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DOE/EE RIN: 1904-AE39 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Furnaces and Commercial Water Heaters, Response to Petition for Rulemaking and Notice of Proposed Interpretive Rule 

On November 1, 2018, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a notification of petition from the American Public Gas Association (APGA), Spire, Inc., the Natural Gas Supply Association (NGSA), the American Gas Association (AGA), and the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) asking DOE to: (1) issue an interpretive rule stating that DOE’s proposed energy conservation standards for residential furnaces and commercial water heaters would result in the unavailability of performance characteristics within the meaning of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended (i.e., by setting standards which can only be met by condensing combustion technology products/equipment and thereby precluding the distribution in commerce of non-condensing combustion technology products/equipment); and (2) withdraw the proposed energy conservation standards for residential furnaces and commercial water heaters based upon such findings. Based on the review of public comments and data received in response to this petition, DOE proposes to respond to that petition.

Agency: Department of Energy(DOE)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Other 
CFR Citation: 10 CFR 430 and 431   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6295(q)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Notice of Petition for Rulemaking; Request for Comment  11/01/2018  83 FR 54883   
Notice of Petition for Rulemaking; Comment Period Extended  01/29/2019  84 FR 449   
Notice of Petition for Rulemaking; Comment Period Extended End  03/01/2019 
Response to Petition for Rulemaking  07/11/2019  84 FR 33011   
Comment Period End  09/09/2019 
NPRM  11/00/2019 
Final Action  01/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
John Cymbalsky
Building Technologies Office, EE-5B
Department of Energy
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
1000 Independence Avenue SW.,
Washington, DC 20585
Phone:202 287-1692