Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Decision and Order Granting a Waiver to the General Electric Company From the Department of Energy Residential Clothes Dryer Test Procedure (Case No. CD-004), 13122-13123 [2010-5937]

Download as PDF 13122 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 52 / Thursday, March 18, 2010 / Notices gradient at locations 10 inches (25.4 cm) out from the centers of the two sides of the unit being tested is to be maintained during the test. Unless shields or baffles obstruct the area, the gradient is to be maintained from 2 inches (5.1 cm) above the floor or supporting platform to a height 1 foot (30.5 cm) above the unit under test. Defrost controls are to be operative. The anti-sweat heater switch is to be off during one test and on during the second test. In the case of an electric refrigerator-freezer equipped with variable anti-sweat heater control, the result of the second test will be derived from the calculation described in 6.2.3. Other exceptions are noted in 2.3, 2.4, and 5.1 below. (C) New section 6.2.3 is inserted after section 6.2.2.2. 6.2.3 Variable anti-sweat heater control test. The energy consumption of an electric refrigerator-freezer with a variable anti-sweat heater control in the ‘‘on’’ position (Eon), expressed in kilowatt-hours per day, shall be calculated equivalent to: EON = E + (Correction Factor) where E is determined by 6.2.1.1, 6.2.1.2, 6.2.2.1, or 6.2.2.2, whichever is appropriate, with the anti-sweat heater switch in the off position. Correction Factor = (Anti-sweat Heater Power × System-loss Factor) × (24 hrs/1 day) × (1 kW/1,000 W) Where: Anti-sweat Heater Power = A1 * (Heater Watts at 5%RH) + A2 * (Heater Watts at 15%RH) + A3 * (Heater Watts at 25%RH) + A4 * (Heater Watts at 35%RH) + A5 * (Heater Watts at 45%RH) + A6 * (Heater Watts at 55%RH) + A7 * (Heater Watts at 65%RH) + A8 * (Heater Watts at 75%RH) + A9 * (Heater Watts at 85%RH) + A10 * (Heater Watts at 95%RH) sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES = = = = = 0.034 0.211 0.204 0.166 0.126 A6 = 0.119 A7 = 0.069 A8 = 0.047 A9 = 0.008 A10 = 0.015 Heater Watts at a specific relative humidity = the nominal watts used by all heaters at that specific relative humidity, 72 °F ambient, and DOE reference temperatures of fresh food (FF) average temperature of 45 °F and freezer (FZ) average temperature of 5 °F. System-loss Factor = 1.3. (4) Representations. Samsung may make representations about the energy use of its adaptive control anti-sweat heater refrigerator-freezer products for compliance, marketing, or other VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:08 Mar 17, 2010 Jkt 220001 Washington, DC 20585–0121. Telephone: (202) 586–9611; E-mail: AS_Waiver_Requests@ee.doe.gov. Betsy Kohl, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of General Counsel, Mail Stop GC–72, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585–0103, (202) 586– 7796; E-mail: Elizabeth.Kohl@hq.doe.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) 430.27(l), DOE gives notice of the issuance of its decision and order as set forth below. The decision and order grants GE a waiver from the applicable residential clothes dryer test procedure at 10 CFR part 430 subpart B, appendix D, for its two models of condensing clothes dryer. Issued in Washington, DC, on March 10, 2010. Cathy Zoi, Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Issued in Washington, DC, on March 10, 2010. Cathy Zoi, Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. [FR Doc. 2010–5935 Filed 3–17–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy [Case No. CD–004] Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Decision and Order Granting a Waiver to the General Electric Company From the Department of Energy Residential Clothes Dryer Test Procedure (Case No. CD–004) AGENCY: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy. ACTION: Decision and order. where A1–A10 are from the following table: A1 A2 A3 A4 A5 purposes only to the extent that such products have been tested in accordance with the provisions outlined above and such representations fairly disclose the results of such testing. (5) This waiver shall remain in effect consistent with the provisions of 10 CFR 430.27(m). (6) This waiver is issued on the condition that the statements, representations, and documentary materials provided by the petitioner are valid. DOE may revoke or modify this waiver at any time if it determines the factual basis underlying the petition for waiver is incorrect, or the results from the alternate test procedure are unrepresentative of the basic models’ true energy consumption characteristics. SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice of the decision and order (Case No. CD–004) that grants to the General Electric Co. (GE) a waiver from the DOE clothes dryer test procedure. The waiver request pertains to GE’s specified models of condensing residential clothes dryer. The existing test procedure does not apply to condensing clothes dryers. Under today’s decision and order, GE shall be not be required to test and rate its specified models of condensing residential clothes dryer. DATES: This decision and order is effective March 18, 2010. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Michael G. Raymond, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, Mailstop EE–2J, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Decision and Order In the Matter of: GE Corporation. (Case No. CD–004) Background Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) sets forth a variety of provisions concerning energy efficiency. Part A of Title III provides for the ‘‘Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles.’’ (42 U.S.C. 6291–6309) Part A includes definitions, test procedures, labeling provisions, energy conservation standards, and the authority to require information and reports from manufacturers. Further, Part A authorizes the Secretary of Energy to prescribe test procedures that are reasonably designed to produce results that measure energy efficiency, energy use, or estimated operating costs, and that are not unduly burdensome to conduct. (42 U.S.C. 6293(b)(3)) Today’s notice involves residential products under Part A. The test procedure for residential clothes dryers relevant to the current petition for waiver is contained in 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix D. DOE’s regulations contain provisions allowing a person to seek a waiver from the test procedure requirements for covered consumer products if at least one of the following conditions is met: (1) The petitioner’s basic model contains one or more design characteristics that prevent testing according to the prescribed test procedure, or (2) when the prescribed test procedures may evaluate the basic model in a manner so unrepresentative of its true energy consumption E:\FR\FM\18MRN1.SGM 18MRN1 sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 52 / Thursday, March 18, 2010 / Notices characteristics as to provide materially inaccurate comparative data. 10 CFR 430.27(a)(1). Petitioners must include in their petition any alternate test procedures known to the petitioner to evaluate the basic model in a manner representative of its energy consumption characteristics. 