Supporting the Standards Rulemaking Process

The Standards Rulemaking Process

Our department works together with other DOE contractors to support DOE in meeting the statutory and procedural demands of the standard-setting process. We focus on analyses designed to assess impacts of potential standards on consumers and to estimate national energy savings, economic costs and benefits, and impacts on emissions of air pollutants (see chart below).

A typical rulemaking is a lengthy process that occurs over several years in distinct phases. We typically produce a preliminary analysis that is reviewed by stakeholders such as appliance manufacturers, electric and gas utilities, energy efficiency advocates and environmental organizations, and state agencies. We incorporate new information and then produce an analysis that provides a basis for DOE to issue a notice in the Federal Register that presents the standards that DOE proposes to adopt and the justification for its decision, or proposes a determination that amended standards are not justified at this time. We then consider the comments from stakeholders on the proposal. Refinements to the analysis may take place, and at the end of the process, DOE issues a final rule with the adopted standards or final determination of no amended standards for the product in question.”