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United States Department of Energy

Locations: Americas - US (U), USA (U)
Type: Mandatory Standard
 
2022-11-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register final rule amending its test procedures 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 per hour (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 to incorporate by reference the latest version of the relevant industry test standard. DOE adopts 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 final rule. Additionally, DOE amends certain provisions for representations and enforcement for this equipment to harmonize with single-phase products.

  • The effective date of this rule is 30 days after the Final Rule has been published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up e-mail once the notice publishes to announce the effective date.
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for product testing starting 360 days after the Final Rule has been published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up e-mail once the notice publishes to announce the effective date.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register 30 days after the Final Rule has been published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up e-mail once the notice publishes to announce the effective date.
  • Find product information for Air-Cooled Unitary 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.

2022-11-23
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR); notification of proposed determination (NOPD) pertaining to energy conservation standards for single package vertical air conditioners (SPVACs) and single package vertical heat pumps (SPVHPs), collectively referred to as single package vertical units (SPVUs). The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) prescribes standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including SPVUs. EPCA also requires DOE to periodically review standards. In this NOPR; NOPD, DOE proposes to amend the current standards for SPVUs such that the existing standard levels would be based on a new cooling efficiency metric of Integrated Energy Efficiency Ratio (IEER) for SPVACs and SPVHPs, and the current heating efficiency metric of Coefficient of Performance (COP) for SPVHPs (but without any increase in stringency), In addition, DOE has initially determined that more-stringent standards for SPVUs would not be economically justified and would not result in a significant conservation of energy. DOE 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; 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-0033, by email (SPVU2019STD@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Monday, January, 9th, 2023, 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 Single Package Vertical Units 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
2022-11-22
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 non-weatherized oil-fired furnaces (NWOFs), mobile home oil-fired furnaces (MHOFs), weatherized gas furnaces (WGFs), weatherized oil-fired furnaces (WOFs), and electric furnaces (EFs). The analysis is set forth in the Department’s accompanying 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 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 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-2021-BT-STD-0031, by email (OEWGFurnaces2021STD0031@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Click here to view the TSD.
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Monday, December 19, 2023, 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 Consumer 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
2022-11-22
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) proposing energy conservation standards for circulator pumps, and also announcing 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-2016-BT-STD- 0004, by email (circpumps2016std0004@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Thursday, January 19, 2023, 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 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
2022-11-21
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 ceiling fans. The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), prescribes standards for various consumer products, including ceiling fans. The Energy Act of 2020 amended the standards for large-diameter ceiling fans (LDCFs). DOE codified these efficiency requirements in a final rule published May 27, 2021. When DOE published the final rule codifying the standards for LDCFs in 2021, DOE’s test procedure for LDCFs was applicable only to those ceiling fans with a diameter less than or equal to 24 feet. As a result, DOE could not implement the full scope of LDCF standards set forth in the Energy Act of 2020. In order to remedy this situation, DOE has removed this limit on ceiling fan diameter in the most recent test procedure rulemaking for ceiling fans. As such, DOE is now able to implement in this final rule the full scope of standards for LDCFs set forth in the Energy Act of 2020.

  • This notice will be effective once the notice has been published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up e-mail once the notice publishes to announce the effective date.

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.

2022-11-21
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register final rule amending its test procedures for single package vertical air conditioners and single package vertical heat pumps (SPVUs). DOE is incorporating by reference the most recent version of the relevant industry test standard, AHRI 390-2021, and amending certain provisions for representations for SPVUs. DOE is also establishing 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” to distinguish such equipment from certain residential central air conditioners and heat pumps.

  • The effective date of this rule is 30 days after the Final Rule has been published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up e-mail once the notice publishes to announce the effective date.
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for product testing starting 360 days after the Final Rule has been published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up e-mail once the notice publishes to announce the effective date.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register 30 days after the Final Rule has been published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up e-mail once the notice publishes to announce the effective date.
  • Find product information for Single Package Vertical Units 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.

2022-11-18
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of data availability (NODA), publishing data and certain preliminary analytical results related to DOE’s evaluation of potential energy conservation standards for portable electric spas (PESs). DOE requests comments, data, and information regarding the data and analysis.

  • DOE will accept comments and information regarding this NODA until January 17, 2023.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2022–BT– STD-0025, by email (PortableElecSpas2022STD0025@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.

2022-11-16
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to establish definitions, a test procedure, and sampling requirements for portable electric spas. Currently, portable electric spas are not subject to DOE test procedures or energy conservation standards.  The proposed test method references the relevant industry test standard. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposals within the notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR).  

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until December 19, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2022-BT-TP-0024, by email (PortableElecSpas2022TP0024@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Thursday, November 17, 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 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.


Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-11-02
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of data availability (NODA), publishing data and certain preliminary analytical results related to DOE’s evaluation of potential energy conservation standards for portable electric spas (PESs). DOE requests comments, data, and information regarding the data and analysis.

  • DOE will accept comments and information regarding this NODA 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– STD-0025, by email (PortableElecSpas2022STD0025@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.

2022-11-02
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 dedicated-purpose pool pumps (DPPPs) to incorporate by reference the latest version of the relevant industry standards, to codify DOE’s current enforcement policy regarding the scope of the DPPP test procedure pertaining to DPPPs that cannot be appropriately tested by the current DOE test procedure, to align DOE’s DPPP definitions with DOE’s corresponding DPPP motor definitions, and to remove an obsolete DOE DPPP test procedure appendix. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments 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-2022-BT-TP- 0003, by email (DPPP2022tp0003@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Monday, December 12, 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-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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-11-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register final rule amending the test procedure for automatic commercial ice makers to update incorporated references to the latest version of the industry standards; establish a relative humidity test condition; 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 final rule also provides additional detail to the DOE test procedure to improve the representativeness and repeatability of the current test procedure.

  • The effective date of this rule is December 1, 2022.
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for equipment testing starting October 27, 2023. 
  • The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register December 1, 2022.
  • 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.

2022-11-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register final rule establishing energy conservation standards for direct expansion-dedicated outdoor air systems (DX-DOASes) that are of equivalent stringency as the minimum levels specified in the most recent publication of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 90.1 “Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings” (ASHRAE 90.1-2019) when tested pursuant to the DOE test procedure for DX-DOASes – which incorporates by reference the most recent applicable industry standard for this equipment. DOE has determined that it lacks clear and convincing evidence to adopt standards more stringent than the levels specified in ASHRAE 90.1-2019.

  • The effective date of this rule is January 3, 2023. 
  • Compliance with the standards established for DX-DOASes in this final rule is required on and after May 1, 2024.
  • Find product information for Direct Expansion-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.


2022-11-01
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 needed for amended energy conservation standards for consumer furnace fans, 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 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 and information regarding this notice until January 3, 2023.
  • 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).
  • Click here to view the TSD.
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Monday, December 5th, 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
2022-10-31
Location: Washington DC
Description:

This message is to notify you of an update to guidance recently issued by DOE regarding the compliance date of certification requirements for General Service Lamps (GSLs). In this update, DOE is clarifying that the new certification requirement addressed by the guidance applies to lamps manufactured or imported on or after November 1, 2022. Thus, manufacturers who continue to hold inventory that was manufactured or imported before November 1, 2022 do not need to certify compliance for these basic models.”  

  • Click here to view the updated guidance. 
  • 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.

 

2022-10-26
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice amending 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, and making minor corrections to the current test procedures that are required for certification of compliance with applicable energy conservation standards prior to January 1, 2023. This rulemaking does not satisfy the 7- year lookback requirement prescribed by EPCA.

  • The effective date of this rule is November 25, 2022.
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for product testing starting April 24, 2023.
  • The incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in the rule was approved by the Director of the Federal Register on February 6, 2017.
  • 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.


2022-10-26
Location: Washington DC
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 needed for amended energy conservation standards for consumer furnace fans, 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 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 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-2021-BT-STD-0029, by email (ConsumerFurnFan2021STD0029@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Click here to view the TSD.
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Monday, December 5th, 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
2022-10-26
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice final rule pertaining to test procedures for Cooking Products. DOE is establishing a test procedure for a category of cooking products, i.e., conventional cooking tops, under a new appendix. The new test procedure adopts the latest version of the relevant industry standard for electric cooking tops with modifications. The modifications adapt the test method to gas cooking tops, normalize the energy use of each test cycle, include measurement of standby mode and off mode energy use, update certain test conditions, and clarify certain provisions. This final rule retitles the existing cooking products test procedure to specify that it is for microwave ovens only. This final rule also corrects the CFR following an incorrect amendatory instruction in a June 2022 final rule.

  • The effective date of this rule is September 21, 2022.
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for representations of energy use or energy efficiency of a conventional cooking top on or after February 20, 2023.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register on September 21, 2022.
  • 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.

2022-10-20
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register finale rule pertaining to test procedures for variable refrigerant flow (VRF) multi-split air conditioners and heat pumps (VRF multi-split systems). This final rule amends the test procedure for VRF multi-split systems to incorporate by reference the latest version of the applicable industry test standard. This final rule also adopts the integrated energy efficiency ratio metric in its test procedures for VRF multi-split systems. Additionally, this final rule adopts provisions in the updated industry test procedure relevant to certification and enforcement, including a controls verification procedure.

