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Rulemaking for Computer and Backup Battery Systems

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has determined tentatively that computer and backup battery systems qualify as a covered product under Part A of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended. DOE has determined that computers meet the criteria for covered products because classifying products of such type as covered products is necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of EPCA, and the average U.S. household energy use for computers is likely to exceed 100 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year.

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

Recent Updates

DOE published an extension of the public comment period regarding energy conservation standards for computer and battery backup systems. 79 FR 45377 (August 5, 2014).

Public Meeting Information

DOE held a public meeting Thursday, July 31, 2014 in Washington, DC concerning the Framework document for computer and battery back-up systems. The presentation for the meeting can be found here.

Submitting Public Comments

The public comment period is closed.

Milestones and Documents

The computers determination rulemaking docket EERE-2013-BT-DET-0035 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.

Proposed Determination for Computers

Proposed Determination for Computer Servers

Proposed Determination for Computer and Backup Battery Systems

Framework Document



Related Rulemakings

There are no related rulemakings.

Statutory Authority

Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended (42 U.S.C. 6291 et seq.), sets forth various provisions designed to improve energy efficiency. Part A of Title III of EPCA (42 U.S.C. 6291–6309) established the "Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles," which covers consumer products and certain commercial products (hereafter referred to as "covered products").1 In addition to specifying a list of covered residential and commercial products, EPCA contains provisions that enable the Secretary of Energy to classify additional types of consumer products as covered products.

Contact Information

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