DOE has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice requesting comments on a petition received regarding test procedures for direct heating equipment. (April 29, 2015).
DOE published a Federal Register final rule regarding test procedures for direct heating equipment and pool heaters. 80 FR 791 (January 6, 2015)
A public meeting was held on December 4, 2013.
The direct heating equipment, residential water heaters, and pool heaters standby and off mode test procedures rulemaking docket EERE-2013-BT-TP-0004 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.
The current energy conservation standards for direct heating equipment, residential water heaters, and pool heaters are mandated by Part A, the "Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles" of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended. (42 U.S.C. § 6291–6309) These appliances are treated as covered products under Part A. (42 U.S.C. 6292(a)(4), (9), and (11)) The testing requirements are set forth at 42 U.S.C. 6293(c) and 42 U.S.C. 6295(s).