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Rulemaking for Commercial and Industrial Fans and Blowers

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There are no federal standards or test procedures for commercial and industrial fans and blowers. The Department of Energy (DOE) is considering establishing energy conservation standards for this equipment.


Recent Updates | Public Meeting Information | Submitting Public Comments | Milestones and Documents | Related Rulemakings | Statutory Authority | 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). Please see below for locations and start times.

DOE has published Federal 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.


Public Meeting Information

Unless otherwise specified above, the meetings will be held at U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585.  

  • May 18, 2015: 12 pm - 6 pm
  • May 19, 2015: 8 am - 3 pm
  • June 3, 2015: 9 am - 5 pm (950 L’Enfant Plaza, 7th Floor, SW     Washington, DC)
  • June 4, 2015: 8 am - 3 pm (950 L’Enfant Plaza, 7th Floor, SW   Washington, DC)
  • June 22, 2015: 12 pm - 6 pm
  • June 23, 2015: 8 am - 3 pm (950 L’Enfant Plaza, 7th Floor, SW Washington, DC)
  • July 21, 2015: 9 am - 5 pm (Air Movement and Control Association International, Chicago IL area)
  • July 22, 2015: 8 am - 3 pm (Air Movement and Control Association International,   Chicago IL area) and
  • August 4, 2015: 9 am - 5 pm
  • August 5, 2015: 8 am - 3 pm
  • August 6, 2015 (if needed)

To attend the meeting and/or to make oral statements regarding any of the items on the agenda, email asrac@ee.doe.gov.  In the email, please indicate your name, organization (if appropriate), citizenship, and contact information.  Please note that foreign nationals participating in the public meeting are subject to advance security screening procedures which require advance notice prior to attendance at the public meeting.

Persons can attend the public meeting via webinar. Please register here for webinar series here

Submitting Public Comments

Interested person may submit comments, identified by docket number EERE-2013-BT-STD-0006 by any of the following methods:

1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov.  Follow the instructions for submitting comments. 

2. E-mail: ASRAC@ee.doe.gov.   Include docket number EERE-2013-BT-STD-0006 in the subject line of the message.

3. Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, Mailstop EE-5B, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC  20585-0121.  If possible, please submit all items on a compact disc (CD), in which case it is not necessary to include printed copies.

4. Hand Delivery/Courier: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, 950 L’Enfant Plaza, SW., Suite 600, Washington, DC  20024. Telephone: (202) 586-2945.  If possible, please submit all items on a CD, in which case it is not necessary to include printed copies.

No telefacsimilies (faxes) will be accepted.


Milestones and Documents

The commercial and industrial fans and blowers energy conservation standards rulemaking docket EERE-2013-BT-STD-0006 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents. For the latest information on the planned timing of future DOE regulatory milestones, see the current Office of Management and Budget Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. All planned dates are preliminary and subject to change.

Notice of Proposed Determination
  • Notice of Proposed Determination, Federal Register, 76 FR 37678 (June 28, 2011)
Framework
Notice of Data Availability

Notice of Data Availability II





Related Rulemakings

DOE is also considering a test procedures rulemaking for commercial and industrial fans and blowers.



Statutory Authority

Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended. Part A-1 of Title III of EPCA (42 U.S.C. 6311-6317) establishes the "Energy Conservation Program for Certain Industrial Equipment,” which covers certain commercial and industrial equipment (referred to as "covered equipment").

EPCA specifies a list of equipment that constitutes covered commercial and industrial equipment. (42 U.S.C. 6311(1)(A)-(G)) The list includes 7 types of equipment and a catchall provision for other types of industrial equipment classified as covered 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 that must be met. This equipment includes fans and blowers. (42 U.S.C. 6311(2)(A) and (B))

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. (42 U.S.C. 6312(b))

Contact Information

For more information related to this rulemaking, please email:

CIFansBlowers@ee.doe.gov