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DOE/EE RIN: 1904-AD20 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Non-Weatherized Gas Furnaces and Mobile Home Gas Furnaces 

The Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended, (EPCA) prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including the residential furnaces which are the subject of this rulemaking. (42 U.S.C. 6292(a)(5)) EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to determine whether more-stringent amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified and would save a significant amount of energy (42 U.S.C. 6295(o)(2)(A) and (3)(B)). EPCA specifically provides that DOE must conduct two rounds of energy conservation standards rulemakings for the residential furnaces at issue (42 U.S.C. 6295(f)(4)(B) and (C)), and the statute also requires that not later than six years after issuance of any final rule establishing or amending a standard, DOE must publish either a notice of determination that standards for the product does not need to be amended, or a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) including new proposed energy conservation standards (42 U.S.C. 6295(m)(1)). This rulemaking is being undertaken pursuant to the statutorily-required second round of rulemaking for non-weatherized gas furnaces (NWGFs) and mobile home gas furnaces (MHGFs), and once completed, it will also satisfy the statutorily-required six-year-lookback review. In the July 7, 2022 NOPR, DOE proposes amended and new energy conservation standards for NWGFs and MHGFs pursuant to a court-ordered remand of DOE's 2011 rulemaking for these products and other statutory requirements. 87 FR 40590. Specifically, the NOPR proposes amended active mode annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) standards at 95 percent for both NWGFs and MHGFs. It also proposes amended standby mode and off mode standards (in watts) at 8.5 watts for both NWGFs and MHGFs. If finalized, the proposed standards would apply to all NWGFs and MHGFs manufactured in, or imported into, the United States starting on the date five years after the publication of the final rule for this rulemaking.

Agency: Department of Energy(DOE)  Priority: Section 3(f)(1) Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: Private Sector 
CFR Citation: 10 CFR 429    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
NPRM  Judicial  Final Rule, Judicial, the later date of April 24, 2016, or one year after the issuance of the proposed rule  04/24/2015 
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  11/06/2015 
Supplemental NPRM and Notice of Public Meeting  09/23/2016  81 FR 65720   
Supplemental NPRM Comment Period End  11/22/2016 
SNPRM Comment Period Reopened  12/05/2016  81 FR 87493   
SNPRM Comment Period End  01/06/2017 
Notice of NPRM Withdrawal  01/15/2021  86 FR 3873   
NPRM  07/07/2022  87 FR 40590   
NPRM Comment Period Extended, NODA and Notice of Public Meeting  08/30/2022  87 FR 52861   
NPRM Comment Period Extended End  10/06/2022 
Final Action  11/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:!docketDetail;D=EERE-2014-BT-STD-0031  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Julia Hegarty
Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20585
Phone:240 597-6737