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Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Representative Average Unit Costs of Energy

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In this notice, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is forecasting the representative average unit costs of five residential energy sources for the year 2013 pursuant to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. The five sources are electricity, natural gas, No. 2 heating oil, propane, and kerosene.

 

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The representative average unit costs of energy contained in this notice will become effective April 22, 2013 and will remain in effect until further notice.

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John Cymbalsky, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Forrestal Building, Mail Station EE-2J 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121, (202) 287-1692, Rep_Average_Unit_Costs@ee.doe.gov.

Francine Pinto, Esq. U.S. Department of Energy, Office of General Counsel Forrestal Building, Mail Station GC-72, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0103, (202) 586-7432, Francine.Pinto@hq.doe.gov.

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Section 323 of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (Act) requires that DOE prescribe test procedures for the measurement of the estimated annual operating costs or other measures of energy consumption for certain consumer products specified in the Act. (42 U.S.C. 6293(b)(3)) These test procedures are found in Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 430, subpart B.

Section 323(b)(3) of the Act requires that the estimated annual operating costs of a covered product be calculated from measurements of energy use in a representative average use cycle or period of use and from representative average unit costs of the energy needed to operate such product during such cycle. (42 U.S.C. 6293(b)(3)) The section further requires that DOE provide information to manufacturers regarding the representative average unit costs of energy. (42 U.S.C. 6293(b)(4)) This cost information should be used by manufacturers to meet their obligations under section 323(c) of the Act. Most notably, these costs are used to comply with Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requirements for labeling. Manufacturers are required to use the revised DOE representative average unit costs when the FTC publishes new ranges of comparability for specific covered products, 16 CFR part 305. Interested parties can also find information covering the FTC labeling requirements at http://www.ftc.gov/appliances.

DOE last published representative average unit costs of residential energy in a Federal Register notice entitled, “Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Representative Average Unit Costs of Energy”, dated April 26, 2012, 77 FR 24940.

On April 22, 2013, the cost figures published in today's notice will become effective and supersede those cost figures published on April 26, 2012. The cost figures set forth in today's notice will be effective until further notice.

DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA) has developed the 2013 representative average unit after-tax residential costs found in this notice. These costs for electricity, natural gas, No. 2 heating oil, and propane are based on simulations used to produce the March 2013, EIA Short-Term Energy Outlook (EIA releases the Outlook monthly). The representative average unit after-tax cost for kerosene is derived from its price relative to that of heating oil, based on the 2008-2012 averages for these fuels. The source for these price data is the February 2013, Monthly Energy Review DOE/EIA-0035 (2013/02). The Short-Term Energy Outlook and the Monthly Energy Review are available on the EIA Web site at http://www.eia.doe.gov. Propane prices are econometric modeling projections based on historical Weekly Petroleum Status Report winter prices and Mont Belvieu (Texas) spot and futures prices. For more information on the data sources used in this Notice, contact the National Energy Information Center, Forrestal Building, EI-30, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585, (202) 586-8800, email: infoctr@eia.doe.gov.

The 2013 representative average unit costs under section 323(b)(4) of the Act are set forth in Table 1, and will become effective April 22, 2013. They will remain in effect until further notice.

Issued in Washington, DC, on March 12, 2013.

David Danielson,

Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Table 1—Representative Average Unit Costs of Energy for Five Residential Energy Sources (2013) Back to Top
Type of energy Per million Btu1 In commonly used terms As required by test procedure
Sources: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Short-Term Energy Outlook (March 12, 2013) and Monthly Energy Review (February 25, 2013).
Notes: Prices include taxes.
1Btu stands for British thermal units.
2kWh stands for kilowatt hour.
31 kWh = 3,412 Btu.
41 therm = 100,000 Btu.
5MCF stands for 1,000 cubic feet.
6For the purposes of this table, one cubic foot of natural gas has an energy equivalence of 1,023 Btu.
7For the purposes of this table, one gallon of No. 2 heating oil has an energy equivalence of 138,690 Btu.
8For the purposes of this table, one gallon of liquid propane has an energy equivalence of 91,333 Btu.
9For the purposes of this table, one gallon of kerosene has an energy equivalence of 135,000 Btu.
Electricity $35.46 12.1¢/kWh 2 3 $0.121/kWh
Natural Gas 10.87 $1.087/therm4or $11.12/MCF 5 6 $0.00001087/Btu
No. 2 Heating Oil 27.40 $3.80/gallon7 $0.00002740/Btu
Propane 26.39 $2.41/gallon8 $0.00002639/Btu
Kerosene 31.19 $4.21/gallon9 $0.00003119/Btu

[FR Doc. 2013-06618 Filed 3-21-13; 8:45 am]

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