Rulemaking for Commercial and Industrial Natural Gas Compressors Energy Conservation Standards

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The Department of Energy (DOE) is considering energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial compressors. As part of the rulemaking process, DOE will conduct an analysis of the potential energy savings, economic benefits, environmental or energy security benefits of efficient compressors, as well as impacts on manufacturers and consumers of compressors, impacts on competition, the environment, and non-regulatory or voluntary approaches, and other relevant impacts as required by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended, (EPCA) and described under appendix A to subpart C of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 430.

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 for natural gas compressors. 79 FR 70797 (November 28, 2014)

Public Meeting Information

A public meeting was held on December 17, 2014.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment deadline is closed.

Milestones and Documents

The commercial and industrial compressors energy conservation standards rulemaking docket EERE-2013-BT-STD-0040 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

Related Rulemakings

DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding energy conservation standards for certain commercial and industrial electric motors. 78 FR 73590 (December 6, 2013). For more information, please see the rulemaking page.

DOE published a final rule regarding test procedures for electric motors. 78 FR 75962 (December 13, 2013). For more information, please see the rulemaking page.

Statutory Authority

Part A-1 of Title III of EPCA, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 6291-6317 establishes the "Energy Conservation Program for Certain Industrial Equipment." The purpose of Part A-1 is to improve the efficiency of various types of industrial equipment to conserve the energy resources of the Nation, which includes compressors. (42 U.S.C. 6311(2)(B)(i)). Commercial or industrial compressors are listed as a type of covered equipment for which DOE may establish energy conservation standards consistent with 42 U.S.C. 6311 and 6312.

Contact Information

For more information related to this rulemaking, please email: