Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office 2007 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Energy Conservation Standards for New Federal Commercial and Multi-Family High-Rise Residential Buildings and New Federal Low-Rise Residential Buildings
Document Number: E7-24615
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-12-21
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is adopting with changes the interim final rule published on December 4, 2006 (71 FR 70275) that implemented provisions in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 that require DOE to establish revised energy efficiency performance standards for the construction of all new Federal buildings. The standards in today's final rule apply to commercial and multi-family high-rise residential buildings and low-rise residential buildings, as designed and constructed.
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Decision and Order Granting a Waiver to Samsung Air Conditioning From the Department of Energy Residential and Commercial Package Air Conditioner and Heat Pump Test Procedures [Case No. CAC-009]
Document Number: E7-24439
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-17
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
This notice publishes the Department of Energy's Decision and Order in Case No. CAC-009, which grants a waiver to Samsung Air Conditioning (Samsung) from the existing Department of Energy (DOE) residential and commercial package air conditioner and heat pump test procedures for specified Digital Variable Multi (DVM) variable refrigerant flow multi-split products. As a condition of this waiver, Samsung must test and rate its DVM multi-split products according to the alternate test procedure set forth in this notice.
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Decision and Order Granting a Waiver to Fujitsu General From the Department of Energy Residential Central Air Conditioner and Heat Pump Test Procedure [Case No. CAC-010]
Document Number: E7-24438
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-17
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
This notice publishes the Department of Energy's Decision and Order in Case No. CAC-010, which grants a Waiver to Fujitsu General Limited (Fujitsu) from the existing Department of Energy (DOE) residential central air conditioner and heat pump test procedure for specified Airstage Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) multi-split products. As a condition of this waiver, Fujitsu must test and rate its Airstage multi-split products according to the alternate test procedure set forth in this notice.
Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC)
Document Number: E7-23359
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-12-03
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC) was established under section 807 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT), Pub. L. No. 109-58; 119 Stat. 849. The Federal Advisory Committee Act, Pub. L. No. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770, requires that agencies publish notice of an advisory committee meeting in the Federal Register. To attend the meeting and/or to make oral statements during the public comment period, please e-mail HTAC@nrel.gov at least 5 business days before the meeting. Please indicate if you will be attending the meeting both days or a particular day, if you want to make an oral statement, and what organization you represent (if appropriate).
Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Certain Consumer Products (Dishwashers, Dehumidifiers, Electric and Gas Kitchen Ranges and Ovens, and Microwave Ovens) and for Certain Commercial and Industrial Equipment (Commercial Clothes Washers)
Document Number: E7-22040
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-11-15
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA or the Act) authorizes the Department of Energy (DOE) to establish energy conservation standards for various consumer products and commercial and industrial equipmentincluding residential dishwashers, dehumidifiers, and electric and gas kitchen ranges and ovens and microwave ovens (hereafter referred to as ``cooking products''), as well as commercial clothes washersif DOE determines that energy conservation standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would result in significant energy savings. DOE is publishing this advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANOPR) to consider establishing energy conservation standards for these products and to announce a public meeting to receive comments on a variety of issues.
Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee
Document Number: E7-22095
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-11-13
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
This notice announces an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee under the Biomass Research and Development Act of 2000. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. No. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that agencies publish these notices in the Federal Register to allow for public participation. This notice announces the meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. Dates and Times: Tuesday, November 27, 2007, 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 28, 2007, 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Energy Efficiency Program for Certain Commercial and Industrial Equipment: Public Meeting and Availability of the Framework Document for Residential Clothes Dryers and Room Air Conditioners
Document Number: E7-19808
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-09
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
The Department of Energy (DOE or Department) is initiating the rulemaking and data collection process that could result in the establishment of amended energy conservation standards for residential clothes dryers and room air conditioners. Accordingly, the Department will hold an informal public meeting to discuss and receive comments on issues it will address in this rulemaking proceeding. The Department also encourages written comments on these subjects. To inform stakeholders and facilitate this process, DOE has prepared a Framework Document, which is available at: http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/ appliancestandards/.
