Energy Labeling Rule, 7593-7608 [2018-03665]

Download as PDF 7593 Rules and Regulations Federal Register Vol. 83, No. 36 Thursday, February 22, 2018 The Commission amends the Energy Labeling Rule (‘‘Rule’’) by updating ranges of comparability and unit energy cost figures on EnergyGuide labels for dishwashers, furnaces, room air conditioners, and pool heaters. The Commission also sets a compliance date of October 1, 2019 for EnergyGuide labels on room air conditioner boxes and makes several minor clarifications and corrections to the Rule. DATES: The amendments are effective May 23, 2018. ADDRESSES: Relevant portions of the record of this proceeding, including this document, are available at http:// www.ftc.gov. competing models. It also contains labeling requirements for refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, freezers, dishwashers, water heaters, clothes washers, room air conditioners, furnaces, central air conditioners, heat pumps, plumbing products, lighting products, ceiling fans, and televisions. The Rule requires manufacturers to attach yellow EnergyGuide labels to many covered products and prohibits retailers from removing these labels or rendering them illegible. In addition, it directs sellers, including retailers, to post label information on websites and in paper catalogs from which consumers can order products. EnergyGuide labels for most covered products contain three key disclosures: Estimated annual energy cost, a product’s energy consumption or energy efficiency rating as determined by DOE test procedures, and a comparability range displaying the highest and lowest energy costs or efficiency ratings for all similar models. For cost calculations, the Rule specifies national average costs for applicable energy sources (e.g., electricity, natural gas, oil) as calculated by DOE. Under the Rule, the Commission periodically updates comparability range and annual energy cost information based on manufacturer data submitted pursuant to the Rule’s reporting requirements. The Rule also sets a five-year schedule for updating comparability range and annual energy cost information.3 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: II. Proposed Amendments This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains regulatory documents having general applicability and legal effect, most of which are keyed to and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is published under 50 titles pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 1510. The Code of Federal Regulations is sold by the Superintendent of Documents. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION 16 CFR Part 305 RIN 3084–AB15 Energy Labeling Rule Federal Trade Commission (‘‘FTC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Hampton Newsome, (202) 326–2889, Attorney, Division of Enforcement, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, Room CC–9528, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20580. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES I. Background The Commission issued the Energy Labeling Rule (‘‘Rule’’) in 1979,1 pursuant to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA).2 The Rule requires energy labeling for major home appliances and other consumer products to help consumers compare 1 44 FR 66466 (Nov. 19, 1979). U.S.C. 6294. EPCA also requires the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop test procedures that measure how much energy appliances use, and to determine the representative average cost a consumer pays for different types of energy. 2 42 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:01 Feb 21, 2018 Jkt 244001 In a November 9, 2017 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), the Commission sought comment on proposed updates to the Rule’s comparability ranges and amendments to set a compliance date for EnergyGuide labels on room air conditioner boxes. The Commission received 10 comments in response.4 After reviewing the comments, the 3 16 CFR 305.10. 82 FR 52024. The comments received in response to the NPRM are here: https:// www.ftc.gov/policy/public-comments/2017/12/ initiative-730. The comments included: AirConditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) (#00006); American Public Gas Association (APGA) (#00007); National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) (#00008); Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) (#00009); Earthjustice (‘‘Joint Commenters’’) (#00010); Grear (#00011); Kremer (#00005); O’Hare (#00004); Castillo (#00003); and Chambers (#00002). 4 See PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Commission now issues final amendments addressing these issues. III. Final Amendments A. Comparability Range and Energy Cost Revisions Background: In the NPRM, the Commission proposed revisions to the comparability range and energy cost information for dishwashers, furnaces, pool heaters, and room air conditioners.5 The comparability ranges (i.e., scales) show the highest and lowest energy costs or energy efficiency ratings of models similar to the labeled product. The Commission derives these ranges from annual data submitted by manufacturers. In addition, the Commission proposed updating the average energy cost figures manufacturers must use to calculate a model’s estimated energy cost for the label based on national average cost figures published by DOE.6 The Commission also proposed amending the energy cost tables in Appendix K to clarify the cost applicable to various covered products.7 To effect these changes, the Commission proposed amending the applicable tables in the Rule’s appendices. Under the Rule (§ 305.10), manufacturers must begin using this new information on product labels within 90 days after publication of the updated tables. The Commission did not propose amending the range and cost information for EnergyGuide labels for refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers, water heaters, central air conditioners, and televisions because the Commission has recently updated label information for these products.8 The Commission explained in the NPRM that changing labels for these products so soon would unnecessarily burden manufacturers 5 16 CFR 305.10. This document also updates the sample labels in the Rule’s appendices to reflect the new range and cost information and to include the minor label content changes discussed in this document. 6 82 FR 21213 (May 5, 2017) (DOE notice for ‘‘Representative Average Unit Costs of Energy’’). 7 Applicable energy cost figures for ceiling fans, lighting products, and televisions appear in §§ 305.13 (effective September 17, 2018), 305.15, and 305.17 respectively. 8 See 81 FR 63634 (Sept. 15, 2016) (new range information for refrigerators and freezers, water heaters, and central air conditioners effective June 12, 2017); 81 FR 7201 (Feb. 11, 2016) (new ranges for clothes washers effective May 11, 2016); and 80 FR 16259 (Mar. 27, 2015) (updated ranges for televisions effective July 15, 2015). E:\FR\FM\22FER1.SGM 22FER1 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES 7594 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 36 / Thursday, February 22, 2018 / Rules and Regulations and potentially confuse consumers by introducing new label information in the marketplace.9 Comments: Though commenters generally supported the updated ranges, AHRI and O’Hare recommended minor changes. Specifically, AHRI noted that the new range for oil-fired boilers should reflect several models rated at an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) of 82.0. O’Hare suggested the upper end of the pool heater thermal efficiency range on the sample label be 96.0 to reflect the amended table in Appendix J1. In addition, several energy efficiency and consumer organizations (the ‘‘Joint Commenters’’) recommended new ranges for clothes washers. They explained that new DOE standards, which become effective in January 2018, will significantly change the lower end of the ranges for these products (for both standard and compact capacity categories) by removing many existing lower efficiency models from the market. In the Joint Commenters’ view, delay in updating the ranges will result in ranges that include products no longer manufactured, thus misleading consumers about the efficiency and operating costs of models in production. The commenters also argued that such inaccurate ranges would violate EPCA’s directive (see 42 U.S.C. 6294(c)(1)(B)) to provide range information for ‘‘covered products to which the rule applies.’’ Discussion: The Commission amends the Rule to implement the updates proposed in the NPRM and the minor changes suggested by the commenters. The Commission, however, does not update the clothes washer ranges at this time. Because the Commission updated the range data for clothes washer labels in 2016 (81 FR 7201 (Feb. 11, 2016)), it is reluctant to change the labels again after such a short interval because it would create inconsistent labels for consumers during the transition and unnecessarily burden manufacturers. However, the Commission will review new clothes washer data in light of the new DOE 2018 standards and consider whether to propose updating the ranges. The Commission does not agree with the Joint Commenters that the current ranges violate EPCA’s directive to provide range information for ‘‘covered products to which the rule applies.’’ The Commission interprets this statutory instruction, together with the directive in 42 U.S.C. 6294(c)(2)(B), as applying to general product types (i.e., categories), not to individual models. 9 The Commission followed a similar approach during the last cycle of range and cost updates. See 78 FR 1779 (Jan. 9, 2013). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:01 Feb 21, 2018 Jkt 244001 Furthermore, models frequently appear in the market that may fall outside of the Rule’s current range, and the statute contains no requirement for the Commission to update ranges continuously. Indeed, the law prohibits the Commission from updating ranges more often than annually.10 B. Room Air Conditioner Labels on Packages Background: In the NPRM, the Commission proposed a compliance date for changes to room air conditioner labels. In 2015, the Commission announced final amendments requiring labels on room air conditioner boxes and replacing the EER (‘‘Energy Efficiency Ratio’’) disclosure with CEER (‘‘Combined Energy Efficiency Ratio’’) (80 FR 67285, 67292–3 (Nov. 2, 2015)). However, to reduce burden on manufacturers that use both the U.S. and Canadian labels, the Commission delayed a compliance date announcement until Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), which administers the Canadian EnerGuide labeling program, had announced similar provisions. On December 28, 2016, NRCan published regulatory amendments providing manufacturers the option to print the EnerGuide label on packaging (Canada Gazette, Vol. 150, No. 26 (Dec. 28, 2016)) in lieu of affixing the EnerGuide label to the product. The Commission then proposed a compliance date of October 1, 2018, explaining that October coincides with the beginning of the industry’s annual production cycle (i.e., the cooling season). Comments: AHAM generally supported the change from EER to CEER, as well as the transition to labels on product boxes. However, it urged the Commission to provide additional time for this transition. Specifically, AHAM argued that the change will require manufacturers to completely redesign their packaging to accommodate the label. Accordingly, AHAM requested that the Commission set an October 1, 2019 date for the box labels. Discussion: In response to AHAM’s concerns, the Commission sets the compliance date at October 1, 2019 to provide manufacturers ample time to make the transition to box labels. As indicated in the NPRM, manufacturers generally deploy their product lines on an annual basis beginning in October of each year. According to AHAM, an October 2018 compliance date likely would not provide adequate time for making the required changes. In addition, the Commission expects a compliance date falling in the middle of 10 42 PO 00000 U.S.C. 6296(c). Frm 00002 Fmt 4700 the annual production cycle could cause significant disruption. If they so choose, manufacturers may begin using the labels on packages before the October 1, 2019 compliance date. In the meantime, they must continue to affix labels to the products themselves and provide labels online. The amendments also change the label’s efficiency disclosure from EER to CEER as proposed.11 Manufacturers should begin using CEER along with the new ranges published in this document (i.e., within 90 days of publication). C. Technical Corrections and Clarifications Background: In the NPRM, the Commission proposed several minor clarifying and corrective amendments. These included a clarification to § 305.10(c) regarding labeling for models falling outside of the current ranges, as well as corrections to §§ 305.5 (obsolete reference to LED bulb tests), 305.8 (reference to the timing of reporting requirements), 305.12 (sample label references for central air conditioners labels), and 305.16 (plumbing disclosures). Comments: Several commenters, including AHAM and NEMA, supported these minor amendments. No comments opposed them. However, AHAM requested additional clarifications. First, it recommended replacing the term ‘‘operating cost’’ with ‘‘energy cost’’ in § 305.10(c)(2) and on the sample clothes washer label in appendix L to ensure consistency with other sample labels and Rule provisions. According to AHAM, industry members have used the term ‘‘energy cost’’ on labels prepared pursuant to § 305.10 for this reason. In addition, most of the labels and applicable Rule text in § 305.11 use the term ‘‘energy cost.’’ AHAM urged the Commission to provide ample time for manufacturers to make any necessary changes. AHAM also urged the Commission to clarify the label language required for describing refrigerator-freezers that do not have through-the-door ice service. AHAM noted that the Rule’s sample label uses the phrase ‘‘no through-thedoor ice,’’ whereas the comparability range tables in appendix A state ‘‘Without Through-the-door-ice.’’ Although AHAM did not express a preference for the applicable language, it requested sufficient time for their members to change labels to avoid waste and unnecessary cost should the Commission issue a clarification. Discussion: The Commission amends the Rule to include the proposed 11 80 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\22FER1.SGM FR at 67292–3. 22FER1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 36 / Thursday, February 22, 2018 / Rules and Regulations clarifications and technical corrections, including replacing the term ‘‘operating cost’’ with ‘‘energy cost’’ in § 305.10(c)(2) and on the clothes washer label as suggested by AHAM. The Commission does not expect these corrections to create any additional burden for manufacturers because current practice appears to be consistent with most of these changes. However, to the extent that manufacturers must change existing labels, they may do so after exhausting their current label supply to avoid unnecessary costs. Should individual manufacturers have questions about revising labels, they can contact FTC staff for guidance.12 The Commission, however, declines to amend the Rule’s descriptions for refrigerator-freezers. The current Rule sets only general requirements for the content of these product descriptions at the labels top left and does not prescribe exact language that manufacturers must use.13 Accordingly, manufacturers may continue to use their present descriptions provided they are consistent with the Rule’s refrigeratorfreezer categories. The Commission may consider amending the Rule in the future to require uniform descriptors for refrigerator-freezers should stakeholders desire such a change. For now, without further notice and comment, the Commission does not change this provision of the Rule. D. Additional Issues Raised in Comments daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES A few commenters offered broad suggestions to improve aspects of the Energy Labeling Rule not discussed in NPRM, thus falling outside of the scope of the proposed amendments.14 For instance, the American Public Gas Association (APGA) recommended the Commission consider requiring source12 In addition, the final amendments correct § 305.11 to reinsert paragraphs (f)(10) and (11), which were inadvertently omitted in an earlier rulemaking (81 FR 63634, Sept. 15, 2016)). The Commission finds good cause for implementing the technical corrections recommended by AHAM and the correction to § 305.11 without further notice and comment. See 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B); 5 CFR 1.26(b). 13 Though the model descriptions at the label’s top left portion must be ‘‘consistent’’ with the tables in appendix A (§ 305.11(f)(4)), such descriptions do not have to track the language in the tables exactly. See 81 FR 63634, 63639, n. 39 (Sept. 15, 2016) (adding the requirements in § 305.11(f)(4) to ensure manufacturers do not list extraneous product features). However, explanatory language at the label’s lower section must contain the specific descriptors set out in § 305.11(f)(9)(iii)) (‘‘models with similar features . . .’’). 14 Other comments (Castillo and Chambers) expressed general support for the Rule. One commenter (Kremer) argued that the Rule’s labeling is ‘‘redundant’’ and that consumers only need wattage information. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:01 Feb 21, 2018 Jkt 244001 7595 based energy efficiency descriptors on the EnergyGuide labels to provide consumers with broader information about the overall environmental impacts of product use. APGA also urged the Commission to consider using marginal energy cost figures for calculating annual energy costs on labels, indicating that the average cost figures currently used for the labels overstate the costs. APGA urged the Commission to raise these issues in the future for further discussion. Gear also provided several suggestions to improve the labels. First, Gear recommended state-by-state energy cost disclosures on the label to provide consumers with energy information reflecting the utility rates where they live. If such disclosures prove impracticable for individual labels, the commenter suggested the Commission consider providing this information online. Second, Gear recommended the label contain a ‘‘yearly cost compared to average’’ disclosure, as well as other design changes to address reported concerns with consumer comprehension. Finally, Gear recommended the Commission consider requiring labels for clothes dryers. At this time, the Commission does not propose additional changes to the Rule, though it may consider such broader issues in the future. Without an opportunity for public comment and further consideration, the Commission cannot make such changes at this time. In recent years, the Commission has implemented many broad changes related to label design, reporting, and other aspects of the labeling program to improve information for consumers and industry members.15 Accordingly, the Commission does not plan to pursue these additional issues as part of the present amendments. Instead, the FTC staff will review these issues and consider whether to recommend additional amendments or nonregulatory measures in the future. It will also continue working outside the rulemaking context with DOE staff to explore online consumer information about the energy use of covered products, including source-based impacts and energy costs reflecting state or regional variations in fuel rates. 15 See, e.g., 75 FR 41696 (July 19, 2010) (new light bulb labels); 76 FR 1037 (Jan. 6, 2011) (television labels); 78 FR 2200 (Jan. 1, 2013) (online labels and streamlined reporting); 78 FR 8362 (Feb. 6, 2013) (regional standards for heating and cooling equipment); 80 FR 67285 (Nov. 2, 2015) (expansion of light bulb label coverage, increase label durability, and improve plumbing disclosures); 81 FR 63633 (Sept. 15, 2016) (improve access to energy labels online and improve labels for refrigerators, ceiling fans, central air conditioners, and water heaters). PART 305—ENERGY AND WATER USE LABELING FOR CONSUMER PRODUCTS UNDER THE ENERGY POLICY AND CONSERVATION ACT (‘‘ENERGY LABELING RULE’’) PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 IV. Paperwork Reduction Act The current Rule contains recordkeeping, disclosure, testing, and reporting requirements that constitute information collection requirements as defined by 5 CFR 1320.3(c), the definitional provision within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations that implement the Paperwork Reduction Act. OMB has approved the Rule’s existing information collection requirements through November 30, 2019 (OMB Control No. 3084 0069). The amendments do not change the substance or frequency of the recordkeeping, disclosure, or reporting requirements and, therefore, do not require further OMB clearance. V. Regulatory Flexibility Act The provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act relating to a Regulatory Flexibility Act analysis (5 U.S.C. 603– 604) are not applicable to this proceeding because the amendments do not impose any new obligations on entities regulated by the Energy Labeling Rule. As explained elsewhere in this document, the amendments do not change the substance or frequency of the recordkeeping, disclosure, or reporting requirements. Thus, the amendments will not have a ‘‘significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.’’ 5 U.S.C. 605. The Commission has concluded, therefore, that a regulatory flexibility analysis is not necessary, and certifies, under Section 605 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 605(b)), that the amendments will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. List of Subjects in 16 CFR Part 305 Advertising, Energy conservation, Household appliances, Labeling, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. For the reasons set out above, the Commission amends 16 CFR part 305 as follows: 1. The authority citation for part 305 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6294. E:\FR\FM\22FER1.SGM 22FER1 7596 § 305.2 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 36 / Thursday, February 22, 2018 / Rules and Regulations [Amended] 2. In § 305.2(p), remove the words ‘‘energy efficiency ratio (EER)’’ and add, in their place, ‘‘combined energy efficiency ratio (CEER)’’. ■ 3. In § 305.5, revise paragraph (a), remove paragraph (c), and redesignate paragraph (d) as paragraph (c) to read as follows: ■ § 305.5 Determinations of estimated annual energy consumption, estimated annual operating cost, and energy efficiency rating, water use rate, and other required disclosure content. (a) Unless otherwise stated in paragraphs (b) and (c) of this section, the content of any disclosures required by this part must be determined in accordance with the testing and sampling provisions required by the Department of Energy as set forth in subpart B to 10 CFR part 430, 10 CFR part 431, and 10 CFR 429.11. * * * * * § 305.7 [Amended] 4. In § 305.7(f), remove the word ‘‘EER’’ and add, in its place, ‘‘CEER.’’ ■ 5. In § 305.8, revise paragraph (c) to read as follows: ■ § 305.8 Submission of data. * * * * * (c) All information required by paragraphs (a)(1) through (3) of this section must be submitted for new models prior to any distribution of such model. Models subject to design or retrofit alterations which change the data contained in any annual report shall be reported in the manner required for new models. Models which are discontinued shall be reported in the next annual report. ■ 6. In § 305.10, paragraphs (a), (b), and (c)(2) are revised and paragraph (c)(3) is added to read as follows: daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES § 305.10 Ranges of comparability on the required labels. (a) Range of estimated annual energy costs or energy efficiency ratings. The range of estimated annual operating costs or energy efficiency ratings for each covered product (except televisions, ceiling fans, fluorescent lamp ballasts, lamps, metal halide lamp fixtures, showerheads, faucets, water closets and urinals) shall be taken from the appropriate appendix to this part in effect at the time the labels are affixed to the product. The Commission shall publish revised ranges in the Federal Register in 2022. When the ranges are revised, all information disseminated after 90 days following the publication of the revision shall conform to the revised ranges. Products that have been VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:01 Feb 21, 2018 Jkt 244001 labeled prior to the effective date of a modification under this section need not be relabeled. (b) Representative average unit energy cost. The Representative Average Unit Energy Cost to be used on labels as required by § 305.11 and disclosures as required by § 305.20 are listed in appendices K1 and K2 to this part. The Commission shall publish revised Representative Average Unit Energy Cost figures in the Federal Register in 2022. When the cost figures are revised, all information disseminated after 90 days following the publication of the revision shall conform to the new cost figure. (c) * * * (2) Add one of the two sentences below, as appropriate, in the space just below the scale on the label, as follows: The estimated yearly energy cost of this model was not available at the time the range was published. The energy efficiency rating of this model was not available at the time the range was published. (3) For refrigerator and refrigeratorfreezer labels: (i) If the model’s energy cost falls outside of either or both ranges on the label, include the language in paragraph (c)(2) of this section. (ii) If the model’s energy cost only falls outside of the range for models with similar features, but is within the range for all models, include the product on the scale and place a triangle below the dollar value. (iii) If the model’s energy cost falls outside of both ranges of comparability, omit the triangle beneath the yearly operating cost value. ■ 7. Amend § 305.11 by revising paragraphs (d) introductory text, (d)(3), and (f)(9)(x) and adding paragraphs (f)(10) and (11) to read as follows: § 305.11 Labeling for refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, freezers, dishwashers, clothes washers, water heaters, room air conditioners, and pool heaters. * * * * * (d) Label types. Except as indicated in paragraph (d)(3) of this section, the labels must be affixed to the product in the form of an adhesive label or a hang tag as follows: * * * * * (3) Package labels for certain products. Labels for electric instantaneous water heaters shall be printed on or affixed to the product’s packaging in a conspicuous location. Labels for room air conditioners produced on or after October 1, 2019 shall be printed on or affixed to the PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 principal display panel of the product’s packaging. * * * * * (f) * * * (9) * * * (x) For clothes washers covered by appendices F1 and F2 of this part, the statement will read as follows (fill in the blanks with the appropriate capacity and energy cost figures): Your costs will depend on your utility rates and use. Cost range based only on [compact/ standard] capacity models. Estimated energy cost is based on six wash loads a week and a national