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|FTC||RIN: 3084-AB15||Publication ID: Spring 2023|
|Title: Rule Concerning Energy and Water Use Labeling for Consumer Products|
On February 12, 2021, the Commission published a final rule that establishes EnergyGuide labels for portable air conditioners and requires manufacturers to label portable air conditioner units produced after October 1, 2022. 86 FR 9274 (Feb. 12, 2021). The Commission also updated the Rule to conform with new DOE energy descriptors for central air conditioner units that became effective on January 1, 2023.
On June 2, 2021, the Commission proposed updates to comparability ranges and sample labels for central air conditioners. 86 FR 29533 (June 2, 2021). The comment period closed on August 2, 2021. On October 20, 2021, the Commission issued a final rule updating the comparability ranges and sample labels for central air conditioners. 86 FR 57985 (Oct. 20, 2021). The amendments were effective on January 1, 2023.
On May 25, 2022, the Commission sought public comments on proposed updates to the Rule which would allow consumers to more accurately compare the estimated annual energy consumption for appliances before they buy them. 87 FR 31754 (May 25, 2022). The Rule requires the Commission to revise the comparability ranges and associated energy costs every five years for certain EnergyGuide labels. The Commission’s notice of proposed rulemaking seeks comments on scheduled updates to the comparability ranges that were last revised in 2017. The public comment period closed on July 11, 2022. On October 12, 2022, the Commission issued routine updates to the comparability ranges on on EnergyGuide labels for refrigerators and freezers, dishwashers, water heaters, room air conditioners (ranges only), clothes washers, furnaces, and pool heaters. 87 FR 61465 (Oct. 12, 2022).
On October 25, 2022, the Commission issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) that seeks public comment on potential amendments to the Rule, including energy labels for several new consumer product categories, and other possible amendments to improve the Rule’s effectiveness, and reduce unnecessary burdens. 87 FR 64399 (Oct. 25, 2022). The comment period as extended closed on January 31, 2023. 88 FR 4796 (Jan. 25, 2023).
|Agency: Federal Trade Commission(FTC)||Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant|
|RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda||Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage|
|Major: No||Unfunded Mandates: No|
|CFR Citation: 16 CFR 305|
|Legal Authority: secs. 321 and 325 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA)|
|Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No||Government Levels Affected: None|
|Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, Organizations||Federalism: No|
|Included in the Regulatory Plan: No|
|RIN Data Printed in the FR: No|
|Related RINs: Related to 3084-AB11|
Federal Trade Commission
Division of Enforcement, Bureau of Consumer Protection, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, CC-9528,
Washington, DC 20580