Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Dehumidifiers, 55155 [2016-19612]

Download as PDF 55155 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 81, No. 160 Thursday, August 18, 2016 DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE) proposed rule for energy conservation standards and that DOE publish the determination in the Federal Register. DOE published its final rule for energy conservation standards for dehumidifiers on June 13, 2016, and is publishing DOJ’s August 5, 2015 determination on the proposed rule. The Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) make a determination on the impact, if any, on the lessening of competition likely to result from a U.S. Department of Energy Date of DOJ determination— August 5, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. John Cymbalsky, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Program, EE–5B, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121. Telephone: (202) 287–1692. Email: dehumidifiers@EE.Doe.Gov. Ms. Elizabeth Kohl, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel, GC–33, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121. Telephone: (202) 586–7796. Email: ElizabethKohl@hq.doe.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On June 13, 2016, DOE published a final rule amending energy conservation standards for dehumidifiers (81 FR Main Justice Building 950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Washington, DC 20530–0001 (202) 514–2401 / (202) 616–2645 (Fax) August 5, 2015 Anne Harkavy Deputy General Counsel for Litigation, Regulation and Enforcement U.S. Department of Energy Washington, DC 20585 Re: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Dehumidifiers Doc. No. EERE–2012–BT–STD–0027 Dear Deputy General Counsel Harkavy: I am responding to your June 3, 2015, letter seeking the views of the Attorney General about the potential impact on competition of proposed energy conservation standards for residential dehumidifiers. Your request was submitted under Section 325(o)(2)(B)(i)(V) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (ECPA), 42 U.S.C. 6295(o)(2)(B)(i)(V), which requires the Attorney General to make a determination of the impact of any lessening of competition that is likely to result from the imposition of proposed energy conservation standards. The Attorney General’s responsibility for responding to requests from other departments about the effect of a program on competition has been delegated to the Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division in 28 CFR 0.40(g). In conducting its analysis, the Antitrust Division examines whether a proposed standard may lessen competition, for example, by substantially limiting consumer choice or increasing industry concentration. A lessening of competition could result in higher prices to manufacturers and consumers. DATES: 10 CFR Part 430 [Docket Number EERE–2012–BT–STD– 0027] RIN 1904–AC81 Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Dehumidifiers Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy. ACTION: Publication of determination. AGENCY: sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:28 Aug 17, 2016 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 38338). Those amended standards were determined by DOE to be technologically feasible and economically justified and would result in the significant conservation of energy. The Energy Conservation and Policy Act of 1975 (42 U.S.C. 6291, et seq.; ‘‘EPCA’’), as amended, requires that the Attorney General make a determination and analysis of the impact, if any, of any lessening of competition likely to result from a proposed standard, within 60 days of publication. (42 U.S.C. 6295(o)(2)(B)(ii)) EPCA also requires that DOE publish the determination and analysis in the Federal Register. Id. DOE received the determination in response to the June 3, 2015 NOPR (80 FR 31645) from the Attorney General and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on August 5, 2015. DOE is publishing the text of DOJ’s August 5, 2015 determination. Issued in Washington, DC, on August 11, 2016. Kathleen B. Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. We have reviewed the proposed standards contained in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (80 FR 31,646, June 3, 2015) and the related Technical Support Documents. We have also reviewed information presented at the public meeting held on the proposed standards on July 7, 2015. Based on this review, our conclusion is that the proposed energy conservation standards for residential dehumidifiers are unlikely to have a significant adverse impact on competition. Sincerely, William J. 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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of 
the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these 
notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in 
the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules.

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Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 160 / Thursday, August 18, 2016 / 
Proposed Rules

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

10 CFR Part 430

[Docket Number EERE-2012-BT-STD-0027]
RIN 1904-AC81


Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for 
Residential Dehumidifiers

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

ACTION: Publication of determination.

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SUMMARY: The Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as 
amended, prescribes that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) make a 
determination on the impact, if any, on the lessening of competition 
likely to result from a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposed rule 
for energy conservation standards and that DOE publish the 
determination in the Federal Register. DOE published its final rule for 
energy conservation standards for dehumidifiers on June 13, 2016, and 
is publishing DOJ's August 5, 2015 determination on the proposed rule.

DATES: Date of DOJ determination--August 5, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 
    Mr. John Cymbalsky, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy 
Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Program, EE-5B, 
1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. Telephone: 
(202) 287-1692. Email: dehumidifiers@EE.Doe.Gov.
    Ms. Elizabeth Kohl, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the 
General Counsel, GC-33, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 
20585-0121. Telephone: (202) 586-7796. Email: ElizabethKohl@hq.doe.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On June 13, 2016, DOE published a final rule 
amending energy conservation standards for dehumidifiers (81 FR 38338). 
Those amended standards were determined by DOE to be technologically 
feasible and economically justified and would result in the significant 
conservation of energy. The Energy Conservation and Policy Act of 1975 
(42 U.S.C. 6291, et seq.; ``EPCA''), as amended, requires that the 
Attorney General make a determination and analysis of the impact, if 
any, of any lessening of competition likely to result from a proposed 
standard, within 60 days of publication. (42 U.S.C. 6295(o)(2)(B)(ii)) 
EPCA also requires that DOE publish the determination and analysis in 
the Federal Register. Id.
    DOE received the determination in response to the June 3, 2015 NOPR 
(80 FR 31645) from the Attorney General and the U.S. Department of 
Justice (DOJ) on August 5, 2015. DOE is publishing the text of DOJ's 
August 5, 2015 determination.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on August 11, 2016.
Kathleen B. Hogan,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency and 
Renewable Energy.
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Main Justice Building
950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
Washington, DC 20530-0001
(202) 514-2401 / (202) 616-2645 (Fax)

August 5, 2015

Anne Harkavy
Deputy General Counsel for Litigation, Regulation and Enforcement
U.S. Department of Energy
Washington, DC 20585

Re: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Dehumidifiers Doc. 
No. EERE-2012-BT-STD-0027

    Dear Deputy General Counsel Harkavy:
    I am responding to your June 3, 2015, letter seeking the views 
of the Attorney General about the potential impact on competition of 
proposed energy conservation standards for residential 
dehumidifiers. Your request was submitted under Section 
325(o)(2)(B)(i)(V) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as 
amended (ECPA), 42 U.S.C. 6295(o)(2)(B)(i)(V), which requires the 
Attorney General to make a determination of the impact of any 
lessening of competition that is likely to result from the 
imposition of proposed energy conservation standards. The Attorney 
General's responsibility for responding to requests from other 
departments about the effect of a program on competition has been 
delegated to the Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust 
Division in 28 CFR 0.40(g).
    In conducting its analysis, the Antitrust Division examines 
whether a proposed standard may lessen competition, for example, by 
substantially limiting consumer choice or increasing industry 
concentration. A lessening of competition could result in higher 
prices to manufacturers and consumers.
    We have reviewed the proposed standards contained in the Notice 
of Proposed Rulemaking (80 FR 31,646, June 3, 2015) and the related 
Technical Support Documents. We have also reviewed information 
presented at the public meeting held on the proposed standards on 
July 7, 2015. Based on this review, our conclusion is that the 
proposed energy conservation standards for residential dehumidifiers 
are unlikely to have a significant adverse impact on competition.

    Sincerely,

William J. Baer

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