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Rulemaking for Commercial Clothes Washers Energy Conservation Standard

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The Department of Energy (DOE) is considering whether to revise its energy conservation standards for commercial clothes washers. This current rulemaking will satisfy the requirement to publish the second final rule by January 1, 2015 as mandated by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA).

Recent Updates | Public Meeting Information | Submitting Public Comments | Milestones and Documents | Related Rulemakings | Statutory Authority | Contact Information

Recent Updates

DOE published a final rule regarding energy conservation standards for commercial clothes washers. 79 FR 74492 (December 15, 2014). 

Public Meeting Information

A public meeting was held on April 21, 2014.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.

Milestones and Documents

The commercial clothes washers energy conservation standards rulemaking docket EERE-2012-BT-STD-0020 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 Public Meeting
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Final Rule


Related Rulemakings

There are no related rulemakings.

Statutory Authority

Part C of Title III of EPCA (42 U.S.C. 6311-6317) as amended through the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 sets forth a variety of provisions designed to improve the energy efficiency of commercial equipment, including commercial clothes washers. EPCA required completion of the first rulemaking by January 1, 2010, and DOE must complete the second rulemaking by January 1, 2015. (42 U.S.C. 6313(e)).

Contact Information

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