulations that may result in alternate test procedures that are inconsistent with the purpose and requirements of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, and that otherwise appear not to effectuate the statute properly.

  • The effective date of this rule is 60 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow up email to announce the effective date once the notice has been published.
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.

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.

2021-12-03
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice proposing to codify in the Code of Federal Regulations the 45 lumens per watt (“lm/W”) backstop requirement for general service lamps (GSLs) that Congress prescribed in the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended. DOE proposes this backstop requirement applies because DOE failed to complete a rulemaking regarding general service lamps in accordance with certain statutory criteria.  DOE welcomes comments on this proposal. 

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 45 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2021–BT–STD-0005, by email (GSL2021STD0005@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Find product information for General Service Lamps 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.

2021-12-03
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedures for dishwashers at appendix C1, adopt a new test procedure at appendix C2, incorporate by reference newly published Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) standards – AHAM DW-1-2020 and DW-2-2020 –, and apply certain provisions of the industry standards to appendices C1 and C2. The proposed amendments to appendix C1 would establish requirements for water hardness, relative humidity, and loading pattern; update requirements for ambient temperature, detergent dosage, and standby power measurement; include testing approaches from recently published waivers for dishwashers; and include provisions for a minimum cleaning index threshold to validate the selected test cycle. The proposed appendix C2 would additionally include updated annual number of cycles and low-power mode hours for the calculation of energy consumption. DOE is seeking comments from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 60 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2016-BT-TP-0012, by email (ResDishwasher2016TP0012@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Thursday, February 3, 2022, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 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 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2021-12-03
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedure for automatic commercial ice makers (“ACIMs”; “ice makers”) to update incorporated references to the latest version of the industry standards; establish relative humidity and water hardness test conditions; provide additional detail regarding certain test conditions, settings, setup requirements, and calculations; include a voluntary measurement of potable water use; clarify certification and reporting requirements; and add enforcement provisions. This notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) also proposes to provide additional detail to the DOE test procedure to improve the representativeness and repeatability of the current ACIM test procedure. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 60 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2017–BT-TP-0006, by email (ACIM2017TP0006@ee.DOE.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 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 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2021-12-02
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register correction notice pertaining to test procedures for central air conditioners and heat pumps (CAC/HPs). On January 5, 2017, DOE published a final rule that made two sets of amendments to the test procedure for CAC/HPs: amendments to the existing test procedure required for determining compliance with the current energy conservation standards; and establishment of a new test procedure that would be the basis for making efficiency representations as of the compliance date for any amended energy conservation standards. This document corrects typographical errors, omissions, and incorrect cross-references in the Code of Federal Regulations that resulted from the January 2017 final rule. Neither the errors nor the corrections in this document affect the substance of the rulemaking or any conclusions reached in support of the final rule.

  • The correction notice is effective December 2, 2021.
  • 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.

2021-11-30
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice pertaining to test procedures for external power supplies and battery chargers. On November 2, 2021, DOE published a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR), and request for comment for the test procedure for external power supplies. The SNOPR announced a public meeting webinar would be held on December 15, 2021. Additionally, on November 23, 2021, DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR), and request for comment for the test procedure for battery chargers. This NOPR announced that the public meeting webinar scheduled for December 15, 2021, would also cover the battery charger test procedure proposal. To avoid a scheduling conflict with another public meeting webinar scheduled for that same date and time regarding the test procedure for cooking products, DOE is moving the public meeting webinar for the external power supply and battery charger test procedures to Monday, December 13, 2021.

  • The webinar will be held on Monday December 13, 2021, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This public meeting will cover both the battery charger test procedure NOPR and the external power supply test procedure SNOPR.
  • 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 Battery Chargers and 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2021-11-23
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 consumer furnace fans to determine whether to amend applicable energy conservation standards for this product. Specifically, through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information to evaluate whether amended energy conservation standards would result in significant savings of energy; be technologically feasible; and be economically justified. 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 December 23, 2021.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2021–BT–STD-0029, by email (ConsumerFurnFan2021STD0029@ee.doe.gov.), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Find product information for Consumer 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.

2021-11-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of final determination pertaining to energy conservation 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 concluded in this document that the technology options, product cost, and energy use have not changed significantly, and that the market for DHE (i.e., number of models available and annual shipments) has decreased since DOE’s prior determination that the energy conservation standards do not need to be amended. As such, DOE has determined that amended energy conservation standards are not warranted.

