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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.

DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD

  • August 28, 2015

    Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Energy Conservation Standards for Computers and Battery Backup Systems
    RIN: 1904-AD04
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    EERE- Buildings Technology Program
    Date: 08/28/2015
    Location(s): Nationwide
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • August 28, 2015

    Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Energy Conservation Standards for Ceiling Fans
    RIN: 1904-AC87
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    EERE- Buildings Technology Program
    Date: 08/28/2015
    Location(s): Nationwide
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • August 20, 2015

    Final Rulemaking for Amended Energy Conservation Standards for Single Package Vertical Units
    RIN: 1904-AC85
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    EERE- Buildings Technology Program
    Date: 08/20/2015
    Location(s): Nationwide
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • August 11, 2015

    Energy Efficiency Equipment in Dairy Processing Plant
    Award Number: DE-EE0000163
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    State Energy Program
    Date: 08/11/2015
    Location(s): WI
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • August 11, 2015

    Proposed Rulemaking for Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Water Heating Equipment
    RIN: 1904-AD34
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    EERE- Buildings Technology Program
    Date: 08/11/2015
    Location(s): Nationwide
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • June 24, 2015

    Final Rulemaking for Energy Conservation Standards for Certain Industrial Equipment
    RIN: 1904-AD23
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    EERE- Buildings Technology Program
    Date: 06/24/2015
    Location(s): Nationwide
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • June 24, 2015

    Final Rulemaking for Energy Conservation Standards for Certain Industrial Equipment
    RIN: 1904-AD23
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    EERE- Buildings Technology Program
    Date: 06/24/2015
    Location(s): Nationwide
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • June 22, 2015

    Integrated Design: A High Performance Solution for Affordable Housing
    Award Number: DE-EE0007055
    CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B3.1, B5.1
    Building Technologies Office
    Date: 06/22/2015
    Location(s): NY
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • June 5, 2015

    NWTC Bldg. 251 Roof & RTU-1 Replacement Project, NREL Tracking No. 15-007
    Award Number: DE-AC36-08GO28308
    CX(s) Applied: B1.16, B2.5, B1.14, B5.1, DOE/EA 1914
    National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
    Date: 06/05/15
    Location(s): CO
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • June 5, 2015

    Proposed Rulemaking for Energy Conservation Standards for Ceiling Fan Light Kits
    RIN: 1904-AC87
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    EERE- Buildings Technology Program
    Date: 06/05/2015
    Location(s): Nationwide
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • June 3, 2015

    Proposed Rulemaking for Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Prerinse Spray Values
    RIN: 1904-AD31
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    EERE- Buildings Technology Program
    Date: 06/03/2015
    Location(s): Nationwide
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • June 3, 2015

    Envision Charlotte Project
    Award Number: DE-EE0007066
    CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B5.1
    Bioenergy Technologies Office
    Date: 06/03/2015
    Location(s): NC
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • June 1, 2015

    Final Rule for Clarification for Energy Conservation Standards and Test Procedures for Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts
    RIN: 1904-AB99
    CX(s) Applied: A5, B5.1
    EERE- Buildings Technology Program
    Date: 06/01/2015
    Location(s): Nationwide
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • May 1, 2015

    Energy Efficient Thermoplastic Composite Manufacturing
    Award Number: DE-EE0005780
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B5.1
    Advanced Manufacturing Office
    Date: 05/01/2015
    Location(s): WA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • April 20, 2015

    RECOVERY ACT: EECBG- ENERGYWORKS KC (Multi-Family Development Built to PassivHaus Standards)
    Award Number: DE-EE0003564
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1, B5.16
    Weatherization & Intergovernmental Programs Office
    Date: 04/20/15
    Location(s): MO
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • March 25, 2015

    Proposed Rulemaking for Energy Conservation Standards for Beverage Vending Machines
    RIN 1904-AD00
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    EERE- Buildings Technology Program
    Date: 03/25/2015
    Location(s): Nationwide
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • March 25, 2015

    Supplemental Proposed Rulemaking for Energy Conservation Standards for Battery Chargers
    RIN 1904-AB57
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    EERE- Buildings Technology Program
    Date: 03/25/2015
    Location(s): Nationwide
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • March 23, 2015

    City of Boise Geothermal System Extension to Boise State University
    Award Number: DE-EE0000318
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Geothermal Technology Office
    Date: 03/23/2015
    Location(s): ID
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • March 16, 2015

    Installation of Solar Panels at Municipal Owned Facilities
    Award Number: DE-EE0003195
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Congressionally Directed Project
    Date: 03/16/2015
    Location(s): NJ
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • March 6, 2015

    NREL: Design and Implementation of a Thermal Load Reduction System on a Hyundai Sonata PHEV; NREL Tracking No.: 15-010
    Award Number: DE-AC36-08GO28308
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
    Date: 03/06/2015
    Location(s): CO
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • February 26, 2015

    Proposed Rulemaking for Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Conventional Cooking Products
    RIN 1904-AD15
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    EERE- Buildings Technology Program
    Date: 02/26/2015
    Location(s): Nationwide
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • February 18, 2015

    Pump Station Improvements (Transcontinental)
    Award Number: DE-EE0006212
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1, B2.5
    State Energy Program
    Date: 02/18/2015
    Location(s): LA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • February 18, 2015

    Pump Station Improvements (Terrytown #2)
    Award Number: DE-EE0006212
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1, B2.5
    State Energy Program
    Date: 02/18/2015
    Location(s): LA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • February 18, 2015

    Pump Station Improvements, Helios
    Award Number: DE-EE0006212
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1, B2.5
    State Energy Program
    Date: 02/18/2015
    Location(s): LA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • February 6, 2015

    State Energy Program - Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office (WIPO)
    Award Number: SEP-ALRD-2015
    A9, A11, B1.32, B1.35, B2.1, B2.2, B5.1, B5.14, B5.16, B5.18, B5.17, B5.19, B5.20, B5.22
    Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office (WIPO)
    Date: 02/06/2015
    Location(s): Multi
    Office(s): Golden Field Office