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United States Department of Energy

Locations: Americas - US (U), USA (U)
Type: Mandatory Standard
 
2021-09-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice amending the test procedure for distribution transformers to revise and add definitions of certain terms, update provisions based on the latest versions of relevant industry testing standards, and to specify the basis for voluntary representations at additional per-unit loads and additional reference temperatures. The updates in this final rule will not significantly change the test procedure.

  • This rule will be effective October 14, 2021.
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for product testing starting March 14, 2022.
  • Find product information for Distribution Transformers including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

2021-09-13
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice that has tentatively determined that air cleaners qualify as a covered product under Part A of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended.  DOE has tentatively determined that coverage of air cleaners is necessary and 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.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPD until 60 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number  EERE–2021–BT–DET-0022, by email (AirCleaners2021DET0022@ee.doe.gov) or Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov). 
  • Find product information for Air Cleaners including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

2021-09-09
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice announcing and providing the reasoning for DOE's denial of a petition filed by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute requesting that DOE initiate a notice-and-comment rulemaking to develop a new combined test procedure for consumer furnaces and furnace fans, which would replace the two currently required performance metrics for furnaces and the one performance metric for furnace fans with a single new metric called “AFUE2.”

  • This denial of petition for rulemaking will be effective once the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the effective date.
  • Find product information for Consumer Furnaces and Consumer Furnace Fans and Consumer including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

2021-09-02
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice amending the test procedure for distribution transformers to revise and add definitions of certain terms, update provisions based on the latest versions of relevant industry testing standards, and to specify the basis for voluntary representations at additional per-unit loads and additional reference temperatures. The updates in this final rule will not significantly change the test procedure.

  • This rule will be effective 30 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the effective date.
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for product testing starting 180 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the date.
  • Find product information for Distribution Transformers including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

2021-09-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedures for residential and commercial clothes washers by amending Appendix J2 and Appendix J3, adopting a new Appendix J, and removing Appendix J1. The proposed amendments to Appendix J2 would further specify test conditions, instrument specifications, and test settings; address large clothes container capacities; add product- specific enforcement provisions; and delete obsolete provisions. The proposed amendments to Appendix J3 would consolidate all test cloth-related provisions and codify additional test cloth material verification procedures used by industry. The proposed new Appendix J would be based on the proposed Appendix J2, 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. Whereas Appendix J2 is used to determine compliance with current clothes washer efficiency standards, the proposed new Appendix J would be used for the evaluation and issuance of updated efficiency standards, as well as to determine compliance with the updated standards. As part of this proposal, DOE is announcing a webinar to collect comments and data on this proposal. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until November 1, 2021.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2016–BT–TP–0011, by email (ResClothesWasher2016TP0011@ee.doe.gov) or Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov). 
  • The webinar will be held on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m 
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Find product information for Residential Clothes Washers and Commercial Clothes Washes  including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

2021-09-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedures for residential and commercial clothes washers by amending Appendix J2 and Appendix J3, adopting a new Appendix J, and removing Appendix J1. The proposed amendments to Appendix J2 would further specify test conditions, instrument specifications, and test settings; address large clothes container capacities; add product- specific enforcement provisions; and delete obsolete provisions. The proposed amendments to Appendix J3 would consolidate all test cloth-related provisions and codify additional test cloth material verification procedures used by industry. The proposed new Appendix J would be based on the proposed Appendix J2, 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. Whereas Appendix J2 is used to determine compliance with current clothes washer efficiency standards, the proposed new Appendix J would be used for the evaluation and issuance of updated efficiency standards, as well as to determine compliance with the updated standards. As part of this proposal, DOE is announcing a webinar to collect comments and data on this proposal. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until November 1, 2021.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2016–BT–TP–0011, by email (ResClothesWasher2016TP0011@ee.doe.gov) or Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov). 
  • The webinar will be held on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m 
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Find product information for Residential Clothes Washers and Commercial Clothes Washes  including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

2021-08-30
Location: Washington DC
Description:

On August 9, 2021, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a request for information (RFI) undertaking an early assessment review for amended energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial pumps (pumps). The RFI provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data, and information by September 8, 2021. DOE received requests from Grundfos and Pentair on August 10, 2021 and August 12, 2021, respectively, asking DOE to extend the public comment period for 60 days until November 8, 2021. Additionally, DOE received requests from the Hydraulic Institute (HI), and a group of California Investor-Owned Utilities (CA IOUs), comprised of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas and Electric and Southern California Edison, on August 12, 2021 and August 13, 2021, respectively, asking DOE to extend the public comment period for 30 days until October 8, 2021. DOE has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice reviewing these requests and is granting an extension of the public comment period to allow public comments to be submitted until October 8, 2021.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until October 8, 2021.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2021-BT- STD-0018, by email (Pumps2021STD0018@ee.doe.gov) or 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.

2021-08-27
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

2021-08-27
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of proposed interpretive rule pertaining to performance-related features of certain appliances. On January 15, 2021, DOE published a final interpretive rule in the Federal Register determining that, in the context of residential furnaces, commercial water heaters, and similarly-situated products or equipment, use of non-condensing technology (and associated venting) constitutes a performance-related “feature” under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), that cannot be eliminated through adoption of an energy conservation standard. DOE deems it prudent to revisit its interpretation. For the reasons stated in this document, DOE proposes to return to its previous and long-standing interpretation (in effect prior to the January 15, 2021 final interpretive rule), under which the technology used to supply heated air or hot water is not a performance-related “feature” that provides a distinct consumer utility under EPCA. DOE requests comment on its proposed interpretation. Once DOE has arrived at a final interpretation, DOE plans to again evaluate whether amended energy conservation standards would result in significant savings of energy, be technologically feasible, and be economically justified, consistent with its interpretation.

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

2021-08-27
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of proposed interpretive rule pertaining to performance-related features of certain appliances. On January 15, 2021, DOE published a final interpretive rule in the Federal Register determining that, in the context of residential furnaces, commercial water heaters, and similarly-situated products or equipment, use of non-condensing technology (and associated venting) constitutes a performance-related “feature” under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), that cannot be eliminated through adoption of an energy conservation standard. DOE deems it prudent to revisit its interpretation. For the reasons stated in this document, DOE proposes to return to its previous and long-standing interpretation (in effect prior to the January 15, 2021 final interpretive rule), under which the technology used to supply heated air or hot water is not a performance-related “feature” that provides a distinct consumer utility under EPCA. DOE requests comment on its proposed interpretation. Once DOE has arrived at a final interpretation, DOE plans to again evaluate whether amended energy conservation standards would result in significant savings of energy, be technologically feasible, and be economically justified, consistent with its interpretation.

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

2021-08-27
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice to announce that they will hold a webinar to discuss and receive comments on the preliminary analysis it has conducted for purposes of evaluating energy conservation standards for distribution transformers. The webinar will cover the analytical framework, models, and tools that DOE is using to evaluate potential standards for this equipment; the results of preliminary analyses performed by DOE for this equipment; 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 distribution transformers. In addition, DOE encourages written comments on these subjects. 

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice November 10, 2021.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2019-BT-STD-0018, by email (DistributionTransfromers2019STD0018@ee.doe.gov), or Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Technical Support Document 
  • The webinar will be held on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 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 Distribution Transformers including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

2021-08-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice to announce that they will hold a webinar to discuss and receive comments on the preliminary analysis it has conducted for purposes of evaluating energy conservation standards for distribution transformers. The webinar will cover the analytical framework, models, and tools that DOE is using to evaluate potential standards for this equipment; the results of preliminary analyses performed by DOE for this equipment; 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 distribution transformers. In addition, DOE encourages written comments on these subjects. 

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice until 75 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2019-BT-STD-0018, by email (DistributionTransfromers2019STD0018@ee.doe.gov), or Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Technical Support Document 
  • The webinar will be held on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 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 Distribution Transformers including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

2021-08-20
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this waiver until 30 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2020-BT-WAV-0040, by email (LRCWICF2020WAV0040@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for Walk-in Coolers and Walk-in Freezers including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

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

2021-08-19
Location: Washington DC
Description:

DOE Publishes a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment, and Notice of Public Webinar Pertaining to Definitions for General Service Lamps and General Service Incandescent Lamps

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal register notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) pertaining to definitions for General Service Lamps (GSL). On January 19, 2017, 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. 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, in this  NOPR, DOE proposes to adopt the definitions of GSL and GSIL and the associated supplemental definitions set forth in the January 2017 final rules. This document also announces a public meeting to receive comment on these proposed definitions.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until October 18, 2021.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2021–BT–STD-0012, by email (2021STD0012GSLDefinitions@ee.doe.gov) or Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov). 
  • The webinar will be held on Thursday, September 30, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Find product information for General Service Lamp and General Service Incandescent Lamp including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2021-08-19
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of final determination, classifying certain fans and blowers as covered equipment under Part A-1 of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. Accordingly, this document establishes the definition of equipment that is considered fans and blowers.

  • The Final Determine will be effective September 20, 2021.
  • 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.

