Commercial and Industrial Air Compressors

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The Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended, (EPCA) covers certain commercial and industrial equipment, including compressors, for which the Department of Energy (DOE) is authorized to establish energy conservation standards. DOE has determined that EPCA covers commercial and industrial air compressors and has been considering energy conservation standards and test procedures for such equipment.

Compression of a gas, such as air, is a thermodynamic process whereby the air enters a compressor machine or apparatus at one condition of pressure, volume, and temperature and exits at a condition of increased pressure and temperature with corresponding decreased volume. The pressurized air can be converted into useful work to power a wide variety of commercial and industrial equipment, such as: pneumatic manufacturing tools in an automated factory that assembles car parts; paint spraying machines; manufactured clothing; bulk packaging; oxidation for petroleum coking; cement plant baghouse purge systems; filling air cylinders; office and school building pneumatic heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning system valves; and high-power pneumatic tools such as jackhammers and some types of drills.

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Recent and Ongoing Activities

On April 17, 2019, the Department of Energy (DOE) received a petition from Atlas Copco North America, Inc. (Atlas Copco) asking DOE to allow compressor manufacturers to determine the applicable full-load and part-load package isentropic efficiency, package specific power, maximum full-flow operating pressure, full-load operating pressure, full-load actual volume flow rate, and pressure ratio at full-load operating pressure using either the DOE test procedure or the consensus industry test method. DOE has published a Federal Register notice of petition for rulemaking (NOPR) seeking comment on the petition, as well as any data or information that could be used in DOE’s determination on whether to proceed with the petition.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice of petition for rulemaking no later than August 15, 2019.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by “Test Procedure for Compressors,” via docket number EERE-2019-BT-PET-0017 by email (CompressorPetition2019PET0017@ee.doe.gov.), the regulations.gov Federal eRulemaking portal, postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.

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. DOE hosted public meetings on June 20, 2016, to address proposed test procedures and energy conservation standards for compressors.

Standards

DOE has issued a pre-publication notice of final rule pertaining to energy efficiency standards for compressors (December 5, 2016).

DOE has published a Federal Register notice of final determination pertaining to compressors as covered equipment 81 FR 79991 (November 15, 2016). The effective date of this rule is December 15, 2016.

The energy efficiency standards rulemaking docket EERE-2013-BT-STD-0040 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents.

Public Meeting Information:

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

Comment period is closed.

Determination

Framework

Preliminary Analysis

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Final Rule

*This pre-publication final rule is subject to the procedures at 10 CFR 430.5.

Test Procedure

DOE has published a Federal Register notice of petition for rulemaking (NOPR) pertaining to test procedures for compressors. 84FR22395 (May 17, 2019).

DOE has published a request for information in the Federal Register pertaining to test procedures for compressors. 82 FR 31890 (July 11, 2017).

DOE has published a final rule in the Federal Register further delaying the effective date pertaining to test procedures for compressors. 82 FR 14426 (March 21, 2017).

DOE has published a final rule in the Federal Register delaying the effective date pertaining to test procedures for compressors. 82 FR 8985 (February 2, 2017).

DOE has published in the Federal Register a final rule to establish new test procedures pertaining to certain varieties of compressors. 82 FR 1052 (January 4, 2017).

DOE has published, in the Federal Register, a notice of proposed rulemaking and public meeting pertaining to test procedures for compressors 81 FR 27229 (May 5, 2016).

DOE has published, in the Federal Register, a notice of correction pertaining to proposed rulemaking and public meeting pertaining to test procedures for compressors 81 FR 41466 (June 27, 2016).

The test procedures rulemaking docket EERE-2014-BT-TP-0054 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents.

Public Meeting Information

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this notice of petition for rulemaking no later than August 15, 2019.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by “Test Procedure for Compressors,” via docket number EERE-2019-BT-PET-0017 by email (CompressorPetition2019PET0017@ee.doe.gov.), the regulations.gov Federal eRulemaking portal, postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Final Rule
  • Notice of Final Rule, Federal Register, 82 FR 1052 (January 4, 2017)
  • Final Rule; delay of effective date, Federal Register, 82 FR 8985 (February 2, 2017).
  • Final Rule; further delay of effective date, Federal Register, 82 FR 14426 (March 21, 2017).


Current Standard

On December 5, 2016, DOE issued a pre-publication final rule for compressor energy conservation standards.


Current Test Procedure

On January 4, 2017, DOE published, in the Federal Register, a final rule for compressor efficiency test procedures.


Helpful Links

Find tips and guidance for making your home, workplace, or vehicle more energy efficient visit EnergySaver.gov.

For information about energy efficiency regulations for natural gas compressors, please see the rulemaking page.

DOE published a final rule regarding energy conservation standards for certain commercial and industrial electric motors. 79 FR 30933 (May 29, 2014). For more information, please see the rulemaking page.

DOE published a final rule regarding test procedures for electric motors. 78 FR 75962 (December 13, 2013). For more information, please see the rulemaking page.

Contact information

For more information related to this product, please email:
ApplianceStandardsQuestions@ee.doe.gov


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