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DOE/EE RIN: 1904-AD95 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Residential and Commercial Clothes Washers 

Consistent with the requirements of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has initiated a rulemaking to determine whether amendments to the consumer (residential) and commercial clothes washer test procedures are warranted. DOE proposes to amend the test procedures for residential and commercial clothes washers to specify test conditions, instrument specifications, and test settings, address large clothes container capacities; add product-specific enforcement provisions; delete obsolete provisions; and consolidate all test cloth-related provisions and codify additional test cloth material verification procedures used by industry. DOE also proposes to create a new test procedure for residential and commercial clothes washers with additional modifications for certain test conditions, measurement of average cycle time, required test cycles, tested load sizes, semi-automatic clothes washer provisions, new performance metrics, and updated usage factors. The proposed new test procedure would be used for the evaluation and issuance of updated efficiency standards, as well as to determine compliance with those standards if updated in a future rulemaking.

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 
CFR Citation: 10 CFR 430    10 CFR 429    10 CFR 431    10 CFR 430, subpart B, App. J1, J2 and J3     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6292(a)(7)    42 U.S.C. 6293(b)    42 U.S.C. 6311(1)(H)    42 U.S.C. 6314(a)(8)   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  Subject to 7-year-look-back in 42 U.S.C. 6293(b)   
Action Date FR Cite
Request for Information (RFI)  05/22/2020  85 FR 31065   
RFI Comment Period End  06/22/2020 
RFI Comment Period Reopened  06/25/2020  85 FR 38106   
RFI Comment Period Reopened End  07/06/2020 
NPRM  09/01/2021  86 FR 49140   
NPRM; Extension of Public Comment Period  10/28/2021  86 FR 59652   
NPRM; Extension of Public Comment Period End  11/29/2021 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Bryan Berringer
Building Technologies Office, EE-5B
Department of Energy
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
1000 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20585
Phone:202 586-0371