2021-08-18
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed interpretive rule pertaining to performance-related features of certain appliances. On January 15, 2021, DOE published a final interpretive rule in the Federal Register determining that, in the context of residential furnaces, commercial water heaters, and similarly-situated products or equipment, use of non-condensing technology (and associated venting) constitutes a performance-related “feature” under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), that cannot be eliminated through adoption of an energy conservation standard. DOE deems it prudent to revisit its interpretation. For the reasons stated in this document, DOE proposes to return to its previous and long-standing interpretation (in effect prior to the January 15, 2021 final interpretive rule), under which the technology used to supply heated air or hot water is not a performance-related “feature” that provides a distinct consumer utility under EPCA. DOE requests comment on its proposed interpretation. Once DOE has arrived at a final interpretation, DOE plans to again evaluate whether amended energy conservation standards would result in significant savings of energy, be technologically feasible, and be economically justified, consistent with its interpretation.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice until 30 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2018–BT–STD-0018, by email (ResFurnaceCommWaterHeater2018STD0018@ee.doe.gov) or Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov). 
  • Find product information for Residential Furnaces and Commercial Water Heaters including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

2021-08-12
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of proposed determination (NOPD) pertaining to standards for Microwave Ovens. The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including microwave ovens. 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 energy conservation standards for microwave ovens 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 October 12, 2021.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2017-BT-STD-0023, by email (MWO2017STD0023@ee.doe.gov) or Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov). 
  • The webinar will be held on Monday, September 13, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Find product information for 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.

2021-08-11
Location: Washington DC
Description:

DOE Publishes a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment and Notice of Public Webinar Pertaining to Residential Dishwashers, Clothes Washers, and Clothes Dryers 

On October 30, 2020 and December 16, 2020, the Department of Energy (DOE) published two final rules that established product classes for residential dishwashers with a cycle time for the normal cycle of 60 minutes or less, top-loading residential clothes washers and consumer clothes dryers with a cycle time of less than 30 minutes, and front-loading residential clothes washers with a cycle time of less than 45 minutes (short-cycle product classes). The rules resulted in amended energy conservation standards for these short cycle product classes, without determining whether the relevant statutory criteria for amending standards were met. Thus, DOE has published a Federal Register notice proposing to revoke the two earlier rules that improperly promulgated standards and reinstate the prior product classes and applicable standards for these covered products. DOE requests written comment on its proposal and announces a public meeting to receive comment on this notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR).

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

2021-08-11
Location: Washington DC
Description:

On October 30, 2020 and December 16, 2020, the Department of Energy (DOE) published two final rules that established product classes for residential dishwashers with a cycle time for the normal cycle of 60 minutes or less, top-loading residential clothes washers and consumer clothes dryers with a cycle time of less than 30 minutes, and front-loading residential clothes washers with a cycle time of less than 45 minutes (short-cycle product classes). The rules resulted in amended energy conservation standards for these short cycle product classes, without determining whether the relevant statutory criteria for amending standards were met. Thus, DOE has published a Federal Register notice proposing to revoke the two earlier rules that improperly promulgated standards and reinstate the prior product classes and applicable standards for these covered products. DOE requests written comment on its proposal and announces a public meeting to receive comment on this notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR).

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

2021-08-11
Location: Washington DC
Description:

On October 30, 2020 and December 16, 2020, the Department of Energy (DOE) published two final rules that established product classes for residential dishwashers with a cycle time for the normal cycle of 60 minutes or less, top-loading residential clothes washers and consumer clothes dryers with a cycle time of less than 30 minutes, and front-loading residential clothes washers with a cycle time of less than 45 minutes (short-cycle product classes). The rules resulted in amended energy conservation standards for these short cycle product classes, without determining whether the relevant statutory criteria for amending standards were met. Thus, DOE has published a Federal Register notice proposing to revoke the two earlier rules that improperly promulgated standards and reinstate the prior product classes and applicable standards for these covered products. DOE requests written comment on its proposal and announces a public meeting to receive comment on this notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR).

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

2021-08-10
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing revisions to DOE's “Procedures, Interpretations, and Policies for Consideration of New or Revised Energy Conservation Standards and Test Procedures for Consumer Products and Certain Commercial/Industrial Equipment” (Process Rule) and requests comment on the proposals and any potential alternatives. A separate notice of proposed rulemaking on the Process Rule was published on April 12, 2021 and DOE accepted comments on those proposed revisions through May 27, 2021.  This is a second proposal in the two-part revision process.  These  proposed revisions are consistent with current DOE practice and would remove unnecessary obstacles to DOE’s ability to meet its statutory obligations under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA). Proposed process revisions in this notice include the following topic areas: coverage determination rulemakings; clarification of EPCA’s rulemaking process for ASHRAE equipment; and clarification of DOE’s analytical methods.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until August 23, 2021.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2021-BTD-STD-0003, by email (processrule2021STD0003@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier. Please Include “2nd 2021 Process Rule NOPR” and docket number and/or RIN number 1904-AF13 in the subject line of the message.
  • The webinar will be held on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines

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

2021-08-10
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

2021-08-10
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 definitions for General Service Lamps (GSL). On January 19, 2017, 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. 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, in this  NOPR, DOE proposes to adopt the definitions of GSL and GSIL and the associated supplemental definitions set forth in the January 2017 final rules. This document also announces a public meeting to receive comment on these proposed definitions.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 60 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2021–BT–STD-0012, by email (2021STD0012GSLDefinitions@ee.doe.gov) or Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov). 
  • The webinar will be held on Thursday, September 30, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Find product information for General Service Lamp and General Service Incandescent Lamp including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

2021-08-09
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review for amended energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial pumps (pumps) 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 a significant savings of energy; be technologically feasible; and be economically justified. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including those topics not specifically raised in this RFI), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information concerning this early assessment review.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until September 8, 2021.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2021-BT- STD-0018, by email (Pumps2021STD0018@ee.doe.gov) or 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.

2021-08-06
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 standards for Microwave Ovens. The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including microwave ovens. 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 energy conservation standards for microwave ovens 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 the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2017-BT-STD-0023, by email (MWO2017STD0023@ee.doe.gov) or Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov). 
  • The webinar will be held on Monday, September 13, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Find product information for 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.

2021-08-05
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this waiver until 30 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2021–BT–WAV-0014, by email (REFPLUS2021WAV0014@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for Walk-in Coolers and Walk-in Freezers including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

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

2021-08-05
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedures for residential and commercial clothes washers by amending Appendix J2 and Appendix J3, adopting a new Appendix J, and removing Appendix J1. The proposed amendments to Appendix J2 would further specify test conditions, instrument specifications, and test settings; address large clothes container capacities; add product- specific enforcement provisions; and delete obsolete provisions. The proposed amendments to Appendix J3 would consolidate all test cloth-related provisions and codify additional test cloth material verification procedures used by industry. The proposed new Appendix J would be based on the proposed Appendix J2, 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. Whereas Appendix J2 is used to determine compliance with current clothes washer efficiency standards, the proposed new Appendix J would be used for the evaluation and issuance of updated efficiency standards, as well as to determine compliance with the updated standards. As part of this proposal, DOE is announcing a webinar to collect comments and data on this proposal. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 60 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2016–BT–TP–0011, by email (ResClothesWasher2016TP0011@ee.doe.gov) or Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov). 
  • The webinar will be held on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m 
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Find product information for Residential Clothes Washers and Commercial Clothes Washes  including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

2021-08-05
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedures for residential and commercial clothes washers by amending Appendix J2 and Appendix J3, adopting a new Appendix J, and removing Appendix J1. The proposed amendments to Appendix J2 would further specify test conditions, instrument specifications, and test settings; address large clothes container capacities; add product- specific enforcement provisions; and delete obsolete provisions. The proposed amendments to Appendix J3 would consolidate all test cloth-related provisions and codify additional test cloth material verification procedures used by industry. The proposed new Appendix J would be based on the proposed Appendix J2, 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. Whereas Appendix J2 is used to determine compliance with current clothes washer efficiency standards, the proposed new Appendix J would be used for the evaluation and issuance of updated efficiency standards, as well as to determine compliance with the updated standards. As part of this proposal, DOE is announcing a webinar to collect comments and data on this proposal. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 60 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2016–BT–TP–0011, by email (ResClothesWasher2016TP0011@ee.doe.gov) or Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov). 
  • The webinar will be held on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m 
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Find product information for Residential Clothes Washers and Commercial Clothes Washes  including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

2021-08-04
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review for amended energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial pumps (pumps) 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 a significant savings of energy; be technologically feasible; and be economically justified. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including those topics not specifically raised in this RFI), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information concerning this early assessment review.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until 30 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2021-BT- STD-0018, by email (Pumps2021STD0018@ee.doe.gov) or 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.