Hydrogen Storage Engineering Center of Excellence Pre-Solicitation Meeting
Document Number: E7-19689
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-05
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
The Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and Infrastructure Technologies Program is holding a pre-solicitation meeting on a planned Hydrogen Storage Engineering Center of Excellence on October 15, 2007 in San Antonio, Texas at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center at 3:30 p.m. CDT. A Web cast will also be available for anyone unable to attend the meeting in person. Detailed information regarding the meeting location, Web cast, and the solicitation materials for comment will be updated on the DOE Web site, http:// www.hydrogen.energy.gov/newsstoragecenter.html. At the meeting, DOE seeks questions and comments from the public on the draft solicitation materials that will be posted on this Web site. This information will be used in determining the scope of work of this new center of excellence and the associated solicitation, otherwise known as a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). Questions and comments will also be accepted via e-mail. All of the questions received (from the meeting and via e-mail) and the associated answers provided at the meeting will be posted on this Web site after the meeting.
Agency Information Collection Extension
Document Number: E7-18645
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-21
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
The Department of Energy (DOE), pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, intends to extend for three years, an information collection request (ICR) with the Office of Management and Budget. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the extended collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Publication of the Petition for Waiver From Daikin U.S. Corporation and Granting of the Application for Interim Waiver From the Department of Energy Residential Central Air Conditioner and Heat Pump Test Procedure [Case No. CAC-016]
Document Number: E7-18340
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-18
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
This notice announces receipt of and publishes a Petition for Waiver from Daikin U.S. Corporation (Daikin). The Petition for Waiver (hereafter ``Daikin Petition'') requests a waiver of the Department of Energy (DOE) test procedures applicable to residential central air conditioners and heat pumps. The waiver request is specific to the Daikin Variable Refrigerant Volume VRV-II-S (residential) multi-split heat pumps and heat recovery systems. Through this document, DOE is: (1) Soliciting comments, data, and information with respect to the Daikin Petition; and (2) granting an Interim Waiver to Daikin from the DOE test procedure for residential central air conditioners and heat pumps.
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Publication of the Petition for Waiver From LG Electronics and Granting of the Application for Interim Waiver From the Department of Energy Residential Central Air Conditioner and Heat Pump Test Procedure [Case No. CAC-014]
Document Number: E7-18338
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-18
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
This notice announces receipt of and publishes a Petition for Waiver from LG Electronics USA, Inc. (LG). This Petition for Waiver (hereafter ``LG Petition'') requests a waiver of the Department of Energy (DOE) test procedures applicable to residential central air conditioners and heat pumps. The waiver request is specific to LG's variable refrigerant flow multi-split heat pumps. Through this document, DOE is: (1) Soliciting comments, data, and information with respect to the LG Petition; and (2) granting an Interim Waiver to LG from the DOE test procedure for residential central air conditioners and heat pumps.
Agency Information Collection Extension: Energy Conservation Program: Compliance and Certification Information Collection for Electric Motors
Document Number: E7-18275
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-09-18
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
The Department of Energy (DOE), pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, intends to extend for three years, through the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the mandatory Compliance Certification information collection package for certain 1 through 200 horsepower electric motors covered under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, Public Law 94-163, as amended (EPCA); whereby, a manufacturer or private labeler reports on and certifies its compliance with energy efficiency standards for commercial and industrial electric motors covered under Title 10, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 431 (10 CFR Part 431)Energy Efficiency Program for Certain Commercial and Industrial Equipment: Appendix C to Subpart B of Part 431: Certification of Compliance with Energy Efficiency Standards for Electric Motors.
Alternative Fuel Transportation Program; Private and Local Government Fleet Determination
Document Number: E7-18153
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-09-14
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
Pursuant to the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct 1992), the Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to determine that a regulatory requirement for the owners and operators of certain private and local government fleets to acquire alternative fueled vehicles (AFVs) is not necessary to achieve the recently modified EPAct 1992 Replacement Fuel Goal. DOE therefore also proposes to determine that it cannot issue a requirement for certain private and local government fleets to acquire alternative fueled vehicles.
State Energy Advisory Board
Document Number: E7-17034
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-28
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
This notice announces a meeting of the State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463; 86 Stat. 770), requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.
State Energy Advisory Board
Document Number: E7-17033
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-28
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
This notice announces a teleconference of the State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463; 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these teleconferences be announced in the Federal Register.
Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee
Document Number: E7-16228
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-17
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
This notice announces an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee under the Biomass Research and Development Act of 2000. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. No. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that agencies publish these notices in the Federal Register to allow for public participation. This notice announces the meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. Dates and Times: September 10, 2007, at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Addresses: Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport, 2501 Worldgateway Place, Rooms 8 & 9, Detroit, Michigan 48242, Phone: (734) 942-6500. Dates and Times: September 11, 2007, at 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Addresses: GM Renaissance Center, 300 Renaissance Center, Room 9/ 10, Detroit, Michigan 48265, Phone: (248) 456-3198.
Energy Efficiency Program for Certain Commercial and Industrial Equipment: Public Meeting and Availability of the Framework Document for Small Electric Motors
Document Number: E7-15692
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-08-10
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
The Department of Energy (DOE or Department) is initiating the rulemaking process to adopt new energy conservation standards for small electric motors. Accordingly, the Department will hold an informal public meeting to discuss and receive comments on issues it will address in this rulemaking proceeding. The Department also encourages written comments on these subjects. To inform stakeholders and facilitate this process, DOE has prepared a Framework Document, which is available at: http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance standards/.
Energy Conservation Program for Commercial and Industrial Equipment: Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Ice-Cream Freezers; for Self-Contained Commercial Refrigerators, Commercial Freezers, and Commercial Refrigerator-Freezers without Doors; and for Remote Condensing Commercial Refrigerators, Commercial Freezers, and Commercial Refrigerator-Freezers
Document Number: 07-3640
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-07-26
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) authorizes the Department of Energy (DOE) to establish energy conservation standards for various consumer products and commercial and industrial equipment, including commercial ice-cream freezers; self-contained commercial refrigerators, commercial freezers, and commercial refrigerator- freezers without doors; and remote condensing commercial refrigerators, commercial freezers, and commercial refrigerator-freezers, if DOE determines that energy conservation standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would result in significant energy savings. DOE publishes this Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANOPR) to consider establishing energy conservation standards for the categories of commercial refrigeration equipment mentioned above, and to announce a public meeting to receive comments on a variety of issues.
Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC)
Document Number: E7-13770
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-17
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC) was established under section 807 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT), Public Law 109-58; 119 Stat. 849. The Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463, 86 Stat. 770, requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register. To attend the meeting and/or to make oral statements during the public comment period, please e-mail: HTAC.Committee@ee.doe.gov at least 5 business days before the meeting.
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Publication of the Petition for Waiver and Granting of the Application for Interim Waiver of Daikin U.S. Corporation From the DOE Residential and Commercial Package Air Conditioner and Heat Pump Test Procedures (Case No. CAC-011)
Document Number: E7-12733
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-02
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
Today's notice publishes a Petition for Waiver from Daikin U.S. Corporation (Daikin). This Petition for Waiver (hereafter ``Daikin Petition'') requests a waiver of the Department of Energy (DOE) test procedures applicable to residential and commercial package central air conditioners and heat pumps. The waiver request is specific to Daikin's VRV-S (residential) and VRV (commercial) Variable Refrigerant Volume multi-split heat pumps and heat recovery systems. DOE is soliciting comments, data, and information with respect to the Daikin Petition. Today's notice also extends the Interim Waiver granted to Daikin on August 14, 2006. An alternate test procedure from the DOE test procedure for residential air conditioners and heat pumps is added to the Interim Waiver.
State Energy Advisory Board
Document Number: E7-12443
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-06-27
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
This notice announces a teleconference of the State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463; 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these teleconferences be announced in the Federal Register.
State Energy Advisory Board
Document Number: E7-12419
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-06-27
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
This notice announces a meeting of the State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463; 86 Stat. 770), requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.
Federal Procurement of Energy Efficient Products
Document Number: E7-11772
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-06-19
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
The Department of Energy today publishes proposed regulations to promote Federal procurement of energy efficient products. Today's proposal would establish a requirement for Federal agencies to report implementation of amendments to the National Energy Conservation Policy Act (NECPA) that require Federal agencies to procure ENERGY STAR qualified and Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) designated products in procurements involving energy consuming products and systems. Today's notice of proposed rulemaking also provides draft guidance for Federal agencies on implementing the procurement requirements of NECPA.
Building America Energy Efficient Housing Partnerships
Document Number: E7-10489
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-31
Agency: Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
The National Energy Technology Laboratory, on behalf of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Building Technologies Program, intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to select and fund multiple Energy Efficient Housing Partnership teams under the Building America program.
State Energy Advisory Board
Document Number: E7-10221
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-29
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
This notice announces a teleconference of the State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L 92- 463; 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these teleconferences be announced in the Federal Register. DATES: June 20, 2007 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
Pre-Announcement Meeting Notice for Financial Assistance Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number DE-PS36-07GO97012
Document Number: 07-2390
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-15
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
The Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and Infrastructure Technologies Program, under the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is planning to solicit financial assistance applications for cost-shared financial assistance agreements with the DOE for research and development that will advance manufacturing technologies for hydrogen and fuel cell systems. This Pre-Announcement Meeting will allow sources outside of DOE to review and comment on the proposed topics and scope of the planned announcement.
Energy Efficiency Building Technology Application Centers
Document Number: E7-8788
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-08
Agency: Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
The National Energy Technology Laboratory, on behalf of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Building Technologies Program, intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to select and fund Energy-Efficient Building Technology Application Centers. This FOA is expected to be issued on or about May 15, 2007. The goal of this funding opportunity is to establish geographically and climatically diverse Energy-Efficient Building Technology Application Centers. This goal supports the EERE Strategic Plan to increase the energy efficiency of the Nation's buildings and the Building Technology Program's Technology Validation and Market Introduction activity goal of accelerating the widespread market adoption of energy-efficient building technologies and practices. It also encourages demonstration and commercial application of advanced energy methods and technologies through education and outreach to building and industry professionals, and other individuals and organizations with an interest in efficient energy use.
Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC)
Document Number: E7-8517
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-05-03
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
This notice announces the meeting of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of this meeting be announced in the Federal Register.
Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee
Document Number: E7-7854
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-25
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
This notice announces an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee under the Biomass Research and Development Act of 2000. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. No. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that agencies publish these notices in the Federal Register to allow for public participation. This notice announces the meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee.
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Decision and Order Granting a Waiver to Liebherr Hausgeräte From the Department of Energy Electric Refrigerator and Electric Refrigerator-Freezer Test Procedures
Document Number: E7-7757
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-24
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
Today's notice publishes a Decision and Order (Case No. RF- 006) granting a waiver to Liebherr Hausger[auml]te (Liebherr) from the existing Department of Energy (DOE) test procedure for residential electric refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers, for its combination wine storage-freezer line of appliances.
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Publication of the Petition for Waiver and Denial of the Application for Interim Waiver of Cascade Group, LLC From the DOE Commercial Package Air Conditioner and Heat Pump Test Procedures
Document Number: 07-1887
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-20
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
Today's notice publishes the Petition for Waiver from Cascade Group, LLC (hereafter ``Cascade''). This Petition for Waiver (hereafter ``Cascade Petition'') requests a waiver from the Department of Energy (hereafter ``DOE'') test procedure for commercial package air conditioners and heat pumps. In addition, today's notice denies Cascade's Application for Interim Waiver from the DOE test procedure applicable to commercial package air conditioners and heat pumps. Today's notice also includes an alternate test procedure DOE is considering. DOE is soliciting comments, data, and information with respect to the Cascade Petition, Cascade's Application for Interim Waiver, and the proposed alternate test procedure.
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Publication of the Petition for Waiver of General Electric Company From the Department of Energy (DOE) Refrigerator and Refrigerator-Freezer Test Procedures
Document Number: E7-7232
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-17
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
Today's notice announces General Electric Company's (GE's) Petition for Waiver (hereafter, ``Petition'') from parts of the DOE test procedure for determining the energy consumption of electric refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers. GE has developed a new product line of refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers that contain sensors to detect temperature and humidity, and which interact with controls to vary the effective wattage of anti-sweat heaters to evaporate excess moisture. The existing test procedure does not take ambient temperature, humidity, or adaptive control technology into account. Therefore, GE proposes an alternate test procedure that takes adaptive control technology into account when measuring energy consumption. DOE is soliciting comments, data, and information concerning GE's Petition and the proposed alternate test procedure.
Alternative Fuel Transportation Program; Alternative Compliance
Document Number: E7-7133
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-04-16
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
This notice announces the availability of a Department of Energy (DOE) document that provides guidelines to fleets covered by 10 CFR Part 490 (covered fleets) for submission of an application for a waiver from the alternative fuel vehicle acquisition requirements. In order to obtain a waiver, the requesting covered fleet must show that in lieu of the alternative fuel vehicle acquisitions, it will reduce petroleum consumption in its vehicle fleet by an amount that would equal 100 percent alternative fuel use in all of its existing covered light-duty vehicles. The guidelines provide instructions on making such a showing and illustrate the processing of a waiver request.
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Publication of the Petition for Waiver and Granting of the Application for Interim Waiver of Mitsubishi Electric From the DOE Commercial Water Source Heat Pump Test Procedure [Case No. CAC-015]
Document Number: E7-6628
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-09
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
Today's notice publishes a Petition for Waiver from Mitsubishi Electric and Electronics USA, Inc. (MEUS). This Petition for Waiver (hereafter ``MEUS Petition'') requests a waiver of the Department of Energy (``DOE'') test procedures applicable to commercial package water source heat pumps. DOE is soliciting comments, data, and information with respect to the MEUS Petition. Today's notice also grants an Interim Waiver to MEUS, with an alternate test procedure, from the existing DOE test procedure applicable to commercial package water source heat pumps.
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Decision and Order Granting a Waiver From the Department of Energy (DOE) Residential and Commercial Package Air Conditioner and Heat Pump Test Procedures to Mitsubishi Electric, and Modification of a 2004 Waiver Granted to Mitsubishi Electric From the Same DOE Test Procedures (Case No. CAC-012)
Document Number: E7-6608
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-09
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
Today's notice publishes a Decision and Order (Case No. CAC- 012) granting a Waiver to Mitsubishi Electric and Electronics USA, Inc. (``MEUS'') from the existing Department of Energy (DOE) residential and commercial package air conditioner and heat pump test procedures for specified R410A CITY MULTI products. MEUS shall be required to test and rate the R410A CITY MULTI VRFZ products according to the alternate test procedure set forth in this notice. DOE is also amending the waiver granted to MEUS for its R22 CITY MULTI products in August 2004 to explicitly prohibit MEUS from making energy efficiency representations regarding these products unless such representations are consistent with the alternate test procedure.
State Energy Advisory Board
Document Number: E7-6232
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-04-04
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
This notice announces a teleconference of the State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463; 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these teleconferences be announced in the Federal Register.
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Representative Average Unit Costs of Energy
Document Number: E7-5141
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-21
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
In this notice, the Department of Energy (DOE) is forecasting the representative average unit costs of five residential energy sources for the year 2007 pursuant to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. The five sources are electricity, natural gas, No. 2 heating oil, propane, and kerosene.
