Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Decision and Order Granting a Waiver to Miele From the Department of Energy Residential Clothes Dryer Test Procedure (Case No. CD-005), 17637-17639 [2011-7449]

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Minutes will also be available at the following Web site: https:// www.oakridge.doe.gov/em/ssab/ minutes.htm. Issued at Washington, DC, on March 24, 2011. LaTanya Butler, Acting Deputy Committee Management Officer. [FR Doc. 2011–7446 Filed 3–29–11; 8:45 am] PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: BILLING CODE 6450–01–P 17637 [Case No. CD–005] Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Decision and Order Granting a Waiver to Miele From the Department of Energy Residential Clothes Dryer Test Procedure (Case No. CD–005) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy. AGENCY: ACTION: Decision and order. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice of the decision and order (Case No. CD–005) that grants to Miele, Inc. (Miele) a waiver from the DOE clothes dryer test procedure. The waiver pertains to the specified models of condensing residential clothes dryers specified in Miele’s petition. Condensing clothes dryers cannot be tested using the existing test procedure. Under today’s decision and order, Miele shall be not be required to test and rate its specified models of residential condensing clothes dryer pursuant to the DOE test procedure. SUMMARY: This Decision and Order is effective March 30, 2011. DATES: 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. Ms. Elizabeth Kohl, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of General Counsel, Mail Stop GC–71, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585– 0103, (202) 586–7796; E-mail: Elizabeth.Kohl@hq.doe.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: In accordance with Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), Section 430.27(l), DOE gives notice of the issuance of its decision and order as set forth below. The decision and order grants Miele a waiver from the applicable residential clothes dryer test procedure at 10 CFR part 430 subpart B, appendix D, for the two models of condensing clothes dryers specified it its petition. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\30MRN1.SGM 30MRN1 17638 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 61 / Wednesday, March 30, 2011 / Notices Issued in Washington, DC, on March 24, 2011. Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Office of Technology Development, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Decision and Order In the Matter of: Miele, Inc. (Case No. CD–005) WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES Background Title III, Part B of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), Pub. L. 94–163 (42 U.S.C. 6291–6309, as codified) established the Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles, a program covering most major household appliances, which includes the residential clothes washers that are the focus of this notice.1 Part B includes definitions, test procedures, labeling provisions, energy conservation standards, and the authority to require information and reports from manufacturers. Further, Part B authorizes the Secretary of Energy to prescribe test procedures that are reasonably designed to produce results which measure energy efficiency, energy use, or estimated operating costs, and that are not unduly burdensome to conduct. (42 U.S.C. 6293(b)(3)) The test procedure for clothes dryers 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 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 1 For editorial reasons, upon codification in the U.S. Code, Part B was re-designated Part A. VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:59 Mar 29, 2011 Jkt 223001 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 November 3, 2010, Miele filed a petition for waiver from the test procedures applicable to its T8000 and T9000 product models of condensing clothes dryer. 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. Miele seeks a waiver from the applicable test procedures for its T8000 and T9000 basic product models because, Miele asserts, design characteristics of this model prevent testing according to the currently prescribed test procedures. DOE previously granted Miele a waiver from test procedures for two similar condenser clothes dryer models (T1565CA and T1570C). (60 FR 9330, Feb. 17, 1995). Miele 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 Miele’s T8000 and T9000 models. In support of its petition, Miele 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. Miele 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, where construction does not permit the use of external venting. PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Assertions and Determinations Miele’s Petition for Waiver On November 3, 2010, Miele 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 February 1, 2011, DOE published Miele’s petition for waiver and granted Miele an interim waiver from the current test procedure. 76 FR 5567. DOE did not receive any comments on the Miele petition. DOE previously granted Miele a waiver from test procedures for condensing clothes dryers after determining that the company’s condenser clothes dryers could not be tested according to the clothes dryer test procedure 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 (Feb. 17, 1995). Subsequently, DOE granted similar waivers to LG (73 FR 66641, Nov. 10, 2008), Whirlpool (74 FR 66334, December 15, 2009), and GE (75 FR 13122, Mar. 18, 2010). Therefore, for the reasons discussed above, and in light of the previous waivers to Miele, LG, Whirlpool and GE, DOE grants Miele’s petition for waiver from testing of its T8000 and T9000 condenser clothes dryers. Consultations With Other Agencies DOE consulted with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) staff concerning the Miele petition for waiver. The FTC staff did not have any objections to granting a waiver to Miele. Conclusion After careful consideration of all the material that was submitted by Miele and consultation with the FTC staff, it is ordered that: (1) The petition for waiver submitted by Miele, Inc. (Case No. CD–005) is hereby granted as set forth in the paragraphs below. (2) Miele shall not be required to test or rate its T8000 and T9000 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 E:\FR\FM\30MRN1.SGM 30MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 61 / Wednesday, March 30, 2011 / Notices factual basis underlying the petition for waiver is incorrect. (5) This waiver applies to only those models specifically set out in Miele’s petition. Miele may submit a new or amended petition for waiver and request for grant of interim waiver, as appropriate, for additional models of clothes dryers for which it seeks a waiver from the DOE test procedure. Issued in Washington, DC, on March 24, 2011. Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Office of Technology Development, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. [FR Doc. 2011–7449 Filed 3–29–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy [Case No. DW–005] Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Notice of Petition for Waiver of BSH Corporation From the Department of Energy Residential Dishwasher Test Procedure, and Grant of Interim Waiver Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy. ACTION: Notice of petition for waiver, notice of grant of interim waiver, and request for comments. AGENCY: This notice announces receipt of and publishes the BSH Corporation (BSH) petition for waiver (hereafter, ‘‘petition’’) from specified portions of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) test procedure for determining the energy consumption of dishwashers. Today’s notice also grants an interim waiver of the dishwasher test procedure. Through this notice, DOE also solicits comments with respect to the BSHpetition. DATES: DOE will accept comments, data, and information with respect to the BSHpetition until, but no later than April 29, 2011. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by case number DW–004, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: https:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • E-mail: AS_Waiver_Requests@ee.doe.gov. Include the case number [Case No. DW– 005] in the subject line of the message. • Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, Mailstop EE–2J, WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:59 Mar 29, 2011 Jkt 223001 Petition for Waiver Case No. DW–005, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121. Telephone: (202) 586–2945. Please submit one signed original paper copy. • Hand Delivery/Courier: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, 950 L’Enfant Plaza, SW., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20024. Please submit one signed original paper copy. Docket: For access to the docket to review the background documents relevant to this matter, you may visit the U.S. Department of Energy, 950 L’Enfant Plaza, SW., (Resource Room of the Building Technologies Program), Washington, DC 20024; (202) 586–2945, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Available documents include the following items: (1) This notice; (2) public comments received; (3) the petition for waiver and application for interim waiver; and (4) prior DOE rulemakings and waivers regarding similar dish washers. Please call Ms. Brenda Edwards at the above telephone number for additional information regarding visiting the Resource Room. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Michael G. Raymond, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, Mail Stop EE–2J, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121. Telephone: (202) 586–9611. E-mail: Michael.Raymond@ee.doe.gov. Ms. Elizabeth Kohl, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel, Mail Stop GC–71, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585–0103. Telephone: (202) 586–7796. E-mail: Elizabeth.Kohl@hq.doe.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background and Authority Title III, Part B of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), Public Law 94–163 (42 U.S.C. 6291– 6309, as codified) established the Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles, a program covering most major household appliances, which includes dishwashers.1 Part B includes definitions, test procedures, labeling provisions, energy conservation standards, and the authority to require information and reports from manufacturers. Further, Part B authorizes the Secretary of Energy to prescribe test procedures that are reasonably designed to produce results 1 For editorial reasons, upon codification in the U.S. Code, Part B was re-designated Part A. PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17639 which measure energy efficiency, energy use, or estimated operating costs, and that are not unduly burdensome to conduct. (42 U.S.C. 6293(b)(3)) The test procedure for dishwashers is contained in 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix C. The regulations set forth in 10 CFR 430.27 contain provisions that enable a person to seek a waiver from the test procedure requirements for covered consumer products. A waiver will be granted by the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (the Assistant Secretary) 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. 10 CFR 430.27(l). 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. 10 CFR 430.27(b)(1)(iii). The Assistant Secretary may grant the 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 the Assistant Secretary to grant an interim waiver from test procedure requirements to manufacturers that have petitioned DOE for a waiver of such prescribed test procedures. 10 CFR 430.27(a)(2) An interim waiver remains in effect for 180 days or until DOE issues its determination on the petition for waiver, whichever is sooner. An interim waiver may be extended for an additional 180 days. 10 CFR 430.27(h) II. Petition for Waiver On January 11, 2011, BSH filed a petition for waiver and application for interim waiver from the test procedure applicable to dishwashers set forth in 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix C. BSH states that ‘‘hard’’ water can reduce customer satisfaction with dishwasher performance resulting in increased prerinsing and/or hand washing as well as increased detergent and rinse agent usage. According to BSH, a dishwasher equipped with a water softener will minimize pre-rinsing and rewashing, and consumers will have less reason to periodically run their dishwasher through a clean-up cycle. E:\FR\FM\30MRN1.SGM 30MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

[Case No. CD-005]


Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Decision and 
Order Granting a Waiver to Miele From the Department of Energy 
Residential Clothes Dryer Test Procedure (Case No. CD-005)

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-005) that grants to Miele, Inc. (Miele) 
a waiver from the DOE clothes dryer test procedure. The waiver pertains 
to the specified models of condensing residential clothes dryers 
specified in Miele's petition. Condensing clothes dryers cannot be 
tested using the existing test procedure. Under today's decision and 
order, Miele shall be not be required to test and rate its specified 
models of residential condensing clothes dryer pursuant to the DOE test 
procedure.

