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AGENCY:

Department of Energy.

ACTION:

Semiannual regulatory agenda.

SUMMARY:

The Department of Energy (DOE) has prepared and is making available its portion of the semiannual Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (Agenda) pursuant to Executive Order 12866, “Regulatory Planning and Review,” and the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Agenda is a government-wide compilation of upcoming and ongoing regulatory activity, including a brief description of each rulemaking and a timetable for action. The Agenda also includes a list of regulatory actions completed since publication of the last Agenda. The Department of Energy's portion of the Agenda includes regulatory actions called for by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act and programmatic needs of DOE offices.

The Internet is the basic means for disseminating the Agenda and providing users the ability to obtain information from the Agenda database. DOE's Spring 2015 Agenda can be accessed online by going to www.reginfo.gov. Agenda entries reflect the status of activities as of approximately May 31, 2015.

Publication in the Federal Register is mandated by the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 602) only for Agenda entries that require either a regulatory flexibility analysis or periodic review under section 610 of that Act. DOE's regulatory flexibility agenda is made up of five rulemakings setting energy efficiency standards for the following products:

  • Automatic Commercial Ice Makers
  • Hearth Products
  • Commercial Packaged Boilers
  • Commercial Warm Air Furnaces
  • Single Package Vertical Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps
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Steven P. Croley,

General Counsel.

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Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy—Proposed Rule Stage

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
94Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Packaged Boilers1904-AD01
95Energy Conservation Standards for Hearth Products1904-AD35

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy—Final Rule Stage

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
96Energy Conservation Standards for Single Package Vertical Air Conditioners and Single Package Vertical Heat Pumps1904-AC85
97Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Warm Air Furnaces1904-AD11

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy—Completed Actions

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
98Energy Efficiency Standards for Automatic Commercial Ice Makers1904-AC39

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE)

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EE)

94. Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Packaged Boilers

Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6313(a)(6)(C)

Abstract: EPCA, as amended by AEMTCA, requires the Secretary to determine whether updating the statutory energy conservation standards for commercial packaged boilers is technically feasible and economically justified and would save a significant amount of energy. If justified, the Secretary will issue amended energy conservation standards for such equipment.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
Notice of Proposed Determination (NOPD)08/13/1378 FR 49202
NOPD Comment Period End09/12/13
Public Meeting and Framework Document Availability09/03/1378 FR 54197
Framework Document Comment Period End10/18/13
Preliminary Analysis11/20/1479 FR 69066
Preliminary Analysis Comment Period End01/20/15
NPRM07/00/15
Final Action06/00/16

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: James Raba, Office of Building Technologies Program, EE-5B, Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585, Phone: 202 586-8654, Email: jim.raba@ee.doe.gov.

RIN: 1904-AD01

95. Energy Conservation Standards for Hearth Products

Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6292(a)(20) and (b); 42 U.S.C. 6295(l)(1)

Abstract: DOE is conducting a rulemaking to analyze potential energy conservation standards for hearth products. DOE is developing this rulemaking concurrent with its coverage determination for these products.

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ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM and Notice of Public Meeting Date 03/23/1502/09/1580 FR 7082
NPRM Comment Period End04/10/15
NPRM Comment Period Extended04/13/1580 FR 19569
NPRM Comment Period Extended End05/11/15
Final Action12/00/15

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Ashley Armstrong, General Engineer, EE-5B, Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585, Phone: 202 586-6590, Email: ashley.armstrong@ee.doe.gov.

RIN: 1904-AD35

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE)

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EE)

96. Energy Conservation Standards for Single Package Vertical Air Conditioners and Single Package Vertical Heat Pumps

Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6313(a)(6) and (10)

Abstract: This rulemaking amends energy conservation standards for single package vertical air conditioners (SPVAC) and single package vertical heat pumps (SPVHP). The Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for SPVAC and SPVHP and directs DOE to review those standards in light of the latest industry standards for that equipment. DOE must adopt the latest industry standard unless DOE determines that there is clear and convincing evidence supporting the adoption of more stringent levels.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
Notice of Data Availability (NODA)05/05/1176 FR 25622
NODA Comment Period End06/06/11
Second Notice of Data Availability04/11/1479 FR 20114
Second NODA Comment Period End05/12/14
NPRM12/30/1479 FR 78614
NPRM Comment Period End03/02/15
Final Action10/00/15

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Ronald B. Majette, Program Manager, Office of Building Technologies Program, EE-5B, Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585, Phone: 202 586-7935, Email: ronald.majette@ee.doe.gov.

RIN: 1904-AC85

97. Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Warm Air Furnaces

Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6313(a)(6)(C)(i) and (vi)

Abstract: EPCA, as amended by AEMTCA, requires the Secretary to determine whether updating the statutory energy conservation standards for commercial warm air furnaces is technically feasible and economically justified and would save a significant amount of energy. If justified, the Secretary will issue amended energy conservation standards for this type of equipment.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
Request for Information (RFI)05/02/1378 FR 25627
RFI Comment Period End06/03/13
NPRM02/04/1580 FR 6182
NPRM Comment Period End04/06/15
Final Action10/00/15

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: John Cymbalsky, Office of Building Technologies Program, EE-5B, Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585, Phone: 202 287-1692, Email: john.cymbalsky@ee.doe.gov.

RIN: 1904-AD11

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE)

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EE)

98. Energy Efficiency Standards for Automatic Commercial Ice Makers

Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6313(d)(2) and (3).

Abstract: EPCA, as amended by EPACT 2005, requires the Secretary to determine whether updating the statutory standards for automatic commercial ice makers is technologically feasible and economically justified. Such a determination was made and a rule was issued for automatic ice makers.

Completed:

ReasonDateFR Cite
Notice of Data Availability; Request for Comment End10/14/14
Final Action01/28/1580 FR 4646
Final Action Effective03/30/15

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: John Cymbalsky, Phone: 202 287-1692, Email: john.cymbalsky@ee.doe.gov.

RIN: 1904-AC39

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