[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 155 (Monday, August 12, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 48821]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-19475]


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Proposed Rules
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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of 
the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these 
notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in 
the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules.

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Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 155 / Monday, August 12, 2013 / 
Proposed Rules

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

10 CFR Part 430

[Docket No. EERE-2013-BT-DET-0034]
RIN 1904-AD03


Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products and Certain 
Commercial and Industrial Equipment: Proposed Determination of Computer 
Servers 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 computer servers 
(servers) qualify as a covered product.

DATES: The comment period for the proposed determination relating to 
servers published on July 12, 2013 (78 FR 41868) is extended. Comments 
are due September 12, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Any comments submitted must identify the proposed 
determination for servers and provide docket number EERE-2013-BT-DET-
0034 and/or RIN number 1904-AD03. Comments may be submitted using any 
of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Email: to Servers2013DET0034@ee.doe.gov. Include EERE-
2013-BT-DET-0034 and/or RIN 1904-AD03 in the subject line of the 
message.
     Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, 
Building Technologies Program, Mailstop EE-2J, Proposed Coverage 
Determination of Servers, EERE-2013-BT-DET-0034, 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_server_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 41868) tentatively determining that servers 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 servers 
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 
servers 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 servers 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. 2013-19475 Filed 8-9-13; 8:45 am]
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