Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy April 2014 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB)
Document Number: 2014-09550
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-28
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
This notice announces a teleconference call 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.
DOE Building Energy Codes Program Stakeholder Meeting
Document Number: 2014-08216
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-11
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The DOE Building Energy Codes Program will host an upcoming public meeting to provide stakeholders with an update on program direction. DOE will present an overview of current activities and program organization in support of its mission to achieve energy savings through the development and implementation of building energy codes. DOE will solicit public comment and discussion surrounding information presented.
Decision and Order Granting a Waiver to Samsung From the Department of Energy Residential Refrigerator and Refrigerator-Freezer Test Procedures
Document Number: 2014-08077
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-10
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice of the decision and order (Case No. RF-037) that grants Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (Samsung) with a waiver from the DOE electric refrigerator and refrigerator-freezer test procedures for the basic models set forth in its petition for waiver. In its petition, Samsung provides an alternate test procedure to address the difficulties in testing dual compressor systems using the currently applicable DOE test procedure. Under today's decision and order, Samsung shall be required to test and rate these refrigerator-freezers using an alternate test procedure that takes dual compressors into account when measuring energy consumption.
Decision and Order Granting a Waiver to Liebherr Canada Ltd. From the Department of Energy Residential Refrigerator and Refrigerator-Freezer Test Procedures
Document Number: 2014-08076
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-10
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice of its decision and order (Case No. RF-035) granting Liebherr Canada Ltd. (Liebherr) with a waiver from the DOE electric refrigerator and refrigerator-freezer test procedures for the basic models set forth in its petition for waiver. In its petition, Liebherr sought to use an alternate test procedure that would permit the testing of its all- refrigerator model while physically connected to Liebherr's companion upright freezer model, which is necessary for the refrigerator to function properly. Under today's decision and order, Liebherr shall be required to test and rate these refrigerator-freezers, subject to use of the alternate test procedure set forth in this notice.
Decision and Order Granting a Waiver to Samsung From the Department of Energy Residential Refrigerator and Refrigerator-Freezer Test Procedures
Document Number: 2014-08073
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-10
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice of its decision and order in Case No. RF-036 grants Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (Samsung) with a waiver from the DOE electric refrigerator and refrigerator-freezer test procedures for specific basic models set forth in its petition for waiver. In its petition, Samsung provides an alternate test procedure that is identical to the test procedure DOE published in a final rule dated January 25, 2012 (77 FR 3559) that manufacturers will be required to use starting in 2014. Under today's decision and order, Samsung shall be required to test and rate these refrigerator-freezers using an alternate test procedure as adopted in that January 2012 final rule, which accounts for multiple defrost cycles when measuring energy consumption.
Physical Characterization of Smart and Grid-Connected Commercial and Residential Buildings End-Use Equipment and Appliances
Document Number: 2014-07864
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-08
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is soliciting comment and data from the public on a variety of issues related to the physical characterization of smart and grid-connected commercial and residential buildings end-use equipment and appliances. To inform interested parties and to facilitate this data-gathering process, DOE will hold a public meeting for stakeholders to discuss issues concerning the physical characterization of grid-connected commercial and residential buildings end-use equipment and appliances, including but not limited to processes and metrics for measurement, identification of grid and building services that can be provided, and identification of values and benefits of grid connectivity. The public meeting will also allow DOE to gather input on topics related to grid-connected equipment, allow stakeholder groups to engage, and provide an opportunity to allow interested parties to provide published work and studies related to these issues. DOE also welcomes written comments from the public on any subject relevant to this proceeding (including topics not raised in this notice).
Notice of Petition for Waiver and Grant of Interim Waiver of Empire Comfort Systems From the DOE Vented Home Heating Equipment Test Procedure
Document Number: 2014-07362
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-04-02
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
This notice announces receipt of and publishes the Empire Comfort Systems Inc. (Empire) petition for waiver from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) test procedure for determining the energy consumption of vented home heating equipment. The waiver request pertains to Empire's specified models of condensing-type vented heaters. The existing test procedure does not apply to condensing heaters. Empire asks that it be permitted to use the DOE test procedure proposed in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) for Direct Heating Equipment and Pool Heaters published in the Federal Register on October 24, 2013 (78 FR 63410), as an alternate test procedure to account for the energy consumption of its condensing-type direct heating equipment (DHE) models. DOE notes that only one of the basic model numbers submitted in the petition is a covered product subject to the test methods for vented home heating equipment. Today's notice also grants Empire an interim waiver from the DOE test procedure applicable to direct heating equipment for the one basic model number properly included in the petition, subject to use of the alternative test procedure set forth in this notice. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning Empire's petition and the suggested alternate test procedure.