Decision and Order Granting a Waiver to Samsung From the Department of Energy Residential Clothes Washer Test Procedure, 50207-50210 [2011-20538]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 156 / Friday, August 12, 2011 / Notices Conclusion After careful consideration of all the materials submitted by Fujitsu, the absence of any comments, and consultation with the FTC staff, it is ordered that: (1) The petition for waiver filed by Fujitsu (Case No. CAC–033) is hereby granted as set forth in the paragraphs below. (2) Fujitsu shall not be required to test or rate its AIRSTAGE V–II multi-split heat pump models listed below on the basis of the test procedures cited in 10 CFR 431.96, specifically ARI Standard 340/360–2004 (incorporated by reference in 10 CFR 431.95(b)(2)). Instead, it shall be required to test and rate such products according to the alternate test procedure as set forth in paragraph (3). Outdoor units, 208/230Vac, 3-phase, 60Hz, Air-Source Heat pump models: Standalone models: AOUA72RLBV and AOUA96RLBV with nominal cooling capacities of 72,000 and 96,000 Btu/hr respectively. Add-on system models AOUA144RLBVG AOUA168RLBVG AOUA192RLBVG AOUA216RLBVG (Module models) ..................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................... AOUA240RLBVG ..................................................................................................................................... mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES AOUA288RLBVG ..................................................................................................................................... with nominal cooling capacities of 144,000, 168,000, 192,000, 216,000, 240,000 and 288,000 Btu/hr respectively. Compatible indoor units for the above listed outdoor units: Compact cassette: AUUA7RLAV, AUUA9RLAV, AUUA12RLAV, AUUA14RLAV, AUUA18RLAV and AUUA24RLAV with nominal cooling capacities of 7,500, 9,500, 12,000, 14,000, 18,000 and 24,000 Btu/hr respectively. Cassette: AUUB30RLAV and AUUB36RLAV with nominal cooling capacities of 30,000 and 36,000 Btu/hr respectively. Slim cassette: AUUB18RLAV and AUUB24RLAV with nominal cooling capacities of 18,000 and 24,000 Btu/hr respectively. Compact wall mounted: ASUA7RLAV, ASUE7RLAV, ASUA9RLAV, ASUE9RLAV, ASUA12RLAV, ASUE12RLAV, ASUA14RLAV and ASUE14RLAV with nominal cooling capacities of 7,500, 7,500, 9,500, 9,500, 12,000, 12,000, 14,000 and 14,000 Btu/hr respectively. Wall mounted: ASUB18RLAV and ASUB24RLAV with nominal cooling capacities of 18,000 and 24,000 Btu/hr respectively. Floor/Ceiling (Universal): ABUA12RLAV, ABUA14RLAV, ABUA18RLAV and ABUA24RLAV with nominal cooling capacities of 12,000, 14,000, 18,000, 24,000 Btu/hr respectively. Ceiling: ABUA30RLAV and ABUA36RLAV with nominal cooling capacities of 30,000 and 36,000 Btu/hr respectively. Slim duct: ARUL7RLAV, ARUL9RLAV, ARUL12RLAV, ARUL14RLAV and ARUL18RLAV with VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:37 Aug 11, 2011 Jkt 223001 nominal cooling capacities of 7,500, 9,500, 12,000, 14,000 and 18,000 Btu/hr respectively. Middle static pressure duct: ARUM24RLAV, ARUM30RLAV, ARUM36RLAV, ARUM48RLAV and ARUM54RLAV with nominal cooling capacities of 24,000, 30,000, 36,000, 48,000 and 54,000 Btu/hr respectively. High static pressure duct: ARUH36RLAV, ARUH48RLAV, ARUH54RLAV, ARUH60RLAV, ARUH72RLAV, ARUH90RLAV and ARUH96RLAV with nominal cooling capacities of 36,000, 48,000, 60,000, 72,000, 90,000 and 96,000 Btu/hr respectively. (3) Alternate test procedure. Fujitsu is not required to test the products listed in paragraph (2) above according to the test procedure for commercial package air conditioners and heat pumps prescribed by DOE at 10 CFR 431.96 (ARI Standard 340/360–2004 (incorporated by reference in 10 CFR 431.95(b)(2)), but instead shall use the alternate test procedure ANSI/AHRI 1230–2010. (4) This waiver shall remain in effect from the date this Decision and Order is issued, consistent with the provisions of 10 CFR 431.401(g). (5) 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 the waiver at any time if it determines that 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. (6) This waiver applies only to those basic models set out in Fujitsu’s petition for waiver. Grant of this waiver does not PO 00000 Frm 00042 50207 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (AOUA72RLBV + AOUA72RLBV) (AOUA72RLBV + AOUA96RLBV) (AOUA96RLBV + AOUA96RLBV) (AOUA72RLBV + AOUA72RLBV AOUA72RLBV) (AOUA72RLBV + AOUA72RLBV AOUA96RLBV) (AOUA96RLBV + AOUA96RLBV AOUA96RLBV) + + + release a petitioner from the certification requirements set forth at 10 CFR part 429. Issued in Washington, DC, on August 5, 2011. Kathleen B. Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Technology Development, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. [FR Doc. 2011–20539 Filed 8–11–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy [Case No. CW–019] Decision and Order Granting a Waiver to Samsung From the Department of Energy Residential Clothes Washer Test Procedure Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy. ACTION: Decision and Order. AGENCY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice of the decision and order (Case No. CW–019) that grants to Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (Samsung) a waiver from the DOE clothes washer test procedure for determining the energy consumption of clothes washers for the basic models set forth in its petition for waiver. Under today’s decision and order, Samsung shall be required to test and rate these clothes washers with larger clothes containers using an alternate test procedure that takes the larger capacities into account when measuring energy consumption. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\12AUN1.SGM 12AUN1 50208 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 156 / Friday, August 12, 2011 / Notices This Decision and Order is effective August 12, 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: Michael.Raymond@ee.doe.gov. Elizabeth Kohl, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel, Mail Stop GC–71, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585– 0103. Telephone: (202) 586–7796, Email: Elizabeth.Kohl@hq.doe.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 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 Samsung a waiver from the applicable clothes washer test procedure in 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix J1 for certain basic models of clothes washers with capacities greater than 3.8 cubic feet, provided that Samsung tests and rates such products using the alternate test procedure described in this notice. Today’s decision prohibits Samsung from making representations concerning the energy efficiency of these products unless the product has been tested consistent with the provisions and restrictions in the alternate test procedure set forth in the decision and order below, and the representations fairly disclose the test results. Distributors, retailers, and private labelers are held to the same standard when making representations regarding the energy efficiency of these products. 42 U.S.C. 6293(c). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Issued in Washington, DC on August 5, 2011. Kathleen B. Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Office of Technology Development, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Decision and Order In the Matter of: Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (Case No. CW–019). mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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 the residential clothes washers VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:37 Aug 11, 2011 Jkt 223001 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 automatic and semiautomatic clothes washers is set forth in 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix J1. DOE’s regulations for covered products contain provisions allowing a person to seek a waiver for a particular basic model from the test procedure requirements for covered consumer products when (1) the petitioner’s basic model for which the petition for waiver was submitted contains one or more design characteristics that prevent testing according to the prescribed test procedure, or (2) when 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). Any interested person who has submitted a petition for waiver may also file an application for 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 December 23, 2010, DOE issued enforcement guidance for large-capacity clothes washers. This guidance can be 1 For editorial reasons, upon codification in the U.S. Code, Part B was re-designated Part A. PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 found on DOE’s Web site at http:// www.gc.energy.gov/documents/ LargeCapacityRCW_guidance _122210.pdf. II. Samsung’s Petition for Waiver: Assertions and Determinations On February 11, 2011, Samsung submitted the instant petition for waiver and application for interim waiver (petition) from the test procedure applicable to automatic and semiautomatic clothes washers set forth in 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix J1. This petition expands the model list set forth in Samsung’s initial petition CW– 014, for which DOE granted a waiver on March 10, 2011. 76 FR 13169. Samsung requested a waiver to test its residential clothes washers with basket volumes greater than 3.8 cubic feet on the basis of the test procedures contained in 10 CFR part 430, Subpart B, Appendix J1, with a revised Table 5.1 which extends the range of container volumes beyond 3.8 cubic feet. Samsung’s instant petition and DOE’s grant of interim waiver were also published in the Federal Register on April 19, 2011. 76 FR 21881. DOE received no comments on the Samsung petition. Samsung’s petition seeks a waiver from the DOE test procedure because the mass of the test load used in the procedure, which is based on the basket volume of the test unit, is currently not defined for basket sizes greater than 3.8 cubic feet. The basic models specified in Samsung’s February 2011 petition have capacities larger than 3.8 cubic feet. In addition, if the current maximum test load mass is used to test these products, the tested energy use would be less than the actual energy usage, and could evaluate the basic model in a manner so unrepresentative of its true energy consumption characteristics as to provide materially inaccurate comparative data. Table 5.1 of Appendix J1 defines the test load sizes used in the test procedure as linear functions of the basket volume. Samsung requests that DOE grant a waiver for testing and rating based on a revised Table 5.1, the same table as set forth in the waiver granted to Samsung on March 10, 2011. The table is identical to the Table 5.1 found in DOE’s clothes washer test procedure Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR). 75 FR 57556 (September 21, 1010). As DOE has stated in the past, it is in the public interest to have similar products tested and rated for energy consumption on a comparable basis. Previously, DOE granted a test procedure waiver to Whirlpool for three of Whirlpool’s clothes washer models with container capacities greater than E:\FR\FM\12AUN1.SGM 12AUN1 50209 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 156 / Friday, August 12, 2011 / Notices 3.8 cubic feet. 75 FR 69653 (November 15, 2010). This notice contained an alternate test procedure, which extended the linear relationship between maximum test load size and clothes washer container volume in Table 5.1 to include a maximum test load size of 15.4 pounds (lbs) for clothes washer container volumes of 3.8 to 3.9 cubic feet. On December 10, 2010, DOE granted a similar waiver to General Electric Company (GE), which used the same alternate test procedure. 