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Public Meetings and Comment Deadlines

The Department of Energy (DOE) provides the public with an opportunity to participate in meetings to discuss proposed changes to rulemakings and product standards. The table below lists all upcoming public meeting and comment close dates, and provides links to the relevant Federal Register notices. If there are no entries, no public meetings are scheduled at this time. Below the table there are general instructions for participating in public meetings in-person or via webinar, and for submitting public comments. The notices provide more detailed and specific instructions.

Activity
Meeting Date                            
Comment Period Close                
Rulemaking Page
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Energy Conservation Standards for Computer and Battery Backup Systems; Extension of Public Comment Period n/a 10/02/2014 Rulemaking for Computer and Battery Backup Systems
Appliance Standards and Federal Advisory Committee - Regional Standards Enforcement Working Group: Notice of open meetings

10/01/2014-10/02/2014

10/15/2014-10/16/2014

n/a Rulemaking for Enforcement of Regional Standards for Residential Furnaces and Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps
Appliance Standards and Federal Advisory Committee - Manufactured Housing Working Group: Notice of extension of term and open meetings

10/01/2014-10/02/2014

10/23/2014-10/24/2014

n/a Rulemaking for Manufactured Housing Energy Conservation Standard
Energy Conservation Standards for Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines: Notice of Public Meeting and Availability of the Preliminary Technical Support Document 09/16/2014 10/07/2014 Rulemaking for Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines Energy Conservation Standards
Energy Conservation Standards for Automatic Commercial Ice Makers: Availability of Revised Rulemaking Analysis; Notice of Data Availability; Request for Comment  n/a 10/14/2014 Rulemaking for Automatic Commercial Ice Makers Energy Conservation Standard
Petition for Waiver of GE Appliances from the Department of Energy Residential Refrigerator and Refrigerator-Freezer Test Procedure and Grant of Interim Waiver; Notice of Petition for Waiver, Notice of Granting Application for Interim Waiver; and Request for Public Comments n/a 10/17/2014 Rulemaking for Residential Refrigerators and Freezers Test Procedure
Petition for Waiver of Sub-Zero from the Department of Energy Residential Refrigerator and Refrigerator-Freezer Test Procedure and Grant of Interim Waiver; Notice of Petition for Waiver, Notice of Granting Application for Interim Waiver; and Request for Public Comments n/a 10/17/2014 Rulemaking for Residential Refrigerators and Freezers Test Procedure
Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Refrigerated Bottled or Canned Beverage Vending Machines; Notice of proposed rulemaking and public meeting 09/16/2014 10/27/2014 Rulemaking for Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machine Test Procedure
Energy Conservation Program: Alternative Efficiency Determination Methods, Basic Model Definition, and Compliance for Commercial HVAC, Refrigeration, and WH Equipment n/a 10/27/2014 Alternative Efficiency Determination Methods and Alternate Rating Methods
Energy Efficiency Program for Consumer Products: Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Prerinse Spray Valves; Notice of Public Meeting and Availability of the Framework Document 09/30/2014 10/27/2014 Rulemaking for Commercial Prerinse Spray Valves Standard
Energy Conservation Program for Certain Commercial and Industrial Equipment: Walk-in Coolers and Freezers; Test Procedure; Notice of Public Meeting 10/22/2014 n/a Alternative Efficiency Determination Methods and Alternate Rating Methods
Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners and Packaged Terminal Heat Pumps; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Public Meeting 10/29/2014 11/17/2014 Rulemaking for Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps Standards
Energy Efficiency Program for Consumer Products: Energy Conservation Standards for Ceiling Fans: Public Meeting and Availability of the Preliminary Technical Support Document 11/18/2014 11/28/2014 Rulemaking for Ceiling Fans Energy Conservation Standards

 

Participating in Public Meetings or Webinars

The date, time, and location of public meetings are announced by a notice published in the Federal Register, and also on the rulemaking webpage. Meetings are also broadcast as webinars.

DOE reviews all comments, data, and information regarding the notice that are submitted before or after the public meeting, but no later than the final date specified in the notice. See the Public Participation section of the notice for details.

To attend a public meeting, please notify Ms. Brenda Edwards at (202) 586–2945. Please note that foreign nationals visiting DOE Headquarters are subject to advance security screening procedures. Any foreign national wishing to participate in the meeting should advise DOE as soon as possible, by contacting Ms. Regina Washington at (202) 586–1214, to initiate the necessary procedures.

Please note that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has determined that regular driver's licenses (and ID cards) from the following jurisdictions are not acceptable: Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma, and Washington. Acceptable alternate forms of Photo-ID include: U.S. Passport or Passport Card; An Enhanced Driver's License or Enhanced ID-Card issued by the states of Minnesota, New York, or Washington (Enhanced licenses issued by these states are clearly marked Enhanced or Enhanced Driver's License); A military ID or other government issued Photo-ID card.

If you plan to present a prepared general statement you may request that copies be made available at the public meeting. Submit requests, along with an advance electronic copy of their statement in PDF (preferred), Microsoft Word or Excel, WordPerfect, or text (ASCII) file format to the appropriate address shown in the ADDRESSES section found at the beginning of the notice. The request and advanced copy of statements must be received at least one week before the public meeting and may be emailed, hand-delivered, or sent by mail. DOE prefers to receive requests and advance copies via email. Please include a telephone number to enable DOE staff to make a follow-up contact, if needed.

Please also note that you must obtain a property pass if you want to bring a laptop into the DOE Headquarters Forrestal Building. You should avoid bringing a laptop, or allow an extra 45 minutes to obtain a pass.

Submitting Comments

Comments may be submitted through Regulations.gov, email, postal mail, or by hand delivery/courier. Please follow the directions below. For detailed instructions on submitting comments, see the Public Participation section of the notice.

Any comments submitted must identify the name of the rulemaking and provide the docket number or regulatory information number (RIN). Comments may be submitted using any of the following methods:

  1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: Submit comments to the rulemaking docket. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  2. Email: the notice will contain a docket email address. Include the docket number and/or RIN in the subject line of the message.
  3. Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, Mailstop EE–5B, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121. Please submit one signed original paper copy.
  4. Hand Delivery/Courier: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, 950 L'Enfant Plaza, SW., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20024. Telephone: (202) 586–2945. Please submit one signed original paper copy.