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Friday, May 31, 2013
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 million metric tons... Read More
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
On May 28, 2013 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued... Read More
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
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
Thursday, May 2, 2013
On May 2, 2013 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a pre-publication Federal Register... Read More
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
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.
Friday, March 15, 2013
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 Conservation Act. This rulemaking will consider... Read More
Friday, February 22, 2013
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.
Friday, February 1, 2013
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.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
The Department of Energy has released the winning student team from the Max Tech Appliance Design Contest. The Max Tech competition, held in May of this year, was coordinated by a team in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Here is DOE's announcement: As part of the Obama Administration's commitment to supporting the next generation of scientists and engineers, the Energy Department today announced that a University of... Read More
Friday, August 26, 2011
Scientists in EETD provided technical analysis to the Department of Energy for the energy efficiency standards announced today. From the U.S. Department of Energy: Today, the Department of Energy issued final energy efficiency standards for home refrigerators and freezers that will improve their efficiency by about 25% by 2014. These new standards, developed through a consensus process with manufacturers, consumer groups, and environmentalists, are expected to deliver more than $200 in... Read More
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
New efficiency standards proposed to take effect in 2014, announced recently by the U.S. Department of Energy, continue a 40-year trend of improving energy efficiency of this essential home appliance. The standard is a negotiated agreement between environmentalists, consumer advocates, and manufacturers. As proposed, the standard could... Read More

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