Energy Conservation Program: General Service Incandescent Lamps and Other Incandescent Lamps Request for Data, 38613-38617 [2017-17212]

Download as PDF 38613 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 82, No. 156 Tuesday, August 15, 2017 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. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office 10 CFR Part 430 [EERE–2017–BT–NOA–0052] Energy Conservation Program: General Service Incandescent Lamps and Other Incandescent Lamps Request for Data Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy. ACTION: Notification of data availability (NODA); request for information (RFI). AGENCY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) seeks annual domestic sales and shipment data for general service incandescent lamps (GSILs) and other incandescent lamps. DOE intends to use this sales data from stakeholders to inform its decision on whether to amend standards for GSILs. DATES: DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NODA received no later than October 16, 2017. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments, data and information using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Alternatively, interested persons may submit comments, identified by docket number EERE–2017–BT–NOA–0052, by any of the following methods: 1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. 2. Email: GSIL2017NOA0052@ ee.doe.gov. Include the docket number in the subject line of the message. 3. Postal Mail: Appliance and Equipment Standards Program, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, Mailstop EE–5B, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121. Telephone: (202) 287–1445. If possible, please submit all items on a compact mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:14 Aug 14, 2017 Jkt 241001 disc (CD), in which case it is not necessary to include printed copies. 4. Hand Delivery/Courier: Appliance and Equipment Standards Program, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, 950 L’Enfant Plaza SW., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20024. Telephone: (202) 287–1445. If possible, please submit all items on a CD, in which case it is not necessary to include printed copies. For detailed instructions on submitting comments and additional information on the NODA, see section IV, Submission of Comments. Docket: The docket, which includes Federal Register notices, and other supporting documents/materials, is available for review at http:// www.regulations.gov. All documents in the docket are listed in the http:// www.regulations.gov index. However, some documents listed in the index, such as those containing information that is exempt from public disclosure, may not be publicly available. The docket Web page can be found at http://www.regulations.gov. The docket Web page will contain simple instructions on how to access all documents, including public comments, in the docket. See section IV for information on how to submit comments through http:// www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Lucy deButts, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies, EE–2J, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121. Telephone: (202) 287–1604. Email: ApplianceStandardsQuestions@ ee.doe.gov. Ms. Celia Sher, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel, GC–33, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121. Telephone: (202) 287–6122. Email: Celia.Sher@hq.doe.gov. For further information on how to submit a comment or review other public comments and the docket, contact the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program staff at (202) 287– 1445 or by email: ApplianceStandardsQuestions@ ee.doe.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Table of Contents I. Background II. Data III. Conclusion IV. Submission of Comments I. Background Amendments to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA),1 Public Law 94–163 (42 U.S.C. 6291– 6317, as codified), in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007) direct DOE to conduct two rulemaking cycles to evaluate energy conservation standards for general service lamps (GSLs). (42 U.S.C. 6295(i)(6)(A)–(B)) GSLs are defined in EPCA to include GSILs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), general service light-emitting diode (LED) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) lamps, and any other lamps that the Secretary of Energy (Secretary) determines are used to satisfy lighting applications traditionally served by general service incandescent lamps. For the first rulemaking cycle, Congress instructed DOE to initiate a rulemaking process prior to January 1, 2014, to consider two questions: (1) Whether to amend energy conservation standards for general service lamps and (2) whether ‘‘the exemptions for certain incandescent lamps should be maintained or discontinued.’’ (42 U.S.C. 6295(i)(6)(A)(i)) Further, if the Secretary determines that the standards in effect for GSILs should be amended, EPCA provides that a final rule must be published by January 1, 2017, with a compliance date at least 3 years after the date on which the final rule is published. (42 U.S.C. 6295(i)(6)(A)(iii)) In developing such a rule, DOE must consider a minimum efficacy standard of 45 lumens per watt (lm/W). (42 U.S.C. 6295(i)(6)(A)(ii)) If DOE fails to complete a rulemaking in accordance with 42 U.S.C. 6295(i)(6)(A)(i)–(iv) or a final rule from the first rulemaking cycle does not produce savings greater than or equal to the savings from a minimum efficacy standard of 45 lm/W, the statute provides a ‘‘backstop’’ under which DOE must prohibit sales of GSLs that do not meet a minimum 45 lm/W standard beginning on January 1, 2020. (42 U.S.C. 6295(i)(6)(A)(v)) 1 All references to EPCA refer to the statute as amended through the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015, Public Law 114–11 (April 30, 2015). E:\FR\FM\15AUP1.SGM 15AUP1 38614 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 156 / Tuesday, August 15, 2017 / Proposed Rules DOE initiated the rulemaking process in a timely manner by publishing in the Federal Register a notice of availability of a framework document. 78 FR 73737 (Dec. 9, 2013); see also 79 FR 73503 (Dec. 11, 2014) (notice of availability of preliminary analysis). DOE later issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to propose amended energy conservation standards for GSLs. 81 FR 14528, 14629–14630 (Mar. 17, 2016). The March 2016 NOPR focused on the first question that Congress directed DOE to consider—whether to amend energy conservation standards for general service lamps. (42 U.S.C. 6295(i)(6)(A)(i)(I)) In the March 2016 NOPR proposing energy conservation standards for GSLs, DOE stated that it would be unable to undertake any analysis regarding GSILs and other incandescent lamps because of a then applicable congressional restriction (the Appropriations Rider 2) on the use of appropriated funds to implement or enforce 10 CFR 430.32(x). 