Faucets, Showerheads, Water Closets and Urinals, 52644-52646 [2011-21494]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 52644 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 163 / Tuesday, August 23, 2011 / Notices delivery and quality of accessible instructional materials for postsecondary students with print disabilities, as well as the effective use of such materials by faculty and staff; and (II) make recommendations related to the development of a comprehensive approach to improve the opportunities for postsecondary students with print disabilities to access instructional materials in specialized formats in a time frame comparable to the availability of instructional materials for postsecondary nondisabled students.’’ In making recommendations for the study, ‘‘the Commission shall consider—(I) How students with print disabilities may obtain instructional materials in accessible formats within a time frame comparable to the availability of instructional materials for nondisabled students; and to the maximum extent practicable, at costs comparable to the costs of such materials for nondisabled students; (II) the feasibility and technical parameters of establishing standardized electronic file formats, such as the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard as defined in Section 674(e)(3) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, to be provided by publishers of instructional materials to producers of materials in specialized formats, institutions of higher education, and eligible students; (III) the feasibility of establishing a national clearinghouse, repository, or file-sharing network for electronic files in specialized formats and files used in producing instructional materials in specialized formats, and a list of possible entities qualified to administer such clearinghouse, repository, or network; (IV) the feasibility of establishing market-based solutions involving collaborations among publishers of instructional materials, producers of materials in specialized formats, and institutions of higher education; (V) solutions utilizing universal design; and (VI) solutions for low-incidence, high-cost requests for instructional materials in specialized formats.’’ The Commission will meet in open session on Thursday and Friday, and will review and discuss the final draft of the Commission’s report to the Secretary and Congress. 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[FR Doc. 2011–21559 Filed 8–22–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 [Docket No. EERE–2011–BT–NOA–0053] Faucets, Showerheads, Water Closets and Urinals Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy. ACTION: Request for Information (RFI). AGENCY: On December 15, 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) published a final rule waiving Federal preemption for energy conservation standards under 42 U.S.C. 6297(c) with respect to any State regulation concerning the water use or water efficiency of faucets, showerheads, water closets and urinals that is: (1) More stringent than Federal regulation concerning the water use or water efficiency for that same type or class of product; and (2) applicable to any sale or installation of all products in that particular type or class. In today’s notice, DOE requests information from interested parties regarding: State activity with respect to efficiency standards for these products undertaken as a result of the December 15, 2010 final rule; market data; and any new or emerging water-efficient product designs or technologies for faucets, showerheads, water closets and urinals. DOE also requests information regarding any recent actions taken by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)/American National Standards Institute (ANSI) toward amending its water efficiency standards for these products. Additional input and suggestions relevant to these products are also welcome. DATES: Written comments and information are requested by October 24, 2011. ADDRESSES: Interested persons may submit comments in writing, identified by docket number EERE–2011–BT– NOA–0053, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • E-mail: PlumbingProducts-2011NOA-0053@ee.doe.gov. Include EERE– 2011–BT–NOA–0053 in the subject line of the message. • Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, Mailstop EE–2J, Request for Information for Faucets, Showerheads, Water Closets and Urinals, EERE–2011–BT–NOA–0053, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\23AUN1.SGM 23AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 163 / Tuesday, August 23, 2011 / Notices 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121. Phone: (202) 586–2945. Please submit one signed paper original. • Hand Delivery/Courier: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, 6th Floor, 950 L’Enfant Plaza, SW., Washington, DC 20024. Phone: (202) 586–2945. Please submit one signed paper original. • Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, visit the U.S. Department of Energy, Resource Room of the Building Technologies Program, 950 L’Enfant Plaza, SW., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20024, (202) 586–2945, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Please call Ms. Brenda Edwards at the above telephone number for additional information regarding visiting the Resource Room. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Lucas Adin, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Program, EE–2J, 950 L’Enfant Plaza, SW., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20585–0121. Telephone: (202) 287–1317. E-mail: Lucas.Adin@ee.doe.gov. In the Office of the General Counsel, Ms. Jennifer Tiedeman, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel, GC–71, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121. Telephone: (202) 287–6111. E-mail: Jennifer.Tiedeman@hq.doe.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Authority and Background Title III, Part B of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), Public Law 94–163 (42 U.S.C. 6291–6309, as codified), established the Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles, which includes the faucets, showerheads, water closets and urinals that are the subjects of today’s notice.1 National standards for these products are based on the ASME/ANSI standards A112.18.1M, for showerheads and faucets, and A112.19.6, for water closets and urinals. 42 U.S.C. 6295(j), (k). 42 U.S.C. 6295(j)(3)(C) and 6295(k)(3)(C) require that, not later than six months after the conclusion of a five-year period during which the ASME/ANSI has not amended these 1 For editorial reasons, upon codification in the U.S. Code, Part B was re-designated Part A. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:33 Aug 22, 2011 Jkt 223001 faucet, showerhead, water closet or urinal standards to improve water efficiency, DOE must waive preemption for Federal standards under 42 U.S.C. 6297(c) with respect to any State regulation concerning the water use or water efficiency of such type or class of showerhead, faucet, water closet or urinal if such State regulation meets the following two conditions. First, the State regulation concerning water use or water efficiency for a particular type or class of showerhead, faucet, water closet or urinal must be more stringent than the Federal regulation concerning water use or water efficiency for that same type or class of showerhead, faucet, water closet or urinal. 42 U.S.C. 6295(j)(3)(C)(i), 6295(k)(3)(C)(i). Second, the State regulation concerning the water use or water efficiency for a particular type or class of showerhead, faucet, water closet or urinal must be applicable to any sale or installation of all products in that particular type or class. 42 U.S.C. 6295(j)(3)(C)(ii), 6295(k)(3)(C)(ii). ASME/ANSI last made a substantive amendment to its standards regarding the water efficiency requirements for showerheads and faucets on May 29, 1996 (ASME/ANSI A112.18.1M–1996), and for water closets and urinals on April 19, 1996 (ASME/ANSI A112.19.6– 1995). Both of these standards were incorporated by reference into the Code of Federal Regulations in a final rule issued by DOE on March 18, 1998. 63 FR 13308. Because more than five years passed since ASME/ANSI last amended the water efficiency requirements in either of these standards, on December 15, 2010, DOE issued a final rule waiving 42 U.S.C. 6297(c) with respect to any State regulation concerning the water use or water efficiency of a particular type or class of showerhead, faucet, water closet or urinal that is both more stringent than the relevant Federal regulation and is applicable to any sale or installation or all products in that particular type or class, effective December 22, 2010. In view of the above, DOE welcomes information from interested parties regarding activity since the issuance of the December 2010 final rule, and particularly, with respect to any State efficiency standards that are newly applicable or under development, market data regarding the prevalence of models that exceed the current Federal standards, and new or emerging waterefficient product designs or technologies for faucets, showerheads, water closets and urinals. DOE also requests information regarding any recent actions taken by the ASME/ANSI in furtherance of amending its water efficiency PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52645 standards for these products. Additional input and suggestions relevant to these products are also welcome. Public Participation A. Submission of Information DOE will accept information and data in response to this Request for Information as provided in the DATES section above. Information submitted to the Department by e-mail should be provided in WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, PDF, or text file format. Those responding should avoid the use of special characters or any form of encryption, and wherever possible, comments should include the electronic signature of the author. Comments submitted to the Department by mail or hand delivery/courier should include one signed original paper copy. No telefacsimiles will be accepted. Comments submitted in response to this notice will become a matter of public record and will be made publicly available. B. Issues on Which DOE Seeks Information DOE is particularly interested in receiving comments from interested parties on the following issues: (1) The development or establishment of water conservation standards for showerheads, faucets, water closets or urinals by States or their political subdivisions since DOE published the December 2010 final rule waiving Federal preemption for these products; (2) Information regarding available models and sales of showerheads, faucets, water closets or urinals that exceed Federal energy conservation standards, and the amounts by which such models exceed the Federal standards; (3) The existence and availability of new or emerging designs or technologies that (are expected to) improve the water efficiency of showerheads, faucets, water closets or urinals, and whether these designs or technologies (are expected to) have any impact on consumer utility and cost; (4) Any recent actions that ASME/ ANSI has taken in furtherance of amending its faucet, showerhead, water closet or urinal standards in order to improve the products’ water efficiency; (5) Assistance and resources available from stakeholders, States, local jurisdictions, and others. E:\FR\FM\23AUN1.SGM 23AUN1 52646 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 163 / Tuesday, August 23, 2011 / Notices Issued in Washington, DC, on August 16, 2011. Timothy Unruh, Program Manager, Federal Energy Management Program, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. [FR Doc. 2011–21494 Filed 8–22–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC11–588–001] Commision Information Collection Activities [FERC–588]; Comment Request; Submitted for OMB Review Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In compliance with the requirements of section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3507, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) has