Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Petition for Waiver of Miele Incorporated From the Department of Energy Dishwashers Test Procedures and Grant of Interim Waiver
Document Number: 2016-28984
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-02
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
This notice announces receipt of and publishes a petition for waiver from Miele Incorporated (Miele) seeking an exemption from specified portions of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) test procedure for determining the energy consumption of dishwashers that operate at 208 volts under Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 430, subpart B, appendix C1. Section 2.2 of appendix C1 has provisions for testing at 115 and 240 volts only. Consequently, Miele submitted to DOE an alternate test procedure that allows for testing of one specified basic model at 208 volts. This notice also announces that DOE has granted Miele an interim waiver from the DOE dishwasher test procedure for the specified dishwasher basic model, subject to use of the alternative test procedure as set forth in this notice. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning Miele's petition and its suggested alternate test procedure.
Notice of Petition for Waiver of Samsung Electronics America, Inc. From the Department of Energy Clothes Washer Test Procedure, and Grant of Interim Waiver
Document Number: 2016-28980
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-02
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
This notice announces receipt of a petition for waiver from Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (Samsung) seeking an exemption from specified portions of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) test procedure for determining the energy consumption of residential clothes washers. Samsung seeks to use an alternate test procedure to address certain issues involved in testing one clothes washer basic model, as identified in its petition, with a container volume between 6.0 cubic feet and 8.0 cubic feet. Samsung contends the basic model cannot be accurately tested using the currently applicable DOE test procedure. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning Samsung's petition and its suggested alternate test procedure. This notice also grants Samsung an interim waiver from the residential clothes washer test procedure for the specified basic model, subject to use of the alternative test procedure set forth in this notice.
The SunShot Prize: Solar in Your Community Challenge
Document Number: 2016-28235
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-23
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice of the official release of rules for the SunShot Prize: Solar in Your Community Challenge. The Solar in your Community Challenge is a $5 million prize competition to expand solar access to underserved segments, specifically low-and-moderate-income (LMI) communities; non-federal governments (i.e. state, local, and tribal), and non-profit organizations. The Challenge supports the creation, demonstration, and scaling of innovative, replicable, and sustainable business and financial models that can successfully unlock solar access to these underserved segments. A $500,000 Grand Prize will be awarded to the best team that can most successfully demonstrate a model and plan to scale solar to low and moderate income market segments. Other top teams will compete to receive four final prizes totaling $500,000 based on their achievements and potential to scale up. In addition to competing for final prizes, DOE will award selected teams a total of $2 million in seed awards and $2 million in technical assistance throughout an 18- month performance period starting in April 2017 based on successful milestone completion. The rules for the Challenge can be found at www.solarinyourcommunity.org.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Extension
Document Number: 2016-27939
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-21
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The Department of Energy has submitted to the OMB for clearance, a proposal to amend an information collection request by adding an additional collection to an ICR that already includes two previously approved collections. The two previously approved collections address DOE's Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) Scorecard, and the National Clean Fleets Partnership. DOE is not proposing to expand the scope of these information collection efforts. The proposed new collection is entitled ``Ride and Drive Surveys for PEV Showcases''. DOE's Clean Cities initiative has developed a three-part voluntary ride-and-drive survey to assist its coalitions and stakeholders in assessing the level of interest, understanding, and acceptance of PEVs and alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) by the purchasing public. The principal objective of the Survey is to provide DOE and stakeholders with an objective assessment and estimate of how ready the purchasing public is for PEVs, and to help DOE's Clean Cities coalitions prepare for the successful deployment of these vehicles. DOE intends the surveys to be completed by individuals who are participating in one of many ride-and-drive events.
Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Development of Hydropower in Undeveloped Stream Reaches of the United States; Request for Information
Document Number: 2016-27054
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-11-09
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO), within the Department of Energy (DOE) is issuing this request for information (RFI) to invite input from the public regarding challenges and opportunities associated with hydropower development in undeveloped stream-reaches. Through this RFI, the WPTO is also seeking input on the focus and structure of a potential funding opportunity to support research and development of advanced and/or non-traditional transformative hydropower technologies and project designs capable of avoiding or minimizing environmental and social effects of new cost- competitive hydropower development in undeveloped stream-reaches of the United States.