10 CFR 430.27(b)(1)(iii). The Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (the Assistant Secretary) may grant a waiver subject to conditions, including adherence to alternate test procedures. 10 CFR 430.27(l). Waivers remain in effect pursuant to the provisions of 10 CFR 430.27(m). The waiver process also allows any interested person who has submitted a petition for waiver to file an application for an interim waiver of the applicable test procedure requirements. 10 CFR 430.27(a)(2). The Assistant Secretary will grant an interim waiver request if it is determined that the applicant will experience economic hardship if the interim waiver is denied, if it appears likely that the petition for waiver will be granted, and/or the Assistant Secretary determines that it would be desirable for public policy reasons to grant immediate relief pending a determination on the petition for waiver. 10 CFR 430.27(g). On July 14, 2009, GE filed a petition for waiver from the test procedures applicable to its DCVH480E* and DCVH485E* product models (the two models differ only in color) of condensing clothes dryer. On March 2, 2010, GE informed DOE that it had made a typographical error in the model numbers listed in its petition for waiver. The correct model numbers of the products for which GE seeks a waiver, and that DOE analyzed in determining whether to grant the interim waiver and this petition for waiver, are DCCH480E* and DCCH485E*. The applicable test procedures are contained in 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix D—Uniform Test Method for Measuring the Energy Consumption of Clothes Dryers. GE seeks a waiver from the applicable test procedures for its DCCH480E* and DCCH485E* basic product models because, GE asserts, design characteristics of this model prevent testing according to the currently prescribed test procedures. DOE previously granted Miele Appliance, Inc. (Miele), a waiver from test procedures for two similar condenser clothes dryer models (T1565CA and T1570C). (60 FR 9330 (Feb. 17, 1995)) GE claims that its condenser clothes dryers cannot be tested pursuant to the DOE procedure and requests that the same waiver granted to Miele in 1995 be VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:08 Mar 17, 2010 Jkt 220001 granted for GE’s DCCH480E* and DCCH485E* models. In support of its petition, GE claims that the current clothes dryer test procedures apply only to vented clothes dryers because the test procedures require the use of an exhaust restrictor on the exhaust port of the clothes dryer during testing. Because condenser clothes dryers operate by blowing air through the wet clothes, condensing the water vapor in the airstream, and pumping the collected water into either a drain line or an in-unit container, these products do not use an exhaust port like a vented dryer does. GE plans to market a condensing clothes dryer for situations in which a conventional vented clothes dryer cannot be used, such as high-rise apartments and condominiums, neither of whose construction permits the use of external venting. Assertions and Determinations GE’s Petition for Waiver On July 14, 2009, GE filed a petition for waiver from the test procedure applicable to residential clothes dryers set forth in 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix D for particular models of condensing clothes dryer. On December 15, 2009, DOE published GE’s petition for waiver and granted GE an interim waiver from the current test procedure. 74 FR 66335. DOE did not receive any comments on the GE petition. DOE previously granted Miele a waiver from test procedures for condensing clothes dryers after determining that the clothes dryer test procedure was not applicable to the company’s condenser clothes dryers because of the lack of an exhaust port for mounting the required exhaust restrictor, which is an element of the test procedure. 60 FR 9332 (February 17, 1995). Subsequently, in 2008, DOE granted LG a similar waiver for its DLEC733W condenser clothes dryer. 73 FR 66641 (Nov. 10, 2008). In 2009, DOE granted a similar waiver to Whirlpool. 74 FR 66334 (December 15, 2009). Therefore, for the reasons discussed above and in light of the long-standing waiver granted to Miele, and the recent waivers to LG and Whirlpool, DOE grants GE’s petition for waiver from testing of its condenser clothes dryers. Consultations With Other Agencies DOE consulted with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) staff concerning the GE petition for waiver. The FTC staff did not have any objections to granting a waiver to GE. PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 13123 Conclusion After careful consideration of all the material that was submitted by GE and consultation with the FTC staff, it is ordered that: (1) The petition for waiver submitted by the General Electric Co. (Case No. CD–004) is hereby granted as set forth in the paragraphs below. (2) GE shall not be required to test or rate its DCCH480E* and DCCH485E* condensing clothes dryer models on the basis of the test procedures at 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix D. (3) This waiver shall remain in effect from the date this decision and order consistent with the provisions of 10 CFR 430.27(m). (4) This waiver is issued on the condition that the statements, representations, and documentary materials provided by the petitioner are valid. DOE may revoke or modify this waiver at any time if it determines the factual basis underlying the petition for waiver is incorrect. Issued in Washington, DC, on March 10, 2010. Cathy Zoi Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. [FR Doc. 2010–5937 Filed 3–17–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Representative Average Unit Costs of Energy AGENCY: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: In this notice, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is forecasting the representative average unit costs of five residential energy sources for the year 2010 pursuant to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. The five sources are electricity, natural gas, No. 2 heating oil, propane, and kerosene. DATES: The representative average unit costs of energy contained in this notice will become effective April 19, 2010 and will remain in effect until further notice. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mohammed Khan, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Forrestal Building, Mail Station EE–2J 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., E:\FR\FM\18MRN1.SGM 18MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

