U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Building Technologies Office – Appliance & Equipment Standards
Distribution Transformers Test Procedure Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNOPR)
The Department of Energy is now publishing its Test Procedures Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNOPR) for Distribution Transformers. The SNOPR follows from the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and the Reopening Notice.
SUMMARY: The Department of Energy previously published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) to adopt test procedures for measuring the energy efficiency of distribution transformers under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA or the Act), definitions to delineate the products covered by the test procedures and provisions (including a sampling plan) for implementing the test procedures. The Department now proposes to adopt revised test procedures for distribution transformers, primarily based upon existing industry standards. The proposed rule also contains revised definitions and provisions to implement the test procedures, calculation methods that manufacturers could use to determine the efficiency of some of their models, and enforcement methods for distribution transformers. The Department would use the test procedures in evaluating whether, and to what extent, energy conservation standards are warranted for distribution transformers. If standards are promulgated, then these test procedures and the other provisions proposed today would be used to determine efficiency and assess compliance of the transformers subject to the standards.
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How to Submit Comments
You may submit comments electronically, by mail, or by courier. Wherever possible, comments in the electronic format should carry the electronic signature of the author. Absent an electronic signature, comments submitted electronically must be followed and authenticated by submitting a signed original paper document.
Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards-Jones, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, Mailstop EE-2J, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20585-0121
Courier: Ms. Brenda Edwards-Jones, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, Room 1J-018, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20585. Telephone: 202-586-2945
Comments should clearly identify the Docket number, which is EE-RM/STD-98-550. The deadline for submitting comments is November 8, 2004.