DOE publishes a Notice of a Proposed Rule (NOPR) concerning the Process Rule and notice of public meeting

February 13, 2019

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of proposed rule to streamline and modernize the so-called “Process Rule.”

The proposal is intended to improve the agency’s process for setting energy efficiency standards and test procedures for residential appliances and commercial equipment, enhancing transparency, accountability, and regulatory certainty for stakeholders. DOE will hold a Process Rule public meeting on March 21, in Washington, D.C. from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In response to numerous comments received from NAFEM and others, DOE is proposing substantial improvements to the Process Rule. Among other things, the changes include:

  • Establishing a threshold for “significant” energy savings at 0.5 quads over 30 years;
  • Requiring that the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) establish test procedures 180 days before publishing a proposed energy conservation standard; and
  • Clarifying that EERE will codify industry consensus standards for test procedures rather than establishing its own, separate test methods.

DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding the notice of proposed rule no later than April 15. Details for submitting comments are included in the Federal Register notice.

To attend the March 21 meeting in person, register via email. To attend the meeting via webinar, click here.

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