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 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

A public meeting was held on March 18, 2013.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.

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

*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: