Vehicle Technologies Program; Request for Information, 73458-73459 [2012-29759]

Download as PDF 73458 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 237 / Monday, December 10, 2012 / Notices list of candidates will then be submitted for approval by the Secretaries of the Navy and Defense who are the appointing officials for their consideration. At this time, eight openings are envisioned on the Panel and the final set of nominees will seek to balance a range of geographic and sector representation and experience. Applicants must be US citizens. Successful nominees must provide detailed information required to evaluate potential conflicts of interest. Typically the time required to achieve the final appointments to the Panel is 10–12 months. Members of the Panel serve as Special Government Employees who volunteer their time but whose travel costs for Panel business is provided by the Government. The ORAP is a Federal Advisory Committee and operates under the principles of open and transparent development of advice to the government. The selection of new panel members will be based on the nominee’s qualifications to provide senior advice to the NOC; the availability of the potential panel member to fully participate in the panel meetings; absence of any conflict of interest or appearance of lack of impartiality, and lack of bias; the candidates’ areas of expertise and professional qualifications; and achieving an overall balance of different perspectives, geographic representation, and expertise on the panel. Dated: December 3, 2012. C.K. Chiappetta, Lieutenant Commander, Office of the Judge Advocate General, U.S. Navy, Federal Register Liaison Officer. [FR Doc. 2012–29720 Filed 12–7–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3810–FF–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy [Docket Number: EERE–2012–VT–0049] Vehicle Technologies Program; Request for Information Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Office of the General Counsel, Department of Energy. ACTION: Request for information; request for comment. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with AGENCY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) wishes to continue promoting and improving the electronic tools it makes available to assist fleets and consumers in reducing petroleum consumption in vehicles. DOE is SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:30 Dec 07, 2012 Jkt 229001 seeking partners interested in including customized versions of the electronic tools, as well as other relevant data sets and content, on their Web sites. To facilitate this process, DOE is publishing this request for information (RFI) to solicit feedback on DOE’s current Web site tools. DATES: Written comments and information are requested by January 9, 2013. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Alternatively, interested persons may submit comments, identified by docket number EERE–2012–VT–0049, by one of the following methods: 1. Email: Shannon.shea@ee.doe.gov. Include EERE–2012–VT–0049 in the subject line of the message. 2. Mail or deliver: Ms. Shannon Shea, U.S. Department of Energy, (EE–2G), Room 5F–034, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585– 0121, Telephone: (202) 586–8161. Please submit one signed paper original. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number for this request. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents, or comments received, go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at https:// www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Shannon Shea, U.S. Department of Energy, (EE–2G), Room 5F–034, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121, Telephone: (202) 586–8161, Email: shannon.shea@ee.doe.gov. Mr. Ari Altman, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel, (GC–71), 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585, Telephone: (202) 287–6307, Email: ari.altman@hq.doe.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Authority and Background FuelEconomy.gov is authorized under the 1975 Energy Policy and Conservation Act (Pub. L. 94–163), which required DOE to publish and distribute the annual Fuel Economy Guide to consumers. DOE established FuelEconomy.gov to complement the printed Guide and expand the accessibility of information to consumers. The Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC; afdc.energy.gov) was authorized by the 1988 Alternative Motor Fuels Act (Pub. L. 100–494), which contained provisions to formally establish an alternative fuels education PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and data resource center. Clean Cities, within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Program, is authorized under the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (Pub. L. 102–486) and manages both FuelEconomy.gov and the AFDC. Under these statutes, both Web sites are authorized to make information and data available to the public. By providing a variety of tools, databases, and informational resources on fuelefficient and alternative fuel vehicles, both Web sites help users make decisions about which transportation options are right for them. These Web sites feature 14 interactive web tools (afdc.energy.gov/tools) that allow users to view and use data in a variety of ways. These tools include calculators, interactive maps, and data searches. DOE also offers eight ‘‘widgets’’ based on the Web site functionality described above. A widget is a simplified version of a tool or Web site that provides many of the same features, but in a separate application that independent Web site operators can ‘‘drop in’’ to their Web sites with a minimal amount of web coding. For example: DOE launched the Find-A-Car widget on FuelEconomy.gov (https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/ findacar.shtml) in September 2012. The full version of this tool allows users to search for any car from 1984 onward and compare it to any other one on fuel economy, greenhouse gas emissions, energy impact, and cost of fuel. The widget version has a simpler and more targeted purpose, allowing users to find the fuel economy of any car, also from 1984 onward. FuelEconomy.gov also has a ‘‘Fuel Saving Tip of the Week’’ widget, launched in May 2011. This widget is not based on a pre-existing interactive tool, but rather on FuelEconomy.gov’s Gas Mileage Tips section. Both widgets are available at www.fueleconomy.gov/ widgets. DOE launched the Vehicle Cost Calculator (www.afdc.energy.gov/ calculator) and accompanying widgets on the AFDC in October 2011. The full version of this tool allows users to provide basic information about driving habits to compare emissions and lifetime operating costs of specific vehicle models, including conventional cars and trucks, as well as vehicles running on alternative fuels such as electricity, ethanol, natural gas, or biodiesel. This tool has a basic widget version, which allows