DOE published a notice that proposes a waiver process allowing for the manufacture of certain large-volume electric storage water heaters provided that they meet a set of conditions set forth in the proposed rule. 78 FR 12969 (February 26, 2013).
A public meeting was held on March 15, 2013.
The residential water heaters energy conservation standards rulemaking docket EERE-2012-BT-STD-0022 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents. For the latest information on the planned timing of future DOE regulatory milestones, see the current Office of Management and Budget Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. All planned dates are preliminary and subject to change.
Title III, Part B of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 ("EPCA" or "the Act"), Pub. L. 94-163 (42 U.S.C. 6291-6309, as codified) sets forth a variety of provisions designed to improve energy efficiency and establishes the Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles, a program covering most major household appliances (collectively referred to as "covered products"), which includes the types of residential water heaters that are this rulemaking. (42 U.S.C. 6292(a)(4))