75 FR 76968. DOE has also granted waivers to Electrolux (76 FR 11440 (March 2, 2011)), LG (76 FR 11233 (March 1, 2011)) and Samsung (76 FR 13169 (March 10, 2011)). All decisions and orders for this type of product use the Table 5.1 values presented in DOE’s NOPR. DOE notes that its recently issued supplemental proposed rule (http:// www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/ appliance_standards/residential/pdfs/ rcw_tp_snopr.pdf) to amend the test procedures for clothes washers makes slight adjustments to Table 5.1 to correct for rounding errors. The alternate test procedure set forth in this decision and order adopts this updated table. III. Consultations with Other Agencies DOE consulted with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) staff concerning the Samsung petition for waiver. The FTC staff did not have any objections to granting a waiver to Samsung. IV. Conclusion After careful consideration of all the material that was submitted by Samsung, the waivers granted to Whirlpool, GE, LG and Electrolux, as well as previously to Samsung, the clothes washer test procedure rulemaking, and consultation with the FTC staff, it is ordered that: (1) The petition for waiver submitted by the Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (Case No. CW–019) is hereby granted as set forth in the paragraphs below. (2) Samsung shall not be required to test or rate the following Samsung models on the basis of the current test procedure contained in 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix J1. Instead, it shall be required to test and rate such products according to the alternate test procedure as set forth in paragraph (3) below. WA5471* * *, WA5461* * *, WA5451* * *, WA5441* * *, WA5431* * *. (3) Samsung shall be required to test the products listed in paragraph (2) above according to the test procedures for clothes washers prescribed by DOE at 10 CFR part 430, appendix J1, except that, for the Samsung products listed in paragraph (2) only, the expanded Table 5.1 below shall be substituted for Table 5.1 of appendix J1. TABLE 5.1—TEST LOAD SIZES Container volume Minimum load ≥< 0–0.8 ............................................................................ 0.80–0.90 ..................................................................... 0.90–1.00 ..................................................................... 1.00–1.10 ..................................................................... 1.10–1.20 ..................................................................... 1.20–1.30 ..................................................................... 1.30–1.40 ..................................................................... 1.40–1.50 ..................................................................... 1.50–1.60 ..................................................................... 1.60–1.70 ..................................................................... 1.70–1.80 ..................................................................... 1.80–1.90 ..................................................................... 1.90–2.00 ..................................................................... 2.00–2.10 ..................................................................... 2.10–2.20 ..................................................................... 2.20–2.30 ..................................................................... 2.30–2.40 ..................................................................... 2.40–2.50 ..................................................................... 2.50–2.60 ..................................................................... 2.60–2.70 ..................................................................... 2.70–2.80 ..................................................................... 2.80–2.90 ..................................................................... 2.90–3.00 ..................................................................... 3.00–3.10 ..................................................................... 3.10–3.20 ..................................................................... 3.20–3.30 ..................................................................... 3.30–3.40 ..................................................................... 3.40–3.50 ..................................................................... 3.50–3.60 ..................................................................... 3.60–3.70 ..................................................................... 3.70–3.80 ..................................................................... 3.80–3.90 ..................................................................... 3.90–4.00 ..................................................................... 4.00–4.10 ..................................................................... 4.10–4.20 ..................................................................... 4.20–4.30 ..................................................................... 4.30–4.40 ..................................................................... 4.40–4.50 ..................................................................... 4.50–4.60 ..................................................................... 4.60–4.70 ..................................................................... VerDate Mar<15>2010 Average load lb lb lb liter ≥< mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES cu. ft. Maximum load 16:37 Aug 11, 2011 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 0–22.7 22.7–25.5 25.5–28.3 28.3–31.1 31.1–34.0 34.0–36.8 36.8–39.6 39.6–42.5 42.5–45.3 45.3–48.1 48.1–51.0 51.0–53.8 53.8–56.6 56.6–59.5 59.5–62.3 62.3–65.1 65.1–68.0 68.0–70.8 70.8–73.6 73.6–76.5 76.5–79.3 79.3–82.1 82.1–85.0 85.0–87.8 87.8–90.6 90.6–93.4 93.4–96.3 96.3–99.1 99.1–101.9 101.9–104.8 104.8–107.6 107.6–110.4 110.4–113.3 113.3–116.1 116.1–118.9 118.9–121.8 121.8–124.6 124.6–127.4 127.4–130.3 130.3–133.1 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 Sfmt 4703 kg 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 kg 3.00 3.50 3.90 4.30 4.70 5.10 5.50 5.90 6.40 6.80 7.20 7.60 8.00 8.40 8.80 9.20 9.60 10.00 10.50 10.90 11.30 11.70 12.10 12.50 12.90 13.30 13.70 14.10 14.60 15.00 15.40 15.80 16.20 16.60 17.00 17.40 17.80 18.20 18.70 19.10 E:\FR\FM\12AUN1.SGM 12AUN1 1.36 1.59 1.77 1.95 2.13 2.31 2.49 2.68 2.90 3.08 3.27 3.45 