Department of Energy October 21, 2014 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts; Correction
Document Number: 2014-24985
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-10-21
Agency: Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to amend its test procedures for fluorescent lamp ballasts. Proposed changes include adopting text at its regulations concerning test procedures for the measurement of energy and water consumption to clarify the requirement to use the test procedures in Appendix Q1 to demonstrate compliance with the new and revised energy conservation standards that apply to fluorescent lamp ballasts manufactured on or after November 14, 2014. These revisions follow the intent of the fluorescent lamp ballast test procedure final rule to support any new or revised energy conservation standards at the time those standards require compliance. This notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) would also correct the formula for power factor, which contained a mathematical error as adopted in that final rule.
Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board, Portsmouth
Document Number: 2014-24984
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-21
Agency: Department of Energy
This notice announces a meeting of the Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board (EM SSAB), Portsmouth. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. No. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of this meeting be announced in the Federal Register.
Energy Conservation Program for Certain Industrial Equipment: Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Water Heating Equipment
Document Number: 2014-24983
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-10-21
Agency: Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is initiating a rulemaking to consider amended energy conservation standards for commercial water heaters, hot water supply boilers, and unfired hot water storage tanks (commercial water heating equipment). Once completed, this rulemaking will fulfill DOE's statutory obligation to either propose amended energy conservation standards for commercial water heating equipment or to determine that the existing standards do not need to be amended. This notice seeks to solicit information to help DOE determine whether national standards more stringent than those currently in place would result in a significant amount of additional energy savings and whether such amended national standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified. In overview, this document presents a brief description of the analysis DOE plans to perform for this rulemaking and requests comment on various issues relating to each of the analyses (e.g., market assessment, engineering analysis, energy use analysis, life-cycle cost and payback period analysis, and national impact analysis). Although this document contains several specific topics on which DOE is particularly interested in receiving written comment, DOE welcomes suggestions and information from the public on any subject within the scope of this rulemaking, including topics not raised in this RFI.
Energy Conservation Program for Certain Commercial Industrial Equipment: Conservation Standards for Commercial Pre-Rinse Spray Valves
Document Number: 2014-24982
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-10-21
Agency: Department of Energy
This document announces an extension of the time period for submitting comments, data, and information on the framework document for commercial pre-rinse spray valves, published on September 11, 2014. The comment period is extended to November 12, 2014.
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Test Procedures and Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Water Heaters
Document Number: 2014-24978
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-10-21
Agency: Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is requesting comments, data, and information related to solar-thermal water heating systems where solar components are paired with electric and/or fossil fuel- fired water heaters, which are utilized as secondary heat sources. Although this document contains several specific topics on which DOE is particularly interested in receiving written comment, DOE welcomes suggestions and information from the public on any subject related to solar water heaters.
PáTu Wind Farm, LLC (Complainants) v. Portland General Electric Company (Respondents); Notice of Complaint
Document Number: 2014-24974
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-21
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for High-Intensity Discharge Lamps
Document Number: 2014-24971
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-10-21
Agency: Department of Energy
The Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, requires DOE to prescribe test procedures and energy conservation standards for high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps for which it has determined that standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would result in significant energy savings. In this notice, DOE proposes to determine that energy conservation standards for high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps do not meet these criteria.
Agency Information Collection Extension
Document Number: 2014-24970
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-21
Agency: Department of Energy
The Department of Energy (DOE) has submitted an information collection request to the OMB for extension under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The information collection requests a three-year extension of its Procurement Collection, OMB Control Number 1910-4100. This information collection request covers information necessary to administer and manage DOE's procurement and acquisition programs.
Notice of Request for Information (RFI) Re: Photovoltaic Module Recycling
Document Number: 2014-24969
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-10-21
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The Department of Energy (DOE) today gives notice of a request for information regarding the possible technical areas of research in the area of photovoltaic module recycling. DOE intends to understand the current state of recycling technology and the areas of research that could lead to impactful recycling technologies to support the developing photovoltaic industry. The intent of this RFI is to generate discussion related to planning for the end of life of photovoltaic modules and to create a list of high impact research topics in photovoltaics recycling. Details regarding the RFI and instructions for submitting responses to the RFI can be found at the following URL address: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/.