average electricity cost of __ cents per kWh and natural gas cost of $ __ per therm. ftc.gov/energy. * * * * * (10) The following statement shall appear on each label as illustrated in the prototype and sample labels in appendix L of this part: Federal law prohibits removal of this label before consumer purchase. (11) No marks or information other than that specified in this part shall appear on or directly adjoining this label except that: (i) A part or publication number identification may be included on this label, as desired by the manufacturer. If a manufacturer elects to use a part or publication number, it must appear in the lower right-hand corner of the label and be set in 6-point type or smaller. (ii) The energy use disclosure labels required by the governments of Canada or Mexico may appear directly adjoining this label, as desired by the manufacturer. (iii) The manufacturer or private labeler may include the ENERGY STAR logo on the bottom right corner of the label for certified products. The logo must be 1 inch by 1 inch in size. Only manufacturers that have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Energy or the Environmental Protection Agency may add the ENERGY STAR logo to labels on certified covered products; such manufacturers may add the ENERGY STAR logo to labels only on those covered products that are contemplated by the Memorandum of Understanding. ■ 8. In § 305.12, revise paragraphs (g)(12)(ii), (g)(13)(ii), (g)(14) introductory text, and (g)(14)(ii) to read as follows: § 305.12 Labeling for central air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces. * * * * * (g) * * * (12) * * * (ii) A map appropriate for the model and accompanying text as illustrated in E:\FR\FM\22FER1.SGM 22FER1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 36 / Thursday, February 22, 2018 / Rules and Regulations the sample label 7 in appendix L of this part. * * * * * (13) * * * (ii) A map appropriate for the model and accompanying text as illustrated in the sample label 7 in appendix L of this part. * * * * * (14) For any single-package air conditioner with a minimum EER below 11.0, the label must contain the following regional standards information: * * * * * (ii) A map appropriate for the model and accompanying text as illustrated in the sample label 7 in appendix L of this part. * * * * * § 305.16 [Amended] 9. Amend § 305.16 by removing paragraph (a)(5). ■ 10. Appendix C1 to part 305 is revised to read as follows: ■ Appendix C1 to Part 305—Compact Dishwashers Range Information ‘‘Compact’’ includes countertop dishwasher models with a capacity of fewer than eight (8) place settings. Place settings shall be in accordance with appendix C to 10 CFR part 430, subpart B. Load patterns shall conform to the operating normal for the model being tested. Range of estimated annual energy costs (dollars/year) Capacity Low Compact ................................................................................................................................................................... 11. Appendix C2 to part 305 is revised to read as follows: ■ Appendix C2 to Part 305—Standard Dishwashers Range Information ‘‘Standard’’ includes dishwasher models with a capacity of eight (8) or more place High $17 Range of estimated annual energy costs (dollars/year) Low Standard .................................................................................................................................................................. 12. Appendix E to part 305 is revised to read as follows: $27 settings. Place settings shall be in accordance with appendix C to 10 CFR part 430, subpart B. Load patterns shall conform to the operating normal for the model being tested. Capacity ■ 7597 High $26 $40 Appendix E to Part 305—Room Air Conditioners Range Information Range of estimated annual energy costs (dollars/year) Manufacturer’s rated cooling capacity in Btu’s/hr Low Without Reverse Cycle and with Louvered Sides: Less than 6,000 Btu ......................................................................................................................................... 6,000 to 7,999 Btu ............................................................................................................................................ 8,000 to 13,999 Btu .......................................................................................................................................... 14,000 to 19,999 Btu ........................................................................................................................................ 20,000 and more Btu ........................................................................................................................................ Without Reverse Cycle and without Louvered Sides: Less than 6,000 Btu ......................................................................................................................................... 6,000 to 7,999 Btu ............................................................................................................................................ 8,000 to 13,999 Btu .......................................................................................................................................... 14,000 to 19,999 Btu ........................................................................................................................................ 20,000 and more Btu ........................................................................................................................................ With Reverse Cycle and with Louvered Sides ........................................................................................................ With Reverse Cycle, without Louvered Sides ......................................................................................................... daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES * No sufficient data submitted. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:59 Feb 21, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\22FER1.SGM 22FER1 High $40 48 65 115 189 $53 72 127 182 386 (*) 58 69 117 (*) 68 (*) (*) 80 147 158 (*) 238 (*) 7598 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 36 / Thursday, February 22, 2018 / Rules and Regulations 13. Revise appendices G1, G2, G3, G4, G5, G6, G7, and G8 to read as follows: ■ Appendix G1 to Part 305—Furnaces— Gas Range of annual fuel utilization efficiencies (AFUEs) Furnace type Low Non-Weatherized Gas Furnaces—All Capacities ................................................................................................... Weatherized Gas Furnaces—All Capacities ........................................................................................................... High 80.0 81.0 98.7 95.0 Appendix G2 to Part 305—Furnaces— Electric Range of annual fuel utilization efficiencies (AFUEs) Furnace type Low Electric Furnaces—All Capacities ........................................................................................................................... High 100.0 100.0 Appendix G3 to Part 305—Furnaces— Oil Range of annual fuel utilization efficiencies (AFUEs) Type Low Non-Weatherized Oil Furnaces—All Capacities ...................................................................................................... Weatherized Oil Furnaces—All Capacities ............................................................................................................. High 83.0 78.0 96.7 83.0 Appendix G4 to Part 305—Mobile Home Furnaces—Gas Range of annual fuel utilization efficiencies (AFUEs) Type Low Mobile Home Gas Furnaces—All Capacities .......................................................................................................... High 80.0 97.3 Appendix G5 to Part 305—Mobile Home Furnaces—Oil Range of annual fuel utilization efficiencies (AFUEs) Type Low Mobile Home Oil Furnaces—All Capacities ............................................................................................................ High 80.0 87.0 Appendix G6 to Part 305—Boilers (Gas) Range of annual fuel utilization efficiencies (AFUEs) Type daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES Low Gas Boilers (except steam)—All Capacities ........................................................................................................... Gas Boilers (steam)—All Capacities ....................................................................................................................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:59 Feb 21, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\22FER1.SGM 22FER1 High 82.0 80.4 96.8 83.4 7599 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 36 / Thursday, February 22, 2018 / Rules and Regulations Appendix G7 to Part 305—Boilers (Oil) Range of annual fuel utilization efficiencies (AFUEs) Type Low Oil Boilers—All Capacities ....................................................................................................................................... High 82.0 90.0 Appendix G8 to Part 305—Boilers (Electric) Range of annual fuel utilization efficiencies (AFUEs) Type Low Electric Boilers—All Capacities ............................................................................................................................... 14. Appendices J1 and J2 are revised to read as follows: ■ High 100 100 Appendix J1 to Part 305—Pool Heaters—Gas Range Information Range of thermal efficiencies (percent) Manufacturer’s rated heating capacities Natural Gas Low All capacities .................................................................................................... Propane High 82.0 Low 96.0 High 82.0 96.0 Appendix J2 to Part 305—Pool Heaters—Oil Range Information Range of thermal efficiencies (percent) Manufacturer’s rated heating capacities Low All capacities ............................................................................................................................................................ * No data submitted. Appendix K to Part 305 [Removed] 15. Appendix K to part 305 is removed. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES ■ VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:59 Feb 21, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\22FER1.SGM 22FER1 High (*) (*) 7600 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 36 / Thursday, February 22, 2018 / Rules and Regulations 16. Appendices K1 and K2 are added to read as follows: ■ Appendix K1 to Part 305— Representative Average Unit Energy Costs for Refrigerators, Refrigerator– Freezers, Freezers, Clothes Washers, and Water Heater Labels This Table contains the representative unit energy costs that must be utilized to calculate estimated annual energy cost disclosures required under §§ 305.11 and 305.20 for refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, freezers, clothes washers, and water heaters. This Table is based on information published by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2013. Type of energy In commonly used terms As required by DOE test procedure Electricity ......................................... Natural Gas ..................................... No. 2 Heating Oil ............................. Propane ........................................... Kerosene ......................................... ¢12.00/kWh 2 3 .................................................................................................................. $1.09/therm 4 or $11.12/MCF 5 6 ...................................................................................... $3.80/gallon 7 ................................................................................................................... $2.41/gallon 8 ................................................................................................................... $4.21/gallon 9 ................................................................................................................... $.1200/kWh. $0.0000109/Btu. $0.00002740/Btu. $0.00002639/Btu. $0.00003119/Btu. 1 Btu stands for British thermal unit. stands for kiloWatt hour. kWh = 3,412 Btu. 4 1 therm = 100,000 Btu. Natural gas prices include taxes. 5 MCF stands for 1,000 cubic feet. 6 For the purposes of this table, 1 cubic foot of natural gas has an energy equivalence of 1,023 Btu. 7 For the purposes of this table, 1 gallon of No. 2 heating oil has an energy equivalence of 138,690 Btu. 8 For the purposes of this table, 1 gallon of liquid propane has an energy equivalence of 91,333 Btu. 9 For the purposes of this table, 1 gallon of kerosene has an energy equivalence of 135,000 Btu. 2 kWh 31 Appendix K2 to Part 305— Representative Average Unit Energy Costs for Dishwasher and Room Air Conditioner Labels This Table contains the representative unit energy costs that must be utilized to calculate estimated annual energy cost disclosures required under §§ 305.11 and 305.20 for dishwashers and room air conditioners. This Table is based on information published by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2017. Type of energy In commonly used terms As required by DOE test procedure Electricity .............................................. Natural Gas .......................................... No. 2 Heating Oil ................................. Propane ................................................ Kerosene .............................................. ¢13.00/kWh 2 3 ............................................................................................................. $1.05/therm 4 or $10.86/MCF 5 6 ................................................................................. $2.59/gallon 7 ............................................................................................................... $1.53/gallon 8 ............................................................................................................... $3.01/gallon 9 ............................................................................................................... $.1300/kWh. $0.00001052/Btu. $0.00001883/Btu. $0.00001672/Btu. $0.00002232/Btu. 1 Btu stands for British thermal units. stands for kilowatt hour. 3 kWh = 3,412 Btu. 4 therm = 100,000 Btu. 5 MCF stands for 1,000 cubic feet. 6 For the purposes of this table, one cubic foot of natural gas has an energy equivalence of 1,032 Btu. 7 For the purposes of this table, one gallon of No. 2 heating oil has an energy equivalence of 137,561 Btu. 8 For the purposes of this table, one gallon of liquid propane has an energy equivalence of 91,333 Btu. 9 For the purposes of this table, one gallon of kerosene has an energy equivalence of 135,000 Btu. 2 kWh 17. In appendix L, revise prototype label 2, add sample label 2 in ■ alphanumeric order, revise sample labels 3 and 4, add sample label 6 in alphanumeric order, and revise sample labels 9 and 9A to read as follows: * * * * * daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES BILLING CODE 6750–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:59 Feb 21, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\22FER1.SGM 22FER1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 36 / Thursday, February 22, 2018 / Rules and Regulations * * VerDate Sep<11>2014 * * 17:01 Feb 21, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\22FER1.SGM 22FER1 ER22FE18.001</GPH> daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES * 7601 7602 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 36 / Thursday, February 22, 2018 / Rules and Regulations U.S. Government Federal law prohibits removal of this label before consumer purchase_ EnE Clothes Washer Capacity Class: Standard XYZ Corporation Models G39, X88, Z33 Capacity (tub volume): 2.5 cubic feet Compare ONLY to other labels with yellow numbers. Labels with yellow numbers are based on the same test procedures. • Your cost will depend on your utility rates and use. • Cost range based only on standard capacity models. • Estimated energy cost based on six wash loads a week and a national average electricity cost of 12 cents per kWh and natural gas cost of $1.09 per therm. ftc.gov/energy Sample Label2- Clothes Washer * * VerDate Sep<11>2014 * * 17:01 Feb 21, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\22FER1.SGM 22FER1 ER22FE18.002</GPH> daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES * Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 36 / Thursday, February 22, 2018 / Rules and Regulations U.S. Government 7603 Federal law prohibits removal of this label before consumer purchase_ EnER Dishwasher Capacity: Standard XYZ Corporation Models G39, X88, Z33 Estimated Yearly Energy Cost (when used with an electric water heater) $21 I $26 $40 Cost Range of Similar Models The estimated yearly energy cost of this model was not available at the time the range was published. $12 Estimated Yearly Electricity Use Estimated Yearly Energy Cost (when used with •llllbnlg• wallr hellter) Your cost will depend on your utility rates and use. • Cost range based only on standard capacity models. • Estimated energy cost based on four wash loads a week and a national average electricity cost of 13 cents per kWh and natural gas cost of $1.05 perthenn. • For more information, visit www.flc.gov/energy. ENERGY STAR Sample Label 3 -- Dishwasher * * VerDate Sep<11>2014 * * 17:01 Feb 21, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\22FER1.SGM 22FER1 ER22FE18.003</GPH> daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES * 7604 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 36 / Thursday, February 22, 2018 / Rules and Regulations U.S. Govemment uf th1s label before consumer r .rr:h.:,se. Federal law EnER Room Aiir Conditioner Without Reverse Cycle With Louvered Sides XYZ Corporation Modei12X4 Capacity: 11,000 BTUs Estimated Yearly Energy Cost $90 T $65 $127 Cost Range of Similar Models 11.9 Combined Energy Efficiency Ratio Your cost wil!l depend on your utility rates and use. on models of similar capacty v;ithout re··/erse cycle • Cost range based with louvered sides. • Estimated energy cost based on a national average electricity ccst of 13 cents per kWh and a seasonal use of 8 hours a day over a 3 month period. • For more infonnation, visit www .ftc. gov/energy. Sample Label 4 - Room Air Conditioner * * VerDate Sep<11>2014 * * 17:01 Feb 21, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\22FER1.SGM 22FER1 ER22FE18.004</GPH> daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES * Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 36 / Thursday, February 22, 2018 / Rules and Regulations * * VerDate Sep<11>2014 * * 17:01 Feb 21, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\22FER1.SGM 22FER1 ER22FE18.005</GPH> daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES * 7605 7606 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 36 / Thursday, February 22, 2018 / Rules and Regulations U.S. Government Federal law prohibits removal of this label before consumer purchase. EnER Furnace Non-weatherized Natural Gas XYZ Corporation ModeiTJ81 Efficiency Rating (AFUE)* 83.1 T 80.0 98.7 Least Eflicienl For energy cost info, visit productinfo.energy .gov Most Efficient Range of Similar Models • Annual Fuel Utilization Ellicienc.y Sample Label9- Non-weatherized Gas Furnace * * VerDate Sep<11>2014 * * 17:01 Feb 21, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\22FER1.SGM 22FER1 ER22FE18.006</GPH> daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES * Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 36 / Thursday, February 22, 2018 / Rules and Regulations 7607 U.S. Government EnER Furnace Non-weatherized Natural Gas XYZ Corporation Modei5XC4 Efficiency Rating (AFUE)* 93.0 T 98.7 80.0 Least Efficient For energy cost info, visit productinfo.energy .gov Mosi:Eflicienl: Range of Similar Models • Anooal Fuel Utilization Efficiency QUALIFIED ONLY IN U.S. SOUTH: AI.., AR, AZ, CA. DC. DE, FL. GA. HI, ENERGY STAR KY. LA. MD. MS, NC, NV. 1'&'1. OK. SC, TN, lX, VA VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:01 Feb 21, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 E:\FR\FM\22FER1.SGM 22FER1 ER22FE18.007</GPH> daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES Sample Label9A- Non-weatherized Gas Furnace (ENERGY STAR certified) 7608 * * Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 36 / Thursday, February 22, 2018 / Rules and Regulations * * Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection at Christopher.J.Sullivan@ cbp.dhs.gov or 202–344–3907. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: * By direction of the Commission. Donald S. Clark, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2018–03665 Filed 2–21–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6750–01–C DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Customs and Border Protection 19 CFR Part 122 [CBP Dec. 18–01] Technical Amendment to List of User Fee Airports: Name Changes of Several Airports and the Addition of Five Airports U.S. Customs and Border Protection; DHS. ACTION: Final rule; technical amendment. AGENCY: This document amends U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations by revising the list of user fee airports to reflect the name changes of several airports and the designation of user fee status for five additional airports: South Texas International Airport at Edinburg in Edinburg, Texas; Florida Keys Marathon Airport in Marathon, Florida; Appleton International Airport in Appleton, Wisconsin; South Bend International Airport in South Bend, Indiana; and Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport in Conroe, Texas. User fee airports are those airports which, while not qualifying for designation as international or landing rights airports, have been approved by the Commissioner of CBP to receive, for a fee, the services of CBP officers for the processing of aircraft entering the United States, and the passengers and cargo of those aircraft. DATES: Effective Date: February 22, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chris Sullivan, Director, Alternative Funding Program, Office of Field SUMMARY: Background Title 19, part 122 of the Code of Federal Regulations (19 CFR part 122) sets forth regulations relating to the entry and clearance of aircraft in international commerce and the transportation of persons and cargo by aircraft in international commerce. Generally, a civil aircraft arriving from a place outside of the United States is required to land at an airport designated as an international airport. Alternatively, the pilot of a civil aircraft may request permission to land at a specific airport and, if landing rights are granted, the civil aircraft may land at that landing rights airport. Section 236 of the Trade and Tariff Act of 1984 (Pub. L. 98–573, 98 stat. 2948, 2994 (1984)), codified at 19 U.S.C. 58b, created an option for civil aircraft desiring to land at an airport other than an international airport or a landing rights airport. A civil aircraft arriving from a place outside of the United States may ask for permission to land at an airport designated by the Secretary of Homeland Security 1 as a user fee airport. Pursuant to 19 U.S.C. 58b, an airport may be designated as a user fee airport if the Commissioner of CBP, as delegated by the Secretary of Homeland Security, determines that the volume or value of business at the airport is insufficient to justify the availability of customs services at the airport and the governor of the state in which the airport is located approves the designation. As the volume or value of business anticipated at this type of airport is insufficient to justify its designation as an international or landing rights airport, the availability of customs services is not paid for out of appropriations from the general treasury of the United States. Instead, customs services are provided on a fully reimbursable basis to be paid for by the user fee airport. The fees charged must be paid by the user fee airport and must be in the amount equal to the expenses incurred by the Commissioner of CBP in providing customs services at such airport, including the salary and expenses of those employed by the Commissioner of CBP to provide the customs services. See 19 U.S.C. 58b. The Commissioner of CBP designates airports as user fee airports in accordance with 19 U.S.C. 58b and pursuant to 19 CFR 122.15. If the Commissioner decides that the conditions for designation as a user fee airport are satisfied, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) is executed between the Commissioner of CBP and the user fee airport sponsor. In this manner, user fee airports are designated on a case-bycase basis. The list of designated user fee airports is set forth in 19 CFR 122.15(b). Periodically, CBP updates the list to reflect designated airports that have not yet been added to the list and to reflect any changes in the names of the designated user fee airports. Recent Changes Requiring Updates to the List of User Fee Airports This document updates the list of user fee airports in 19 CFR 122.15(b) by adding the following five airports: South Texas International Airport at Edinburg in Edinburg, Texas; Florida Keys Marathon Airport in Marathon, Florida; Appleton International Airport in Appleton, Wisconsin; South Bend International Airport in South Bend, Indiana; and Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport in Conroe, Texas. During the last several years, the Commissioner of CBP signed MOAs designating each of these five airports as a user fee airport.2 Additionally, this document updates the list of user fee airports to reflect name changes of airports that were previously designated as user fee airports. The name changes are shown in the following chart. The left column contains the former name of each airport as it is currently listed in 19 CFR 122.15(b). The right column contains the updated name of each airport. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES Name Change From: To: Melbourne Airport ..................................................................................... Jefferson County Airport ........................................................................... Leesburg Regional Airport ........................................................................ Manchester Airport ................................................................................... Orlando Melbourne International Airport. Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport. Leesburg International Airport. Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. 1 Sections 403(1) and 411 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107–296, 116 stat. 2135, 2178–79 (2002)), codified at 6 U.S.C. 203(1) and 211, transferred certain functions, including the authority to designate user fee facilities, from the VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:01 Feb 21, 2018 Jkt 244001 U.S. Customs Service of the Department of the Treasury to the Department of Homeland Security. 2 The Commissioner of CBP signed an MOA designating Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport on June 14, 2016, an MOA designating South Bend International Airport on July 5, 2016, an MOA PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 designating South Texas International Airport at Edinburg on September 18, 2014, an MOA designating Florida Keys Marathon Airport on April 3, 2015, and an MOA designating Appleton International Airport on October 23, 2015. E:\FR\FM\22FER1.SGM 22FER1

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FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION

16 CFR Part 305

RIN 3084-AB15


Energy Labeling Rule

AGENCY: Federal Trade Commission (``FTC'' or ``Commission'').

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Commission amends the Energy Labeling Rule (``Rule'') by 
updating ranges of comparability and unit energy cost figures on 
EnergyGuide labels for dishwashers, furnaces, room air conditioners, 
and pool heaters. The Commission also sets a compliance date of October 
1, 2019 for EnergyGuide labels on room air conditioner boxes and makes 
several minor clarifications and corrections to the Rule.

DATES: The amendments are effective May 23, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Relevant portions of the record of this proceeding, 
including this document, are available at http://www.ftc.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hampton Newsome, (202) 326-2889, 
Attorney, Division of Enforcement, Bureau of Consumer Protection, 
Federal Trade Commission, Room CC-9528, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, 
Washington, DC 20580.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    The Commission issued the Energy Labeling Rule (``Rule'') in 
1979,\1\ pursuant to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 
(EPCA).\2\ The Rule requires energy labeling for major home appliances 
and other consumer products to help consumers compare competing models. 
It also contains labeling requirements for refrigerators, refrigerator-
freezers, freezers, dishwashers, water heaters, clothes washers, room 
air conditioners, furnaces, central air conditioners, heat pumps, 
plumbing products, lighting products, ceiling fans, and televisions.
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    \1\ 44 FR 66466 (Nov. 19, 1979).
    \2\ 42 U.S.C. 6294. EPCA also requires the Department of Energy 
(DOE) to develop test procedures that measure how much energy 
appliances use, and to determine the representative average cost a 
consumer pays for different types of energy.
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    The Rule requires manufacturers to attach yellow EnergyGuide labels 
to many covered products and prohibits retailers from removing these 
labels or rendering them illegible. In addition, it directs sellers, 
including retailers, to post label information on websites and in paper 
catalogs from which consumers can order products. EnergyGuide labels 
for most covered products contain three key disclosures: Estimated 
annual energy cost, a product's energy consumption or energy efficiency 
rating as determined by DOE test procedures, and a comparability range 
displaying the highest and lowest energy costs or efficiency ratings 
for all similar models. For cost calculations, the Rule specifies 
national average costs for applicable energy sources (e.g., 
electricity, natural gas, oil) as calculated by DOE. Under the Rule, 
the Commission periodically updates comparability range and annual 
energy cost information based on manufacturer data submitted pursuant 
to the Rule's reporting requirements. The Rule also sets a five-year 
schedule for updating comparability range and annual energy cost 
information.\3\
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    \3\ 16 CFR 305.10.
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II. Proposed Amendments

    In a November 9, 2017 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), the 
Commission sought comment on proposed updates to the Rule's 
comparability ranges and amendments to set a compliance date for 
EnergyGuide labels on room air conditioner boxes. The Commission 
received 10 comments in response.\4\ After reviewing the comments, the 
Commission now issues final amendments addressing these issues.
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    \4\ See 82 FR 52024. The comments received in response to the 
NPRM are here: https://www.ftc.gov/policy/public-comments/2017/12/initiative-730. The comments included: Air-Conditioning, Heating, 
and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) (#00006); American Public Gas 
Association (APGA) (#00007); National Electrical Manufacturers 
Association (NEMA) (#00008); Association of Home Appliance 
Manufacturers (AHAM) (#00009); Earthjustice (``Joint Commenters'') 
(#00010); Grear (#00011); Kremer (#00005); O'Hare (#00004); Castillo 
(#00003); and Chambers (#00002).
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III. Final Amendments

A. Comparability Range and Energy Cost Revisions

    Background: In the NPRM, the Commission proposed revisions to the 
comparability range and energy cost information for dishwashers, 
furnaces, pool heaters, and room air conditioners.\5\ The comparability 
ranges (i.e., scales) show the highest and lowest energy costs or 
energy efficiency ratings of models similar to the labeled product. The 
Commission derives these ranges from annual data submitted by 
manufacturers. In addition, the Commission proposed updating the 
average energy cost figures manufacturers must use to calculate a 
model's estimated energy cost for the label based on national average 
cost figures published by DOE.\6\ The Commission also proposed amending 
the energy cost tables in Appendix K to clarify the cost applicable to 
various covered products.\7\ To effect these changes, the Commission 
proposed amending the applicable tables in the Rule's appendices. Under 
the Rule (Sec.  305.10), manufacturers must begin using this new 
information on product labels within 90 days after publication of the 
updated tables.
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    \5\ 16 CFR 305.10. This document also updates the sample labels 
in the Rule's appendices to reflect the new range and cost 
information and to include the minor label content changes discussed 
in this document.
    \6\ 82 FR 21213 (May 5, 2017) (DOE notice for ``Representative 
Average Unit Costs of Energy'').
    \7\ Applicable energy cost figures for ceiling fans, lighting 
products, and televisions appear in Sec. Sec.  305.13 (effective 
September 17, 2018), 305.15, and 305.17 respectively.
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    The Commission did not propose amending the range and cost 
information for EnergyGuide labels for refrigerators, freezers, clothes 
washers, water heaters, central air conditioners, and televisions 
because the Commission has recently updated label information for these 
products.\8\ The Commission explained in the NPRM that changing labels 
for these products so soon would unnecessarily burden manufacturers

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and potentially confuse consumers by introducing new label information 
in the marketplace.\9\
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    \8\ See 81 FR 63634 (Sept. 15, 2016) (new range information for 
refrigerators and freezers, water heaters, and central air 
conditioners effective June 12, 2017); 81 FR 7201 (Feb. 11, 2016) 
(new ranges for clothes washers effective May 11, 2016); and 80 FR 
16259 (Mar. 27, 2015) (updated ranges for televisions effective July 
15, 2015).
    \9\ The Commission followed a similar approach during the last 
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    Comments: Though commenters generally supported the updated ranges, 
AHRI and O'Hare recommended minor changes. Specifically, AHRI noted 
that the new range for oil-fired boilers should reflect several models 
rated at an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) of 82.0. O'Hare 
suggested the upper end of the pool heater thermal efficiency range on 
the sample label be 96.0 to reflect the amended table in Appendix J1.
    In addition, several energy efficiency and consumer organizations 
(the ``Joint Commenters'') recommended new ranges for clothes washers. 
They explained that new DOE standards, which become effective in 
January 2018, will significantly change the lower end of the ranges for 
these products (for both standard and compact capacity categories) by 
removing many existing lower efficiency models from the market. In the 
Joint Commenters' view, delay in updating the ranges will result in 
ranges that include products no longer manufactured, thus misleading 
consumers about the efficiency and operating costs of models in 
production. The commenters also argued that such inaccurate ranges 
would violate EPCA's directive (see 42 U.S.C. 6294(c)(1)(B)) to provide 
range information for ``covered products to which the rule applies.''
    Discussion: The Commission amends the Rule to implement the updates 
proposed in the NPRM and the minor changes suggested by the commenters. 
The Commission, however, does not update the clothes washer ranges at 
this time. Because the Commission updated the range data for clothes 
washer labels in 2016 (81 FR 7201 (Feb. 11, 2016)), it is reluctant to 
change the labels again after such a short interval because it would 
create inconsistent labels for consumers during the transition and 
unnecessarily burden manufacturers. However, the Commission will review 
new clothes washer data in light of the new DOE 2018 standards and 
consider whether to propose updating the ranges.
    The Commission does not agree with the Joint Commenters that the 
current ranges violate EPCA's directive to provide range information 
for ``covered products to which the rule applies.'' The Commission 
interprets this statutory instruction, together with the directive in 
42 U.S.C. 6294(c)(2)(B), as applying to general product types (i.e., 
categories), not to individual models. Furthermore, models frequently 
appear in the market that may fall outside of the Rule's current range, 
and the statute contains no requirement for the Commission to update 
ranges continuously. Indeed, the law prohibits the Commission from 
updating ranges more often than annually.\10\
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    \10\ 42 U.S.C. 6296(c).
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B. Room Air Conditioner Labels on Packages

    Background: In the NPRM, the Commission proposed a compliance date 
for changes to room air conditioner labels. In 2015, the Commission 
announced final amendments requiring labels on room air conditioner 
boxes and replacing the EER (``Energy Efficiency Ratio'') disclosure 
with CEER (``Combined Energy Efficiency Ratio'') (80 FR 67285, 67292-3 
(Nov. 2, 2015)). However, to reduce burden on manufacturers that use 
both the U.S. and Canadian labels, the Commission delayed a compliance 
date announcement until Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), which 
administers the Canadian EnerGuide labeling program, had announced 
similar provisions. On December 28, 2016, NRCan published regulatory 
amendments providing manufacturers the option to print the EnerGuide 
label on packaging (Canada Gazette, Vol. 150, No. 26 (Dec. 28, 2016)) 
in lieu of affixing the EnerGuide label to the product. The Commission 
then proposed a compliance date of October 1, 2018, explaining that 
October coincides with the beginning of the industry's annual 
production cycle (i.e., the cooling season).
    Comments: AHAM generally supported the change from EER to CEER, as 
well as the transition to labels on product boxes. However, it urged 
the Commission to provide additional time for this transition. 
Specifically, AHAM argued that the change will require manufacturers to 
completely redesign their packaging to accommodate the label. 
Accordingly, AHAM requested that the Commission set an October 1, 2019 
date for the box labels.
    Discussion: In response to AHAM's concerns, the Commission sets the 
compliance date at October 1, 2019 to provide manufacturers ample time 
to make the transition to box labels. As indicated in the NPRM, 
manufacturers generally deploy their product lines on an annual basis 
beginning in October of each year. According to AHAM, an October 2018 
compliance date likely would not provide adequate time for making the 
required changes. In addition, the Commission expects a compliance date 
falling in the middle of the annual production cycle could cause 
significant disruption. If they so choose, manufacturers may begin 
using the labels on packages before the October 1, 2019 compliance 
date. In the meantime, they must continue to affix labels to the 
products themselves and provide labels online. The amendments also 
change the label's efficiency disclosure from EER to CEER as 
proposed.\11\ Manufacturers should begin using CEER along with the new 
ranges published in this document (i.e., within 90 days of 
publication).
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    \11\ 80 FR at 67292-3.
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C. Technical Corrections and Clarifications

    Background: In the NPRM, the Commission proposed several minor 
clarifying and corrective amendments. These included a clarification to 
Sec.  305.10(c) regarding labeling for models falling outside of the 
current ranges, as well as corrections to Sec. Sec.  305.5 (obsolete 
reference to LED bulb tests), 305.8 (reference to the timing of 
reporting requirements), 305.12 (sample label references for central 
air conditioners labels), and 305.16 (plumbing disclosures).
    Comments: Several commenters, including AHAM and NEMA, supported 
these minor amendments. No comments opposed them. However, AHAM 
requested additional clarifications. First, it recommended replacing 
the term ``operating cost'' with ``energy cost'' in Sec.  305.10(c)(2) 
and on the sample clothes washer label in appendix L to ensure 
consistency with other sample labels and Rule provisions. According to 
AHAM, industry members have used the term ``energy cost'' on labels 
prepared pursuant to Sec.  305.10 for this reason. In addition, most of 
the labels and applicable Rule text in Sec.  305.11 use the term 
``energy cost.'' AHAM urged the Commission to provide ample time for 
manufacturers to make any necessary changes.
    AHAM also urged the Commission to clarify the label language 
required for describing refrigerator-freezers that do not have through-
the-door ice service. AHAM noted that the Rule's sample label uses the 
phrase ``no through-the-door ice,'' whereas the comparability range 
tables in appendix A state ``Without Through-the-door-ice.'' Although 
AHAM did not express a preference for the applicable language, it 
requested sufficient time for their members to change labels to avoid 
waste and unnecessary cost should the Commission issue a clarification.
    Discussion: The Commission amends the Rule to include the proposed

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clarifications and technical corrections, including replacing the term 
``operating cost'' with ``energy cost'' in Sec.  305.10(c)(2) and on 
the clothes washer label as suggested by AHAM. The Commission does not 
expect these corrections to create any additional burden for 
manufacturers because current practice appears to be consistent with 
most of these changes. However, to the extent that manufacturers must 
change existing labels, they may do so after exhausting their current 
label supply to avoid unnecessary costs. Should individual 
manufacturers have questions about revising labels, they can contact 
FTC staff for guidance.\12\
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    \12\ In addition, the final amendments correct Sec.  305.11 to 
reinsert paragraphs (f)(10) and (11), which were inadvertently 
omitted in an earlier rulemaking (81 FR 63634, Sept. 15, 2016)). The 
Commission finds good cause for implementing the technical 
corrections recommended by AHAM and the correction to Sec.  305.11 
without further notice and comment. See 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(B); 5 CFR 
1.26(b).
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    The Commission, however, declines to amend the Rule's descriptions 
for refrigerator-freezers. The current Rule sets only general 
requirements for the content of these product descriptions at the 
labels top left and does not prescribe exact language that 
manufacturers must use.\13\ Accordingly, manufacturers may continue to 
use their present descriptions provided they are consistent with the 
Rule's refrigerator-freezer categories. The Commission may consider 
amending the Rule in the future to require uniform descriptors for 
refrigerator-freezers should stakeholders desire such a change. For 
now, without further notice and comment, the Commission does not change 
this provision of the Rule.
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    \13\ Though the model descriptions at the label's top left 
portion must be ``consistent'' with the tables in appendix A (Sec.  
305.11(f)(4)), such descriptions do not have to track the language 
in the tables exactly. See 81 FR 63634, 63639, n. 39 (Sept. 15, 
2016) (adding the requirements in Sec.  305.11(f)(4) to ensure 
manufacturers do not list extraneous product features). However, 
explanatory language at the label's lower section must contain the 
specific descriptors set out in Sec.  305.11(f)(9)(iii)) (``models 
with similar features . . .'').
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D. Additional Issues Raised in Comments

    A few commenters offered broad suggestions to improve aspects of 
the Energy Labeling Rule not discussed in NPRM, thus falling outside of 
the scope of the proposed amendments.\14\ For instance, the American 
Public Gas Association (APGA) recommended the Commission consider 
requiring source-based energy efficiency descriptors on the EnergyGuide 
labels to provide consumers with broader information about the overall 
environmental impacts of product use. APGA also urged the Commission to 
consider using marginal energy cost figures for calculating annual 
energy costs on labels, indicating that the average cost figures 
currently used for the labels overstate the costs. APGA urged the 
Commission to raise these issues in the future for further discussion.
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    \14\ Other comments (Castillo and Chambers) expressed general 
support for the Rule. One commenter (Kremer) argued that the Rule's 
labeling is ``redundant'' and that consumers only need wattage 
information.
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    Gear also provided several suggestions to improve the labels. 
First, Gear recommended state-by-state energy cost disclosures on the 
label to provide consumers with energy information reflecting the 
utility rates where they live. If such disclosures prove impracticable 
for individual labels, the commenter suggested the Commission consider 
providing this information online. Second, Gear recommended the label 
contain a ``yearly cost compared to average'' disclosure, as well as 
other design changes to address reported concerns with consumer 
comprehension. Finally, Gear recommended the Commission consider 
requiring labels for clothes dryers.
    At this time, the Commission does not propose additional changes to 
the Rule, though it may consider such broader issues in the future. 
Without an opportunity for public comment and further consideration, 
the Commission cannot make such changes at this time. In recent years, 
the Commission has implemented many broad changes related to label 
design, reporting, and other aspects of the labeling program to improve 
information for consumers and industry members.\15\ Accordingly, the 
Commission does not plan to pursue these additional issues as part of 
the present amendments. Instead, the FTC staff will review these issues 
and consider whether to recommend additional amendments or non-
regulatory measures in the future. It will also continue working 
outside the rulemaking context with DOE staff to explore online 
consumer information about the energy use of covered products, 
including source-based impacts and energy costs reflecting state or 
regional variations in fuel rates.
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    \15\ See, e.g., 75 FR 41696 (July 19, 2010) (new light bulb 
labels); 76 FR 1037 (Jan. 6, 2011) (television labels); 78 FR 2200 
(Jan. 1, 2013) (online labels and streamlined reporting); 78 FR 8362 
(Feb. 6, 2013) (regional standards for heating and cooling 
equipment); 80 FR 67285 (Nov. 2, 2015) (expansion of light bulb 
label coverage, increase label durability, and improve plumbing 
disclosures); 81 FR 63633 (Sept. 15, 2016) (improve access to energy 
labels online and improve labels for refrigerators, ceiling fans, 
central air conditioners, and water heaters).
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IV. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The current Rule contains recordkeeping, disclosure, testing, and 
reporting requirements that constitute information collection 
requirements as defined by 5 CFR 1320.3(c), the definitional provision 
within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations that 
implement the Paperwork Reduction Act. OMB has approved the Rule's 
existing information collection requirements through November 30, 2019 
(OMB Control No. 3084 0069). The amendments do not change the substance 
or frequency of the recordkeeping, disclosure, or reporting 
requirements and, therefore, do not require further OMB clearance.

V. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act relating to a 
Regulatory Flexibility Act analysis (5 U.S.C. 603-604) are not 
applicable to this proceeding because the amendments do not impose any 
new obligations on entities regulated by the Energy Labeling Rule. As 
explained elsewhere in this document, the amendments do not change the 
substance or frequency of the recordkeeping, disclosure, or reporting 
requirements. Thus, the amendments will not have a ``significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.'' 5 U.S.C. 
605. The Commission has concluded, therefore, that a regulatory 
flexibility analysis is not necessary, and certifies, under Section 605 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 605(b)), that the 
amendments will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial 
number of small entities.

List of Subjects in 16 CFR Part 305

    Advertising, Energy conservation, Household appliances, Labeling, 
Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

    For the reasons set out above, the Commission amends 16 CFR part 
305 as follows:

PART 305--ENERGY AND WATER USE LABELING FOR CONSUMER PRODUCTS UNDER 
THE ENERGY POLICY AND CONSERVATION ACT (``ENERGY LABELING RULE'')

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1. The authority citation for part 305 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  42 U.S.C. 6294.

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Sec.  305.2   [Amended]

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2. In Sec.  305.2(p), remove the words ``energy efficiency ratio 
(EER)'' and add, in their place, ``combined energy efficiency ratio 
(CEER)''.

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3. In Sec.  305.5, revise paragraph (a), remove paragraph (c), and 
redesignate paragraph (d) as paragraph (c) to read as follows:


Sec.  305.5   Determinations of estimated annual energy consumption, 
estimated annual operating cost, and energy efficiency rating, water 
use rate, and other required disclosure content.

    (a) Unless otherwise stated in paragraphs (b) and (c) of this 
section, the content of any disclosures required by this part must be 
determined in accordance with the testing and sampling provisions 
required by the Department of Energy as set forth in subpart B to 10 
CFR part 430, 10 CFR part 431, and 10 CFR 429.11.
* * * * *


Sec.  305.7  [Amended]

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4. In Sec.  305.7(f), remove the word ``EER'' and add, in its place, 
``CEER.''

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5. In Sec.  305.8, revise paragraph (c) to read as follows:


Sec.  305.8   Submission of data.

* * * * *
    (c) All information required by paragraphs (a)(1) through (3) of 
this section must be submitted for new models prior to any distribution 
of such model. Models subject to design or retrofit alterations which 
change the data contained in any annual report shall be reported in the 
manner required for new models. Models which are discontinued shall be 
reported in the next annual report.

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6. In Sec.  305.10, paragraphs (a), (b), and (c)(2) are revised and 
paragraph (c)(3) is added to read as follows:


Sec.  305.10  Ranges of comparability on the required labels.

    (a) Range of estimated annual energy costs or energy efficiency 
ratings. The range of estimated annual operating costs or energy 
efficiency ratings for each covered product (except televisions, 
ceiling fans, fluorescent lamp ballasts, lamps, metal halide lamp 
fixtures, showerheads, faucets, water closets and urinals) shall be 
taken from the appropriate appendix to this part in effect at the time 
the labels are affixed to the product. The Commission shall publish 
revised ranges in the Federal Register in 2022. When the ranges are 
revised, all information disseminated after 90 days following the 
publication of the revision shall conform to the revised ranges. 
Products that have been labeled prior to the effective date of a 
modification under this section need not be relabeled.
    (b) Representative average unit energy cost. The Representative 
Average Unit Energy Cost to be used on labels as required by Sec.  
305.11 and disclosures as required by Sec.  305.20 are listed in 
appendices K1 and K2 to this part. The Commission shall publish revised 
Representative Average Unit Energy Cost figures in the Federal Register 
in 2022. When the cost figures are revised, all information 
disseminated after 90 days following the publication of the revision 
shall conform to the new cost figure.
    (c) * * *
    (2) Add one of the two sentences below, as appropriate, in the 
space just below the scale on the label, as follows:
    The estimated yearly energy cost of this model was not available at 
the time the range was published.
    The energy efficiency rating of this model was not available at the 
time the range was published.
    (3) For refrigerator and refrigerator-freezer labels:
    (i) If the model's energy cost falls outside of either or both 
ranges on the label, include the language in paragraph (c)(2) of this 
section.
    (ii) If the model's energy cost only falls outside of the range for 
models with similar features, but is within the range for all models, 
include the product on the scale and place a triangle below the dollar 
value.
    (iii) If the model's energy cost falls outside of both ranges of 
comparability, omit the triangle beneath the yearly operating cost 
value.

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7. Amend Sec.  305.11 by revising paragraphs (d) introductory text, 
(d)(3), and (f)(9)(x) and adding paragraphs (f)(10) and (11) to read as 
follows:


Sec.  305.11  Labeling for refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, 
freezers, dishwashers, clothes washers, water heaters, room air 
conditioners, and pool heaters.

* * * * *
    (d) Label types. Except as indicated in paragraph (d)(3) of this 
section, the labels must be affixed to the product in the form of an 
adhesive label or a hang tag as follows:
* * * * *
    (3) Package labels for certain products. Labels for electric 
instantaneous water heaters shall be printed on or affixed to the 
product's packaging in a conspicuous location. Labels for room air 
conditioners produced on or after October 1, 2019 shall be printed on 
or affixed to the principal display panel of the product's packaging.
* * * * *
    (f) * * *
    (9) * * *
    (x) For clothes washers covered by appendices F1 and F2 of this 
part, the statement will read as follows (fill in the blanks with the 
appropriate capacity and energy cost figures):
    Your costs will depend on your utility rates and use.
    Cost range based only on [compact/standard] capacity models.
    Estimated energy cost is based on six wash loads a week and a 
national average electricity cost of __ cents per kWh and natural gas 
cost of $ __ per therm. ftc.gov/energy.
* * * * *
    (10) The following statement shall appear on each label as 
illustrated in the prototype and sample labels in appendix L of this 
part:
    Federal law prohibits removal of this label before consumer 
purchase.
    (11) No marks or information other than that specified in this part 
shall appear on or directly adjoining this label except that:
    (i) A part or publication number identification may be included on 
this label, as desired by the manufacturer. If a manufacturer elects to 
use a part or publication number, it must appear in the lower right-
hand corner of the label and be set in 6-point type or smaller.
    (ii) The energy use disclosure labels required by the governments 
of Canada or Mexico may appear directly adjoining this label, as 
desired by the manufacturer.
    (iii) The manufacturer or private labeler may include the ENERGY 
STAR logo on the bottom right corner of the label for certified 
products. The logo must be 1 inch by 1 inch in size. Only manufacturers 
that have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of 
Energy or the Environmental Protection Agency may add the ENERGY STAR 
logo to labels on certified covered products; such manufacturers may 
add the ENERGY STAR logo to labels only on those covered products that 
are contemplated by the Memorandum of Understanding.

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8. In Sec.  305.12, revise paragraphs (g)(12)(ii), (g)(13)(ii), (g)(14) 
introductory text, and (g)(14)(ii) to read as follows:


Sec.  305.12  Labeling for central air conditioners, heat pumps, and 
furnaces.

* * * * *
    (g) * * *
    (12) * * *
    (ii) A map appropriate for the model and accompanying text as 
illustrated in

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the sample label 7 in appendix L of this part.
* * * * *
    (13) * * *
    (ii) A map appropriate for the model and accompanying text as 
illustrated in the sample label 7 in appendix L of this part.
* * * * *
    (14) For any single-package air conditioner with a minimum EER 
below 11.0, the label must contain the following regional standards 
information:
* * * * *
    (ii) A map appropriate for the model and accompanying text as 
illustrated in the sample label 7 in appendix L of this part.
* * * * *


Sec.  305.16   [Amended]

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9. Amend Sec.  305.16 by removing paragraph (a)(5).