Alternative Fuel Transportation Program; Alternative Compliance
Document Number: E7-5021
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-03-20
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
The Department of Energy (DOE) today publishes a final rule to implement section 514 of the Energy Policy Act of 1992, as amended by section 703 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which allows States and alternative fuel providers to petition for a waiver of the alternative fueled vehicle (AFV) acquisition requirements. Today's final rule requires that for a State or alternative fuel provider to be granted a waiver, the State entity or alternative fuel provider must request a waiver to demonstrate that in lieu of complying with the applicable AFV acquisition requirement for a model year, it will take other actions to reduce its annual petroleum motor fuel consumption by an amount equal to 100 percent alternative fuel use in all of the fleet's AFVs, including AFVs that the State entity or alternative fuel provider would have been required to acquire if there was no waiver.
Agency Information Collection Revision
Document Number: E7-4755
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-15
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
The Department of Energy (DOE) has submitted an information collection revision package to OMB for review under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The package requests revision of the information collection listed at the end of this notice. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the revised information collections are necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information has practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the information collections, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the information collections on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
Alternative Fuel Transportation Program; Replacement Fuel Goal Modification
Document Number: E7-4324
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-03-15
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
DOE is publishing this final rule pursuant to the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct 1992). DOE is extending the EPAct 1992 goal of achieving a production capacity for replacement fuels sufficient to replace 30 percent of the projected U.S. motor fuel consumption (Replacement Fuel Goal) to 2030. DOE determined through its analysis that the 30 percent Replacement Fuel Goal cannot be met by 2010, as established in section 502(b)(2)(B). DOE has determined that the 30 percent goal can be achieved by 2030.
Energy Efficiency Program for Certain Commercial and Industrial Equipment: Efficiency Standards for Commercial Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Water-Heating Equipment
Document Number: E7-3819
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-03-07
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
The Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (EPCA), establishes energy conservation standards for various commercial and industrial equipment. EPCA further provides with respect to certain equipment covered by this rule, that if the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) amend ASHRAE/ IESNA Standard 90.1 as in effect on October 24, 1992, then the Department of Energy (DOE) must establish amended national standards at the ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90-1 minimum energy efficiency levels unless DOE determines that evidence supports adoption of higher standard levels or certain other circumstances exist. ASHRAE/IESNA amended ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1 on October 29, 1999 (ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-1999), and DOE initiated this rulemaking to consider amendments to the national standards. DOE has concluded that it lacks authority to pursue higher standards for gas-fired instantaneous water heaters and large commercial packaged boilers. For small commercial packaged boilers with capacities greater than 300,000 Btu/h and less than or equal to 2.5 million British thermal units per hour, DOE is declining to adopt revised efficiency standards contained in the ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-1999 because the revised levels are less stringent than the current national standard. In addition, DOE has decided to conduct a separate rulemaking to consider whether standards at higher levels than those in the ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-1999 are warranted for packaged terminal air conditioners and packaged terminal heat pumps. Finally, DOE has concluded it does not have the authority to adopt, as uniform national standards, efficiency standards contained in Addenda f and b, respectively, to ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004 for three-phase air conditioners and heat pumps with cooling capacities less than 65,000 British thermal units per hour, and single-package vertical air conditioners and single-package vertical heat pumps with cooling capacities less than 65,000 Btu/h.
State Energy Advisory Board Meeting
Document Number: E7-2548
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-02-14
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
This notice announces a meeting of the State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463; 86 Stat. 770), requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.