users to select a representative alternative fuel vehicle (not a specific model, as in the full version) and compare its fuel cost and emissions to a similar conventional vehicle. This tool also has four specialty E:\FR\FM\10DEN1.SGM 10DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 237 / Monday, December 10, 2012 / Notices widgets that each focus on a specific type of alternative fuel vehicle (biodiesel, compressed natural gas, E85, and electric drive). Finally, DOE launched the Alternative Fueling Station Locator widget on the AFDC in August 2012. The full tool allows users to obtain addresses, maps, and driving directions for charging and alternative fueling stations near a particular address. The widget version allows users to embed a specific section of the locator map on their Web site, so that they can highlight a particular geographic area or a particular fuel. Working with outside partners to modify and distribute both these tools and their accompanying widgets will expose this information to a larger pool of users and help consumers find it on Web sites that they already frequent. II. Public Participation mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with A. Submission of Comments DOE will accept comments in response to this RFI under the timeline provided in the DATES section above. Comments submitted to the Department through the eRulemaking Portal or by email 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. The Department encourages interested parties to contact DOE if they would like to meet in person to discuss their comments. The Department’s policy governing ex parte communications is posted on the Office of the General Counsel’s Web site at: https:// www.gc.energy.gov/1309.htm. Confidential Business Information. According to 10 CFR 1004.11, any person submitting information that he or she believes to be confidential and exempt by law from public disclosure should submit via email, postal mail, or hand delivery two well-marked copies: one copy of the document marked confidential including all the information believed to be confidential, and one copy of the document marked non-confidential with the information believed to be confidential deleted. Submit these documents via email or on a CD, if feasible. DOE will make its own determination about the confidential status of the information and treat it according to its determination. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:30 Dec 07, 2012 Jkt 229001 Factors of interest to DOE when evaluating requests to treat submitted information as confidential include: (1) A description of the items; (2) whether and why such items are customarily treated as confidential within the industry; (3) whether the information is generally known by or available from other sources; (4) whether the information has previously been made available to others without obligation concerning its confidentiality; (5) an explanation of the competitive injury to the submitting person that would result from public disclosure; (6) when such information might lose its confidential character due to the passage of time; and (7) why disclosure of the information would be contrary to the public interest. It is DOE’s policy that all comments may be included in the public docket, without change and as received, including any personal information provided in the comments (except information deemed to be exempt from public disclosure). B. Issues on Which DOE Seeks Information Although DOE welcomes comments on any aspect of this request for information, DOE is particularly interested in receiving comments and views of interested parties concerning the availability of DOE’s transportationoriented electronic tools, as well as the potential to partner with Internet information providers, as set forth below. (1) Current Electronic Tools and Content DOE would like to expand the reach of its current electronic tools designed to reduce petroleum use in transportation. The Vehicle Cost Calculator and the Alternative Fueling Station Locator on the AFDC, as well as the Find-A-Car tool and Gas Saving Tips on FuelEconomy.gov, are all currently available in ‘‘widget’’ form. Are the full tools currently available useful? Are the widget versions of these tools useful? Are there other existing tools on the AFDC or FuelEconomy.gov that your company would like available as widgets? Would your company embed the current widgets on its Web site? Why or why not? Are there other types of content on the AFDC and FuelEconomy.gov sites besides the current electronic tools that Web site operators would like to use? (2) Interest in Partnering on Electronic Tool Customization While any independent Web site can use the tools in widget form, DOE is interested in partnering with major Web sites that provide information on PO 00000 Frm 00059 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 73459 vehicles to consumers and fleet managers to offer customized versions of these widgets. Ideal candidates are entities whose users, stakeholders, or members look to them for information about vehicle purchases. The primary objective of the effort is to pair the capabilities of interested entities with DOE’s electronic tools to provide additional value to partner Web sites, and in turn, more value and education about transportation options to end users. DOE seeks to identify entities with whom to collaborate on this effort. Note that DOE is not offering funding related to this request. What companies would be interested in such a collaboration? What services do they currently offer to users and how would these widgets complement those services? What is the membership or user base of these existing Web sites? What types of customization would these Web sites want for the widgets described previously? Issued in Washington, DC, on November 19, 2012. Patrick B. Davis, Program Manager, Vehicle Technologies Program, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. [FR Doc. 2012–29759 Filed 12–7–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL–9759–4] California State Motor Vehicle Pollution Control Standards; Notice of Waiver of Clean Air Act Preemption; California’s 2010 Model Year HeavyDuty Vehicle and Engine On-Board Diagnostic Standards Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice of decision. AGENCY: EPA has granted the California Air Resources Board (CARB) its request to confirm that its amendments to California’s heavy-duty vehicle and engine on-board diagnostic (HD OBD) requirements that relax the standards for 2010–2012 model years (MYs) are within the scope of a previous waiver of preemption of the Clean Air Act (Act). The amendments to the HD OBD requirements for MY 2013 and later are granted a new waiver of preemption. ADDRESSES: EPA has established a docket for this action under Docket ID EPA–HQ–OAR–2011–0816. 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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

