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Rulemaking for Commercial and Industrial Natural Gas Compressors Energy Conservation Standards

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The Department of Energy (DOE) is considering energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial compressors. As part of the rulemaking process, DOE will conduct an analysis of the potential energy savings, economic benefits, environmental or energy security benefits of efficient compressors, as well as impacts on manufacturers and consumers of compressors, impacts on competition, the environment, and non-regulatory or voluntary approaches, and other relevant impacts as required by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended, (EPCA) and described under appendix A to subpart C of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 430.


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


Recent Updates

DOE published a Federal Register notice of public meeting for natural gas compressors. 79 FR 70797 (November 28, 2014)

DOE published a request for information regarding energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial natural gas compressors. 79 FR 25377 (August 5, 2014).


Public Meeting Information

A public meeting was held on December 17, 2014.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment deadline is January 12, 2015. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: 

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

2. Email: GasCompressors2014STD0051@ee.doe.gov. Include docket number EERE- 2014-BT-STD-0051 and/or RIN 1904-AD40 in the subject line of the message. Submit electronic comments in WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, portable document format (PDF), or American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) file format, and avoid the use of special characters or any form of encryption. 

3. Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, Mailstop EE-5B, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. Telephone: (202) 586-2945. 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 Office, 6th Floor, 950 L'Enfant Plaza SW., 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. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number or RIN for this document. No telefacsimilies (faxes) will be accepted.

Milestones and Documents

The commercial and industrial compressors energy conservation standards rulemaking docket EERE-2013-BT-STD-0040 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.

Determination
Framework
Request for Information

Related Rulemakings

DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding energy conservation standards for certain commercial and industrial electric motors. 78 FR 73590 (December 6, 2013). For more information, please see the rulemaking page.

DOE published a final rule regarding test procedures for electric motors. 78 FR 75962 (December 13, 2013). For more information, please see the rulemaking page.



Statutory Authority

Part A-1 of Title III of EPCA, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 6291-6317 establishes the "Energy Conservation Program for Certain Industrial Equipment." The purpose of Part A-1 is to improve the efficiency of various types of industrial equipment to conserve the energy resources of the Nation, which includes compressors. (42 U.S.C. 6311(2)(B)(i)). Commercial or industrial compressors are listed as a type of covered equipment for which DOE may establish energy conservation standards consistent with 42 U.S.C. 6311 and 6312.

Contact Information

For more information related to this rulemaking, please email:

compressors@ee.doe.gov