Energy Conservation Program for Commercial Equipment: Distribution Transformers Energy Conservation Standards
Document Number: E7-2168
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-02-09
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) for liquid-immersed and medium-voltage, dry-type distribution transformers under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA). In response to this notice, stakeholders commented that DOE's standard may prevent or render impractical the replacement of distribution transformers in certain space-constrained (e.g., vault) installations. Some stakeholders suggested that DOE's analysis of the benefits and burdens of the proposed standard should take into consideration the potential impacts of replacing transformers in space- constrained vaults. In the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR), DOE factored weight-dependent installation costs in the analysis, but did not specifically address potential costs related to transformers installed in vaults. In today's notice, DOE requests comment on inclusion of potential costs related to size constraints of transformers installed in vaults. DOE also is considering an additional option for the final efficiency levels for liquid-immersed distribution transformers and by this notice invites public comment on this additional option.
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Furnaces and Boilers
Document Number: E7-2167
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-02-09
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
A notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to amend the current minimum energy conservation standards for residential furnaces and boilers was published in the Federal Register on October 6, 2006. 71 FR 59204. On October 30, 2006, the Department of Energy (DOE) held a public meeting for interested parties to provide comments and discuss relevant issues. At the public meeting, DOE indicated it would respond to two particular questions that stakeholders raised regarding DOE's NOPR estimates for potential energy savings associated with regional standards for non-weatherized gas furnaces in Northern regions, and regarding new installation costs for oil-fired furnaces. This notice both addresses the stakeholders questions and reopens the comment period to provide an opportunity for public review and comment on DOE's response to each question.
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; State Energy Advisory Board
Document Number: E7-1856
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-02-06
Agency: Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
This notice announces a teleconference of the State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92- 463; 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these teleconferences be announced in the Federal Register.
Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee
Document Number: E7-1504
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-31
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
This notice announces an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee under the Biomass Research and Development Act of 2000. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Public Law No. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that agencies publish these notices in the Federal Register to allow for public participation. This notice announces the meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee.
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Water Heaters, Direct Heating Equipment, and Pool Heaters
Document Number: E7-1502
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-01-30
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
The Department of Energy (DOE) has commenced a rulemaking to amend the existing energy conservation standards for residential water heaters, direct heating equipment, and pool heaters. On November 24, 2006, the DOE published in the Federal Register (FR) a notice of public meeting and availability of Framework Document for this rulemaking wherein it indicated that the comment period for this initial phase of the rulemaking closes on January 30, 2007. 71 FR 67825. On January 16, 2007, DOE held an informal public meeting to present its proposed methodologies for conducting the rulemaking, discuss issues relevant to the rulemaking proceeding, and initiate stakeholder interaction and the data collection process. Due to the extensive scope of material and issues raised at the meeting, some stakeholders at the public meeting requested an extension to the comment period. This notice extends the comment period to better provide opportunity for public review and comment on DOE's rulemaking approaches.
Alternative Fuel Transportation Program; Replacement Fuel Goal Modification
Document Number: E7-607
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-01-18
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy proposed to amend the Replacement Fuel Goal provided under the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct 1992), Public Law 102-486. 71 FR 54771 (September 19, 2006). The purpose of the proposed amendment is to revise the goal to a level which is achievable, in accordance with requirements under section 504 of EPAct 1992. Due to technical difficulties in receiving the electronic comments on the proposed rule for the Replacement Fuel Goal, the comment period, which originally ended on November 3, 2006, is reopened and comments will be accepted until January 31, 2007, to ensure that all comments submitted during the original comment period are entered in the docket. All comments already received by DOE have been posted in the written comments section of the electronic docket at http:// www1.eere.energy.gov/[fxsp0]vehiclesandfuels/epact/[fxsp0]pri vate/plg docket.html. If comments were previously submitted but are not posted in this location, the comments should be resubmitted to DOE prior to the new deadline.
Energy Conservation Standards for Certain Ceiling Fan Light Kits
Document Number: E7-230
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-01-11
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
The Department of Energy (DOE) is publishing this technical amendment in order to place in the Code of Federal Regulations the energy conservation standards for ceiling fan light kits with sockets other than medium screw base or pin-based for fluorescent lamps that Congress prescribed in the Energy Policy Act of 2005.