Preliminary Analysis Regarding Energy Efficiency Improvements in the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), 18833-18835 [2019-08963]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 85 / Thursday, May 2, 2019 / Notices 18833 DOE/FE ORDERS GRANTING IMPORT/EXPORT AUTHORIZATIONS—Continued 4365 ...................... 03/29/19 18–145–LNG .......................... Energia Costa Azul, S. de R.L. de C.V. 4366 ...................... 03/27/19 19–33–NG .............................. RBC Energy Services LP ........ 4367 ...................... 03/27/19 19–26–NG .............................. Northland Power Energy Marketing (US) Inc. [FR Doc. 2019–08942 Filed 5–1–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY [OE Docket No. EA–472] Application To Export Electric Energy; Luminant Energy Company LLC Office of Electricity, Department of Energy (DOE). ACTION: Notice of application. AGENCY: Luminant Energy Company LLC (Applicant or LUME) has applied for authorization to transmit electric energy from the United States to Canada pursuant to the Federal Power Act. DATES: Comments, protests, or motions to intervene must be submitted on or before June 3, 2019. ADDRESSES: Comments, protests, motions to intervene, or requests for more information should be addressed to: Office of Electricity, Mail Code: OE– 20, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585–0350. Because of delays in handling conventional mail, it is recommended that documents be transmitted by overnight mail, by electronic mail to Electricity.Exports@ hq.doe.gov, or by facsimile to 202–586– 8008. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Energy (DOE) regulates exports of electricity from the United States to a foreign country, pursuant to sections 301(b) and 402(f) of the Department of Energy Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7151(b) and 7172(f)). Such exports require authorization under section 202(e) of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 824a(e)). On April 17, 2019, DOE received an application from LUME for authorization to transmit electric energy from the United States to Canada as a power marketer for a five-year term using existing international transmission facilities. The Applicant states that it is certified as a Qualified Scheduling Entity with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and that it is registered with the Public Utility Commission of Texas as a wholesale power marketer. LUME is khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:51 May 01, 2019 Jkt 247001 Order 4365 granting long-term authority to export natural gas to Mexico and to re-export LNG from Mexico to Free Trade Agreement Nations and Non-Free Trade Agreement Nations (Large-Scale). Order 4366 granting blanket authority to import/export natural gas from/to Canada. Order 4367 granting blanket authority to import/export natural gas from/to Canada. also conditionally authorized to sell wholesale electric energy, capacity, and ancillary services outside of ERCOT at market-based rates pursuant to authority granted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). In its application, the Applicant states that it ‘‘does not own any electric generation, transmission facilities, or distribution facilities and does not hold a franchise or service territory or native load obligation.’’ The electric energy that the Applicant proposes to export to Canada over international electric transmission facilities would be surplus energy acquired from U.S. generating sources. The existing international transmission facilities to be utilized by the Applicant have previously been authorized by Presidential permits issued pursuant to Executive Order 10485, as amended, and are appropriate for open access transmission by third parties. Procedural Matters: Any person desiring to be heard in this proceeding should file a comment or protest to the application at the address provided above. Protests should be filed in accordance with Rule 211 of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211). Any person desiring to become a party to this proceeding should file a motion to intervene at the above address in accordance with FERC Rule 214 (18 CFR 385.214). Five (5) copies of such comments, protests, or motions to intervene should be sent to the address provided above on or before the date listed above. Comments and other filings concerning LUME’s application to export electric energy to Canada should be clearly marked with OE Docket No. EA–472. An additional copy is to be provided directly to both Jessica H. Miller, Vistra Energy, 1005 Congress Avenue, Suite 750, Austin, Texas 78701, and Tracey L. Bradley, Bracewell LLP, 2001 M Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20036. A final decision will be made on this application after the environmental impacts have been evaluated pursuant to DOE’s National Environmental Policy Act Implementing Procedures (10 CFR part 1021) and after DOE determines PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 that the proposed action will not have an adverse impact on the sufficiency of supply or reliability of the U.S. electric power supply system. Copies of this application will be made available, upon request, for public inspection and copying at the address provided above, by accessing the program website at http://energy.gov/ node/11845, or by emailing Angela Troy at Angela.Troy@hq.doe.gov. Signed in Washington, DC, on April 26, 2019. Christopher Lawrence, Management and Program Analyst, Transmission Permitting and Technical Assistance, Office of Electricity. [FR Doc. 2019–08958 Filed 5–1–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY [EERE–2018–BT–DET–0014] Preliminary Analysis Regarding Energy Efficiency Improvements in the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is announcing the availability of a Preliminary Energy Savings Analysis of the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (Preliminary Analysis). DOE welcomes written comments from interested parties on any subject within the scope of this Preliminary Analysis. DATES: DOE will accept written comments and information on the Preliminary Analysis no later than June 3, 2019. ADDRESSES: A copy of the Preliminary Analysis is available at https:// www.energycodes.gov/development/ determinations. Any comments submitted must provide docket number EERE–2018– BT–DET–0014. Comments may be submitted using any of the following methods: SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\02MYN1.SGM 02MYN1 18834 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 85 / Thursday, May 2, 2019 / Notices 1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. 2. Email: 2018IECC2018DET0014@ ee.doe.gov. Include the docket number in the subject line of the message. 3. Postal Mail: Building Energy Codes Program, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, EE–5B, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, EE–5B, Washington, DC 20585–0121. If possible, please submit all items on a CD, in which case it is not necessary to include printed copies. 4. Hand Delivery/Courier: Building Energy Codes Program, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, 950 L’Enfant Plaza SW, EE–5B, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20024. If possible, please submit all items on a CD, in which case it is not necessary to include printed copies. For detailed instructions on submitting comments, see section II of this document (Public Participation). Public Docket: The docket, which includes Federal Register notices, comments, and other supporting documents/materials, is available for review at http://www.regulations.gov. All documents in the docket are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index. However, some documents listed in the index, such as those containing information that is exempt from public disclosure, may not be publicly available. A link to the docket on the Regulations.gov site can be found at: http://www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=EERE-2018-BT-DET0014. The Regulations.gov web page will contain instructions on how to access all documents, including public comments, in the docket. See section II for further information on how to submit comments through Regulations.gov. khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeremiah Williams; U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, EE–5B, Washington, DC 20585; (202) 441–1288; Jeremiah.Williams@ee.doe.gov. For legal issues, please contact Kavita Vaidyanathan; U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, GC–33, Washington, DC 20585; (202) 586–0669; Kavita.Vaidyanathan@hq.doe.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background II. Public Participation I. Background Title III of the Energy Conservation and Production Act, as amended (ECPA), establishes requirements for VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:51 May 01, 2019 Jkt 247001 building energy conservation standards, administered by the DOE Building Energy Codes Program. (42 U.S.C. 6831 et seq.) Section 304(a)(5)(A), as amended, of ECPA provides that whenever the CABO Model Energy Code, or any successor to that code, is revised, the Secretary of Energy (Secretary) must make a determination, not later than 12 months after such revision, whether the revised code would improve energy efficiency in residential buildings, and must publish notice of such determination in the Federal Register. (42 U.S.C. 6833(a)(5)(A)) The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) is the contemporary successor to the CABO Model Energy Code specified in ECPA. The 2018 IECC (2018 edition), the most recent edition, was published in August 2017, triggering the statutorilyrequired DOE review process. The IECC is developed through an industry consensus process administered by the International Code Council (ICC). The ICC has an established program for regular review of the IECC, identifying whether proposed changes have energy and cost impacts, and incorporating changes approved by the ICC governmental voting body. Updated editions of the IECC are typically published every three years. More information on the ICC code development process is available at: https://www.iccsafe.org/codes-techsupport/codes/code-developmentprocess/code-development-2/. II. Discussion of Findings To meet the statutory requirement, DOE conducted a Preliminary Energy Savings Analysis of the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (Preliminary Analysis) to quantify the expected energy savings associated with the 2018 IECC. The Preliminary Analysis indicates, of the 47 proposed code changes which directly impact energy use, 11 changes resulted in a reduction of energy use, with 3 changes projected to increase energy use. The remaining 33 changes are projected to have no or limited effect on energy usage. Preliminary Energy and Cost Savings Analysis DOE’s Preliminary review and analysis of the 2018 IECC identified two key changes which result in the bulk of the energy savings associated with the updated code: • RE31 (Fenestration): Lowers (improves) fenestration U-factors in climate zones 3–8 • RE127 (Lighting): Increases highefficacy lighting from 75% to 90% of PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 permanently installed fixtures in all homes. These changes are expected to have a significant and measurable impact on energy efficiency in residential buildings. These changes are expected to increase energy savings, impact a significant fraction of new homes, and can be reasonably quantified through the established methodology. Together, the key impacts identified above are expected to result in life-cycle cost savings ranging from a low of $398 in climate zone 1 to a high of $1071 in climate zone 8. Expected payback ranges from 0.0 years (immediate payback) in climate zones 1 and 2 to 1.8 years in climate zone 3. National average savings are $480 with a payback of 1.1 years. More information on these two changes and their expected energy savings impacts are presented in a separate technical analysis, Preliminary Energy Savings Analysis: 2018 IECC Residential Requirements.1 Preliminary Determination of Impacts on Energy Efficiency Review of the 2018 IECC indicates the updated model code will increase energy efficiency in residential buildings. Residential buildings meeting the 2018 IECC (compared to the previous 2015 IECC edition) are expected to incur the following savings on a weighted national average basis: • 1.68 percent of annual site energy; • 1.91 percent of annual source energy, and; • 1.97 percent of annual energy costs. The full Preliminary Analysis, including an assessment of the expected energy and cost impacts, is available via the DOE Building Energy Codes Program: https://www.energycodes.gov/ development/determinations. Request for Comment on IECC Changes DOE welcomes written comments from interested parties on these technical documents and cost saving analysis. III. Public Participation DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding the Preliminary Analysis no later than the date provided in the DATES section at the beginning of this notice. Interested parties may submit comments, data, and other information using any of the methods described in the ADDRESSES section at the beginning of this notice. 1 https://www.energycodes.gov/sites/default/files/ documents/2018_IECC_PreliminaryDetermination_ TSD.pdf. 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It is DOE’s policy that all comments may be included in the public docket, without change and as received, including any personal information provided in the comments (except information deemed to be exempt from public disclosure). Signed in Washington, DC, on April 25, 2019. David Nemtzow, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. [FR Doc. 2019–08963 Filed 5–1–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY [OE Docket No. EA–471] Application To Export Electric Energy; Luminant Energy Company LLC Office of Electricity, Department of Energy (DOE). ACTION: Notice of application. AGENCY: Luminant Energy Company LLC (Applicant or LUME) has applied for authorization to transmit electric energy from the United States to Mexico pursuant to the Federal Power Act. DATES: Comments, protests, or motions to intervene must be submitted on or before June 3, 2019. 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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 85 (Thursday, May 2, 2019)]
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