2021-08-03
Location: Washington DC
Description:

On July 7, 2021, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) pertaining to procedures, interpretations, and policies for consideration in new or revised energy conservation standards and test procedures for consumer products and commercial/industrial equipment. The notice provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data, and information by August 23, 2021. On July 29, 2021, DOE received a request from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute, and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (Joint Commenters), to extend the public comment period to September 13, 2021. DOE has reviewed this request and has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice granting an extension of the public comment period to allow public comments to be submitted until September 13, 2021.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until September 13, 2021.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2021-BTD-STD-0003, by email (processrule2021STD0003@ee.doe.gov) or Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov). Please Include “2nd 2021 Process Rule NOPR” and docket number and/or RIN number 1904-AF13 in the subject line of the message.
  • The webinar will be held on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines

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

2021-08-03
Location: Washington DC
Description:

On October 30, 2020 and December 16, 2020, the Department of Energy (DOE) published two final rules that established product classes for residential dishwashers with a cycle time for the normal cycle of 60 minutes or less, top-loading residential clothes washers and consumer clothes dryers with a cycle time of less than 30 minutes, and front-loading residential clothes washers with a cycle time of less than 45 minutes (short-cycle product classes). The rules resulted in amended energy conservation standards for these short cycle product classes, without determining whether the relevant statutory criteria for amending standards were met. Thus, DOE has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice proposing to revoke the two earlier rules that improperly promulgated standards and reinstate the prior product classes and applicable standards for these covered products. DOE requests written comment on its proposal and announces a public meeting to receive comment on this notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR).

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 60 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2021-BT-STD-0002, by email (ShortCycleProductClasses2021STD0002@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov). 
  • The webinar will be held on September 23, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 
  • 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 Residential Dishwashers, Residential Clothes Washers, and Consumer Clothes Dryers
     including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2021-08-03
Location: Washington DC
Description:

On October 30, 2020 and December 16, 2020, the Department of Energy (DOE) published two final rules that established product classes for residential dishwashers with a cycle time for the normal cycle of 60 minutes or less, top-loading residential clothes washers and consumer clothes dryers with a cycle time of less than 30 minutes, and front-loading residential clothes washers with a cycle time of less than 45 minutes (short-cycle product classes). The rules resulted in amended energy conservation standards for these short cycle product classes, without determining whether the relevant statutory criteria for amending standards were met. Thus, DOE has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice proposing to revoke the two earlier rules that improperly promulgated standards and reinstate the prior product classes and applicable standards for these covered products. DOE requests written comment on its proposal and announces a public meeting to receive comment on this notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR).

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 60 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2021-BT-STD-0002, by email (ShortCycleProductClasses2021STD0002@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov). 
  • The webinar will be held on September 23, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 
  • 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 Residential Dishwashers, Residential Clothes Washers, and Consumer Clothes Dryers
     including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

2021-08-03
Location: Washington DC
Description:

On October 30, 2020 and December 16, 2020, the Department of Energy (DOE) published two final rules that established product classes for residential dishwashers with a cycle time for the normal cycle of 60 minutes or less, top-loading residential clothes washers and consumer clothes dryers with a cycle time of less than 30 minutes, and front-loading residential clothes washers with a cycle time of less than 45 minutes (short-cycle product classes). The rules resulted in amended energy conservation standards for these short cycle product classes, without determining whether the relevant statutory criteria for amending standards were met. Thus, DOE has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice proposing to revoke the two earlier rules that improperly promulgated standards and reinstate the prior product classes and applicable standards for these covered products. DOE requests written comment on its proposal and announces a public meeting to receive comment on this notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR).

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 60 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2021-BT-STD-0002, by email (ShortCycleProductClasses2021STD0002@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov). 
  • The webinar will be held on September 23, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 
  • 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 Residential Dishwashers, Residential Clothes Washers, and Consumer Clothes Dryers
     including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2021-08-03
Location: Washington DC
Description:

On November 19, 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) for the test procedure for microwave ovens. Following receipt of comments, DOE has published a Federal Register supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) for the limited purpose of clarifying the current procedure for testing a microwave oven that has a connected (i.e., network) function, which is generally to disable the connected function when measuring standby mode power consumption. Further, DOE proposes to explicitly specify in its test procedure that standby power be measured with the connected function enabled if the means for disabling the network function are not provided in the manufacturer’s user manual. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this SNOPR until September 2, 2021.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2017–BT–TP-0024, by email (MWO2017TP0024@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • 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.

2021-08-02
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice announcing receipt of and publishes a petition for waiver and interim waiver from Goodman Manufacturing Company, L.P.(Goodman) which seeks a waiver from DOE's test procedure used for determining the efficiency of specified central air conditioner (CAC) and heat pump (HP) basic models. DOE also gives notification of an Interim Waiver Order that requires Goodman to test and rate specified CAC and HP basic models in accordance with the alternate test procedure set forth in the Interim Waiver Order. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning Goodman’s petition and its suggested alternate test procedure to inform DOE’s final decision on Goodman’s waiver request.

  • The Interim Waiver Order will be effective July 28, 2021.
  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this waiver until August 27, 2021.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2021-BT-WAV-0001, by email (Goodman2021WAV0001@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

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

2021-08-02
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a  Federal Register notice announcing receipt of and publishes a petition for waiver and interim waiver from Hussmann Corporation (Hussmann), which seeks a waiver for specified Commercial Refrigerator, Freezer, and Refrigerator-Freezer (CRE) basic models from DOE's  test procedure used for determining the energy consumption of CRE. DOE also gives notification of an Interim Waiver Order that requires Hussmann to test and rate the specified CRE basic models in accordance with the alternate test procedure set forth in the Interim Waiver Order. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning Hussmann’s petition, its suggested alternate test procedure, and the alternate test procedure required under the Interim Waiver Order so as to inform DOE’s final decision on Hussmann’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.

2021-08-02
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice Final Rule pertaining to test procedures for Dedicated-Purpose Pool Pump Motors (DPPP). On October 5, 2020, DOE issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to establish a test procedure and an accompanying labeling requirement for DPPP motors. This final rule establishes a test procedure for DPPP motors. Specifically, the final rule incorporates by reference an industry standard pertaining to DPPP definitions; and requires the use of an industry testing standard for testing the energy efficiency of DPPP motors. This final rule does not establish a labeling requirement and DOE intends to address any such labeling and/or energy conservation standards requirement in a separate notice.     

  • The effective date of this rule is September 27, 2021.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of September 27, 2021.
  • 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.

2021-07-27
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a request for information (RFI) to inform the creation of a new Clean Energy Manufacturing Institute focused on industrial decarbonization. Released by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the RFI seeks input from stakeholders in identifying key opportunities to decarbonize energy-intensive sectors across America’s economy through public-private collaboration.

“Industrial decarbonization is critical to our efforts to achieve a carbon-neutral economy by 2050,” said Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Kelly Speakes-Backman. “By creating an ecosystem of collaboration through the Manufacturing USA Institutes, DOE is accelerating the development of next-generation technology, supporting good-paying American jobs, and moving us closer to a cleaner, more efficient future.”

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2021-07-27
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a request for information (RFI) to understand the current barriers and actions needed to make its funding opportunities and innovation and entrepreneurship activities more inclusive, just, and equitable, in line with the Administration’s climate goals. The deadline for this RFI, Friday August 6, 2021, is approaching.

The Biden Administration’s Justice40 initiative aims to deliver 40% of the overall benefits of relevant federal investments in climate and energy to disadvantaged communities. This RFI is intended to inform DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity (ED) on enabling an inclusive and just entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem for climate and energy technology research.

An innovation ecosystem consists of the government agencies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and private sector companies that effectively work together to enable innovators and entrepreneurs, leading to economic growth – this RFI aims to empower collaboration across sectors, industries, and communities.

DOE is particularly interested in hearing from: environmental justice organizations; community-based organizations; state, local, and tribal governments; entrepreneurs; small businesses; incubators and accelerators; and researchers and innovators who experience location-based difficulties in accessing resources. Other respondents with relevant insight—regardless of whether they have experience applying to government funding opportunities—are also encouraged to respond, with responses to be considered for possible future funding opportunities.

This RFI includes five categories:

  • Category 1: Increasing Access to and Awareness of DOE Funding through Effective Outreach, Engagement, and Application Support

  • Category 2: Barriers to Applying for and Receiving Funding from DOE

  • Category 3: Support for an Innovation Ecosystem and Place-Based Innovation

  • Category 4: Regional and Local Barriers to DOE Funding

  • Category 5: Barriers to Performing within the DOE Funding System

You can view the RFI by clicking on this link. Responses are due by Friday, August 6th, at 5:00 PM ET.

2021-07-27
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Roundtable Event: Register Now!

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector and Manufacturing Clean Energy Technologies to Benefit All Americans

On Thursday, July 29, Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm will host a virtual roundtable event to discuss the Department of Energy’s efforts to decarbonize America’s manufacturing sector, manufacture clean-energy technologies, and pave the way to a resilient, carbon-neutral economy by 2050. As part of the Department’s weeklong “Future of Manufacturing” observance, Secretary Granholm will announce several major initiatives pertaining to manufacturing during the panel discussion.

The panel discussion will feature a diverse range of stakeholders from government, academia, and DOE’s private-sector partners. Register now!

WHO Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm
WHAT Virtual Roundtable Discussion; New DOE Announcements
WHERE Register for the Zoom Webinar
WHEN Thursday, July 29, 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

 

2021-07-27
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 30 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by “2021 Test Procedure Interim Waiver Process NOPR” and docket number EERE-2019-BT-NOA-0011 and/or the regulatory information number (RIN) 1904-AE24, by email (TPWaiverProcess2019NOA0011@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.