  • The effective date of this rule is November 21, 2022
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for VRF multi-split systems equipment testing October 16, 2023. 
  • The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register November 21, 2022. 
  • The incorporation by reference of certain other publications listed in this rule was approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of July 30, 2015, and July 16, 2012.
  • 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.


2022-10-20
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register final rule establishing energy conservation standards for direct expansion-dedicated outdoor air systems (DX-DOASes) that are of equivalent stringency as the minimum levels specified in the most recent publication of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 90.1 “Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings” (ASHRAE 90.1-2019) when tested pursuant to the DOE test procedure for DX-DOASes – which incorporates by reference the most recent applicable industry standard for this equipment. DOE has determined that it lacks clear and convincing evidence to adopt standards more stringent than the levels specified in ASHRAE 90.1-2019.

  • 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 e-mail once the notice publishes to announce the effective date.
  • Compliance with the standards established for DX-DOASes in this final rule is required on and after 18 months after the Final Rule has been published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up e-mail once the notice publishes to announce the effective date.
  • Find product information for Direct Expansion-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.


2022-10-19
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice final rule pertaining to test procedures for electric motors. This final rule amends the existing scope of DOE's test procedures for electric motors consistent with related updates to the relevant industry testing standard (i.e., for air-over electric motors, electric motors greater than 500 horsepower, electric motors considered small, inverter-only electric motors, and synchronous electric motors); adds test procedures, an appropriate metric, and supporting definitions for additional electric motors covered under the amended scope; and updates references to industry standards to reference current versions. Furthermore, DOE is adopting certain industry provisions related to the prescribed test conditions to further ensure the comparability of test results. DOE is also amending provisions pertaining to certification testing and the determination of represented values for electric motors other than dedicated-purpose pool pump motors, and re-locating such provisions consistent with the location of the certification requirements for other covered products and equipment. Finally, DOE is adding provisions pertaining to certification testing and the determination of represented values for dedicated-purpose pool pump motors.

  • The effective date of this rule is November 18, 2022.
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for product testing starting April 17, 2023. 
  • The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register November 18, 2022.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain other publications listed in the rule was approved by the Director as of June 4, 2012 and February 3, 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.

2022-10-18
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register final rule amending the test procedure for automatic commercial ice makers to update incorporated references to the latest version of the industry standards; establish a relative humidity test condition; 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 final rule also provides additional detail to the DOE test procedure to improve the representativeness and repeatability of the current test procedure.

  • The effective date of this rule is 30 days after the Final Rule has been published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up e-mail once the notice publishes to announce the effective date.
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for equipment testing starting 360 days after the Final Rule has been published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up e-mail once the notice publishes to announce the effective date.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain publications 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. DOE will send a follow-up e-mail once the notice publishes to announce the effective date.
  • 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.

2022-10-17
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice that gives notification of a Decision and Order (Case Number 2021-004) that grants to GE Appliances, a Haier Company (GEA) a waiver from specified portions of the DOE test procedure for determining the energy consumption of a specified miscellaneous refrigeration product. Under the Decision and Order, GEA is required to test and rate the specified basic model of its product in accordance with the alternate test procedure set forth in the Decision and Order.

  • The Decision and Order is effective October 17, 2022.
  • The Decision and Order will terminate upon the compliance date of any future amendment to the test procedure for miscellaneous refrigeration products located at title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), part 430, subpart B, appendix A that addresses the issues presented in this waiver. At such time, GEA must use the relevant test procedure for this product for any testing to demonstrate compliance with the applicable standards, and any other representations of energy use.
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for 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

 

2022-10-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

On August 23, 2022, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) pertaining to energy conservation standards for consumer clothes dryers. On September 23, 2022, DOE received a request from a stakeholder for data regarding the consumer clothes dryer models tested in support of this NOPR analysis. This email is to announce that DOE has posted to the EERE-2014-BT-STD-0058 docket a supplemental data table of consumer clothes dryer models that were tested in support of DOE’s April 19, 2021, notice of availability of a preliminary technical support document (86 FR 20327) and NOPR. While a summary of the data was already part of the record, DOE is providing this spreadsheet in the format requested to help facilitate timely review. 

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

2022-10-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announces the solicitation of nominations to fill upcoming vacancies on the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC).

Nomination packages should be submitted via email to ASRAC@ee.doe.gov, and must be submitted to DOE by Friday, October 21, 2022. Additional details on the process for submitting packages is included in the information below.

Members will be selected with a view toward achieving a balanced committee of experts in fields relevant to energy efficiency, appliance and commercial equipment standards to include DOE, as well as representatives of industry (including manufacturers and trade associations representing manufacturers, component manufacturers and related suppliers, and retailers), utilities, energy efficiency/environmental advocacy groups and consumers. Committee members will serve for a term of three years or less and may be reappointed for successive terms, with no more than two successive terms. Appointments may be made in a manner that allows the terms of the members serving at any time to expire at spaced intervals, so as to ensure continuity in the functioning of the Committee.

Some Committee members may be appointed as special Government employees, experts in fields relevant to energy efficiency and appliance and commercial equipment standards; or as representatives of industry (including manufacturers and trade associations representing manufacturers, component manufacturers and related suppliers, and retailers), utilities, energy efficiency/environmental advocacy groups and consumers. Special Government employees will be subject to certain ethical restrictions and such members will be required to submit certain information in connection with the appointment process.

Members of the Committee will serve without compensation; however, each member may be reimbursed in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations for authorized travel and per diem expenses incurred while attending Committee meetings.

Process for Submitting Nominations: Qualified individuals can self-nominate or be nominated by any individual or organization. Nominators should submit:

  1. The nominee's current resume or curriculum vitae and contact information, including mailing address, email address, and telephone number;
  2. A letter of interest, including a summary of how the nominee's experience and expertise would support the Committee's objectives;
  3. An affirmative statement that: (a) The nominee is not currently a federally- registered lobbyist and will not be a federally-registered lobbyist at the time of appointment and during his/her tenure as a Committee member, or (b) if the nominee is currently a federally- registered lobbyist, that the nominee will no longer be a federally-registered lobbyist at the time of appointment to the Committee and during his/her tenure as a member.

All nomination information should be provided in a single, complete package by the deadline specified in this notice. Nominations packages should be via email to ASRAC@ee.doe.gov. Should more information be needed, DOE staff will contact the nominee, obtain information from the nominee's past affiliations or obtain information from publicly available sources, such as the internet. A selection team will review the nomination packages. This team will be comprised of representatives from several DOE Offices. The selection team will seek balanced viewpoints and consider many criteria, including: (a) Scientific or technical expertise, knowledge, and experience; (b) stakeholder representation; (c) availability and willingness to serve; and (d) skills working in committees, working groups and advisory panels. The selection team will make recommendations regarding membership to the Secretary of Energy for review and selection of Committee members.

Nominations are open to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical handicap, marital status, or sexual orientation. To ensure that recommendations to the Committee take into account the needs of the diverse groups served by DOE, membership shall include, to the extent practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent the needs of women and men of all racial and ethnic groups, and persons with disabilities. Please note, however, that Federally-registered lobbyists and individuals already serving on another Federal advisory committee are ineligible for nomination.

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

2022-10-13
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of data availability (NODA) pertaining to energy conservation standards for fans and blowers. On February 8, 2022, DOE published a request for information regarding standards for fans and blowers. In this NODA, DOE is publishing preliminary inputs and methodology for its technology, screening, engineering, shipments, markups, life cycle cost, and energy use analysis for air circulating fans. Air circulating fans are a subcategory of fans; however, air circulating fans were not included in the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory (ASRAC) negotiations undertaken in 2015 (See Docket No. EERE-2013-BT- STD-0006). The purpose of this NODA is to provide stakeholders with the opportunity to review and provide comment on DOE’s preliminary technical and economic evaluation of air circulating fans, prior to DOE’s publication of a notice of proposed rulemaking for all fans and blowers. The analysis presented in this NODA is consistent with the air circulating fans scope and definitions that DOE proposed in the July 25, 2022, Test Procedure Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR” for Fans and Blowers (July 2022 TP NOPR). DOE requests comments, data, and information regarding its analysis.

  • DOE will accept comments and information regarding this NODA until November 28, 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.


2022-10-11
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register finale rule pertaining to test procedures for variable refrigerant flow (VRF) multi-split air conditioners and heat pumps (VRF multi-split systems). This final rule amends the test procedure for VRF multi-split systems to incorporate by reference the latest version of the applicable industry test standard. This final rule also adopts the integrated energy efficiency ratio metric in its test procedures for VRF multi-split systems. Additionally, this final rule adopts provisions in the updated industry test procedure relevant to certification and enforcement, including a controls verification procedure.

  • The effective date of this rule is 30 days after the Final Rule has been published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up e-mail once the notice publishes to announce the effective date.
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for VRF multi-split systems equipment testing starting 360 days after the Final Rule has been published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up e-mail once the notice publishes to announce the effective date.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain publications 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. DOE will send a follow-up e-mail once the notice publishes to announce the effective date.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain other publications listed in this rule was approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of July 30, 2015, and July 16, 2012.
  • 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.

2022-10-09
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to establish definitions, a test procedure, and sampling and representation requirements for air cleaners. Currently, air cleaners are not subject to DOE test procedures or energy conservation standards. DOE proposes a test procedure for measuring the integrated energy factor for air cleaners. The proposed test method references the relevant industry standard, with certain proposed modifications. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR December 19, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2021–BT–TP-0036, by email (AirCleaners2021TP0036@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Wednesday, November 9, 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 Air Cleaners.

This is part of an effort by 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
2022-10-07
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice initiating an effort to determine whether to amend the current energy conservation standards for metal halide lamp fixtures (MHLF). On October 25, 2021, DOE published a final determination concluding that standards for MHLFs do not need to be amended because they are not economically justified. No later than 3 years after such a determination, under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, DOE must periodically review these standards and publish either a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to propose new standards for MHLFs or a notification of determination that the existing standards do not need to be amended. This request for information (RFI) solicits information from the public to help DOE determine whether amended standards for MHLFs would result in significant energy savings and whether such standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified. As part of this RFI, DOE seeks comment on technological and market changes since the most recent standards update to consider in its evaluation of more stringent standards. 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 November 7, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2022-BT-STD-0023, by email (MHLF2022STD0023@ee.doe.gov@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • 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.

 

2022-10-07
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice pertaining to energy conservation standards for microwave ovens. On August 24, 2022 DOE published a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) to amend the  standards for microwave ovens. This document announces a public meeting to be held in support of that SNOPR and extends the public comment period for the SNOPR by 14 days to allow public comments to be submitted until November 7, 2022.  

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this SNOPR until November 7, 2022.  
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2017–BT–STD- 0023, by email (MWO2017STD0023@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, October 11, 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 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.

2022-10-07
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice announcing public meetings and webinars for the Commercial Unitary Air Conditioner (CUAC) and Commercial Unitary Heat Pump (CUHP) Working Group (CUAC and CUHP Working Group”. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) requires that agencies publish notice of an advisory committee meeting in the Federal Register. DOE will host public meetings and webinars on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, October 11, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at DOE, Forrestal Building, Room 1E-245, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585.
  • Wednesday, October 12, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at DOE, Forrestal Building, Room 1E-245, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585.
  • Wednesday, November 9, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at DOE, Forrestal Building, Room 1E-245, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585.
  • Thursday, November 10, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at DOE, Forrestal Building, Room 1E-245, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585.
  • Tuesday, November 29, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at DOE, Forrestal Building, Room 1E-245, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585.
  • Wednesday, November 30, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at DOE, Forrestal Building, Room 1E-245, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585.
  • Wednesday, December 14, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at DOE, Forrestal Building, Room 6E-069, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585.
  • Thursday, December 15, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at DOE, Forrestal Building, Room 6E-069, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585.
  • To attend the meetings in person and/or to make oral statements regarding any of the items on the agenda, email asrac@ee.doe.gov. In the email, please indicate your name, organization (if appropriate), citizenship, and contact information.
  • To register for the webinars please visit the Working Group webpage here
  • Foreign Nationals attending in-person or participating via webinar are subject to advance security screening procedures. 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 Unitary Air Conditioner and Commercial Unitary Heat Pump 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.

2022-10-06
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of data availability (NODA) pertaining to energy conservation standards for fans and blowers. On February 8, 2022, DOE published a request for information regarding standards for fans and blowers. In this NODA, DOE is publishing preliminary inputs and methodology for its technology, screening, engineering, shipments, markups, life cycle cost, and energy use analysis for air circulating fans. Air circulating fans are a subcategory of fans; however, air circulating fans were not included in the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory (ASRAC) negotiations undertaken in 2015 (See Docket No. EERE-2013-BT- STD-0006). The purpose of this NODA is to provide stakeholders with the opportunity to review and provide comment on DOE’s preliminary technical and economic evaluation of air circulating fans, prior to DOE’s publication of a notice of proposed rulemaking for all fans and blowers. The analysis presented in this NODA is consistent with the air circulating fans scope and definitions that DOE proposed in the July 25, 2022, Test Procedure Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR” for Fans and Blowers (July 2022 TP NOPR). DOE requests comments, data, and information regarding its analysis.

  • DOE will accept comments and information regarding this NODA 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-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.

2022-10-06
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice amending 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, and making minor corrections to the current test procedures that are required for certification of compliance with applicable energy conservation standards prior to January 1, 2023. This rulemaking does not satisfy the 7- year lookback requirement prescribed by EPCA.

  • The effective date of this notice is 30 days after the Final Rule has been published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up e-mail once the notice publishes to announce the effective date.
  • The Final Rule changes will be mandatory for product testing starting 180 days after the Final Rule has been published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up e-mail once the notice publishes to announce the effective date.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the rule was approved by the Director of the Federal Register on February 6, 2017.
  • 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.

2022-10-05
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice that gives notification of a Decision and Order (Case Number 2021-004) that grants to GE Appliances, a Haier Company (GEA) a waiver from specified portions of the DOE test procedure for determining the energy consumption of a specified miscellaneous refrigeration product. Under the Decision and Order, GEA is required to test and rate the specified basic model of its product in accordance with the alternate test procedure set forth in the 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 miscellaneous refrigeration products located at title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), part 430, subpart B, appendix A that addresses the issues presented in this waiver. At such time, GEA must use the relevant test procedure for this product for any testing to demonstrate compliance with the applicable standards, and any other representations of energy use.
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for 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.

2022-10-04
Location: Wahington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice proposing to establish definitions, a test procedure, and sampling requirements for portable electric spas. Currently, portable electric spas are not subject to DOE test procedures or energy conservation standards.  The proposed test method references the relevant industry test standard. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposals within the notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR).  

  • 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-2022-BT-TP-0024, by email (PortableElecSpas2022TP0024@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Thursday, November 17, 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 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.

 

2022-10-04
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 microwave ovens. On August 24, 2022 DOE published a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) to amend the  standards for microwave ovens. This document announces a public meeting to be held in support of that SNOPR and extends the public comment period for the SNOPR by 14 days to allow public comments to be submitted until November 7, 2022.  

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this SNOPR until November 7, 2022.  
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2017–BT–STD- 0023, by email (MWO2017STD0023@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, October 11, 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 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.

2022-10-03
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice announcing public meetings and webinars for the Commercial Unitary Air Conditioner (CUAC) and Commercial Unitary Heat Pump (CUHP) Working Group (CUAC and CUHP Working Group”. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) requires that agencies publish notice of an advisory committee meeting in the Federal Register. DOE will host public meetings and webinars on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, October 11, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at DOE, Forrestal Building, Room 1E-245, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585.
  • Wednesday, October 12, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at DOE, Forrestal Building, Room 1E-245, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585.
  • Wednesday, November 9, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at DOE, Forrestal Building, Room 1E-245, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585.
  • Thursday, November 10, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at DOE, Forrestal Building, Room 1E-245, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585.
  • Tuesday, November 29, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at DOE, Forrestal Building, Room 1E-245, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585.
  • Wednesday, November 30, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at DOE, Forrestal Building, Room 1E-245, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585.
  • Wednesday, December 14, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at DOE, Forrestal Building, Room 6E-069, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585.
  • Thursday, December 15, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at DOE, Forrestal Building, Room 6E-069, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585.
  • To attend the meetings in person and/or to make oral statements regarding any of the items on the agenda, email asrac@ee.doe.gov. In the email, please indicate your name, organization (if appropriate), citizenship, and contact information.
  • To register for the webinars please visit the Working Group webpage here
  • Foreign Nationals attending in-person or participating via webinar are subject to advance security screening procedures. 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 Unitary Air Conditioner and Commercial Unitary Heat Pump 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.

 

2022-10-03
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 microwave ovens. On August 24, 2022 DOE published a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) to amend the  standards for microwave ovens. This document announces a public meeting to be held in support of that SNOPR and extends the public comment period for the SNOPR by 14 days to allow public comments to be submitted until November 7, 2022.  

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this SNOPR until November 7, 2022.  
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2017–BT–STD- 0023, by email (MWO2017STD0023@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, October 11, 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 Microwave Ovens including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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2022-09-30
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, and sampling and representation requirements for air cleaners. Currently, air cleaners are not subject to DOE test procedures or energy conservation standards. DOE proposes a test procedure for measuring the integrated energy factor for air cleaners. The proposed test method references the relevant industry standard, with certain proposed modifications. 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-0036, by email (AirCleaners2021TP0036@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Wednesday, November 9, 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 Air Cleaners.

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Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-09-27
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice initiating an effort to determine whether to amend the current energy conservation standards for metal halide lamp fixtures (MHLF). On October 25, 2021, DOE published a final determination concluding that standards for MHLFs do not need to be amended because they are not economically justified. No later than 3 years after such a determination, under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, DOE must periodically review these standards and publish either a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to propose new standards for MHLFs or a notification of determination that the existing standards do not need to be amended. This request for information (RFI) solicits information from the public to help DOE determine whether amended standards for MHLFs would result in significant energy savings and whether such standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified. As part of this RFI, DOE seeks comment on technological and market changes since the most recent standards update to consider in its evaluation of more stringent standards. 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-0023, by email (MHLF2022STD0023@ee.doe.gov@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).

