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Rulemaking for Low-Voltage Dry-Type Distribution Transformers Energy Conservation Standard

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The Department of Energy (DOE) has completed a rulemaking to amend the current energy conservation standards for liquid-immersed, medium-voltage dry-type, and low-voltage dry-type distribution transformers. This activity is mandated by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA).


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


Recent Updates

DOE published a final rule regarding amended energy efficiency standards for liquid-immersed, medium-voltage dry-type, and low-voltage dry-type distribution transformers. 78 FR 23335 (April 18, 2013). The distribution transformers final rule was the DOE's first "negotiated rulemaking," conducted under the Federal Advisory Committee Act and the Negotiated Rulemaking Act.


Public Meeting Information

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.

Milestones and Documents

The low-voltage dry-type distribution transformers energy conservation standards rulemaking docket EERE–2010–BT–STD–0051 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 Intent to Negotiate Proposed Rule
  • Notice of Intent, Federal Register, 76 FR 50148 (August 12, 2011)
  • Comment deadline: closed
Notice of Open Meeting
Notice of Open Meeting
Notice of Open Meeting
  • Notice of Open Meeting, Federal Register, 76 FR 63533 (October 13, 2011)
  • Public Meeting 11/09/2011
  • Public Meeting Transcript 11/09/2011
  • Comment deadline: closed
Notice of Open Meeting
Notice of Public Meeting
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Final Rule
Compliance
  • Compliance with the amended standards established for distribution transformers in this final rule is required as of January 1, 2016.

*After a regulatory action has been completed, Executive Order 12866 requires agencies to identify the substantive changes between the draft submitted to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for review and the action subsequently announced, and to identify those changes made at the suggestion or recommendation of OIRA.


Related Rulemakings

DOE is also conducting a negotiated rulemaking for liquid-immersed and medium-voltage dry-type distribution transformers. The docket number is EERE–2010–BT–STD–0048.



Statutory Authority

The current energy conservation standards for distribution transformers are mandated by Part A–1, the "Certain Industrial Equipment" of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended. (42 U.S.C. 6311–6317). This equipment is treated as covered equipment under Part A-1. (42 U.S.C. 6317(a)) In addition, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005) amended EPCA to set energy conservation standards for low-voltage dry-type distribution transformers. (42 U.S.C. 6295(y))

Contact Information

For more information related to this rulemaking, please email:

distribution_transformers@ee.doe.gov