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

2021-07-26
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $60 million in funding for its largest-ever cohort of university-based Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs), which assist small- and medium-sized manufacturers in reducing their carbon emissions and lowering energy costs, while training the next generation of energy-efficiency workers. The groundbreaking investment will help remove barriers to decarbonization across the manufacturing sector and advance the Biden Administration’s goal of achieving a clean energy economy. 

“America’s best and brightest university students are successfully helping local manufacturers reduce pollution, save energy, and cut their electricity bills,” said Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “DOE’s university-based Industrial Assessment Centers are assisting small- and medium-sized businesses – particularly those in disadvantaged and underrepresented communities – in the transition to a clean energy economy, building the next-generation energy workforce, and propelling America toward a carbon-free future by 2050.”

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2021-07-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice announcing receipt of and publishes a petition for waiver and interim waiver from Hussmann Corporation (Hussmann), which seeks a waiver for specified Commercial Refrigerator, Freezer, and Refrigerator-Freezer (CRE) basic models from DOE's  test procedure used for determining the energy consumption of CRE. DOE also gives notification of an Interim Waiver Order that requires Hussmann to test and rate the specified CRE basic models in accordance with the alternate test procedure set forth in the Interim Waiver Order. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning Hussmann’s petition, its suggested alternate test procedure, and the alternate test procedure required under the Interim Waiver Order so as to inform DOE’s final decision on Hussmann’s waiver request.

  • The Interim Waiver Order will be effective once the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the effective date once it has published.
  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this waiver until 30 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2020-BT-WAV-0020, by email (HussmannCRE2020WAV0020@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for Commercial Refrigerators, Freezers, and Refrigerator-Freezers including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

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

2021-07-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

On November 19, 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) for the test procedure for microwave ovens. Following receipt of comments, DOE is issuing this pre-publication Federal Register supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) for the limited purpose of clarifying the current procedure for testing a microwave oven that has a connected (i.e., network) function, which is generally to disable the connected function when measuring standby mode power consumption. Further, DOE proposes to explicitly specify in its test procedure that standby power be measured with the connected function enabled if the means for disabling the network function are not provided in the manufacturer’s user manual. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this SNOPR until 30 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2017–BT–TP-0024, by email (MWO2017TP0024@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.

2021-07-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice announcing receipt of and publishes a petition for waiver and interim waiver from Goodman Manufacturing Company, L.P.(Goodman) which seeks a waiver from DOE's test procedure used for determining the efficiency of specified central air conditioner (CAC) and heat pump (HP) basic models. DOE also gives notification of an Interim Waiver Order that requires Goodman to test and rate specified CAC and HP basic models in accordance with the alternate test procedure set forth in the Interim Waiver Order. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning Goodman’s petition and its suggested alternate test procedure to inform DOE’s final decision on Goodman’s waiver request.

  • The Interim Waiver Order will be effective once the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the effective date once it has published.
  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this waiver until 30 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2021-BT-WAV-0001, by email (Goodman2021WAV0001@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov).
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

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

2021-07-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal register notice granting a waiver extension (Case No. 2021-005) to Ningbo FOTILE Kitchen Ware Co. Ltd (FOTILE) from specified portions of the DOE dishwashers test procedure for determining the energy and water consumption of the specified FOTILE dishwasher basic models. Under this extension, FOTILE is required to test and rate the specified basic models in accordance with the alternate test procedure specified in the waiver.

  • The Extension of Waiver is effective July 22, 2021.
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for Dishwashers including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

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

2021-07-22
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice granting a waiver extension (Case No. 2020-025) 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 Order.

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

2021-07-20
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 Dedicated-Purpose Pool Pump Motors (DPPP). On October 5, 2020, DOE issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to establish a test procedure and an accompanying labeling requirement for DPPP motors. This final rule establishes a test procedure for DPPP motors. Specifically, the final rule incorporates by reference an industry standard pertaining to DPPP definitions; and requires the use of an industry testing standard for testing the energy efficiency of DPPP motors. This final rule does not establish a labeling requirement and DOE intends to address any such labeling and/or energy conservation standards requirement in a separate notice.     

  • This rule will be effective 60 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the effective date.
  • The incorporation by reference of a certain publication in this final rule will be approved by the Director of the Office of the Federal Register 60 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the approval date.
  • 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.

2021-07-16
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review for amended energy conservation standards for commercial refrigerators, freezers, and refrigerator-freezers (CRE) 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 early assessment review.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until August 30, 2021.
  • 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) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find product information for Commercial Refrigeration Equipment including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

2021-07-16
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review to evaluate whether to amend the energy conservation standards for walk-in coolers and freezers (“walk-ins” or “WICFs”). Specifically, through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information to evaluate whether amended energy conservation standards would result in significant savings of energy; be technologically feasible; and be economically justified. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including those topics not specifically raised in this RFI), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information concerning this early assessment review.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until August 16, 2021.
  • 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) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • 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.

2021-07-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of final determination pertaining to standards for evaporatively-cooled commercial package air conditioners and water-cooled commercial package air conditioners (referred to as evaporatively-cooled commercial unitary air conditioners (ECUACs) and water-cooled commercial unitary air conditioners (WCUACs) in this document). The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including ECUACs and WCUACs. EPCA also requires (DOE) to periodically determine whether more stringent, amended standards would result in significant additional conservation of energy, be technologically feasible, and be economically justified. In this final determination, DOE has determined that more stringent standards for small (cooling capacity less than 135,000 Btu/h), large (cooling capacity greater than or equal to 135,000 and less than 240,000 Btu/h), and very large (cooling capacity greater than or equal to 240,000 and less than 760,000 Btu/h) ECUACs and WCUACs would not result in significant additional conservation of energy, and thus has determined that the standards for ECUACs and WCUACs do not need to be amended.

  • The effective date of this final determination is July 14, 2021.
  • Find product information for ECUACs and WCUACs including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

2021-07-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to amend its test procedures for metal halide lamp fixtures (MHLFs) to incorporate by reference the latest versions of relevant industry standards; clarify the selection of reference lamps used for testing; reorganize the content of the test procedure for better readability and clarity; and revise the standby mode test procedure for MHLFs.  DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR/RFI until September 13, 2021.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2017–BT–TP–0053, by email (MHLF2017TP0053@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • The webinar will be held on Thursday, August 5, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Find product information for Metal Halide Lamp Fixtures including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

2021-07-13
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 2020-005) that grants to Vinotemp International Corp. (Vinotemp) a waiver from specified portions of the DOE test procedure for determining the energy efficiency of specified walk-in cooler refrigeration systems. Due to the design of the specific basic models of walk-in refrigeration systems subject to this Decision and Order, the current test procedure evaluates such models in a manner that is unrepresentative of their energy use. Under the Decision and Order, Vinotemp is required to test and rate the specified basic models of its walk-in cooler refrigeration systems in accordance with the alternate test procedure set forth in the Decision and Order.

  • The Decision and Order is effective on July 13, 2021. 
  • DOE would like to highlight and provide advance notice that per 10 CFR 430.401 within 60 days after DOE issues a waiver to a manufacturer for a product employing a particular technology or having a particular characteristic, any manufacturer currently distributing in commerce in the United States equipment employing a technology or characteristic that results in the same need for a waiver from the applicable test procedure must submit a petition for waiver. Manufacturers not currently distributing such equipment in commerce in the United States must petition for and be granted a waiver prior to the distribution in commerce of that equipment in the United States. 10 CFR 430.401. Manufacturers may also submit a request for interim waiver pursuant to the requirements of 10 CFR 430.401.
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for Walk-in Coolers and Walk-in Freezers including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

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

2021-07-09
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review for amended energy conservation standards for commercial refrigerators, freezers, and refrigerator-freezers (CRE) 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 early assessment review.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until 45 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2017-BT-STD-0007, by email (CRE2017STD0007@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find product information for Commercial Refrigeration Equipment including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

2021-07-08
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of final determination pertaining to standards for evaporatively-cooled commercial package air conditioners and water-cooled commercial package air conditioners (referred to as evaporatively-cooled commercial unitary air conditioners (ECUACs) and water-cooled commercial unitary air conditioners (WCUACs) in this document). The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including ECUACs and WCUACs. EPCA also requires (DOE) to periodically determine whether more stringent, amended standards would result in significant additional conservation of energy, be technologically feasible, and be economically justified. In this final determination, DOE has determined that more stringent standards for small (cooling capacity less than 135,000 Btu/h), large (cooling capacity greater than or equal to 135,000 and less than 240,000 Btu/h), and very large (cooling capacity greater than or equal to 240,000 and less than 760,000 Btu/h) ECUACs and WCUACs would not result in significant additional conservation of energy, and thus has determined that the standards for ECUACs and WCUACs do not need to be amended.