Find product information for Metal Halide Lamp Fixtures including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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2022-09-19
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued published a Federal Register Final Rule establishing 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 is adopting a test procedure for measuring the circulator energy index for circulator pumps. The test method references the relevant industry test standard. The 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.

  • The effective date of this rule is October 19, 2022.
  • Compliance with the final rule will be mandatory for representations of head, flow rate, driver power input, circulator energy rating, and circulator energy index made on or after March 20, 2023.
  • Find product information for Circulator Pumps including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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2022-09-08
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice final rule amending the existing test procedures for battery chargers to reorganize certain subsections, clarify symbology and references, correct an incorrect cross reference and section title, update the list of battery chemistries, and terminate an existing test procedure waiver because the covered subject models have been discontinued. This final rule also establishes in new appendix Y1 a new a test procedure for battery chargers that expands coverage to include inductive wireless battery chargers and establishes associated definitions and test provisions; establishes a new test procedure approach that relies on separate metrics for active mode, standby mode, and off mode; and updates the EPS selection criteria. The new test procedure Y1 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 October 11, 2022
  • The amendments to the current test procedure will be mandatory for product testing starting March 7, 2023.
  • Manufacturers will be required to use the amended test procedure in appendix Y until the compliance date of any final rule establishing amended energy conservation standards based on the newly established test procedure in appendix Y1. At such time, manufacturers will be required to begin using the newly established test procedure in appendix Y1.

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2022-09-06
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice pertaining to energy conservation standards for certain products and equipment. On July 22, 2022, DOE published a final rule that amended the certification provisions for ceiling fan light kits (CFLKs), in addition to several other covered products. This document corrects an error in the amended regulatory text for CFLKs as it appeared in the 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 notice is effective September 6, 2022.
  • Find product information for ceiling fan light kits including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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2022-09-02
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice determining 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 determined that classifying portable electric spas as covered products is necessary or 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.

  • This final determination is effective November 1, 2022.

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2022-09-01
Location: California
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice announcing initial open meetings of the Commercial Unitary Air Conditioner (CUAC) and Commercial Unitary Heat Pump (CUHP) Working Group (CUAC and CUHP Working Group). The purpose of the CUAC and CUHP Working Group is to undertake a negotiated rulemaking to discuss and, if possible, reach consensus on a proposed rule for test procedures and energy conservation standards for CUAC and CUHP equipment, as authorized by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, as amended.

  • Open meetings will be held on: Tuesday, September 20, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT and Wednesday, September 21, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT.
  • To attend the meetings in person and/or to make oral statements regarding any of the items on the agenda, email asrac@ee.doe.gov. In the email, please indicate your name, organization (if appropriate), citizenship, and contact information.
  • Click here to attend via webinar on Tuesday, September 20, 2022.
  • Click here to attend via webinar on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.
  • All meetings will be held at the U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Ave SW., Washington, DC 20585 in room 1E-245.
  • Foreign Nationals visiting DOE Headquarters are subject to advance security screening procedures. Please contact Regina Washington by email: regina.washington@ee.doe.gov so that the necessary procedures can be completed.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating via webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Find product information for Commercial Unitary Air Conditioner and Commercial Unitary Heat Pump including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-08-31
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register Final Rule adopting amendments to the test procedures for general service fluorescent lamps (GSFLs), incandescent reflector lamps (IRLs), and general service incandescent lamps (GSILs) to update references to industry test standards and provide citations to specific sections of these standards; amend definitions; reference specific sections within industry test standards for further clarity; provide test methods for measuring coloring rendering index (CRI) for incandescent lamps and measuring lifetime of IRLs; clarify test frequency and inclusion of cathode power in measurements for GSFLs; decrease the sample size and specify all metrics for all lamps be measured from the same sample; and align terminology across relevant sections of the Code of Federal Regulations relating to GSFLs, IRLs and GSILs.

  • The effective date of this rule is September 30, 2022.
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for product testing February 27, 2023. 
  • The incorporation by reference of certain material listed in this rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of September 30, 2022. 
  • The incorporation by reference of certain other material listed in this rule was approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of June 30, 1997, March 23, 2009, September 14, 2009, and February 27, 2012.

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

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2022-08-30
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice pertaining to energy conservation standards for consumer furnaces. On July 7, 2022, DOE published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) for amending the standards for certain consumer furnaces, specifically non-weatherized gas furnaces (NWGF) and mobile home gas furnaces (MHGF). In response to requests by several interested parties, DOE is making available a revised version of the life-cycle-cost (LCC) spreadsheet supporting that NOPR and also announcing a public meeting webinar to assist stakeholders with operation of the LCC spreadsheet. In addition, DOE received four requests to extend the public comment period for the NOPR (originally set to close September 6, 2022), and after considering those requests, DOE has decided to extend the public comment period until October 6, 2022.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until October 6, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2014-BT-STD-0031, by email (ResFurnaces2014STD0031@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, from 1:00p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • LCC Spreadsheet 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 Consumer Furnaces including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-08-30
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to amend its test procedures for water-source heat pumps, with the main changes being ones to expand the scope of applicability of the test procedure, reference different industry standards than currently referenced, change to a seasonal cooling efficiency metric, and change the test conditions used for the heating metric. DOE has tentatively determined that the amended test procedure would produce results that are more representative of an average use cycle and more consistent with current industry practice without being unduly burdensome to conduct. DOE seeks comment from interested parties on this proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until October 31, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2017-BT-TP-0029, by email (WSHP2017TP0029@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Wednesday, September 14, 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 Water-Source Heat Pumps including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-08-26
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice announcing initial open meetings of the Commercial Unitary Air Conditioner (CUAC) and Commercial Unitary Heat Pump (CUHP) Working Group (CUAC and CUHP Working Group). The purpose of the CUAC and CUHP Working Group is to undertake a negotiated rulemaking to discuss and, if possible, reach consensus on a proposed rule for test procedures and energy conservation standards for CUAC and CUHP equipment, as authorized by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, as amended.

  • Open meetings will be held on: Tuesday, September 20, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT and Wednesday, September 21, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT.
  • All meetings will be held at the U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Ave SW., Washington, DC 20585 in room 1E-245.
  • To attend the meetings and/or to make oral statements regarding any of the items on the agenda, email asrac@ee.doe.gov. In the email, please indicate your name, organization (if appropriate), citizenship, and contact information.
  • Please note that foreign nationals visiting DOE Headquarters are subject to advance security screening procedures. Any foreign national wishing to participate in the meetings, please notify DOE as soon as possible by contacting Ms. Regina Washington at (202) 586-1214 or by email: regina.washington@ee.doe.gov so that the necessary procedures can be completed.
  • Find product information for Commercial Unitary Air Conditioner and Commercial Unitary Heat Pump including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-08-26
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 certain products and equipment. On July 22, 2022, DOE published a final rule that amended the certification provisions for ceiling fan light kits (CFLKs), in addition to several other covered products. This document corrects an error in the amended regulatory text for CFLKs as it appeared in the 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 notice is effective once it has been published in the Federal Register.

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.

2022-08-26
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice determining 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 determined that classifying portable electric spas as covered products is necessary or 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.

  • This final determination is effective 60 days after the notice has been published in the Federal Register.
  • Find product information for Portable Electric Spas including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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2022-08-25
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice final rule amending the existing test procedures for battery chargers to reorganize certain subsections, clarify symbology and references, correct an incorrect cross reference and section title, update the list of battery chemistries, and terminate an existing test procedure waiver because the covered subject models have been discontinued. This final rule also establishes in new appendix Y1 a new a test procedure for battery chargers that expands coverage to include inductive wireless battery chargers and establishes associated definitions and test provisions; establishes a new test procedure approach that relies on separate metrics for active mode, standby mode, and off mode; and updates the EPS selection criteria. The new test procedure Y1 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 to the current test procedure will be mandatory for product testing starting 180 days after the Final Rule has been published in the Federal Register.
  • Manufacturers will be required to use the amended test procedure in appendix Y until the compliance date of any final rule establishing amended energy conservation standards based on the newly established test procedure in appendix Y1. At such time, manufacturers will be required to begin using the newly established test procedure in appendix Y1.
  • Find product information for Battery Chargers including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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2022-08-25
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register Final Rule establishing 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 is adopting a test procedure for measuring the circulator energy index for circulator pumps. The test method references the relevant industry test standard. The 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.

  • The effective date of this rule is 30 days after the Final Rule has been published in the Federal Register.
  • Compliance with the final rule will be mandatory for representations of head, flow rate, driver power input, circulator energy rating, and circulator energy index made on or after 180 days after the Final Rule has been published in the Federal Register.
  • 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.

