The Department of Energy (DOE) sets energy efficiency-standards and test procedures for more than 50 residential, commercial, and industrial products. DOE is required to review these standards and test procedures periodically, and initiates a process to set new standards provided that improvements to energy efficiency are "technically feasible and economically justified."

Test Procedure Waivers

DOE considers petitions for waivers from product test procedures under certain circumstances, and maintains a summary list of test procedure waivers still in effect.

How to Participate or Comment in Rulemakings

Manufacturers, industry, and the general public may participate or comment on proposed rulemakings. Stakeholders can participate in rulemakings by viewing notices and other documentation, submitting comments, and attending public meetings. DOE maintains a table of current public meetings and comment period close dates.

Regulatory Processes

The Appliance and Equipment Standards program manages the regulatory processes associated with developing and updating appliance and equipment product standards.

Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee

The DOE has created the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC) in an effort to further improve the process of establishing energy-efficiency standards for certain appliances and commercial equipment.

Public Meetings & Comment Deadlines >>