Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office November 2010 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Nationwide Categorical Waivers Under Section 1605 (Buy American) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act)
Document Number: 2010-29781
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-26
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 hereby issuing an Amended Determination of Inapplicability (waiver) of section 1605 of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (Recovery Act Buy American provisions) to EERE-funded projects for LED traffic lights, arrows and crosswalk signals, as well as the adjacent wires and electronic parts necessary for the functionality of the lights themselves. This amendment withdraws the waiver issued on February 11, 2010 for LED traffic lights, arrows and crosswalk signals, as well as the adjacent wires and electronic parts necessary for the functionality of the lights themselves.
Nationwide Categorical Waivers Under Section 1605 (Buy American) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act)
Document Number: 2010-29775
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-26
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 hereby granting a nationwide limited waiver of the Buy American requirements of section 1605 of the Recovery Act under the authority of Section 1605(b)(2) (iron, steel, and the relevant manufactured goods are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality) with respect to (1) surface mounting time switches with 24- hour program dials and single-pole-double-throw switches; (2) HVAC units with 8.375' W x 9.5' H x 2.72' DOnly when the application requires an HVAC unit with a height of 10' or less due to documented space constraints; (3) low temperature thermostats with a temperature range of 15-55 degrees Fahrenheit and manual reset; (4) Programmable DDC controllers for LON protocol, where an existing LON system exists that will not interface with other protocols without the input of extensive time and expense equal to or greater than the cost of the controllers themselves; and (5) Hardware necessary for implementation of Honeywell Enterprise Buildings Integrator (EBI) software for integration of water management and HVAC systems including: Customized Dell PowerEdge T610 Computer Server; Honeywell XL50UMMIPC-CBLON; Echelon LPR-10 42100R; SloanMCR231-D; SloanMCR140A, that will be used on eligible EERE-Recovery Act funded projects.
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Decision and Order Granting a Waiver to Whirlpool From the Department of Energy Residential Clothes Washer Test Procedure
Document Number: 2010-28646
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-15
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice of the decision and order (Case No. CW-015) that grants to Whirlpool Corporation (Whirlpool) a waiver from the DOE clothes washer test procedure for determining the energy consumption of clothes washers. Under today's decision and order, Whirlpool shall be required to test and rate its clothes washers with larger clothes containers using an alternate test procedure that takes this technology into account when measuring energy consumption.
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee (ERAC)
Document Number: 2010-28640
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-15
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
This notice announces the first meeting of the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee (ERAC). 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. To attend the meeting and/or to make oral statements during the public comment period, please e-mail erac@ee.doe.gov at least five business days before the meeting, no later than Tuesday, November 23, 2010. In the e-mail, please indicate your name, organization (if appropriate), citizenship, and contact information. Please be aware, entry to the DOE Forrestal building will be restricted to those who have confirmed their attendance in advance. Anyone attending the meeting will be required to present a government photo identification, such as a passport, driver's license, or government identification. Due to the required security screening upon entry, individuals attending should arrive early to allow for the extra time needed.
Workforce Guidelines for Home Energy Upgrades
Document Number: 2010-28289
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-09
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office
The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announces the availability of a set of Standard Work Specifications (SWSs), Job Task Analyses (JTAs) and essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) applicable to energy efficiency retrofits of single family homes which together constitute the Workforce Guidelines for Home Energy Upgrades (``Workforce Guidelines''). These Workforce Guidelines are intended for voluntary adoption by the Weatherization Assistance Program, EPA Home Performance with Energy Star program partners, State, municipal and utility ratepayer-funded energy efficiency retrofit programs, and private sector home performance contractors, as well as any other organization, company, or individual involved in energy efficiency retrofits of residential homes. Through this notice, DOE also requests public comments on the Workforce Guidelines.