2022-08-25
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) pertaining to energy conservation standards for microwave ovens. The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) requires DOE to periodically determine whether more-stringent standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would result in significant energy savings. In this SNOPR, DOE proposes amended standards for microwave ovens, and requests comment on these proposed standards and associated analyses and results.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this SNOPR until October 24, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2017–BT–STD- 0023, by email (MWO2017STD0023@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Find product information for Microwave Ovens including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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2022-08-24
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 consumer furnaces. On July 7, 2022, DOE published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) for amending the standards for certain consumer furnaces, specifically non-weatherized gas furnaces (NWGF) and mobile home gas furnaces (MHGF). In response to requests by several interested parties, DOE is making available a revised version of the life-cycle-cost (LCC) spreadsheet supporting that NOPR and also announcing a public meeting webinar to assist stakeholders with operation of the LCC spreadsheet. In addition, DOE received four requests to extend the public comment period for the NOPR (originally set to close September 6, 2022), and after considering those requests, DOE has decided to extend the public comment period until October 6, 2022.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until October 6, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2014-BT-STD-0031, by email (ResFurnaces2014STD0031@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, from 1:00p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • LCC Spreadsheet 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 Consumer Furnaces including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-08-23
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 consumer clothes dryers. The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) requires DOE to periodically determine whether more stringent standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would result in significant energy savings. In this NOPR, DOE proposes amended standards for consumer clothes dryers, 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 October 24, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2014-BT-STD-0058, by email (ResClothesDryers2014STD0058@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, September 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 Consumer Clothes Dryers including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-08-19
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy  (DOE) has published Federal Register notice final rule pertaining to test procedures for external power supplies. This final rule amends DOE's current test procedure for external power supplies by clarifying the scope of the test procedure more explicitly, providing more specific instructions for testing single-voltage external power supplies with multiple-output busses and external power supplies shipped without an output cord, providing instructions allowing for functionality unrelated to the external power supply circuit to be disconnected during testing so long as the disconnection does not impact the functionality of the external power supply itself, specifying test requirements for adaptive external power supplies that conform to the industry-based Universal Serial Bus Power Delivery specifications consistent with current test procedure waivers that DOE has already granted for these products, and reorganizing the test procedure to centralize definitions, consolidate generally applicable requirements, and better delineate requirements for single-voltage, multiple-voltage, and adaptive external power supplies.

  • The effective date of this rule is September 19, 2022.
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for product testing starting February 15, 2023.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain other publications listed in this rule was approved by the Director of the Federal Register on September 24, 2015.

Find product information for External Power Supplies including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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2022-08-18
Location: Washington DC
Description:

On June 28, 2022, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 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 commercial refrigerators, freezers, and refrigerator-freezers (CRE), which is set forth in DOE's preliminary technical support document (TSD) for this rulemaking. On August 8, DOE held a public meeting via webinar to discuss and receive comment on its preliminary analysis. During this meeting, a stakeholder requested that DOE post to the docket an engineering spreadsheet that presents the engineering analysis information from the already published TSD in excel format.  This email is to announce that those engineering spreadsheets are now available in the EERE-2017-STD-0007 docket.  The engineering spreadsheets do not contain any new or additional information that was not already published with the TSD in June.

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

2022-08-16
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice amending the test procedures for ceiling fans to include a definition for “circulating air” for the purpose of the ceiling fan definition; include ceiling fans greater than 24 feet within the scope of the test procedure; include certain belt-driven ceiling fans within the scope of the test procedure; specify that certain very small-diameter ceiling fans are not required to be tested; maintain applicability of the standby power test procedure to large-diameter ceiling fans; specify instructions for testing ceiling fans with certain accessories or features; clarify test voltage for large-diameter ceiling fans; amend the low speed definition and increase low speed tolerance for stability criteria; permit an alternate set-up to collect air velocity test data and provide greater specificity regarding sensor orientation; amend the blade thickness measurement requirement; update instrument measurement resolution, represented values, rounding instructions, and enforcement provisions; and codify current guidance on calculating several values reported on the EnergyGuide label. DOE is also updating references to an industry test standard to reference the latest version.

  • The effective date of this rule is September 15, 2022.
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for product testing February 13, 2023. 
  • The incorporation by reference of certain material listed in this rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of September 15, 2022.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain other material listed in this rule was approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of August 24, 2016 and May 27, 2021.
  • 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.

 

2022-08-16
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) pertaining to energy conservation standards for microwave ovens. The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) requires DOE to periodically determine whether more-stringent standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would result in significant energy savings. In this SNOPR, DOE proposes amended standards for microwave ovens, and requests comment on these proposed standards and associated analyses and results.

  • 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–2017–BT–STD- 0023, by email (MWO2017STD0023@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • 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.

2022-08-16
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 consumer clothes dryers. The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) requires DOE to periodically determine whether more stringent standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would result in significant energy savings. In this NOPR, DOE proposes amended standards for consumer clothes dryers, 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-2014-BT-STD-0058, by email (ResClothesDryers2014STD0058@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, September 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 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.

2022-08-15
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of data availability (NODA) pertaining to energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial pumps (pumps). In this NODA, DOE is publishing an overview of potential technology/design options and associated estimated national energy savings with preliminary industry net present value estimates for certain pump equipment classes in order to provide stakeholders with additional information and to assist DOE in determining how to proceed with the rulemaking. The analysis presented in this NODA is consistent with the scope that DOE proposed in a test procedure notice of proposed rulemaking for commercial and industrial pumps published on April 11, 2022. DOE requests comments, data, and information regarding its analysis.

  • DOE will accept comments and information regarding this NODA until September 26, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2021–BT– STD-0018, by email (Pumps2021STD0018@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • 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.

2022-08-15
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register Final Rule adopting amendments to the test procedures for general service fluorescent lamps (GSFLs), incandescent reflector lamps (IRLs), and general service incandescent lamps (GSILs) to update references to industry test standards and provide citations to specific sections of these standards; amend definitions; reference specific sections within industry test standards for further clarity; provide test methods for measuring coloring rendering index (CRI) for incandescent lamps and measuring lifetime of IRLs; clarify test frequency and inclusion of cathode power in measurements for GSFLs; decrease the sample size and specify all metrics for all lamps be measured from the same sample; and align terminology across relevant sections of the Code of Federal Regulations relating to GSFLs, IRLs and GSILs.

  • 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 180 days 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 as of 30 days after the Final Rule has been published in the Federal Register.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain other material listed in this rule was approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of June 30, 1997, March 23, 2009, September 14, 2009, and February 27, 2012.
  • Find product information for General Service Fluorescent Lamps, Incandescent Reflector Lamps, and General Service Incandescent 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.

2022-08-11
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on germicidal ultraviolet (GUV) radiation for air and surface disinfection. This technology area represents a growing opportunity to improve indoor air quality while saving energy over high-ventilation approaches. However, light-emitting diode (LED) GUV sources and fixtures available today have low efficiencies relative to visible LEDs or other UV sources (such as mercury lamps). Driven by demand for pandemic preparedness measures in buildings and good indoor air quality, many emerging GUV R&D activities target application effectiveness through increased source efficiency, improved fixture design, and enhanced reliability.

The U.S. Department of Energy has released two reports aimed at understanding the current status of commercial ultraviolet (UV) LEDs.

  • Initial Benchmarks of UV LEDs and Comparisons with White LEDs focuses on the construction and initial performance of commercially available UV LEDs.
  • Operating Lifetime Study of UV LED Products focuses on the long-term performance and reliability of the same set of LEDs. Results from stress testing, along with an extensive literature review, identified specific failure mechanisms and opportunities for improvement across these UV LEDs.

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2022-08-04
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 water-source heat pumps, with the main changes being ones to expand the scope of applicability of the test procedure, reference different industry standards than currently referenced, change to a seasonal cooling efficiency metric, and change the test conditions used for the heating metric. DOE has tentatively determined that the amended test procedure would produce results that are more representative of an average use cycle and more consistent with current industry practice without being unduly burdensome to conduct. 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-0029, by email (WSHP2017TP0029@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Wednesday, September 14, 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 Water-Source 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.

2022-08-04
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of data availability (NODA) pertaining to energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial pumps (pumps). In this NODA, DOE is publishing an overview of potential technology/design options and associated estimated national energy savings with preliminary industry net present value estimates for certain pump equipment classes in order to provide stakeholders with additional information and to assist DOE in determining how to proceed with the rulemaking. The analysis presented in this NODA is consistent with the scope that DOE proposed in a test procedure notice of proposed rulemaking for commercial and industrial pumps published on April 11, 2022. DOE requests comments, data, and information regarding its analysis.

  • DOE will accept comments and information regarding this NODA 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-0018, by email (Pumps2021STD0018@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • 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.

 

2022-08-03
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice amending the test procedures for ceiling fans to include a definition for “circulating air” for the purpose of the ceiling fan definition; include ceiling fans greater than 24 feet within the scope of the test procedure; include certain belt-driven ceiling fans within the scope of the test procedure; specify that certain very small-diameter ceiling fans are not required to be tested; maintain applicability of the standby power test procedure to large-diameter ceiling fans; specify instructions for testing ceiling fans with certain accessories or features; clarify test voltage for large-diameter ceiling fans; amend the low speed definition and increase low speed tolerance for stability criteria; permit an alternate set-up to collect air velocity test data and provide greater specificity regarding sensor orientation; amend the blade thickness measurement requirement; update instrument measurement resolution, represented values, rounding instructions, and enforcement provisions; and codify current guidance on calculating several values reported on the EnergyGuide label. DOE is also updating references to an industry test standard to reference the latest version.

  • 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 180 days 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 as of 30 days after the Final Rule has been published in the Federal Register.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain other material listed in this rule was approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of August 24, 2016 and May 27, 2021.
  • 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.

2022-08-02
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice to announce that DOE intends to establish a negotiated rulemaking working group under the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC) in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and the Negotiated Rulemaking Act (NRA) to negotiate proposed test procedures and amended energy conservation standards commercial unitary air conditioners and heat pumps (CUACs and CUHPs). The purpose of the working group will be to discuss and, if possible, reach consensus on a proposed rule regarding test procedures and energy conservation standards for CUACs and CUHPs, as authorized by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA). The working group will consist of representatives of parties having a defined stake in the outcome of the proposed standards and/or test procedure, and will consult as appropriate with a range of experts on technical issues.

  • DOE is hereby soliciting nominations for members of the CUAC and CUHP working group. Application packages should be submitted to DOE by August 12, 2022.
  • Nominations of membership must be received on or before August 12, 2022.
  • DOE will not consider any nominations received via mail or after midnight on August 12, 2022.
  • The nominee's name, resume, biography, and any letters of support must be submitted in electronic format via email to asrac@ee.doe.gov. Any requests for further information should also be sent via email to asrac@ee.doe.gov
  • Find product information for Commercial Unitary 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.

 

2022-07-27
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice publishing a final rule to establish definitions for “direct expansion-dedicated outdoor air systems” (DX- DOASes) and “unitary dedicated outdoor air systems” (unitary DOASes). Unitary DOASes are a category of small, large, and very large commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended. In addition, DOE is establishing a test procedure to measure the energy efficiency of DX-DOASes, which aligns with the most recent version of the relevant industry consensus test standards for DX-DOASes, with certain minor modifications. Lastly, DOE is adopting supporting definitions, energy efficiency metrics for dehumidification and heating modes, and provisions governing public representations as part of this rulemaking.

  • The effective date of this rule is August 26, 2022.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain material listed in this rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register August 26, 2022.
  • Representations with respect to energy use or efficiency of direct expansion-dedicated outdoor air systems must be based on testing conducted in accordance with this final rule on or after July 24, 2023.

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.

2022-07-27
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice publishing a final rule to establish definitions for “direct expansion-dedicated outdoor air systems” (DX- DOASes) and “unitary dedicated outdoor air systems” (unitary DOASes). Unitary DOASes are a category of small, large, and very large commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended. In addition, DOE is establishing a test procedure to measure the energy efficiency of DX-DOASes, which aligns with the most recent version of the relevant industry consensus test standards for DX-DOASes, with certain minor modifications. Lastly, DOE is adopting supporting definitions, energy efficiency metrics for dehumidification and heating modes, and provisions governing public representations as part of this rulemaking.

  • The effective date of this rule is August 26, 2022.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain material listed in this rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register August 26, 2022.
  • Representations with respect to energy use or efficiency of direct expansion-dedicated outdoor air systems must be based on testing conducted in accordance with this final rule on or after July 24, 2023.
  • 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.

2022-07-25
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to establish a test procedure for fans and blowers, including air-circulating fans, and to adopt through reference the relevant industry test standards as the DOE test procedure for measuring the fan electrical input power (FEP) and for determining the fan energy index (FEI). DOE also proposes to establish supporting definitions, requirements for alternative energy use determination methods, and sampling requirements to determine the represented values of FEP and FEI. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until September 23, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2021-BT-TP-0021, by email (FansBlowers2021TP0021@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, August 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 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.

 

2022-07-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice  publishing a final rule to amend the certification provisions for ceiling fan light kits, general service incandescent lamps, incandescent reflector lamps, ceiling fans, consumer furnaces and boilers, consumer water heaters, dishwashers, commercial clothes washers, battery chargers, and dedicated-purpose pool pumps. DOE is amending the certification and reporting provisions for these products and equipment to ensure reporting is consistent with currently applicable energy conservation standards and to ensure that DOE has the information necessary to determine the appropriate classification of products for the application of standards.

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

2022-07-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice  publishing a final rule to amend the certification provisions for ceiling fan light kits and ceiling fans. DOE is amending the certification and reporting provisions for these products and equipment to ensure reporting is consistent with currently applicable energy conservation standards and to ensure that DOE has the information necessary to determine the appropriate classification of products for the application of standards.

  • The effective date of this rule is August 22, 2022. 
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for the annual certification reports submitted for products and equipment beginning February 17, 2023.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain material listed in this rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register on December 17, 2012, and September 6, 2017.
  • Find product information for ceiling fan light kits and  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.

2022-07-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notification of petition for waiver and grant of an interim waiver pertaining to test procedures for walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers (walk-in). This notification announces receipt of and publishes a petition for waiver and interim waiver from Norlake, Inc., dba Refrigerated Solutions Group (RSG), which seeks a waiver for specified walk-in refrigeration system basic models from DOE's test procedure used for determining the efficiency of walk-in refrigeration systems. DOE also gives notification of an Interim Waiver Order that requires RSG to test and rate the specified walk-in basic models in accordance with the alternate test procedure set forth in the Interim Waiver Order. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning RSG’s petition and its suggested alternate test procedure so as to inform DOE’s final decision on RSG’s waiver request.

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

2022-07-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice  publishing a final rule to amend the certification provisions for ceiling fan light kits, general service incandescent lamps and incandescent reflector lamps, . DOE is amending the certification and reporting provisions for these products and equipment to ensure reporting is consistent with currently applicable energy conservation standards and to ensure that DOE has the information necessary to determine the appropriate classification of products for the application of standards.

  • The effective date of this rule is August 22, 2022. 
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for the annual certification reports submitted for products and equipment beginning February 17, 2023.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain material listed in this rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register on December 17, 2012, and September 6, 2017.
  • Find product information for general service incandescent lamps and incandescent reflector 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.

2022-07-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice  publishing a final rule to amend the certification provisions for ceiling fan light kits, general service incandescent lamps, incandescent reflector lamps, ceiling fans, consumer furnaces and boilers, consumer water heaters, dishwashers, commercial clothes washers, battery chargers, and dedicated-purpose pool pumps. DOE is amending the certification and reporting provisions for these products and equipment to ensure reporting is consistent with currently applicable energy conservation standards and to ensure that DOE has the information necessary to determine the appropriate classification of products for the application of standards.

  • The effective date of this rule is August 22, 2022. 
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for the annual certification reports submitted for products and equipment beginning February 17, 2023.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain material listed in this rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register on December 17, 2012, and September 6, 2017.
  • Find product information for consumer 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.

2022-07-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice publishing a final rule to amend the certification provisions for consumer water heaters. DOE is amending the certification and reporting provisions for these products and equipment to ensure reporting is consistent with currently applicable energy conservation standards and to ensure that DOE has the information necessary to determine the appropriate classification of products for the application of standards.

  • The effective date of this rule is August 22, 2022. 
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for the annual certification reports submitted for products and equipment beginning February 17, 2023.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain material listed in this rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register on December 17, 2012, and September 6, 2017.
  • Find product information for consumer 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.

2022-07-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice  publishing a final rule to amend the certification provisions for dishwashers. DOE is amending the certification and reporting provisions for these products and equipment to ensure reporting is consistent with currently applicable energy conservation standards and to ensure that DOE has the information necessary to determine the appropriate classification of products for the application of standards.

  • The effective date of this rule is August 22, 2022. 
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for the annual certification reports submitted for products and equipment beginning February 17, 2023.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain material listed in this rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register on December 17, 2012, and September 6, 2017.
  • 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.

2022-07-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice  publishing a final rule to amend the certification provisions for commercial clothes washers. DOE is amending the certification and reporting provisions for these products and equipment to ensure reporting is consistent with currently applicable energy conservation standards and to ensure that DOE has the information necessary to determine the appropriate classification of products for the application of standards.

  • The effective date of this rule is August 22, 2022. 
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for the annual certification reports submitted for products and equipment beginning February 17, 2023.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain material listed in this rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register on December 17, 2012, and September 6, 2017.
  • 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

2022-07-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice  publishing a final rule to amend the certification provisions for battery chargers. DOE is amending the certification and reporting provisions for these products and equipment to ensure reporting is consistent with currently applicable energy conservation standards and to ensure that DOE has the information necessary to determine the appropriate classification of products for the application of standards.

  • The effective date of this rule is August 22, 2022. 
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for the annual certification reports submitted for products and equipment beginning February 17, 2023.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain material listed in this rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register on December 17, 2012, and September 6, 2017.
  • 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.

