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

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AGENCY:

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

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 2017 pursuant to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (Act). The five sources are electricity, natural gas, No. 2 heating oil, propane, and kerosene.

DATES:

The representative average unit costs of energy contained in this notice will become effective June 5, 2017 and will remain in effect until further notice.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

John Cymbalsky, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Forrestal Building, Mail Station EE-5B, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121, (202) 287-1692, ApplianceStandardsQuestions@ee.doe.gov.

Francine Pinto, Esq., U.S. Department of Energy, Office of General Counsel Forrestal Building, Mail Station GC-33, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0103, (202) 586-7432, Francine.Pinto@hq.doe.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Section 323 of the Energy Policy and Conservation 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 March 23, 2016, 81 FR 15513.

On June 5, 2017, the cost figures published in this notice will become effective and supersede those cost figures published on March 23, 2016. The cost figures set forth in this notice will be effective until further notice.

DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA) is the data source for the 2017 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 April 2017, 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 2010-to-2013 averages of the U.S. refiner price to end users, which include all the major energy-consuming sectors in the U.S. for these fuels. The source for these price data is the April 2017, Monthly Energy Review DOE/EIA-0035(2017/04). The Short-Term Energy Outlook and the Monthly Energy Review are available on the EIA Web site at http://www.eia.doe.gov. The representative average unit after-tax cost for propane is derived from its price relative to that of heating oil, based on the 2017 averages of the U.S. residential sector prices found in the Annual Energy Outlook 2017, AEO2017 (January 5, 2017). 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 2017 representative average unit costs under section 323(b)(4) of the Act are set forth in Table 1, and will become effective June 5, 2017. They will remain in effect until further notice.

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Issued in Washington, DC, on May 1, 2017.

Daniel Simmons,

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

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Table 1—Representative Average Unit Costs of Energy for Five Residential Energy Sources

[2017]

Type of energyPer million Btu 1In commonly used termsAs required by test procedure
Electricity$37.7212.9¢/kWh 23$0.129/kWh.
Natural Gas10.52$1.052/therm 4 or $10.86/MCF 56$0.00001052/Btu.
No. 2 Heating Oil18.83$2.59/gallon 7$0.00001883/Btu.
Propane16.72$1.53/gallon 8$0.00001672/Btu.
Kerosene22.32$3.01/gallon 9$0.00002232/Btu.
Sources: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Short-Term Energy Outlook (April 11, 2017), Annual Energy Outlook (January 5, 2017), and Monthly Energy Review (April 25, 2017).
Notes: Prices include taxes.
1. Btu stands for British thermal units.
2. kWh stands for kilowatt hour.
3. 1 kWh = 3,412 Btu.
4. 1 therm = 100,000 Btu.Start Printed Page 21214
5. MCF stands for 1,000 cubic feet.
6. For the purposes of this table, one cubic foot of natural gas has an energy equivalence of 1,032 Btu.
7. For the purposes of this table, one gallon of No. 2 heating oil has an energy equivalence of 137,561 Btu.
8. For the purposes of this table, one gallon of liquid propane has an energy equivalence of 91,333 Btu.
9. For the purposes of this table, one gallon of kerosene has an energy equivalence of 135,000 Btu.
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[FR Doc. 2017-09128 Filed 5-4-17; 8:45 am]

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