submitted the information collection described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review of the information collection requirements. Any interested person may file comments directly with OMB and should address a copy of those comments to the Commission as explained below. The Commission issued a Notice in the Federal Register (76 FR 30928, 05/27/2011) requesting public comments. FERC received no comments on the FERC–588 and has made this notation in its submission to OMB. DATES: Comments in consideration of the collection of information are due September 22, 2011. ADDRESSES: Comments may be filed either electronically (eFiled) or in paper format, and should refer to Docket No. IC11–588–001. Documents must be prepared in an acceptable filing format and in compliance with Commission SUMMARY: submission guidelines at: http:// www.ferc.gov/help/submissionguide.asp. eFiling instructions are available at: http://www.ferc.gov/docsfiling/efiling.asp. First time users must follow eRegister instructions at: http:// www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ eregistration.asp, to establish a username and password before eFiling. The Commission will send an automatic acknowledgement to the sender’s e-mail address upon receipt of eFiled comments. Commenters making an eFiling should not make a paper filing. Commenters that are not able to file electronically must send an original of their comments to: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Secretary of the Commission, 888 First Street, NE., Washington, DC 20426. Users interested in receiving automatic notification of activity in this docket may do so through eSubscription at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ esubscription.asp. In addition, all comments and FERC issuances may be viewed, printed or downloaded remotely through FERC’s eLibrary at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ elibrary.asp, by searching on Docket No. IC11–588. For user assistance, contact FERC Online Support by e-mail at ferconlinesupport@ferc.gov, or by phone at: (866) 208–3676 (toll-free), or (202) 502–8659 for TTY. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellen Brown may be reached by e-mail at DataClearance@FERC.gov, telephone at (202) 502–8663, and fax at (202) 273– 0873. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The information collected under the requirements of FERC–588, ‘‘Emergency Natural Gas Transportation, Sale and Exchange Transactions’’ (OMB No. 1902–0144), is used by the Commission to implement the statutory provisions of Sections 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) (Pub. L. 75–688) (15 USC 717– 717w) and provisions of the Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978 (NGPA), 15 USC 3301–3432. Under the NGA, a natural gas company must obtain Commission approval to engage in the transportation, sale or exchange of natural gas in interstate commerce. However, Section 7(c) exempts from certificate requirements ‘‘temporary acts or operations for which the issuance of a certificate will not be required in the public interest.’’ The NGPA also provides for non-certificated interstate transactions involving intrastate pipelines and local distribution companies. A temporary operation, or emergency, is defined as any situation in which an actual or expected shortage of gas supply would require an interstate pipeline company, intrastate pipeline, or local distribution company, or Hinshaw pipeline to curtail deliveries of gas or provide less than the projected level of service to the customer. The natural gas companies which provide the temporary assistance to the companies which are having the ‘‘emergency’’ must file the necessary information described in Part 284, Subpart I of the Commission’s Regulations with the Commission so that it may determine if their assisting transaction/operation qualifies for exemption. The assisting company may or may not be under the Commission’s jurisdiction and if their assisting actions qualify for the exemption, they will not become subject to the Commission’s jurisdiction for such actions. A report within forty-eight hours of the commencement of the transportation, sale or exchange, a request to extend the sixty-day term of the emergency transportation, if needed, and a termination report are required. The data required to be filed for the forty-eight hour report is specified by 18 CFR 284.270. Action: The Commission is requesting a three-year approval of the collection of data. This is a mandatory information collection requirement. Burden Statement: Public reporting burden for this collection is estimated as follows: Number of responses per respondent (2) Average burden hours per response (3) Total annual burden hours (1) × (2) × (3) 8 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Number of respondents annually (1) 1 8 64 The estimated total cost to respondents is $4,381 (64 hours divided by 2,080 hours per employee per year times $142,372 per year average salary per employee = $4,381 (rounded)). The estimated annual cost per respondent is $548 (rounded). VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:33 Aug 22, 2011 Jkt 223001 The above hour and cost estimates are different than what was in the public notice published May 27, 2011. In that notice, the Commission erroneously used an average burden hours per response of 10 hours instead of 8 hours that is used here. By using the correct PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 burden hour figure, the Commission notes that total annual burden and cost are less by 16 hours less and $1,095 as compared to the numbers in the May, 2011 notice. The corrected estimates are consistent with the burden estimates in the last submission to OMB. E:\FR\FM\23AUN1.SGM 23AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 163 (Tuesday, August 23, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 52644-52646]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-21494]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

