U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Building Technologies Office – Appliance & Equipment Standards
Test Procedures for Consumer Products and Certain Commercial and Industrial Equipment
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
10 CFR Parts 430 and 431
[Docket No. EERE-RM/TP-05-500]
RIN No. 1904-AB53
Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Consumer Products and Certain Commercial and Industrial Equipment; Certification, Compliance, and Enforcement Requirements for Consumer Products and for Certain Commercial and Industrial Equipment; Technical Amendment to Energy Conservation Standards for Certain Consumer Products and Commercial and Industrial Equipment
AGENCY: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy.
ACTION: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Public Meeting
SUMMARY: The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005) includes amendments to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) to provide for new Federal energy efficiency and water conservation test procedures, and related definitions, for certain consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment.
For each of these types of products or equipment, DOE is proposing some or all of the following: test procedures for measuring energy efficiency and/or water-use efficiency, definitions, and/or test sampling, compliance certification, and enforcement requirements. The products and equipment covered by these proposals are:
- Ceiling fans
- Ceiling fan light kits
- Medium base compact fluorescent lamps
- Battery chargers
- External power supplies
- Unit heaters
- Automatic commercial ice makers
- Commercial prerinse spray valves
- Illuminated exit signs
- Traffic signal modules and pedestrian modules
- Refrigerated bottled or canned beverage vending machines
- Commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment rated at or above 240,000 and below 750,000 BTU/hour cooling capacity
- Commercial refrigerators, freezers, and refrigerator-freezers with a self-contained condensing unit designed for holding temperature applications, and commercial refrigerators with a self-contained condensing unit designed for pull-down temperature applications and with transparent doors
- Ice-cream freezers; commercial refrigerators, freezers, and refrigerator-freezers with a self-contained condensing unit without doors; and commercial refrigerators, freezers, and refrigerator-freezers with a remote condensing unit
Furthermore, the Department is announcing technical corrections to the October 18, 2005, Final Rule, 70 FR 60407, which the Department has described in detail in the Federal Register notices and will add to the rule language.
Federal Register Documents
The Department held a public meeting on Tuesday, September 26, 2006. The purpose of this meeting was to hear the views of interested persons on the issues and process involved in the rulemaking to consider energy efficiency test procedures for consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment.