Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Consumer Products and Certain Commercial and Industrial Equipment; Certification, Compliance, and Enforcement Requirements for Consumer Products and for Certain Commercial and Industrial Equipment; Technical Amendment to Energy Conservation Standards for Certain Consumer Products and Commercial and Industrial Equipment
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005) includes amendments to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) to provide for new Federal energy efficiency and water conservation test procedures, and related definitions, for certain consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment. The amendments direct the Department of Energy (DOE or the Department) to establish new test procedures for many of these products and certain equipment, in most cases based on applicable testing practices generally accepted by industry and other government agencies. Today, DOE proposes test procedures for eleven types of products for which EPACT 2005 identified specific test procedures. In addition, DOE proposes test procedures for three other products for which EPACT 2005 did not specify specific test procedures. Furthermore, the Department is proposing to adopt a new version of the current test procedure for small commercial package air- conditioning and heating equipment, which will not change the existing requirements. The Department is also proposing regulations for sampling during compliance testing, compliance certification, and enforcement to ensure compliance with EPACT's energy conservation standards. Today's proposed rule also includes compliance certification, and enforcement provisions that would also apply to commercial heating, ventilating, and air conditioning products, as well as commercial water heating products. The Department is also announcing a public meeting to discuss all of the above referenced proposals. Furthermore, the Department is announcing proposed technical corrections to the October 18, 2005 Final Rule, 70 FR 60407, which the Department has described in detail in today's proposed rule and will add to the rule language.