[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 211 (Friday, October 31, 2014)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 64712-64716]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-25933]



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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

10 CFR Part 430

[Docket No. EERE-2012-BT-STD-0045]
RIN 1904-AC87


Energy Efficiency Program for Consumer Products: Energy 
Conservation Standards for Ceiling Fan Light Kits

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

ACTION: Notice of public meeting and availability of preliminary 
technical support document.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will hold a public meeting 
to discuss and receive comments on the preliminary analyses it has 
conducted for purposes of establishing energy conservation standards 
for ceiling fan light kits. The meeting will cover the analytical 
framework, models, and tools that DOE is using to evaluate potential 
standards for this product; the results of preliminary analyses 
performed by DOE for this product; the potential energy conservation 
standard levels derived from these analyses that DOE could consider for 
this product; and any other issues relevant to the development of 
energy conservation standards for ceiling fan light kits. In addition, 
DOE encourages written comments on these subjects. To inform interested 
parties and to facilitate this process, DOE has prepared an agenda, a 
preliminary technical support document (TSD), and briefing materials, 
which are available on the DOE Web site at: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/rulemaking.aspx/ruleid/66.

DATES: DOE will hold a two-day public meeting on November 18-19, 2014, 
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Washington, DC. Additionally, DOE plans to 
allow for participation in the public meeting via webinar. DOE will 
accept comments, data, and other information regarding this rulemaking 
before or after the public meeting, but no later than December 30, 
2014. DOE must receive requests to speak at the meeting before 5 p.m. 
on November 4, 2014. DOE must receive a signed original and an 
electronic copy of statements to be given at the public meeting before 
5 p.m. on November 4, 2014. See section IV, ``Public Participation,'' 
of this notice of public meeting (NOPM) for details.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting on November 18, 2014 will be held at the 
U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 8E-089, 1000 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. The public meeting 
on November 19, 2014 will be held at the U.S. Department of Energy, 
Forrestal Building, Room 6E-069, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., 
Washington, DC 20585-0121.
    Interested persons may submit comments, identified by docket number 
EERE-2012-BT-STD-0045 and/or Regulation Identification Number (RIN) 
1904-AC87, by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov. Follow 
the instructions for submitting comments.
     Email: CeilingFanLightKits2012STD0045@ee.doe.gov. Include 
the docket number EERE-2012-BT-STD-0045 and/or RIN 1904-AC87 in the 
subject line of the message.
     Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, 
Building Technologies Program, Mailstop EE-5B, 1000 Independence Avenue 
SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. If possible, please submit all items on 
a compact disc (CD), in which case it is not necessary to include 
printed copies. [Please note that comments and CDs sent by mail are 
often delayed and may be damaged by mail screening processes.]
     Hand Delivery/Courier: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department 
of Energy, Building Technologies Program, 950 L'Enfant Plaza SW., Suite 
600, Washington, DC 20024. Telephone (202) 586-2945. If possible, 
please submit all items on CD, in which case it is not necessary to 
include printed copies.
    Docket: The docket is available for review at www.regulations.gov, 
including Federal Register notices, framework documents, public meeting 
attendee lists and transcripts, comments, and other supporting 
documents/materials. All documents in the docket are listed in the 
www.regulations.gov index. However, not all documents listed in the 
index may be publicly available, such as information that is exempt 
from public disclosure.
    The rulemaking Web page can be found at: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/rulemaking.aspx/ruleid/66. This Web page contains a link to the docket for this notice 
on the regulation.gov site. The www.regulations.gov Web page contains 
instructions on how to access all documents in the docket, including 
public comments.
    For detailed instructions on submitting comments and additional 
information on the rulemaking process, see section IV, ``Public 
Participation,'' of this document. For further information on how to 
submit a comment, review other public comments and the docket, or 
participate in the public meeting, contact Ms. Brenda Edwards at (202) 
586-2945 or by email: Brenda.Edwards@ee.doe.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Lucy deButts, U.S. Department of 
Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building 
Technologies, EE-5B, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 
20585-0121. Telephone: (202)-287-1604. Email: 
ceiling_fan_light_kits@ee.doe.gov.
    In the Office of the General Counsel, contact Ms. Jennifer 
Tiedeman, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel, GC-
71, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. Telephone: 
(202)-287-6111. Email: Jennifer.Tiedeman@hq.doe.gov.
    For information on how to submit or review public comments and on 
how to participate in the public meeting, contact Ms. Brenda Edwards, 
U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable 
Energy, Building Technologies Program, EE-5B, 1000 Independence Avenue 
SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. Telephone (202) 586-2945. Email: 
Brenda.Edwards@ee.doe.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Table of Contents

I. Statutory Authority
II. History of Rulemaking for Ceiling Fan Light Kits
    A. Background
    B. Current Rulemaking Process
III. Summary of the Analyses Performed by DOE
    A. Engineering Analysis
    B. Energy Use Analysis
    C. Life-Cycle Cost and Payback Period Analyses
    D. National Impact Analysis
IV. Public Participation
    A. Attendance at Public Meeting
    B. Procedure for Submitting Requests to Speak
    C. Conduct of Public Meeting
    D. Submission of Comments
V. Approval of the Office of the Secretary

I. Statutory Authority

    Title III, Part B \1\ of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 
1975, as amended, (EPCA or the Act), Public Law 94-163 (42 U.S.C. 6291-
6309, as codified) established the Energy Conservation Program for 
Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles, which includes the ceiling 
fan light kits (CFLKs) that are the subject of this

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rulemaking.\2\ (42 U.S.C. 6295(ff)) This program authorizes DOE to 
establish technologically feasible, economically justified energy 
efficiency regulations for certain products that would be likely to 
result in substantial national energy savings. (42 U.S.C. 
6295(o)(2)(B)(i)(I)-(VII))
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    \1\ For editorial reasons, upon codification in the U.S. Code, 
Part B was re-designated Part A.
    \2\ All references to EPCA in this document refer to the statute 
as amended through the American Energy Manufacturing Technical 
Corrections Act (AEMTCA), Public Law 112-210 (Dec. 18, 2012).
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    DOE is required to consider energy conservation standards for 
ceiling fan light kits that: (1) Achieve the maximum improvement in 
energy efficiency that is technologically feasible and economically 
justified; and (2) result in significant conservation of energy. (42 
U.S.C. 6295(o)(2)(A) and (o)(3)(B)) To determine whether a proposed 
standard is economically justified, DOE will, after receiving comments 
on the proposed standard, determine whether the benefits of the 
standard exceed its burdens to the greatest extent practicable, using 
the following seven factors:
    1. The economic impact of the standard on manufacturers and 
consumers of products subject to the standard;
    2. The savings in operating costs throughout the estimated average 
life of the covered products in the type (or class) compared to any 
increase in the price, initial charges, or maintenance expenses for the 
covered products which are likely to result from the standard;
    3. The total projected amount of energy savings likely to result 
directly from the standard;
    4. Any lessening of the utility or the performance of the covered 
products likely to result from the standard;
    5. The impact of any lessening of competition, as determined in 
writing by the Attorney General, that is likely to result from the 
standard;
    6. The need for national energy conservation; and
    7. Other factors the Secretary of Energy considers relevant. (42 
U.S.C. 6295(o)(2)(B)(i))
    DOE also adheres to additional statutory requirements of general 
applicability for prescribing new or amended standards set forth in 
other relevant sections of EPCA.

