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Deadline for Input on Rulemakings Involving Clothes Washers and Clothes Dryers Extended

The U.S. Department of Energy has extended from 3 September to 3 October the deadline for public input on whether amended energy conservation standards for residential clothes washers would result in a significant amount of additional energy savings and are technologically feasible and economically justified. For example, parties may comment on whether there have been sufficient technological or market changes since the most recent update that may justify a new rulemaking to consider more stringent standards.

Separately, the deadline for public input on a proposal to amend the current energy test procedures for clothes dryers to provide additional direction in response to questions from manufacturers and test laboratories has been extended from 23 September to 7 October and a public meeting has been scheduled for 28 August.

In this regard, the DOE is also proposing amendments to specify rounding requirements for all reported values, apply consistent use of nomenclature and correct typographical errors, and remove obsolete sections of the test procedures. Moreover, the agency is seeking feedback on issues such as consumer usage patterns and ‘‘connected’’ clothes dryer features. Input may also be submitted on changes to the test procedures to ensure that they measure the energy use of the clothes dryer during a representative average use cycle or period of use and are not unduly burdensome to conduct.

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