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Proposed Energy Conservation Actions for Lamps, Water Heaters, Lamp Ballasts, Spray Valves

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

High-Intensity Discharge Lamps. The Department of Energy is proposing to determine that potential energy conservation standards for high-intensity discharge lamps are either not technologically feasible or not economically justified. Specifically, DOE concludes that standards for high-pressure sodium lamps are not technologically feasible and that standards for mercury vapor and metal halide lamps are not economically justified. There are currently no federal energy conservation standards for HID lamps, and if DOE’s determination is finalized that would continue to be the case. Comments on this proposed determination are due no later than Dec. 22.

Water Heating Equipment. DOE has initiated separate rulemakings to consider amended energy conservation standards for (a) commercial water heaters, hot water supply boilers, and unfired hot water storage tanks (commercial water heating equipment) and (b) solar-thermal water heating systems where solar components are paired with electric and/or fossil fuel-fired water heaters, which are utilized as secondary heat sources. In each case DOE is seeking no later than Nov. 20 information to help it determine whether national standards more stringent than those currently in place would result in a significant amount of additional energy savings and whether such amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified.

Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts. DOE is accepting through Nov. 20 comments, data and information on a proposed rule that would amend test procedures for fluorescent lamp ballasts. Proposed changes would include adopting text to clarify the requirement to use the test procedures for the measurement of energy and water consumption in Appendix Q1 to demonstrate compliance with the new and revised energy conservation standards that apply to fluorescent lamp ballasts manufactured on or after Nov. 14, 2014. The proposed rule would also correct an error in the formula for power factor in Appendix Q1. DOE also intends to publish a separate proposed rule in the near future to clarify several additional issues raised by stakeholders concerning the applicability and requirements of the energy conservation standards and test procedures for fluorescent lamp ballasts.

Spray Valves. DOE has extended from Oct. 27 to Nov. 12 the deadline for the submission of comments, data and information on a framework document that details the analytical approach and preliminary scope of coverage for a rulemaking process that will consider amending the energy conservation standards for commercial pre-rinse spray valves.

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