[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 155 (Monday, August 12, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 48821-48822]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-19474]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

10 CFR Part 430

[Docket No. EERE-2013-BT-DET-0035]
RIN 1904-AD04


Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products and Certain 
Commercial and Industrial Equipment: Proposed Determination of 
Computers as a Covered Consumer Product

AGENCY: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of 
Energy.

ACTION: Extension of public comment period.

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SUMMARY: This document announces an extension of the time period for 
submitting comments on the proposed determination that computers 
qualify as a covered product.

DATES: The comment period for the proposed determination relating to 
computers, published on July 12, 2013 (78 FR 41873), is extended. 
Comments are due September 12, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Any comments submitted must identify the proposed 
determination for computers and provide docket number EERE-2013-BT-DET-
0035 and/or RIN number 1904-AD04. Comments may be submitted using any 
of the following methods:

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     Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Email: to Computers2013DET0035@ee.doe.gov. Include EERE-
2013-BT-DET-0035 in the subject line of the message.
     Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, 
Building Technologies Program, Mailstop EE-2J, Proposed Determination 
for Computers, EERE-2013-BT-DET-0035, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., 
Washington, DC 20585-0121. Phone: (202) 586-2945. Please submit one 
signed paper original.
     Hand Delivery/Courier: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department 
of Energy, Building Technologies Program, 6th Floor, 950 L'Enfant Plaza 
SW., Washington, DC 20024. Phone: (202) 586-2945. Please submit one 
signed paper original.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents, or 
comments received, go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Jeremy Dommu, U.S. Department of 
Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building 
Technologies Program, EE-2J, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, 
DC 20585-0121. Telephone: (202) 586-9870. Email: DOE_computer_standards@ee.doe.gov.
    In the office of the General Counsel, contact Ms. Celia Sher, U.S. 
Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel, GC-71, 1000 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. Telephone: (202) 
287-6122. Email: Celia.Sher@hq.doe.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On July 12, 2013, The U.S. Department of 
Energy (DOE) published a proposed determination in the Federal Register 
(78 FR 41873) tentatively determining that computers qualify as a 
covered product under Part A of Title III of the Energy Policy and 
Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended. DOE has preliminarily determined 
that computers meet the criteria for covered products because 
classifying products of such type as covered products is necessary or 
appropriate to carry out the purposes of EPCA, and the average U.S. 
household energy use for computers is likely to exceed 100 kilowatt-
hours (kWh) per year. The proposed determination requested public 
comment from interested parties on matters relevant to consideration of 
a determination for computers and provided for the submission of 
comments by August 12, 2013. Thereafter, the Consumer Electronics 
Association (CEA), on behalf of itself and its member organizations, 
requested an extension of the public comment period by a minimum of 30 
days. CEA stated that many companies in the information technology 
industry have not previously been involved in the DOE rulemaking 
process and could benefit from additional time. Thus, CEA asserted that 
additional time could help ensure complete input and feedback from all 
interested companies is provided to DOE in response to this proposal.
    Based on CEA's request, DOE believes that extending the comment 
period to allow additional time for interested parties to submit 
comments is appropriate. Therefore, DOE is extending the comment period 
until September 12, 2013 to provide interested parties additional time 
to prepare and submit comments. Accordingly, DOE will consider any 
comments received by September 12, 2013 to be timely submitted.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on August 6, 2013.
Kathleen B. Hogan,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency and 
Renewable Energy.
[FR Doc. 2013-19474 Filed 8-9-13; 8:45 am]
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