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Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee

The Appliance and Equipment Standards Program established the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC) in an effort to further improve the Department of Energy's (DOE) process of establishing energy efficiency standards for certain appliances and commercial equipment. ASRAC will allow DOE to use negotiated rulemaking as a means to engage all interested parties, gather data, and attempt to reach consensus on establishing energy efficiency standards. Rules drafted by negotiation may be more pragmatic and implemented at earlier dates than under a more traditional rulemaking process. To learn more about ASRAC's purpose and formation, please read the Committee's charter.

The Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee was created as a discretionary advisory committee to provide advice and recommendations related to:

  • Development of minimum efficiency standards for appliances and equipment;
  • Development of product test procedures;
  • Certification and enforcement of standards,
  • Labeling for various appliances and equipment; and
  • Specific issues of concern to the Energy Department as requested by the Secretary of Energy, the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and the Building Technologies Office.
Committee Meetings
Working Groups
Members
Contact Information

 

Committee Meetings 

ASRAC is expected to meet twice per year, but may meet more often, as needed. It is expected that working groups or subcommittees for specific residential appliances or commercial equipment will meet more frequently. Meetings will be open to the public and will be announced in the Federal Register no later than 15 calendar days before the meetings, in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Members of the public interested in attending meetings are required to email there full name, affiliation, and there citizenship to asrac@ee.doe.gov. If meetings are held in a DOE facility, non-US citizens will have to submit additional information well in advance, so early notification of DOE is essential.

Recent ASRAC Meetings

An open meeting/webinar was held on June 6, 2014 from 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. (EST) at the U.S. Department of Energy. DOE also published a solicitation of nominations for membership regarding ASRAC. 79 FR 32726 (June 6, 2014). All notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents associated with the committee are included in Docket No. EERE-2013-BT-NOC-0005

Working Groups

Regional Standards Enforcement Working Group

DOE published a Federal Register notice of intent to establish the regional standards enforcement working group to negotiate a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) for regional standards enforcement. The deadline for negotiating a proposed rule and submitting it to ASRAC is October 30, 2014. All notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents associated with this working group are included in Docket No. EERE-2011-BT-CE-0077. For more information on regional enforcement standards for residential furnaces, central air conditioners, and heat pumps please vist the rulemaking page

Upcoming Regional Standards Enforcement Working Group Meetings
Date Location Room Webinar Link
September 24, 2014 DOE Forrestal GH-019 https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/707749233
September 25, 2014 DOE Forrestal GH-019 https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/931152632
October 1, 2014 DOE 950 L'Enfant Plaza 6097/8/9 https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/960906409
October 2, 2014 DOE 950 L'Enfant Plaza 6097/8/9 https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/981826689
October 15, 2014 DOE Forrestal 1E-245 https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/989344337
October 16, 2014 DOE Forrestal 4A-104 https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/288070784
 
Manufactured Housing Working Group

DOE published a Federal Register notice of intent to establish the manufactured housing working group to negotiate a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) for manufactured housing. The deadline for negotiating a proposed rule and submitting it to ASRAC is September 30, 2014. All notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents associated with this working group are included in Docket No. EERE-2009-BT-BC-0021. For more information on manufactured housing please visit the rulemaking page.

Upcoming Manufactured Housing Working Group Meetings
Date Location Room Webinar Link
September 9, 2014 DOE Forrestal 8E-089 https://www.1.gotomeeting.com/register/887855449
September 10, 2014 DOE Forrestal 8E-089 https://www.1.gotomeeting.com/register/896904784
September 22, 2014 DOE Forrestal GH-019 https://www.1.gotomeeting.com/register/915091240
September 23, 2014 DOE Forrestal GH-019 https://www.1.gotomeeting.com/register/278235472
October 1, 2014 DOE Forrestal GH-019 https://www.1.gotomeeting.com/register/585091001
October 2, 2014 DOE Forrestal GH-019 https://www.1.gotomeeting.com/register/726540504
 
Commercial/Industrial Pumps Working Group

All notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents associated with this working group are included in Docket No. EERE-2013-BT-NOC-0039.

Commercial Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning, Water Heating, and Refrigeration Certification Working Group

All notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents associated with this working group are included in Docket No. EERE-2013-BT-NOC-0023.

ASRAC Members

Currently, 11 Committee members have been appointed with staggered term limits to ensure continuity in the functioning of the Committee. As reflected in the charter, Committee members shall be experts in their respective fields including, but not limited to: energy efficiency and appliance and commercial equipment standards; or as representatives of industry (including manufacturers and trade associations representing manufacturers, component manufacturers and related suppliers, and retailers), utilities, energy efficiency/environmental advocacy groups and consumers. At least one Energy Department employee will be appointed to the Committee to represent the interests of the Department.

  • Co-Chair - Mr. Andrew deLaski; Appliance Standards Awareness Project
  • Co-Chair - Mr. John Mandyck; UTC Climate, Controls & Security
  • Ms. Ashley Armstrong; U.S. Department of Energy
  • Mr. John Caskey; National Electrical Manufacturers Association
  • Mr. Timothy Cassidy; Best Buy Co., Inc.
  • Mr. Thomas Coughlin; National Grid
  • Mr. Steven Cousins; The Coca-Cola Company
  • Mr. Thomas Eckman; Northwest Power and Conservation Council
  • Dr. David Hungerford; California Energy Commission
  • Ms. Kelley Kline; General Electric, Appliances
  • Mr. Kent Peterson; P2S Engineering, Inc.

Contact Information

For more information concerning the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee, please email: asrac@ee.doe.gov. Sign-up to recieve email updates regarding ASRAC.