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Rulemaking for Portable Air Conditioners Test Procedures

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The U.S. Department of Energy does not currently regulate the energy efficiency of portable air conditioners (ACs).

In a notice of proposed determination (NOPD) published on July 5, 2013, DOE tentatively determined that portable ACs qualify as a covered product under Part B of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended. If DOE issues a final determination that portable ACs are a covered product, DOE may prescribe test procedures and energy conservation standards for portable ACs.

DOE conducted initial investigative testing to assist in making a final determination and to consider approaches for a future test procedure for portable ACs, should DOE determine that these are covered products.


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


Recent Updates

DOE published a notice of data availability regarding test procedures for portable air conditioners. 79 FR 26639 (May 9, 2014).


Public Meeting Information

No public meeting is scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

The public comment period is closed.

Milestones and Documents

The portable AC test procedure rulemaking docket EERE-2014-BT-TP-0014 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.

Notice of Data Availability

Related Rulemakings

DOE published a notice of proposed determination in which DOE tentatively determined that portable ACs qualify as a covered product. 78 FR 40403 (July 5, 2013). Further information is available on the rulemaking for portable AC determination webpage.



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"). 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. EPCA sets forth the criteria and procedures DOE must follow when prescribing or amending test procedures for covered products. (42 U.S.C. 6293(b)(3))

Contact Information

For more information related to this rulemaking, please email:

portable_ACs@ee.doe.gov