81 FR 14528, 14540–14541. Notably, the applicability of this Appropriations Rider has not been extended in the current appropriations statute, and thus is no longer in effect.3 As a result, DOE is no longer prevented from undertaking analysis and decision making required by the first question presented by Congress, i.e., whether to amend energy conservation standards for general service lamps, including GSILs. In response to comments to the March 2016 NOPR, DOE conducted additional research and published a notice of proposed definition and data availability (NOPDDA), which proposed to amend the definitions of GSIL and GSL. 81 FR 71794, 71815 (Oct. 18, 2016). DOE explained that the October 2016 NOPDDA related to the second question that Congress directed DOE to consider—whether ‘‘the exemptions for certain incandescent lamps should be maintained or discontinued.’’ (42 U.S.C. 6295(i)(6)(A)(i)(II)); see also 81 FR 71798. The relevant ‘‘exemptions,’’ DOE explained, referred to the 22 categories of incandescent lamps that are statutorily excluded from the definitions of GSIL and GSL. 81 FR 71798. On January 19, 2017, DOE published the two final rules concerning the definition of GSL. 82 FR 7276; 82 FR 7322. The January 2017 definition final rules amended the definitions of GSIL and GSL by bringing some of the statutorily-excluded categories of lamps within the definitions of GSIL and GSL. Like the October 2016 NOPDDA, the January 2017 definition final rules related to the second question that Congress directed DOE to consider, regarding whether to maintain or discontinue certain ‘‘exemptions.’’ (42 U.S.C. 6295(i)(6)(A)(i)(II)) The January 2017 definition final rules did not make a determination regarding ‘‘whether [DOE] should impose or amend standards for any category of lamps, such as GSILs or GSLs.’’ 82 FR 7277. Thus, by its own statement, DOE has not yet made a determination on whether standards applicable to GSILs should be amended, as required by statute. (42 U.S.C. 6295(i)(6)(A)(i)(I)) II. Data DOE has gathered preliminary data for GSILs and other incandescent lamps— both incandescent lamps specifically exempt from the currently effective definition of GSIL and incandescent lamps not included in the GSIL definition. The following paragraphs describe the data sources and methods used to estimate annual sales for these products. General service incandescent lamp means a standard incandescent or halogen type lamp that is intended for general service applications; has a medium screw base; has a lumen range of not less than 310 lumens and not more than 2,600 lumens or, in the case of a modified spectrum lamp, not less than 232 lumens and not more than 1,950 lumens; and is capable of being operated at a voltage range at least partially within 110 and 130 volts. 10 CFR 430.2. As mentioned above, as a result of the previously effective Appropriations Rider, DOE was unable to undertake any analysis regarding GSILs when considering amended energy conservation standards for general service lamps. Therefore the January 2017 definition final rules, March 2016 NOPR, and previous rulemaking documents for general service lamps did not contain shipment data for GSILs. In reviewing existing data sources, the 2010 U.S. Lighting Market Characterization 4 (LMC) report estimated an installed stock of 2.1 billion general service A-type incandescent and general service halogen lamps in 2010. DOE has used estimates of shipments of traditional and halogen incandescent A-type lamps to the U.S. market in 2010, developed by the Cadeo Group 5, and the corresponding lamp shipments indices published periodically by NEMA 6 to generate an estimate for the sales of GSILs from 2011 to 2015 (shown in Table II.1). TABLE II.1—ESTIMATE OF ANNUAL SALES OF GSILS Estimated annual sales Incandescent lamp category 2011 GSILs * ................................................................................. 2012 2013 2014 2015 737,000,000 634,000,000 626,000,000 499,000,000 441,000,000 * Estimated annual sales of GSILs are based on the NEMA lamp A-line lamps in 2010, developed by the Cadeo Group.5 indices 6 and estimates of shipments of traditional and halogen incandescent mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSALS The currently effective GSIL definition does not include 22 specific incandescent lamp categories. In the October 2016 NOPDDA, DOE presented estimates for the annual shipments of each incandescent lamp type exempt from the definition of GSIL. 81 FR 71794, 71799 (October 18, 2016). DOE asked for and received comments on these numbers and provided revised estimates in the January 2017 definition final rules. 82 FR 7276, 7291 (January 2 Section 312 of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2016 (Pub. L. 114– 113, 129 Stat. 2419) prohibits expenditure of funds appropriated by that law to implement or enforce: (1) 10 CFR 430.32(x), which includes maximum wattage and minimum rated lifetime requirements for GSILs; and (2) standards set forth in section 325(i)(1)(B) of EPCA (42 U.S.C. 6295(i)(1)(B)), which sets minimum lamp efficiency ratings for incandescent reflector lamps. 3 See, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 (Pub. L. 115–31, div. D, tit. III). 4 Navigant Consulting, Inc. Final Report: 2010 U.S. Lighting Market Characterization. 2012. U.S. Department of Energy. (Last accessed July 31, 2017.) http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/ publications/pdfs/ssl/2010-lmc-final-jan-2012.pdf. 5 Carmichael, R. GSL Shipments and Lumen Bin Distribution Data. Cadeo Group. Contract 7094760– T2D: Washington, DC 6 National Electrical Manufacturers Association. Lamp Indices. (Last accessed August 1, 2017.) http://www.nema.org/Intelligence/Pages/LampIndices.aspx. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:14 Aug 14, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\15AUP1.SGM 15AUP1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 156 / Tuesday, August 15, 2017 / Proposed Rules 19, 2017) and 82 FR 7322, 7327 (January 19, 2017). In their comment on the October 2016 NOPDDA, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) noted that it collected data from certain of its members that manufacture specialty incandescent lamps and provided historical data for those products when possible. NEMA stated that sales and shipments of specialty incandescent lamps are declining, as indicated by the data provided and the confirmation of the trend by its members. (NEMA, No. 93 at pp. 9–10) 7 Shipments estimates for reflector lamps exempt from the currently effective definition of GSIL have been updated based on the stock of traditional and halogen incandescent reflector lamps in the 2010 LMC report 4, estimates of the average service lifetime for such lamps, and projections 38615 of solid state lighting (SSL) adoption from DOE’s SSL program 8, as detailed in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) report ‘‘Impact of the EISA 2007 Energy Efficiency Standard on General Service Lamps’’ 9 (LBNL GSL report). Table II.2 summarizes the annual and historical sales estimates for incandescent lamps exempt from the currently effective definition of GSIL. TABLE II.2—ESTIMATE OF ANNUAL SALES OF INCANDESCENT LAMPS EXEMPT FROM THE CURRENTLY EFFECTIVE DEFINITION OF GSIL Estimated annual sales GSIL exempted lamp category 2011 Appliance Lamp ................................................................... Black Light Lamp ................................................................. Bug Lamp ............................................................................. Colored Lamp ...................................................................... Infrared Lamp ....................................................................... Left-Hand Thread Lamp ....................................................... Marine Lamp ........................................................................ Marine Signal Service Lamp ................................................ Mine Service Lamp .............................................................. Plant Light Lamp .................................................................. Reflector Lamp * ................................................................... Rough Service Lamp ** ........................................................ Shatter-Resistant Lamp ** .................................................... Sign Service Lamp ............................................................... Silver Bowl Lamp ................................................................. Showcase Lamp .................................................................. 3-way Incandescent Lamp ** ............................................... Traffic Signal Lamp *** ......................................................... Vibration Service Lamp ** .................................................... G shape Lamp with diameter of 5 inches or more *** ......... T shape lamp of 40 W or less or length of 10 inches or more *** ............................................................................. B, BA, CA, F, G16–1/2, G25, G30, S, M–14 lamp of 40 W or less *** .......................................................................... 2012 2013 2014 2015 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 308,000,000 6,829,000 1,210,000 N/A N/A N/A 31,619,000 N/A 914,000 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 312,000,000 6,045,000 1,455,000 N/A N/A N/A 28,854,000 496,686 1,077,000 1,361,735 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 315,000,000 6,237,000 1,093,000 N/A N/A N/A 34,773,000 408,764 1,407,000 1,010,423 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 319,000,000 7,267,000 1,042,000 N/A N/A N/A 35,340,000 277,020 5,220,000 938,600 ∼2,000,000 <1,000,000 <1,000,000 <2,000,000 <1,000,000 <1,000,000 <1,000,000 <1,000,000 <1,000,000 <1,000,000 316,000,000 10,914,000 689,000 ∼1,000,000 ∼1,000,000 <1,000,000 32,665,000 168,178 7,071,000 859,867 N/A 11,168,553 11,507,467 10,529,062 9,750,395 N/A 104,288,216 98,240,738 78,742,710 71,702,637 report,4 mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSALS * These shipments were estimated based on stock estimates from the 2010 LMC lamp lifetime estimates, and projections from DOE’s SSL program,8 as detailed in the LBNL GSL report.9 ** EPCA directs DOE to collect unit sales data for calendar years 2010 through 2025, in consultation with NEMA, for rough service lamps, vibration service lamps, 3-way incandescent lamps, 2,601–3,300 lumen general service incandescent lamps, and shatter-resistant lamps. (42 U.S.C. 6295(l)(4)(C)) This data is available at http://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EERE-2011-BT-NOA-0013. *** These shipments were provided by NEMA in a comment on the October 2016 NOPDDA. (NEMA, No. 93 at pp. 17–19, 30). In addition to GSILs and incandescent lamps specifically exempt from the definition of GSIL, there are several other categories of incandescent lamps. The definition of GSIL includes only lamps with medium screw bases, within a specific lumen range, and that can be operated at a voltage at least partially within 110 and 130 volts—leaving many other incandescent lamp categories unaddressed (e.g., incandescent lamps with lumen outputs greater than the 2,600 lumen upper limit specified in the GSIL definition; incandescent lamps with other base types, such as candelabra bases; and incandescent lamps that operate at other voltages, such as 12 volts). DOE has data for certain incandescent lamps that do not meet the parameters of the GSIL definition. In consultation with NEMA, DOE has collected annual sales data for certain higher lumen lamps (>2,600 lumen to 3,300 lumen lamps). However, for the remaining incandescent lamp categories, again due to the previously applicable Appropriations Rider, the January 2017 definition final rules, March 2016 NOPR, and previous rulemaking documents for general service lamps did not contain shipment data. In reviewing existing data sources, DOE has estimated shipments for small-screwbase lamps (i.e., lamps with a screw base smaller than medium, such as candelabra base, intermediate base or mini-candelabra base lamps) and for multifaceted reflector (MR) lamps that 7 A notation in this form provides a reference for information that is in the docket of DOE’s rulemaking to develop energy conservation standards for GSLs (Docket No. EERE–2013–BT– STD–0051), which is maintained at http:// www.regulations.gov. This notation indicates that the statement preceding the reference was made by NEMA, is from document number 93 in the docket, and appears at pages 9–10 of that document. 8 Navigant Consulting, Inc. Energy Savings Forecast of Solid-State Lighting in General Illumination Applications. 