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Rulemaking for Automatic Commercial Ice Makers Energy Conservation Standard

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The purpose of this rulemaking is to: 1) establish energy conservation standards for cube ice makers with capacities between 50 and 2,500 pounds per 24-hour period; and 2) determine whether to establish energy conservation standards for additional types of automatic commercial ice makers as well as ice makers with capacities greater than 2,500 pounds per 24-hour period. The existing standards were prescribed by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005) amendments to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA). EPACT 2005 also authorizes the Department of Energy (DOE) to issue standards for other types of automatic commercial ice makers.


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 energy conservation standards for automatic commercial ice makers. 79 FR 14845 (March 17, 2014). The comment deadline is May 16, 2014. A public meeting is scheduled for April 14, 2014.


Public Meeting Information

DOE will hold a public meeting on April 14, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 8E-089, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585. To attend, please notify Ms. Brenda Edwards at (202) 586–2945 or via email at Brenda.Edwards@ee.doe.gov. Please see the Public Participation section of the notice for details related to advanced security screening procedures for foreign nationals, submitting prepared general statements, passes for laptops, and the conduct of the public meeting.

The meeting will also be broadcast as a webinar. Reserve your webinar seat at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/775394736. Participants are responsible for ensuring their systems are compatible with the webinar software.

Submitting Public Comments

Comments may be submitted through regulations.gov, email, postal mail, or by hand delivery/courier. All comments must be received by May 16, 2014. Please follow the directions below. Also 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 automatic commercial ice makers energy conservation standards rulemaking by name and provide its docket number EERE-2010-BT-STD-0037 and/or Regulation Identifier Number (RIN) 1904-AC39. 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: ACIM-2010-STD-0037@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 automatic commercial ice makers energy conservation standards rulemaking docket EERE-2010-BT-STD-0037 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.

Framework
Preliminary Analysis
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Final Rule

*After a regulatory action has been completed, Executive Order 12866 requires agencies to identify the substantive changes between the draft submitted to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for review and the action subsequently announced, and to identify those changes made at the suggestion or recommendation of OIRA.


Related Rulemakings

There are no related rulemakings.



Statutory Authority

The EPACT 2005 amendments to EPCA require DOE to conduct two cycles of rulemakings to determine whether to amend the standards for automatic commercial ice makers—both those prescribed by EPACT 2005 and those prescribed by DOE. (42 U.S.C. 6313(d)) In the first cycle, the subject of this rulemaking, DOE must publish a final rule establishing such amended standards by January 1, 2015, if DOE determines to amend the standards. (42 U.S.C. 6313(d)(3)(A))

Contact Information

For more information related to this rulemaking, please email:

automatic_commercial_ice_makers@ee.doe.gov