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Commercial and Industrial Fans and Blowers

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There are currently no energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial fans and blowers. Fans and blowers are found in both the industrial sector and the commercial sector. Fans and blowers are used for ventilation and circulation, and in industrial processes.

The Department of Energy (DOE) will conduct an analysis of the energy use, emissions, costs, and benefits associated with this equipment during any energy conservation standards rulemakings. The Standards and Test Procedures for this product are related to Rulemaking for Commercial and Industrial Fans and Blowers Energy Conservation Standard.


Recent Updates | Standards | Test Procedures | Waiver, Exception, and Exemption Information | Statutory Authority | Historical Information | Contact Information


Recent Updates

DOE has published a Federal Register notice of public meetings regarding the Commercial Fans and Blowers Working Group. 80 FR 27601 (May 14, 2015). For more information please see the rulemaking webpage.

DOE has published aFederal Register notice regarding commercial and industrial fans and blowers.  80 FR 24841 (May 1, 2015). DOE as completed a secondary provisional analysis of the potential economic impacts and energy savings that could result from promulgating an energy conservation standard for commercial and industrial fans and blowers.  This secondary provisional analysis uses a different regulatory approach.  DOE expects to discuss the details of this notice at the Fans and Blowers Working Group meetings beginning May 6th.  For more information, please see the rulemaking page.

DOE published a Federal Register notice of intent to seek nominations on the formation of a Working Group for negotiating commercial fan and blower proposed energy conservation standards.  As part of this notice, DOE is also announcing the first meeting of the commercial fans and blowers Working Group. 80 FR 17359 (April 1, 2015).    Nominations are due April 15, 2015. Please submit nominations to asrac@ee.doe.gov.

Public meetings for the fans and blowers working group will be held Wednesday, May 6 and Thursday, May 7, 2015 in Washington, DC. For more information, please see the rulemaking page.

DOE published a Federal Register notice of comment period extension for the notice of data availability regarding energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial fans and blowers. 80 FR 1477 (January 12, 2015). For more information, please see the rulemaking page.


Standards for Commercial and Industrial Fans and Blowers

There are currently no energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial fans and blowers.

Test Procedure for Commercial and Industrial Fans and Blowers

There are currently no test procedures for commercial and industrial fans and blowers.

Waivers, Exceptions, and Exemptions

Because there are no energy conservation standards or test procedures for commercial and industrial fans and, blowers, the provisions of 10 CFR part 431 subpart V and 10 CFR part 1003

Statutory Authority

Energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial fans and, blowers, are mandated by Part A–1, "Certain Industrial Equipment," of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended. (42 U.S.C. 6311–6317)

EPCA lists covered commercial and industrial equipment. (42 U.S.C. 6311(1)(A)-(L)). The list includes 11 types of equipment and a catchall provision for certain other types of industrial equipment classified as covered by the Secretary of Energy (Secretary). EPCA also specifies the types of equipment that can be classified as covered in addition to the listed equipment, and the criteria the equipment must meet. This equipment includes fans and blowers. (42 U.S.C. 6311(2)(A) and (B))

Historical Information

DOE issued a notice in which it proposed to determine that commercial and industrial fans and, blowers meet the statutory criteria for covered equipment. To classify equipment as covered commercial or industrial equipment, the Secretary must determine that classifying the equipment as covered equipment is necessary for the purposes of Part A-1 of EPCA. The purpose of Part A–1 is to improve the efficiency of electric motors, pumps, and certain other industrial equipment to conserve the energy resources of the nation. (42 U.S.C. 6312(b))

Helpful Links and Contact Information

Helpful Links

For software tools, training, and publications to help you make your fan system more energy efficient, visit the Advanced Manufacturing Office webpage.

To find tips and guidance for making your home, workplace, or vehicle more energy efficient, visit EnergySavers.gov.

Contact information

For more information related to the regulation of this product, please email:


CIFansBlowers@ee.doe.gov