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Rulemaking for Computer and Backup Battery Systems

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has determined tentatively that computer and backup battery systems qualify as a covered product under Part A of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended. DOE has determined that computers meet the criteria for covered products because classifying products of such type as covered products is necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of EPCA, and the average U.S. household energy use for computers is likely to exceed 100 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year.


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 extension of the public comment period regarding energy conservation standards for computer and battery backup systems. (July 29, 2014)

DOE published a notice of public meeting and availability of the Framework Document to initiate the rulemaking and data collection process to consider establishing energy conservation standards for computer and battery backup systems. 79 FR 41656 (July 17, 2014). The Framework Document details the analytical approach and scope of coverage for the rulemaking and identifies several issues for which DOE is particularly interested in receiving comments.


Public Meeting Information

DOE will hold a public meeting on Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,at the U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 8E-089, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585. To attend, please notify Ms. Brenda Edwards at (202) 586–2945 or via email at Brenda.Edwards@ee.doe.gov.  

Please see the Public Participation section of the notice for details related to advanced security screening procedures for foreign nationals, submitting prepared general statements, passes for laptops, and the conduct of the public meeting.

The meeting will also be broadcast as a webinar. Reserve your webinar seat at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/403193865. Participants are responsible for ensuring their systems are compatible with the webinar software. 

Submitting Public Comments

The public comment period is closed.

Milestones and Documents

The computers determination rulemaking docket EERE-2013-BT-DET-0035 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.

Proposed Determination for Computers
Proposed Determination for Computer Servers
Proposed Determination for Computer and Backup Battery Systems
Framework Document

Related Rulemakings

There are no related rulemakings at this time.



Statutory Authority

Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended (42 U.S.C. 6291 et seq.), 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").1 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.

Contact Information

For more information related to this rulemaking, please email:

DOE_computer_standards@ee.doe.gov