[EERE-2018-BT-DET-0014]


Preliminary Analysis Regarding Energy Efficiency Improvements in 
the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)

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

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is announcing the 
availability of a Preliminary Energy Savings Analysis of the 2018 
International Energy Conservation Code (Preliminary Analysis). DOE 
welcomes written comments from interested parties on any subject within 
the scope of this Preliminary Analysis.

DATES: DOE will accept written comments and information on the 
Preliminary Analysis no later than June 3, 2019.

ADDRESSES: A copy of the Preliminary Analysis is available at https://www.energycodes.gov/development/determinations.
    Any comments submitted must provide docket number EERE-2018-BT-DET-
0014. Comments may be submitted using any of the following methods:

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    1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow 
the instructions for submitting comments.
    2. Email: [email protected]. Include the docket number 
in the subject line of the message.
    3. Postal Mail: Building Energy Codes Program, U.S. Department of 
Energy, Building Technologies Office, EE-5B, 1000 Independence Avenue 
SW, EE-5B, Washington, DC 20585-0121. If possible, please submit all 
items on a CD, in which case it is not necessary to include printed 
copies.
    4. Hand Delivery/Courier: Building Energy Codes Program, U.S. 
Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, 950 L'Enfant Plaza 
SW, EE-5B, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20024.
    If possible, please submit all items on a CD, in which case it is 
not necessary to include printed copies. For detailed instructions on 
submitting comments, see section II of this document (Public 
Participation).
    Public Docket: The docket, which includes Federal Register notices, 
comments, and other supporting documents/materials, is available for 
review at http://www.regulations.gov. All documents in the docket are 
listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index. However, some documents 
listed in the index, such as those containing information that is 
exempt from public disclosure, may not be publicly available. A link to 
the docket on the Regulations.gov site can be found at: http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=EERE-2018-BT-DET-0014. The 
Regulations.gov web page will contain instructions on how to access all 
documents, including public comments, in the docket. See section II for 
further information on how to submit comments through Regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeremiah Williams; U.S. Department of 
Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, 1000 
Independence Avenue SW, EE-5B, Washington, DC 20585; (202) 441-1288; 
[email protected].
    For legal issues, please contact Kavita Vaidyanathan; U.S. 
Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel, 1000 Independence 
Avenue SW, GC-33, Washington, DC 20585; (202) 586-0669; 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background
II. Public Participation

