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WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced it will present schedules for all appliance rulemaking activities no later than January 31, 2006.  The schedules will be developed following a public meeting held today to invite comment on standards scheduling issues.  DOE will finalize its standards scheduling plan after consideration of comments received during and following the public meeting.

"The Department of Energy's aggressive commitment to present schedules by January 31, 2006,  is driven by our desire to speed up the process and strengthen public involvement in our rulemaking," said Douglas L. Faulkner, Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.  "Our strategy will result in firm schedules for all appliance standard requirements, and strike the appropriate balance between existing requirements and new requirements mandated by the Energy Policy Act of 2005."

On October 18, 2005, DOE issued a final rule to codify 15 new appliance standards prescribed by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005).  Currently, DOE is working on another "en masse" rulemaking to clarify and codify the test procedures specified by EPACT 2005.  DOE is also continuing progress on previous priority rulemakings, including distribution transformers, residential furnaces and boilers.

DOE's plan and rulemaking schedules will be provided to Congress in a report required under Section 141 of EPACT 2005.  In Section 141, Congress directed DOE to submit an initial report regarding each new or revised energy conservation standard that DOE is to prescribe in conformance with Energy Policy and Conservation Act deadlines, as well as a plan for expeditiously prescribing the new or revised standard.  DOE will present schedules for all rulemaking activities by January 31, 2006, and submit its initial report to Congress by February 8, 2006.

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Chris Kielich, 202/586-5806