  • The Final Determine will be effective once the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the effective date.
  • Find product information for ECUACs and WCUACs including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

2021-07-08
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review to evaluate whether to amend the energy conservation standards for walk-in coolers and freezers (“walk-ins” or “WICFs”). Specifically, through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information to evaluate whether amended energy conservation standards would result in significant savings of energy; be technologically feasible; and be economically justified. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including those topics not specifically raised in this RFI), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information concerning this early assessment review.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until 30 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2017–BT–STD-0009, by email (WICF2017STD0009@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • 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.

2021-07-07
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to establish definitions for “direct expansion-dedicated outdoor air systems” (DX-DOAS or DX- DOASes) and “dehumidifying direct expansion-dedicated outdoor air systems” (DDX- DOAS or DDX-DOASes). DX-DOASes are a category of small, large, and very large commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended. In addition, DOE is proposing to establish a test procedure to measure the energy efficiency of DDX-DOASes, which aligns with the most recent version of the relevant industry consensus test standards for DDX-DOASes, with certain minor modifications. Lastly, DOE is proposing to add supporting definitions, energy efficiency metrics for dehumidification and heating modes, and provisions governing public representations as part of this rulemaking. DOE welcomes written comment from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not specifically raised in this proposal), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR/RFI until September 7, 2021.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2017-BT-TP-0018, by email (CommACHeatingEquipCat2017TP0018@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • The webinar will be held on Monday, August 2, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Find product information for Dehumidifying 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.

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

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice announcing receipt of and publishes a petition for waiver and interim waiver from GE Appliances, a Haier Company, which seeks a waiver for a specified miscellaneous refrigeration product basic model from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) test procedure used for determining the energy consumption of these products. This notice also announces that DOE is declining to grant the request for an interim waiver from the test procedure for the reasons described in this notification. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning the petition and its suggested alternate test procedure so as to inform DOE's final decision on the waiver request.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice until August 6, 2021.

  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2021-BT-WAV-0009, by email (AS_Waiver_Requests@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.

  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.

  • Find product information for Miscellaneous Refrigeration Products including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

2021-06-30
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice granting an interim waiver extension (Case No. 2020-023) 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.

2021-06-30
Location: Washington DC
Description:

On June 4, 2021, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a request for information (RFI) pertaining to the energy conservation standards for dehumidifiers. The notice provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data, and information by July 6, 2021. On June 18, 2021, DOE received a request from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) to extend the public comment period by 30 days. DOE has now published a Federal Register notice reviewing this request and has granted a 15-day extension of the public comment period to allow public comments to be submitted until July 21, 2021.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until July 21, 2021.
  • 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) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • 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.

2021-06-30
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review to determine whether to proceed with a rulemaking to amend the test procedure for dehumidifiers. Through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information regarding issues pertinent to whether an amended test procedure would more accurately or fully comply with the requirement that the test procedure produces results that measure energy use during a representative average use cycle for the product without being unduly burdensome to conduct. 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 July 30, 2021.
  • 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) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • 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.

2021-06-30
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal register notice undertaking an early assessment review to determine whether amendments are warranted for the test procedure for consumer furnace fans. 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: test settings (selection of airflow control settings and external static pressure (ESP) requirement for airflow settings other than the maximum setting); incorporation by reference of the most recent industry test method; clarifications for 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 issues related to test procedure repeatability and reproducibility. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document, including topics not raised in this request for information (RFI).

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until 30 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2020-BT-TP-0041, by email (FurnFans2020TP0041@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find product information for Furnace Fans including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

2021-06-30
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice proposing revisions to DOE's “Procedures, Interpretations, and Policies for Consideration of New or Revised Energy Conservation Standards and Test Procedures for Consumer Products and Certain Commercial/Industrial Equipment” (Process Rule) and requests comment on the proposals and any potential alternatives. A separate notice of proposed rulemaking on the Process Rule was published on April 12, 2021 and DOE accepted comments on those proposed revisions through May 27, 2021.  This is a second proposal in the two-part revision process.  These  proposed revisions are consistent with current DOE practice and would remove unnecessary obstacles to DOE’s ability to meet its statutory obligations under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA). Proposed process revisions in this notice include the following topic areas: coverage determination rulemakings; clarification of EPCA’s rulemaking process for ASHRAE equipment; and clarification of DOE’s analytical methods.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until 45 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2021-BTD-STD-0003, by email (processrule2021STD0003@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier. Please Include “2nd 2021 Process Rule NOPR” and docket number and/or RIN number 1904-AF13 in the subject line of the message.
  • The webinar will be held on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines

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

2021-06-25
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review to determine whether to proceed with a rulemaking to amend the test procedure for dehumidifiers. Through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information regarding issues pertinent to whether an amended test procedure would more accurately or fully comply with the requirement that the test procedure produces results that measure energy use during a representative average use cycle for the product without being unduly burdensome to conduct. 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 the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2019–BT–TP–0026, by email (Dehumidifier2019TP0026@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • 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

2021-06-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice proposing to establish definitions for “direct expansion-dedicated outdoor air systems” (DX-DOAS or DX- DOASes) and “dehumidifying direct expansion-dedicated outdoor air systems” (DDX- DOAS or DDX-DOASes). DX-DOASes are a category of small, large, and very large commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended. In addition, DOE is proposing to establish a test procedure to measure the energy efficiency of DDX-DOASes, which aligns with the most recent version of the relevant industry consensus test standards for DDX-DOASes, with certain minor modifications. Lastly, DOE is proposing to add supporting definitions, energy efficiency metrics for dehumidification and heating modes, and provisions governing public representations as part of this rulemaking. DOE welcomes written comment from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not specifically raised in this proposal), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR/RFI until 60 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2017-BT-TP-0018, by email (CommACHeatingEquipCat2017TP0018@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • The webinar will be held on Monday, August 2, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Find product information for Dehumidifying 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.

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2021-06-23
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 metal halide lamp fixtures (MHLFs) to incorporate by reference the latest versions of relevant industry standards; clarify the selection of reference lamps used for testing; reorganize the content of the test procedure for better readability and clarity; and revise the standby mode test procedure for MHLFs.  DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR/RFI until 60 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2017–BT–TP–0053, by email (MHLF2017TP0053@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • The webinar will be held on Thursday, August 5, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Find product information for Metal Halide Lamp Fixtures including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

Contact Name: Regina Washington
Email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov
2021-06-23
Location: Zoom
Description:

You are invited to join EERE’s Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Energy Efficiency Annamaria Garcia on Wednesday, June 23 at 12:00 p.m. ET for a webinar: EERE FY 22 Budget Request: Energy Efficiency.

To lead in the transition to a 100% clean energy economy, EERE’s budget request of $4.7 billion includes more than $1 billion in new funding to deploy the clean energy technologies that can deliver pollution-free, affordable energy to all Americans while creating jobs and building a more equitable economy.

This one-hour chat will highlight the activities, programs, and initiatives proposed in EERE’s budget request that will help decarbonize the industrial sector, the agricultural sector, and the U.S. building stock by investing in activities that improve the energy efficiency of America’s factories, commercial and residential buildings, and federal facilities.

Acting DAS Annamaria Garcia will be joined by the following directors from EERE’s energy efficiency technology pillar:

  • Mike McKittrick, Acting Director, Advanced Manufacturing Office
  • David Nemtzow, Director, Building Technologies Office
  • Hayes Jones, Supervisor, Federal Energy Management Program
  • Amy Royden-Bloom, Acting Director, Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office

The final 15 minutes will be reserved for questions.

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2021-06-21
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice  anearly assessment review to determine whether amendments are warranted for the test procedures for walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers (WICFs or walk-ins). DOE has identified certain issues associated with the currently applicable test procedures on which DOE is interested in receiving comment. The issues outlined in this document address definitions and equipment classes of walk-in components, test procedure waivers received, and other test procedure issues related to walk-in doors, panels, and refrigeration systems. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document, including topics not raised in this request for information (RFI).

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until July 19, 2021.
  • 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) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • 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.

2021-06-17
Location: Washington DC
Description:

2021 National Energy Codes Conference – Don’t Forget to Register!

Join us for the virtual 2021 National Energy Codes Conference hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy! The event will be held July 20-22, 2021. Learn about the latest updates, resources and tools supporting code advancement and implementation. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear directly from industry leaders, contribute to the conversation, and learn how states, local governments and others are looking to energy codes to build the clean energy economy.   

Register today for this no cost event and keep an eye out for continued updates in the coming weeks!

Session Highlights

Check out the preliminary conference agenda. The highlighted sessions will feature a combination of informative presentations, panel discussions, and interactive breakout sessions. Featured topics include:

  • Emerging State & Local Goals: From Zero Energy to Electrification to Decarbonization
  • Workforce Development: Opportunities for Building Codes and Compliance Programs
  • The Role of Building Codes in Shaping Equity and Environmental Justice
  • Building Performance Standards – The Pathway to Zero-Carbon Buildings

Continuing Education

Energy Codes 2021 will feature several continuing education options for energy code professionals. Sessions have been submitted for American Institute of Architects (AIA), International Code Council (ICC), and Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) approval. 

The Building Energy Codes Program

The U.S. Department of Energy supports the advancement of building energy codes. Modern building codes and standards offer cost-effective solutions, contributing to lower utility bills for homes and businesses, and helping to mitigate the impacts of climate change. Learn more at energycodes.gov.