[Case No. CD-004]


Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Decision and 
Order Granting a Waiver to the General Electric Company From the 
Department of Energy Residential Clothes Dryer Test Procedure (Case No. 
CD-004)

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

ACTION: Decision and order.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice of the 
decision and order (Case No. CD-004) that grants to the General 
Electric Co. (GE) a waiver from the DOE clothes dryer test procedure. 
The waiver request pertains to GE's specified models of condensing 
residential clothes dryer. The existing test procedure does not apply 
to condensing clothes dryers. Under today's decision and order, GE 
shall be not be required to test and rate its specified models of 
condensing residential clothes dryer.

DATES: This decision and order is effective March 18, 2010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Michael G. Raymond, U.S. 
Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, Mailstop EE-2J, 
1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. Telephone: 
(202) 586-9611; E-mail: AS_Waiver_Requests@ee.doe.gov. Betsy Kohl, 
U.S. Department of Energy, Office of General Counsel, Mail Stop GC-72, 
1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585-0103, (202) 586-
7796; E-mail: Elizabeth.Kohl@hq.doe.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with Title 10 of the Code of 
Federal Regulations (10 CFR) 430.27(l), DOE gives notice of the 
issuance of its decision and order as set forth below. The decision and 
order grants GE a waiver from the applicable residential clothes dryer 
test procedure at 10 CFR part 430 subpart B, appendix D, for its two 
models of condensing clothes dryer.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on March 10, 2010.
Cathy Zoi,
Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Decision and Order

    In the Matter of: GE Corporation. (Case No. CD-004)

Background

    Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) sets 
forth a variety of provisions concerning energy efficiency. Part A of 
Title III provides for the ``Energy Conservation Program for Consumer 
Products Other Than Automobiles.'' (42 U.S.C. 6291-6309) Part A 
includes definitions, test procedures, labeling provisions, energy 
conservation standards, and the authority to require information and 
reports from manufacturers. Further, Part A authorizes the Secretary of 
Energy to prescribe test procedures that are reasonably designed to 
produce results that measure energy efficiency, energy use, or 
estimated operating costs, and that are not unduly burdensome to 
conduct. (42 U.S.C. 6293(b)(3))
    Today's notice involves residential products under Part A. The test 
procedure for residential clothes dryers relevant to the current 
petition for waiver is contained in 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, 
appendix D.
    DOE's regulations contain provisions allowing a person to seek a 
waiver from the test procedure requirements for covered consumer 
products if at least one of the following conditions is met: (1) The 
petitioner's basic model contains one or more design characteristics 
that prevent testing according to the prescribed test procedure, or (2) 
when the prescribed test procedures may evaluate the basic model in a 
manner so unrepresentative of its true energy consumption

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characteristics as to provide materially inaccurate comparative data. 
10 CFR 430.27(a)(1). Petitioners must include in their petition any 
alternate test procedures known to the petitioner to evaluate the basic 
model in a manner representative of its energy consumption 
characteristics. 10 CFR 430.27(b)(1)(iii).
    The Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy 
(the Assistant Secretary) may grant a waiver subject to conditions, 
including adherence to alternate test procedures. 10 CFR 430.27(l). 
Waivers remain in effect pursuant to the provisions of 10 CFR 
430.27(m).
    The waiver process also allows any interested person who has 
submitted a petition for waiver to file an application for an interim 
waiver of the applicable test procedure requirements. 10 CFR 
430.27(a)(2). The Assistant Secretary will grant an interim waiver 
request if it is determined that the applicant will experience economic 
hardship if the interim waiver is denied, if it appears likely that the 
petition for waiver will be granted, and/or the Assistant Secretary 
determines that it would be desirable for public policy reasons to 
grant immediate relief pending a determination on the petition for 
waiver. 10 CFR 430.27(g).
    On July 14, 2009, GE filed a petition for waiver from the test 
procedures applicable to its DCVH480E* and DCVH485E* product models 
(the two models differ only in color) of condensing clothes dryer. On 
March 2, 2010, GE informed DOE that it had made a typographical error 
in the model numbers listed in its petition for waiver. The correct 
model numbers of the products for which GE seeks a waiver, and that DOE 
analyzed in determining whether to grant the interim waiver and this 
petition for waiver, are DCCH480E* and DCCH485E*. The applicable test 
procedures are contained in 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix D--
Uniform Test Method for Measuring the Energy Consumption of Clothes 
Dryers. GE seeks a waiver from the applicable test procedures for its 
DCCH480E* and DCCH485E* basic product models because, GE asserts, 
design characteristics of this model prevent testing according to the 
currently prescribed test procedures. DOE previously granted Miele 
Appliance, Inc. (Miele), a waiver from test procedures for two similar 
condenser clothes dryer models (T1565CA and T1570C). (60 FR 9330 (Feb. 
17, 1995)) GE claims that its condenser clothes dryers cannot be tested 
pursuant to the DOE procedure and requests that the same waiver granted 
to Miele in 1995 be granted for GE's DCCH480E* and DCCH485E* models.
    In support of its petition, GE claims that the current clothes 
dryer test procedures apply only to vented clothes dryers because the 
test procedures require the use of an exhaust restrictor on the exhaust 
port of the clothes dryer during testing. Because condenser clothes 
dryers operate by blowing air through the wet clothes, condensing the 
water vapor in the airstream, and pumping the collected water into 
either a drain line or an in-unit container, these products do not use 
an exhaust port like a vented dryer does. GE plans to market a 
condensing clothes dryer for situations in which a conventional vented 
clothes dryer cannot be used, such as high-rise apartments and 
condominiums, neither of whose construction permits the use of external 
venting.
Assertions and Determinations
GE's Petition for Waiver
    On July 14, 2009, GE filed a petition for waiver from the test 
procedure applicable to residential clothes dryers set forth in 10 CFR 
part 430, subpart B, appendix D for particular models of condensing 
clothes dryer. On December 15, 2009, DOE published GE's petition for 
waiver and granted GE an interim waiver from the current test 
procedure. 74 FR 66335. DOE did not receive any comments on the GE 
petition.
    DOE previously granted Miele a waiver from test procedures for 
condensing clothes dryers after determining that the clothes dryer test 
procedure was not applicable to the company's condenser clothes dryers 
because of the lack of an exhaust port for mounting the required 
exhaust restrictor, which is an element of the test procedure. 60 FR 
9332 (February 17, 1995). Subsequently, in 2008, DOE granted LG a 
similar waiver for its DLEC733W condenser clothes dryer. 73 FR 66641 
(Nov. 10, 2008). In 2009, DOE granted a similar waiver to Whirlpool. 74 
FR 66334 (December 15, 2009).
    Therefore, for the reasons discussed above and in light of the 
long-standing waiver granted to Miele, and the recent waivers to LG and 
Whirlpool, DOE grants GE's petition for waiver from testing of its 
condenser clothes dryers.
Consultations With Other Agencies
    DOE consulted with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) staff 
concerning the GE petition for waiver. The FTC staff did not have any 
objections to granting a waiver to GE.
Conclusion
    After careful consideration of all the material that was submitted 
by GE and consultation with the FTC staff, it is ordered that:
    (1) The petition for waiver submitted by the General Electric Co. 
(Case No. CD-004) is hereby granted as set forth in the paragraphs 
below.
    (2) GE shall not be required to test or rate its DCCH480E* and 
DCCH485E* condensing clothes dryer models on the basis of the test 
procedures at 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix D.
    (3) This waiver shall remain in effect from the date this decision 
and order consistent with the provisions of 10 CFR 430.27(m).
    (4) This waiver is issued on the condition that the statements, 
representations, and documentary materials provided by the petitioner 
are valid. DOE may revoke or modify this waiver at any time if it 
determines the factual basis underlying the petition for waiver is 
incorrect.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on March 10, 2010.

Cathy Zoi

Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
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