Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Representative Average Unit Costs of Energy, 47482-47483 [2021-18325]

Download as PDF 47482 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 162 / Wednesday, August 25, 2021 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Representative Average Unit Costs of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In this notice, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is forecasting the representative average unit costs of five residential energy sources for the year 2021 pursuant to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (Act). The five sources are electricity, natural gas, No. 2 heating oil, propane, and kerosene. DATES: The representative average unit costs of energy contained in this notice will become effective September 24, 2021 and will remain in effect until further notice. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. John Cymbalsky, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, EE–5B, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585–0121, (202) 287–1692, ApplianceStandardsQuestions@ ee.doe.gov. Ms. Amelia Whiting, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of General Counsel, GC–33, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585–0103, (202) 586–2588, Amelia.Whiting@ hq.doe.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 323 of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act requires that DOE prescribe test procedures for the measurement of the estimated annual operating costs or other measures of energy consumption for certain consumer products specified in the Act. (42 U.S.C. 6293(b)(3)) These test procedures are found in Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 430, subpart B. Section 323(b)(3) of the Act requires that the estimated annual operating costs of a covered product be calculated SUMMARY: from measurements of energy use in a representative average use cycle or period of use and from representative average unit costs of the energy needed to operate such product during such cycle. (42 U.S.C. 6293(b)(3)) The section further requires that DOE provide information to manufacturers regarding the representative average unit costs of energy. (42 U.S.C. 6293(b)(4)) This cost information should be used by manufacturers to meet their obligations under section 323(c) of the Act. Most notably, these costs are used to comply with Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requirements for labeling. Manufacturers are required to use the revised DOE representative average unit costs when the FTC publishes new ranges of comparability for specific covered products, 16 CFR part 305. Interested parties can also find information covering the FTC labeling requirements at https://www.ftc.gov/ appliances. DOE last published representative average unit costs of residential energy in a Federal Register notice entitled, ‘‘Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Representative Average Unit Costs of Energy’’, dated March 17, 2021, 86 FR 14618. On September 24, 2021, the cost figures published in this notice will become effective and supersede those cost figures published on March 17, 2021. The cost figures set forth in this notice will be effective until further notice. DOE’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) has developed the 2021 representative average unit aftertax residential costs found in this notice. These costs for electricity, natural gas, No. 2 heating oil, and propane are based on simulations used to produce the August 2021, EIA ShortTerm Energy Outlook (EIA releases the Outlook monthly). The representative average unit after-tax cost for kerosene is derived from its price relative to that of heating oil, based on the 2010 to 2013 averages of the U.S. refiner price to end users, which include all the major energy-consuming sectors in the U.S. for