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Public Meetings and Comment Deadlines

The Department of Energy (DOE) provides the public with an opportunity to participate in meetings to discuss proposed changes to rulemakings and product standards. The table below lists all upcoming public meeting and comment close dates, and provides links to the relevant Federal Register notices. If there are no entries, no public meetings are scheduled at this time. Below the table there are general instructions for participating in public meetings in-person or via webinar, and for submitting public comments. The notices provide more detailed and specific instructions.

Meeting Dates and Comment Deadlines
Activity
Meeting Date                            
Comment Period Close                
Rulemaking Page
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Furnaces; Notice of Public Meeting 11/07/2014 n/a Product Page for Residential Furnaces and Boilers
Buildings-to-Grid Integration and Related Areas of Research; Notice of Availability and Request for Public Comment n/a 11/10/2014 Buildings-to-Grid Integration
Energy Conservation Program for Certain Commercial Industrial Equipment: Conservation Standards for Commercial Pre-Rinse Spray Valves; Extension of public comment period n/a 11/12/2014 Rulemaking for Commercial Prerinse Spray Valves Standard
Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners and Packaged Terminal Heat Pumps; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Public Meeting 10/29/2014 11/17/2014 Rulemaking for Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps Standards
Energy Conservation Program for Certain Industrial Equipment: Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Water Heating Equipment; Request for information n/a 11/20/2014 Product Page for Commercial Water Heating Equipment
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Test Procedures and Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Water Heaters; Request for Information n/a 11/20/2014 Product Page for Residential Water Heating Equipment
Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts; Correction; Notice of proposed rulemaking n/a 11/20/2014 Product Page for Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts
Energy Efficiency Program for Consumer Products: Energy Conservation Standards for Ceiling Fans: Public Meeting and Availability of the Preliminary Technical Support Document 11/18/2014 11/28/2014 Rulemaking for Ceiling Fans Energy Conservation Standards
Requests for Information: Solar Decathlon 2017 Planning n/a 11/28/2014 Rules for Solar Decathlon
Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Small, Large, and Very Large Air-Cooled Commercial Package Air Conditioning and Heating Equipment; Notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) and public meeting 11/06/2014 12/01/2014 Rulemaking for Small, Large, and Very Large Air-Cooled Commercial Package Air Conditioning and Heating Equipment
Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for External Power Supplies; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking n/a 12/08/2014 Rulemaking for External Power Supplies Test Procedures
Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Residential Clothes Dryers; Notice of public meeting 11/13/2014 12/15/2014 Rulemaking for Residential Clothes Dryers Test Procedure
Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for High- Intensity Discharge Lamps; Notice of proposed determination n/a 12/22/2014 Rulemaking for High-Intensity Discharge Lamps Energy Conservation Standard
Energy Conservation Programs for Consumer Products: Test Procedure for Ceiling Fans; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Announcement of Public Meeting 11/19/2014 12/31/2014 Rulemaking for Ceiling Fans Test Procedure
Participating in Public Meetings or Webinars

The date, time, and location of public meetings are announced by a notice published in the Federal Register, and also on the rulemaking webpage. Meetings are also broadcast as webinars.

DOE reviews all comments, data, and information regarding the notice that are submitted before or after the public meeting, but no later than the final date specified in the notice. See the Public Participation section of the notice for details.

To attend a public meeting, please notify Ms. Brenda Edwards at (202) 586–2945. Please note that foreign nationals visiting DOE Headquarters are subject to advance security screening procedures. Any foreign national wishing to participate in the meeting should advise DOE as soon as possible, by contacting Ms. Regina Washington at (202) 586–1214, to initiate the necessary procedures.

Please note that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has determined that regular driver's licenses (and ID cards) from the following jurisdictions are not acceptable: Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma, and Washington. Acceptable alternate forms of Photo-ID include: U.S. Passport or Passport Card; An Enhanced Driver's License or Enhanced ID-Card issued by the states of Minnesota, New York, or Washington (Enhanced licenses issued by these states are clearly marked Enhanced or Enhanced Driver's License); A military ID or other government issued Photo-ID card.

If you plan to present a prepared general statement you may request that copies be made available at the public meeting. Submit requests, along with an advance electronic copy of their statement in PDF (preferred), Microsoft Word or Excel, WordPerfect, or text (ASCII) file format to the appropriate address shown in the ADDRESSES section found at the beginning of the notice. The request and advanced copy of statements must be received at least one week before the public meeting and may be emailed, hand-delivered, or sent by mail. DOE prefers to receive requests and advance copies via email. Please include a telephone number to enable DOE staff to make a follow-up contact, if needed.

Please also note that you must obtain a property pass if you want to bring a laptop into the DOE Headquarters Forrestal Building. You should avoid bringing a laptop, or allow an extra 45 minutes to obtain a pass.

Submitting Comments

Comments may be submitted through Regulations.gov, email, postal mail, or by hand delivery/courier. Please follow the directions below. For detailed instructions on submitting comments, see the Public Participation section of the notice.

Any comments submitted must identify the name of the rulemaking and provide the docket number or regulatory information number (RIN). Comments may be submitted using any of the following methods:

  1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: Submit comments to the rulemaking docket. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  2. Email: the notice will contain a docket email address. Include the docket number and/or RIN in the subject line of the message.
  3. Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, Mailstop EE–5B, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121. Please submit one signed original paper copy.
  4. Hand Delivery/Courier: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, 950 L'Enfant Plaza, SW., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20024. Telephone: (202) 586–2945. Please submit one signed original paper copy.