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Updated Energy Efficiency and Testing Requirements for Heating Equipment under Consideration

The U.S. Department of Energy has launched separate efforts to consider whether to amend the current energy efficiency standards and test procedures for direct heating equipment. Under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, the DOE must periodically review these standards and publish either a notice of proposed rulemaking to propose new standards for direct heating equipment or a notice of determination that the existing standards do not need to be amended. Interested parties may comment by 12 April on whether amended standards for these products would result in significant energy savings and whether such standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified.

Concurrently, the DOE has launched a data collection process to consider whether to amend the current energy test procedures for direct heating equipment. To inform interested parties and facilitate this process, the DOE has gathered data identifying several issues associated with the currently applicable test procedures on which the agency is interested in receiving comment. Issues under consideration mainly concern the evaluation of additional calculations relevant to the unvented direct heating equipment test procedure, updates to applicable industry standards incorporated by reference in the vented direct heating equipment test procedure, and any additional topics that may inform the DOE’s decisions in a future test procedure rulemaking, including methods to reduce the regulatory burden while ensuring the procedure’s accuracy. Input on this process may also be submitted by 12 April.

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