Policy Updates/News

S. 1460 – The Energy and Natural Resources Act

On Thursday, June 29th Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), the Chair and Ranking Member, respectively, of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, introduced S. 1460, the Energy and Natural Resources Act. The Energy section addresses several areas: Efficiency, Infrastructure, Supply, and Accountability.  This bill includes many provisions of S. 2012, The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016, which passed in the Senate in April 2016.  There were significant changes to the energy code section. The Alliance… Read More

USGBC calls for Committee Volunteers

June 13, 2017 – USGBC has issued a 2017 Call for Volunteers, accepting applications for eight LEED Committees now through 8/31. Professionals with experience in code development and code application are always needed. Interested applicants can learn more about each group on the LEED Committees webpage and review the USGBC Volunteer Opportunities webpage for the specific areas of expertise sought by each committee. Read More

NEMA Calls on Secretary of Energy to Complete Rulemaking for General Service Lamps

Following is a press release from NEMA calling on the DOE to complete its rulemaking for Incandescent General Service Lamps and the proposed 45 lpw minimum efficacy option originally stipulated by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.   Electroindustry proposes robust national standard for LED lamps exceeding 45 lumens per watt ROSSLYN, Va., April 27, 2017—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has formally requested that the Secretary of Energy complete a rulemaking for general service lamps (light bulbs)… Read More

ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.2-2007R, Energy Efficient Design of Low-Rise Residential Buildings

December 2, 2016 –Recognizing the amount of energy used by the residential building sector, ASHRAE and IES are revising their residential energy standard with a goal of making it 50 percent more efficient than the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code, which serves as the industry benchmark.  90.2 is open for public comment until Dec. 19, 2016. For more information or to submit comments, visit www.ashrae.org/publicreviews. Read More

DOE Issues a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Pertaining to Test Procedures for Integrated Light-Emitting Diode Lamps

November 4, 2016 – The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking pertaining to test procedures for integrated light-emitting diode lamps. (October 28, 2016). The comment period closes 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. Find more information on how to comment on the rulemaking and other information including statutory authority, current standards and test procedures, waivers, exceptions, and exemptions, and contact information. All notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting… Read More

ASHRAE/IES Publish 2016 Energy Efficiency Standard

October 28, 2016 – Numerous energy savings measures resulting from industry input are contained in the newly published energy efficiency standard from ASHRAE and IES. ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2016, Energy Efficiency Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, contains 125 addenda published since the 2013 standard. The 2013 standard currently serves as the commercial building reference standard for state building energy codes. This 2016 version is the 10th edition published since the original standard was first published in 1975 during the… Read More

DOE Issues a Notice of Public Meeting Pertaining to Energy Conservation Standards for General Service Lamps

October 3, 2016 – The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of public meeting pertaining to energy conservation standards for general service lamps (September 27, 2016) DOE will discuss and receive comments on a proposed definition for general service lamps (GSLs) to be published in a forthcoming notice of proposed definition and data availability; DOE’s approach to analyzing the 22 lamps exempted from the statutory definition of general service incandescent lamp, including available sales data; challenges manufacturers may have in meeting… Read More

DOE Publishes a Final Rule Pertaining to Test Procedures for Compact Fluorescent Lamps

August 29, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of final rule pertaining to test procedures for compact fluorescent lamps and medium base compact fluorescent lamps 81 FR 59385 (August 29, 2016). The effective date of this rule is September 28, 2016. Representations must be based on testing in accordance with the final rule starting February 27, 2017. All notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents associated with this rulemaking are included in Docket No. EERE-2015-BT-TP-0014.… Read More

DOE Issues a Notice of Partial Grant and Partial Denial of Petitions to Amend the Error Correction Rule

August 11, 2016 – The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice granting in part and denying in part a series of petitions to amend a recently published rule that established a procedure through which a party can, within a prescribed period after DOE posts a rule establishing or amending an energy conservation standard, identify a possible error in such a rule and request that DOE correct the error before the rule is published in the Federal Register  (“error correction… Read More

Proposed ASHRAE/ACCA Standard for Energy Audits Open for Public Comment

ATLANTA, August 9, 2016 – A proposed joint standard from ASHRAE and ACCA establishes consistent practices for conducting and reporting energy audits is open for a 45-day American National Standards Institute (ANSI) public review. ASHRAE/ACCA Standard 211P, Standard for Commercial Building Energy Audits, is open for public comment from Aug. 5 until Sept. 19, 2016. To comment or learn more, visit www.ashrae.org/publicreviews. Standard 211P defines the procedures required to perform ASHRAE Level 1, 2 and 3 Energy Audits and provide… Read More