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Rulemaking for Commercial Warm Air Furnaces Standard

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The Department of Energy (DOE) is considering amending energy conservation standards for commercial warm air furnaces. This rulemaking is mandated by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA).


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


Recent Updates

DOE has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking and public meeting for commercial warm air furnaces (January 16, 2015).  A public meeting is scheduled for March 2, 2015 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in Washington, DC.

DOE published a request for information regarding energy conservation standards for commercial warm air furnaces. 78 FR 25627 (May 2, 2013).


Public Meeting Information

A public meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 2, 2015 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at DOE's Forrestal Building, Room 8E-089, 1000 Independence Ave, SW Washington, DC 20585. 

To attend, please notify Ms. Brenda Edwards at (202) 586–2945 or Brenda.Edwards@ee.doe.gov.

The public meeting will also broadcast via webinar, please register here.

Submitting Public Comments

DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) before and after the public meeting, but no later than 60 DAYS AFTER DATE OF PUBLICATION IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER

Instructions:  Any comments submitted must identify the NOPR for Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Warm Air Furnaces, and provide docket number EE-2013–BT–STD–00021 and/or regulatory information number (RIN) number 1904-AD11.  Comments may be submitted using any of the following methods: 

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

2. E-mail:  CommWarmAirFurn2013STD0021@ee.doe.gov.  Include the docket number and/or RIN in the subject line of the message.  Submit electronic comments in WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, PDF, or ASCII file format, and avoid the use of special characters or any form of encryption.

3. Postal Mail:  Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, Mailstop EE-2J, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC, 20585-0121. 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, 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 e-mail to Chad_S_Whiteman@omb.eop.gov.

No telefacsimiles (faxes) will be accepted.

Milestones and Documents

The commercial warm air furnaces energy conservation standards rulemaking docket EERE-2013-BT-STD-0021 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.

Request for Information
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Final Rule
Compliance

Related Rulemakings

There are no related open rulemakings for this product at this time.



Statutory Authority

The American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act (AEMTCA), Pub. L. 112-210, amended EPCA to mandate that DOE consider amending the standards for any covered equipment for which more than 6 years has elapsed since the issuance of the most recent final rule establishing or amending a standard for that type of equipment as of the date of AEMTCA's enactment (i.e., December 18, 2012). (42 U.S.C. 6313(a)(6)(C)(vi)) Thus, 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. (42 U.S.C. 6313(a)(6)(C)(i) and (vi)).

Contact Information

For more information related to this rulemaking, please email:

commercial_furnaces@ee.doe.gov