2021-06-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review to determine whether amendments are warranted for the test procedure for commercial refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers (CRE). DOE has identified certain issues associated with the currently applicable test procedure on which DOE is interested in receiving comment. The issues identified in this document concern scope and definitions, industry test standards, test conditions for specific CRE categories, test procedure clarifications and modifications, alternative refrigerants, certification of volumes, and test procedure waivers. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document, including topics not raised in this request for information (RFI).

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until July 26, 2021.
  • 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) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find product information for Commercial Refrigeration Equipment including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

2021-06-07
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review to determine whether amendments are warranted for the test procedure for commercial refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers (CRE). DOE has identified certain issues associated with the currently applicable test procedure on which DOE is interested in receiving comment. The issues identified in this document concern scope and definitions, industry test standards, test conditions for specific CRE categories, test procedure clarifications and modifications, alternative refrigerants, certification of volumes, and test procedure waivers. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document, including topics not raised in this request for information (RFI).

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until 45 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2017-BT-TP-0008, by email (CRE2017TP0008@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find product information for Commercial Refrigeration Equipment including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

2021-06-04
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until July 6, 2021.
  • 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) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • 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.

2021-06-04
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review for amended energy conservation standards for ceiling fan light kits (CFLKs) to determine whether to amend applicable energy conservation standards for this product. Specifically, through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information to evaluate whether amended energy conservation standards would result in significant savings of energy; be technologically feasible; and be economically justified. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including those topics not specifically raised), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information concerning this early assessment review.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until July 6, 2021.
  • 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) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • 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.

2021-06-04
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review to determine whether amendments are warranted for the test procedures for walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers (WICFs or walk-ins). DOE has identified certain issues associated with the currently applicable test procedures on which DOE is interested in receiving comment. The issues outlined in this document address definitions and equipment classes of walk-in components, test procedure waivers received, and other test procedure issues related to walk-in doors, panels, and refrigeration systems. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document, including topics not raised in this request for information (RFI).

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until 30 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2017–BT–TP–0010, by email (WICF2017TP0010@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • 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.

2021-06-03
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedures for general service fluorescent lamps (GSFLs), incandescent reflector lamps (IRLs), and general service incandescent lamps (GSILs) to update to the latest versions of the referenced industry test standards and provide cites to specific sections of these standards; to clarify definitions, test conditions and methods, and measurement procedures; to clarify test frequency and inclusion of cathode power in measurements for GSFLs; to provide a test method for measuring color rendering index (CRI) of GSILs and IRLs and for measuring lifetime of IRLs; to allow manufacturers to make voluntary (optional) representations of GSFLs at high frequency settings; to revise the sampling requirements; and to align sampling and certification requirements with proposed test procedure terminology and with the Federal Trade Commission’s labeling program.  DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal. 

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR/RFI until August 2, 2021.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2017–BT–TP-0011, by email (Lamps2017TP0011@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • The webinar will be held on Thursday, June 24, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 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, 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.

2021-05-25
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice re-evaluating its prior determination that the Secretary of Energy (Secretary) was not required to implement the statutory backstop requirement for general service lamps (GSLs). Under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended, if DOE fails to complete a rulemaking in accordance with certain statutory criteria, or if a final rule for GSLs does not produce savings that are greater than or equal to the savings from a minimum efficacy standard of 45 lumens per watt (lm/W), the Secretary must prohibit the sale of any GSL that does not meet a minimum efficacy standard of 45 lm/W. This request for information (RFI) solicits information from the public regarding the availability of lamps that would satisfy a minimum efficacy standard of 45 lm/W, as well other information that may be relevant to a possible implementation of the statutory backstop. 

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until June 24, 2021.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2021–BT–STD–0005, by email (GSL2021STD0005@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find product information for General Service Lamps including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

2021-05-25
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice undertaking the preliminary stages of a rulemaking to consider amendments to the test procedures for Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTACs) and Packaged Terminal Heat Pumps (PTHPs). 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 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.

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

2021-05-20
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice re-evaluating its prior determination that the Secretary of Energy (Secretary) was not required to implement the statutory backstop requirement for general service lamps (GSLs). Under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended, if DOE fails to complete a rulemaking in accordance with certain statutory criteria, or if a final rule for GSLs does not produce savings that are greater than or equal to the savings from a minimum efficacy standard of 45 lumens per watt (lm/W), the Secretary must prohibit the sale of any GSL that does not meet a minimum efficacy standard of 45 lm/W. This request for information (RFI) solicits information from the public regarding the availability of lamps that would satisfy a minimum efficacy standard of 45 lm/W, as well other information that may be relevant to a possible implementation of the statutory backstop. 

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until 30 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2021–BT–STD–0005, by email (GSL2021STD0005@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find product information for General Service Lamps including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

2021-05-19
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review to determine whether amendments are warranted for the test procedure for refrigerated bottled or canned beverage vending machines (BVMs). 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 updates to industry standards, test setup and conditions, product rating temperature, energy consumption calculations, operating modes, alternate refrigerants, and connected functions. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document, including topics not raised in this request for information (RFI).

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until June 18, 2021.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2021-BT-TP-0007 , by email (BVM2021TP0007@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find product information for Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

2021-05-19
Location: Washington DC
Description:

On May 7, 2021, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a request for information (RFI) restarting rulemaking activities to consider potential test procedures and energy conservation standards for circulator pumps and small vertical in-line pumps. The notice provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data, and information by July 6, 2021. DOE received requests from Grundfos, the Hydraulic Institute (HI), and Taco, Inc. on May 7, 2021, May 10, 2021 and May 14, 2021 respectively, asking DOE to extend the public comment period until August 30, 2021. Additionally, DOE received a request from Xylem Inc. to extend the comment period until September 30, 2021. On May 14, 2021, HI sent a follow-up request providing more information on why an extension is necessary. DOE has now issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice reviewing these requests and is granting an extension of the public comment period to allow public comments to be submitted until July 30, 2021.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until July 30, 2021.
  • 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) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find product information for Circulator Pumps including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

2021-05-17
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice undertaking the preliminary stages of a rulemaking to consider amendments to the test procedures for Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTACs) and Packaged Terminal Heat Pumps (PTHPs). 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 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 the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2019-BT-TP-0027, by email (PTACHP2019TP0027@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • 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.

2021-05-17
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 2020-020) that grants to Ningbo FOTILE Kitchen Ware Co. Ltd. (FOTILE) a waiver from specified portions of the DOE test procedure for determining the energy and water consumption of specified dishwashers. Under the Decision and Order, FOTILE is required to test and rate the specified basic models of its dishwashers in accordance with the alternate test procedure set forth in the Decision and Order.

  • The Decision and Order is effective on May 17, 2021. 
  • DOE would like to highlight and provide advance notice that per 10 CFR 430.27(j) within 60 days after DOE issues a waiver to a manufacturer for a product employing a particular technology or having a particular characteristic, any manufacturer currently distributing in commerce in the United States equipment employing a technology or characteristic that results in the same need for a waiver from the applicable test procedure must submit a petition for waiver. Manufacturers not currently distributing such equipment in commerce in the United States must petition for and be granted a waiver prior to the distribution in commerce of that equipment in the United States. 10 CFR 430.27(j). Manufacturers may also submit a request for interim waiver pursuant to the requirements of 10 CFR 430.27.
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for Dishwashers including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

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

2021-05-14
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 2019-011) that grants to Vinotheque Wine Cellars DBA WhisperKOOL Corp. DBA CellarCool (Vinotheque) a waiver from specified portions of the DOE test procedure for determining the energy efficiency of specified wine cellar walk-in cooler refrigeration systems. Due to the design of Vinotheque’s specific basic models of walk-in wine cellar refrigeration systems, the current test procedure evaluates such models in a manner that is unrepresentative of their energy use. Under the Decision and Order, Vinotheque is required to test and rate the specified basic models of its walk-in cooler refrigeration systems in accordance with the alternate test procedure set forth in the Decision and Order.

  • The Decision and Order is effective on May 14, 2021. 
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for Walk-In Coolers and Walk-In Freezers including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

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

2021-05-13
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review to determine whether amendments are warranted for the test procedure for refrigerated bottled or canned beverage vending machines (BVMs). 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 updates to industry standards, test setup and conditions, product rating temperature, energy consumption calculations, operating modes, alternate refrigerants, and connected functions. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document, including topics not raised in this request for information (RFI).

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until 30 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2021-BT-TP-0007 , by email (BVM2021TP0007@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find product information for Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

2021-05-11
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 2019-011) that grants to Vinotheque Wine Cellars DBA WhisperKOOL Corp. DBA CellarCool (Vinotheque) a waiver from specified portions of the DOE test procedure for determining the energy efficiency of specified wine cellar walk-in cooler refrigeration systems. Due to the design of Vinotheque’s specific basic models of walk-in wine cellar refrigeration systems, the current test procedure evaluates such models in a manner that is unrepresentative of their energy use. Under the Decision and Order, Vinotheque is required to test and rate the specified basic models of its walk-in cooler refrigeration systems in accordance with the alternate test procedure set forth in the Decision and Order.

