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Enforcement of Regional Standards for Residential Furnaces and 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 meetings for the regional standards enforcement working group (August 20, 2014)

DOE published a notice of public meeting for the regional standards enforcement working group. 79 FR 45731 (August 6, 2014).  

DOE published a notice of membership for the regional standards enforcement working group. 79 FR 41456 (July 16, 2014). The regional standards enforcement working group was created per the request of the Appliance Standards Federal Regulatory Advisory Committee (ASRAC). 


Public Meeting Information

Upcoming Regional Standards Enforcement Working Group Meetings

  • August 26, 2014
  • August 27, 2014                
  • August 28, 2014                
  • September 3, 2014          
  • September 4, 2014
  • September 24, 2014      
  • September 25, 2014        
  • October 1, 2014               
  • October 2, 2014      
  • October 15, 2014            
  • October 16, 2014        
For meeting locations and webinar information please visit the ASRAC page.

Submitting Public Comments

ASRAC invites written comments from all interested parties during the course of the negotiations. If you would like to file a written statement with the committee, you may do so either by submitting a hard or electronic copy before or after the meeting. Electronic copy of written statements should be emailed to asrac@ee.doe.gov.

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