Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee
This notice announces a meeting of the Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee (ASCAC). The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.
Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Unfired Hot Water Storage Tanks
The U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is initiating an effort to determine whether to amend the current uniform national standard for unfired hot water storage tanks (``UFHWSTs''). Under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, as amended, DOE must review this standard at least once every six years and publish either a notice of proposed rulemaking (``NOPR'') to propose an amended standard (or standards) for UFHWSTs or a notice of determination that the existing standard does not need to be amended. This request for information (``RFI'') seeks to solicit information from the public to help DOE determine whether an amended standard for UFHWSTs would result a significant energy savings and whether such a standard would be technologically feasible and economically justified. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this RFI).
Energy Conservation Program: Petition for Waiver of LG Electronics USA, Inc. From the Department of Energy Portable Air Conditioner Test Procedure and Notice of Grant of Interim Waiver
This document announces receipt of and publishes a petition for waiver from LG Electronics USA, Inc. (``LG''), which seeks an exemption from the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') test procedure used for determining the efficiency of specified portable air conditioner basic models. LG seeks to use an alternate test procedure to address issues involved in testing the basic models identified in its petition. According to LG, the current DOE test procedure for single-duct portable air conditioners does not take into account the benefits of portable air conditioners that use variable-speed compressors (``variable-speed portable air conditioners''), due to their part-load performance characteristics, and misrepresents their actual energy consumption. LG requests use of an alternate test procedure, under which the test unit's final combined energy efficiency ratio (``CEER'') metric would be calculated by multiplying the unit's measured CEER value (as measured according to the existing procedure for a single-duct portable air conditioner) by a ``performance adjustment factor.'' The performance adjustment factor would reflect the performance improvement associated with avoiding cycling losses as a result of implementing a variable-speed compressor, when tested under the two rating conditions currently used for testing dual-duct portable air conditioners. DOE grants LG an interim waiver from DOE's portable air conditioner test procedure for the basic models listed in the interim waiver, subject to use of the alternate test procedure as set forth in the Interim Waiver Order. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning LG's petition and its suggested alternate test procedure to inform its final decision on LG's waiver request.
Energy Conservation Program: Decision and Order Granting a Waiver Store It Cold From the Department of Energy Walk-in Cooler Refrigeration System Test Procedure
The U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') gives notice of a Decision and Order (Case Number 2018-002) that grants Store It Cold a waiver from specified portions of the DOE test procedure for determining the energy efficiency of specified walk-in refrigeration system models. Store It Cold is required to test and rate specified basic models of its walk-in cooler refrigeration system in accordance with the alternate test procedure specified.
Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Cooking Products
On April 25, 2018, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notification of petition from the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) to withdraw, and immediately stay the effectiveness of, the conventional cooking top test procedure. Based on the review of public comments and data received in response to this petition, DOE proposes to withdraw the test procedure for conventional cooking tops established under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA). DOE has tentatively determined that the conventional cooking top test procedure may not accurately represent consumer use for gas cooking tops, may not be repeatable or reproducible for both gas and electric cooking tops, and is overly burdensome to conduct.