2014. U.S. Department of Energy. (Last accessed August 2, 2017.) https:// energy.gov/eere/ssl/downloads/energy-savingsforecast-solid-state-lighting-general-illuminationapplications. 9 Kantner, C.L.S., A.L. Alstone, M. Ganeshalingam, B.F. Gerke, and R. Hosbach. Impact of the EISA 2007 Energy Efficiency Standard on General Service Lamps. 2017. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: Berkeley, CA. Report No. LBNL–1007090 REV. (Last accessed August 2, 2017.) https://eta.lbl.gov/sites/default/files/ publications/lbnl-1007090-rev.pdf. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:14 Aug 14, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\15AUP1.SGM 15AUP1 38616 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 156 / Tuesday, August 15, 2017 / Proposed Rules typically have a bi-pin or twist and lock base. DOE has estimated shipments of these lamps from 2011 to 2015 (shown in Table II.3) based on regional socket surveys, lamp lifetime estimates, and projections from DOE’s SSL program,8 as detailed in the LBNL GSL report.9 TABLE II.3—ESTIMATE OF ANNUAL SALES OF OTHER INCANDESCENT LAMPS Estimated annual sales Incandescent lamp category 2011 Higher Lumen Incandescent Lamps (>2,600–3,300 lumens) * ........................................................................... Small-Screw-Base Lamps (e.g., candelabra base lamps) ** MR lamps ** ......................................................................... 2012 9,878,000 201,000,000 48,700,000 12,273,000 203,000,000 49,300,000 2013 2014 9,296,000 205,000,000 49,800,000 5,232,000 208,000,000 50,400,000 2015 4,049,000 209,000,000 49,700,000 mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with PROPOSALS * EPCA directs DOE to collect unit sales data for calendar years 2010 through 2025, in consultation with NEMA, for rough service lamps, vibration service lamps, 3-way incandescent lamps, 2,601–3,300 lumen general service incandescent lamps, and shatter-resistant lamps. (42 U.S.C. 6295(l)(4)(C)) This data is available at http://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EERE-2011-BT-NOA-0013. ** These shipments were estimated based on regional socket surveys, lamp lifetime estimates, and projections from DOE’s SSL program,8 as detailed in the LBNL GSL report.9 DOE requests comment on the estimates contained in this notice as well as relevant lamp sales and market data to assist in its determination of whether standards in effect for GSILs and/or other incandescent lamps should be amended. In particular, the data in Table II.3 represents lamp categories that contain lamps with many different features. For example, the small-screwbase lamp category includes lamps with candelabra bases, intermediate bases, and other different base types. These lamps also have a variety of bulb shapes, such as candle, bullet, flame, etc. Further, some lamp categories may not be specifically listed in the tables above, such as pin base, non-reflector halogen lamps. To better understand the diversity of products in the incandescent lamp market, DOE requests information regarding the breakdown of sales by base type, bulb shape, lumen output, and voltage for all incandescent lamps. DOE also requests information regarding the energy use and end-user cost of incandescent lamps. Specifically, DOE seeks information regarding the percent of each lamp category (based on the breakdown by base type, bulb shape, lumen output, and voltage mentioned in the previous paragraph) that utilizes standard technology versus more efficient halogen technology. DOE requests the average wattage, efficacy, lifetime, and operating hours in each lamp category for the standard technology product and more efficient version, if one is offered. In a comment on the December 2014 preliminary analysis for general service lamps, NEMA indicated that lamps using incandescent/halogen technology have low initial cost. (NEMA, No. 34 at pp. 12–13) DOE requests information on the distribution channels for incandescent lamps and particularly on whether first cost varies among incandescent lamp VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:14 Aug 14, 2017 Jkt 241001 categories or between a standard technology and halogen technology product. DOE also requests information on future shipments and market trends. As shown in the previous tables, while sales for certain lamp categories are increasing or staying relatively flat, sales for other categories have decreased. DOE requests information regarding factors influencing these trends and whether they are expected to continue in the future. In particular, for categories for which sales are decreasing, DOE requests information regarding what products consumers are purchasing as replacements. As DOE believes the demand for light is not significantly decreasing, DOE expects a decrease in sales for incandescent/halogen products to represent a shift in purchases to products using fluorescent and/or LED technology. DOE also request data and information on consumer lamp purchasing decisions and how these decisions have changed over time when certain products have become less available or more costly. DOE seeks comment on the potential for lamp switching and whether more efficacious substitutes exists for all GSILs and other incandescent lamps. Finally, DOE is aware that all incandescent lamps may not be used in general lighting applications. DOE seeks information on whether specific categories of incandescent lamps have features that constrain their use to unique applications and whether more efficient products can be adequate replacements in those applications. Now that the Appropriations Rider has been removed, DOE will collect and use this information to analyze standards for GSILs, and undertake its responsibility to determine if standards in effect for GSILs should be amended. Further, because DOE had previously been prohibited from collecting data PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 with respect to GSILs, any data received in response to this NODA could result in a reassessment of the assumptions and determinations made in the January 2017 definition final rules. III. Conclusion The purpose of this NODA is to collect data for GSILs and other incandescent lamps in order to assist DOE in making a determination regarding whether standards for GSILs should be amended. IV. Submission of Comments DOE invites all interested parties to submit in writing by October 16, 2017, comments, data, and information on all aspects of this NODA. Submitting comments via regulations.gov. 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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. 82, No. 156 / Tuesday, August 15, 2017 / 
Proposed Rules

