DOE issued a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding energy conservation standards for automatic commercial ice makers (March 7, 2014). The comment deadline is 60 days after the date of publication in the Federal Register. A public meeting is scheduled for April 14, 2014.
DOE will hold a public meeting on April 14, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 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/775394736. Participants are responsible for ensuring their systems are compatible with the webinar software.
The automatic commercial ice makers energy conservation standards rulemaking docket EERE-2010-BT-STD-0037 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.
The EPACT 2005 amendments to EPCA require DOE to conduct two cycles of rulemakings to determine whether to amend the standards for automatic commercial ice makers—both those prescribed by EPACT 2005 and those prescribed by DOE. (42 U.S.C. 6313(d)) In the first cycle, the subject of this rulemaking, DOE must publish a final rule establishing such amended standards by January 1, 2015, if DOE determines to amend the standards. (42 U.S.C. 6313(d)(3)(A))