II. History of Rulemaking for Ceiling Fan Light Kits

A. Background

    The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005), Public Law 109-58, 
amended EPCA and established energy conservation standards for ceiling 
fan light kits, as well as requirements for determining whether these 
standards should be amended. (42 U.S.C. 6295(ff)) Specifically, EPACT 
2005 set energy conservation standards for ceiling fan light kits with 
medium screw base sockets, as well as pin-based sockets. (42 U.S.C. 
6295(ff)(2)-(3)) The statute also directed DOE to consider and issue 
requirements for other types of ceiling fan light kits (including 
candelabra screw base sockets) by January 1, 2007, and if DOE failed to 
issue such standards by the specified date, the statute provided for an 
alternative set of requirements for ceiling fan light kits manufactured 
after January 1, 2010. (42 U.S.C. 6295(ff)) After January 1, 2010, DOE 
may again consider amended energy efficiency standards for ceiling fan 
light kits, standards that would apply to products manufactured not 
earlier than two years after the date of publication of the final rule 
establishing the amended standard. (42 U.S.C. 6295(ff)(5))
    EPCA defines a ``ceiling fan'' as ``a nonportable device that is 
suspended from a ceiling for circulating air via the rotation of fan 
blades'' (42 U.S.C. 6291(49)) and defines a ``ceiling fan light kit'' 
as ``equipment designed to provide light from a ceiling fan'' that can 
be (1) integral, such that the equipment is attached to the ceiling fan 
prior to the time of retail sale; or (2) attachable, such that at the 
time of retail sale the equipment is not physically attached to the 
ceiling fan, but may be included inside the ceiling fan at the time of 
sale or sold separately for subsequent attachment to the fan. (42 
U.S.C. 6291(50))
    Under this statutory structure, DOE promulgated design standards 
for ceiling fans, performance standards for ceiling fan light kits and 
test procedures for both ceiling fans and ceiling fan light kits. In a 
final rule technical amendment published in the Federal Register on 
October 18, 2005, DOE codified the statutory design standards for 
ceiling fans and the performance standards for ceiling fan light kits 
in the CFR at 10 CFR 430.32(s). 70 FR 60407, 60413. Because DOE did not 
issue a final rule on standards for CFLKs by January 1, 2007, DOE 
published a final rule technical amendment in the Federal Register on 
January 11, 2007, codifying statutory standards for light kits with 
sockets other than medium-screw base or pin-based fluorescent lamps in 
the CFR. 72 FR 1270. In a final rule published in the Federal Register 
on December 8, 2006, DOE adopted test procedures for ceiling fan light 
kits at 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix U and appendix V, 
respectively. 71 FR 71340, 71366-71367. Another technical amendment 
issued on March 3, 2009, (74 FR 12058), codified a provision that CFLKs 
with sockets for pin-based fluorescent lamps must be packaged with 
lamps to fill all sockets. (42 U.S.C. 6295(ff)(4)(C)(ii))
    DOE is initiating this rulemaking pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 
6295(ff)(5)-(6), which allows DOE to consider establishing or amending 
energy conservation standards for ceiling fan light kits, and 42 U.S.C. 
6295(r), which requires DOE to prescribe test procedures for new or 
amended energy conservation standards. In addition to considering the 
energy consumption of these products in active mode, 42 U.S.C. 6295(gg) 
requires DOE to consider the standby mode and off mode energy 
consumption of ceiling fan light kits in amending both its test 
procedures and energy conservation standards.

B. Current Rulemaking Process

    In initiating this rulemaking, DOE has prepared a Framework 
Document, ``Energy Conservation Standards Rulemaking Framework Document 
for Ceiling Fans and Ceiling Fan Light Kits,'' which describes the 
procedural and analytical approaches DOE anticipates using to evaluate 
energy conservation standards for ceiling fan light kits. This document 
is available at: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/rulemaking.aspx/ruleid/66.
    DOE held a public meeting on March 22, 2013, at which it described 
the various analyses DOE would conduct as part of the rulemaking, such 
as the engineering analysis, the life-cycle cost (LCC) and payback 
period (PBP) analyses, and the national impact analysis (NIA). 
Representatives for manufacturers, trade associations, environmental 
and energy efficiency advocates, and other interested parties attended 
the meeting.
    Comments received since publication of the Framework Document have 
helped DOE identify and resolve issues related to the preliminary 
analyses. Chapter 2 of the preliminary TSD summarizes and addresses the 
comments received.

III. Summary of the Analyses Performed by DOE

    For the CFLKs covered in this rulemaking, DOE conducted in-depth 
technical analyses in the following areas: (1) Engineering; (2) markups 
to determine product price; (3) energy use; (4) life-cycle cost and 
payback period; and (5) national impacts. The preliminary TSD that 
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these analyses is available at http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/rulemaking.aspx/ruleid/66.
    The tools used in preparing several of the above analyses (life-
cycle cost and national impacts) are available at the above Web site. 
Each individual spreadsheet includes an introduction describing the 
various inputs and outputs of the analysis, as well as operation 
instructions.
    DOE also conducted, and has included in the preliminary TSD, 
several other analyses that support the major analyses or are 
preliminary analyses that will be expanded upon for a notice of 
proposed rulemaking (NOPR) if DOE determines that amended energy 
conservation standards are technologically feasible, economically 
justified, and would save a significant amount of energy, based on the 
information presented to the Department. These analyses include: (1) 
The market and technology assessment; (2) the screening analysis, which 
contributes to the engineering analysis; and (3) the shipments 
analysis, which contributes to the LCC and PBP analysis and NIA. In 
addition to these analyses, DOE has begun preliminary work on the 
manufacturer impact analysis and has identified the methods to be used 
for the consumer subgroup analysis, the emissions analysis, the 
employment impact analysis, the regulatory impact analysis, and the 
utility impact analysis. DOE will expand on these analyses in the 
notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR).

A. Engineering Analysis

    The engineering analysis establishes the relationship between the 
cost and efficiency levels of the product that DOE is evaluating as 
potential energy conservation standards. This relationship serves as 
the basis for cost-benefit calculations for individual consumers, 
manufacturers, and the Nation. The engineering analysis identifies 
representative baseline products, which is the starting point for 
analyzing technologies that provide energy efficiency improvements. 
``Baseline products'' refers to a model or models having features and 
technologies typically found in minimally-efficient products currently 
available on the market and, for products already subject to energy 
conservation standards, a model that just meets the current standard. 
After identifying the baseline models, DOE estimated manufacturer 
selling prices by using a consistent methodology and pricing scheme 
that includes material costs and manufacturer markups. Chapter 5 of the 
preliminary TSD discusses the engineering analysis.

B. Energy Use Analysis

    The energy use analysis provides estimates of the annual energy 
consumption of ceiling fan light kits. The energy use analysis seeks to 
estimate the range of energy consumption of the products that meet each 
of the efficiency levels considered in a given rulemaking as they are 
used in the field. DOE uses these values in the LCC and PBP analyses 
and in the NIA. Chapter 7 of the preliminary TSD addresses the energy 
use analysis.

C. Life-Cycle Cost and Payback Period Analyses

    The LCC and PBP analyses determine the economic impact of potential 
standards on individual consumers. The LCC is the total cost of 
purchasing, installing and operating a considered product over the 
course of its lifetime. The LCC analysis compares the LCCs of products 
designed to meet possible energy conservation standards with the LCC of 
the product likely to be installed in the absence of standards. DOE 
determines LCCs by considering: (1) Total installed cost to the 
purchaser (which consists of manufacturer selling price, distribution 
chain markups, sales taxes, and installation cost); (2) the operating 
cost of the product (energy cost, water and wastewater cost in some 
cases, and maintenance and repair cost); (3) product lifetime; and (4) 
a discount rate that reflects the real consumer cost of capital and 
puts the LCC in present-value terms. The PBP represents the number of 
years needed to recover the increase in purchase price (including 
installation cost) of higher-efficiency products through savings in the 
operating cost of the product. PBP is calculated by dividing the 
incremental increase in installed cost of the higher efficiency 
product, compared to the baseline product, by the annual savings in 
operating costs. Chapter 8 of the preliminary TSD addresses the LCC and 
PBP analyses.

D. National Impact Analysis

    The NIA estimates the national energy savings (NES) and the net 
present value (NPV) of total consumer costs and savings expected to 
result from amended standards at specific efficiency levels (referred 
to as candidate standard levels). DOE calculated NES and NPV for each 
candidate standard level for ceiling fan light kits as the difference 
between a base-case forecast (without amended standards) and the 
standards-case forecast (with amended standards). Cumulative energy 
savings are the sum of the annual NES determined for the lifetime of 
the products shipped from 2019 to 2048.\3\ The NPV is the sum over time 
of the discounted net savings each year, which consists of the 
difference between total operating cost savings and increases in total 
installed costs. Critical inputs to this analysis include shipments 
projections, estimated product lifetimes, product installed costs and 
operating costs, product annual energy consumption, the base case 
efficiency projection, and discount rates. Chapter 10 of the 
preliminary TSD addresses the NIA.
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IV. Public Participation

    DOE invites input from the public on all of the topics described 
above. The preliminary analytical results are subject to revision 
following further review and input from the public. A complete and 
revised TSD will be made available upon issuance of a NOPR. The final 
rule establishing any amended energy conservation standards will 
contain the final analytical results and will be accompanied by a final 
rule TSD.
    DOE encourages those who wish to participate in the public meeting 
to obtain the preliminary TSD from DOE's Web site and to be prepared to 
discuss its contents. Once again, a copy of the preliminary TSD is 
available at: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/rulemaking.aspx/ruleid/66. However, public meeting 
participants need not limit their comments to the topics identified in 
the preliminary TSD; DOE is also interested in receiving views 
concerning other relevant issues that participants believe would affect 
energy conservation standards for this product or that DOE should 
address in the NOPR.
    Furthermore, DOE welcomes all interested parties, regardless of 
whether they participate in the public meeting, to submit in writing by 
December 30, 2014 comments, data, and information on matters addressed 
in the preliminary TSD and on other matters relevant to consideration 
of energy conservation standards for ceiling fan light kits.
    The public meeting will be conducted in an informal conference 
style. A court reporter will be present to record the minutes of the 
meeting. There shall be no discussion of proprietary information, costs 
or prices, market shares, or other commercial matters regulated by 
United States antitrust laws.

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    After the public meeting and the closing of the comment period, DOE 
will consider all timely-submitted comments and additional information 
obtained from interested parties, as well as information obtained 
through further analyses. Afterwards, the Department will publish 
either a determination that the standards for ceiling fan light kits 
need not be amended or a NOPR proposing to amend those standards. The 
NOPR will include proposed energy conservation standards for the 
products covered by the rulemaking, and members of the public will be 
given an opportunity to submit written and oral comments on the 
proposed standards.
    Please also visit DOE's ceiling fan light kits Web page at http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/rulemaking.aspx/ruleid/66. for information about existing standards and test 
procedures, and the history and impacts of previous DOE regulatory 
actions, for this category of products.

A. Attendance at Public Meeting

    The time and date of the public meeting are listed in the DATES and 
ADDRESSES sections at the beginning of this notice. The public meeting 
will be held at the U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 
8E-089, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. To 
attend the public meeting, please notify Ms. Brenda Edwards at (202) 
586-2945. DOE requires visitors to have laptops and other devices, such 
as tablets, checked upon entry into the building. Please report to the 
visitor's desk to have devices checked before proceeding through 
security.
    Please note that foreign nationals participating in the public 
meeting are subject to advance security screening procedures which 
require advance notice prior to attendance at the public meeting. If a 
foreign national wishes to participate in the public meeting, please 
inform DOE of this fact as soon as possible by contacting Ms. Regina 
Washington at (202) 586-1214 or by email: Regina.Washington@ee.doe.gov 
so that the necessary procedures can be completed.
    You can attend the public meeting via webinar, and registration 
information, participant instructions, and information about the 
capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on the 
following Web site: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/rulemaking.aspx/ruleid/66. Participants are 
responsible for ensuring their computer systems are compatible with the 
webinar software.
    The purpose of the meeting is to receive comments and to help DOE 
understand potential issues associated with this rulemaking. DOE must 
receive requests to speak at the meeting before 5 p.m. on November 4, 
2014. DOE must receive a signed original and an electronic copy of 
statements to be given at the public meeting before 5 p.m. on November 
4, 2014.