3.63 3.81 3.99 4.17 4.35 4.54 4.76 4.94 5.13 5.31 5.49 5.67 5.85 6.03 6.21 6.40 6.62 6.80 6.99 7.16 7.34 7.53 7.72 7.90 8.09 8.27 8.46 8.65 3.00 3.25 3.45 3.65 3.85 4.05 4.25 4.45 4.70 4.90 5.10 5.30 5.50 5.70 5.90 6.10 6.30 6.50 6.75 6.95 7.15 7.35 7.55 7.75 7.95 8.15 8.35 8.55 8.80 9.00 9.20 9.40 9.60 9.80 10.00 10.20 10.40 10.60 10.85 11.05 kg 1.36 1.47 1.56 1.66 1.75 1.84 1.93 2.02 2.13 2.22 2.31 2.40 2.49 2.59 2.68 2.77 2.86 2.95 3.06 3.15 3.24 3.33 3.42 3.52 3.61 3.70 3.79 3.88 3.99 4.08 4.17 4.26 4.35 4.45 4.54 4.63 4.72 4.82 4.91 5.00 50210 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 156 / Friday, August 12, 2011 / Notices TABLE 5.1—TEST LOAD SIZES—Continued Container volume Minimum load cu. ft. 4.70–4.80 4.80–4.90 4.90–5.00 5.00–5.10 5.10–5.20 5.20–5.30 5.30–5.40 5.40–5.50 5.50–5.60 5.60–5.70 5.70–5.80 5.80–5.90 5.90–6.00 ≥< Average load lb lb kg lb 19.50 19.90 20.30 20.70 21.10 21.50 21.90 22.30 22.80 23.20 23.60 24.00 24.40 8.83 9.02 9.20 9.39 9.58 9.76 9.95 10.13 10.32 10.51 10.69 10.88 11.06 11.25 11.45 11.65 11.85 12.05 12.25 12.45 12.65 12.90 13.10 13.30 13.50 13.70 liter ≥< Maximum load ..................................................................... ..................................................................... ..................................................................... ..................................................................... ..................................................................... ..................................................................... ..................................................................... ..................................................................... ..................................................................... ..................................................................... ..................................................................... ..................................................................... ..................................................................... 133.1–135.9 135.9–138.8 138.8–141.6 141.6–144.4 144.4–147.2 147.2–150.1 150.1–152.9 152.9–155.7 155.7–158.6 158.6–161.4 161.4–164.2 164.2–167.1 167.1–169.9 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 kg 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 1.36 kg 5.10 5.19 5.28 5.38 5.47 5.56 5.65 5.75 5.84 5.93 6.03 6.12 6.21 Notes: (1) All test load weights are bone dry weights. (2) Allowable tolerance on the test load weights are ±0.10 lbs (0.05 kg). mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES (4) Representations. Samsung may make representations about the energy use of its clothes washer products for compliance, marketing, or other 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. (7) This waiver applies only to those basic models set out in Samsung’s petition for waiver. Grant of this waiver does not release a petitioner from the certification requirements set forth at 10 CFR part 429. Issued in Washington, DC on August 5, 2011. Kathleen B. Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Office of Technology Development, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. [FR Doc. 2011–20538 Filed 8–11–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:37 Aug 11, 2011 Jkt 223001 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Combined Notice of Filings # Take notice that the Commission received the following electric corporate filings: Docket Numbers: EC11–102–000. Applicants: San Diego Gas & Electric Company. Description: Application of San Diego Gas & Electric Company to Acquire Existing Generating Facility. Filed Date: 08/05/2011. Accession Number: 20110805–5080. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, August 26, 2011. Take notice that the Commission received the following electric rate filings: Docket Numbers: ER11–4237–000. Applicants: Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc., ITC Midwest LLC. Description: Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc. submits tariff filing per 35.13(a)(2)(iii: Filing of Notice of Succession to be effective 10/5/2011. Filed Date: 08/05/2011. Accession Number: 20110805–5043. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, August 26, 2011. Docket Numbers: ER11–4238–000. Applicants: Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc., ITC Midwest LLC. Description: Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc. submits tariff filing per 35.13(a)(2)(iii: Filing of Notice of Succession to be effective 10/5/2011. Filed Date: 08/05/2011. PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Accession Number: 20110805–5048. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, August 26, 2011. Docket Numbers: ER11–4239–000. Applicants: Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc., ITC Midwest LLC. Description: Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc. submits tariff filing per 35.13(a)(2)(iii: Filing of Notice of Succession to be effective 10/5/2011. Filed Date: 08/05/2011. Accession Number: 20110805–5049. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, August 26, 2011. Docket Numbers: ER11–4240–000. Applicants: Upper Peninsula Power Company. Description: Upper Peninsula Power Company submits tariff filing per 35.13(a)(2)(iii: Metering Agent Agreement Between WPPI, L’Anse and UPPCO to be effective 10/1/2011. Filed Date: 08/05/2011. Accession Number: 20110805–5051. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, August 26, 2011. Docket Numbers: ER11–4241–000. Applicants: Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc., ITC Midwest LLC. Description: Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc. submits tariff filing per 35.13(a)(2)(iii: Filing of Notice of Succession to be effective 10/5/2011. Filed Date: 08/05/2011. Accession Number: 20110805–5052. Comment Date: 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, August 26, 2011. Docket Numbers: ER11–4242–000. Applicants: Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc., ITC Midwest LLC. E:\FR\FM\12AUN1.SGM 12AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