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office

10 CFR Part 430

[EERE-2017-BT-NOA-0052]


Energy Conservation Program: General Service Incandescent Lamps 
and Other Incandescent Lamps Request for Data

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

ACTION: Notification of data availability (NODA); request for 
information (RFI).

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) seeks annual domestic 
sales and shipment data for general service incandescent lamps (GSILs) 
and other incandescent lamps. DOE intends to use this sales data from 
stakeholders to inform its decision on whether to amend standards for 
GSILs.

DATES: DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this 
NODA received no later than October 16, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments, data 
and information using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. 
Alternatively, interested persons may submit comments, identified by 
docket number EERE-2017-BT-NOA-0052, by any of the following methods:
    1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow 
the instructions for submitting comments.
    2. Email: GSIL2017NOA0052@ee.doe.gov. Include the docket number in 
the subject line of the message.
    3. Postal Mail: Appliance and Equipment Standards Program, U.S. 
Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, Mailstop EE-5B, 
1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. Telephone: 
(202) 287-1445. If possible, please submit all items on a compact disc 
(CD), in which case it is not necessary to include printed copies.
    4. Hand Delivery/Courier: Appliance and Equipment Standards 
Program, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, 950 
L'Enfant Plaza SW., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20024. Telephone: (202) 
287-1445. If possible, please submit all items on a CD, in which case 
it is not necessary to include printed copies.
    For detailed instructions on submitting comments and additional 
information on the NODA, see section IV, Submission of Comments.
    Docket: The docket, which includes Federal Register notices, and 
other supporting documents/materials, is available for review at http://www.regulations.gov. All documents in the docket are listed in the 
http://www.regulations.gov index. However, some documents listed in the 
index, such as those containing information that is exempt from public 
disclosure, may not be publicly available.
    The docket Web page can be found at http://www.regulations.gov. The 
docket Web page will contain simple instructions on how to access all 
documents, including public comments, in the docket. See section IV for 
information on how to submit comments through http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 
Ms. Lucy deButts, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy 
Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies, EE-2J, 1000 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. Telephone: (202) 
287-1604. Email: ApplianceStandardsQuestions@ee.doe.gov.
Ms. Celia Sher, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General 
Counsel, GC-33, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-
0121. Telephone: (202) 287-6122. Email: Celia.Sher@hq.doe.gov.

    For further information on how to submit a comment or review other 
public comments and the docket, contact the Appliance and Equipment 
Standards Program staff at (202) 287-1445 or by email: 
ApplianceStandardsQuestions@ee.doe.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Table of Contents

I. Background
II. Data
III. Conclusion
IV. Submission of Comments

I. Background

    Amendments to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 
(EPCA),\1\ Public Law 94-163 (42 U.S.C. 6291-6317, as codified), in the 
Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007) direct DOE to 
conduct two rulemaking cycles to evaluate energy conservation standards 
for general service lamps (GSLs). (42 U.S.C. 6295(i)(6)(A)-(B)) GSLs 
are defined in EPCA to include GSILs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), 
general service light-emitting diode (LED) and organic light-emitting 
diode (OLED) lamps, and any other lamps that the Secretary of Energy 
(Secretary) determines are used to satisfy lighting applications 
traditionally served by general service incandescent lamps.
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    \1\ All references to EPCA refer to the statute as amended 
through the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015, Public Law 
114-11 (April 30, 2015).
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    For the first rulemaking cycle, Congress instructed DOE to initiate 
a rulemaking process prior to January 1, 2014, to consider two 
questions: (1) Whether to amend energy conservation standards for 
general service lamps and (2) whether ``the exemptions for certain 
incandescent lamps should be maintained or discontinued.'' (42 U.S.C. 
6295(i)(6)(A)(i)) Further, if the Secretary determines that the 
standards in effect for GSILs should be amended, EPCA provides that a 
final rule must be published by January 1, 2017, with a compliance date 
at least 3 years after the date on which the final rule is published. 
(42 U.S.C. 6295(i)(6)(A)(iii)) In developing such a rule, DOE must 
consider a minimum efficacy standard of 45 lumens per watt (lm/W). (42 
U.S.C. 6295(i)(6)(A)(ii)) If DOE fails to complete a rulemaking in 
accordance with 42 U.S.C. 6295(i)(6)(A)(i)-(iv) or a final rule from 
the first rulemaking cycle does not produce savings greater than or 
equal to the savings from a minimum efficacy standard of 45 lm/W, the 
statute provides a ``backstop'' under which DOE must prohibit sales of 
GSLs that do not meet a minimum 45 lm/W standard beginning on January 
1, 2020. (42 U.S.C. 6295(i)(6)(A)(v))

