According to the Federal Register notice, the DOE is evaluating the potential advantages and disadvantages of including additional compliance flexibilities in the ECS program, with the goal of reducing compliance costs, enhancing consumer choice, and maintaining or increasing energy savings. These flexibilities could include designs that would use market-based policy mechanisms such as averaging, credit trading, or feebates.
DOE requests feedback on the possible economic efficiency gains, impacts on consumer and manufacturer costs and on energy savings, and suggestions for a pilot product category and/or phase-in of revisions across the ECS program. Comments may also include potential challenges associated with designing and implementing any of these flexible program approaches, as well as possible solutions.
The full Federal Register notice is available here; comments should be submitted to DOE here.