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10. Appendix C1 to part 305 is revised to read as follows:

Appendix C1 to Part 305--Compact Dishwashers

Range Information

    ``Compact'' includes countertop dishwasher models with a 
capacity of fewer than eight (8) place settings. Place settings 
shall be in accordance with appendix C to 10 CFR part 430, subpart 
B. Load patterns shall conform to the operating normal for the model 
being tested.

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                             Range of estimated annual
                                            energy costs (dollars/year)
                Capacity                 -------------------------------
                                                Low            High
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Compact.................................             $17             $27
------------------------------------------------------------------------


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11. Appendix C2 to part 305 is revised to read as follows:

Appendix C2 to Part 305--Standard Dishwashers

Range Information

    ``Standard'' includes dishwasher models with a capacity of eight 
(8) or more place settings. Place settings shall be in accordance 
with appendix C to 10 CFR part 430, subpart B. Load patterns shall 
conform to the operating normal for the model being tested.

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                             Range of estimated annual
                                            energy costs (dollars/year)
                Capacity                 -------------------------------
                                                Low            High
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Standard................................             $26             $40
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12. Appendix E to part 305 is revised to read as follows:

Appendix E to Part 305--Room Air Conditioners

Range Information

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                             Range of estimated annual
Manufacturer's rated cooling capacity in    energy costs (dollars/year)
                Btu's/hr                 -------------------------------
                                                Low            High
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Without Reverse Cycle and with Louvered
 Sides:
    Less than 6,000 Btu.................             $40             $53
    6,000 to 7,999 Btu..................              48              72
    8,000 to 13,999 Btu.................              65             127
    14,000 to 19,999 Btu................             115             182
    20,000 and more Btu.................             189             386
Without Reverse Cycle and without
 Louvered Sides:
    Less than 6,000 Btu.................             (*)             (*)
    6,000 to 7,999 Btu..................              58              80
    8,000 to 13,999 Btu.................              69             147
    14,000 to 19,999 Btu................             117             158
    20,000 and more Btu.................             (*)             (*)
With Reverse Cycle and with Louvered                  68             238
 Sides..................................
With Reverse Cycle, without Louvered                 (*)             (*)
 Sides..................................
------------------------------------------------------------------------
* No sufficient data submitted.


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13. Revise appendices G1, G2, G3, G4, G5, G6, G7, and G8 to read as 
follows:

Appendix G1 to Part 305--Furnaces--Gas

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                               Range of annual fuel
                                             utilization efficiencies
              Furnace type                            (AFUEs)
                                         -------------------------------
                                                Low            High
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Non-Weatherized Gas Furnaces--All                   80.0            98.7
 Capacities.............................
Weatherized Gas Furnaces--All Capacities            81.0            95.0
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Appendix G2 to Part 305--Furnaces--Electric

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                               Range of annual fuel
                                             utilization efficiencies
              Furnace type                            (AFUEs)
                                         -------------------------------
                                                Low            High
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Electric Furnaces--All Capacities.......           100.0           100.0
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Appendix G3 to Part 305--Furnaces--Oil

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                               Range of annual fuel
                                             utilization efficiencies
                  Type                                (AFUEs)
                                         -------------------------------
                                                Low            High
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Non-Weatherized Oil Furnaces--All                   83.0            96.7
 Capacities.............................
Weatherized Oil Furnaces--All Capacities            78.0            83.0
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Appendix G4 to Part 305--Mobile Home Furnaces--Gas

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                               Range of annual fuel
                                             utilization efficiencies
                  Type                                (AFUEs)
                                         -------------------------------
                                                Low            High
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Mobile Home Gas Furnaces--All Capacities            80.0            97.3
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Appendix G5 to Part 305--Mobile Home Furnaces--Oil

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                               Range of annual fuel
                                             utilization efficiencies
                  Type                                (AFUEs)
                                         -------------------------------
                                                Low            High
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Mobile Home Oil Furnaces--All Capacities            80.0            87.0
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Appendix G6 to Part 305--Boilers (Gas)

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                               Range of annual fuel
                                             utilization efficiencies
                  Type                                (AFUEs)
                                         -------------------------------
                                                Low            High
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Gas Boilers (except steam)--All                     82.0            96.8
 Capacities.............................
Gas Boilers (steam)--All Capacities.....            80.4            83.4
------------------------------------------------------------------------


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Appendix G7 to Part 305--Boilers (Oil)

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                               Range of annual fuel
                                             utilization efficiencies
                  Type                                (AFUEs)
                                         -------------------------------
                                                Low            High
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Oil Boilers--All Capacities.............            82.0            90.0
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Appendix G8 to Part 305--Boilers (Electric)

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                               Range of annual fuel
                                             utilization efficiencies
                  Type                                (AFUEs)
                                         -------------------------------
                                                Low            High
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Electric Boilers--All Capacities........             100             100
------------------------------------------------------------------------


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14. Appendices J1 and J2 are revised to read as follows:

Appendix J1 to Part 305--Pool Heaters--Gas

Range Information

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                                                              Range of thermal efficiencies (percent)
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
     Manufacturer's rated heating capacities                Natural Gas                       Propane
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
                                                        Low            High             Low            High
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All capacities..................................            82.0            96.0            82.0            96.0
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Appendix J2 to Part 305--Pool Heaters--Oil

Range Information

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                           Range of thermal efficiencies
                                                     (percent)
 Manufacturer's rated heating capacities -------------------------------
                                                Low            High
------------------------------------------------------------------------
All capacities..........................             (*)             (*)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
* No data submitted.

Appendix K to Part 305 [Removed]

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15. Appendix K to part 305 is removed.

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16. Appendices K1 and K2 are added to read as follows:

Appendix K1 to Part 305--Representative Average Unit Energy Costs for 
Refrigerators, Refrigerator-Freezers, Freezers, Clothes Washers, and 
Water Heater Labels

    This Table contains the representative unit energy costs that 
must be utilized to calculate estimated annual energy cost 
disclosures required under Sec. Sec.  305.11 and 305.20 for 
refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, freezers, clothes washers, and 
water heaters. This Table is based on information published by the 
U.S. Department of Energy in 2013.

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                                                                                      As required by DOE test
                  Type of energy                       In commonly used terms                procedure
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Electricity......................................  [cent]12.00/kWh \2\ \3\.......  $.1200/kWh.
Natural Gas......................................  $1.09/therm \4\ or $11.12/MCF   $0.0000109/Btu.
                                                    \5\ \6\.
No. 2 Heating Oil................................  $3.80/gallon \7\..............  $0.00002740/Btu.
Propane..........................................  $2.41/gallon \8\..............  $0.00002639/Btu.
Kerosene.........................................  $4.21/gallon \9\..............  $0.00003119/Btu.
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\1\ Btu stands for British thermal unit.
\2\ kWh stands for kiloWatt hour.
\3\ 1 kWh = 3,412 Btu.
\4\ 1 therm = 100,000 Btu. Natural gas prices include taxes.
\5\ MCF stands for 1,000 cubic feet.
\6\ For the purposes of this table, 1 cubic foot of natural gas has an energy equivalence of 1,023 Btu.
\7\ For the purposes of this table, 1 gallon of No. 2 heating oil has an energy equivalence of 138,690 Btu.
\8\ For the purposes of this table, 1 gallon of liquid propane has an energy equivalence of 91,333 Btu.
\9\ For the purposes of this table, 1 gallon of kerosene has an energy equivalence of 135,000 Btu.

Appendix K2 to Part 305--Representative Average Unit Energy Costs for 
Dishwasher and Room Air Conditioner Labels

    This Table contains the representative unit energy costs that must 
be utilized to calculate estimated annual energy cost disclosures 
required under Sec. Sec.  305.11 and 305.20 for dishwashers and room 
air conditioners. This Table is based on information published by the 
U.S. Department of Energy in 2017.

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                                                                                       As required by DOE test
                    Type of energy                        In commonly used terms              procedure
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Electricity..........................................  [cent]13.00/kWh \2\ \3\....  $.1300/kWh.
Natural Gas..........................................  $1.05/therm \4\ or $10.86/   $0.00001052/Btu.
                                                        MCF \5\ \6\.
No. 2 Heating Oil....................................  $2.59/gallon \7\...........  $0.00001883/Btu.
Propane..............................................  $1.53/gallon \8\...........  $0.00001672/Btu.
Kerosene.............................................  $3.01/gallon \9\...........  $0.00002232/Btu.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
\1\ Btu stands for British thermal units.
\2\ kWh stands for kilowatt hour.
\3\ kWh = 3,412 Btu.
\4\ therm = 100,000 Btu.
\5\ MCF stands for 1,000 cubic feet.
\6\ For the purposes of this table, one cubic foot of natural gas has an energy equivalence of 1,032 Btu.
\7\ For the purposes of this table, one gallon of No. 2 heating oil has an energy equivalence of 137,561 Btu.
\8\ For the purposes of this table, one gallon of liquid propane has an energy equivalence of 91,333 Btu.
\9\ For the purposes of this table, one gallon of kerosene has an energy equivalence of 135,000 Btu.


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17. In appendix L, revise prototype label 2, add sample label 2 in 
alphanumeric order, revise sample labels 3 and 4, add sample label 6 in 
alphanumeric order, and revise sample labels 9 and 9A to read as 
follows:
* * * * *
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    By direction of the Commission.
Donald S. Clark,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2018-03665 Filed 2-21-18; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 6750-01-C