  • The effective date of this final determination is December 23, 2021.
  • Find product information for Direct Heating Equipment 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.

2021-11-23
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedures for battery chargers to improve test procedure representativeness. The proposal would: establish a new appendix Y1 that would expand coverage of inductive wireless battery chargers and establish associated definitions and test provisions; establish a new test procedure approach that relies on separate metrics for active mode, stand-by, and off-mode (consequently removing the battery charger usage profiles and unit energy consumption calculation); and update the wall adapter selection criteria. DOE also proposes changes to appendix Y to reorganize two subsections, to clarify symbology and references, to correct an incorrect cross reference and section title, to update the list of battery chemistries, and to terminate an existing test procedure waiver because the covered subject models have been discontinued. DOE further proposes to mirror these changes in the newly proposed appendix Y1. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposals.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until January 24, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2020–BT–TP–0012, by email (BatteryChargers2020TP0012@ee.doe.gov.), or Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • The webinar will be held on Monday December 13, 2021, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This public meeting will cover both this battery charger test procedure proposal and the external power supply test procedure supplemental proposal that published in the Federal Register on November 2, 2021.(Note that the webinar date listed in these notices is incorrect. A separate notice will be issued shortly clarifying that the webinar will be held on December 13, 2021 at 12:30 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 Battery Chargers 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.

2021-11-23
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice pertaining to test procedures for external power supplies and battery chargers. On November 2, 2021, DOE published a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR), and request for comment for the test procedure for external power supplies. The SNOPR announced a public meeting webinar would be held on December 15, 2021. Additionally, on November 23, 2021, DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR), and request for comment for the test procedure for battery chargers. This NOPR announced that the public meeting webinar scheduled for December 15, 2021, would also cover the battery charger test procedure proposal. To avoid a scheduling conflict with another public meeting webinar scheduled for that same date and time regarding the test procedure for cooking products, DOE is moving the public meeting webinar for the external power supply and battery charger test procedures to Monday, December 13, 2021.

The webinar will be held on Monday December 13, 2021, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This public meeting will cover both the battery charger test procedure NOPR and the external power supply test procedure SNOPR.

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 Battery Chargers and 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2021-11-23
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice pertaining to test procedures for external power supplies and battery chargers. On November 2, 2021, DOE published a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR), and request for comment for the test procedure for external power supplies. The SNOPR announced a public meeting webinar would be held on December 15, 2021. Additionally, on November 23, 2021, DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR), and request for comment for the test procedure for battery chargers. This NOPR announced that the public meeting webinar scheduled for December 15, 2021, would also cover the battery charger test procedure proposal. To avoid a scheduling conflict with another public meeting webinar scheduled for that same date and time regarding the test procedure for cooking products, DOE is moving the public meeting webinar for the external power supply and battery charger test procedures to Monday, December 13, 2021.

  • The webinar will be held on Monday December 13, 2021, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This public meeting will cover both the battery charger test procedure NOPR and the external power supply test procedure SNOPR.
  • 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 Battery Chargers and 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2021-11-19
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice proposing to amend the existing scope of the DOE test procedures consistent with related industry changes for nomenclature and test procedure developments (i.e., for air-over electric motors, submersible electric motors, electric motors greater than 500 horsepower, electric motors considered small, inverter-only electric motors, and synchronous electric motors); add test procedures, metric, and supporting definitions for additional electric motors covered under the proposed scope; and update references to industry standards to reference current versions. Furthermore, DOE proposes to adopt industry provisions related to the prescribed test conditions to further ensure the comparability of test. In addition, DOE proposes to update certain testing instructions to reduce manufacturer burden. Further, DOE proposes to amend the provisions pertaining to certification testing and determination of represented values for electric motors other than dedicated-purpose pool pump motors, apply these provisions to the additional electric motors proposed for inclusion in the scope of the test procedure, and to move both provisions consistent with the location of other certification requirements for other covered products and equipment. Finally, DOE proposes to add provisions pertaining to certification testing and determination of represented values for dedicated-purpose pool pump motors. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 60 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 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).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Thursday, January 20, 2022, 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 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.

2021-11-19
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register final rule pertaining to Procedures, Interpretations, and Policies for Consideration in New or Revised Energy Conservation Standards and Test Procedures for Consumer Products and Commercial/Industrial Equipment (“Process Rule”).  The revisions adopted in this final rule are consistent with longstanding DOE practice and would remove unnecessary obstacles to DOE’s ability to meet its statutory obligations under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (“EPCA”).

  • The effective date of this rule is 30 days after the notice has published in the FEDERAL REGISTER. DOE will send a follow up email to announce the effective date once the notice has been published.
  • Find more information on DOE’s Process Rule here.

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.

2021-11-18
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of final determination pertaining to energy conservation 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 concluded in this document that the technology options, product cost, and energy use have not changed significantly, and that the market for DHE (i.e., number of models available and annual shipments) has decreased since DOE’s prior determination that the energy conservation standards do not need to be amended. As such, DOE has determined that amended energy conservation standards are not warranted.

  • The effective date of this rule is 30 days after the notice has published in the FEDERAL REGISTER. DOE will send a follow up email to announce the effective date once the notice has been published.
  • Find product information for Direct Heating Equipment 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.

2021-11-17
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 ceiling fans. DOE initially presented proposed amendments in a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) published on September 30, 2019. DOE is publishing this supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) to present modifications to certain proposals presented in the NOPR, and to propose additional amendments. In this SNOPR, DOE proposes to include a definition for “circulating air” for the purpose of the ceiling fan definition, include ceiling fans greater than 24 feet in the scope, include certain belt-driven ceiling fans within scope, include a standby metric for large-diameter ceiling fans, amend the low speed definition, permit an alternate set-up to collect air velocity test data, amend certain set-up and operation specifications, amend the blade thickness measurement requirement, and update product-specific rounding and enforcement provisions. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this SNOPR until 60 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2013–BT–TP-0050, by email (CF2013TP0050@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Thursday, January 6, 2022, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 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 Ceiling 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.

2021-11-17
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice proposing to establish definitions, a test procedure, sampling and rating requirements, and enforcement provisions for circulator pumps. Currently, circulator pumps are not subject to DOE test procedures or energy conservation standards. DOE proposes a test procedure for measuring the circulator energy index for circulator pumps. The proposed test method references the relevant industry test standard. The proposed definitions and test procedures are based on the recommendations of the Circulator Pump Working Group, which was established under the Appliance Standards Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 60 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2016-BT-TP-0033, by email (CirculatorPumps2016TP0033@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Thursday, January 13, 2022, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 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 Circulator 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2021-11-09
Location: Washington DC
Description:

On August 27, 2021, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notification of a webinar and availability of preliminary technical support document that DOE conducted for purposes of evaluating energy conservation standards for distribution transformers. The notification provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data, and information by November 10, 2021. DOE received requests from Cleveland-Cliffs Steel Corporation (Cleveland-Cliffs) and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) asking DOE for a 30-day extension of the public comment period. DOE has now issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice reviewing this request and is reopening the public comment period to allow public comments to be submitted until December 10, 2021.

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.

2021-11-09
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 Nortek Global HVAC, LLC (Nortek), which seeks a waiver for specified central air conditioner and heat pump basic models from DOE's test procedure used for determining the energy efficiency of these products. This notification also announces that DOE is declining to grant the request for an interim waiver from the test procedure for the reasons described in this notification. 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.

  • 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 may submit comments identified by case number 2021-009 and docket number EERE-2021-BT-WAV-0025, by email (AS_Waiver_Requests@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • 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.

2021-11-09
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 from GE Appliances, a Haier Company, which seeks a waiver for a specified miscellaneous refrigeration product basic model from DOE's test procedure used for determining the energy consumption of these products. 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.

  • 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2021-BT-WAV-0009, by email (AS_Waiver_Requests@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for miscellaneous refrigeration 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.

2021-11-08
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice proposing to amend its test procedure for air-cooled, three-phase, small commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment with a cooling capacity of less than 65,000 British thermal units (Btu/h) per hour and air-cooled, three-phase, variable refrigerant flow air conditioners and heat pumps with a cooling capacity of less than 65,000 Btu/h to incorporate by reference the latest version of the relevant industry test standard. DOE also proposes to adopt the seasonal energy efficiency ratio 2 (SEER2) and heating seasonal performance factor 2 (HSPF2) metrics specified by that industry test standard in the DOE test procedures for the three-phase equipment that is the subject of this notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR). Additionally, DOE proposes to amend certain provisions for representations and enforcement to harmonize with single-phase 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.

2021-11-08
Location: Washington DC
Description:

CCMS is the on-line interface through which manufacturers of covered products and commercial equipment must electronically submit compliance and certification information to DOE. DOE has posted revised versions of all of its certification templates to reflect OMB’s approval of DOE’s Information Collection Package extending the expiration date to September 30, 2024 for OMB Control Number 1910-1400. There were no changes to any of the required data on the Input tab of these templates. Manufacturers who have kept the Excel copies of the previous template versions can just copy and paste data from the Input tab when making future submissions. (Please do not drag and drop the data as it will cause an error.) DOE has placed the updated templates on the CCMS Templates page.  In addition, new versions of all registration and authorization forms have been posted on the CCMS Registration and Authorization Forms page.

  • These revised templates can be submitted now for new or revised certification, but must be used beginning January 1, 2022.
  • Submissions made on previous versions of these templates do not have to be resubmitted until the next annual certification date for each template. 
  • New authorization forms also have been posted, which must be used beginning January 1, 2022. Current authorization forms do not need to be submitted unless information needs to be changed.
  • Download these templates from CCMS Template page.
  • Download the registration and authorization forms from the CCMS Registration and Authorization Forms page.

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.

2021-11-03
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 battery chargers to improve test procedure representativeness. The proposal would: establish a new appendix Y1 that would expand coverage of inductive wireless battery chargers and establish associated definitions and test provisions; establish a new test procedure approach that relies on separate metrics for active mode, stand-by, and off-mode (consequently removing the battery charger usage profiles and unit energy consumption calculation); and update the wall adapter selection criteria. DOE also proposes changes to appendix Y to reorganize two subsections, to clarify symbology and references, to correct an incorrect cross reference and section title, to update the list of battery chemistries, and to terminate an existing test procedure waiver because the covered subject models have been discontinued. DOE further proposes to mirror these changes in the newly proposed appendix Y1. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposals.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 60 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 may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2020–BT–TP–0012, by email (BatteryChargers2020TP0012@ee.doe.gov.), or Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • The webinar will be held on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This public meeting will cover both this battery charger test procedure proposal and the external power supply test procedure supplemental proposal that published in the Federal Register on November 2, 2021.
  • 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 Battery Chargers 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.

2021-11-02
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) and request for comment pertaining to test procedures for external power supplies (EPSs). On December 6, 2019, DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) proposing certain amendments to its test procedure for (EPSs). In this (SNOPR), DOE is proposing additional amendments and modifications to certain proposals presented in the SNOPR. In this document, DOE is proposing to remove reference to direct operation and indirect operation Class A EPSs in the scope; simplify and more explicitly align the scope of the test procedure with the scope of the energy conservation standards; provide additional specifications for the testing of EPSs that do not ship with an output cord; and align the testing requirements for programmable power supplies with those for Universal Serial Bus Power Delivery (“USB-PD”) EPSs. Further, DOE proposes to maintain the location of certain definitions for which it proposed in the NOPR to relocate. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposals.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this SNOPR until January 3, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2019-BT-TP-2012, by email (EPS2019TP0012@ee.doe.gov), or Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • The webinar will be held on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, from 12:30 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 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2021-11-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Vice President Kamala Harris will join U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm in New York today to announce the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has confirmed the first six industry partners to participate in the Cold Climate Heat Pump Technology Challenge. The challenge, which was announced in May at the White House, aims to reduce the carbon footprint of cold climate heating solutions by improving the efficiency and affordability of new heat pumps in the field. While in New York, they will discuss the benefits of US investment in clean energy and efficiency technologies, like heat pumps, to combat the climate crisis and create good-paying jobs.  

Read the press release and learn how to join the Cold Climate Heat Pump Challenge here.

2021-10-29
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice announcing a meeting 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.

  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, 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
  • Find more information for ASRAC.

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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2021-10-29
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 regarding proposals to amend the energy conservation standards for residential clothes washers. DOE published the notification of a webinar and availability of preliminary technical support document in the Federal Register on September 29, 2021, establishing a 75-day public comment period ending December 13, 2021. On October 11, 2021, DOE received a comment requesting extension of the comment period by an additional 64 days to February 15, 2022. DOE is extending the public comment period for submitting comments and data on the preliminary analysis documents by an additional 45 days, to January 27, 2022, for a total of a 120-day comment period.