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Input Sought on Energy Procedures or Standards for Ceiling Fans and Water Storage Tanks

The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking input by 29 November and will hold a meeting on 16 October on a proposal to amend the current energy test procedures for ceiling fans established under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. Specifically, the DOC is proposing to:

  • interpret the term “suspended from a ceiling” in the EPCA definition of ceiling fans to mean offered for mounting only on a ceiling;
  • specify that very small-diameter ceiling fans that do not all meet the definition of low-speed small-diameter ceiling fan are not required to be tested pursuant to the DOE test method;
  • for low-speed small-diameter and very small-diameter ceiling fans, increase the tolerance for the stability criteria for the average air velocity measurements in low speed to reduce test burden;
  • specify that large-diameter ceiling with blade spans greater than 24 feet do not need to be tested pursuant to the DOE test method;
  • codify current guidance on calculating several values reported on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s EnergyGuide label for LSSD and VSD ceiling fans using results from the ceiling fan test procedures; and
  • amend certification requirements and product- specific enforcement provisions to reflect the current test procedures and recently amended energy conservation standards for ceiling fans.

Separately, the DOE has extended from 23 September to 30 October the deadline for comments on whether amended energy efficiency standards for unfired hot water storage tanks would result in a significant amount of additional energy savings and are technologically feasible and economically justified.

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