2022-07-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice  publishing a final rule to amend the certification provisions for dedicated-purpose pool pumps. DOE is amending the certification and reporting provisions for these products and equipment to ensure reporting is consistent with currently applicable energy conservation standards and to ensure that DOE has the information necessary to determine the appropriate classification of products for the application of standards.

  • The effective date of this rule is August 22, 2022. 
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for the annual certification reports submitted for products and equipment beginning February 17, 2023.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain material listed in this rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register on December 17, 2012, and September 6, 2017.
  • 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

2022-07-21
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy  (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice final rule pertaining to test procedures for external power supplies. This final rule amends DOE's current test procedure for external power supplies by clarifying the scope of the test procedure more explicitly, providing more specific instructions for testing single-voltage external power supplies with multiple-output busses and external power supplies shipped without an output cord, providing instructions allowing for functionality unrelated to the external power supply circuit to be disconnected during testing so long as the disconnection does not impact the functionality of the external power supply itself, specifying test requirements for adaptive external power supplies that conform to the industry-based Universal Serial Bus Power Delivery specifications consistent with current test procedure waivers that DOE has already granted for these products, and reorganizing the test procedure to centralize definitions, consolidate generally applicable requirements, and better delineate requirements for single-voltage, multiple-voltage, and adaptive external power supplies.

  • 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 days after the Final Rule has been published in the Federal Register.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain other publications listed in this rule was approved by the Director of the Federal Register on September 24, 2015.
  • 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.

2022-07-19
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice final rule; technical correction pertaining to test procedures for Cooking Products. DOE is establishing a test procedure for a category of cooking products, i.e., conventional cooking tops, under a new appendix. The new test procedure adopts the latest version of the relevant industry standard for electric cooking tops with modifications. The modifications adapt the test method to gas cooking tops, normalize the energy use of each test cycle, include measurement of standby mode and off mode energy use, update certain test conditions, and clarify certain provisions. This final rule retitles the existing cooking products test procedure to specify that it is for microwave ovens only. This final rule also corrects the CFR following an incorrect amendatory instruction in a June 2022 final rule.

  • 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 representations of energy use or energy efficiency of a conventional cooking top on or after 180 days after the Final Rule has been published in the Federal Register.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain other publications listed in the rule was 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 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.

 

2022-07-19
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today awarded $10 million to six projects that will support the adoption of clean-energy technologies and advanced energy-efficiency measures in American industry. Three awardees will develop renewably powered district energy systems, which can provide multiple buildings with heating or cooling from a central plant. Another three awardees will establish regional smart-manufacturing pilot initiatives, offering technical assistance on the implementation of smart-manufacturing technologies and structured energy-management systems. 

“District energy systems are ideal for efficiently sharing heat and energy resources throughout a campus environment,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. “The projects funded through these smart manufacturing technical assistance awards will help American manufacturers optimize their energy and material use.” 

Major energy consumers, including manufacturers, can improve their energy efficiency, curb their carbon emissions, and bolster their global competitiveness by deploying renewably supplied district energy systems and integrating smart manufacturing technologies into their energy-management practices. 

District energy systems are more efficient and sustainable than individual building-energy systems. They also provide a reliable and resilient source of thermal energy that is particularly useful for energy-intensive facilities, such as manufacturing plants, healthcare campuses, and military bases. District energy systems can incorporate energy-efficient, flexible, combined heat and power (CHP) systems, which can provide support to the electricity grid on demand. DOE’s awardees will design, construct, and demonstrate advanced district energy systems that can use low carbon fuels or renewable energy sources in combination with combined heat and power and energy storage systems.  

Structured energy management systems, such as those aligned with the global International Organization on Standardization 50001 standard, have proven to yield deep and sustained energy savings for manufacturers. Smart technologies, including advanced sensors, controls, software platforms, and data analytics, allow manufacturers to further optimize their use of energy and materials. DOE’s awardees will establish new regional initiatives to provide smart-manufacturing and energy-management system technical assistance to existing state, local, and utility-sector industrial energy efficiency programs. 

Learn more about the selected projects

Funding for these opportunities is provided by DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, which catalyzes research, development and adoption of energy-related advanced manufacturing technologies and practices to drive U.S. economic competitiveness and an equitable transition to a decarbonized economy by 2050.

2022-07-19
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notification of petition for waiver and grant of an interim waiver pertaining to test procedures for walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers (walk-in). This notification announces receipt of and publishes a petition for waiver and interim waiver from Norlake, Inc., dba Refrigerated Solutions Group (RSG), which seeks a waiver for specified walk-in refrigeration system basic models from DOE's test procedure used for determining the efficiency of walk-in refrigeration systems. DOE also gives notification of an Interim Waiver Order that requires RSG to test and rate the specified walk-in basic models in accordance with the alternate test procedure set forth in the Interim Waiver Order. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning RSG’s petition and its suggested alternate test procedure so as to inform DOE’s final decision on RSG’s waiver request.

  • DOE will accept comments and information regarding this waiver 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-WAV-0010, by email (RSGWICF2022WAV0010@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • 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.

 

2022-07-19
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notification of petition for waiver and grant of an interim waiver pertaining to test procedures for walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers (walk-in). This notification announces receipt of and publishes a petition for waiver and interim waiver from Norlake, Inc., dba Refrigerated Solutions Group (RSG), which seeks a waiver for specified walk-in refrigeration system basic models from DOE's test procedure used for determining the efficiency of walk-in refrigeration systems. DOE also gives notification of an Interim Waiver Order that requires RSG to test and rate the specified walk-in basic models in accordance with the alternate test procedure set forth in the Interim Waiver Order. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning RSG’s petition and its suggested alternate test procedure so as to inform DOE’s final decision on RSG’s waiver request.

  • DOE will accept comments and information regarding this waiver 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-WAV-0010, by email (RSGWICF2022WAV0010@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • 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 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.

2022-07-18
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice final rule pertaining to test procedures for electric motors. This final rule amends the existing scope of DOE's test procedures for electric motors consistent with related updates to the relevant industry testing standard (i.e., for air-over electric motors, electric motors greater than 500 horsepower, electric motors considered small, inverter-only electric motors, and synchronous electric motors); adds test procedures, an appropriate metric, and supporting definitions for additional electric motors covered under the amended scope; and updates references to industry standards to reference current versions. Furthermore, DOE is adopting certain industry provisions related to the prescribed test conditions to further ensure the comparability of test results. DOE is also amending provisions pertaining to certification testing and the determination of represented values for electric motors other than dedicated-purpose pool pump motors, and re-locating such provisions consistent with the location of the certification requirements for other covered products and equipment. Finally, DOE is adding provisions pertaining to certification testing and the determination of represented values for dedicated-purpose pool pump motors.

  • 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 days after the Final Rule has been published in the Federal Register.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register 30 days after the Final Rule has been published in the Federal Register.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain other publications listed in the rule was approved by the Director as of February 3, 2021.

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.

 

2022-07-15
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 commercial water heaters. On May 19, 2022, DOE published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking and announcement of public meeting regarding standards for commercial water heaters. DOE received three requests to extend the public comment period by 60 days. DOE has reviewed and denied these requests. But, considering the particular circumstances of DOE’s denial of these petitions, the Department is reopening the public comment period to allow comments to be submitted until August 1, 2022.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until August 1, 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).
  • The TSD is available on the rulemaking docket.
  • 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.

2022-07-15
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

  • The Final Determination is effective September 13, 2022.
  • 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.

2022-07-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice publishing a final rule to establish definitions for “direct expansion-dedicated outdoor air systems” (DX- DOASes) and “unitary dedicated outdoor air systems” (unitary DOASes). Unitary DOASes are a category of small, large, and very large commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended. In addition, DOE is establishing a test procedure to measure the energy efficiency of DX-DOASes, which aligns with the most recent version of the relevant industry consensus test standards for DX-DOASes, with certain minor modifications. Lastly, DOE is adopting supporting definitions, energy efficiency metrics for dehumidification and heating modes, and provisions governing public representations as part of this rulemaking.

  • The effective date of this rule is 30 days 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. 
  • Representations with respect to energy use or efficiency of direct expansion-dedicated outdoor air systems must be based on testing conducted in accordance with this final rule on or after 360 days after the Final Rule has been published in the Federal Register. 
  • 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.

2022-07-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) to amend the test procedure for consumer water heaters and residential-duty commercial water heaters. This SNOPR updates the proposals presented in a notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register on January 11, 2022. In this SNOPR, DOE proposes additional amendments that would provide additional specificity regarding flow rate tolerances for water heaters with a rated storage volume of less than 2 gallons; allow for voluntary representations at certain additionally specified test conditions for heat pump water heaters; revise the proposed specifications regarding separate storage tank requirements for certain types of water heaters; provide instructions for testing certain water heaters that store water at a temperature higher than the delivery setpoint; establish a metric and method for determining the effective storage volume of certain storage-type water heaters; and update the proposed methodology for estimating the internal tank temperature of water heaters which cannot be directly measured.  DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on these proposals.

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

 

2022-07-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice  publishing a final rule to amend the certification provisions for ceiling fan light kits, general service incandescent lamps, incandescent reflector lamps, ceiling fans, consumer furnaces and boilers, consumer water heaters, dishwashers, commercial clothes washers, battery chargers, and dedicated-purpose pool pumps. DOE is amending the certification and reporting provisions for these products and equipment to ensure reporting is consistent with currently applicable energy conservation standards and to ensure that DOE has the information necessary to determine the appropriate classification of products for the application of standards.

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

2022-07-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice  publishing a final rule to amend the certification provisions for ceiling fan light kits, general service incandescent lamps, incandescent reflector lamps, ceiling fans, consumer furnaces and boilers, consumer water heaters, dishwashers, commercial clothes washers, battery chargers, and dedicated-purpose pool pumps. DOE is amending the certification and reporting provisions for these products and equipment to ensure reporting is consistent with currently applicable energy conservation standards and to ensure that DOE has the information necessary to determine the appropriate classification of products for the application of standards.

  • 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 the annual certification reports submitted for products and equipment beginning 210 days 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 on December 17, 2012, and September 6, 2017.
  • Find product information for consumer 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.

2022-07-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice  publishing a final rule to amend the certification provisions for ceiling fan light kits, general service incandescent lamps, incandescent reflector lamps, ceiling fans, consumer furnaces and boilers, consumer water heaters, dishwashers, commercial clothes washers, battery chargers, and dedicated-purpose pool pumps. DOE is amending the certification and reporting provisions for these products and equipment to ensure reporting is consistent with currently applicable energy conservation standards and to ensure that DOE has the information necessary to determine the appropriate classification of products for the application of standards.

  • 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 the annual certification reports submitted for products and equipment beginning 210 days 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 on December 17, 2012, and September 6, 2017.
  • Find product information for ceiling fan light kits and 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.

2022-07-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice  publishing a final rule to amend the certification provisions for ceiling fan light kits, general service incandescent lamps, incandescent reflector lamps, ceiling fans, consumer furnaces and boilers, consumer water heaters, dishwashers, commercial clothes washers, battery chargers, and dedicated-purpose pool pumps. DOE is amending the certification and reporting provisions for these products and equipment to ensure reporting is consistent with currently applicable energy conservation standards and to ensure that DOE has the information necessary to determine the appropriate classification of products for the application of standards.

  • 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 the annual certification reports submitted for products and equipment beginning 210 days 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 on December 17, 2012, and September 6, 2017.
  • 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.

2022-07-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice  publishing a final rule to amend the certification provisions for ceiling fan light kits, general service incandescent lamps, incandescent reflector lamps, ceiling fans, consumer furnaces and boilers, consumer water heaters, dishwashers, commercial clothes washers, battery chargers, and dedicated-purpose pool pumps. DOE is amending the certification and reporting provisions for these products and equipment to ensure reporting is consistent with currently applicable energy conservation standards and to ensure that DOE has the information necessary to determine the appropriate classification of products for the application of standards.

  • 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 the annual certification reports submitted for products and equipment beginning 210 days 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 on December 17, 2012, and September 6, 2017.
  • Find product information for general service incandescent lamps and incandescent reflector 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.

2022-07-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice  publishing a final rule to amend the certification provisions for ceiling fan light kits, general service incandescent lamps, incandescent reflector lamps, ceiling fans, consumer furnaces and boilers, consumer water heaters, dishwashers, commercial clothes washers, battery chargers, and dedicated-purpose pool pumps. DOE is amending the certification and reporting provisions for these products and equipment to ensure reporting is consistent with currently applicable energy conservation standards and to ensure that DOE has the information necessary to determine the appropriate classification of products for the application of standards.

  • 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 the annual certification reports submitted for products and equipment beginning 210 days 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 on December 17, 2012, and September 6, 2017.
  • Find product information for, consumer furnaces and consumer boilers,  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.

2022-07-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice  publishing a final rule to amend the certification provisions for ceiling fan light kits, general service incandescent lamps, incandescent reflector lamps, ceiling fans, consumer furnaces and boilers, consumer water heaters, dishwashers, commercial clothes washers, battery chargers, and dedicated-purpose pool pumps. DOE is amending the certification and reporting provisions for these products and equipment to ensure reporting is consistent with currently applicable energy conservation standards and to ensure that DOE has the information necessary to determine the appropriate classification of products for the application of standards.

  • 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 the annual certification reports submitted for products and equipment beginning 210 days 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 on December 17, 2012, and September 6, 2017.
  • 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.

2022-07-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice  publishing a final rule to amend the certification provisions for ceiling fan light kits, general service incandescent lamps, incandescent reflector lamps, ceiling fans, consumer furnaces and boilers, consumer water heaters, dishwashers, commercial clothes washers, battery chargers, and dedicated-purpose pool pumps. DOE is amending the certification and reporting provisions for these products and equipment to ensure reporting is consistent with currently applicable energy conservation standards and to ensure that DOE has the information necessary to determine the appropriate classification of products for the application of standards.

  • 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 the annual certification reports submitted for products and equipment beginning 210 days 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 on December 17, 2012, and September 6, 2017.
  • 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.

2022-07-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice  publishing a final rule to amend the certification provisions for ceiling fan light kits, general service incandescent lamps, incandescent reflector lamps, ceiling fans, consumer furnaces and boilers, consumer water heaters, dishwashers, commercial clothes washers, battery chargers, and dedicated-purpose pool pumps. DOE is amending the certification and reporting provisions for these products and equipment to ensure reporting is consistent with currently applicable energy conservation standards and to ensure that DOE has the information necessary to determine the appropriate classification of products for the application of standards.

  • 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 the annual certification reports submitted for products and equipment beginning 210 days 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 on December 17, 2012, and September 6, 2017.
  • 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.

2022-07-07
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking pertaining to energy conservation standards for consumer furnaces. The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) requires DOE to periodically determine whether more-stringent, amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would result in significant energy savings. In this NOPR, DOE proposes amended standards for non-weatherized gas furnaces and mobile home gas furnaces, and also announced 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 September 6, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2014-BT-STD-0031, by email (ResFurnaces2014STD0031@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, from 12:30 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 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
2022-07-05
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 amend the test procedure for consumer water heaters and residential-duty commercial water heaters. This SNOPR updates the proposals presented in a notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register on January 11, 2022. In this SNOPR, DOE proposes additional amendments that would provide additional specificity regarding flow rate tolerances for water heaters with a rated storage volume of less than 2 gallons; allow for voluntary representations at certain additionally specified test conditions for heat pump water heaters; revise the proposed specifications regarding separate storage tank requirements for certain types of water heaters; provide instructions for testing certain water heaters that store water at a temperature higher than the delivery setpoint; establish a metric and method for determining the effective storage volume of certain storage-type water heaters; and update the proposed methodology for estimating the internal tank temperature of water heaters which cannot be directly measured.  DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on these proposals.

  • DOE will accept comments regarding this SNOPR until 21 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-0032, by email (WaterHeaters2019TP0032@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Find product information for Consumer Water Heaters and 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.

 

2022-06-30
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 amending the current standards for walk-in coolers and freezers (WICFs). The analysis is set forth in DOE's accompanying 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 that DOE is using to evaluate potential standards; the results of preliminary analyses performed by DOE; the potential 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 August 29, 2022.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2017–BT–STD–0009, by email (WICF2017STD0009@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Technical Support Document
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Friday, July, 22, 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 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
2022-06-30
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a 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 August 29, 2022.
  • 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
2022-06-28
Location: Washington DC
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 commercial refrigerators, freezers, and refrigerator-freezers (CRE), 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 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 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.

This is part of an effort by 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
2022-06-24
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a 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 July 25, 2022. 
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for product testing starting December 21, 2022.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain material listed in this rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register July 25, 2022.
  • 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.


2022-06-24
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a 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 August 23, 2022.
  • 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
2022-06-24
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 amending the current standards for walk-in coolers and freezers (WICFs). The analysis is set forth in DOE's accompanying 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 that DOE is using to evaluate potential standards; the results of preliminary analyses performed by DOE; the potential 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–0009, by email (WICF2017STD0009@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Technical Support Document
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Friday, July, 22, 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 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
2022-06-24
Location: Webinar
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice proposing to establish a test procedure for fans and blowers, including air-circulating fans, and to adopt through reference the relevant industry test standards as the DOE test procedure for measuring the fan electrical input power (FEP) and for determining the fan energy index (FEI). DOE also proposes to establish supporting definitions, requirements for alternative energy use determination methods, and sampling requirements to determine the represented values of FEP and FEI. 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-0021, by email (FansBlowers2021TP0021@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Tuesday, August 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 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

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2022-06-22
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 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 August 22, 2022.
  • 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
2022-06-22
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 commercial refrigerators, freezers, and refrigerator-freezers (CRE), 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 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 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-0007, by email (CRE2017STD0007@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Technical Support Document
  • DOE will hold a webinar on Monday, August 8, 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: 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
Description:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Description:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Description:

DOE Publishes Final Rule for Electric Motors Test Procedures

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

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

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

 

Description:

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

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

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

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

Description:

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

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

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

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

Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice amending the test procedures for residential 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 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 Residential 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

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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