  • The Decision and Order is effective upon publication in the Federal Register. 
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for Walk-In Coolers and Walk-In Freezers including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

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

2021-05-10
Location: Virtual
Description:

Save the date! The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program is pleased to announce the 2021 National Energy Codes Conference will take place July 20-22, 2021. This year’s conference will be presented in a virtual forum and free to for all to attend. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more information including registration and a range of topics featuring the latest and greatest in building energy codes!

The main event (July 21-22) will feature a variety of informative and engaging plenary sessions, discussion panels, and interactive breakouts. Preceding the event (July 20), newcomers to codes—as well as those looking to refresh their knowledge—can attend the Energy Code Bootcamp, a training workshop covering Energy Codes 101 and an introduction to DOE’s REScheck and COMcheck energy code compliance software.

This year’s featured topics will include:

  • Emerging State & Local Goals: From Zero Energy to Electrification to Decarbonization
  • Zero Energy: The Convergence of Energy Codes and Above-Code Programs
  • Workforce Development: Opportunities for Building Codes and Compliance Programs
  • The Role of Building Codes in Shaping Equity and Environmental Justice
  • The Final Frontier: Energy Codes and Building Performance Standards for Existing Buildings
  • And many more!

Don’t miss your opportunity to learn about the latest energy code advancements, participate in the discussion, and help inform future energy code programming.

The Building Energy Codes Program

The U.S. Department of Energy supports the advancement of building energy codes. Modern building codes and standards offer cost-effective solutions, contributing to lower utility bills for homes and businesses, and helping to mitigate the impacts of climate change. Learn more at energycodes.gov.

 

2021-05-10
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice proposing to amend the test procedures for general service fluorescent lamps (GSFLs), incandescent reflector lamps (IRLs), and general service incandescent lamps (GSILs) to update to the latest versions of the referenced industry test standards and provide cites to specific sections of these standards; to clarify definitions, test conditions and methods, and measurement procedures; to clarify test frequency and inclusion of cathode power in measurements for GSFLs; to provide a test method for measuring color rendering index (CRI) of GSILs and IRLs and for measuring lifetime of IRLs; to allow manufacturers to make voluntary (optional) representations of GSFLs at high frequency settings; to revise the sampling requirements; and to align sampling and certification requirements with proposed test procedure terminology and with the Federal Trade Commission’s labeling program.  DOE is seeking comment from interested parties on the proposal. 

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR/RFI until 60 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2017–BT–TP-0011 , by email (Lamps2017TP0011@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • The webinar will be held on Thursday, June 24, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 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, 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.

2021-05-10
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice requesting comments on a potential definition of “commercial and industrial fan” for consideration in determining whether such equipment should be classified as covered equipment under Part C of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended. 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 May 25, 2021.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2011–BT–DET-0045, by email (commercialindustrialfansDET0045@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find product information for Commercial and Industrial Fans including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

2021-05-07
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review for amended energy conservation standards for ceiling fans to determine whether to amend applicable energy conservation standards for this product. Specifically, through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information to evaluate whether amended energy conservation standards would result in significant savings of energy; be technologically feasible; and be economically justified. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including those topics not specifically raised in this RFI), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information concerning this early assessment review.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until June 7, 2021.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2021-BT-STD-0011, by email (CeilingFans2021STD0011@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find product information for Ceiling Fans including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

2021-05-07
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 2020-014) that grants to KeepRite Refrigeration (KeepRite) a waiver from specified portions of the DOE test procedure for determining the energy efficiency of specified carbon dioxide (CO2) direct expansion unit coolers. Under the Decision and Order, KeepRite is required to test and rate the specified basic models of its CO2 direct expansion unit coolers in accordance with the alternate test procedure set forth in the Decision and Order.

  • The Decision and Order is effective May 7, 2021.
  • DOE would like to highlight and provide advance notice that per 10 CFR 431.401(j) within 60 days after DOE issues a waiver to a manufacturer for a product employing a particular technology or having a particular characteristic, any manufacturer currently distributing in commerce in the United States equipment employing a technology or characteristic that results in the same need for a waiver from the applicable test procedure must submit a petition for waiver. Manufacturers not currently distributing such equipment in commerce in the United States must petition for and be granted a waiver prior to the distribution in commerce of that equipment in the United States. 10 CFR 431.401(j). Manufacturers may also submit a request for interim waiver pursuant to the requirements of 10 CFR 431.401.
  • Additional information on waivers can be found on DOE's waiver website.
  • Find product information for Walk-In Coolers and Walk-In Freezers including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

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

2021-05-07
Location: Washington DC
Description:

On December 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule adopting separate product classes for top-loading consumer (residential) clothes washers and consumer clothes dryers that offer cycle times for a normal cycle of less than 30 minutes, and for front-loading residential clothes washers that offer cycle times for a normal cycle of less than 45 minutes (December 2020 final rule). DOE has now published a Federal Register notice that corrects an omission in the amended regulatory text as it appeared in the December 2020 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.

  • The correction is effective May 7, 2021. 
  • Find product information for Consumer Clothes Dryers and Consumer Clothes Washers including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

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

2021-05-07
Location: Washington DC
Description:

On December 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule adopting separate product classes for top-loading consumer (residential) clothes washers and consumer clothes dryers that offer cycle times for a normal cycle of less than 30 minutes, and for front-loading residential clothes washers that offer cycle times for a normal cycle of less than 45 minutes (December 2020 final rule). DOE has now published a Federal Register notice that corrects an omission in the amended regulatory text as it appeared in the December 2020 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.

  • The correction is effective May 7, 2021. 
  • Find product information for Consumer Clothes Dryers and Consumer Clothes Washers including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

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

2021-05-07
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice restarting rulemaking activities to consider potential test procedures and energy conservation standards for circulator pumps and small vertical in-line pumps. Consensus recommendations for test procedures and energy conservation standards were negotiated in 2016 by a stakeholder working group of the Appliance Standards Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC). Through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information regarding development and evaluation of new test procedures that would be reasonably designed to produce test results which reflect energy use during a representative average use cycle for the equipment without being unduly burdensome to conduct. Additionally, this RFI solicits information regarding the development and evaluation of potential new energy conservation standards for circulator pumps and small vertical in-line pumps, and whether such standards would result in significant energy savings and be technologically feasible and economically justified. DOE also welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including those topics not specifically raised), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until July 6, 2021.
  • 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) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find product information for Circulator Pumps including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

2021-05-07
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register final rule; correction notice pertaining to test procedure for room air conditioners. On March 29, 2021 DOE published a final rule adopting test procedures for room air conditioners (hereafter the “March 2021 final rule”). This document corrects errors and omissions in the Federal test procedure for room air conditioners as amended by the March 2021 final rule, including an incorrect mathematical notation and missing detail regarding the full compressor speed setpoint in the testing instructions. Neither the errors and omissions, nor the corrections in this document, affect the substance of the rulemaking or any conclusions reached in support of the final rule.

  • The correction is effective May 7, 2021. 
  • Find product information for Room Air Conditioners including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

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

2021-05-05
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register comment extension notice pertaining to test procedures for commercial and industrial pumps (pumps). On April 16, 2021, DOE published a request for information (RFI) pertaining to the test procedure for pumps. The notice provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data, and information by June 1, 2021. On April 19, 2021, DOE received a request from Price Pump Company (Price Pump), and on April 20, 2021, DOE received requests from Grundfos and the Hydraulic Institute (HI) to extend the public comment period by 90 days. DOE has reviewed these requests and is granting a 30-day extension of the public comment period to allow public comments to be submitted until July 1, 2021.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until July 1, 2021.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2020–BT–TP-0032, by email (Pumps2020TP0032@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • 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.

2021-05-05
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

2021-05-05
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review to determine whether amendments are warranted for the test procedure for ceiling fan light kits (CFLKs). 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 updating currently referenced industry standards to their latest versions. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document, including topics not raised in this request for information (RFI).

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until June 3, 2021. 
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2019-BT-TP-0024, by email (CFLK2019TP0024@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • 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.

2021-05-05
Location: Washington DC
Description:

On December 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule adopting separate product classes for top-loading consumer (residential) clothes washers and consumer clothes dryers that offer cycle times for a normal cycle of less than 30 minutes, and for front-loading residential clothes washers that offer cycle times for a normal cycle of less than 45 minutes (December 2020 final rule). DOE has now issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice that corrects an omission in the amended regulatory text as it appeared in the December 2020 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.

  • The correction is effective upon publication in the Federal Register. 
  • Find product information for Consumer Clothes Dryers and Consumer Clothes Washers including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

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

2021-05-05
Location: Washington DC
Description:

On December 16, 2020, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule adopting separate product classes for top-loading consumer (residential) clothes washers and consumer clothes dryers that offer cycle times for a normal cycle of less than 30 minutes, and for front-loading residential clothes washers that offer cycle times for a normal cycle of less than 45 minutes (December 2020 final rule). DOE has now issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice that corrects an omission in the amended regulatory text as it appeared in the December 2020 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.

