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Rulemaking for Hearth Products Energy Conservation Standards

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The Department of Energy (DOE) has initiated a rulemaking and data collection process to develop a potential energy conservation standard for hearth products.

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

Recent Updates

DOE has published a Federal Register notice to extend the comment period concerning the proposed rule for hearth products.  The comment period is extended until May 11, 2015. 80 FR 19569  (April 13, 2015)

DOE published a Federal Register notice correcting the public meeting date for hearth products. 80 FR 9399 (February 23, 2015). DOE will host a public meeting Monday, March 23, 2015.

DOE published a Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) regarding energy conservation standards for hearth products. 80 FR 7081 (February 9, 2015)

Public Meeting Information

A public meeting regarding DOE’s proposed energy conservation standards for hearth products is scheduled for March 23, 2015. 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, please notify Ms. Brenda Edwards at (202) 586-2945. Please note that foreign nationals visiting DOE Headquarters are subject to advance security screening procedures. Any foreign national wishing to participate in the meeting should advise DOE as soon as possible by contacting Ms. Edwards at the phone number above to initiate the necessary procedures. Please also note that any person wishing to bring a laptop computer or tablet into the Forrestal Building will be required to obtain a property pass. Visitors should avoid bringing laptops, or allow an extra 45 minutes. Persons may also attend the public meeting via webinar. To register for the webinar, please click here.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment due date is April 10, 2015. Any comments submitted must identify the NOPR for Energy Conservation Standards for Hearth Products, and provide docket numberEERE-2014-BT-STD-0036 and/or regulatory information number (RIN) number 1904-AD35. Comments may be submitted using any of the following methods: 

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

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

Written comments regarding the burden-hour estimates or other aspects of the collection-of-information requirements contained in this proposed rule may be submitted to Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy through the methods listed above and by email to 

No telefacsimilies (faxes) will be accepted.

Milestones and Documents

The hearth products docket EERE-2014-BT-STD-0036 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.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Related Rulemakings

DOE also published a Notice of Proposed Determination regarding coverage of hearth products on December 31, 2013. For more information, visit the determination rulemaking page.

Statutory Authority

EPCA 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"). 

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. 

For the Secretary to prescribe an energy conservation standard pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 6295(o) and (p) for covered products added pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 6292(b)(1) , he must also determine that the products meeting certain additional criteria. 

DOE has tentatively determined that hearth products satisfy the provisions of 42 U.S.C. 6295(l)(1) during the course of this energy conservation standards rulemaking.

Contact Information

For more information related to this rulemaking, please email: