Date: Apr 01, 2019
On March 27, 2019, the Department of Energy (“DOE” or “Department”) extended the public comment period for its February 13, 2019 proposed rule that aims to streamline and modernize its energy efficiency rulemaking methodology. The proposal, which is now open to comments until May 6, 2019, would make significant changes to the Department’s current “Process Rule,” which describes the procedures, interpretations, and policies that guide the Department in developing energy conservation standards for consumer products. According to DOE, the proposed revisions would enhance transparency throughout the rulemaking process, increase Department accountability, and create more regulatory certainty for stakeholders by:
DOE is continuing to evaluate changes to its rulemaking process, including procedures for negotiated rulemakings and direct final rules. The Department also is contemplating changes in how it assesses the regulatory and economic burdens from its rules and other analytical methods. Comments on these additional considerations can also be submitted by the May 6th deadline. In the interim, DOE will hold another public meeting on the Process Rule on April 11, 2019 from 9am-4:30pm in Washington, DC. The meeting will also be broadcast as a webinar. Participants can register for the webinar here.
 Energy Conservation Program for Appliance Standards: Proposed Procedures for Use in New or Revised Energy Conservation Standards and Test Procedures for Consumer Products and Commercial/Industrial Equipment, 84 Fed. Reg. 3,910 (Feb. 13, 2019).
 Procedures, Interpretations, and Policies for Consideration of New or Revised Energy Conservation Standards for Consumer Products, 10 C.F.R. § 430, Subpart C, Appendix A.
 See 84 Fed. Reg. 3,910, 3,912 (Feb. 13, 2019).
 See Id. at 3,913.
 See Id. at 3,914.
 See Id. at 3,916; 3917-21.
 See Id. at 3,916.
 See Id. at 3,921.
 A “quad” of energy is a unit of measurement equal to one quadrillion British thermal units.
 See 84 Fed. Reg. 3,910, 3,926.