Energy Efficiency Program for Certain Commercial and Industrial Equipment: Public Meeting and Availability of the Framework Document for Small Electric Motors, 44990-44991 [E7-15692]

Download as PDF 44990 * * Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 154 / Friday, August 10, 2007 / Proposed Rules * * * Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 27th day of July, 2007. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Luis A. Reyes, Executive Director for Operations. [FR Doc. E7–15554 Filed 8–9–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy 10 CFR Part 431 [Docket No. EERE–2007–BT–STD–0007] RIN 1904–AB70 Energy Efficiency Program for Certain Commercial and Industrial Equipment: Public Meeting and Availability of the Framework Document for Small Electric Motors Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy. ACTION: Notice of public meeting and availability of the Framework Document. yshivers on PROD1PC62 with PROPOSALS AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Department of Energy (DOE or Department) is initiating the rulemaking process to adopt new energy conservation standards for small electric motors. Accordingly, the Department will hold an informal public meeting to discuss and receive comments on issues it will address in this rulemaking proceeding. The Department also encourages written comments on these subjects. To inform stakeholders and facilitate this process, DOE has prepared a Framework Document, which is available at: http://www.eere. energy.gov/buildings/appliance_ standards/. DATES: The Department will hold a public meeting on Thursday, September 13, 2007 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at DOE headquarters in Washington, DC. Any person requesting to speak at the public meeting should submit such request along with a signed original and an electronic copy of statements to be given at the meeting before 4 p.m., Thursday, August 30, 2007. Written comments are welcome, especially following the public meeting, and should be submitted by Friday, September 28, 2007. The public meeting will be held at the U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 1E–245, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121. (Please ADDRESSES: VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:40 Aug 09, 2007 Jkt 211001 note that foreign nationals participating in the public meeting are subject to advance security screening procedures. If a foreign national wishes to participate in the workshop, please inform DOE of this fact as soon as possible by contacting Ms. Brenda Edwards-Jones at (202) 586–2945, so that the necessary procedures can be completed.) Stakeholders may submit comments, identified by docket number EERE– 2007–BT–STD–0007 and/or Regulatory Identifier Number (RIN) 1904–AB70, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • E-mail: small_electric_motors_ std.rulemaking@ee.doe.gov. Include docket number EERE–2007–BT–STD– 0007 and/or RIN 1904–AB70 in the subject line of the message. • Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards-Jones, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, Mailstop EE–2J, Framework Document for Small Electric Motors, docket number EERE–2007–BT– STD–0007 and/or RIN 1904–AB70, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121. Please submit one signed paper original. • Hand Delivery/Courier: Ms. Brenda Edwards-Jones, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, Room 1J–018, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585– 0121. Telephone: (202) 586–2945. Please submit one signed paper original. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number or RIN for this rulemaking. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents, a copy of the transcript of the public meeting, or comments received, go to the U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 1J–018 (Resource Room of the Building Technologies Program), 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121, (202) 586– 9127, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Please call Ms. Brenda Edwards-Jones at the above telephone number for additional information regarding visiting the Resource Room. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Antonio M. Bouza, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies, EE–2J, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121, (202) 586– 586–4563. E-mail: Antonio.Bouza@ee.doe.gov; Francine Pinto, Esq., or Eric Stas, Esq., U.S. PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel, GC–72, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121, (202) 586– 9507. E-mail: Francine.Pinto@hq.doe.gov or Eric.Stas@hq.doe.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) of 1975 (42 U.S.C. 6291–6309) established an energy conservation program for major household appliances. The National Energy Conservation Policy Act of 1978 (NECPA) amended EPCA to add Part C of Title III (42 U.S.C. 6311–6317), which established an energy conservation program for certain industrial equipment. The Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPACT), Public Law 102–486, also amended EPCA, and included amendments that expanded Title III to include certain types of commercial equipment, including small electric motors. Specifically, EPACT amended section 346 of EPCA (42 U.S.C. 6317) to provide that the Secretary of Energy prescribe testing requirements and energy conservation standards for those small electric motors for which the Secretary determines that standards ‘‘would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would result in significant energy savings.’’ (42 U.S.C. 6317(b)(1)) On July 10, 2006, the Secretary of Energy made a positive determination with respect to testing requirements and energy conservation standards for small electric motors. 71 FR 38799. As a result of DOE’s determination analysis, the Secretary determined preliminarily that standards for small electric motors would be ‘‘technologically feasible and economically justified, and would result in significant energy savings.’’ DOE will determine whether and at what level to promulgate energy conservation standards for small electric motors based on in-depth consideration, with public participation, of the technical feasibility, economic justification, and energy savings of potential standards levels in the context of prescribing new or amended standards pursuant to section 325(o) and (p) of EPCA (42 U.S.C. 6295(o), (p)). To begin the required rulemaking process, the Department prepared a Framework Document to present the issues and explain the analyses and process it anticipates using to set energy conservation standards for small electric motors. The focus of the public meeting will be to discuss the analyses and issues identified in various sections of the Framework Document. During the Department’s presentation to E:\FR\FM\10AUP1.SGM 10AUP1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 154 / Friday, August 10, 2007 / Proposed Rules yshivers on PROD1PC62 with PROPOSALS stakeholders, the Department will discuss each item listed in the Framework Document as an issue for comment. The Department will also make a brief presentation on the rulemaking process for these products. The Department encourages those who wish to participate in the public meeting to obtain the Framework Document and be prepared to discuss its contents. However, public meeting participants need not limit their discussions to the topics in the Framework Document. A copy of the draft Framework Document is available at: http://www.eere.energy.gov/ buildings/appliance_standards/. The Department is also interested in receiving views concerning other relevant issues that participants believe would affect energy conservation standards for these products. The Department also welcomes all interested parties, whether or not they participate in the public meeting, to submit in writing by Friday, September 28, 2007, comments and information on the matters addressed in the Framework Document and on other matters relevant to consideration of standards for these small electric motors. The public meeting will be conducted in an informal, facilitated, conference style. There shall be no discussion of proprietary information, costs or prices, market shares, or other commercial matters regulated by the U.S. antitrust laws. A court reporter will be present to prepare a transcript of the meeting. After the public meeting and the expiration of the period for submission of written statements, the Department will begin conducting the analyses as discussed at the public meeting and reviewing the comments received. Anyone who would like to participate in the public meeting, receive meeting materials, or be added to the DOE mailing list to receive future notices and information regarding small electric motors, should contact Ms. Brenda Edwards-Jones at (202) 586–2945. Issued in Washington, DC, on August 3, 2007. Alexander A. Karsner, Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. [FR Doc. E7–15692 Filed 8–9–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:40 Aug 09, 2007 Jkt 211001 DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employee Benefits Security Administration 29 CFR Part 2560 RIN 1210–AB23 Amendments to Civil Penalties Under ERISA Section 502(c)(7) Employee Benefits Security Administration, Labor. ACTION: Proposed rule. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This proposed rule is a companion to the Department of Labor/ Employee Benefits Security Administration’s (Department) direct final rule (published today in the ‘‘Rules and Regulations’’ section of the Federal Register) amending the Department’s civil penalty regulation under section 502(c)(7) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA or the Act) to reflect recent amendments to section 502(c)(7) by the Pension Protection Act of 2006. These amendments authorize the Secretary of Labor to assess civil penalties not to exceed $100 per day for each violation of section 101(m) of ERISA. Section 101(m) of ERISA requires plan administrators of individual account plans to notify participants and beneficiaries of their right to sell the company stock in their accounts and reinvest the proceeds into other investments available under the plan. The Department is publishing these amendments as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Department views them as highly technical and anticipates no significant adverse comment. The Department has explained its reasons in the preamble to the direct final rule. If the Department receives no significant adverse comment during the comment period, no further action on this proposed rule will be taken. However, if the Department receives significant adverse comment, the Department will withdraw the direct final rule and it will not take effect. In that case, the Department will address all public comments in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. The Department will not institute a second comment period on this rule. Any parties interested in commenting must do so during this comment period. DATES: Comments must be received on or before September 10, 2007. ADDRESSES: To facilitate the receipt and processing of comments, the Department encourages interested persons to submit their comments electronically by e-mail to e- PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 44991 ORI@dol.gov, or by using the Federal eRulemaking portal at www.regulations.gov (follow instructions for submission of comments). Persons submitting comments electronically are encouraged not to submit paper copies. Persons interested in submitting comments on paper should send or deliver their comments (at least three copies) to the Office of Regulations and Interpretations, Employee Benefits Security Administration, Room N–5669, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210, Attn: 502(c)(7) Civil Penalty. Comments received will be posted without change, including any personal information provided, to www.regulations.gov and http:// www.dol.gov/ebsa, and also available for public inspection at the Public Disclosure Room, Employee Benefits Security Administration, Room N–1513, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephanie L. Ward, Office of Regulations and Interpretations, Employee Benefits Security Administration, (202) 693–8500. This is not a toll-free number. As noted above, in the ‘‘Rules and Regulations’’ section of today’s Federal Register, the direct final rule being published makes technical changes to the Department’s existing civil penalty regulation at 29 CFR 2560.502c–7 for violations of section 101(i) of ERISA, relating to blackout notices, in order to conform the regulation to section 502(c)(7) of ERISA, as amended by the Pension Protection Act of 2006, Public Law 109– 280, 120 Stat. 780, for violations of section 101(m) of ERISA, relating to diversification rights. The provisions proposed here are those contained in the direct final rule. Please refer to the preamble and regulatory text of the direct final rule for further information and the actual text of the revisions. Additionally, all information regarding Statutory and Executive Orders for this proposed rule can be found in the Supplementary Information section of the direct final rule. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Signed at Washington, DC, this 3rd day of August, 2007. 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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 154 (Friday, August 10, 2007)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 44990-44991]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-15692]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

10 CFR Part 431

[Docket No. EERE-2007-BT-STD-0007]
RIN 1904-AB70


Energy Efficiency Program for Certain Commercial and Industrial 
Equipment: Public Meeting and Availability of the Framework Document 
for Small Electric Motors

AGENCY: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of 
Energy.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting and availability of the Framework 
Document.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Energy (DOE or Department) is initiating the 
rulemaking process to adopt new energy conservation standards for small 
electric motors. Accordingly, the Department will hold an informal 
public meeting to discuss and receive comments on issues it will 
address in this rulemaking proceeding. The Department also encourages 
written comments on these subjects. To inform stakeholders and 
facilitate this process, DOE has prepared a Framework Document, which 
is available at: http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_
standards/.

DATES: The Department will hold a public meeting on Thursday, September 
13, 2007 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at DOE headquarters in Washington, DC. 
Any person requesting to speak at the public meeting should submit such 
request along with a signed original and an electronic copy of 
statements to be given at the meeting before 4 p.m., Thursday, August 
30, 2007. Written comments are welcome, especially following the public 
meeting, and should be submitted by Friday, September 28, 2007.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at the U.S. Department of 
Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 1E-245, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., 
Washington, DC 20585-0121. (Please note that foreign nationals 
participating in the public meeting are subject to advance security 
screening procedures. If a foreign national wishes to participate in 
the workshop, please inform DOE of this fact as soon as possible by 
contacting Ms. Brenda Edwards-Jones at (202) 586-2945, so that the 
necessary procedures can be completed.)
    Stakeholders may submit comments, identified by docket number EERE-
2007-BT-STD-0007 and/or Regulatory Identifier Number (RIN) 1904-AB70, 
by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     E-mail: small_electric_motors_
std.rulemaking@ee.doe.gov. Include docket number EERE-2007-BT-STD-0007 
and/or RIN 1904-AB70 in the subject line of the message.
     Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards-Jones, U.S. Department of Energy, 
Building Technologies Program, Mailstop EE-2J, Framework Document for 
Small Electric Motors, docket number EERE-2007-BT-STD-0007 and/or RIN 
1904-AB70, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. 
Please submit one signed paper original.
     Hand Delivery/Courier: Ms. Brenda Edwards-Jones, U.S. 
Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, Room 1J-018, 1000 
Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. Telephone: (202) 
586-2945. Please submit one signed paper original.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name 
and docket number or RIN for this rulemaking.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents, a 
copy of the transcript of the public meeting, or comments received, go 
to the U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 1J-018 
(Resource Room of the Building Technologies Program), 1000 Independence 
Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121, (202) 586-9127, between 9 a.m. 
and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Please call 
Ms. Brenda Edwards-Jones at the above telephone number for additional 
information regarding visiting the Resource Room.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Antonio M. Bouza, U.S. Department of 
Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building 
Technologies, EE-2J, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 
20585-0121, (202) 586-586-4563. E-mail: Antonio.Bouza@ee.doe.gov; 
Francine Pinto, Esq., or Eric Stas, Esq., U.S. Department of Energy, 
Office of the General Counsel, GC-72, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., 
Washington, DC 20585-0121, (202) 586-9507. E-mail: 
Francine.Pinto@hq.doe.gov or Eric.Stas@hq.doe.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Energy Policy and Conservation Act 
