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Enforcement of Regional Standards for Residential Furnaces, Central Air Conditioners, and Heat Pumps

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The Department of Energy (DOE) has initiated a rulemaking to consider possible approaches to enforcing regional standards for residential furnaces and residential central air conditioners and heat pumps set forth by direct final rule. 76 FR 37408 (June 27, 2011). DOE issued a framework document that presented three approaches, and stated that it was considering each of these approaches, a combination of elements in these approaches, or alternatives in response to comments from interested parties.


Recent Updates | Public Meeting Information | Submitting Public Comments | Milestones and Documents | Related Rulemakings | Statutory Authority | Contact Information


Recent Updates

DOE issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of public meeting for the regional standards enforcement working group. (October 20, 2014)

DOE published a notice of public meetings for the regional standards enforcement working group. 79 FR 50856 (August 26, 2014)


Public Meeting Information

DOE will hold an open meeting on: Friday, October 24 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m (EDT). The meeting will take place at the U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 6E-069, 1000 Independence Ave SW., Washington, DC 20585. 

To attend the meeting, please notify Ms. Brenda Edwards at (202) 586-2945 or via email at Brenda.Edwards@ee.doe.gov.

Please see the Public Participation section for details related to advanced security screening procedures for foreign nationals, submitting prepared general statements, passes for laptops, and the conduct of the public meeting.

The meeting will also be broadcast as a webinar. To register for the webinar and receive call-in information please click here.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is open. Comments may be submitted through the docket or the email displayed at the bottom of this page.

Milestones and Documents

The Enforcement of Regional Standards for Residential Furnaces and Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps rulemaking docket EERE-2011-BT-CE-0077 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 Data Availability
Notice of Intent
  • Notice of Intent, Federal Register, 79 FR 33870 (June 13, 2014)
  • Comment deadline: closed
Notice of Membership
Notice of Public Meeting

Related Rulemakings

There are no related rulemakings.

Statutory Authority

The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 modified the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to authorize DOE to consider regional standards for certain products if the regional standards can save significantly more energy than a national standard and are economically justified. Specifically, DOE was authorized to establish up to two additional regional standards for central air conditioners and heat pumps and one additional standard for furnaces in addition to national standards. (42 U.S.C. 6295(o)(6)(B)(ii))

EISA 2007 requires DOE to initiate an enforcement rulemaking not later than 90 days after the issuance of a final rule that establishes a regional standard. (42 U.S.C. 6295(o)(6)(G)(ii)(I)) EISA 2007also requires that a final rule for enforcement be issued not later than 15 months after the final rule that establishes a regional standard. (42 U.S.C. 6295(o)(6)(G)(ii)(III))

Contact Information

For more information related to this rulemaking, please email:

certification_compliance_enforcement@ee.doe.gov