[Case No. CW-019]


Decision and Order Granting a Waiver to Samsung From the 
Department of Energy Residential Clothes Washer Test Procedure

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. CW-019) that grants to Samsung Electronics 
America, Inc. (Samsung) a waiver from the DOE clothes washer test 
procedure for determining the energy consumption of clothes washers for 
the basic models set forth in its petition for waiver. Under today's 
decision and order, Samsung shall be required to test and rate these 
clothes washers with larger clothes containers using an alternate test 
procedure that takes the larger capacities into account when measuring 
energy consumption.

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DATES: This Decision and Order is effective August 12, 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: Michael.Raymond@ee.doe.gov.
    Elizabeth Kohl, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General 
Counsel, Mail Stop GC-71, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 
20585-0103. Telephone: (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 Samsung a waiver from the applicable clothes washer test 
procedure in 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix J1 for certain basic 
models of clothes washers with capacities greater than 3.8 cubic feet, 
provided that Samsung tests and rates such products using the alternate 
test procedure described in this notice. Today's decision prohibits 
Samsung from making representations concerning the energy efficiency of 
these products unless the product has been tested consistent with the 
provisions and restrictions in the alternate test procedure set forth 
in the decision and order below, and the representations fairly 
disclose the test results. Distributors, retailers, and private 
labelers are held to the same standard when making representations 
regarding the energy efficiency of these products. 42 U.S.C. 6293(c).

    Issued in Washington, DC on August 5, 2011.
Kathleen B. Hogan,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Office of Technology 
Development, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Decision and Order

    In the Matter of: Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (Case No. CW-
019).

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 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 
automatic and semi-automatic clothes washers is set forth in 10 CFR 
part 430, subpart B, appendix J1.
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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 for covered products contain provisions allowing 
a person to seek a waiver for a particular basic model from the test 
procedure requirements for covered consumer products when (1) the 
petitioner's basic model for which the petition for waiver was 
submitted contains one or more design characteristics that prevent 
testing according to the prescribed test procedure, or (2) when 
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).
    Any interested person who has submitted a petition for waiver may 
also file an application for 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 December 23, 2010, DOE issued enforcement guidance for large-
capacity clothes washers. This guidance can be found on DOE's Web site 
at http://www.gc.energy.gov/documents/LargeCapacityRCW_guidance_122210.pdf.

II. Samsung's Petition for Waiver: Assertions and Determinations

    On February 11, 2011, Samsung submitted the instant petition for 
waiver and application for interim waiver (petition) from the test 
procedure applicable to automatic and semi-automatic clothes washers 
set forth in 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix J1. This petition 
expands the model list set forth in Samsung's initial petition CW-014, 
for which DOE granted a waiver on March 10, 2011. 76 FR 13169. Samsung 
requested a waiver to test its residential clothes washers with basket 
volumes greater than 3.8 cubic feet on the basis of the test procedures 
contained in 10 CFR part 430, Subpart B, Appendix J1, with a revised 
Table 5.1 which extends the range of container volumes beyond 3.8 cubic 
feet. Samsung's instant petition and DOE's grant of interim waiver were 
also published in the Federal Register on April 19, 2011. 76 FR 21881. 
DOE received no comments on the Samsung petition.
    Samsung's petition seeks a waiver from the DOE test procedure 
because the mass of the test load used in the procedure, which is based 
on the basket volume of the test unit, is currently not defined for 
basket sizes greater than 3.8 cubic feet. The basic models specified in 
Samsung's February 2011 petition have capacities larger than 3.8 cubic 
feet. In addition, if the current maximum test load mass is used to 
test these products, the tested energy use would be less than the 
actual energy usage, and could evaluate the basic model in a manner so 
unrepresentative of its true energy consumption characteristics as to 
provide materially inaccurate comparative data.
    Table 5.1 of Appendix J1 defines the test load sizes used in the 
test procedure as linear functions of the basket volume. Samsung 
requests that DOE grant a waiver for testing and rating based on a 
revised Table 5.1, the same table as set forth in the waiver granted to 
Samsung on March 10, 2011. The table is identical to the Table 5.1 
found in DOE's clothes washer test procedure Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking (NOPR). 75 FR 57556 (September 21, 1010).
    As DOE has stated in the past, it is in the public interest to have 
similar products tested and rated for energy consumption on a 
comparable basis. Previously, DOE granted a test procedure waiver to 
Whirlpool for three of Whirlpool's clothes washer models with container 
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3.8 cubic feet. 75 FR 69653 (November 15, 2010). This notice contained 
an alternate test procedure, which extended the linear relationship 
between maximum test load size and clothes washer container volume in 
Table 5.1 to include a maximum test load size of 15.4 pounds (lbs) for 
clothes washer container volumes of 3.8 to 3.9 cubic feet. On December 
10, 2010, DOE granted a similar waiver to General Electric Company 
(GE), which used the same alternate test procedure. 75 FR 76968. DOE 
has also granted waivers to Electrolux (76 FR 11440 (March 2, 2011)), 
LG (76 FR 11233 (March 1, 2011)) and Samsung (76 FR 13169 (March 10, 
2011)). All decisions and orders for this type of product use the Table 
5.1 values presented in DOE's NOPR.
    DOE notes that its recently issued supplemental proposed rule 
(http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/residential/pdfs/rcw_tp_snopr.pdf) to amend the test procedures for clothes 
washers makes slight adjustments to Table 5.1 to correct for rounding 
errors. The alternate test procedure set forth in this decision and 
order adopts this updated table.