[Docket Number: EERE-2012-VT-0049]


Vehicle Technologies Program; Request for Information

AGENCY: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Office of 
the General Counsel, Department of Energy.

ACTION: Request for information; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) wishes to continue 
promoting and improving the electronic tools it makes available to 
assist fleets and consumers in reducing petroleum consumption in 
vehicles. DOE is seeking partners interested in including customized 
versions of the electronic tools, as well as other relevant data sets 
and content, on their Web sites. To facilitate this process, DOE is 
publishing this request for information (RFI) to solicit feedback on 
DOE's current Web site tools.

DATES: Written comments and information are requested by January 9, 
2013.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments using 
the Federal eRulemaking Portal at https://www.regulations.gov. Follow 
the instructions for submitting comments. Alternatively, interested 
persons may submit comments, identified by docket number EERE-2012-VT-
0049, by one of the following methods:
    1. Email: Shannon.shea@ee.doe.gov. Include EERE-2012-VT-0049 in the 
subject line of the message.
    2. Mail or deliver: Ms. Shannon Shea, U.S. Department of Energy, 
(EE-2G), Room 5F-034, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 
20585-0121, Telephone: (202) 586-8161. Please submit one signed paper 
original.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name 
and docket number for this request.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents, or 
comments received, go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at https://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Ms. Shannon Shea, U.S. Department of Energy, (EE-2G), Room 5F-034, 1000 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121, Telephone: (202) 
586-8161, Email: shannon.shea@ee.doe.gov.
Mr. Ari Altman, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General 
Counsel, (GC-71), 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585, 
Telephone: (202) 287-6307, Email: ari.altman@hq.doe.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Authority and Background

    FuelEconomy.gov is authorized under the 1975 Energy Policy and 
Conservation Act (Pub. L. 94-163), which required DOE to publish and 
distribute the annual Fuel Economy Guide to consumers. DOE established 
FuelEconomy.gov to complement the printed Guide and expand the 
accessibility of information to consumers. The Alternative Fuels Data 
Center (AFDC; afdc.energy.gov) was authorized by the 1988 Alternative 
Motor Fuels Act (Pub. L. 100-494), which contained provisions to 
formally establish an alternative fuels education and data resource 
center. Clean Cities, within the Office of Energy Efficiency and 
Renewable Energy's Vehicle Technologies Program, is authorized under 
the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (Pub. L. 102-486) and manages both 
FuelEconomy.gov and the AFDC. Under these statutes, both Web sites are 
authorized to make information and data available to the public. By 
providing a variety of tools, databases, and informational resources on 
fuel-efficient and alternative fuel vehicles, both Web sites help users 
make decisions about which transportation options are right for them.
    These Web sites feature 14 interactive web tools (afdc.energy.gov/tools) that allow users to view and use data in a variety of ways. 
These tools include calculators, interactive maps, and data searches.
    DOE also offers eight ``widgets'' based on the Web site 
functionality described above. A widget is a simplified version of a 
tool or Web site that provides many of the same features, but in a 
separate application that independent Web site operators can ``drop 
in'' to their Web sites with a minimal amount of web coding. For 
example: DOE launched the Find-A-Car widget on FuelEconomy.gov (https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/findacar.shtml) in September 2012. The full 
version of this tool allows users to search for any car from 1984 
onward and compare it to any other one on fuel economy, greenhouse gas 
emissions, energy impact, and cost of fuel. The widget version has a 
simpler and more targeted purpose, allowing users to find the fuel 
economy of any car, also from 1984 onward. FuelEconomy.gov also has a 
``Fuel Saving Tip of the Week'' widget, launched in May 2011. This 
widget is not based on a pre-existing interactive tool, but rather on 
FuelEconomy.gov's Gas Mileage Tips section. Both widgets are available 
at www.fueleconomy.gov/widgets.
    DOE launched the Vehicle Cost Calculator (www.afdc.energy.gov/calculator) and accompanying widgets on the AFDC in October 2011. The 
full version of this tool allows users to provide basic information 
about driving habits to compare emissions and lifetime operating costs 
of specific vehicle models, including conventional cars and trucks, as 
well as vehicles running on alternative fuels such as electricity, 
ethanol, natural gas, or biodiesel. This tool has a basic widget 
version, which allows users to select a representative alternative fuel 
vehicle (not a specific model, as in the full version) and compare its 
fuel cost and emissions to a similar conventional vehicle. This tool 
also has four specialty