[Docket No. EERE-2011-BT-NOA-0053]


Faucets, Showerheads, Water Closets and Urinals

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

ACTION: Request for Information (RFI).

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SUMMARY: On December 15, 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE or 
the Department) published a final rule waiving Federal preemption for 
energy conservation standards under 42 U.S.C. 6297(c) with respect to 
any State regulation concerning the water use or water efficiency of 
faucets, showerheads, water closets and urinals that is: (1) More 
stringent than Federal regulation concerning the water use or water 
efficiency for that same type or class of product; and (2) applicable 
to any sale or installation of all products in that particular type or 
class. In today's notice, DOE requests information from interested 
parties regarding: State activity with respect to efficiency standards 
for these products undertaken as a result of the December 15, 2010 
final rule; market data; and any new or emerging water-efficient 
product designs or technologies for faucets, showerheads, water closets 
and urinals. DOE also requests information regarding any recent actions 
taken by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)/American 
National Standards Institute (ANSI) toward amending its water 
efficiency standards for these products. Additional input and 
suggestions relevant to these products are also welcome.

DATES: Written comments and information are requested by October 24, 
2011.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons may submit comments in writing, 
identified by docket number EERE-2011-BT-NOA-0053, by any of the 
following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     E-mail: PlumbingProducts-2011-NOA-0053@ee.doe.gov. Include 
EERE-2011-BT-NOA-0053 in the subject line of the message.
     Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, 
Building Technologies Program, Mailstop EE-2J, Request for Information 
for Faucets, Showerheads, Water Closets and Urinals, EERE-2011-BT-NOA-
0053,

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1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. Phone: (202) 
586-2945. Please submit one signed paper original.
     Hand Delivery/Courier: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department 
of Energy, Building Technologies Program, 6th Floor, 950 L'Enfant 
Plaza, SW., Washington, DC 20024. Phone: (202) 586-2945. Please submit 
one signed paper original.
     Instructions: All submissions received must include the 
agency name and docket number.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, visit the U.S. Department of Energy, Resource Room 
of the Building Technologies Program, 950 L'Enfant Plaza, SW., Suite 
600, Washington, DC 20024, (202) 586-2945, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Please call Ms. Brenda 
Edwards at the above telephone number for additional information 
regarding visiting the Resource Room.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Lucas Adin, U.S. Department of 
Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building 
Technologies Program, EE-2J, 950 L'Enfant Plaza, SW., Suite 600, 
Washington, DC 20585-0121. Telephone: (202) 287-1317. E-mail: 
Lucas.Adin@ee.doe.gov.
    In the Office of the General Counsel, Ms. Jennifer Tiedeman, U.S. 
Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel, GC-71, 1000 
Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. Telephone: (202) 
287-6111. E-mail: Jennifer.Tiedeman@hq.doe.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Authority and Background

