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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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  • August 16, 2011

    Energy Efficient Lighting for Traffic Signals, Building Lighting and Street Lighting
    CX(s) Applied: B2.5, B5.1
    Date: 08/16/2011
    Location(s): Aberdeen, South Dakota
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

  • August 16, 2011

    Bringing Hydrogen Fuel Cell Systems into Green Communities - University Retirement Center at Davis Green Energy Community
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B5.1
    Date: 08/16/2011
    Location(s): Davis, California
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Golden Field Office

  • August 15, 2011

    Supply Chain Development for Advanced Bioenergy - Kansas Alliance for Biorefining and Bioenergy
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 08/15/2011
    Location(s): Kansas
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Golden Field Office

  • August 15, 2011

    Development and Demonstration of a New Generation High Efficiency 1-10 Kilowatt Stationary Fuel Cell System
    CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6, B5.1
    Date: 08/15/2011
    Location(s): California
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Golden Field Office

  • August 12, 2011

    Fenestration System Energy Performance Rating Development and Research
    CX(s) Applied: A1, A2, A9, A11, B1.2, B5.1
    Date: 08/12/2011
    Location(s): Greenbelt, Maryland
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • August 12, 2011

    Puget Sound Clean Cities Petroleum Reduction Project
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 08/12/2011
    Location(s): Seattle, Washington
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • August 12, 2011

    Puget Sound Clean Cities Petroleum Reduction Project
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 08/12/2011
    Location(s): Seattle, Washington
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • August 12, 2011

    Puget Sound Clean Cities Petroleum Reduction Project
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 08/12/2011
    Location(s): Lynden, Washington
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • August 11, 2011

    Flash Foods Job Creation and Petroleum Independence for Higher Ethanol Blends
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 08/11/2011
    Location(s): St. Mary's, Georgia
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Golden Field Office

  • August 10, 2011

    Grant for State Sponsored Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects - Rutgers University Combined Heat and Power Plant
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 08/10/2011
    Location(s): New Jersey
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • August 10, 2011

    Research Support Facility II, Cafeteria; National Renewable Energy Laboratory Tracking No. 11-003 REVISED
    CX(s) Applied: B1.15, B5.1
    Date: 08/10/2011
    Location(s): Golden, Colorado
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Golden Field Office

  • August 9, 2011

    Biodiesel Crusher and Dryer Facility Upgrades
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 08/09/2011
    Location(s): Snohomish County, Washington
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Golden Field Office

  • August 8, 2011

    Puget Sound Clean Cities Petroleum Reduction Project
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 08/08/2011
    Location(s): Seattle, Washington
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • August 8, 2011

    Puget Sound Clean Cities Petroleum Reduction Project
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 08/08/2011
    Location(s): Seattle, Washington
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • August 8, 2011

    Installation of Retail Biofuel Infrastructure Supporting I-75 Green Corridor Project
    CX(s) Applied: A1, B5.1
    Date: 08/08/2011
    Location(s): Detroit, Michigan
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • August 8, 2011

    Fuel Cell Program
    CX(s) Applied: A1, B2.2, B5.1
    Date: 08/08/2011
    Location(s): Weston, Connecticut
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • August 5, 2011

    New York-City-Tonawanda, Town of
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 08/05/2011
    Location(s): Tonawanda, New York
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

  • August 4, 2011

    Air Awareness Campaign Electric Car Charging Station
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 08/04/2011
    Location(s): Greenville, South Carolina
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Golden Field Office

  • August 4, 2011

    Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority Sustainable Business Recovery - City of Pittsburgh Natural Gas Refuse Trucks
    CX(s) Applied: A1, B5.1
    Date: 08/04/2011
    Location(s): Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • August 4, 2011

    Geothermal Incentive Program - Matunaliec Residence geothermal (Deercliff Road)
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 08/04/2011
    Location(s): Avon, Connecticut
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • August 3, 2011

    RiverHeath: Neighborhood Loop Geothermal Exchange System: Technology Demonstration Project
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 08/03/2011
    Location(s): Appleton, Wisconsin
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Golden Field Office

  • August 3, 2011

    Department of Conservation and Waterways Ground Source Heat Pump
    CX(s) Applied: B5.1
    Date: 08/03/2011
    Location(s): Hempstead, New York
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Golden Field Office

  • August 3, 2011

    Carolina Blue Skies Initiative
    CX(s) Applied: A1, B5.1
    Date: 08/03/2011
    Location(s): Knightdale, North Carolina
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • August 3, 2011

    DeKalb County/Metropolitan Atlanta Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology Vehicle Project
    CX(s) Applied: A1, B5.1
    Date: 08/03/2011
    Location(s): Morrow, Georgia
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

  • August 3, 2011

    Installation of Retail Biofuel Infrastructure Supporting I-75 Green Corridor Project
    CX(s) Applied: A1, B5.1
    Date: 08/03/2011
    Location(s): Chattanooga, Tennessee
    Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory