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Rulemaking for Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps Standards

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The Department of Energy (DOE) is considering amending energy conservation standards for packaged terminal air conditioners (PTACs) and packaged terminal heat pumps (PTHPs) as required by 42 U.S.C. 6313(a)(6)(C). The products covered include standard and non-standard size PTACs and PTHPs.

This rulemaking is related to the packaged terminal air conditioners and heat pumps standards.


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


Recent Updates

DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking and public meeting regarding energy conservation standards for packaged terminal air conditioners and packaged terminal heat pumps.79 FR 55538 (September 16, 2014) .  A public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 29, 2014.

DOE published a notice of public meeting and availability of the framework document regarding energy conservation standards for packaged terminal air conditioners and heat pumps standards. 78 FR 12252 (February 22, 2013).


Public Meeting Information

DOE will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 in Washington, DC at DOE's Forrestal Building, Room 8E-089, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585. To attend, please notify Ms. Brenda Edwards at (202) 586–2945. 

To participate via webinar please register at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/255663817

Submitting Public Comments

Any comments submitted must identify the NOPR for Energy Conservation Standards for packaged terminal air conditioners (PTACs) and packaged terminal heat pumps (PTHPs), and provide docket number EERE-2012-BT-STD-0029 and/or regulatory information number (RIN) number 1904-AC82. Comments may be submitted using any of the following methods: 

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

2. Email: pkgTerminalAC-HP2012STD0029@ee.doe.gov. Include the docket number and/or RIN in the subject line of the message. 

3. Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, Mailstop EE-5B, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. If possible, please submit all items on a CD. It is not necessary to include printed copies. 

4. Hand Delivery/Courier: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, 950 L'Enfant Plaza SW., Suite 600, 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. 

Written comments regarding the burden-hour estimates or other aspects of the collection-of-information requirements contained in this proposed rule may be submitted to Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy through the methods listed above and by email to Chad_S_Whiteman@omb.eop.gov. 

For detailed instructions on submitting comments and additional information on the rulemaking process, see section VII of the notice called “Public Participation.”

Milestones and Documents

The packaged terminal air conditioners and heat pumps energy conservation standards rulemaking docket EERE–2012–BT–STD–0029 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.

Public Meeting and Framework
Preliminary Analysis

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Final Rule
Compliance

*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 test procedure rulemaking for PTACs and PTHPs.



Statutory Authority

Part A of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA) (42 U.S.C. 6291–6309) established the Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles, a program covering most major household appliances. Part A–1 of Title III (42 U.S.C. 6311–6317) establishes a similar program for "Certain Industrial Equipment," which includes PTACs and PTHPs.

Amendments to EPCA in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007) mandates that not later than six years after the issuance of a final rule amending a standard for equipment, DOE must either publish a notice of determination that higher standards for such equipment are not needed or a notice of proposed rulemaking proposing amended standards that are technologically feasible and economically justified. (42 U.S.C. 6313(a)(6)(C)(i))

Contact Information

For more information related to this rulemaking, please email:

PTACs@ee.doe.gov