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DOE/EE RIN: 1904-AC22 Publication ID: Fall 2013 
Title: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Furnace Fans 
Abstract: DOE is initiating its first rulemaking to consider new energy conservation standards or energy use standards for purposes of circulating air through duct work, as required under 42 U.S.C. 6295(f)(4)(D). DOE commonly refers to these products as "residential furnace fans." EPCA, as amended, requires DOE to publish a final rule establishing any final energy conservation or energy use standards not later than December 31, 2013. 
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: Private Sector 
CFR Citation: 10 CFR 430   
Legal Authority: 42 USC 6295 (f)(4)(D)   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory    12/31/2013 

Statement of Need: EPCA requires minimum energy efficiency standards for certain appliances and commercial equipment, including residential furnace fans.

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 residential furnace fans, 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: Because DOE has not yet proposed candidate standard levels for this equipment, DOE cannot provide an estimate of combined aggregate costs and benefits for these actions. DOE will, however, in compliance with all applicable law, issue standards that provide the maximum energy savings that are technologically feasible and economically justified. Estimates of energy savings will be provided when DOE issues the notice of proposed rulemaking for this equipment.

Action Date FR Cite
Notice: Public Meeting, Framework Document Availability  06/03/2010  75 FR 31323   
Comment Period End  07/06/2010    
Preliminary Analysis  07/10/2012  77 FR 40530   
Comment Period End  09/10/2012 
NPRM; Public Meeting  10/25/2013  78 FR 64067   
NPRM Comment Period End  12/24/2013 
Public Meeting  12/03/2013 
Final Action  12/00/2013 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: Yes 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Related to 1904-AC21 
Agency Contact:
Ronald B. Majette
Program Manager, Office of Building Technologies Program, EE-5B
Department of Energy
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
1000 Independence Avenue SW.,
Washington, DC 20585
Phone:202 586-7935