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DOE/EE RIN: 1904-AC00 Publication ID: Fall 2013 
Title: Energy Efficiency Standards for Metal Halide Lamp Fixtures 
Abstract: Section 324 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 amends the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to require DOE issue a final rule by January 1, 2012, to determine if the energy conservation standards should be amended. 
Agency: Department of Energy(DOE)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
CFR Citation: 10 CFR 431 
Legal Authority: 42 USC 6295(hh)(2) 
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory    01/01/2012 

Statement of Need: EPCA requires minimum energy efficiency standards for certain appliances and commercial equipment, including metal halide lamp fixtures.

Summary of the Legal Basis: Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA or the Act), Public Law 94?163 (42 U.S.C. 6291?6309, as codified), established the Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles. Pursuant to EPCA, any new or amended energy conservation standard that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) prescribes for certain products, such as metal halide lamp fixtures, shall be designed to achieve the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that is technologically feasible and economically justified (42 U.S.C. 6295(o)(2)(A)), and result in a significant conservation of energy. (42 U.S.C. 6295(o)(3)(B))

Alternatives: The statute requires DOE to conduct rulemakings to review standards and to revise standards to achieve the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that the Secretary determines is technologically feasible and economically justified. In making this determination, DOE conducts a thorough analysis of the alternative standard levels, including the existing standard, based on the criteria specified by the statute.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits: DOE believes that the benefits to the Nation of the proposed energy standards for metal halide lamp fixtures (such as energy savings, consumer average lifecycle cost savings, an increase in national net present value, and emission reductions) outweigh the burdens (such as loss of industry net present value). DOE estimates that energy savings from electricity will range from 0.80 quads to 1.1 quads over 30 years and the benefit to the Nation will be between $0.95 billion and $3.2 billion.

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Notice: Public Meeting, Framework Document Availability  12/30/2009  74 FR 69036 
Comment Period End  01/29/2010   
Notice: Public Meeting, Data Availability  04/01/2011  76 FR 18127 
Comment Period End  05/16/2011   
NPRM  08/20/2013  78 FR 51464 
NPRM Comment Period End  10/21/2013   
Final Action  01/00/2014   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Information URL: www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/commercial/metal_halide_lamp_ballasts.html   Public Comment URL: www.regulations.gov  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Lucy DeButts
Office of Buildings Technologies Program, EE-5B
Department of Energy
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
1000 Independence Avenue SW.,
Washington, DC 20585
Phone:202 287-1604
Email: lucy.debutts@ee.doe.gov

 
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