these fuels. The source for these price data is the July 2021, Monthly Energy Review DOE/EIA–0035(2021/7). The representative average unit after-tax cost for propane is derived from its price relative to that of heating oil, based on the 2021 averages of the U.S. residential sector prices found in the Annual Energy Outlook 2021, AEO2021) (February 3, 2021). The Short-Term Energy Outlook, the Monthly Energy Review, and the Annual Energy Outlook are available on the EIA website at https://www.eia.doe.gov. For more information on the data sources used in this Notice, contact the National Energy Information Center, Forrestal Building, EI–30, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585, (202) 586–8800, email: infoctr@eia.doe.gov. The 2021 representative average unit costs under section 323(b)(4) of the Act are set forth in Table 1, and will become effective September 24, 2021. They will remain in effect until further notice. Signing Authority This document of the Department of Energy was signed on August 20, 2021, by Kelly Speakes-Backman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, pursuant to delegated authority from the Secretary of Energy. That document with the original signature and date is maintained by DOE. For administrative purposes only, and in compliance with requirements of the Office of the Federal Register, the undersigned DOE Federal Register Liaison Officer has been authorized to sign and submit the document in electronic format for publication, as an official document of the Department of Energy. This administrative process in no way alters the legal effect of this document upon publication in the Federal Register. Signed in Washington, DC, on August 20, 2021. Treena V. Garrett, Federal Register Liaison Officer, U.S. Department of Energy. TABLE 1—REPRESENTATIVE AVERAGE UNIT COSTS OF ENERGY FOR FIVE RESIDENTIAL ENERGY SOURCES (2021) Per million Btu 1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Type of energy Electricity ............................................................. Natural Gas ......................................................... No. 2 Heating Oil ................................................. Propane ............................................................... Kerosene ............................................................. $39.83 10.93 21.62 21.06 25.59 In commonly used terms 13.59¢/kWh 2 3 ..................................................... $1.093/therm 4 or $11.36/MCF 5 6 ........................ $2.97/gallon 7 ....................................................... $1.92/gallon 8 ....................................................... $3.45/gallon 9 ....................................................... As required by test procedure $0.136/kWh. $0.00001093/Btu. $0.00002162/Btu. $0.00002106/Btu. $0.00002559/Btu. Sources: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Short-Term Energy Outlook (August 10, 2021), Annual Energy Outlook (February 3, 2021), and Monthly Energy Review (July 27, 2021). Notes: Prices include taxes. 1 Btu stands for British thermal units. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:54 Aug 24, 2021 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\25AUN1.SGM 25AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 162 / Wednesday, August 25, 2021 / Notices 47483 2 kWh stands for kilowatt hour. kWh = 3,412 Btu. therm = 100,000 Btu. 5 MCF stands for 1,000 cubic feet. 6 For the purposes of this table, one 7 For the purposes of this table, one 8 For the purposes of this table, one 9 For the purposes of this table, one 31 41 cubic foot of natural gas has an energy equivalence of 1,039 Btu. gallon of No. 2 heating oil has an energy equivalence of 13,738 Btu. gallon of liquid propane has an energy equivalence of 91,333 Btu. gallon of kerosene has an energy equivalence of 135,000 Btu. [FR Doc. 2021–18325 Filed 