III. Consultations with Other Agencies

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

IV. Conclusion

    After careful consideration of all the material that was submitted 
by Samsung, the waivers granted to Whirlpool, GE, LG and Electrolux, as 
well as previously to Samsung, the clothes washer test procedure 
rulemaking, and consultation with the FTC staff, it is ordered that:
    (1) The petition for waiver submitted by the Samsung Electronics 
America, Inc. (Case No. CW-019) is hereby granted as set forth in the 
paragraphs below.
    (2) Samsung shall not be required to test or rate the following 
Samsung models on the basis of the current test procedure contained in 
10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix J1. Instead, it shall be required 
to test and rate such products according to the alternate test 
procedure as set forth in paragraph (3) below.
    WA5471* * *, WA5461* * *, WA5451* * *, WA5441* * *, WA5431* * *.
    (3) Samsung shall be required to test the products listed in 
paragraph (2) above according to the test procedures for clothes 
washers prescribed by DOE at 10 CFR part 430, appendix J1, except that, 
for the Samsung products listed in paragraph (2) only, the expanded 
Table 5.1 below shall be substituted for Table 5.1 of appendix J1.

                                           Table 5.1--Test Load Sizes
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               Container volume                     Minimum load          Maximum load          Average load
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            cu. ft.                  liter
-----------------------------------------------     lb         kg         lb         kg         lb         kg
             >= <                    >= <
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0-0.8.........................          0-22.7       3.00       1.36       3.00       1.36       3.00       1.36
0.80-0.90.....................       22.7-25.5       3.00       1.36       3.50       1.59       3.25       1.47
0.90-1.00.....................       25.5-28.3       3.00       1.36       3.90       1.77       3.45       1.56
1.00-1.10.....................       28.3-31.1       3.00       1.36       4.30       1.95       3.65       1.66
1.10-1.20.....................       31.1-34.0       3.00       1.36       4.70       2.13       3.85       1.75
1.20-1.30.....................       34.0-36.8       3.00       1.36       5.10       2.31       4.05       1.84
1.30-1.40.....................       36.8-39.6       3.00       1.36       5.50       2.49       4.25       1.93
1.40-1.50.....................       39.6-42.5       3.00       1.36       5.90       2.68       4.45       2.02
1.50-1.60.....................       42.5-45.3       3.00       1.36       6.40       2.90       4.70       2.13
1.60-1.70.....................       45.3-48.1       3.00       1.36       6.80       3.08       4.90       2.22
1.70-1.80.....................       48.1-51.0       3.00       1.36       7.20       3.27       5.10       2.31
1.80-1.90.....................       51.0-53.8       3.00       1.36       7.60       3.45       5.30       2.40
1.90-2.00.....................       53.8-56.6       3.00       1.36       8.00       3.63       5.50       2.49
2.00-2.10.....................       56.6-59.5       3.00       1.36       8.40       3.81       5.70       2.59
2.10-2.20.....................       59.5-62.3       3.00       1.36       8.80       3.99       5.90       2.68
2.20-2.30.....................       62.3-65.1       3.00       1.36       9.20       4.17       6.10       2.77
2.30-2.40.....................       65.1-68.0       3.00       1.36       9.60       4.35       6.30       2.86
2.40-2.50.....................       68.0-70.8       3.00       1.36      10.00       4.54       6.50       2.95
2.50-2.60.....................       70.8-73.6       3.00       1.36      10.50       4.76       6.75       3.06
2.60-2.70.....................       73.6-76.5       3.00       1.36      10.90       4.94       6.95       3.15
2.70-2.80.....................       76.5-79.3       3.00       1.36      11.30       5.13       7.15       3.24
2.80-2.90.....................       79.3-82.1       3.00       1.36      11.70       5.31       7.35       3.33
2.90-3.00.....................       82.1-85.0       3.00       1.36      12.10       5.49       7.55       3.42
3.00-3.10.....................       85.0-87.8       3.00       1.36      12.50       5.67       7.75       3.52
3.10-3.20.....................       87.8-90.6       3.00       1.36      12.90       5.85       7.95       3.61
3.20-3.30.....................       90.6-93.4       3.00       1.36      13.30       6.03       8.15       3.70
3.30-3.40.....................       93.4-96.3       3.00       1.36      13.70       6.21       8.35       3.79
3.40-3.50.....................       96.3-99.1       3.00       1.36      14.10       6.40       8.55       3.88
3.50-3.60.....................      99.1-101.9       3.00       1.36      14.60       6.62       8.80       3.99
3.60-3.70.....................     101.9-104.8       3.00       1.36      15.00       6.80       9.00       4.08
3.70-3.80.....................     104.8-107.6       3.00       1.36      15.40       6.99       9.20       4.17
3.80-3.90.....................     107.6-110.4       3.00       1.36      15.80       7.16       9.40       4.26
3.90-4.00.....................     110.4-113.3       3.00       1.36      16.20       7.34       9.60       4.35
4.00-4.10.....................     113.3-116.1       3.00       1.36      16.60       7.53       9.80       4.45
4.10-4.20.....................     116.1-118.9       3.00       1.36      17.00       7.72      10.00       4.54
4.20-4.30.....................     118.9-121.8       3.00       1.36      17.40       7.90      10.20       4.63
4.30-4.40.....................     121.8-124.6       3.00       1.36      17.80       8.09      10.40       4.72
4.40-4.50.....................     124.6-127.4       3.00       1.36      18.20       8.27      10.60       4.82
4.50-4.60.....................     127.4-130.3       3.00       1.36      18.70       8.46      10.85       4.91
4.60-4.70.....................     130.3-133.1       3.00       1.36      19.10       8.65      11.05       5.00