State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB)
Document Number: 2016-24540
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-10-12
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.
Proposed Agency Information Collection
Document Number: 2016-23101
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-26
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The Department of Energy (DOE) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance, a proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The proposed collection will collect data from industry members in order to identify new and improved research capabilities and tools that would be valuable to the solar industry and opportunities for, and barriers to, national laboratory and industry collaboration on technology development and transfer in those high-value areas.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Extension
Document Number: 2016-22975
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-23
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The Department of Energy (DOE), pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, intends to extend for three years an information collection request with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the extended collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of DOE, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of DOE'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.
Notice of Public Scoping, Request for Comment, and Announcement of Public Scoping Meeting for the U.S. Department of Energy Environmental Assessment for Project Icebreaker (DOE/EA-2045)
Document Number: 2016-22973
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-23
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing to authorize the expenditure of federal funding for the design, construction, operation, maintenance, and decommissioning of ``Project Icebreaker,'' a 20-megawatt offshore wind renewable energy project that would be located in Lake Erie, approximately 8 miles off Cleveland, Ohio. The proposed project would consist of up to six wind turbine generators and the necessary electrical transmission facilities (i.e. underwater and underground cable) to connect to the Cleveland Public Power Lake Road Substation. The Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) anticipates receiving an application pursuant to Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act for the proposed project. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is responsible for reviewing impacts related to navigation and the USCG mission. Pursuant to the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), DOE is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to identify and analyze potential impacts to the human environment that may occur if DOE authorizes the expenditure of federal funding in support of Project Icebreaker. The USACE and the USCG are cooperating agencies in preparation of the EA. DOE is requesting public input on the scope of the EA for Project Icebreaker. The notice of public scoping for the EA and a description of the proposed project is available for review at: www.energy.gov/node/ 2001046.
Proposed Agency Information Collection
Document Number: 2016-21962
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-13
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The Department of Energy (DOE) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance a proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The proposed collection will gather opinions of experts in industry and other organizations regarding the impact on the development and diffusion of energy-efficient technologies and techniques in the construction of residential buildings of DOE/EERE Building Technologies Office (BTO) investments. Expert opinions are necessary to characterize expected patterns of technology development and diffusion in the absence of DOE investments, and so (by comparing these expectations with actual observations) estimate the difference DOE investments have made. This information is needed by DOE for budget justification and strategic planning. Respondents will include representatives of production builder companies (including companies that received DOE R&D funding and companies that received no direct funding from DOE).
Notice of Petition for Waiver of Dyson, Inc. From the Department of Energy Battery Chargers Test Procedures and Grant of Interim Waiver
Document Number: 2016-21749
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-09
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
This notice announces receipt of and publishes a petition for waiver from Dyson, Inc. (Dyson) seeking an exemption from specified portions of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) test procedure for determining the energy consumption of battery chargers. The waiver request pertains to the battery chargers in Dyson's robotic vacuum cleaner model RB01, marketed as the Dyson 360-Eye (Robot). In its petition, Dyson contends that in order to provide the user with the advanced setting and management features of the Robot, the relevant functionalities and circuitry have to be powered at all times, and consequently, there is no user-controllable switch to disable those non-battery charging functions as the current DOE test procedure contemplates. Consequently, Dyson seeks to use an alternate test procedure to turn off the Non-Battery Charging Functionalities during the charge and maintenance mode test by isolating a terminal of the battery pack using isolating tape. This notice also announces that DOE has granted Dyson an interim waiver from the DOE battery charger test procedure for its specified robotic vacuum cleaner basic model, subject to use of the alternative test procedure as set forth in this notice. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning Dyson's petition and its suggested alternate test procedure.
Notice of Re-Opening Request for Information (RFI): Stakeholder Input on Out-Year Marine and Hydrokinetic Program Strategy
Document Number: 2016-21307
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-09-06
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
On April 6, 2016, the Water Power Technologies Office within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), published a notice in the Federal Register announcing a stakeholder meeting to receive comments on its request for information (RFI) to receive input for DOE's Outyear Marine and Hydrokinetic Program Strategy. Based on requests from several stakeholder to extend the RFI comment period, DOE has decided to reopen the RFI comment period.