I. Background

    Title III of the Energy Conservation and Production Act, as amended 
(ECPA), establishes requirements for building energy conservation 
standards, administered by the DOE Building Energy Codes Program. (42 
U.S.C. 6831 et seq.) Section 304(a)(5)(A), as amended, of ECPA provides 
that whenever the CABO Model Energy Code, or any successor to that 
code, is revised, the Secretary of Energy (Secretary) must make a 
determination, not later than 12 months after such revision, whether 
the revised code would improve energy efficiency in residential 
buildings, and must publish notice of such determination in the Federal 
Register. (42 U.S.C. 6833(a)(5)(A)) The International Energy 
Conservation Code (IECC) is the contemporary successor to the CABO 
Model Energy Code specified in ECPA.
    The 2018 IECC (2018 edition), the most recent edition, was 
published in August 2017, triggering the statutorily-required DOE 
review process. The IECC is developed through an industry consensus 
process administered by the International Code Council (ICC). The ICC 
has an established program for regular review of the IECC, identifying 
whether proposed changes have energy and cost impacts, and 
incorporating changes approved by the ICC governmental voting body. 
Updated editions of the IECC are typically published every three years. 
More information on the ICC code development process is available at: 
https://www.iccsafe.org/codes-tech-support/codes/code-development-process/code-development-2/.

II. Discussion of Findings

    To meet the statutory requirement, DOE conducted a Preliminary 
Energy Savings Analysis of the 2018 International Energy Conservation 
Code (Preliminary Analysis) to quantify the expected energy savings 
associated with the 2018 IECC. The Preliminary Analysis indicates, of 
the 47 proposed code changes which directly impact energy use, 11 
changes resulted in a reduction of energy use, with 3 changes projected 
to increase energy use. The remaining 33 changes are projected to have 
no or limited effect on energy usage.

Preliminary Energy and Cost Savings Analysis

    DOE's Preliminary review and analysis of the 2018 IECC identified 
two key changes which result in the bulk of the energy savings 
associated with the updated code:
     RE31 (Fenestration): Lowers (improves) fenestration U-
factors in climate zones 3-8
     RE127 (Lighting): Increases high-efficacy lighting from 
75% to 90% of permanently installed fixtures in all homes.
    These changes are expected to have a significant and measurable 
impact on energy efficiency in residential buildings. These changes are 
expected to increase energy savings, impact a significant fraction of 
new homes, and can be reasonably quantified through the established 
methodology.
    Together, the key impacts identified above are expected to result 
in life-cycle cost savings ranging from a low of $398 in climate zone 1 
to a high of $1071 in climate zone 8. Expected payback ranges from 0.0 
years (immediate payback) in climate zones 1 and 2 to 1.8 years in 
climate zone 3. National average savings are $480 with a payback of 1.1 
years.
    More information on these two changes and their expected energy 
savings impacts are presented in a separate technical analysis, 
Preliminary Energy Savings Analysis: 2018 IECC Residential 
Requirements.\1\
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Preliminary Determination of Impacts on Energy Efficiency

    Review of the 2018 IECC indicates the updated model code will 
increase energy efficiency in residential buildings. Residential 
buildings meeting the 2018 IECC (compared to the previous 2015 IECC 
edition) are expected to incur the following savings on a weighted 
national average basis:
     1.68 percent of annual site energy;
     1.91 percent of annual source energy, and;
     1.97 percent of annual energy costs.
    The full Preliminary Analysis, including an assessment of the 
expected energy and cost impacts, is available via the DOE Building 
Energy Codes Program: https://www.energycodes.gov/development/determinations.

Request for Comment on IECC Changes

    DOE welcomes written comments from interested parties on these 
technical documents and cost saving analysis.

III. Public Participation

    DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding the 
Preliminary Analysis no later than the date provided in the DATES 
section at the beginning of this notice. Interested parties may submit 
comments, data, and other information using any of the methods 
described in the ADDRESSES section at the beginning of this notice.

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Submitting Comments via the Regulations.gov Website

    The Regulations.gov web page will require you to provide your name 
and contact information. Your contact information will be viewable to 
DOE Building Technologies Office staff only. Your contact information 
will not be publicly viewable, except for your first and last names, 
organization name (if any), and submitter representative name (if any). 
If your comment is not processed properly because of technical 
difficulties, DOE will use this information to contact you. If DOE 
cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot 
contact you for clarification, DOE may not be able to consider your 
comment.
    However, your contact information will be publicly viewable if you 
include it in the comment itself or in any documents attached to your 
comment. Any information that you do not want to be publicly viewable 
should not be included in your comment, nor in any document attached to 
your comment. Do not submit to http://www.regulations.gov information 
for which disclosure is restricted by statute, such as trade secrets 
and commercial or financial information (hereinafter referred to as 
Confidential Business Information (CBI)). Comments submitted through 
http://www.regulations.gov cannot be claimed as CBI. Comments received 
through the website will waive any CBI claims for the information 
submitted. For information on submitting CBI, see the Confidential 
Business Information section below.
    DOE processes submissions made through Regulations.gov before 
posting. Normally, comments will be posted within a few days of being 
submitted. However, if large volumes of comments are being processed 
simultaneously, your comment may not be viewable for up to several 
weeks. Please keep the comment tracking number that Regulations.gov 
provides after you have successfully uploaded your comment.

Submitting Comments via Email, Hand Delivery/Courier, or Mail

    Comments and documents submitted via email, hand delivery, or mail 
also will be posted to Regulations.gov. If you do not want your 
personal contact information to be publicly viewable, do not include it 
in your comment or any accompanying documents. Instead, provide your 
contact information in a cover letter, including your first and last 
names, email address, telephone number, and optional mailing address. 
The cover letter will not be publicly viewable as long as it does not 
include any comments.
    Include contact information each time you submit comments, data, 
documents, and other information to DOE. If you submit via mail or hand 
delivery/courier, please provide all items on a CD, if feasible. It is 
not necessary to submit printed copies. No facsimiles (faxes) will be 
accepted.
    Comments, data, and other information submitted to DOE 
electronically should be provided in PDF (preferred), Microsoft Word or 
Excel, WordPerfect, or text (ASCII) file format. Provide documents that 
are not secured, that are written in English, and that are free of any 
defects or viruses. Documents should not contain special characters or 
any form of encryption and, if possible, they should carry the 
electronic signature of the author.

Campaign Form Letters

    Please submit campaign form letters by the originating organization 
in batches of between 50 to 500 form letters per PDF or as one form 
letter with a list of supporters' names compiled into one or more PDFs. 
This reduces comment processing and posting time.

Confidential Business Information

    According to 10 CFR 1004.11, any person submitting information that 
he or she believes to be confidential and exempt by law from public 
disclosure should submit via email, postal mail, or hand delivery/
courier two well-marked copies: One copy of the document marked 
confidential including all the information believed to be confidential, 
and one copy of the document marked non-confidential with the 
information believed to be confidential deleted. Submit these documents 
via email or on a CD, if feasible. DOE will make its own determination 
about the confidential status of the information and treat it according 
to its determination.
    Factors of interest to DOE when evaluating requests to treat 
submitted information as confidential include: (1) A description of the 
items; (2) whether and why such items are customarily treated as 
confidential within the industry; (3) whether the information is 
generally known by or available from other sources; (4) whether the 
information has previously been made available to others without 
obligation concerning its confidentiality; (5) an explanation of the 
competitive injury to the submitting person which would result from 
public disclosure; (6) when such information might lose its 
confidential character due to the passage of time; and (7) why 
disclosure of the information would be contrary to the public interest.
    It is DOE's policy that all comments may be included in the public 
docket, without change and as received, including any personal 
information provided in the comments (except information deemed to be 
exempt from public disclosure).

    Signed in Washington, DC, on April 25, 2019.
David Nemtzow,
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Energy 
Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
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