RIN Data

DOE/EE RIN: 1904-AD20 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Non-Weatherized Gas Furnaces and Mobile Home Gas Furnaces 
Abstract:

The Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including residential furnaces. EPCA also requires the DOE to periodically determine every six years whether more-stringent amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified and would save a significant amount of energy. DOE is considering amendments to its energy conservation standards for residential non-weatherized gas furnaces and mobile home gas furnaces in partial fulfillment of a court-ordered remand of DOE's 2011 rulemaking for these products.

 
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 
EO 13771 Designation:  
CFR Citation: 10 CFR 430   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6295(f)(4)(C)    42 U.S.C. 6295(m)(1)    42 U.S.C. 6295(gg)(3)   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Judicial    04/24/2016 
NPRM  Judicial  The later of 4/24/2016 or one year after the issuance of the proposed rule.  04/24/2015 

Statement of Need:

EPCA requires minimum energy efficiency standards for certain appliances and commercial equipment, including residential furnaces

Summary of the Legal Basis:

Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), Public Law 94-163 (42 U.S.C. 6291-6300, 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 furnaces, 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 in the statute.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

DOE finds that the benefits to the Nation of the proposed energy standards for Residential Non-Weatherized Gas Furnaces and Mobile Home Gas Furnaces (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). For non-weatherized gas furnaces and mobile home gas furnaces, DOE estimates that energy savings will be 2.78 quads over 30 years and the net benefit to the Nation will be between $3.1 billion and $16.1 billion.

Risks:

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Notice of Public Meeting  10/30/2014  79 FR 64517   
NPRM and Notice of Public Meeting  03/12/2015  80 FR 13120   
NPRM Comment Period Extended  05/20/2015  80 FR 28851   
NPRM Comment Period Extended End  07/10/2015 
Notice of Data Availability (NODA)  09/14/2015  80 FR 55038   
NODA Comment Period End  10/14/2015 
NODA Comment Period Reopened  10/23/2015  80 FR 64370   
NODA Comment Period Reopened End  11/23/2015 
Supplemental NPRM and Notice of Public Meeting  09/23/2016  81 FR 65720   
Supplemental NPRM Comment Period End  11/22/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Information URL: www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/product.aspx/productid/72   Public Comment URL: www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=EERE-2014-BT-STD-0031  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
John Cymbalsky
Building Technologies Office, EE-5B
Department of Energy
Departmental and Others
1000 Independence Avenue SW.,
Washington, DC 20585
Phone:202 287-1692
Email: john.cymbalsky@ee.doe.gov