DOE to Set Schedules for Appliance Standards by January 2006

November 15, 2005

DOE announced on November 15th that it will set schedules for all appliance rulemaking activities no later than January 31st, 2006. DOE held a public meeting on November 15th to invite comments on standards scheduling issues, and will develop its schedule after considering those comments. As required by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005), DOE's plan and rulemaking schedules will be reported to Congress by February 8th, 2006. See the DOE press release.

On October 18th, DOE issued a final rule to codify 15 new appliance standards prescribed by EPACT 2005. Currently, DOE is working on another "en masse" rulemaking to clarify and codify the test procedures specified by EPACT 2005. DOE is also continuing progress on previous high-priority rulemakings, including new standards for distribution transformers, residential furnaces, and boilers. The rulemakings are managed by the Appliances and Commercial Equipment Standards Program, part of the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.