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DOE/EE RIN: 1904-AF13 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Energy Conservation Program for Appliance Standards: Procedures for Use in New or Revised Energy Conservation Standards and Test Procedures for Consumer Products and Commercial/Industrial Equipment 

The U.S. Department of Energy ("DOE" or "the Department") has finalized, in part, its revisions to the Department's current rulemaking guidance titled "Procedures, Interpretations, and Policies for Consideration of New or Revised Energy Conservation Standards and Test Procedures for Consumer Products and Certain Commercial/Industrial Equipment" ("Process Rule"), which was last modified in 2020. In 2021, DOE proposed two sets of revisions to the Process Rule that were consistent with longstanding DOE practice prior to the 2020 amendment and would remove unnecessary obstacles to DOE's ability to meet its statutory obligations under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act ("EPCA") and other applicable law. In December of 2021, DOE finalized the first round of revisions that modify the Process Rule to remove its mandatory application, remove its recently-added threshold for determining when significant energy savings is met, remove the current provision regarding the use of a comparative analysis when selecting potential energy conservation standards, and revert to its prior guidance for determining whether a trial standard level is economically justified, among other changes. DOE has undertaken this action as required by Executive Order 13990, "Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis", 86 FR 7037 (January 25, 2021). DOE intends to address the second set of revisions proposed in July 2021 in a complementary final rule.

Agency: Department of Energy(DOE)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 10 CFR 430, subpart C, App. A    10 CFR 431     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6191 to 6317   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM (Round 1)  04/12/2021  86 FR 18901   
NPRM (Round 1) Comment Period End  05/27/2021 
NPRM (Round 2)  07/07/2021  86 FR 35668   
NPRM (Round 2) Comment Period Extended  08/09/2021  86 FR 43429   
NPRM (Round 2) Comment Period Extended End  09/13/2021 
Final Rule (Round 1)  12/13/2021  86 FR 70892   
Final Rule Effective (Round 1)  01/12/2022 
Final Rule (Round 2)  11/00/2023 
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:
Peter Cochran
Supervisory Attorney-Advisor
Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20585
Phone:202 586-9496