8–24–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Combined Notice of Filings #1 Take notice that the Commission received the following electric rate filings: Docket Numbers: ER18–126–001; ER16–2019–005. Applicants: Five Points Solar Park LLC, AL Solar A, LLC. Description: Supplement to March 9, 2021 Notice of Non-Material Change in Status of AL Solar A, LLC, et al. Filed Date: 8/3/21. Accession Number: 20210803–5157. Comment Date: 5 p.m. ET 8/24/21. Docket Numbers: ER20–2528–002. Applicants: Airport Solar LLC. Description: Refund Report: Refund Report Under Docket ER20–2528 to be effective N/A. Filed Date: 8/18/21. Accession Number: 20210818–5049. Comment Date: 5 p.m. ET 9/8/21. Docket Numbers: ER21–123–000. Applicants: Idaho Power Company. Description: Idaho Power Company submits Demonstration for Formula Rate Meeting Requirements to Incorporate Changes in tax Rates. Filed Date: 7/14/21. Accession Number: 20210714–5169. Comment Date: 5 p.m. ET 9/1/21. Docket Numbers: ER21–2330–000; ER21–2331–000; ER21–2333–000; ER21–2336–000. Applicants: Tecolote Wind LLC, Red Cloud Wind LLC, Duran Mesa LLC, Clines Corners Wind Farm LLC. Description: Supplement to July 1, 2021 Clines Corners Wind Farm LLC, et al. tariff filing. Filed Date: 8/12/21. Accession Number: 20210812–5188. Comment Date: 5 p.m. ET 9/2/21. Docket Numbers: ER21–2537–001. Applicants: California Independent System Operator Corporation. Description: Tariff Amendment: 2021–08–18 Errata Filing—First Amendment to ABAOA—BANC to be effective 10/18/2021. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:54 Aug 24, 2021 Jkt 253001 Filed Date: 8/18/21. Accession Number: 20210818–5091. Comment Date: 5 p.m. ET 9/8/21. Docket Numbers: ER21–2704–000. Applicants: Wisconsin Power and Light Company. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: WPL-Grant County Affected System MPFCA to be effective 10/18/2021. Filed Date: 8/18/21. Accession Number: 20210818–5032. Comment Date: 5 p.m. ET 9/8/21. Docket Numbers: ER21–2705–000. Applicants: Wisconsin Power and Light Company. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: WPL–WE Affected System MPFCA to be effective 10/18/2021. Filed Date: 8/18/21. Accession Number: 20210818–5035. Comment Date: 5 p.m. ET 9/8/21. Docket Numbers: ER21–2706–000. Applicants: Wisconsin Power and Light Company. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: WPL-Red Barn Affected System MPFCA to be effective 10/18/2021. Filed Date: 8/18/21. Accession Number: 20210818–5037. Comment Date: 5 p.m. ET 9/8/21. Docket Numbers: ER21–2707–000. Applicants: Wisconsin Power and Light Company. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: Grant County et al Affected System MPFCA to be effective 10/18/2021. Filed Date: 8/18/21. Accession Number: 20210818–5043. Comment Date: 5 p.m. ET 9/8/21. Docket Numbers: ER21–2708–000. Applicants: Wisconsin Power and Light Company. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: Grant County Affected System FCA to be effective 10/18/2021. Filed Date: 8/18/21. Accession Number: 20210818–5045. Comment Date: 5 p.m. ET 9/8/21. Docket Numbers: ER21–2709–000. Applicants: Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: 2021–08–18_SA 3413 Ameren IL-Cass County Solar Project 1st Rev GIA (J859) to be effective 8/4/2021. Filed Date: 8/18/21. Accession Number: 20210818–5053. Comment Date: 5 p.m. ET 9/8/21. Docket Numbers: ER21–2710–000. PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Applicants: Idaho Power Company. Description: Idaho Power Company submits Average System Cost Filing for Sales of Electric Power to the Bonneville Power Administration, FY 2022–2023. Filed Date: 8/17/21. Accession Number: 20210817–5179. Comment Date: 5 p.m. ET 9/7/21. Docket Numbers: ER21–2711–000. Applicants: Octopus Energy LLC. 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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY


Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Representative 
Average Unit Costs of Energy

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

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In this notice, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is 
forecasting the representative average unit costs of five residential 
energy sources for the year 2021 pursuant to the Energy Policy and 
Conservation Act (Act). The five sources are electricity, natural gas, 
No. 2 heating oil, propane, and kerosene.

DATES: The representative average unit costs of energy contained in 
this notice will become effective September 24, 2021 and will remain in 
effect until further notice.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 
Mr. John Cymbalsky, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy 
Efficiency and Renewable Energy, EE-5B, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, 
Washington, DC 20585-0121, (202) 287-1692, 
[email protected].
Ms. Amelia Whiting, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of General 
Counsel, GC-33, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585-0103, 
(202) 586-2588, [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 323 of the Energy Policy and 
Conservation Act requires that DOE prescribe test procedures for the 
measurement of the estimated annual operating costs or other measures 
of energy consumption for certain consumer products specified in the 
Act. (42 U.S.C. 6293(b)(3)) These test procedures are found in Title 10 
of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 430, subpart B.
    Section 323(b)(3) of the Act requires that the estimated annual 
operating costs of a covered product be calculated from measurements of 
energy use in a representative average use cycle or period of use and 
from representative average unit costs of the energy needed to operate 
such product during such cycle. (42 U.S.C. 6293(b)(3)) The section 
further requires that DOE provide information to manufacturers 
regarding the representative average unit costs of energy. (42 U.S.C. 
6293(b)(4)) This cost information should be used by manufacturers to 
meet their obligations under section 323(c) of the Act. Most notably, 
these costs are used to comply with Federal Trade Commission (FTC) 
requirements for labeling. Manufacturers are required to use the 
revised DOE representative average unit costs when the FTC publishes 
new ranges of comparability for specific covered products, 16 CFR part 
305. Interested parties can also find information covering the FTC 
labeling requirements at https://www.ftc.gov/appliances.
    DOE last published representative average unit costs of residential 
energy in a Federal Register notice entitled, ``Energy Conservation 
Program for Consumer Products: Representative Average Unit Costs of 
Energy'', dated March 17, 2021, 86 FR 14618.
    On September 24, 2021, the cost figures published in this notice 
will become effective and supersede those cost figures published on 
March 17, 2021. The cost figures set forth in this notice will be 
effective until further notice.
    DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA) has developed the 
2021 representative average unit after-tax residential costs found in 
this notice. These costs for electricity, natural gas, No. 2 heating 
oil, and propane are based on simulations used to produce the August 
2021, EIA Short-Term Energy Outlook (EIA releases the Outlook monthly). 
The representative average unit after-tax cost for kerosene is derived 
from its price relative to that of heating oil, based on the 2010 to 
2013 averages of the U.S. refiner price to end users, which include all 
the major energy-consuming sectors in the U.S. for these fuels. The 
source for these price data is the July 2021, Monthly Energy Review 
DOE/EIA-0035(2021/7). The representative average unit after-tax cost 
for propane is derived from its price relative to that of heating oil, 
based on the 2021 averages of the U.S. residential sector prices found 
in the Annual Energy Outlook 2021, AEO2021) (February 3, 2021). The 
Short-Term Energy Outlook, the Monthly Energy Review, and the Annual 
Energy Outlook are available on the EIA website at https://www.eia.doe.gov. For more information on the data sources used in this 
Notice, contact the National Energy Information Center, Forrestal 
Building, EI-30, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585, 
(202) 586-8800, email: [email protected].
    The 2021 representative average unit costs under section 323(b)(4) 
of the Act are set forth in Table 1, and will become effective 
September 24, 2021. They will remain in effect until further notice.

Signing Authority

    This document of the Department of Energy was signed on August 20, 
2021, by Kelly Speakes-Backman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary 
and Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable 
Energy, pursuant to delegated authority from the Secretary of Energy. 
That document with the original signature and date is maintained by 
DOE. For administrative purposes only, and in compliance with 
requirements of the Office of the Federal Register, the undersigned DOE 
Federal Register Liaison Officer has been authorized to sign and submit 
the document in electronic format for publication, as an official 
document of the Department of Energy. This administrative process in no 
way alters the legal effect of this document upon publication in the 
Federal Register.

    Signed in Washington, DC, on August 20, 2021.
Treena V. Garrett,
Federal Register Liaison Officer, U.S. Department of Energy.

         Table 1--Representative Average Unit Costs of Energy for Five Residential Energy Sources (2021)
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                                     Per million Btu 1
           Type of energy                               In commonly used terms    As required by test procedure
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Electricity........................             $39.83  13.59[cent]/kWh 2 3...  $0.136/kWh.
Natural Gas........................              10.93  $1.093/therm 4 or       $0.00001093/Btu.
                                                         $11.36/MCF 5 6.
No. 2 Heating Oil..................              21.62  $2.97/gallon 7........  $0.00002162/Btu.
Propane............................              21.06  $1.92/gallon 8........  $0.00002106/Btu.
Kerosene...........................              25.59  $3.45/gallon 9........  $0.00002559/Btu.
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Sources: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Short-Term Energy Outlook (August 10, 2021), Annual Energy
  Outlook (February 3, 2021), and Monthly Energy Review (July 27, 2021).
Notes: Prices include taxes.
1 Btu stands for British thermal units.

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2 kWh stands for kilowatt hour.
3 1 kWh = 3,412 Btu.
4 1 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 1,039 Btu.
7 For the purposes of this table, one gallon of No. 2 heating oil has an energy equivalence of 13,738 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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