B. Procedure for Submitting Requests to Speak

    Any person who has an interest in this rulemaking or who is a 
representative of a group or class of persons that has an interest in 
these issues may request an opportunity to make an oral presentation. 
Such persons may hand-deliver requests to speak, along with a computer 
diskette or CD in WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, PDF, or text (ASCII) 
file format to Ms. Brenda Edwards at the address shown in the ADDRESSES 
section at the beginning of this notice between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Requests may also be 
sent by mail to the address shown in the ADDRESSES section or email to 
Brenda.Edwards@ee.doe.gov.
    Persons requesting to speak should briefly describe the nature of 
their interest in this rulemaking and provide a telephone number for 
contact. DOE requests persons selected to be heard to submit an advance 
copy of their statements at least two weeks before the public meeting. 
At its discretion, DOE may permit any person who cannot supply an 
advance copy of their statement to participate, if that person has made 
advance alternative arrangements with the Building Technologies 
Program. The request to give an oral presentation should ask for such 
alternative arrangements.

C. Conduct of Public Meeting

    DOE will designate a DOE official to preside at the public meeting 
and may also employ a professional facilitator to aid discussion. The 
meeting will not be a judicial or evidentiary-type public hearing, but 
DOE will conduct it in accordance with section 336 of EPCA. (42 U.S.C. 
6306) A court reporter will record the proceedings and prepare a 
transcript. DOE reserves the right to schedule the order of 
presentations and to establish the procedures governing the conduct of 
the public meeting. After the public meeting, interested parties may 
submit further comments on the proceedings as well as on any aspect of 
the rulemaking until the end of the comment period.
    The public meeting will be conducted in an informal conference 
style. DOE will present summaries of comments received before the 
public meeting, allow time for presentations by participants, and 
encourage all interested parties to share their views on issues 
affecting this rulemaking. Each participant will be allowed to make a 
prepared general statement (within DOE-determined time limits) prior to 
the discussion of specific topics. DOE will permit other participants 
to comment briefly on any general statements.
    At the end of all prepared statements on a topic, DOE will permit 
participants to clarify their statements briefly and comment on 
statements made by others. Participants should be prepared to answer 
questions from DOE and other participants concerning these issues. DOE 
representatives may also ask questions of participants concerning other 
matters relevant to this rulemaking. The official conducting the public 
meeting will accept additional comments or questions from those 
attending, as time permits. The presiding official will announce any 
further procedural rules or modification of the above procedures that 
may be needed for the proper conduct of the public meeting.
    A transcript of the public meeting will be posted on the DOE Web 
site and will also be included in the docket, which can be viewed as 
described in the Docket section at the beginning of this notice. In 
addition, any person may buy a copy of the transcript from the 
transcribing reporter.

D. Submission of Comments

    DOE will accept comments, data, and other information regarding 
this rulemaking before or after the public meeting, but no later than 
the date provided at the beginning of this document. Please submit 
comments, data, and other information as provided in the ADDRESSES 
section. Submit electronic comments in WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, 
PDF, or text (ASCII) file format and avoid the use of special 
characters or any form of encryption. Comments in electronic format 
should be identified by the Docket Number EERE-2011-BT-STD-0045 and/or 
RIN 1904-AC87 and, wherever possible, carry the electronic signature of 
the author. No telefacsimiles (faxes) will be accepted.
    Pursuant to 10 CFR 1004.11, any person submitting information that 
he or she believes to be confidential and exempt by law from public 
disclosure should submit two copies: One copy of the document including 
all the information believed to be confidential and one copy of the 
document with the

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information believed to be confidential deleted. DOE will make its own 
determination as to the confidential status of the information and 
treat it according to its determination.
    Factors of interest to DOE when evaluating requests to treat 
submitted information as confidential include: (1) A description of the 
items; (2) whether and why such items are customarily treated as 
confidential within the industry; (3) whether the information is 
generally known by or available from other sources; (4) whether the 
information has previously been made available to others without 
obligation concerning its confidentiality; (5) an explanation of the 
competitive injury to the submitting person which would result from 
public disclosure; (6) a date upon which such information might lose 
its confidential nature due to the passage of time; and (7) why 
disclosure of the information would be contrary to the public interest.

V. Approval of the Office of the Secretary

    The Secretary of Energy has approved publication of this NOPM.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on October 27, 2014.
Kathleen B. Hogan,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency and 
Renewable Energy.
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