Public Meetings and Comment Deadlines

Please note that this page is undergoing migration to energy.gov and will not be updated again until January 2014. For the most up-to-date publications, meeting dates, and comment deadlines, please refer to regulations.gov or the individual rulemaking pages.

The Department of Energy (DOE) provides the public with an opportunity to participate in meetings to discuss proposed changes to rulemakings and product standards. The table below lists all upcoming public meeting and comment close dates, and provides links to the relevant Federal Register notices. If there are no entries, no public meetings are scheduled at this time. Below the table there are general instructions for participating in public meetings in-person or via webinar, and for submitting public comments. The notices provide more detailed and specific instructions.

Activity Meeting Date Comment Period Close Rulemaking Page
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Test Procedures for Refrigerators, Refrigerator-Freezers, and Freezers July 25, 2013 Extended to January 31, 2013 Rulemaking for Residential Refrigerators and Freezers Test Procedure
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Proposed Determination of Miscellaneous Residential Refrigeration Products as Covered Products No meeting is scheduled December 2, 2013 Rulemaking for Wine Chillers and Miscellaneous Refrigeration Products Standard
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Furnace Fans December 3, 2013 December 24, 2013 Rulemaking for Residential Furnace Fans Energy Conservation Standards
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Test Procedures for Direct Heating Equipment and Pool Heaters December 4, 2013 January 7, 2014 Rulemaking for Direct Heating Equipment and Pool Heaters Active Mode Test Procedures
Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Commercial Refrigeration Equipment December 5, 2013 January 13, 2014 Rulemaking for Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Test Procedure
Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products and Certain Commercial and Industrial Equipment: Test Procedures for Residential and Commercial Water Heaters December 6, 2013 January 21, 2014 Rulemaking for Residential Water Heater Test Procedure

Participating in Public Meetings or Webinars

The date, time, and location of public meetings are announced by a notice published in the Federal Register, and also on the rulemaking webpage. Meetings are also broadcast as webinars.

DOE reviews all comments, data, and information regarding the notice that are submitted before or after the public meeting, but no later than the final date specified in the notice. See the Public Participation section of the notice for details.

To attend a public meeting, please notify Ms. Brenda Edwards at (202) 586–2945. Please note that foreign nationals visiting DOE Headquarters are subject to advance security screening procedures. Any foreign national wishing to participate in the meeting should advise DOE as soon as possible by contacting Ms. Edwards to initiate the necessary procedures.

If you plan to present a prepared general statement you may request that copies be made available at the public meeting. Submit requests, along with an advance electronic copy of their statement in PDF (preferred), Microsoft Word or Excel, WordPerfect, or text (ASCII) file format to the appropriate address shown in the ADDRESSES section found at the beginning of the notice. The request and advanced copy of statements must be received at least one week before the public meeting and may be emailed, hand-delivered, or sent by mail. DOE prefers to receive requests and advance copies via email. Please include a telephone number to enable DOE staff to make a follow-up contact, if needed.

Please also note that you must obtain a property pass if you want to bring a laptop into the DOE Headquarters Forrestal Building. You should avoid bringing a laptop, or allow an extra 45 minutes to obtain a pass.

Submitting Comments

Comments may be submitted through Regulations.gov, email, postal mail, or by hand delivery/courier. Please follow the directions below. For detailed instructions on submitting comments, see the Public Participation section of the notice.

Any comments submitted must identify the name of the rulemaking and provide the docket number or regulatory information number (RIN). Comments may be submitted using any of the following methods:

  1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: Submit comments to the rulemaking docket. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  2. Email: the notice will contain a docket email address. Include the docket number and/or RIN in the subject line of the message.
  3. Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, Mailstop EE–2J, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121. Please submit one signed original paper copy.
  4. Hand Delivery/Courier: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, 950 L'Enfant Plaza, SW., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20024. Telephone: (202) 586–2945. Please submit one signed original paper copy.