Industry Comments on DOE Process Rule

Industry Comments on DOE Process Rule

This piece was originally published in the April 2018 issue of electroindustry.

Alex Boesenberg, Senior Manager of Regulatory Affairs, NEMA

NEMA and allied manufacturer trade associations submitted recommendations last month to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in response to a Request for Information concerning potential revisions to the Process Improvement Rule of 1996. The rule was developed by industry, environmental groups, and government officials in response to criticisms of DOE’s process in fulfilling its duties under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), which set minimum appliance energy conservation standards.

The 1996 process rule was never codified and thus was only a recommendation. Over the years, the application of the process rules varied and the pace of publication and scope of impact of DOE rulemakings became onerous. All manufacturing sectors reported regulatory fatigue, especially those hit simultaneously by multiple proceedings.

The goal of the submitted recommendations is not only to create greater transparency but also to improve the manner in which DOE determines whether to set or amend appliance standards and test procedures.

The 40-page comments may be found on the NEMA website at

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