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4.70-4.80.....................     133.1-135.9       3.00       1.36      19.50       8.83      11.25       5.10
4.80-4.90.....................     135.9-138.8       3.00       1.36      19.90       9.02      11.45       5.19
4.90-5.00.....................     138.8-141.6       3.00       1.36      20.30       9.20      11.65       5.28
5.00-5.10.....................     141.6-144.4       3.00       1.36      20.70       9.39      11.85       5.38
5.10-5.20.....................     144.4-147.2       3.00       1.36      21.10       9.58      12.05       5.47
5.20-5.30.....................     147.2-150.1       3.00       1.36      21.50       9.76      12.25       5.56
5.30-5.40.....................     150.1-152.9       3.00       1.36      21.90       9.95      12.45       5.65
5.40-5.50.....................     152.9-155.7       3.00       1.36      22.30      10.13      12.65       5.75
5.50-5.60.....................     155.7-158.6       3.00       1.36      22.80      10.32      12.90       5.84
5.60-5.70.....................     158.6-161.4       3.00       1.36      23.20      10.51      13.10       5.93
5.70-5.80.....................     161.4-164.2       3.00       1.36      23.60      10.69      13.30       6.03
5.80-5.90.....................     164.2-167.1       3.00       1.36      24.00      10.88      13.50       6.12
5.90-6.00.....................     167.1-169.9       3.00       1.36      24.40      11.06      13.70       6.21
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Notes: (1) All test load weights are bone dry weights.
(2) Allowable tolerance on the test load weights are 0.10 lbs (0.05 kg).

    (4) Representations. Samsung may make representations about the 
energy use of its clothes washer products for compliance, marketing, or 
other 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.
    (7) This waiver applies only to those basic models set out in 
Samsung's petition for waiver. Grant of this waiver does not release a 
petitioner from the certification requirements set forth at 10 CFR part 
429.

    Issued in Washington, DC on August 5, 2011.
Kathleen B. Hogan,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Office of Technology 
Development, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
[FR Doc. 2011-20538 Filed 8-11-11; 8:45 am]
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