U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Building Technologies Office – Appliance & Equipment Standards
Commercial Clothes Washers
This page describes rulemaking activities and regulations regarding energy efficiency for commercial clothes washers.
The Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) as amended (42 U.S.C. 6311–6317) requires the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to conduct two rulemaking cycles to determine whether to amend the energy conservation standards for commercial clothes washers. EPCA required completion of the first rulemaking by January 1, 2010, and DOE must complete the second rulemaking by January 1, 2015. (42 U.S.C. 6313(e)). DOE completed the first rulemaking when it issued a final rule to amend the standards for commercial clothes washers on December 18, 2009. (75 FR 1122, January 8, 2010). Compliance with the amended standards is required as of January 8, 2013. The current rulemaking will satisfy the requirement to publish the second final rule by January 1, 2015. Compliance with any amended standards would be required three years after the date of publication of the final standards.
Energy Conservation Standards
- Notice of Public Meeting and Availability of Framework Document, Federal Register, 77 FR 48108, August 13, 2012
- Rulemaking Framework Document for Commercial Clothes Washers, August 13, 2012
- Public Meeting: DOE held a public meeting on September 24, 2012 from 9:00am to 12:00pm at the U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 8E-089, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC.
Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR)
Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
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