Request for Information on the Availability of New Geothermal Electricity in the Salton Sea Area To Serve Regional Federal Load
Document Number: 2016-20944
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-31
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The Federal Energy Management Program Office (FEMP), within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), released on its Web site a Request for Information (RFI) on the availability of new construction geothermal electricity in the Salton Sea area to serve regional federal load. The purpose of the RFI is to gather industry input on options available to the Federal Government for a potential aggregated power purchase of 100-250 MW of new construction geothermal electricity generated in the Salton Sea area, within the Riverside and Imperial Counties of California, for delivery over a ten-year or twenty-year contract period to serve regional Federal load. The RFI can be found at www.energy.gov/node/2000486.
Call for U.S.-China Energy Performance Contracting Pilot Projects To Be Recognized at the 7th Annual U.S.-China Energy Efficiency Forum
Document Number: 2016-20101
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-23
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice of an extension from August 22, 2016 to September 9, 2016 to submit innovative U.S.- China energy performance contracting (EPC) projects. EPC projects at public, commercial, and industrial facilities located in the U.S. or China with project participation from at least one U.S. entity and at least one Chinese entity are eligible. Eligible entities include energy service companies (ESCOs), technology providers, facility owners or operators, and financiers. EPC projects that meet the 2016 Pilot Project Criteria and demonstrate replicability will receive special recognition at the 7th Annual U.S.-China Energy Efficiency Forum in October 2016 in Beijing. Some recognition recipients will be invited to speak at a special breakout session.
Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee: Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 2016-19362
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-15
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The Department of Energy (DOE) is announcing a public meeting and webinar for the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC). The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that agencies publish notice of an advisory committee meeting in the Federal Register.
Proposed Agency Information Collection Extension
Document Number: 2016-18849
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-08-09
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The Department of Energy pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, is proposing to amend an information collection request with the Office of Management and Budget by adding an additional collection to an ICR that already includes two previously approved collections. The two previously approved collections address DOE's Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) Scorecard, and the National Clean Fleets Partnership. The proposed new collection is entitled ``Ride and Drive Surveys for PEV Showcases''. DOE's Clean Cities initiative has developed a three-part voluntary ride-and-drive survey to assist its coalitions and stakeholders in assessing the level of interest, understanding, and acceptance of PEVs and alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) by the purchasing public. The principal objective of the Survey is to provide DOE and stakeholders with an objective assessment and estimate of how ready the purchasing public is for PEVs, and to help DOE's Clean Cities coalitions prepare for the successful deployment of these vehicles. DOE intends the surveys to be completed by individuals who are participating in one of many ride-and-drive events. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of DOE, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of DOE'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.
Call for U.S.-China Energy Performance Contracting Pilot Projects To Be Recognized at the 7th Annual U.S.-China Energy Efficiency Forum
Document Number: 2016-17986
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-29
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice of a request for submission of innovative U.S.-China energy performance contracting (EPC) projects. EPC projects at public, commercial, and industrial facilities located in the U.S. or China with project participation from at least one U.S. entity and at least one Chinese entity are eligible. Eligible entities include energy service companies (ESCOs), technology providers, facility owners or operators, and financiers. EPC projects that meet the 2016 Pilot Project Criteria and demonstrate replicability will receive special recognition at the 7th Annual U.S.-China Energy Efficiency Forum in October 2016 in Beijing. Some recognition recipients will be invited to speak at a special breakout session.
Updating Weatherization Health and Safety Guidance
Document Number: 2016-17751
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-07-29
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is updating Weatherization Health and Safety Guidance related to the implementation and installation of health and safety measures as part of the DOE Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). The draft guidance also provides required components for Grantees to include in their Health and Safety (H&S) Plans. This guidance will assist Grantee decision- making during H&S Plan development. This notice also serves to inform the public of the availability of an online tool which provides notification of, and allows individuals to submit comments on, the draft guidance related to the DOE Weatherization Assistance Program. All future draft guidance releases will be made via the online tool. Individuals who wish to receive notification of draft guidance releases may receive that notification via the online tool. For information on the web address of the online tool see the ADDRESSES section of this notice.
Notice of Interim Waiver and Request for Waiver to AGA Marvel From the Department of Energy Refrigerator and Refrigerator-Freezer Test Procedures
Document Number: 2016-15142
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-27
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
This notice announces receipt of a petition for waiver from AGA Marvel seeking an exemption from specified portions of the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') test procedure for determining the energy consumption of electric refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers. AGA Marvel seeks to apply an alternative test procedure for measuring the energy usage of combination cooler-refrigerator basic models. DOE has reviewed AGA Marvel's alternate procedure. Rather than permit the use of this alternative procedure, which would effectively alter both the test procedure and the standard that AGA Marvel's products would need to meet, DOE has tentatively concluded that it is more appropriate to apply the alternative procedure that other manufacturers of similar products have been permitted to use in prior waivers granted by DOE. This approach would allow AGA Marvel to measure the energy use of its products while alleviating the testing problems that prompted AGA Marvel's request. Accordingly, DOE is granting to AGA Marvel an interim waiver to permit it to use this alternative testing method to measure the energy usage of its combination cooler-refrigerator basic models. DOE notes that the method detailed in this interim waiver is consistent with the most recent approach that DOE outlined in an interim waiver issued earlier this year for other similar products. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning AGA Marvel's petition and suggestions on the alternate test procedure DOE is permitting AGA Marvel to use as a condition of its interim waiver.
Proposed Agency Information Collection
Document Number: 2016-14978
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-24
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The Department of Energy (DOE) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance a proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The proposed collection will gather opinions of experts in industry and other organizations regarding the impact on the development and diffusion of energy-efficient technologies and techniques in the construction of residential buildings of DOE/EERE Building Technologies Office (BTO) investments. Expert opinions are necessary to characterize expected patterns of technology development and diffusion in the absence of DOE investments, and so (by comparing these expectations with actual observations) estimate the difference DOE investments have made. This information is needed by DOE for budget justification and strategic planning. Respondents will include representatives of production builder companies (including companies that received DOE R&D funding and companies that received no direct funding from DOE).
State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB)
Document Number: 2016-14388
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-17
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.
Notice of Petition for Waiver From Johnston Boiler Company From the Department of Energy Commercial Packaged Boiler Test Procedure
Document Number: 2016-13891
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-13
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
This notice announces receipt of a petition for waiver from Johnston Boiler Company (Johnston) seeking an exemption from specified portions of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) test procedure applicable to commercial packaged boilers. Johnston contends that some of their commercial packaged boilers cannot be accurately tested using the currently applicable DOE test procedure and, as a result, seeks to use an alternate test procedure to test these basic models. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning Johnston's petition and the suggested alternate test procedure.
Notice of Petition for Waiver of Raypak Inc. From the Department of Energy Commercial Water Heater Test Procedure
Document Number: 2016-13252
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-06
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
This notice announces receipt of and publishes a petition for waiver from Raypak Inc. (Raypak) seeking an exemption from specified provisions applicable to standby loss of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) test procedure for commercial water heating equipment. The waiver request pertains to Raypak's specified models of commercial instantaneous water heaters containing 10 gallons or more of water. In its petition, Raypak contends that its specified water heater models that employ tube-type heat exchangers and are designed to be flow activated cannot be accurately tested using the currently applicable DOE test procedure. Consequently, Raypak seeks to use an alternate test procedure to address certain issues involved in testing the specific basic models identified in its petition. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning Raypak's petition and its suggested alternate test procedure.
Notice of Petition for Waiver of Thermal Solutions Products, LLC From the Department of Energy Commercial Water Heater Test Procedure
Document Number: 2016-13251
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-06
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
This notice announces receipt of and publishes a petition for waiver from Thermal Solutions Products, LLC (Thermal Solutions) seeking an exemption from specified provisions applicable to standby loss of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) test procedure for commercial water heating equipment. The waiver request pertains to Thermal Solutions' specified models of commercial instantaneous water heaters containing 10 gallons or more of water. In its petition, Thermal Solutions contends that its specified water heater models that employ tube-type heat exchangers and are designed to be flow activated cannot be accurately tested using the currently applicable DOE test procedure. Consequently, Thermal Solutions seeks to use an alternate test procedure to address certain issues involved in testing the specific basic models identified in its petition. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning Thermal Solutions' petition and its suggested alternate test procedure.
Notice of Petition for Waiver of HTP, Inc. From the Department of Energy Commercial Water Heater Test Procedure
Document Number: 2016-13245
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-06
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
This notice announces receipt of and publishes a petition for waiver from HTP, Inc. (HTP) seeking an exemption from specified provisions applicable to standby loss of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) test procedure for commercial water heating equipment. The waiver request pertains to HTP's specified models of commercial instantaneous water heaters containing 10 gallons or more of water. In its petition, HTP contends that its specified water heater models that employ tube- type heat exchangers and are designed to be flow activated cannot be accurately tested using the currently applicable DOE test procedure. Consequently, HTP seeks to use an alternate test procedure to address certain issues involved in testing the specific basic models identified in its petition. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning HTP's petition and its suggested alternate test procedure.
Notice of Meeting on DOE Wind Energy Environmental Research Strategy
Document Number: 2016-12870
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-06-01
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The Wind and Water Power Technologies Office (``WWPTO'') within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) intends to hold a meeting to seek input on its draft wind energy environmental research strategy on June 24, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Boulder, Colorado at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (``NREL'') National Wind Technology Center (``NWTC''). At this meeting, the WWPTO will seek input on wind energy near-term and long-term environmental research priorities needed to help enable the sustainable development of wind energy technologies in the United States.
H2 Refuel H-Prize Schedule Update
Document Number: 2016-10425
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-04
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
In this notice, DOE is extending the completion schedule for its H2 Refuel H-Prize competition. On October 28, 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced the $1 million competition in the Federal Register, allowing teams from across the United States to compete to develop systems that generate and dispense hydrogen from resources commonly available to residences (electricity or natural gas) for use in homes, community centers, businesses or similar locations, to supplement the current infrastructure roll-out and reduce barriers to using hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. These Guidelines were updated in a September 3, 2015, Federal Register notice. Both the original and updated guidelines included a competition schedule. A delay in announcing the finalist selection significantly reduced the period for system construction before the start of the originally planned testing period. The announcement was originally planned for December 2015 to provide seven months for the system build as described by the guidelines. However, the announcement was delayed until January 29, 2016. Therefore, DOE is updating the completion schedule to allow a reasonable construction period.
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: 2016-10209
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-02
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice of a decision and order (Case No. CW-026) that grants to Whirlpool Corporation (Whirlpool) a waiver from the DOE clothes washer test procedure for determining the energy consumption of clothes washers. Under this decision and order, Whirlpool is required to test and rate its clothes washers with clothes containers greater than 6.0 cubic feet using an alternate test procedure that takes this larger capacity into account when measuring energy consumption.
State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB)
Document Number: 2016-09829
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-27
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.
Guidance and Application for Hydroelectric Incentive Payments
Document Number: 2016-09700
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-26
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is publishing Guidance for the Energy Policy Act of 2005 Section 242 program. The guidance describes the hydroelectric incentive payment requirements and explains the type of information that owners or authorized operators of qualified hydroelectric facilities can provide DOE when applying for hydroelectric incentive payments. This incentive is available for electric energy generated and sold for a specified 10-year period as authorized under section 242 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. In Congressional appropriations for Federal fiscal year 2016, DOE received funds to support this hydroelectric incentive program. At this time, DOE is only accepting applications from owners and authorized operators of qualified hydroelectric facilities for hydroelectricity generated and sold in calendar year 2015.
Notice of Petition for Waiver From Cleaver-Brooks From the Department of Energy Commercial Packaged Boiler Test Procedure
Document Number: 2016-08750
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-15
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
This notice announces receipt of a petition for waiver from Cleaver-Brooks seeking an exemption from specified portions of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) test procedure applicable to commercial packaged boilers. Cleaver-Brooks contends that some of their commercial packaged boilers cannot be accurately tested using the currently applicable DOE test procedure and, as a result, seeks to use an alternate test procedure to test these basic models. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning Cleaver-Brooks' petition and the suggested alternate test procedure.
