DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding energy conservation standards for commercial clothes washers. 79 FR 12301 (March 4, 2014). The comment deadline is May 5, 2014.
DOE will hold a public meeting on April 21, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 8E-089, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585. To attend, please notify Ms. Brenda Edwards at (202) 586–2945 or via email at Brenda.Edwards@ee.doe.gov. Please see the Public Participation section of the notice 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. Reserve your webinar seat at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/114019560. Participants are responsible for ensuring their systems are compatible with the webinar software.
The commercial clothes washers energy conservation standards rulemaking docket EERE-2012-BT-STD-0020 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.
Part C of Title III of EPCA (42 U.S.C. 6311-6317) as amended through the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 sets forth a variety of provisions designed to improve the energy efficiency of commercial equipment, including commercial clothes washers. EPCA required completion of the first
rulemaking by January 1, 2010, and DOE must complete the second rulemaking by January 1, 2015. (42 U.S.C. 6313(e)).