[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 40 (Friday, February 28, 2014)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 11350]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-04422]


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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

10 CFR Part 430

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


Energy Conservation Program: Proposed Determination of Computer 
Servers as a Covered Consumer Product

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

ACTION: Proposed determination; withdrawal.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) withdraws for further 
consideration a proposed determination that computer servers (servers) 
qualify as a covered product under Part A of Title III of the Energy 
Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended.

DATES: The proposed determination is withdrawn February 28, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 
Mr. Jeremy Dommu, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy 
Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Office, EE-5B, 
1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. Telephone: 
(202) 586-9870. Email: DOE_computer_standards@EE.Doe.Gov.
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: 

I. Authority

    Title III of EPCA (42 U.S.C. 6291, et seq.) sets forth a variety of 
provisions designed to improve energy efficiency. Part A of Title III 
of EPCA (42 U.S.C. 6291-6309) established the ``Energy Conservation 
Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles,'' which covers 
consumer products and certain commercial products (hereafter referred 
to as ``covered products'').\1\ In addition to specifying a list of 
covered residential and commercial products, EPCA contains provisions 
that enable the Secretary of Energy to classify additional types of 
consumer products as covered products. (42 U.S.C. 6292(a)(20)) DOE may 
prescribe test procedures for any product it classifies as a ``covered 
product.'' (42 U.S.C. 6293(b))
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    \1\ For editorial reasons, upon codification in the U.S. code, 
Part B was re-designated Part A.
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II. Discussion

    On July 12, 2013, DOE published a notice of proposed determination 
(Notice) that tentatively determined that servers qualify as a covered 
product. 78 FR 41868. In light of public comments received from 
interested parties addressing the nature and use of servers, DOE is 
withdrawing the Notice. DOE's current approach with regard to the 
coverage of servers can be found in its updated coverage proposal for 
computers, published elsewhere in today's Federal Register.

III. Approval of the Office of the Secretary

    The Secretary of Energy has approved publication of this 
withdrawal.

List of Subjects in 10 CFR Part 430

    Administrative practice and procedure, Confidential business 
information, Energy conservation, Household appliances, Imports, 
Incorporation by reference, Intergovernmental relations, Small 
businesses.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on February 21, 2014.
Kathleen B. Hogan,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency and 
Renewable Energy.
[FR Doc. 2014-04422 Filed 2-27-14; 8:45 am]
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