Notice of Petition for Waiver From York-Shipley Global, Division of AESYS Technologies, LLC From the Department of Energy Commercial Packaged Boiler Test Procedure
Document Number: 2016-08749
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-15
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
This notice announces receipt of a petition for waiver from York-Shipley Global, Division of AESYS Technologies, LLC (York-Shipley) seeking an exemption from specified portions of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) test procedure applicable to commercial packaged boilers. York-Shipley contends that some of their commercial packaged boilers cannot be accurately tested using the currently applicable DOE test procedure and, as a result, seeks to use an alternate test procedure to test these basic models. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning York-Shipley's petition and the suggested alternate test procedure.
Notice of Petition for Waiver From Superior Boiler Works, Inc. From the Department of Energy Commercial Packaged Boiler Test Procedure
Document Number: 2016-08738
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-15
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
This notice announces receipt of a petition for waiver from Superior Boiler Works, Inc. (Superior) seeking an exemption from specified portions of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) test procedure applicable to commercial packaged boilers. Superior contends that some of their commercial packaged boilers cannot be accurately tested using the currently applicable DOE test procedure and, as a result, seeks to use an alternate test procedure to test these basic models. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning Superior's petition and the suggested alternate test procedure.
Proposed Agency Information Collection
Document Number: 2016-08226
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-11
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The Department of Energy (DOE) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance a proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The proposed collection in support of the DOE's Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot will gather quantitative estimates of the pilot's impacts as well as capture implementation lessons learned. The information is needed to assess the impacts of the SBV Pilot, documenting that the investment is producing the expected results, and to determine ways to improve the pilot should it be expanded in scope. The SBV Pilot is a funding mechanism structured to allow small businesses engaged in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors to collaborate with researchers at the DOE National Laboratories and to take advantage of the resources at the Labs that assist small businesses in proceeding through commercialization challenges. Respondents will include small businesses participating in the pilot as well a comparison group of small businesses outside of the SBV Pilot.
Notice of the Stakeholder Meeting To Receive Input on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Outyear Marine and Hydrokinetic Program Strategy
Document Number: 2016-07867
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-06
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The Wind and Water Power Technologies Office within the U.S. DOE intends to hold a Stakeholder Meeting on the request for information (RFI) to receive input for the U.S. DOE Outyear Marine and Hydrokinetic Program Strategy in Washington, DC on April 27, 2016. The RFI is posted on the EERE Exchange Web site: https://goo.gl/Ei6ppc. Due to space constraints, there is limited seating, therefore the public meeting will be open to a limited number of parties. If you are interested in attending the meeting, please express interest in attending by emailing MHKRFI1570@ee.doe.gov. Please include with the subject line ``Meeting Interest,'' your name, organization, and contact information. The deadline to send notice of your interest, or interested parties, is Friday, April 8 at 11:59 p.m. ET. You will be notified via email on April 11 if you were confirmed as an attendee. All individuals, including those not able to attend will have the opportunity to submit comments to the RFI until 5:00 p.m. ET April 29, 2016.
Challenges and Opportunities for Pumped Storage Hydropower
Document Number: 2016-07585
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-04
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The Wind and Water Power Technologies Office within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently released a Request for Information to identify the challenges and opportunities faced by the pumped storage hydropower industry. DOE is now announcing two additional opportunities to obtain individual stakeholder insight into the technical and market challenges and potential pathways to facilitate the development of pumped storage in the U.S.: A public workshop and a subsequent webinar entitled, ``Challenges and Opportunities for Pumped Storage Hydropower.''
Notice of Application From Green Electronics for a Small Business Exemption Regarding Certain Products From the Department of Energy's External Power Supply Energy Conservation Standards
Document Number: 2016-07281
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-31
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
This notice announces receipt of and publishes an application submitted by Green Electronics for a small business exemption from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) energy conservation standards for direct operation external power supplies (application) pertaining to certain basic models imported by Green Electronics. Specifically, the application requests a one-year exemption from compliance with the standard beginning on February 10, 2016, the compliance date for such standard. DOE is publishing the non-confidential portion of Green Electronics' application and soliciting comments, data, and information concerning Green Electronics' application.
