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On July 23, 2013 the Department of Energy issued a Federal Register notice of intent to establish a negotiated rulemaking working group under the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC) in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and the Negotiated Rulemaking Act (NRA) to negotiate proposed Federal energy conservation standards for the energy... Read More

On July 16, 2013 the Department of Energy (DOE) published a Federal Register final rule correcting energy conservation standards for residential room air conditioners.   This final rule corrects the direct final rule published April 21, 2011, establishing amended energy conservation standards for residential clothes dryers and room air conditioners. DOE erroneously specified the cooling capacity limits for two product classes of room air conditioners... Read More

On July 11, 2013 the U.S. Department of Energy published a proposed determination of coveragestating that DOE has determined tentatively that computers 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... Read More

The Department of Energy will hold an open meeting for the Commercial Heating, Ventilation, and Air-conditioning (HVAC), Water Heating (WH), and Refrigeration Certification Working Group.The meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (EDT) (Room 8E-089) and Thursday, July 18, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EDT... Read More

On July 10, 2013 the Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of final rule regarding test procedures for residential furnaces and boilers. The effective date of this rule is August 9, 2013. The compliance date for use of the amended test procedure for purposes of compliance with energy conservation standards, as well as representations of energy efficiency or energy use, is... Read More

On July 1, 2013 the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a pre-publication Federal Register ... Read More

On July 1, 2013 the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of final rule regarding test procedures for two-stage and modulating condensing residential furnaces and boilers. The test procedures are effective 30 days after the date of publication in the Federal Register and are required to establish compliance with the applicable energy conservation standards starting 180... Read More

On May 31, 2013 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published new energy efficiency standards for microwave ovens that are estimated to save consumers nearly $3 billion on their energy bills through 2030. The standards for microwave ovens will reduce energy consumption in standby mode by 75 percent in countertop microwave ovens and over-the-range microwave ovens without convection features, and by 51 percent for over-the-range microwave ovens with convection, preventing 38... Read More

On May 28, 2013 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued... Read More

On May 2, 2013 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a pre-publication Federal Register... Read More

On May 7, 2013 the U.S. Department of Energy published a Federal Register extension of the public comment period regarding the framework document for commercial and industrial fans and blowers standards. Find information here about... Read More

On April 2, 2013 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), which is considering developing test procedures for residential furnace fans, published  a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking regarding test procedures for residential furnace fans.

On February 1, 2013 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), which is considering developing test procedures, labels, and energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial pumps,  published a notice of public meeting and availability of the framework document.

On February 22, 2013 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of public meeting and availability of the framework document regarding energy conservation standards for packaged terminal air conditioners and packaged terminal heat pumps. For more information, see the rulemaking page.

On March 15, 2013 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notice of the availability of the framework document regarding energy conservation standards for ceiling fan light kits. (See 78 FR 16443.) DOE is initiating an energy conservation standard rulemaking for ceiling fans and ceiling fan light kits as required by the Energy Policy and... Read More

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