You are here

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.

Meeting Dates and Comment Deadlines
Activity
Meeting Date                            
Comment Period Close                
Rulemaking Page
Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for High-Intensity Discharge Lamps; Reopening of public comment period n/a 03/06/2015 Rulemaking for High-Intensity Discharge Lamps Energy Conservation Standard
Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Dehumidifiers; Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking n/a 03/06/2015 Rulemaking for Dehumidifier Test Procedures
Energy Conservation Program: Energy Efficiency Standards for Manufactured Housing; Request for information n/a 03/13/2015 Rulemaking for Manufactured Housing Energy Conservation Standard
Energy Conservation Program: Clarification for Energy Conservation Standards and Test Procedures for Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts; Notice of proposed rulemaking n/a 03/15/2015 Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts
Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee: Notice of Open Meeting and Webinar 03/19/15 n/a Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee
Energy Conservation Program for Certain Industrial Equipment: Energy Conservation Standards and Test Procedures for Commercial Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Water-Heating Equipment; Notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) and announcement of public meeting 02/06/2015 03/24/2015 Rulemaking for Certain ASHRAE Equipment
Energy Efficiency Program for Residential Products: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Dishwashers; Reopening of public comment period 02/05/2015 03/25/2015 Rulemaking for Residential Dishwasher Energy Conservation Standards
Energy Conservation Programs for Certain Industrial Equipment: Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Warm Air Furnaces; Notice of proposed rulemaking and public meeting 03/02/2015 04/06/2015 Rulemaking for Commercial Warm Air Furnaces Standard
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Energy Conservation Standards for Hearth Products; Notice of proposed rulemaking and announcement of public meeting 03/23/2015 04/10/2015 Rulemaking for Hearth Products Energy Conservation Standards
Energy Conservation Standards for Portable Air Conditioners: Public Meeting and Availability of the Preliminary Technical Support Document; Notice of public meeting and availability of preliminary technical support document 03/18/2015 04/28/2015 Rulemaking for Portable Air Conditioners Determination
Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Portable Air Conditioners; Notice of proposed rulemaking 03/18/2015 05/11/2015 Rulemaking for Portable Air Conditioners Test Procedures
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Test Procedures for Residential Furnaces and Boilers; Notice of proposed rulemaking and announcement of public meeting 03/26/2015 05/26/2015 Rulemaking for Residential Furnaces and Boilers Test Procedure
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 or by email at foreignvisit@ee.doe.gov, to initiate the necessary procedures. The necessary forms for foreign national visits to DOE can be found here.

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.