(EPCA) of 1975 (42 U.S.C. 6291-6309) established an energy conservation 
program for major household appliances. The National Energy 
Conservation Policy Act of 1978 (NECPA) amended EPCA to add Part C of 
Title III (42 U.S.C. 6311-6317), which established an energy 
conservation program for certain industrial equipment. The Energy 
Policy Act of 1992 (EPACT), Public Law 102-486, also amended EPCA, and 
included amendments that expanded Title III to include certain types of 
commercial equipment, including small electric motors. Specifically, 
EPACT amended section 346 of EPCA (42 U.S.C. 6317) to provide that the 
Secretary of Energy prescribe testing requirements and energy 
conservation standards for those small electric motors for which the 
Secretary determines that standards ``would be technologically feasible 
and economically justified, and would result in significant energy 
savings.'' (42 U.S.C. 6317(b)(1))
    On July 10, 2006, the Secretary of Energy made a positive 
determination with respect to testing requirements and energy 
conservation standards for small electric motors. 71 FR 38799. As a 
result of DOE's determination analysis, the Secretary determined 
preliminarily that standards for small electric motors would be 
``technologically feasible and economically justified, and would result 
in significant energy savings.'' DOE will determine whether and at what 
level to promulgate energy conservation standards for small electric 
motors based on in-depth consideration, with public participation, of 
the technical feasibility, economic justification, and energy savings 
of potential standards levels in the context of prescribing new or 
amended standards pursuant to section 325(o) and (p) of EPCA (42 U.S.C. 
6295(o), (p)).
    To begin the required rulemaking process, the Department prepared a 
Framework Document to present the issues and explain the analyses and 
process it anticipates using to set energy conservation standards for 
small electric motors. The focus of the public meeting will be to 
discuss the analyses and issues identified in various sections of the 
Framework Document. During the Department's presentation to

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stakeholders, the Department will discuss each item listed in the 
Framework Document as an issue for comment. The Department will also 
make a brief presentation on the rulemaking process for these products. 
The Department encourages those who wish to participate in the public 
meeting to obtain the Framework Document and be prepared to discuss its 
contents. However, public meeting participants need not limit their 
discussions to the topics in the Framework Document. A copy of the 
draft Framework Document is available at: http://www.eere.energy.gov/
buildings/appliance_standards/. The Department is also interested in 
receiving views concerning other relevant issues that participants 
believe would affect energy conservation standards for these products. 
The Department also welcomes all interested parties, whether or not 
they participate in the public meeting, to submit in writing by Friday, 
September 28, 2007, comments and information on the matters addressed 
in the Framework Document and on other matters relevant to 
consideration of standards for these small electric motors.
    The public meeting will be conducted in an informal, facilitated, 
conference style. There shall be no discussion of proprietary 
information, costs or prices, market shares, or other commercial 
matters regulated by the U.S. antitrust laws. A court reporter will be 
present to prepare a transcript of the meeting.
    After the public meeting and the expiration of the period for 
submission of written statements, the Department will begin conducting 
the analyses as discussed at the public meeting and reviewing the 
comments received.
    Anyone who would like to participate in the public meeting, receive 
meeting materials, or be added to the DOE mailing list to receive 
future notices and information regarding small electric motors, should 
contact Ms. Brenda Edwards-Jones at (202) 586-2945.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on August 3, 2007.
Alexander A. Karsner,
Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
[FR Doc. E7-15692 Filed 8-9-07; 8:45 am]
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