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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.

Meeting Dates and Comment Deadlines
Activity
Meeting Date                            
Comment Period Close                
Rulemaking Page
Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee: Notice of Intent to Establish the Commercial Package Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps and Commercial Warm Air Furnaces Working Group To Negotiate Potential Energy Conservation Standards; Notice of intent and announcement of a public meeting 04/28/2015 04/15/2015 Rulemaking for Small, Large, and Very Large, Air-Cooled Commercial Air Conditioning and Heating Equipment
Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee: Notice of Intent To Establish the Miscellaneous Refrigeration Products Working Group To Negotiate a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) for Energy Conservation Standards; Notice of intent; announcement of public meetings 05/04/2015 & 05/05/2015 04/15/2015 Rulemaking for Miscellaneous Refrigeration Standard
Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee: Notice of Intent To Establish the Fans and Blowers Working Group To Negotiate a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) for Energy Conservation Standards; Notice of intent and announcement of public meetings 05/07/2015 & 05/08/2015 04/15/2015 Rulemaking for Commercial and Industrial Fans and Blowers
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Energy Conservation Standards for Direct Heating Equipment and Pool Heaters; Request for information (RFI) n/a 04/27/2015 Rulemaking for Direct Heating Equipment and Pool Heaters Energy Conservation Standard
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
Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee: Notice of Open Meeting and Webinar 04/30/2015 n/a Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Definitions for Residential Water Heaters; Notice of proposed rulemaking n/a 05/08/2015 Rulemaking for Definitions for Consumer Water Heaters
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: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Clothes Dryers; Request for information (RFI) n/a 05/11/2015 Rulemaking for Residential Clothes Dryers Energy Conservation Standard
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Energy Conservation Standards for Hearth Products; Notice of proposed rulemaking; extension of public comment period n/a 05/11/2015 Rulemaking for Hearth Products Energy Conservation Standards
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products and Certain Commercial and Industrial Equipment: Test Procedures for Consumer and Commercial Water Heaters; Notice of proposed rulemaking n/a 05/14/2015 Rulemaking for Test Procedures for Consumer and Commercial Water Heaters
Requests for Information: Updating and Improving the DOE Methodology for Assessing the Cost-effectiveness of Building Energy Codes n/a 05/14/2015 Building Energy Codes Program
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
Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Pumps; Notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) and public meeting 04/29/2015 06/01/2015 Rulemaking for Commercial and Industrial Pumps Energy Conservation Standards
Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Boilers; Notice of proposed rulemaking and announcement of public meeting 04/30/2015 06/01/2015 Rulemaking for Residential Boilers Energy Conservation Standards
Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Pumps; Notice of proposed rulemaking and public meeting 04/29/2015 06/15/2015 Rulemaking for Commercial and Industrial Pumps 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.