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    DOE initiated the rulemaking process in a timely manner by 
publishing in the Federal Register a notice of availability of a 
framework document. 78 FR 73737 (Dec. 9, 2013); see also 79 FR 73503 
(Dec. 11, 2014) (notice of availability of preliminary analysis). DOE 
later issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to propose amended 
energy conservation standards for GSLs. 81 FR 14528, 14629-14630 (Mar. 
17, 2016). The March 2016 NOPR focused on the first question that 
Congress directed DOE to consider--whether to amend energy conservation 
standards for general service lamps. (42 U.S.C. 6295(i)(6)(A)(i)(I)) In 
the March 2016 NOPR proposing energy conservation standards for GSLs, 
DOE stated that it would be unable to undertake any analysis regarding 
GSILs and other incandescent lamps because of a then applicable 
congressional restriction (the Appropriations Rider \2\) on the use of 
appropriated funds to implement or enforce 10 CFR 430.32(x). 81 FR 
14528, 14540-14541. Notably, the applicability of this Appropriations 
Rider has not been extended in the current appropriations statute, and 
thus is no longer in effect.\3\ As a result, DOE is no longer prevented 
from undertaking analysis and decision making required by the first 
question presented by Congress, i.e., whether to amend energy 
conservation standards for general service lamps, including GSILs.
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    \2\ Section 312 of the Consolidated and Further Continuing 
Appropriations Act, 2016 (Pub. L. 114-113, 129 Stat. 2419) prohibits 
expenditure of funds appropriated by that law to implement or 
enforce: (1) 10 CFR 430.32(x), which includes maximum wattage and 
minimum rated lifetime requirements for GSILs; and (2) standards set 
forth in section 325(i)(1)(B) of EPCA (42 U.S.C. 6295(i)(1)(B)), 
which sets minimum lamp efficiency ratings for incandescent 
reflector lamps.
    \3\ See, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 (Pub. L. 
115-31, div. D, tit. III).
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    In response to comments to the March 2016 NOPR, DOE conducted 
additional research and published a notice of proposed definition and 
data availability (NOPDDA), which proposed to amend the definitions of 
GSIL and GSL. 81 FR 71794, 71815 (Oct. 18, 2016). DOE explained that 
the October 2016 NOPDDA related to the second question that Congress 
directed DOE to consider--whether ``the exemptions for certain 
incandescent lamps should be maintained or discontinued.'' (42 U.S.C. 
6295(i)(6)(A)(i)(II)); see also 81 FR 71798. The relevant 
``exemptions,'' DOE explained, referred to the 22 categories of 
incandescent lamps that are statutorily excluded from the definitions 
of GSIL and GSL. 81 FR 71798.
    On January 19, 2017, DOE published the two final rules concerning 
the definition of GSL. 82 FR 7276; 82 FR 7322. The January 2017 
definition final rules amended the definitions of GSIL and GSL by 
bringing some of the statutorily-excluded categories of lamps within 
the definitions of GSIL and GSL. Like the October 2016 NOPDDA, the 
January 2017 definition final rules related to the second question that 
Congress directed DOE to consider, regarding whether to maintain or 
discontinue certain ``exemptions.'' (42 U.S.C. 6295(i)(6)(A)(i)(II))
    The January 2017 definition final rules did not make a 
determination regarding ``whether [DOE] should impose or amend 
standards for any category of lamps, such as GSILs or GSLs.'' 82 FR 
7277. Thus, by its own statement, DOE has not yet made a determination 
on whether standards applicable to GSILs should be amended, as required 
by statute. (42 U.S.C. 6295(i)(6)(A)(i)(I))

II. Data

    DOE has gathered preliminary data for GSILs and other incandescent 
lamps--both incandescent lamps specifically exempt from the currently 
effective definition of GSIL and incandescent lamps not included in the 
GSIL definition. The following paragraphs describe the data sources and 
methods used to estimate annual sales for these products.
    General service incandescent lamp means a standard incandescent or 
halogen type lamp that is intended for general service applications; 
has a medium screw base; has a lumen range of not less than 310 lumens 
and not more than 2,600 lumens or, in the case of a modified spectrum 
lamp, not less than 232 lumens and not more than 1,950 lumens; and is 
capable of being operated at a voltage range at least partially within 
110 and 130 volts. 10 CFR 430.2. As mentioned above, as a result of the 
previously effective Appropriations Rider, DOE was unable to undertake 
any analysis regarding GSILs when considering amended energy 
conservation standards for general service lamps. Therefore the January 
2017 definition final rules, March 2016 NOPR, and previous rulemaking 
documents for general service lamps did not contain shipment data for 
GSILs. In reviewing existing data sources, the 2010 U.S. Lighting 
Market Characterization \4\ (LMC) report estimated an installed stock 
of 2.1 billion general service A-type incandescent and general service 
halogen lamps in 2010. DOE has used estimates of shipments of 
traditional and halogen incandescent A-type lamps to the U.S. market in 
2010, developed by the Cadeo Group \5\, and the corresponding lamp 
shipments indices published periodically by NEMA \6\ to generate an 
estimate for the sales of GSILs from 2011 to 2015 (shown in Table 
II.1).
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    \4\ Navigant Consulting, Inc. Final Report: 2010 U.S. Lighting 
Market Characterization. 2012. U.S. Department of Energy. (Last 
accessed July 31, 2017.) http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/publications/pdfs/ssl/2010-lmc-final-jan-2012.pdf.
    \5\ Carmichael, R. GSL Shipments and Lumen Bin Distribution 
Data. Cadeo Group. Contract 7094760-T2D: Washington, DC
    \6\ National Electrical Manufacturers Association. Lamp Indices. 
(Last accessed August 1, 2017.) http://www.nema.org/Intelligence/Pages/Lamp-Indices.aspx.

                                                      Table II.1--Estimate of Annual Sales of GSILs
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GSILs *............................................................     737,000,000      634,000,000      626,000,000      499,000,000      441,000,000
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* Estimated annual sales of GSILs are based on the NEMA lamp indices \6\ and estimates of shipments of traditional and halogen incandescent A-line lamps
  in 2010, developed by the Cadeo Group.\5\

    The currently effective GSIL definition does not include 22 
specific incandescent lamp categories. In the October 2016 NOPDDA, DOE 
presented estimates for the annual shipments of each incandescent lamp 
type exempt from the definition of GSIL. 81 FR 71794, 71799 (October 
18, 2016). DOE asked for and received comments on these numbers and 
provided revised estimates in the January 2017 definition final rules. 
82 FR 7276, 7291 (January

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19, 2017) and 82 FR 7322, 7327 (January 19, 2017). In their comment on 
the October 2016 NOPDDA, the National Electrical Manufacturers 
Association (NEMA) noted that it collected data from certain of its 
members that manufacture specialty incandescent lamps and provided 
historical data for those products when possible. NEMA stated that 
sales and shipments of specialty incandescent lamps are declining, as 
indicated by the data provided and the confirmation of the trend by its 
members. (NEMA, No. 93 at pp. 9-10) \7\ Shipments estimates for 
reflector lamps exempt from the currently effective definition of GSIL 
have been updated based on the stock of traditional and halogen 
incandescent reflector lamps in the 2010 LMC report \4\, estimates of 
the average service lifetime for such lamps, and projections of solid 
state lighting (SSL) adoption from DOE's SSL program \8\, as detailed 
in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) report ``Impact of 
the EISA 2007 Energy Efficiency Standard on General Service Lamps'' \9\ 
(LBNL GSL report). Table II.2 summarizes the annual and historical 
sales estimates for incandescent lamps exempt from the currently 
effective definition of GSIL.
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    \7\ A notation in this form provides a reference for information 
that is in the docket of DOE's rulemaking to develop energy 
conservation standards for GSLs (Docket No. EERE-2013-BT- STD-0051), 
which is maintained at http://www.regulations.gov. This notation 
indicates that the statement preceding the reference was made by 
NEMA, is from document number 93 in the docket, and appears at pages 
9-10 of that document.
    \8\ Navigant Consulting, Inc. Energy Savings Forecast of Solid-
State Lighting in General Illumination Applications. 2014. U.S. 
Department of Energy. (Last accessed August 2, 2017.) https://energy.gov/eere/ssl/downloads/energy-savings-forecast-solid-state-lighting-general-illumination-applications.
    \9\ Kantner, C.L.S., A.L. Alstone, M. Ganeshalingam, B.F. Gerke, 
and R. Hosbach. Impact of the EISA 2007 Energy Efficiency Standard 
on General Service Lamps. 2017. Lawrence Berkeley National 
Laboratory: Berkeley, CA. Report No. LBNL-1007090 REV. (Last 
accessed August 2, 2017.) https://eta.lbl.gov/sites/default/files/publications/lbnl-1007090-rev.pdf.

  Table II.2--Estimate of Annual Sales of Incandescent Lamps Exempt From the Currently Effective Definition of
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                                                              Estimated annual sales
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Appliance Lamp..................             N/A             N/A             N/A             N/A      ~2,000,000
Black Light Lamp................             N/A             N/A             N/A             N/A      <1,000,000
Bug Lamp........................             N/A             N/A             N/A             N/A      <1,000,000
Colored Lamp....................             N/A             N/A             N/A             N/A      <2,000,000
Infrared Lamp...................             N/A             N/A             N/A             N/A      <1,000,000
Left-Hand Thread Lamp...........             N/A             N/A             N/A             N/A      <1,000,000
Marine Lamp.....................             N/A             N/A             N/A             N/A      <1,000,000
Marine Signal Service Lamp......             N/A             N/A             N/A             N/A      <1,000,000
Mine Service Lamp...............             N/A             N/A             N/A             N/A      <1,000,000
Plant Light Lamp................             N/A             N/A             N/A             N/A      <1,000,000
Reflector Lamp *................     308,000,000     312,000,000     315,000,000     319,000,000     316,000,000
Rough Service Lamp **...........       6,829,000       6,045,000       6,237,000       7,267,000      10,914,000
Shatter-Resistant Lamp **.......       1,210,000       1,455,000       1,093,000       1,042,000         689,000
Sign Service Lamp...............             N/A             N/A             N/A             N/A      ~1,000,000
Silver Bowl Lamp................             N/A             N/A             N/A             N/A      ~1,000,000
Showcase Lamp...................             N/A             N/A             N/A             N/A      <1,000,000
3-way Incandescent Lamp **......      31,619,000      28,854,000      34,773,000      35,340,000      32,665,000
Traffic Signal Lamp ***.........             N/A         496,686         408,764         277,020         168,178
Vibration Service Lamp **.......         914,000       1,077,000       1,407,000       5,220,000       7,071,000
G shape Lamp with diameter of 5              N/A       1,361,735       1,010,423         938,600         859,867
 inches or more ***.............
T shape lamp of 40 W or less or              N/A      11,168,553      11,507,467      10,529,062       9,750,395
 length of 10 inches or more ***
B, BA, CA, F, G16-1/2, G25, G30,             N/A     104,288,216      98,240,738      78,742,710      71,702,637
 S, M-14 lamp of 40 W or less
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* These shipments were estimated based on stock estimates from the 2010 LMC report,\4\ lamp lifetime estimates,
  and projections from DOE's SSL program,\8\ as detailed in the LBNL GSL report.\9\
** EPCA directs DOE to collect unit sales data for calendar years 2010 through 2025, in consultation with NEMA,
  for rough service lamps, vibration service lamps, 3-way incandescent lamps, 2,601-3,300 lumen general service
  incandescent lamps, and shatter-resistant lamps. (42 U.S.C. 6295(l)(4)(C)) This data is available at http://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EERE-2011-BT-NOA-0013.
*** These shipments were provided by NEMA in a comment on the October 2016 NOPDDA. (NEMA, No. 93 at pp. 17-19,
  30).

    In addition to GSILs and incandescent lamps specifically exempt 
from the definition of GSIL, there are several other categories of 
incandescent lamps. The definition of GSIL includes only lamps with 
medium screw bases, within a specific lumen range, and that can be 
operated at a voltage at least partially within 110 and 130 volts--
leaving many other incandescent lamp categories unaddressed (e.g., 
incandescent lamps with lumen outputs greater than the 2,600 lumen 
upper limit specified in the GSIL definition; incandescent lamps with 
other base types, such as candelabra bases; and incandescent lamps that 
operate at other voltages, such as 12 volts).
    DOE has data for certain incandescent lamps that do not meet the 
parameters of the GSIL definition. In consultation with NEMA, DOE has 
collected annual sales data for certain higher lumen lamps (>2,600 
lumen to 3,300 lumen lamps). However, for the remaining incandescent 
lamp categories, again due to the previously applicable Appropriations 
Rider, the January 2017 definition final rules, March 2016 NOPR, and 
previous rulemaking documents for general service lamps did not contain 
shipment data. In reviewing existing data sources, DOE has estimated 
shipments for small-screw-base lamps (i.e., lamps with a screw base 
smaller than medium, such as candelabra base, intermediate base or 
mini-candelabra base lamps) and for multifaceted reflector (MR) lamps 
that

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typically have a bi-pin or twist and lock base. DOE has estimated 
shipments of these lamps from 2011 to 2015 (shown in Table II.3) based 
on regional socket surveys, lamp lifetime estimates, and projections 
from DOE's SSL program,\8\ as detailed in the LBNL GSL report.\9\

                        Table II.3--Estimate of Annual Sales of Other Incandescent Lamps
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Higher Lumen Incandescent Lamps        9,878,000      12,273,000       9,296,000       5,232,000       4,049,000
 (>2,600-3,300 lumens) *........
Small-Screw-Base Lamps (e.g.,        201,000,000     203,000,000     205,000,000     208,000,000     209,000,000
 candelabra base lamps) **......
MR lamps **.....................      48,700,000      49,300,000      49,800,000      50,400,000      49,700,000
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* EPCA directs DOE to collect unit sales data for calendar years 2010 through 2025, in consultation with NEMA,
  for rough service lamps, vibration service lamps, 3-way incandescent lamps, 2,601-3,300 lumen general service
  incandescent lamps, and shatter-resistant lamps. (42 U.S.C. 6295(l)(4)(C)) This data is available at http://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EERE-2011-BT-NOA-0013.
** These shipments were estimated based on regional socket surveys, lamp lifetime estimates, and projections
  from DOE's SSL program,\8\ as detailed in the LBNL GSL report.\9\

    DOE requests comment on the estimates contained in this notice as 
well as relevant lamp sales and market data to assist in its 
determination of whether standards in effect for GSILs and/or other 
incandescent lamps should be amended. In particular, the data in Table 
II.3 represents lamp categories that contain lamps with many different 
features. For example, the small-screw-base lamp category includes 
lamps with candelabra bases, intermediate bases, and other different 
base types. These lamps also have a variety of bulb shapes, such as 
candle, bullet, flame, etc. Further, some lamp categories may not be 
specifically listed in the tables above, such as pin base, non-
reflector halogen lamps. To better understand the diversity of products 
in the incandescent lamp market, DOE requests information regarding the 
breakdown of sales by base type, bulb shape, lumen output, and voltage 
for all incandescent lamps.
    DOE also requests information regarding the energy use and end-user 
cost of incandescent lamps. Specifically, DOE seeks information 
regarding the percent of each lamp category (based on the breakdown by 
base type, bulb shape, lumen output, and voltage mentioned in the 
previous paragraph) that utilizes standard technology versus more 
efficient halogen technology. DOE requests the average wattage, 
efficacy, lifetime, and operating hours in each lamp category for the 
standard technology product and more efficient version, if one is 
offered. In a comment on the December 2014 preliminary analysis for 
general service lamps, NEMA indicated that lamps using incandescent/
halogen technology have low initial cost. (NEMA, No. 34 at pp. 12-13) 
DOE requests information on the distribution channels for incandescent 
lamps and particularly on whether first cost varies among incandescent 
lamp categories or between a standard technology and halogen technology 
product.
    DOE also requests information on future shipments and market 
trends. As shown in the previous tables, while sales for certain lamp 
categories are increasing or staying relatively flat, sales for other 
categories have decreased. DOE requests information regarding factors 
influencing these trends and whether they are expected to continue in 
the future. In particular, for categories for which sales are 
decreasing, DOE requests information regarding what products consumers 
are purchasing as replacements. As DOE believes the demand for light is 
not significantly decreasing, DOE expects a decrease in sales for 
incandescent/halogen products to represent a shift in purchases to 
products using fluorescent and/or LED technology. DOE also request data 
and information on consumer lamp purchasing decisions and how these 
decisions have changed over time when certain products have become less 
available or more costly. DOE seeks comment on the potential for lamp 
switching and whether more efficacious substitutes exists for all GSILs 
and other incandescent lamps. Finally, DOE is aware that all 
incandescent lamps may not be used in general lighting applications. 
DOE seeks information on whether specific categories of incandescent 
lamps have features that constrain their use to unique applications and 
whether more efficient products can be adequate replacements in those 
applications.
    Now that the Appropriations Rider has been removed, DOE will 
collect and use this information to analyze standards for GSILs, and 
undertake its responsibility to determine if standards in effect for 
GSILs should be amended. Further, because DOE had previously been 
prohibited from collecting data with respect to GSILs, any data 
received in response to this NODA could result in a reassessment of the 
assumptions and determinations made in the January 2017 definition 
final rules.

III. Conclusion

    The purpose of this NODA is to collect data for GSILs and other 
incandescent lamps in order to assist DOE in making a determination 
regarding whether standards for GSILs should be amended.

IV. Submission of Comments

    DOE invites all interested parties to submit in writing by October 
16, 2017, comments, data, and information on all aspects of this NODA.
    Submitting comments via regulations.gov. The http://www.regulations.gov Web page will require you to provide your name and 
contact information. Your contact information will be viewable to DOE 
Building Technologies staff only. Your contact information will not be 
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DOE will use this information to contact you. If DOE cannot read your 
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include it in the comment or in any documents attached to your comment. 
Any information that you do not want to be publicly viewable should not 
be included in your comment, nor in any document attached to your 
comment. Persons viewing comments will see only first and last names, 
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comments, and any documents submitted with the comments.
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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 which 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).

    Issued in Washington, DC, on August 8, 2017.
Steven Chalk,
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Energy 
Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
[FR Doc. 2017-17212 Filed 8-14-17; 8:45 am]
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