DOE has published a Federal Register notice reopening the comment period for the notice of proposed rule regarding test procedures for furnaces and boilers. 80 FR 31324 (June 2, 2015). The public comment period is extended until July 10, 2015.
DOE has published a Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking and public meeting regarding test procedures for residential furnaces and boilers. 80 FR 12876 (March 11, 2015). DOE will host a public meeting commencing at 1:00 PM on March 26, 2015.
DOE has issued a Request for Information (RFI) regarding test procedures for residential furnaces and boilers. 78 FR 675 (January 4, 2013).
The residential furnaces and boilers test procedures rulemaking docket EERE-2012-BT-TP-0024 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.
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007) amended EPCA to require that at least once every seven years, DOE must review test procedures for all covered products and either amend the test procedures (if the Secretary determines that amended test procedures would more accurately or fully comply with the requirements of 42 U.S.C. 6293(b)(3)) or publish notice in the Federal Register of any determination not to amend a test procedure. (42 U.S.C. 6293(b)(1)(A)) Under this requirement, DOE must review the test procedures for the various types of residential furnace and boiler products not later than December 19, 2014 (i.e., 7 years after the enactment of EISA 2007).
In addition to the test procedure review provision discussed above, EISA 2007 also amended EPCA to require DOE to amend its test procedures for all covered products to include measurement of standby mode and off mode energy consumption. (42 U.S.C. 6295(gg)(2)(A)).