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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 Federal Register notice regarding test procedures for portable air conditioners. 80 FR 10211 (February 25, 2015) DOE will host a public meeting on March 18, 2015.


Public Meeting Information

DOE will hold a public meeting on Wednesday March 18, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The public meeting will be held at the U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 8E-089, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585. To register for the webinar please click here.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment deadline is May 11, 2015. Any comments submitted must identify the NOPR for Test Procedures for Portable Air Conditioners, and provide docket number EERE-2014-BT-TP-0014 and/or regulatory information number (RIN) number 1904-AD22. Comments may be submitted using any of the following methods: 

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

2. Email: PortableAC2014TP0014@ee.doe.gov. Include the docket number and/or RIN in the subject line of the message. 

3. Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, Mailstop EE-5B, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. If possible, please submit all items on a CD. It is not necessary to include printed copies. 

4. Hand Delivery/Courier: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Program, 950 L'Enfant Plaza, SW., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20024. Telephone: (202) 586-2945. If possible, please submit all items on a CD. It is not necessary to include printed copies.

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
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

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