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Rulemaking for Commercial and Industrial Compressors Energy Conservation Standards

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The Department of Energy (DOE) is considering energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial air 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 notice of public meeting and availability of the framework document regarding energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial air compressors. 79 FR 6839 (February 5, 2014). DOE later issued a Federal Register notice announcing a new public meeting date of April 1, 2014 and extending the comment deadline to April 22, 2014. 79 FR 15061 (March 18, 2014).


Public Meeting Information

DOE will hold a public meeting on April 1, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 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/490143441. 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 April 22, 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 commercial and industrial air compressors energy conservation standards rulemaking by name and provide its docket number EERE-2013-BT-STD-0040 and/or Regulation Identifier Number (RIN) 1904-AC83. 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: Compressors2013STD0040@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 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.

Determination
Framework

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:

compressors@ee.doe.gov