Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Commercial Equipment; Early Assessment Review: Commercial Refrigerators, Refrigerator-Freezers, and Freezers
The U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is undertaking an early assessment review to determine whether amendments are warranted for the test procedure for commercial refrigerators, refrigerator- freezers, and freezers (``CRE''). DOE has identified certain issues associated with the currently applicable test procedure on which DOE is interested in receiving comment. The issues identified in this document concern scope and definitions, industry test standards, test conditions for specific CRE categories, test procedure clarifications and modifications, alternative refrigerants, certification of volumes, and test procedure waivers. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document, including topics not raised in this request for information (``RFI'').
Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Unfired Hot Water Storage Tanks
The Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (EPCA), prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including unfired hot water storage tanks (UFHWSTs). EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) to periodically determine whether more-stringent, amended standards would result in significant additional conservation of energy, be technologically feasible, and be economically justified. After carefully considering the available market and technical information for this equipment, DOE has tentatively concluded in this document that it lacks clear and convincing evidence that more-stringent standards for UFHWSTs would save a significant additional amount of energy and would be economically justified. As such, DOE has initially determined that energy conservation standards for UFHWSTs do not need to be amended. DOE requests comment on this notification of proposed determination (NOPD), as well as the associated analyses and results.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Extension
The Department of Energy, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, intends to extend for three years an information collection request with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Change in Control
The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice of receipt of a Statement of Change in Control filed jointly on April 30, 2021 (Statement) (as supplemented on May 3 and May 19, 2021) by the following entities: Cameron LNG, LLC; Ecogas Mexico, S. de R.L. de C.V.; ECA Liquefaction, S. de R.L. de C.V.; Energ[iacute]a Costa Azul, S. de R.L. de C.V.; Port Arthur LNG, LLC; Port Arthur LNG Phase II, LLC; Sempra Gas & Power Marketing, LLC; Sempra LNG International, LLC; Sempra LNG Marketing, LLC; Termolectrica de Mexicali, S. de R.L. de C.V.; and Vista Pacifico LNG, S.A.P.I de C.V. (collectively, Authorization Holders) in the above-referenced dockets. The Authorization Holders are all affiliates of Sempra Energy (Sempra). The Statement, as supplemented, describes a change in the Authorization Holders' upstream ownership. The Statement was filed under the Natural Gas Act (NGA).
Notice of Request for Information (RFI) on Hydrogen Program's Demonstration Opportunities Aligned With Hydrogen Energy Earthshot Initiative
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invites public comment on its Request for Information (RFI) number DE-FOA-0002529 regarding the DOE's Hydrogen Energy Earthshot initiative to enable low cost, clean hydrogen at scale. Energy Earthshots being launched by DOE look beyond incremental advances and aim, instead, at the game-changing breakthroughs that will secure American leadership in enabling net-zero carbon technologies and address the climate crisis through the build-up of a clean and equitable energy future for all. The information being sought is intended to assist DOE's Hydrogen Program in further defining the scope and priorities of its initiatives to accelerate the production, storage, delivery, and end use of clean, affordable hydrogen in the United States. Specifically, this RFI seeks input on viable hydrogen demonstration and deployment projects, as well as science and innovation, that enable clean and affordable hydrogen production, infrastructure and end use to reduce emissions, create jobs, provide benefits to disadvantaged communities, and enable a net- zero carbon emissions economy by 2050. This is solely a request for information and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). DOE is not accepting applications.
Renewal of a Currently Approved Information Collection for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Financing Programs
The Department of Energy (DOE), pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, intends to extend for three years a currently approved collection of information with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The information collection request, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, was previously approved under OMB Control No. 1910-5150 and its current expiration date is September 30, 2021. The proposed collection will collect information on the status of Grantee activities, expenditures, and results, to ensure that program funds are being used appropriately, effectively, and expeditiously.
Procedures for the Issuance of Guidance Documents
In accordance with an Executive Order issued by the President on January 20, 2021, and for the reasons explained in the preamble of this final rule, the Department of Energy (DOE or ``the Department'') withdraws the Department's final rule on guidance implementing the Executive Order ``Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents.''
Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Consumer Products/Certain Commercial and Industrial Equipment; Early Assessment Review; Ceiling Fan Light Kits
The U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is undertaking an early assessment review for amended energy conservation standards for ceiling fan light kits (``CFLKs'') to determine whether to amend applicable energy conservation standards for this product. Specifically, through this request for information (``RFI''), DOE seeks data and information to evaluate whether amended energy conservation standards would result in significant savings of energy; be technologically feasible; and be economically justified. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including those topics not specifically raised), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information concerning this early assessment review.
Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Consumer Products; Early Assessment Review; Dehumidifiers
The U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') is undertaking an early assessment review for amended energy conservation standards for dehumidifiers to determine whether to amend applicable energy conservation standards for this product. Specifically, through this request for information (``RFI''), DOE seeks data and information that could enable the agency to determine whether DOE should propose a ``no- new-standard'' determination because a more stringent standard: Would not result in a significant savings of energy; is not technologically feasible; is not economically justified; or any combination of the foregoing. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including those topics not specifically raised in this RFI), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information concerning this early assessment review.