DOE published a notice of public meeting and availability of the preliminary technical support document regarding energy conservation standards for miscellaneous refrigeration products. 79 FR 71705 (December 3, 2014)
DOE held a public meeting on January 9, 2015.
The residential wine chillers and other residential refrigeration products energy conservation standards rulemaking docket EERE-2011-BT-STD-0043 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.
DOE published a proposed determination that certain types of miscellaneous residential refrigeration equipment qualify as covered products under EPCA. 76 FR 69147 (November 8, 2011).
DOE also published a supplemental proposed determination regarding miscellaneous residential refrigeration products as covered products under EPCA. 78 FR 65223 (October 31, 2013). The comment deadline is December 2, 2013. Docket No. EERE-2011-BT-DET-0072 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents related to the proposed determination.
EPCA sets forth various provisions designed to improve energy efficiency. Part A of Title III of EPCA (42 U.S.C. 6291–6309 ) established the "Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles," which covers consumer products and certain commercial products (hereafter referred to as "covered products").
In addition to specifying a list of covered residential and commercial products, EPCA contains provisions that enable the Secretary of Energy to classify additional types of consumer products as covered products.
For the Secretary to prescribe an energy conservation standard pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 6295(o) and (p),/a> for covered products added pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 6292(b)(1) , he must also determine that the products meeting certain additional criteria.
DOE would determine if miscellaneous residential refrigeration products, among any that are currently uncovered by DOE statutory coverage, satisfy the provisions of 42 U.S.C. 6295(l)(1) during the course of the energy conservation standards rulemaking.