Rulemaking for Dehumidifier Test Procedures

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This test procedure rulemaking for dehumidifiers would amend the test procedure in 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix X (appendix X), and would establish a new test procedure in 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix X1 (appendix X1). The proposed amendments to appendix X would add clarifications for equipment setup during testing, and would correct the calculations for active mode energy use and integrated energy factor. The proposed appendix X1 would specify testing at a lower ambient temperature, add a measure of fan-only mode energy consumption, and include testing methodology for whole-home dehumidifiers. Additionally, the test procedure rulemaking would clarify the definitions of covered products, amend the certification requirements, add verification instructions for the capacity measurement, and make editorial corrections.

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

Recent Updates

DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding test procedures for dehumidifiers. 79 FR 29271 (May 21, 2014). The comment deadline is August 4, 2014.

Public Meeting Information

DOE held a public meeting on Friday, June 13, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 8E-089, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585.

Submitting Public Comments

Comments may be submitted through regulations.gov, email, postal mail, or by hand delivery/courier. All comments must be received by August 4, 2014. Please see the Public Participation section of the notice for additional directions regarding submission format, campaign form letters, and confidential business information.

Any comments submitted must identify the dehumidifier test procedure rulemaking by name and provide its docket number EERE-2014-BT-TP-0010 and/or Regulation Identifier Number (RIN) 1904-AC80. Comments may be submitted using any of the following methods:

  1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: The rulemaking docket at www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  2. Email: Dehumidifier2014TP0010@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 Office, Mailstop EE–5B, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121. Please submit one signed original paper copy.
  4. Hand Delivery/Courier: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, 950 L’Enfant Plaza, SW., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20024. Telephone: (202) 586–2945. Please submit one signed original paper copy.

Milestones and Documents

The dehumidifier test procedure rulemaking docket EERE-2014-BT-TP-0010 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 Proposed Rulemaking

Related Rulemakings

The test procedure in appendix X was established in a final rule for test procedures for dehumidifiers. 79 FR 7366 (February 7, 2014).

DOE is also conducting a rulemaking regarding energy conservation standards for dehumidifiers. For more information, please see the rulemaking page.

Statutory Authority

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: