DOE has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of final rule regarding energy conservation standards and test procedures for commercial heating, air-conditioning, and water-heating equipment (June 30, 2015).
DOE has published a Federal Register notice of public meetings regarding the Commercial Package Air Conditioners and Commercial Warm Air Furnaces Working Group. 80 FR 26199 (May 7, 2015).
DOE has published a notice of intent to establish a working group to negotiate potential energy conservation standards for commercial package air conditioners (CAUC) and commercial warm air furnaces (CWAF). 80 FR 17363 (April 1, 2015).
DOE has published Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking and announcement of public meeting regarding energy conservation standards for certain commercial and industrial equipment including small commercial air conditioners and heat pumps and water-source heat pumps 80 FR 1172 (January 8, 2015). For more information please see the rulemaking page.
There are no public meetings scheduled at this time.
The small, large, and very large, air-cooled commercial air conditioner docket EERE-2013-BT-STD-0007 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.
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Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Section 342(a) of EPCA concerns energy conservation standards for small, large, and very large, air-cooled commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment (also known generally as unitary air conditioning and heating equipment). (42 U.S.C. 6313(a)) Section 5(b) of the American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act of 2012 (Pub. L. No. 112-210 (Dec. 18, 2012) (AEMTCA)) amended Section 342(a)(6) of EPCA, which concerns the amendment of energy conservation standards for certain types of commercial and industrial equipment. At issue here is the inclusion of a requirement for DOE to consider amending the standards for “any covered equipment as to which more than 6 years has elapsed since the issuance of the most recent final rule establishing or amending a standard for the product as of the date of AEMTCA’s enactment, December 18, 2012. (42 U.S.C. 6313(a)(6)(C)(vi)) DOE must issue either a notice of determination that the current standards do not need to be amended or a notice of proposed rulemaking containing proposed standards by December 31, 2013. See 42 U.S.C. 6313(a)(6)(C)(i) and (vi) (as amended by AEMTCA).