[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 49 (Monday, March 15, 2010)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 12144-12148]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-5564]

Proposed Rules
                                                Federal Register

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.


Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 49 / Monday, March 15, 2010 / 
Proposed Rules

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10 CFR Part 430

[Docket No. EE-2009-BT-STD-0022]
RIN 1904-AC06

Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Energy 
Conservation Standards for Residential Furnaces

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

ACTION: Notice of public meeting and availability of a rulemaking 
analysis plan.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will hold a public meeting 
to discuss and receive comments on the product classes that DOE plans 
to analyze for purposes of amending energy conservation standards for 
certain residential furnaces, and the analytical approach, models, and 
tools that DOE is using to evaluate amended standards for these 
products. DOE also encourages written comments on these subjects. A 
detailed discussion of these topics can be found in the rulemaking 
analysis plan (RAP) for residential furnaces, which is available at: 

DATES: DOE will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Washington, DC. Any person requesting to speak 
at the public meeting should submit such a request, along with an 
electronic copy of the statement to be given at the public meeting, 
before 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 24, 2010. Written comments are welcome, 
especially following the public meeting and should be submitted by 
April 14, 2010.

ADDRESSES: 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. Please note that foreign nationals visiting 
DOE Headquarters are subject to advance security screening procedures. 
If a foreign national wishes to participate in the meeting, please 
inform DOE of this fact as soon as possible by contacting Ms. Brenda 
Edwards at (202) 586-2945 so that the necessary procedures can be 
completed. Interested persons may submit comments, identified by the 
notice title, the NOPM for Energy Conservation Standards for 
Residential Furnaces, and provide the docket number EE-2009-BT-STD-0022 
and/or regulatory identifier number (RIN) 1904-AC06. Comments may be 
submitted using any of the following methods:
    1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow 
the instructions for submitting comments.
    2. E-mail: [email protected]. Include docket 
number EE-2009-BT-STD-0022 and/or RIN, 1904-AC06 in the subject line of 
the message.
    3. Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building 
Technologies Program, Mailstop EE-2J, NOPM for Energy Conservation 
Standards for Residential Furnaces, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., 
Washington, DC, 20585-0121. Please submit one signed paper original.
    4. 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. Please submit one 
signed paper original.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name 
and docket number.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, visit the U.S. Department of Energy, Resource Room 
of the Building Technologies Program, 950 L'Enfant Plaza, SW., Suite 
600, Washington, DC, (202) 586-2945, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays. Please call Ms. Brenda Edwards 
at the above telephone number for additional information regarding 
visiting the Resource Room.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Mohammed Khan, 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) 586-7892. E-mail: 
[email protected].
    Mr. Eric Stas, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General 
Counsel, GC-71, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC, 20585-
0121. Telephone: (202) 586-5827. E-mail: [email protected].


A. Statutory Authority

1. General

    Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) sets 
forth a variety of provisions designed to improve energy efficiency. 
Part A \1\ of Title III (42 U.S.C. 6291-6309) establishes the Energy 
Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles. The 
program covers consumer products and certain commercial equipment 
(referred to hereafter as ``covered products''), including the 
residential furnaces that are subject to this rulemaking. (42 U.S.C. 
6292(a)(5)) EPCA prescribed the initial energy conservation standards 
for residential furnaces. (42 U.S.C. 6295(f)(1)-(2)) The statute 
further provides DOE with the authority to conduct rulemakings to 
determine whether to amend these standards. (42 U.S.C. 6295(f)(4)).

    \1\ This part was originally titled Part B. It was redesignated 
Part A in the United States Code for editorial reasons.

    EPCA provides criteria for prescribing new or amended standards for 
covered products. Any new or amended standard for a covered product 
must be designed to achieve the maximum improvement in energy 
efficiency that is technologically feasible and economically justified. 
(42 U.S.C. 6295(o)(2)(A)) Furthermore, EPCA precludes DOE from adopting 
any standard that would not result in significant conservation of 
energy. (42 U.S.C. 6295(o)(3)(B)) EPCA also provides that, in deciding 
whether a standard is economically justified, DOE must determine 
whether the benefits of the standard exceed its burdens. (42 U.S.C. 
6295(o)(2)(B)(i)) DOE must do so after receiving comments on the 
proposed standard and by considering, to the greatest extent 
practicable, the following seven factors:

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    1. The economic impact of the standard on manufacturers and 
consumers of the 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 that are likely to result from the 
imposition of the standard;
    3. The total projected amount of energy (or, as applicable, 
water) savings likely to result directly from the imposition of the 
    4. Any lessening of the utility or the performance of the 
covered products likely to result from the imposition of the 
    5. The impact of any lessening of competition, as determined in 
writing by the Attorney General, that is likely to result from the 
imposition of the standard;
    6. The need for national energy and water conservation; and
    7. Other factors the Secretary considers relevant.

