Energy Conservation Standards for Small, Large, and Very Large Commercial Package Air Conditioning and Heating Equipment

Docket ID: EERE-2013-BT-STD-0007
Agency: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office (EERE)
Parent Agency: Department of Energy (DOE)

The Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, as amended, requires DOE to periodically review its standards for small, large, and very large commercial package air conditioners and heating equipment (which includes commercial unitary air conditioners and heat pumps -- or CUACs). Under amendments to EPCA made by the American Efficient Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act of 2012 Pub. L. No. 112-210 (Dec. 18, 2012), DOE must review its standards for this equipment every six years and determine whether they need amending. It also requires that, for those equipment types for which more than six years have elapsed since the most recent final rules establishing or amending a standard for that equipment, DOE must publish a proposal to amend the applicable standard.  More than six years has elapsed since the standards for this equipment were last amended. After reviewing these standards and the available data, DOE has determined that amending the current energy conservation standards for this equipment would be technologically feasible and economically justified. Accordingly, DOE proposed amending the current standards for this equipment. On April 1, 2015, DOE published a notice announcing that a working group, under the Appliance Standards Federal Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ASRAC), was created to potentially develop negotiated standards (80 FR 17363).  DOE has since published a direct final rule and a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking that embodies the standards-related aspects of the recommendations submitted to (and approved by) ASRAC.

RIN: 1904-AC95
Impacts and Effects: International
CFR Citation: 10 CFR 431
Priority: Economically Significant
UA and Regulatory Plan Information open glossary dialog  
Publication Period: Spring 2016
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule
Major Rule: Yes
Legal Authorities: 42 U.S.C. 6313(a)(6), 42 U.S.C. 6316, 42 U.S.C. 6295(p)(4)
Government Levels Affected: No
Federalism Implications: No
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: No
Small Entities Affected: No
International Impacts: Yes
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
Legal Deadline
StatutoryNPRMEither proposed rule or determination.12/31/2013
ActionDateFR Citation
Request for Information (RFI) and Notice of Document Availability02/01/201378 FR 7296
RFI Comment Period End03/04/2013
NPRM09/30/201479 FR 58948
NPRM Comment Period End12/01/2014
NPRM Comment Period Reopened12/03/201479 FR 71710
NPRM Comment Period Reopened End12/22/2014
Notice of Public Meeting for Working Group05/07/201580 FR 26199
Supplemental NPRM01/15/201681 FR 2111
Direct Final Rule01/15/201681 FR 2420
SNPRM Comment Period End05/04/2016
Direct Final Rule Comment Period End05/04/2016
Direct Final Rule Effective05/16/2016
Final Action06/00/2016
Docket Details open glossary dialog  
Related RINs: 1904-AD11, 1904-AC95
Related Dockets: None
Category: None
Type: Rulemaking
Program Office: Building Technologies Program (BT)
Subtype: Standards

Primary Documents

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Comment Period Closed
May 04, 2016 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 01/15/2016
ID: EERE-2013-BT-STD-0007-0114
Comment Period Closed
May 04, 2016 11:59 PM ET
Posted: 01/15/2016
ID: EERE-2013-BT-STD-0007-0113
Comment Period Closed
Apr 15, 2015 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 04/01/2015
ID: EERE-2013-BT-STD-0007-0082
Comment Period Closed
Dec 22, 2014 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 12/03/2014
ID: EERE-2013-BT-STD-0007-0042
Comment Period Closed
Dec 01, 2014 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 09/30/2014
ID: EERE-2013-BT-STD-0007-0030

Supporting Documents

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Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 03/18/2016
ID: EERE-2013-BT-STD-0007-0117
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 01/15/2016
ID: EERE-2013-BT-STD-0007-0115
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 12/24/2015
ID: EERE-2013-BT-STD-0007-0110


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Comments Received*
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Agency Contact
John Cymbalsky
Office of Building Technologies Program, EE-5B
1000 Independence Avenue SW.
Washington, DC 20585
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