Energy Conservation Program for Appliance Standards: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Furnaces and Commercial Water Heaters
On August 27, 2021, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE or Department) published in the Federal Register for public comment a proposed interpretive rule to reinstate a long-standing interpretation under which, in the context of residential furnaces, commercial water heaters, and similarly-situated products or equipment, the heat exchanger technology (and associated venting) used to supply heated air or hot water is not a performance-related ``feature'' that provides a distinct consumer utility under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (EPCA). The August 27, 2021 proposed interpretive rule set forth the basis and rationale for this final interpretive rule, in which DOE responds to public comments and ultimately reinstates its long-standing interpretation as proposed.
Petroleum Equivalence Factor, Notification of Petition for Rulemaking
This document announces receipt of a petition for rulemaking received by the Department of Energy (DOE) on October 22, 2021, from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Sierra Club requesting that DOE update its regulations concerning procedures for calculating a value for the petroleum-equivalent fuel economy of electric vehicles (EVs) for use in the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program administered by the Department of Transportation (DOT). This document summarizes the substantive aspects of this petition and requests public comments on the merits of the petition.
President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology
This notice announces an open meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.
Commission Information Collection Activity (FERC-725B4); Comment Request; Extension
In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is soliciting public comment on the information collection requirements associated with Reliability Standards CIP-004-7 and CIP- 011-3 in Docket No. RD21-6-000. The burden for the requirements will be included in FERC-725B4 (Mandatory Reliability Standards for Critical Infrastructure Protection [CIP] Reliability Standards).
Notice of 229 Boundary Revision for the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
Notice is hereby given that the Department of Energy (DOE), pursuant to the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, as implemented by DOE's regulations regarding Trespassing on DOE property which published in the Federal Register on October 31, 1969, prohibits the unauthorized entry, and the unauthorized introduction of weapons or dangerous materials, into or upon the following described facility of the ANL of the DOE.
Application To Export Electric Energy; SociVolta, Inc.
SociVolta, Inc. (Applicant or SociVolta) has applied for authorization to transmit electric energy from the United States to Mexico pursuant to the Federal Power Act.
Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board, Hanford
This notice announces an online virtual meeting of the Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board (EM SSAB), Hanford. The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that public notice of this online virtual meeting be announced in the Federal Register.
Request for Information: DOE's Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Model (C2M2) Version 2.0 (July 2021); Extension
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is extending the public comment period for its Request for Information (RFI) regarding the Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Model (C2M2). DOE published the RFI in the Federal Register on November 24, 2021, establishing a 30-day public comment period that ends December 27, 2021. DOE is extending the public comment period for 45 days to February 10, 2022.
Notice of Availability of Guidance and Application for Hydroelectric Incentive Program
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice of updated guidance for the Energy Policy Act of 2005 program. The guidance describes the hydroelectric incentive payment requirements and explains the type of information that owners or authorized operators of qualified hydroelectric facilities must provide DOE when applying for hydroelectric incentive payments. The hydroelectric incentive payments are a benefit available for electric energy generated and sold for a specified 10-year period as authorized under the Energy Policy Act of 2005. In Congressional appropriations for Federal fiscal year 2021, DOE received funds to support this hydroelectric incentive program. At this time, DOE is only accepting applications from owners and authorized operators of qualified hydroelectric facilities for hydroelectricity generated and sold in calendar year 2020.
Exports of U.S.-Origin Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) for Medical Isotope Production: Certification of Sufficient Supplies of Non-HEU-based Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) To Meet Needs of Patients in the United States
DOE and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in accordance with the American Medical Isotopes Production Act of 2012 (AMIPA), have issued a joint Secretarial certification that there is a sufficient global supply of Mo-99 produced without the use of HEU available to meet the needs of patients in the United States and that it is not necessary to export United States-origin HEU for the purposes of medical isotope production in order to meet United States patient needs. This certification is effective as of January 2, 2022.
Request for Information (RFI) on Using a Consent-Based Siting Process To Identify Federal Interim Storage Facilities; Correction
On December 1, 2021, the Office of Nuclear Energy, Department of Energy, published a request for information in the Federal Register on how to site federal facilities for the temporary, consolidated storage of spent nuclear fuel using a consent-based approach. This document corrects broken hyperlinks to the Invitation for Public Comment and to the 2017 Draft Consent-Based Siting Process for Consolidated Storage and Disposal Facilities for Spent Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste.
Rate Recovery, Reporting, and Accounting Treatment of Industry Association Dues and Certain Civic, Political, and Related Expenses
In this Notice of Inquiry, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) seeks comments on the rate recovery, reporting, and accounting treatment of industry association dues and certain civic, political, and related expenses. In addition, the Commission seeks comments on the ratemaking implications of potential accounting and reporting changes. The Commission also seeks comments on whether additional transparency or guidance is needed with respect to defining donations for charitable, social, or community welfare purposes.
Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Direct Expansion-Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems
The U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is publishing a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (``SNOPR'') to establish a test procedure for direct-expansion dedicated outdoor systems (``DX- DOASes'') pursuant to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended. This document presents an updated proposal based on stakeholder feedback received in response to the July 7, 2021, notice of proposed rulemaking. DOE is revising its proposals regarding the terminology used to describe the equipment at issue and to provide additional direction for testing equipment with special components. DOE welcomes written comment from the public on any subject within the scope of this document, as well as the submission of data and other relevant information.