Energy

DOE Comment Deadline: Energy Efficiency Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Clothes Washers

The Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is initiating an effort to determine whether to amend the current energy conservation standards for residential clothes washers (RCWs). This request for information (RFI) solicits information from the public to help DOE determine whether amended standards for RCWs would result in significant amount of additional energy savings and whether such standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified.

On August 26, 2019 (84 FR 44557), DOE extended the comment deadline from September 3, 2019, to October 3, 2019. On October 3, 2019 (84 FR 52818), DOE again extended the deadline to October 17, 2019.

As part of this RFI, DOE seeks comment on whether there have been sufficient technological or market changes since the most recent standards update that may justify a new rulemaking to consider more stringent standards. Specifically, DOE seeks data and information that could enable the agency to determine whether DOE should propose a “no new standard” determination because a more stringent standard: Would not result in a significant savings of energy; is not technologically feasible; is not economically justified; or any combination of foregoing. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this RFI).

Members of the public may submit comments online at Regulations.gov, or by email or postal mail. More information is available at this Federal Register notice.

House Hearing: The Case for Climate Optimism: Realistic Pathways to Achieving Net-Zero Emissions

The House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, will hold a hearing titled "The Case for Climate Optimism: Realistic Pathways to Achieving Net-Zero Emissions." 

Witnesses include:

  • Giana Amador: Co-Founder and Managing Director, Carbon180, Oakland, CA
  • Anne Kelly: Vice President of Government Relations, Ceres, Boston, MA
  • Hector De La Torre: Board Member, California Air Resources Board, Sacramento, CA
  • Douglas Holtz-Eakin: President, American Action Forum, Washington, DC

Members of the public may attend in person or via webcast. More information is available at the Committee's website.

Senate Hearing: Reducing Emissions While Driving Economic Growth: Industry-led Initiatives

The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, will hold a hearing titled "Reducing Emissions While Driving Economic Growth: Industry-led Initiatives."

Members of the public may attend in person or via webcast. More information is available at the Committee's website.

House Hearing: Solving the Climate Crisis: Cleaner, Stronger Buildings

The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis will hold a hearing titled "Solving the Climate Crisis: Cleaner, Stronger Buildings." The hearing will focus on reducing carbon pollution and improving resilience in residential and commercial buildings across the nation, one of the keys to fighting the climate crisis.

Witnesses include: 

  • Kara Saul Rinaldi: Vice President of Government Affairs and Policy, Building Performance Association 
  • Anica Landreneau: Senior Principal and Director of Sustainable Design, HOK 
  • Dr. Khalil Shahyd: Senior Policy Advocate, Healthy People & Thriving Communities Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Roy Wright: President, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety
  • Jimmy Rutland, President, Lowder New Homes, on behalf of the National Association of Home Builders

Members of the public may attend in person or via webcast. More information is available at the Committee's website.

DOE Comment Deadline: Energy Conservation Standards for Dishwashers

The Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is seeking public comments on a granted petition for rulemaking regarding a new product class under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (EPCA), for residential dishwashers. The new product class would cover dishwashers with a cycle time for the normal cycle of less than one hour from washing through drying. DOE intends to consider appropriate energy and water use limits for such a product class, if adopted, in a separate rulemaking.

On August 26, 2019 (84 FR 44557), the DOE extended the comment deadline from September 16, 2019, to October 16, 2019.

To inform its consideration of the proposal and any future energy conservation standards for such dishwashers, DOE requests additional data, including shipments data, on the cycle time of the normal cycle of dishwashers (both standard dishwashers and compact dishwashers) currently on the market. DOE also requests data on the cycle time of reduced-time cycles currently offered on standard and compact dishwashers and corresponding shipments data, as well as the energy and water use of the reduced-time cycles. DOE requests comment on whether any current technologies could provide a “normal” wash and dry cycle in less than one hour and that would allow a dishwasher to comply with the current energy conservation standards, and whether such technologies are available for standard and compact dishwashers.

Members of the public may submit comments online at Regulations.gov, or via email or postal mail. More information is available at this Federal Register notice.

DOE Meeting: Electricity Advisory Committee

The Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Electricity, will hold a meeting of its Electricity Advisory Committee. Agenda items include, among others, updates on Office of Electricity and Office of Nuclear Energy programs and initiatives, presentations on advanced energy storage, and updates from various subcommittees of the Advisory Committee. 

The Electricity Advisory Committee was established to provide advice to the DOE in implementing the Energy Policy Act of 2005, executing certain sections of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, and modernizing the nation's electricity delivery infrastructure. The Advisory Committee is composed of individuals of diverse backgrounds selected for their technical expertise and experience, established records of distinguished professional service, and their knowledge of issues that pertain to electricity.

Members of the public may attend in person. More information is available at this Federal Register notice.

DOE Comment Deadline: Programs for Improving Energy Efficiency in Buildings

The Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is seeking to extend its information collecting activities titled Programs for Improving Energy Efficiency in Buildings and is seeking public comment on this extension. The proposed collection will enable DOE to understand the universe of organizations participating in building energy load management programs including the following four voluntary programs: The Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program, the Home Energy Score Program, the Better Buildings Residential Network, and the Zero Energy Ready Home Program.

DOE encourages and assists the people and organizations that voluntarily participate in energy efficiency programs to build or renovate buildings for the purposes of improved efficiency, reliability, and affordability. The partners who voluntarily participate in the programs include: Home builders, building trades and building-related associations, home design professionals, home energy raters and auditors, home inspectors, building consultants, manufacturers of building products, retailers, utility companies, financial institutions, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, energy program administrators and implementers, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR sponsors, state or local government energy offices or agencies, and other organizations that believe peer sharing will help them improve their effectiveness in encouraging effective energy upgrades.

DOE proposes to continue to collect information such as names of program participants and names of organizations and addresses; estimates of how many homes they can get to participate in the programs, and information about building stock (no building owner information is collected) and load management strategies. The collected information helps DOE understand the participating partners' activities and progress toward achieving scheduled milestones enabling DOE to make decisions about the best way to respond to partners' needs to improve their operations and actions to lower energy consumption and improve affordability.

Members of the public may submit comments by email, mail, or fax. More information is available at this Federal Register notice.