DOE/EPA Seeks Input on Energy Star Top Tier

October 4, 2010
Government

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy are seeking feedback on a proposed new program to identify and advance highly efficient ("super star") products in the marketplace.  This effort–an extension of the Energy Star brand–would be targeted at "early adopters," officials state.

EPA and DOE announced the potential for a "super star" or top tier Energy Star program last year when the two agencies announced a realignment of Energy Star responsibilities.  In an email to Energy Star stakeholders last week, the agencies sent out a  proposal for the new program that included consumer research findings, indicating that a "top tier" rating system would not hurt the existing Energy Star brand.

The document also outlines initial steps that are being considered.  Most significantly, the plan does not include windows, doors and skylights to start.  As proposed, Energy Star would establish a top tier rating initially in six categories of products: clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, TVs, central air conditioners and heating equipment. 

EPA and DOE also set forth a number of alternatives for how "top tier" criteria would be established in the proposal.  Comments to the proposal are encouraged and can be submitted via email to Maria Vargas at vargas.maria@epa.gov until October 29, 2010.

EPA is holding a webinar on October 19 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time to describe the consumer research to date and focus group findings.  Attendees can register at at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/227219851.

EPA and DOE also sent out an invitation last week for a conference call featuring senior leaders, designed to provide an update on their partnership in the arena of energy efficient buildings and products.  The call, scheduled for October 13, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. Eastern Time, will  feature EPA Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy and DOE Acting Under Secretary of Energy/Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Cathy Zoi, who will report on progress update and offer Energy Star stakeholders the opportunity to ask questions and share feedback.

Those interested can contact energystar@icfi.com to register for the call, noting “October 13 Conference Call” in the e-mail subject line.