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Small Business Energy Efficiency Program

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AGENCY:

Small Business Administration.

ACTION:

Direct final rule; comment request.

SUMMARY:

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA or Administration) is establishing a government-wide program that builds on the Energy Star for Small Business Program, and is located at http://www.sba.gov/​energy. This rule is promulgated to comply with a provision of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

DATES:

This rule is effective December 1, 2008, without further action, unless SBA receives a significant adverse comment by November 17, 2008. If SBA receives any significant adverse comments, SBA will publish a timely withdrawal of this rule in the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments, identified by RIN: 3245-AF75, by any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting documents.
  • Mail, for paper, disk, or CD-ROM submissions: Kathryn Holt, Analyst, Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, Office of the Administrator, 409 Third Street, SW., Mail Code 2150, Washington, DC 20416.
  • Hand Delivery/Courier: Kathryn Holt, Analyst, Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, Office of the Administrator, 409 Third Street, SW., Mail Stop 2150, Washington, DC 20416.

SBA will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. If you wish to submit confidential business information (CBI) as defined in the User Notice at http://www.regulations.gov, please submit the information to Kathryn Holt, Analyst, Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, Office of the Administrator, 409 Third Street, SW., Mail Stop 2150, Washington, DC 20416, or send an e-mail to kathryn.holt@sba.gov. Highlight the information that you consider to be CBI and explain why you believe SBA should hold this information as confidential. SBA will review the information and make its final determination of whether it will publish the information or not.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Kathryn Holt, Analyst, Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, Office of the Administrator, 409 Third Street, SW., Mail Stop 2150, Washington, DC 20416 or kathryn.holt@sba.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Administration has developed and coordinated a Government-wide program, building on the Energy Star for Small Business Program, to assist small business concerns in: Becoming more energy efficient, understanding the cost savings from improved energy efficiency, and identifying financing options for energy efficiency upgrades. This rule is promulgated to comply with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, § 1203(b). (15 U.S.C. 657h).

The program was developed and coordinated in consultation with the Secretary of the Department of Energy and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and Start Printed Page 61666in cooperation with entities the Administration has considered appropriate, for example, industry trade associations, industry members, and energy efficiency organizations.

The Administration is making available the information and materials developed under the program to small business concerns, including smaller design, engineering, and construction firms, and other Federal programs for energy efficiency, such as the Energy Star for Small Business Program.

The Administration will develop a strategy to educate, encourage, and assist small business concerns in adopting energy efficient building fixtures and equipment.

Consideration of Comments

This is a direct final rule, and SBA will review all comments. SBA believes that this rule is routine and non-controversial, and SBA anticipates no significant adverse comments to this rulemaking. If SBA receives any significant adverse comments, it will publish a timely withdrawal of this direct final rule.

Compliance With Executive Orders 12866, 12988, and 13132, the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Ch. 35), and the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612)

Executive Order 12866

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has determined that this rule does not constitute a significant regulatory action under Executive Order 12866.

Executive Order 12988

This action meets applicable standards set forth in sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform, to minimize litigation, eliminate ambiguity, and reduce burden. The action does not have retroactive or preemptive effect.

Executive Order 13132

For purposes of E.O. 13132, the SBA has determined that the rule will not have substantial, direct effects on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. Therefore, for the purpose of Executive Order 13132, Federalism, SBA determines that this proposed rule has no federalism implications warranting preparation of a federalism assessment.

Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. Ch. 35

SBA has determined that this proposed rule does not impose additional reporting or recordkeeping requirements under the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35.

Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601-612

The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) 5 U.S.C. 601, requires administrative agencies to consider the effect of their actions on small entities, small non-profit enterprises, and small local governments. Pursuant to the RFA, when an agency issues a rulemaking, the agency must prepare a regulatory flexibility analysis which describes the impact of the rule on small entities. However, section 605 of the RFA allows an agency to certify a rule, in lieu of preparing an analysis, if the rulemaking is not expected to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Within the meaning of RFA, SBA certifies that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

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List of Subjects in 13 CFR Part 101

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For the reasons stated in the preamble, the Small Business Administration amends

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PART 101-ADMINISTRATION

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1. The authority citation for part 101 is revised to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552 and App. 3, secs. 2, 4(a), 6(a), and 9(a)(1)(T); 15 U.S.C. 633, 634, 687; 31 U.S.C. 6506; 44 U.S.C. 3512; 42 U.S.C. 6307(d); 15 U.S.C. 657h; E.O. 12372 (July 14, 1982), 47 FR 30959, 3 CFR, 1982 Comp., p. 197, as amended by E.O. 12416 (April 8, 1983), 48 FR 15887, 3 CFR, 1983 Comp., p. 186.

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2. Amend part 101 by adding Subpart E to read as follows:

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Subpart E—Small Business Energy Efficiency

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Small Business Energy Efficiency Program.
Small Business Energy Efficiency Program.

(a) The Administration has developed and coordinated a Government-wide program, which is located at http://www.sba.gov/​energy, building on the Energy Star for Small Business Program, to assist small business concerns in becoming more energy efficient, understanding the cost savings from improved energy efficiency, and identifying financing options for energy efficiency upgrades.

(b) The Program has been developed and coordinated in consultation with the Secretary of the Department of Energy and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and in cooperation with entities the Administrator has considered appropriate, for example, such as industry trade associations, industry members, and energy efficiency organizations. SBA's Office of Policy and Strategic Planning will be responsible for overseeing the program but will coordinate with the Department of Energy and EPA.

(c) The Administration is distributing and making available online, the information and materials developed under the program to small business concerns, including smaller design, engineering, and construction firms, and other Federal programs for energy efficiency, such as the Energy Star for Small Business Program.

(d) The Administration will develop a strategy to educate, encourage, and assist small business concerns in adopting energy efficient building fixtures and equipment.

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Sandy K. Baruah,

Acting Administrator.

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[FR Doc. E8-24599 Filed 10-16-08; 8:45 am]

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