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DOE Announces Actions on General Service Lamps, Miscellaneous Refrigeration Products, Ceiling Fans

The Department of Energy will hold a meeting 20 April and will accept public comments through 16 May on a proposal to amend the energy conservation standards for general service lamps. The agency believes that the proposed standards represent the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that is technologically feasible and economically justified, and would result in a significant conservation of energy.

Lamps covered by this rulemaking include integrated low-lumen GSLs (310 ≤ initial lumen output < 2,000), integrated high-lumen GSLs (2,000 ≤ initial lumen output < 2,600) and non-integrated GSLs (310 ≤ initial lumen output < 2,600). If adopted, the new standards would apply to subject GSLs manufactured in or imported into the United States on and after the date three years after the publication of a final rule.

Separately, the DOE is proposing to treat certain miscellaneous refrigeration products (MREFs) that include coolers and combination cooler refrigeration products as covered products under Part A of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. Among other things, the agency is proposing specific definitions of the product categories that would fall within the MREF product type as well as amendments to the current definitions for refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers and freezers to help clarify the distinctions between the proposed covered product definitions for MREFs. Comments, data and information on this action may be submitted by 4 April.

The DOE has also extended to 14 April the comment period in connection with its proposal to toughen the energy conservation standards for ceiling fans. The DOE has tentatively concluded that the proposed standards represent the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that is technologically feasible and economically justified and would save a significant amount of energy. In addition, products achieving the proposed standards are already commercially available for all product classes covered by the proposal. If adopted, the proposed standards would apply to all covered products manufactured in or imported into the United States on or after the date that is three years after the publication of a final rule.

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