Department of Energy August 27, 2021 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

The Office of Public Participation; Notice of Virtual Workshop on Technical Assistance
Document Number: 2021-18502
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-27
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Combined Notice of Filings #1
Document Number: 2021-18500
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-27
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Combined Notice of Filings
Document Number: 2021-18499
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-27
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Bonneville Power Administration; Notice of Filing
Document Number: 2021-18497
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-27
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Town of Rollinsford, New Hampshire; Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment
Document Number: 2021-18496
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-27
Agency: Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Distribution Transformers, Webinar and Availability of the Preliminary Technical Support Document
Document Number: 2021-18351
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-08-27
Agency: Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will hold a webinar to discuss and receive comments on the preliminary analysis it has conducted for purposes of evaluating energy conservation standards for distribution transformers. The webinar will cover the analytical framework, models, and tools that DOE is using to evaluate potential standards for this equipment; the results of preliminary analyses performed by DOE for this equipment; the potential energy conservation standard levels derived from these analyses that DOE could consider for this product should it determine that proposed amendments are necessary; and any other issues relevant to the evaluation of energy conservation standards for distribution transformers. In addition, DOE encourages written comments on these subjects.
Energy Conservation Program for Appliance Standards: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Furnaces and Commercial Water Heaters
Document Number: 2021-18017
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-08-27
Agency: Department of Energy
On January 15, 2021, the Department of Energy (DOE or Department) published a final interpretive rule in the Federal Register determining that, in the context of residential furnaces, commercial water heaters, and similarly-situated products or equipment, use of non-condensing technology (and associated venting) constitutes a performance-related ``feature'' under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (EPCA), that cannot be eliminated through adoption of an energy conservation standard. DOE deems it prudent to revisit its interpretation. For the reasons stated in this document, the Department proposes to return to its previous and long-standing interpretation (in effect prior to the January 15, 2021 final interpretive rule), under which the technology used to supply heated air or hot water is not a performance-related ``feature'' that provides a distinct consumer utility under EPCA. DOE requests comment on its proposed interpretation. Once DOE has arrived at a final interpretation, the Department plans to again evaluate whether amended energy conservation standards would result in significant savings of energy, be technologically feasible, and be economically justified, consistent with its interpretation.