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Categorical Exclusion Determinations: B5.1

Existing Regulations

B5.1: Actions to conserve energy or water
(a) Actions to conserve energy or water, demonstrate potential energy or water conservation, and promote energy efficiency that would not have the potential to cause significant changes in the indoor or outdoor concentrations of potentially harmful substances. These actions may involve financial and technical assistance to individuals (such as builders, owners, consultants, manufacturers, and designers), organizations (such as utilities), and governments (such as state, local, and tribal). Covered actions include, but are not limited to weatherization (such as insulation and replacing windows and doors); programmed lowering of thermostat settings; placement of timers on hot water heaters; installation or replacement of energy efficient lighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures (such as faucets, toilets, and showerheads), heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, and appliances; installation of drip-irrigation systems; improvements in generator efficiency and appliance efficiency ratings; efficiency improvements for vehicles and transportation (such as fleet changeout); power storage (such as flywheels and batteries, generally less than 10 megawatt equivalent); transportation management systems (such as traffic signal control systems, car navigation, speed cameras, and automatic plate number recognition); development of energy-efficient manufacturing, industrial, or building practices; and small-scale energy efficiency and conservation research and development and small-scale pilot projects. Covered actions include building renovations or new structures, provided that they occur in a previously disturbed or developed area. Covered actions could involve commercial, residential, agricultural, academic, institutional, or industrial sectors. Covered actions do not include rulemakings, standard-settings, or proposed DOE legislation, except for those actions listed in B5.1(b) of this appendix.

(b) Covered actions include rulemakings that establish energy conservation standards for consumer products and industrial equipment, provided that the actions would not:
(1) have the potential to cause a significant change in manufacturing infrastructure (such as construction of new manufacturing plants with considerable associated ground disturbance);
(2) involve significant unresolved conflicts concerning alternative uses of available resources (such as rare or limited raw materials);
(3) have the potential to result in a significant increase in the disposal of materials posing significant risks to human health and the environment (such as RCRA hazardous wastes); or
(4) have the potential to cause a significant increase in energy consumption in a state or region.

Previous Regulations

Categorical Exclusion Determinations dated before November 14th, 2011 were issued under previous DOE NEPA regulations. See the Notice of Final Rulemaking (76 FR 63763, 10/13/2011) for information changes to this categorical exclusion.

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  • January 23, 2015

    Proposed Rulemaking for Energy Conservation Standards for Certain Industrial Equipment
    RIN: 1904-AD23
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 01/23/2015
    Location(s): Nationwide
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • January 23, 2015

    Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products and Certain Commercial and Industrial Equipment: Definitions Applicable to Faucets
    RIN: 1904-AC65
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 01/23/2015
    Location(s): Nationwide
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • January 15, 2015

    Hawaii Renewable Energy Development Venture
    Award Number: DE-FG36-08GO88146
    CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B5.1
    Date: 01/15/2015
    Location(s): HI
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • January 6, 2015

    Proposed Rulemaking for Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Dehumidifiers
    RIN: 1904-AC81
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 01/06/2015
    Location(s): Nationwide
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • January 6, 2015

    Proposed Rulemaking for Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial and Industrial Pumps
    RIN: 1904-AC54
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 01/06/2015
    Location(s): Nationwide
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • December 29, 2014

    Final Rule for Energy Conservation Standards for Automatic Commercial Ice Makers
    RIN: 1904-AC39
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 12/29/2014
    Location(s): Nationwide
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • December 15, 2014

    Proposed Rulemaking for Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Furnaces
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 12/15/2014
    Location(s): Nationwide
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • November 26, 2014

    Final Rule for Amended Energy Conservation Standards for General Service Fluorescent Lamps and Incandescent Reflector Lamps
    RIN: 1904-AC43
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    EERE – Buildings Technology Program
    Date: 11/26/2014
    Location(s): Nationwide
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • October 23, 2014

    Green Miami Children’s Museum Going Green Initiative (FL)
    Award Number: DE-EE0003655
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 10/23/2014
    Location(s): Florida
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • October 16, 2014

    Final Rulemaking for Amended Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Clothes Washers (RIN: 1904-AC77)
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 10/16/2014
    Location(s): Nationwide
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • September 3, 2014

    Energy Efficiency Measures plus Wind Energy for the Sishmaref Clinic and Tannery
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B5.1
    Date: 09/03/2014
    Location(s): Alaska
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office
    Technology Office: Wind Program
    Award Number: DE-EEE0006483

  • September 3, 2014

    High Efficiency Motors for Refrigerated Open Display Cases
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B1.31, B5.1
    Date: 12/13/2011
    Location(s): Missouri
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office
    Technology Office: Building Technologies
    Award Number: DE-EE0006741

  • August 28, 2014

    High Efficiency Motors for Refrigerated Open Display Cases
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B1.31, B5.1
    Date: 09/03/2014
    Location(s): Missouri
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office
    Technology Office: Building Technologies
    Award Number: DE-EE0006741

  • August 28, 2014

    EERE Demonstration for Advanced Retro-Commissioning Technology
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B2.2, B5.1
    Date: 08/28/2014
    Location(s): California
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office
    Technology Office: Building Technologies
    Award Number: DE-EE0006740

  • August 15, 2014

    Energy Efficiency Upgrade to Yakutat Community Health Center Building
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1, B5.14,
    Date: 08/15/2014
    Location(s): Alaska
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office
    Technology Office: Tribal Energy Program
    Award Number: DE-EE0006484

  • May 29, 2014

    Hawaii Renewable Energy Development Venture
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B5.1
    Date: 05/29/2014
    Location(s): Hawaii, Hawaii
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office

  • May 22, 2014

    Connecticut Clean Cities Future Fuels Project
    CX(s) Applied: A1, B5.1
    Date: 05/22/2014
    Location(s): Connecticut
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • May 22, 2014

    Advanced Climate Control and Cabin Preconditioning using Zonal Distribution, Advanced Heat Pump…
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 05/22/2014
    Location(s): Michigan
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • May 2, 2014

    Final Rule for Amended Energy Conservation Standards for Walk-in Coolers and Walk-in Freezers
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 05/02/2014
    Location(s): CX: none
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office

  • May 1, 2014

    Final Rule for New Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Furnace Fans
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 05/01/2014
    Location(s): CX: none
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office

  • April 17, 2014

    Wood Pellet Boiler Implementation Grant
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1, B5.20
    Date: 04/17/2014
    Location(s): Wisconsin, Wisconsin, Wisconsin
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office

  • April 15, 2014

    Minto Lodge Rehabilitation
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 04/15/2014
    Location(s): Alaska
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office

  • April 9, 2014

    State Energy Program - Program Year 2014 - Formula Award - Administrative and Legal Requirement Doc (ALRD)
    CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B1.2, B1.24, B5.1, B5.14, B5.16, B5.17, B5.18, B5.19, B5.20, B5.22
    Date: 04/09/2014
    Location(s): CX: none
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office

  • February 20, 2014

    Ohio Advanced Transportation Partnership - Conversion of Vehicles to Propane
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 02/20/2014
    Location(s): Ohio
    Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • February 7, 2014

    2014 Weatherization Formula Grant Awards
    CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B5.1, B5.17
    Date: 02/07/2014
    Location(s): CX: none
    Offices(s): Golden Field Office