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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

  • September 23, 2011

    Geothermal Incentive Program
    CX(s) Applied: A1, A9, B5.1
    Date: 09/23/2011
    Location(s): Wilton, Connecticut
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • September 23, 2011

    Next Generation Environmentally-Friendly Driving Feedback Systems Research and Development
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6, B5.1
    Date: 09/23/2011
    Location(s): Riverside, California
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • September 22, 2011

    Pennsylvania 85% Ethanol Corridor Project - Lehigh Gas, Route 309 Station
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 09/22/2011
    Location(s): Allentown, Pennsylvania
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • September 22, 2011

    Pennsylvania 85% Ethanol Corridor Project - Lehigh Gas, Concordville Exxon Station (Baltimore Pike)
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 09/22/2011
    Location(s): Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • September 22, 2011

    Biomass Pre-Extraction, Hydrolysis and Conversion Process Improvements for an Integrated Biorefinery
    CX(s) Applied: B3.6, B5.1
    Date: 09/22/2011
    Location(s): Virginia
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

  • September 22, 2011

    New York State Alternative Fuel Vehicle and Infrastructure Deployment
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 09/22/2011
    Location(s): Model City, New York
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Savannah River Operations Office

  • September 22, 2011

    Fuel Cell Program
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 09/22/2011
    Location(s): New Haven, Connecticut
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • September 22, 2011

    California-City-Folsom
    CX(s) Applied: A1, A9, B2.5, B5.1
    Date: 09/22/2011
    Location(s): Folsom, California
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • September 22, 2011

    Chrysler Multi-Material Lightweight Minivan Research and Development and Demonstration Vehicle Project
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6, B5.1
    Date: 09/22/2011
    Location(s): Arizona, Michigan, Ohio
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Savannah River Operations Office

  • September 22, 2011

    Clean Energy Coalition - Michigan Green Fleets
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 09/22/2011
    Location(s): Sterling Heights, Michigan
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • September 22, 2011

    Clean Energy Coalition - Michigan Green Fleets
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 09/22/2011
    Location(s): Southgate, Michigan
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

  • September 22, 2011

    Northwest Regional Ethanol Distribution Network
    CX(s) Applied: A7, B5.1
    Date: 09/22/2011
    Location(s): Eugene, Oregon
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • September 21, 2011

    Geothermal Incentive Program - Reynerston Residence
    CX(s) Applied: A1, A9, B5.1
    Date: 09/21/2011
    Location(s): Darien, Connecticut
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • September 21, 2011

    Installation of Retail Biofuel Infrastructure Supporting I-75 Green Corridor Project
    CX(s) Applied: A1, B5.1
    Date: 09/21/2011
    Location(s): Fort Myers, Florida
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • September 21, 2011

    California-City-Tracy
    CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B3.6, B5.1
    Date: 09/21/2011
    Location(s): Tracy, California
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • September 21, 2011

    Pennsylvania-City-Allentown
    CX(s) Applied: A1, A9, A11, B1.32, B2.5, B5.1
    Date: 09/21/2011
    Location(s): Allentown, Pennsylvania
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

  • September 21, 2011

    High Compression Ratio Turbocharged Gasoline Engine Operation Using Alcohol Enhancement
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6, B5.1
    Date: 09/21/2011
    Location(s): Columbus, Indiana
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Savannah River Operations Office

  • September 21, 2011

    High Compression Ratio Turbocharged Gasoline Engine Operation Using Alcohol Enhancement
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6, B5.1
    Date: 09/21/2011
    Location(s): Cambridge, Massachusetts
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

  • September 21, 2011

    Indiana-City-Lafayette
    CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B2.5, B5.1
    Date: 09/21/2011
    Location(s): Lafayette, Indiana
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

  • September 21, 2011

    Indiana-City-Evansville
    CX(s) Applied: A1, A9, B1.32, B5.1
    Date: 09/21/2011
    Location(s): Evansville, Indiana
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

  • September 21, 2011

    Tennessee Energy Efficient Schools Initiative Ground Source Heat Pump
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B5.1
    Date: 09/21/2011
    Location(s): Tennessee
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Golden Field Office

  • September 21, 2011

    ITN Energy Systems - Low-cost Electrochromic Film on Plastic for Net-zero Energy Building
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6, B5.1
    Date: 09/21/2011
    Location(s): Colorado, Michigan
    Offices(s): Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy

  • September 21, 2011

    ITN Energy Systems - Low-cost Electrochromic Film on Plastic for Net-Zero Energy Building
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6, B5.1
    Date: 09/21/2011
    Location(s): Michigan, Colorado
    Offices(s): Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy

  • September 20, 2011

    Validation of Innovative Exploration Technologies
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.1, B5.1
    Date: 09/20/2011
    Location(s): Pueblo of Jemez Reservation, New Mexico
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Golden Field Office

  • September 20, 2011

    Targeting Industrial Efficiency - Fortin Welding
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 09/20/2011
    Location(s): Columbus, Ohio
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Golden Field Office