Commercial and Industrial Compressors
The Department of Energy (DOE) does not currently regulate commercial or industrial compressors. A gas compressor is a mechanical device that increases the pressure of a gas by reducing its volume. Compressors are similar to pumps: both increase the pressure on a fluid and both can transport the fluid through a pipe. Gas compressors are used in various applications where either higher pressures or lower volumes of gas are needed, such as in natural gas transport in pipelines and various industrial and manufacturing processes.
DOE is currently conducting a determination to determine if these products should be covered under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA).
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DOE published a Proposed Coverage Determination concerning commercial and industrial compressors. 77 FR 76972 (Dec. 31, 2012). For more information, please see the rulemaking page.
Standards for Commercial and Industrial Compressors
There are currently no energy conservations standards for commercial and industrial compressors.
There are currently no test procedures for commercial and industrial compressors.
Because there are no energy conservation standards or test procedures for commercial and industrial pumps, the provisions of 10 CFR Part 431 and Part 1003 that apply to waivers, exceptions, and state exemptions to Federal pre-emption are not relevant.
Part A-1 of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 6291-6317 (EPCA) establishes the "Energy Conservation Program for Certain Industrial Equipment." The purpose of Part A-1 is to improve the efficiency of various types of industrial equipment to conserve the energy resources of the Nation, which includes compressors. (42 U.S.C. 6311(2)(B)(i)). Commercial or industrial compressors are listed as a type of covered equipment for which DOE may establish energy conservation standards consistent with 42 U.S.C. 6311 and 6312.
In considering energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial compressors, DOE will conduct an analysis of the potential energy savings, economic benefits, environmental or energy security benefits of efficient compressors, as well as impacts on manufacturers and consumers of compressors, impacts on competition, the environment, and non-regulatory or voluntary approaches, and other relevant impacts as required by EPCA and described under appendix A to subpart C of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 430.
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