DOE published a Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking and public meeting regarding energy conservation standards for certain residential furnaces.80 FR 13119 (March 12, 2015) The public meeting is scheduled for March 27, 2015.
DOE published a notice of public meeting to demonstrate the analytical tools developed by the agency in support of a proposed rule to consider amended energy conservation standards. 79 FR 64517 (October 30, 2014) While DOE demonstrated these analytical tools with the content provided in the residential non-weatherized gas furnace and mobile home gas furnace rulemaking, and entertained questions related to that content, the public meeting did not address any deliberative issues related to that specific docket. Please click here for the presentation and here for the transcript of the meeting.
DOE will hold a public meeting on Friday, March 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 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. Please note that foreign nationals visiting DOE Headquarters are subject to advance security screening procedures.
The meeting will also be broadcast as a webinar. Please register for the webinar here.
The residential furnaces energy conservation standards rulemaking docket EERE-2014-BT-STD-0031 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.
Title III, Part B of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA or the Act), Public Law 94–163 (42 U.S.C. 6291–6309, as codified) sets forth a variety of provisions designed to improve energy efficiency and established the Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles, a program covering most major household appliances (collectively referred to as "covered products"). These include the types of residential furnaces that are the subject of this rulemaking. (42 U.S.C. 6292(a)(5))