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 recent 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 was created to potentially develop negotiated standards. 80 FR 17363.

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: Fall 2015
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule
Major Rule: Yes
Legal Authorities: 42 U.S.C. 6313(a)(6)
Government Levels Affected: Undetermined
Federalism Implications: Undetermined
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: Undetermined
Small Entities Affected: No
International Impacts: Yes
Included in Regulatory Plan: Yes
Legal Deadline
StatutoryNPRMEither proposed rule or determination12/31/2013
ActionDateFR Citation
Request for Information (RFI); Document Availability02/01/201378 FR 7296
RFI Comment Period End03/04/2013
NPRM and Public Meeting09/09/201479 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
Final Action12/00/2015
Docket Details open glossary dialog  
Related RINs: None
Related Dockets: None
Category: None
Type: Rulemaking
Program Office: Building Technologies Program (BT)
Subtype: Standards

Primary Documents

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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
Comment Period Closed
Mar 04, 2013 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 02/01/2013
ID: EERE-2013-BT-STD-0007-0002
Comment Period Closed
Proposed Rule
Posted: 05/07/2015
ID: EERE-2013-BT-STD-0007-0084

Supporting Documents

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Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 08/13/2015
ID: EERE-2013-BT-STD-0007-0103
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 06/24/2015
ID: EERE-2013-BT-STD-0007-0102
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 06/19/2015
ID: EERE-2013-BT-STD-0007-0098


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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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