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DOE Issues Updated Regulatory Agenda
May 31, 2018

The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued its Spring 2018 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions which lists the regulatory actions the department plans to take in the near- and long-term. According to DOE, the Agenda represents ongoing progress toward the goals of more effective and less burdensome regulation.

The Spring 2018 Agenda update reflects the following broad regulatory reform priorities:
Advancing Regulatory Reform. In this Spring Agenda, agencies continue to identify ineffective regulations for revision and repeal across a variety of sectors. Consistent with Administration priorities, agencies have proposed actions that streamline infrastructure development, promote emerging technologies, and provide relief for small businesses.
Public Notice of Regulatory Development. In order to provide timely and accurate notice to the public of upcoming deregulatory and regulatory actions, agencies have targeted actions likely to occur in the next 12 months and have withdrawn or delayed other actions.
Transparency. In support of the Administration’s commitment to transparency, the Spring Agenda has enhanced search capabilities and functionality. Agencies have also provided consistent and unique identifiers that will allow the public to track regulatory policy from beginning to end.
Consistent Practice across the Federal Government. The Agenda reflects core Administration priorities for reducing regulatory burdens across administrative agencies, including in the anticipated deregulatory and regulatory actions from the traditionally independent agencies.

Impacting virtually every federal agency in one form or another, changes of specific interest to the HVAC industry, according to the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), is the expectation for numerous Requests for Information (RFI) regarding test procedures for single package vertical air conditioners and heat pumps, automatic commercial ice makers, computer room air conditioners, variable refrigerant flow multi-split air conditioners and heat pumps, water-source commercial heat pumps, air-cooled dedicated outdoor air systems, commercial refrigeration equipment, walk-in coolers and freezers refrigeration systems, commercial water heaters unfired storage tanks, and water- and evaporatively-cooled commercial air conditioners and heat pumps. Action is also indicated for the procedures, interpretations, and policies for new or revised energy conservation standards for consumer products (“process rule”), which DOE intends to finalize prior to other rules.

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