DOE issued a pre-publication notice of intent to establish a working group to negotiate potential energy conservation standards for commercial package air conditioners and heat pumps and commercial warm air furnaces. (March 24, 2015)
DOE published a Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking and public meeting for commercial warm air furnaces. 80 FR 6181 (February 4, 2015).
DOE published a request for information regarding energy conservation standards for commercial warm air furnaces. 78 FR 25627 (May 2, 2013).
A public meeting was held on March 2, 2015
The commercial warm air furnaces energy conservation standards rulemaking docket EERE-2013-BT-STD-0021 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 American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act (AEMTCA), Pub. L. 112-210, amended EPCA to mandate that DOE consider amending the standards for any covered equipment for which more than 6 years has elapsed since the issuance of the most recent final rule establishing or amending a standard for that type of equipment as of the date of AEMTCA's enactment (i.e., December 18, 2012). (42 U.S.C. 6313(a)(6)(C)(vi)) Thus, DOE must issue either a notice of determination that the current standards do not need to be amended or a notice of proposed rulemaking containing proposed standards by December 31, 2013. (42 U.S.C. 6313(a)(6)(C)(i) and (vi)).