(42 U.S.C. 6295(o)(2)(B)(i)(I)-(VII))

    Prior to proposing a standard, DOE typically seeks public input on 
the analytical framework, models, and tools that will be used to 
evaluate standards. DOE is publishing this notice of public meeting 
(NOPM) to announce the availability of the rulemaking analysis plan 
(RAP), which details the plans for the rulemaking approach, key data 
sources DOE plans to use in its analyses, and a list of key issues DOE 
would like comment upon. In addition, DOE is announcing a public 
meeting to solicit feedback from interested parties on the RAP, models, 
and data sources.

2. Regional Standards

a. General
    Section 306(a) of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 
(EISA 2007; Pub. L. 110-140) amended EPCA to allow DOE to consider the 
establishment of separate regional standards for furnaces. (42 U.S.C. 
6295(o)(6)(A)) Specifically, EPCA allows for the establishment of a 
single more-restrictive regional standard in addition to the base 
national standard. (42 U.S.C. 6295(o)(6)(B)) EPCA stipulates that the 
regions must include only contiguous states (with the exception of 
Alaska and Hawaii, which can be included in regions that they are not 
contiguous with), and that each state may be placed in only one region 
(i.e., a state cannot be divided among two regions). (42 U.S.C. 
    EPCA mandates that a regional standard must produce significant 
energy savings in comparison to a single national standard. Further, 
EPCA provides that DOE must determine that the additional standards are 
economically justified and consider the impact of the additional 
regional standards on consumers, manufacturers, and other market 
participants, including product distributors, dealers, contractors, and 
installers. (42 U.S.C. 6295(o)(6)(C)-(D)) For this rulemaking, DOE will 
consider the impacts of regional standards in addition to national 
standards. The RAP gives an overview of DOE's proposed methodology for 
analyzing impacts of a regional standard for furnaces, and additional 
detail about DOE's proposed approach is provided throughout the RAP in 
the applicable sections and subsections.

B. History of the Standards Rulemaking for Residential Furnaces

1. Background

    Energy conservation standards for residential furnaces were 
initially specified by EPCA in terms of annual fuel utilization 
efficiency (AFUE). EPCA set minimum standards for all furnaces except 
for mobile home furnaces and ``small'' furnaces (i.e., those units with 
an input capacity less than 45,000 British thermal units per hour (Btu/
h)) at 78-percent AFUE, with a compliance date of January 1, 1992. EPCA 
specified a separate 75-percent AFUE standard for mobile home furnaces 
with a compliance date of September 1, 1990. (42 U.S.C. 6295(f)(1)-(2)) 
For furnaces with an input capacity less than 45,000 Btu/h, DOE 
published a final rule on November 17, 1989 that set the minimum 
standard for those products at 78-percent AFUE, with a compliance date 
of January 1, 1992. 54 FR 47916.
    On November 19, 2007, DOE published a final rule (hereafter 
referred to as the ``November 2007 final rule'') amending the minimum 
energy conservation standards for four product classes of residential 
furnaces (i.e., non-weatherized gas, weatherized gas, mobile home gas, 
and non-weatherized oil). 72 FR 65136. This rulemaking set standards 
that would apply to any covered products manufactured for sale in the 
United States, or imported into the United States, on or after November 
19, 2015.
    In response to the November 2007 final rule, the state of New York, 
city of New York, state of Connecticut, commonwealth of Massachusetts, 
and Natural Resources Defense Council filed a joint lawsuit against DOE 
in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The 
petitioners asserted that the standards for residential furnaces 
promulgated by the November 2007 final rule did not reflect the 
``maximum improvement in energy efficiency'' that ``is technologically 
feasible and economically justified,'' as required by section 
325(o)(2)(A) of EPCA. On April 16, 2009, DOE and the petitioners agreed 
to a voluntary remand that would require DOE to revisit its initial 
conclusions outlined in the November 2007 final rule. As part of the 
remand agreement, DOE has until May 1, 2011 to issue a final rule 
amending the energy conservation standards for residential furnaces.
    In addition, section 310(3) of the Energy Independence and Security 
Act of 2007 (EISA 2007) amended EPCA to require that energy 
conservation standards address standby mode and off mode energy use for 
a certain subset of products. (42 U.S.C. 6295(gg)) Specifically, when 
DOE adopts new or amended standards for certain covered products after 
July 1, 2010, the final rule must, if justified by the criteria for 
adoption of standards in section 325(o) of EPCA, incorporate standby 
mode and off mode energy use into a single standard if feasible, or 
otherwise adopt a separate standard for such energy use for that 
product. (42 U.S.C. 6295(gg)(3)) Because this rulemaking is scheduled 
for issuance after July 1, 2010, DOE plans to address the standby mode 
and off mode energy use in this rulemaking. Additional discussions of 
the standby mode and off mode energy use for residential furnaces can 
be found in the RAP.