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widgets that each focus on a specific type of alternative fuel vehicle 
(biodiesel, compressed natural gas, E85, and electric drive).
    Finally, DOE launched the Alternative Fueling Station Locator 
widget on the AFDC in August 2012. The full tool allows users to obtain 
addresses, maps, and driving directions for charging and alternative 
fueling stations near a particular address. The widget version allows 
users to embed a specific section of the locator map on their Web site, 
so that they can highlight a particular geographic area or a particular 
fuel.
    Working with outside partners to modify and distribute both these 
tools and their accompanying widgets will expose this information to a 
larger pool of users and help consumers find it on Web sites that they 
already frequent.

II. Public Participation

A. Submission of Comments

    DOE will accept comments in response to this RFI under the timeline 
provided in the DATES section above. Comments submitted to the 
Department through the eRulemaking Portal or by email 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.
    The Department encourages interested parties to contact DOE if they 
would like to meet in person to discuss their comments. The 
Department's policy governing ex parte communications is posted on the 
Office of the General Counsel's Web site at: https://www.gc.energy.gov/1309.htm.
    Confidential Business Information. According to 10 CFR 1004.11, any 
person submitting information that he or she believes to be 
confidential and exempt by law from public disclosure should submit via 
email, postal mail, or hand delivery two well-marked copies: one copy 
of the document marked confidential including all the information 
believed to be confidential, and one copy of the document marked non-
confidential with the information believed to be confidential deleted. 
Submit these documents via email or on a CD, if feasible. DOE will make 
its own determination about the confidential status of the information 
and treat it according to its determination.
    Factors of interest to DOE when evaluating requests to treat 
submitted information as confidential include: (1) A description of the 
items; (2) whether and why such items are customarily treated as 
confidential within the industry; (3) whether the information is 
generally known by or available from other sources; (4) whether the 
information has previously been made available to others without 
obligation concerning its confidentiality; (5) an explanation of the 
competitive injury to the submitting person that would result from 
public disclosure; (6) when such information might lose its 
confidential character due to the passage of time; and (7) why 
disclosure of the information would be contrary to the public interest.
    It is DOE's policy that all comments may be included in the public 
docket, without change and as received, including any personal 
information provided in the comments (except information deemed to be 
exempt from public disclosure).

B. Issues on Which DOE Seeks Information

    Although DOE welcomes comments on any aspect of this request for 
information, DOE is particularly interested in receiving comments and 
views of interested parties concerning the availability of DOE's 
transportation-oriented electronic tools, as well as the potential to 
partner with Internet information providers, as set forth below.
(1) Current Electronic Tools and Content
    DOE would like to expand the reach of its current electronic tools 
designed to reduce petroleum use in transportation. The Vehicle Cost 
Calculator and the Alternative Fueling Station Locator on the AFDC, as 
well as the Find-A-Car tool and Gas Saving Tips on FuelEconomy.gov, are 
all currently available in ``widget'' form. Are the full tools 
currently available useful? Are the widget versions of these tools 
useful? Are there other existing tools on the AFDC or FuelEconomy.gov 
that your company would like available as widgets? Would your company 
embed the current widgets on its Web site? Why or why not? Are there 
other types of content on the AFDC and FuelEconomy.gov sites besides 
the current electronic tools that Web site operators would like to use?
(2) Interest in Partnering on Electronic Tool Customization
    While any independent Web site can use the tools in widget form, 
DOE is interested in partnering with major Web sites that provide 
information on vehicles to consumers and fleet managers to offer 
customized versions of these widgets. Ideal candidates are entities 
whose users, stakeholders, or members look to them for information 
about vehicle purchases. The primary objective of the effort is to pair 
the capabilities of interested entities with DOE's electronic tools to 
provide additional value to partner Web sites, and in turn, more value 
and education about transportation options to end users. DOE seeks to 
identify entities with whom to collaborate on this effort. Note that 
DOE is not offering funding related to this request. What companies 
would be interested in such a collaboration? What services do they 
currently offer to users and how would these widgets complement those 
services? What is the membership or user base of these existing Web 
sites? What types of customization would these Web sites want for the 
widgets described previously?

    Issued in Washington, DC, on November 19, 2012.
Patrick B. Davis,
Program Manager, Vehicle Technologies Program, Energy Efficiency and 
Renewable Energy.
[FR Doc. 2012-29759 Filed 12-7-12; 8:45 am]
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