    Title III, Part B of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), 
Public Law 94-163 (42 U.S.C. 6291-6309, as codified), established the 
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than 
Automobiles, which includes the faucets, showerheads, water closets and 
urinals that are the subjects of today's notice.\1\ National standards 
for these products are based on the ASME/ANSI standards A112.18.1M, for 
showerheads and faucets, and A112.19.6, for water closets and urinals. 
42 U.S.C. 6295(j), (k).
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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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    42 U.S.C. 6295(j)(3)(C) and 6295(k)(3)(C) require that, not later 
than six months after the conclusion of a five-year period during which 
the ASME/ANSI has not amended these faucet, showerhead, water closet or 
urinal standards to improve water efficiency, DOE must waive preemption 
for Federal standards under 42 U.S.C. 6297(c) with respect to any State 
regulation concerning the water use or water efficiency of such type or 
class of showerhead, faucet, water closet or urinal if such State 
regulation meets the following two conditions. First, the State 
regulation concerning water use or water efficiency for a particular 
type or class of showerhead, faucet, water closet or urinal must be 
more stringent than the Federal regulation concerning water use or 
water efficiency for that same type or class of showerhead, faucet, 
water closet or urinal. 42 U.S.C. 6295(j)(3)(C)(i), 6295(k)(3)(C)(i). 
Second, the State regulation concerning the water use or water 
efficiency for a particular type or class of showerhead, faucet, water 
closet or urinal must be applicable to any sale or installation of all 
products in that particular type or class. 42 U.S.C. 6295(j)(3)(C)(ii), 
6295(k)(3)(C)(ii).
    ASME/ANSI last made a substantive amendment to its standards 
regarding the water efficiency requirements for showerheads and faucets 
on May 29, 1996 (ASME/ANSI A112.18.1M-1996), and for water closets and 
urinals on April 19, 1996 (ASME/ANSI A112.19.6-1995). Both of these 
standards were incorporated by reference into the Code of Federal 
Regulations in a final rule issued by DOE on March 18, 1998. 63 FR 
13308. Because more than five years passed since ASME/ANSI last amended 
the water efficiency requirements in either of these standards, on 
December 15, 2010, DOE issued a final rule waiving 42 U.S.C. 6297(c) 
with respect to any State regulation concerning the water use or water 
efficiency of a particular type or class of showerhead, faucet, water 
closet or urinal that is both more stringent than the relevant Federal 
regulation and is applicable to any sale or installation or all 
products in that particular type or class, effective December 22, 2010.
    In view of the above, DOE welcomes information from interested 
parties regarding activity since the issuance of the December 2010 
final rule, and particularly, with respect to any State efficiency 
standards that are newly applicable or under development, market data 
regarding the prevalence of models that exceed the current Federal 
standards, and new or emerging water-efficient product designs or 
technologies for faucets, showerheads, water closets and urinals. DOE 
also requests information regarding any recent actions taken by the 
ASME/ANSI in furtherance of amending its water efficiency standards for 
these products. Additional input and suggestions relevant to these 
products are also welcome.

Public Participation

A. Submission of Information

    DOE will accept information and data in response to this Request 
for Information as provided in the DATES section above. Information 
submitted to the Department by e-mail should be provided in 
WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, PDF, or text file format. Those responding 
should avoid the use of special characters or any form of encryption, 
and wherever possible, comments should include the electronic signature 
of the author. Comments submitted to the Department by mail or hand 
delivery/courier should include one signed original paper copy. No 
telefacsimiles will be accepted. Comments submitted in response to this 
notice will become a matter of public record and will be made publicly 
available.

B. Issues on Which DOE Seeks Information

    DOE is particularly interested in receiving comments from 
interested parties on the following issues:
    (1) The development or establishment of water conservation 
standards for showerheads, faucets, water closets or urinals by States 
or their political subdivisions since DOE published the December 2010 
final rule waiving Federal preemption for these products;
    (2) Information regarding available models and sales of 
showerheads, faucets, water closets or urinals that exceed Federal 
energy conservation standards, and the amounts by which such models 
exceed the Federal standards;
    (3) The existence and availability of new or emerging designs or 
technologies that (are expected to) improve the water efficiency of 
showerheads, faucets, water closets or urinals, and whether these 
designs or technologies (are expected to) have any impact on consumer 
utility and cost;
    (4) Any recent actions that ASME/ANSI has taken in furtherance of 
amending its faucet, showerhead, water closet or urinal standards in 
order to improve the products' water efficiency;
    (5) Assistance and resources available from stakeholders, States, 
local jurisdictions, and others.


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    Issued in Washington, DC, on August 16, 2011.
Timothy Unruh,
Program Manager, Federal Energy Management Program, Energy Efficiency 
and Renewable Energy.
[FR Doc. 2011-21494 Filed 8-22-11; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 6450-01-P