2. Current Rulemaking for Energy Conservation Standards for Residential 

    Section 307 of EISA 2007 amended EPCA by removing the requirement 
for DOE to publish an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANOPR) 
when amending standards for consumer products. DOE believes, however, 
that early opportunities for DOE to vet its assumptions and analyses 
and for interested parties to provide comments and data can be valuable 
in developing energy conservation standards. For this rulemaking, DOE 
developed an alternative rulemaking pathway, consisting of a NOPM and 
RAP. These documents represent the first step in the process of 
revising the energy conservation standards set forth in the November 
2007 final rule for residential furnaces. DOE is issuing this NOPM to 
receive feedback on the methodologies, data, and key assumptions that 
will be used for the analyses before performing the notice of proposed 
rulemaking (NOPR) analyses. The analyses and proposed methodologies 
that will be used for the NOPR phase of this rulemaking are described 
in detail in the RAP, available at the Web link provided in the SUMMARY 
section of this notice.

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Subsequently, DOE intends to issue the NOPR for public comment.

C. Specific Issues for Which DOE Is Seeking Comment

    DOE is specifically presenting two issues regarding the energy 
conservation standards rulemaking for residential furnaces in today's 
notice. DOE presents additional issues throughout the RAP for which DOE 
also seeks comment. The issues for which DOE seeks comment are 
presented throughout the RAP and summarized at the end.

1. Consensus Agreement

    On January 26, 2010, the Air-Conditioning, Heating and 
Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), American Council for an Energy 
Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Alliance to Save Energy (ASE), Appliance 
Standards Awareness Project (ASAP), Natural Resources Defense Council 
(NRDC), and Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) submitted a 
joint comment (hereafter referred to as the Join Comment) to DOE 
recommending minimum energy conservation standards for residential 
central air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces. (AHRI, ACEEE, ASE, 
ASAP, NRDC, and NEEP, the Joint Comment, No. 1 at pp. 1-33) The Joint 
Comment stated the original consensus agreement was completed on 
October 13, 2009 and had 15 signatories, including AHRI, ACEEE, ASE, 
NRDC, ASAP, NEEP, Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NPCC), 
California Energy Commission (CEC), Bard Manufacturing Company Inc., 
Carrier Residential and Light Commercial Systems, Goodman Global Inc., 
Lennox Residential, Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA, National 
Comfort Products, and Trane Residential.
    The Joint Comment recommends standards that divide the nation into 
three regions for residential central air conditioners and two regions 
for residential furnaces based on the population-weighted number of 
heating degree days (HDD) of each state. States with 5000 HDD or more 
are considered as part of the northern region, while states with less 
than 5000 HDD are considered part of the southern region. For 
residential central air conditioners, the Joint Comment establishes a 
third region--the ``southwest'' region--which is comprised of 
California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada. For furnaces, the 
southwest region states are included in the southern region. The 
compliance date specified in the agreement is May 1, 2013 for non-
weatherized furnaces and January 1, 2015 for weatherized furnaces.
    In addition to the RAP, DOE is making available on its Web site the 
Joint comment, which can be found: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/residential/furnaces_boilers.html. DOE 
specifically invites comment from interested parties on the Joint 
Comment. In particular, DOE is interested in comments relating to the 
proposed AFUE requirements, the proposed regional divisions, and the 
proposed compliance dates for residential furnace standards.

2. Combined Rulemaking Approach

    DOE is currently conducting or planning separate standards 
rulemakings for three interrelated products: (1) Central air 
conditioners and heat pumps; (2) gas furnaces; and (3) furnace fans. 
DOE is required by a Court-ordered consent decree to publish a final 
rule addressing the energy conservation standards for residential 
central air conditioners and heat pumps by June 30, 2011. A final rule 
published by DOE in November 2007 amending the minimum energy 
conservation standards for gas furnaces was remanded by the Courts to 
DOE under the mandate that DOE publish a new final rule by May 1, 2011. 
EISA 2007 amended EPCA to require that DOE publish a final rule 
establishing energy conservation standards for ``the electricity used 
for purposes of circulating air through duct work'' (i.e., the 
electrical energy consumed by furnace fans) by January 1, 2013. (42 
U.S.C. 6295(f)(4)(D))
    Rather than analyze each set of products separately, DOE is 
considering combining the analyses to examine how the interaction 
between the three products impacts the cost to consumers and the energy 
savings resulting from potential amended standards. If DOE conducts 
such an analysis and the results indicate that a combined approach 
yields additional savings beyond what can be achieved by considering 
each product separately, DOE may decide to pursue a combined standards 
rulemaking that addresses all three products, or two of the three 
products (i.e., central air conditioners and heat pumps and residential 
furnaces), simultaneously. If such a combined rulemaking is pursued, 
DOE would be required to publish the combined final rule by May 1, 2011 
in order to comply with the conditions of the remand agreement for 
residential furnaces. DOE is seeking comment from interested parties 
relating to a combined rulemaking regarding energy conservation 
standards for residential central air conditioners and heat pumps, 
residential furnaces, and furnace fans.

D. Summary of the Analyses To Be Performed by DOE

    For residential furnaces, DOE is planning to conduct in-depth 
technical analyses for the NOPR in the following areas: (1) 
Engineering, (2) markups to determine product price, (3) energy-use 
characterization, (4) life-cycle cost (LCC) and payback period (PBP), 
(5) national impacts, (6) manufacturer impacts, (7) utility impacts, 
(8) environmental impacts, (9) employment impacts, and (10) regulatory 

1. Engineering Analysis

    The engineering analysis establishes the relationship between the 
cost and efficiency of a product DOE is evaluating for amended energy 
conservation standards. This relationship serves as the basis for cost-
benefit calculations for individual consumers, manufacturers, and the 
nation. The engineering analysis will identify representative baseline 
products, which is the starting point for analyzing technologies that 
provide energy efficiency improvements. Baseline product refers to a 
model or models having features and technologies typically found in 
products currently offered for sale. The baseline model in each product 
class represents the characteristics of products in that class and, for 
products already subject to energy conservation standards, usually is a 
model that just meets the current standard.

2. Markups To Determine Product Price

    DOE uses markups to convert the manufacturer costs estimated in the 
engineering analysis to consumer prices, which then are used in the 
life-cycle cost (LCC) and payback period (PBP) and manufacturer impact 
analyses. DOE calculates markups for baseline products (baseline 
markups) and for more efficient products (incremental markups). The 
incremental markup relates the change in the manufacturer sales price 
of higher-efficiency models (the incremental cost increase) to the 
change in the retailer or distributor sales price. To develop markups, 
DOE identifies how the products are distributed from the manufacturer 
to the customer. After establishing appropriate distribution channels, 
DOE relies on economic data from the U.S. Census Bureau and other 
sources to define how prices are marked up as the products pass from 
the manufacturer to the customer.

3. Energy Use Characterization

    The purpose of the energy use analysis is to determine the annual 
energy consumption of residential

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furnaces in representative U.S. homes and to assess the energy-savings 
potential of increased product efficiencies. DOE will estimate the 
annual energy consumption of residential furnaces at specified energy 
efficiency levels across a range of climate zones. The annual energy 
consumption includes use of natural gas or oil for heat production as 
well as use of electricity for the blower and auxiliary components. The 
annual energy consumption of residential furnaces will be used in 
subsequent analyses, including the LCC, PBP, and National Impact 

4. Life-Cycle Cost and Payback Period Analyses

    The LCC and PBP analyses evaluate the economic impact of potential 
standards on individual consumers. The LCC is the total consumer 
expense for a product over the life of the product. The LCC analysis 
will compare the LCC of products designed to meet possible energy 
conservation standards with the LCC of products likely to be installed 
in the absence of standards. DOE will determine LCCs by considering (1) 
Total installed cost to the purchaser (which consists of manufacturer 
selling price, sales taxes, distribution chain markups, and 
installation cost); (2) the operating expenses of the products (energy 
use and repair and maintenance); (3) product lifetime; and (4) a 
discount rate that 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 more efficient products 
through savings in the operating cost of the product. It is the change 
in total installed cost due to increased efficiency divided by the 
change in annual operating cost from increased efficiency.