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Representative Average Unit Costs of Energy
Document Number: 2016-06581
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-23
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
In this notice, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is forecasting the representative average unit costs of five residential energy sources for the year 2016 pursuant to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. The five sources are electricity, natural gas, No. 2 heating oil, propane, and kerosene.
Executive Summit on Marine and Hydrokinetic (MHK) Research and Development
Document Number: 2016-03764
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-23
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The Wind and Water Power Technologies Office within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) intends to hold an Executive Summit on Marine and Hydrokinetic (MHK) Research and Development (``Summit'') from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Washington, DC on March 2, 2016. Through this initiative, the Wind and Water Power Technologies Office, together with executive members from the Department of Energy, the national laboratories, and the MHK energy industry, intends to showcase DOE's water power energy investments in the national laboratories and to identify activities ripe for technology transfer.
Request for Information: Accounting Conventions for Non-Combustible Renewable Energy Use
Document Number: 2016-03118
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-16
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice of a Request for Information: ``Accounting Conventions for Non-Combustible Renewable Energy Use'' regarding using an alternative methodology for calculating source energy from non-combustible renewable resources in analysis that informs DOE, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) products, reports, and standardssuch as the Home Energy Score. The current approach uses the equivalent average heat rate of fossil fuels to convert renewable electricity to source energy (approximately 9,500 BTU/kWh), while the proposed approach would use the heat content of electricity (3,412 BTU/kWh). This proposed change would better represent the lack of fuels used in generating renewable electricity, and would result in a slightly lower site-to-source ratio than the current approach.
Energy Savings Performance Contract Energy Sales Agreement
Document Number: 2016-03103
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-16
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The Federal Energy Management Program Office (FEMP), within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), published a notice, ``Request for Comments on Including Onsite Renewable Energy Generation under Energy Savings Performance Contracts,'' on its Web site to obtain information on potential obstacles associated with the implementation of privately- owned onsite renewable energy generation projects under the federal energy savings performance contract (ESPC) authority, including potential issues with regard to project eligibility for the federal solar investment tax credit (ITC) and the use of the ESPC ENABLE Program for such projects.
Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee: Notice of Open Meetings
Document Number: 2016-01978
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-02-03
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The Department of Energy (DOE) announces public meetings and webinars for the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC). The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that agencies publish notice of an advisory committee meeting in the Federal Register.
Notice of Interim Waiver and Request for Waiver From Panasonic Appliances Refrigeration Systems Corporation of America Corporation (PAPRSA) From the Department of Energy Refrigerator and Refrigerator-Freezer Test Procedures
Document Number: 2016-01496
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-26
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
This notice announces receipt of a request for an extension to hybrid basic model PR6180WBC of a previously granted waiver and for an interim waiver from Panasonic Appliances Refrigeration Systems Corporation of America (Case No. RF-043) with respect to the U.S. Department of Energy's electric refrigerator and refrigerator-freezer test procedures. Panasonic seeks to apply the alternative test procedure for measuring the energy usage of similar hybrid wine chiller/beverage center basic models, which DOE required in response to prior waiver requests. Because of a an error discovered in the equation used to calculate the energy usage of these products, DOE has rescinded the prior waivers and is proposing to correct this equation to ensure the accuracy of the calculations provided under the alternative test procedure. DOE solicits comments on its proposed modifications to correct the procedure contained in prior waivers issued to PAPRSA. DOE has issued an interim waiver for hybrid basic model PR6180WBC and all other PAPRSA hybrid basic models previously subject to a waiver.
Notice of Public Workshop To Provide Comments on Field Testing and Verification for Project DE-EE0006789, “Assimilation of Wave Imaging Radar Observations for Real-Time Wave-by-Wave Forecasting”
Document Number: 2016-01293
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-01-22
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The Department of Energy (DOE) is announcing the following web-based public workshop entitled, ``Field Testing and Verification for Project DE-EE0006789, [Assimilation of Wave Imaging Radar Observations for Real-time Wave-by-Wave Forecasting]''. The purpose of the meeting is for DOE to obtain industry feedback regarding field testing and verification of the wave-by-wave forecasting system under development.