DATES: This Decision and Order is effective March 30, 2011.

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.
    Ms. Elizabeth Kohl, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of General 
Counsel, Mail Stop GC-71, 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), Section 430.27(l), DOE gives notice of 
the issuance of its decision and order as set forth below. The decision 
and order grants Miele a waiver from the applicable residential clothes 
dryer test procedure at 10 CFR part 430 subpart B, appendix D, for the 
two models of condensing clothes dryers specified it its petition.


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    Issued in Washington, DC, on March 24, 2011.
Kathleen Hogan,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Office of Technology 
Development, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Decision and Order

    In the Matter of: Miele, Inc. (Case No. CD-005)

Background

    Title III, Part B of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 
(EPCA), Pub. L. 94-163 (42 U.S.C. 6291-6309, as codified) established 
the Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than 
Automobiles, a program covering most major household appliances, which 
includes the residential clothes washers that are the focus of this 
notice.\1\ Part B includes definitions, test procedures, labeling 
provisions, energy conservation standards, and the authority to require 
information and reports from manufacturers. Further, Part B authorizes 
the Secretary of Energy to prescribe test procedures that are 
reasonably designed to produce results which measure energy efficiency, 
energy use, or estimated operating costs, and that are not unduly 
burdensome to conduct. (42 U.S.C. 6293(b)(3)) The test procedure for 
clothes dryers is contained in 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix D.
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    \1\ For editorial reasons, upon codification in the U.S. Code, 
Part B was re-designated Part A.
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    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 
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 November 3, 2010, Miele filed a petition for waiver from the 
test procedures applicable to its T8000 and T9000 product models of 
condensing clothes dryer. 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. Miele seeks a 
waiver from the applicable test procedures for its T8000 and T9000 
basic product models because, Miele asserts, design characteristics of 
this model prevent testing according to the currently prescribed test 
procedures. DOE previously granted Miele a waiver from test procedures 
for two similar condenser clothes dryer models (T1565CA and T1570C). 
(60 FR 9330, Feb. 17, 1995). Miele 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 Miele's T8000 
and T9000 models.
    In support of its petition, Miele 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. Miele 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, where construction does not permit the use of external 
venting.

Assertions and Determinations

Miele's Petition for Waiver
    On November 3, 2010, Miele 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 February 1, 2011, DOE published Miele's petition for 
waiver and granted Miele an interim waiver from the current test 
procedure. 76 FR 5567. DOE did not receive any comments on the Miele 
petition.
    DOE previously granted Miele a waiver from test procedures for 
condensing clothes dryers after determining that the company's 
condenser clothes dryers could not be tested according to the clothes 
dryer test procedure 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 (Feb. 17, 1995). Subsequently, DOE granted 
similar waivers to LG (73 FR 66641, Nov. 10, 2008), Whirlpool (74 FR 
66334, December 15, 2009), and GE (75 FR 13122, Mar. 18, 2010).
    Therefore, for the reasons discussed above, and in light of the 
previous waivers to Miele, LG, Whirlpool and GE, DOE grants Miele's 
petition for waiver from testing of its T8000 and T9000 condenser 
clothes dryers.

Consultations With Other Agencies

    DOE consulted with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) staff 
concerning the Miele petition for waiver. The FTC staff did not have 
any objections to granting a waiver to Miele.

Conclusion

    After careful consideration of all the material that was submitted 
by Miele and consultation with the FTC staff, it is ordered that:
    (1) The petition for waiver submitted by Miele, Inc. (Case No. CD-
005) is hereby granted as set forth in the paragraphs below.
    (2) Miele shall not be required to test or rate its T8000 and T9000 
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

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factual basis underlying the petition for waiver is incorrect.
    (5) This waiver applies to only those models specifically set out 
in Miele's petition. Miele may submit a new or amended petition for 
waiver and request for grant of interim waiver, as appropriate, for 
additional models of clothes dryers for which it seeks a waiver from 
the DOE test procedure.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on March 24, 2011.

Kathleen Hogan,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Office of 
Technology Development, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
[FR Doc. 2011-7449 Filed 3-29-11; 8:45 am]
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