5. National Impacts 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 new standards at specific efficiency levels. DOE calculates 
NES and NPV for each efficiency level as the difference between a base-
case forecast (without new standards) and the standards case forecast 
(with standards). DOE determines national annual energy consumption by 
multiplying the number of units in use (by vintage) by the average unit 
energy consumption (also by vintage). Cumulative energy savings are the 
sum of the annual NES determined over a specified time period. The 
national 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, retirement rates (based on 
estimated product lifetimes), and estimates of changes in shipments in 
response to changes in product costs due to standards.

6. Manufacturer Impact Analysis

    The purpose of the manufacturer impact analysis (MIA) is to 
identify and quantify the likely impacts of amended energy conservation 
standards on manufacturers of residential furnaces. Using industry 
research, public comments, and interviews with manufacturers and other 
interested parties, DOE will analyze and consider a wide range of 
quantitative and qualitative industry impacts that may occur due to 
amended energy conservation standards. Based on the information 
gathered during interviews and other research, DOE will assess impacts 
on competition, manufacturing capacity, employment, and regulatory 

7. Utility Impact Analysis

    The utility impact analysis examines the effects of amended energy 
conservation standards on the installed generation capacity of 
electric, gas, and oil utilities. The utility impact analysis reports 
the changes in installed capacity and generation between the base case 
and the standards cases that result from each standard level by plant 

8. Environmental Impact Analysis

    The purpose of the environmental impact analysis is to quantify and 
consider the environmental effects of amended energy conservation 
standards for furnaces. The environmental analysis will assess impacts 
of amended energy conservation standards on the following types of 
energy-related emissions--carbon dioxide (CO2), oxides of 
nitrogen (NOX), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and mercury 
(Hg). As part of the environmental impacts analysis, DOE plans to 
monetize the benefits associated with emissions reductions using a 
range of values.

9. Employment Analysis

    The employment analysis will estimate indirect national job 
creation or elimination resulting from possible standards. Indirect 
employment impacts may result from expenditures shifting between goods 
(the substitution effect) and changes in income and overall expenditure 
levels (the income effect) that occur due to the standards. DOE defines 
indirect employment impacts from standards as net jobs eliminated or 
created in the general economy as a result of increased spending driven 
by increased equipment prices and reduced spending on energy.

10. Regulatory Impact Analysis

    The regulatory impact analysis addresses the potential for non-
regulatory approaches to supplant or augment energy conservation 
standards in order to improve the energy efficiency or reduce the 
energy consumption of the products covered under this rulemaking. DOE 
will base its assessment on the actual impacts of any such initiatives 
to date, but will also consider information presented regarding the 
impacts that any existing initiative might have in the future.

11. Additional Supporting Analyses

    DOE will also conduct several analyses that support the analyses 
listed above, including the market and technology assessment and the 
screening analysis, which contribute to the engineering analysis, and 
the shipments analysis, which contributes to the NIA. DOE also conducts 
an LCC subgroup analysis, which evaluates economic impacts on selected 
groups of consumers who might be adversely affected by a change in the 
national energy conservation standards for the considered products.
    DOE further describes each analysis, including the methodologies, 
key data sources, and issues for which DOE seeks public comment in the 
RAP. The RAP is available at the Web address given in the SUMMARY 
section of this notice.
    DOE considers public participation to be a very important part of 
the process for setting energy conservation standards. DOE actively 
encourages the participation and interaction of the public during the 
comment period in each stage of the rulemaking process. Beginning with 
the NOPM, and during each subsequent public meeting and comment period, 
interactions with and between members of the public provide a balanced 
discussion of the issues to assist DOE in the standards rulemaking 
    Accordingly, DOE encourages those who wish to participate in the 
public meeting to obtain the RAP from DOE's Web site and to be prepared 
to discuss its contents. A copy of the RAP is available at the Web 
address given in the SUMMARY section of this notice. However, public 
meeting participants need not limit their comments to the topics 
identified in the RAP. DOE is also interested in receiving views 
concerning other relevant issues that participants believe would affect 

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conservation standards for residential furnaces 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 
April 14, 2010, comments and information on matters addressed in the 
RAP and on other matters relevant to consideration of standards for 
residential furnaces.
    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.
    After the public meeting and the expiration of the period for 
submitting written statements, DOE will consider all comments and 
additional information that is obtained from interested parties or 
through further analyses, and it will prepare a NOPR. 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 

    Issued in Washington, DC, on February 22, 2010.
Cathy Zoi,
Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
[FR Doc. 2010-5564 Filed 3-12-10; 8:45 am]