  • The correction is effective upon publication in the Federal Register. 
  • Find product information for Consumer Clothes Dryers and Consumer Clothes Washers including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

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

2021-05-03
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register final rule; correction notice pertaining to test procedure for room air conditioners. On March 29, 2021 DOE published a final rule adopting test procedures for room air conditioners (hereafter the “March 2021 final rule”). This document corrects errors and omissions in the Federal test procedure for room air conditioners as amended by the March 2021 final rule, including an incorrect mathematical notation and missing detail regarding the full compressor speed setpoint in the testing instructions. Neither the errors and omissions, nor the corrections in this document, affect the substance of the rulemaking or any conclusions reached in support of the final rule.

  • The correction is effective upon publication in the Federal Register. 
  • Find product information for Room Air Conditioners including current standards and test procedures; recent product updates; waivers, exceptions and rulemaking information.

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

2021-04-28
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice restarting rulemaking activities to consider potential test procedures and energy conservation standards for circulator pumps and small vertical in-line pumps. Consensus recommendations for test procedures and energy conservation standards were negotiated in 2016 by a stakeholder working group of the Appliance Standards Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC). Through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information regarding development and evaluation of new test procedures that would be reasonably designed to produce test results which reflect energy use during a representative average use cycle for the equipment without being unduly burdensome to conduct. Additionally, this RFI solicits information regarding the development and evaluation of potential new energy conservation standards for circulator pumps and small vertical in-line pumps, and whether such standards would result in significant energy savings and be technologically feasible and economically justified. DOE also welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including those topics not specifically raised), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until 30 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2016-BT-STD-0004, by email (circpumps2016std0004@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find product information for Circulator Pumps including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

2021-04-27
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review to determine whether amendments are warranted for the test procedure for ceiling fan light kits (CFLKs). 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 updating currently referenced industry standards to their latest versions. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document, including topics not raised in this request for information (RFI).

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until 30 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2019-BT-TP-0024, by email (CFLK2019TP0024@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • 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.

2021-04-26
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice requesting comments on a potential definition of “commercial and industrial fan” for consideration in determining whether such equipment should be classified as covered equipment under Part C of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended. 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 15 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2011–BT–DET-0045, by email (commercialindustrialfansDET0045@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find product information for Commercial and Industrial Fans including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.

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

2021-04-19
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice to announce a webinar to discuss and receive comments on the preliminary analysis it has conducted for purposes of evaluating energy conservation standards for consumer clothes dryers. The webinar will cover the analytical framework, models, and tools that DOE is using to evaluate potential standards for this product; the results of preliminary analyses performed by DOE for this product; the potential energy conservation standard levels derived from these analyses that DOE could consider for this product should it determine that proposed amendments are necessary; and any other issues relevant to the evaluation of energy conservation standards for consumer clothes dryers. In addition, DOE encourages written comments on these subjects. To view the preliminary technical support document (TSD) click here.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice until July 6, 2021.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2014-BT-STD-0058 (Include “Notification of a webinar and availability of preliminary technical support document” and docket number  and/or RIN number 1904-AD99 in the subject line of the message), by email (ResClothesDryers2014STD0058@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • The webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Find product information for 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.

2021-04-16
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until May 17, 2021.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2020-BT-TP-0029, by email (PortableAC2020TP0029@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • 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.

2021-04-16
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until June 1, 2021.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2020–BT–TP-0032, by email (Pumps2020TP0032@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • 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.

2021-04-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice to announce a webinar to discuss and receive comments on the preliminary analysis it has conducted for purposes of evaluating energy conservation standards for consumer clothes dryers. The webinar will cover the analytical framework, models, and tools that DOE is using to evaluate potential standards for this product; the results of preliminary analyses performed by DOE for this product; the potential energy conservation standard levels derived from these analyses that DOE could consider for this product should it determine that proposed amendments are necessary; and any other issues relevant to the evaluation of energy conservation standards for consumer clothes dryers. In addition, DOE encourages written comments on these subjects. To view the preliminary technical support document (TSD) click here.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice until 75 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2014-BT-STD-0058 (Include “Notification of a webinar and availability of preliminary technical support document” and docket number  and/or RIN number 1904-AD99 in the subject line of the message), by email (ResClothesDryers2014STD0058@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • The webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register for the webinar.
  • Foreign Nationals interested in participating in this webinar, must be screened by DOE Headquarters Security prior to being granted access. Please email Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov to complete the necessary documentation at least two weeks prior to scheduled meeting date.
  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines
  • Find product information for 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.

2021-04-13
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice undertaking the preliminary stages of a rulemaking to consider amendments to the test procedure for portable air conditioners (ACs). 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 or period of use for the product without being unduly burdensome to conduct, or reduce testing burden. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this 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 the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2020-BT-TP-0029, by email (PortableAC2020TP0029@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • 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

2021-03-26
Location: Washington DC
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register Final Rule pertaining to test procedures for walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers. This final rule amends the current test procedure for hot gas defrost unit coolers by making it consistent with a recent update to the industry testing standard that is incorporated by reference in the relevant Federal test procedure for walk-in freezer refrigeration systems. This final rule updates the equations used to calculate defrost energy and heat contributions applicable to these systems to provide a consistent performance evaluation between hot gas defrost and electric defrost unit coolers when tested alone.

  • The effective date of this rule April 26, 2021.
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for product testing starting September 22, 2021.
  • 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.

DOE Publishes a Final Rule Pertaining to Test Procedures for Walk-In Coolers and Walk-In Freezers

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register Final Rule pertaining to test procedures for walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers. This final rule amends the current test procedure for hot gas defrost unit coolers by making it consistent with a recent update to the industry testing standard that is incorporated by reference in the relevant Federal test procedure for walk-in freezer refrigeration systems. This final rule updates the equations used to calculate defrost energy and heat contributions applicable to these systems to provide a consistent performance evaluation between hot gas defrost and electric defrost unit coolers when tested alone.

  • The effective date of this rule April 26, 2021.
  • The final rule changes will be mandatory for product testing starting September 22, 2021.
  • 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.

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 issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review for amended energy conservation standards for ceiling fan light kits (CFLKs) to determine whether to amend applicable energy conservation standards for this product. Specifically, through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information to evaluate whether amended energy conservation standards would result in significant savings of energy; be technologically feasible; and be economically justified. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including those topics not specifically raised), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information concerning this early assessment review.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until 30 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2019- BT-STD-0040, by email (CFLK2019STD0040@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • 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.

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2021-03-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

Reference:

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

2021-02-17
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2021-02-17
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2021-02-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

More details, coming soon!

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

2021-01-19
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2021-01-07
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2021-01-04
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

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

2021-01-04
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-12-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-12-21
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

2020-12-16
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

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

2020-12-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-12-11
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

2020-12-09
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-12-08
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-12-08
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

2020-12-08
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-12-03
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-12-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-11-30
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-11-24
Location: Workshop
Description:

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2020-11-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

For related information, Open Docket Folder


Action

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

Summary

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

Dates

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

Addresses

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

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

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

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

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

No telefacsimilies (faxes) will be accepted.

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

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

For Further Information Contact

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

Supplementary Information

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

This information collection request contains:

(1) OMB No.: 1910-1400;

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

(3) Type of Request: Revision with changes;

(4) Purpose:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Statutory Authority

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

Signing Authority

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

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

Treena V. Garrett,

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

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

BILLING CODE 6450-01-P

Footnotes

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

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

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

2020-11-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

For related information, Open Docket Folder


Action

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

Summary

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

Dates

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

Addresses

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

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

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

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

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

No telefacsimilies (faxes) will be accepted.

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

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

For Further Information Contact

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

Supplementary Information

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

This information collection request contains:

(1) OMB No.: 1910-1400;

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

(3) Type of Request: Revision with changes;

(4) Purpose:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Statutory Authority

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

Signing Authority

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

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

Treena V. Garrett,

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

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

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Footnotes

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

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

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

2020-11-18
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-11-05
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

2020-10-28
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-10-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

2020-10-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

2020-10-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-10-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-10-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-10-16
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

2020-10-16
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

2020-10-16
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

2020-10-15
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-10-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-10-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

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

2020-09-30
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-09-29
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-09-29
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

In the meantime...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

2020-09-28
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-09-28
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-09-25
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-09-25
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-09-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-09-23
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

2020-09-16
Location: Webinar postponed
Description:

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

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

2020-09-14
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

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

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

Among the other key findings:

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

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

Download the full report.

2020-09-08
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-09-08
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-09-04
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-09-02
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-09-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-09-01
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

2020-09-01
Location: Webinar
Description:

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

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

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

2020-08-28
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-08-27
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-08-27
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-08-27
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

2020-08-25
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-08-24
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-08-24
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-08-24
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-08-24
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Dear ENERGY STAR® Partner or Other Interested Stakeholder,

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

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

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

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

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

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

2020-08-17
Location: Webinar
Description:

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

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

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

2020-08-10
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2020-08-06
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-07-28
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

2020-07-28
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-07-28
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-07-20
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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

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

2020-07-20
Location: Washington DC
Description:

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

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