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DOE/EE RIN: 1904-AD98 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Energy Conservation Standards for Consumer Clothes Washers 

Consistent with the requirements under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is examining whether to amend the current energy conservation standards for consumer clothes washers found at 10 CFR 430.32(g). To this end, DOE must determine whether standards more stringent than those currently in place would result in a significant amount of energy savings and whether such amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified. DOE has tentatively proposed standards that represent the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that is technologically feasible and economically justified, and would result in the significant conservation of energy. Specifically, with regards to technological feasibility, products achieving these standard levels are already commercially available for all product classes covered by this proposal. As for economic justification, DOE’s analysis shows that the benefits of the proposed standard exceed the burdens. Once completed, this rulemaking will fulfill DOE’s statutory obligation to either propose amended standards for this product or determine that the standards do not need to be amended.

Additionally, EPCA directs DOE to provide interested persons an opportunity to present oral and written comments on matters related to any energy conservation standard proposed rule. To satisfy this requirement, DOE held an initial public meeting in November 2021 to discuss preliminary materials and a second meeting in March 2023 to specifically discuss the proposed rule. DOE intends address any feedback provided during the March 2023 public meeting in subsequent materials.

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: No 
CFR Citation: 10 CFR 430.32(g)   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6295(g)    42 U.S.C. 6295(m)   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Other  Statutory  Subject to 6-year-look-back in 42 U.S.C. 6295(m)(1)   
Action Date FR Cite
Request for Information (RFI)  08/02/2019  84 FR 37794   
RFI Comment Period Extended  08/26/2019  84 FR 44557   
RFI Comment Period Extended End  10/03/2019 
RFI Comment Period Reopened  10/03/2019  84 FR 52818   
RFI Comment Period Reopened End  10/17/2019 
Preliminary Analysis and Notice of Webinar  09/29/2021  86 FR 53886   
Public Meeting  11/10/2021 
Preliminary Analysis Comment Period Extended  10/29/2021  86 FR 59889   
Preliminary Analysis Comment Period Extended End  01/27/2022 
Notice of Data Availability (NODA)  04/13/2022  87 FR 21816   
NODA Comment Period End  05/13/2022 
NODA Comment Period Reopened  05/19/2022  87 FR 30433   
NODA Comment Period Reopened End  05/27/2022 
NPRM  03/03/2023  88 FR 13520   
Public Meeting  03/28/2023 
NPRM Comment Period Extended  05/01/2023  88 FR 26511   
NPRM Comment Period Extended End  05/17/2023 
Final Action  12/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Bryan D. 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