DOE Seeks to Modernise Energy Conservation Regulations
18 February 2020
The DOE has issued a rule updating and modernising aspects of its current rulemaking method for considering new or revised energy conservation standards for consumer products and certain types of industrial equipment. The rule clarifies the process the agency will follow with respect to its application to these items, makes the specified rulemaking procedures binding on the agency, and revises certain provisions to bring consistency with existing statutory requirements. Other changes include expanding early opportunities for public input on the Appliance Program’s priority setting and rulemaking activities, setting a significant energy savings threshold for updating standards, establishing a window between test procedure final rules and standards proposals, and delineating procedures for rulemaking under the separate direct final rule and negotiated rulemaking authorities.
Concurrently, the DOE is seeking input by 16 March on a proposal that would require the agency to conduct a comparative analysis of the relative costs and benefits of all of the proposed alternative levels for potentially establishing or amending an energy conservation standard in order to make a reliable determination that the chosen alternative is economically justified.
- Electronics & Electrical Appliances
- North America