Rulemaking for Consumer Clothes Dryers Test Procedure

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The Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule to amend its test procedures for residential clothes dryers established under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA). The final rule amends appendix D1 to subpart B of title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to update the reference to the latest edition of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Standard 62301, “Household electrical appliances–Measurement of standby power,” Edition 2.0 2011-01. The final rule also amends the test procedures at both appendix D and appendix D1 to the same subpart to clarify the cycle settings used for the test cycle, the requirements for the gas supply for gas clothes dryers, the installation conditions for console lights, the method for measuring the drum capacity, the maximum allowable weighing scale range, and the allowable use of a relative humidity meter. The final rule also amends the DOE clothes dryer test procedure to create a new appendix D2 that includes the amendments discussed above as well as testing methods for more accurately measuring the effects of automatic cycle termination.

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 public meeting regarding test procedures for residential clothes dryers. 79 FR 63336 (October 23, 2014).

DOE published a final rule regarding test procedures for residential clothes dryers. 78 FR 49608 (August 14, 2013).

Public Meeting Information

DOE held a public meeting on November 13, 2014.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period has closed.

Milestones and Documents

The residential clothes dryer test procedures rulemaking docket EERE-2011-BT-TP-0054 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.

Request for Information
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Final Rule
  • Final Rule, Federal Register, 78 FR 49608 (August 14, 2013)
  • Please refer to the notice of final rule for compliance dates.

Related Rulemakings

There are no related rulemakings.

Statutory Authority

Part B of Title III of EPCA (42 U.S.C. 6291) as amended through the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 sets forth a variety of provisions designed to improve the energy efficiency of consumer products, including clothes dryers. (42 U.S.C. 6292(a)(8))

Contact Information

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