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DOE/EE RIN: 1904-AD52 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Energy Conservation Standards for Dedicated-Purpose Pool Pumps 
Abstract:

Under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, DOE may set energy conservation standards for types of pumps, including dedicated-purpose pool pumps (42 U.S.C. 3211(1)(A)). On August 8, 2015, DOE announced its intention to establish a negotiated rulemaking working group to negotiate proposed federal standards for dedicated-purpose pool pumps. The working group presented a final term sheet to the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ASRAC) on December 8, 2015.

 
Agency: Department of Energy(DOE)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 10 CFR 431   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6311(1)(A)   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

Under 42 U.S.C. 6311(a), DOE has established performance-based energy conservation standards for general-purpose pumps and created a separate category for dedicated-purpose pool pumps.  DOE is now conducting this rulemaking to set energy conservation standards for dedicated-purpose pool pumps.

Summary of the Legal Basis:

This rulemaking is being conducted under DOE’s authority pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 6311, which establishes the agency’s legal authority over pumps as one type of covered equipment that DOE may regulate, and 42 U.S.C. 6311(a), which allows DOE to conduct a rulemaking to establish performance-based energy conservation standards for this equipment.

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 is conducting a full analysis by evaluating a range of standard levels to determine whether potential standards for dedicated-purpose pool pumps would save energy and whether such standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

DOE has not yet proposed candidate standard levels for dedicated purpose pool pumps and therefore, cannot provide an estimate of combined aggregated costs and benefits for this action.  DOE will, however, in compliance with all applicable law, issue standards that provide the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that is technologically feasible and economically justified.

Risks:

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Request for information (RFI)  05/08/2015  80 FR 26475   
RFI Comment Period End  06/22/2015 
RFI Comment Period Reopened  07/02/2015  80 FR 38032   
RFI Comment Period Reopened End  08/17/2015 
Notice of Intent to Start Negotiated Rulemaking Working Group  08/25/2015  80 FR 51483   
Notice of Public Meetings for DPPP Working Group  10/15/2015  80 FR 61996   
Notice of Public Meetings for DPPP Working Group  02/29/2016  81 FR 10152   
Notice of Public Meetings for DPPP Working Group  04/18/2016  81 FR 22548   
Direct Final Rule  12/00/2016 
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/standards.aspx?productid=41&action=viewlive  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
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