Rulemaking for Commercial and Industrial Fans and Blowers

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There are no federal standards or test procedures for commercial and industrial fans and blowers. The Department of Energy (DOE) is considering establishing energy conservation standards for this equipment.

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 of intent to seek nominations on the formation of a Working Group for negotiating commercial fan and blower proposed energy conservation standards.  As part of this notice, DOE is also announcing the first meeting of the commercial fans and blowers Working Group. 80 FR 17359 (April 1, 2015).    Nominations are due April 15, 2015. Please submit nominations to asrac@ee.doe.gov.

Public meetings for the fans and blowers working group will be held Wednesday, May 6 and Thursday, May 7, 2015 in Washington, DC. 

DOE published a Federal Register notice of comment period extension for the notice of data availability regarding energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial fans and blowers. 80 FR 1477 (January 12, 2015).

Public Meeting Information

DOE will hold the first meeting for the Fans and Blowers Working Group on Wednesday, May 6, and Thursday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Washington, DC at the U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 8E-089, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585. To attend, please notify asrac@ee.doe.gov. 

Persons can attend the public meeting via webinar. Please reguster here for May 6 and May 7, 2015.

Submitting Public Comments

The comments and nominations are due April 15, 2015.

Interested person may submit comments, identified by docket number EERE-2013-BT-STD-0006 by any of the following methods:

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

2. E-mail: ASRAC@ee.doe.gov.   Include docket number EERE-2013-BT-STD-0006 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.  If possible, please submit all items on a compact disc (CD), in which case 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, in which case it is not necessary to include printed copies.

No telefacsimilies (faxes) will be accepted.

Milestones and Documents

The commercial and industrial fans and blowers energy conservation standards rulemaking docket EERE-2013-BT-STD-0006 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 Determination
  • Notice of Proposed Determination, Federal Register, 76 FR 37678 (June 28, 2011)
Notice of Data Availability
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Final Rule

Related Rulemakings

DOE is also considering a test procedures rulemaking for commercial and industrial fans and blowers.

Statutory Authority

Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended. Part A-1 of Title III of EPCA (42 U.S.C. 6311-6317) establishes the "Energy Conservation Program for Certain Industrial Equipment,” which covers certain commercial and industrial equipment (referred to as "covered equipment").

EPCA specifies a list of equipment that constitutes covered commercial and industrial equipment. (42 U.S.C. 6311(1)(A)-(G)) The list includes 7 types of equipment and a catchall provision for other types of industrial equipment classified as covered the Secretary of Energy (Secretary). EPCA also specifies the types of equipment that can be classified as covered in addition to the listed equipment, and the criteria that must be met. This equipment includes fans and blowers. (42 U.S.C. 6311(2)(A) and (B))

To classify equipment as covered commercial or industrial equipment, the Secretary must determine that classifying the equipment as covered equipment is necessary for the purposes of Part A-1 of EPCA. (42 U.S.C. 6312(b))

Contact Information

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