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Rulemaking for Ceiling Fans Energy Conservation Standards

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The Department of Energy (DOE) is considering establishing energy conservation standards for residential ceiling fans. There are currently federal design standards and test procedures for ceiling fans, but no energy conservation standards.

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

Recent Updates

DOE has has published a  Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking pertaining to energy conservation standards for ceiling fans. 81 FR 1688 (January 13, 2016).

Public Meeting Information

DOE will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, Feburary 3, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., in Washington, DC.  The public meeting will be held at the U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 8E-089, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585.  

To attend the meeting in person please contact Ms. Brenda Edwards

The meeting will also be broadcast as a webinar, please register here. 

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closes March 14, 2016.

Any comments submitted must identify the NOPR on Energy Conservation Standards for ceiling fans and provide docket number EE-2012–BT–STD–0045 and/or regulatory information number (RIN) 1904-AD28.  Comments may be submitted using any of the following methods: 

1. Federal eRulemaking Portal:  Follow the instructions for submitting comments. 

2. E-mail: .  Include the docket number and/or RIN in the subject line of the message.  Submit electronic comments in WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, PDF, or ASCII file format, and avoid the use of special characters or any form of encryption.

3. Postal Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, Mailstop EE-5B, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC, 20585-0121.  If possible, please submit all items on a compact disc (CD), in which case it is not necessary to include printed copies.

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.  If possible, please submit all items on a CD, in which case it is not necessary to include printed copies.

Milestones and Documents

The ceiling fans energy conservation standards rulemaking docket EERE-2012-BT-STD-0045 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
Preliminary Analysis
  • Engineering Data and Life-Cycle Cost Analysis (As part of its rulemaking analysis, DOE develops and makes public certain engineering and economic data. The data at this link are a portion of that analysis. DOE will make the entire analysis available to the public as the data are ready.)
Preliminary Technical Support Document
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Final Rule

Related Rulemakings

DOE is considering a test procedures rulemaking for ceiling fans. DOE is also reviewing energy conservations for ceiling fan light kits .

Statutory Authority

Energy conservation standards for ceiling fans are authorized by Part A, "Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles" of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended. (42 U.S.C. § 6291–6309 ) Ceiling fans are listed as covered products under this part. (42 U.S.C. 6291(49) )

Contact Information

For more information related to this rulemaking, please email: