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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 26, 2016

    Improving Data Center Energy Efficiency through End-to-End Cooling Modeling and Optimization
    Award Number: DE-EE0007688
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B5.1
    Building Technologies Office
    Date: 8/11/2016
    Location(s): FL
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • August 26, 2016

    Northeast Demonstration and Deployment of FC-e-NV200
    Award Number: DE-EE0007276
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B5.1
    Fuel Cell Technologies Office
    Date: 8/15/2016
    Location(s): CA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • August 11, 2016

    Building Tune-Up Accelerator
    Award Number: DE-EE0007556
    CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B5.1
    Building Technologies Office
    Date: 8/3/2016
    Location(s): WA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • August 11, 2016

    Human-in-the-loop Sensing and Control for Commercial Building Energy Efficiency and Occupant Comfort
    Award Number: DE-EE0007682
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B5.1
    Building Technologies Office
    Date: 8/9/2016
    Location(s): PA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • July 20, 2016

    Notice of Final Rulemaking Regarding Energy Conservation Standards for Ceiling Fans
    RIN 1904-AD28
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    EERE-Buildings Technology Program
    Date: 07/19/2016
    Location(s): Nationwide
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • July 20, 2016

    Notice of Direct Final Rulemaking Regarding Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps
    RIN 1904-AD02
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    EERE-Buildings Technology Program
    Date: 07/12/2016
    Location(s): Nationwide
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • July 20, 2016

    Physics-Based Interval Data Models to Automate and Scale Home Energy Performance Evaluations
    Award Number: DE-EE0007571
    CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B5.1
    Building Technologies Office
    Date: 7/14/2016
    Location(s): MA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • July 19, 2016

    Proposed Rulemaking for Energy Conservation Standards for Uninterruptible Power Supplies
    RIN 1904-AD69
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    EERE-Buildings Technology Program
    Date: 06/09/2016
    Location(s): Nationwide
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • July 5, 2016

    Aerosol Sealing in New Construction
    Award Number: DE-EE0007573
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B5.1
    Building Technologies Office
    Date: 6/23/2016
    Location(s): MN
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • May 19, 2016

    The Vacuum Sanitation Energy Efficiency Retrofits Project
    Award Number: DE-IE0000031
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1, B5.2
    Office of Indian Energy
    Date: 05/11/2016
    Location(s): AK
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • May 10, 2016

    Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNOPR) for Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Conventional Cooking Products
    RIN 1904-AD15
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    EERE-Buildings Technology Program
    Date: 05/10/2016
    Location(s): Nationwide
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • May 9, 2016

    Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for New Energy Conservation Standards for Walk-in Coolers and Walk-in Freezers
    RIN 1904-AD59
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    EERE-Buildings Technology Program
    Date: 05/09/2016
    Location(s): Nationwide
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • May 4, 2016

    Direct Final Rulemaking for Energy Conservation Standards for Miscellaneous Refrigeration Products
    RIN 1904-AC51
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    EERE-Buildings Technology Program
    Date: 05/04/2016
    Location(s): Nationwide
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • March 7, 2016

    Incorporation of Solar Powered Safety Lights Along the Blue Ridge Parkway
    Award Number: DE-EE0006621
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Federal Emergency Management Program
    Date: 07/28/2014
    Location(s): NC
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • March 4, 2016

    Johnson Avenue Solar Project
    Award Number: DE-EE0000256
    CX(s) Applied: B2.5, B5.1, B5.16
    Solar Energy Technologies Office
    Date: 07/10/2014
    Location(s): NJ
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • March 4, 2016

    Pump Station Improvements (Transcontinental)
    Award Number: DE-EE0006212
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1, B5.4
    Weatherization & Intergovernmental Programs Office
    Date: 07/10/2014
    Location(s): LA
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • March 4, 2016

    Solutions for Energy Efficiency among Small Businesses in Low-Income Communities
    Award Number: DE-EE0007560
    CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B5.1
    Building Technologies Office
    Date: 6/23/2016
    Location(s): NJ
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • March 2, 2016

    Final Rulemaking for Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Dehumidifiers (RIN: 1904-AC81)
    RIN 1904-AC81
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    EERE-Buildings Technology Program
    Date: 03/02/2016
    Location(s): Nationwide
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • February 29, 2016

    Koyukuk City and Tribal Office Rehabilitation
    Award Number: DE-EE0006482
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B5.1
    Weatherization & Intergovernmental Programs
    Date: 01/08/2016
    Location(s): AK
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • February 25, 2016

    Wyandotte Integrated Renewable Energy Strategy – WIRES 2
    Award Number: DE-FG36-06GO86090
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Technologies Office
    Date: 03/07/2014
    Location(s): MI
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • February 25, 2016

    Demonstration of uCHP in Light Commercial Hot Water Applications
    Award Number: DE-EE0006796
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B2.1, B5.1
    Buildings Technologies Office
    Date: 09/11/2014
    Location(s): WI
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • February 23, 2016

    Gwich'in Solar and Energy Efficiency in the Arctic
    Award Number: DE-EE0006478
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B5.1, B5.16
    Weatherization & Intergovernmental Programs
    Date: 02/26/2014
    Location(s): AK
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • January 22, 2016

    State Energy Program - Program Year 2016 - Formula Awards - Administrative and Legal Requirements Document (ALRD)
    Award Number: SEP-ALRD-2016
    CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B5.1, B5.14, B5.16, B5.17, B5.18, B5.19, B5.20, B5.22, B5.23, B2.2
    Solar Energy Technologies Office
    Date: 01/22/2016
    Location(s): CO
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • January 20, 2016

    Weatherization Assistance Program Program Year 2016 Formula Grants
    Award Number: GFO-WAP-2016
    CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B5.1, B5.17, B2.2
    Weatherization & Intergovernmental Programs Office
    Date: 01/20/2016
    Location(s): Nationwide
    Office(s): Golden Field Office

  • January 12, 2016

    Community Conservation Challenge - Logansport Juvenile Correctional Facility
    Award Number: DE-EE0006210
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1, B5.17
    Weatherization & Intergovernmental Programs
    Date: 01/12/2016
    Location(s): IN
    Office(s): Golden Field Office