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Rulemaking for Residential Water Heater Standards Waiver Process

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Subsequent to adopting amended energy conservation standards for residential water heaters in April 2010, a number of utility companies brought forth concerns regarding the amended energy conservation standard levels for electric storage water heaters and the impact of these standards on electric thermal storage programs that utility companies administer to manage peak load. DOE is conducting a rulemaking that will consider establishing a waiver process that will mitigate the concerns of utility companies regarding the implementation of the amended energy conservation standard levels for certain large-volume electric storage water heaters.


Recent Updates | Public Meeting Information | Submitting Public Comments | Milestones and Documents | Related Rulemakings | Statutory Authority | Contact Information


Recent Updates

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).


Public Meeting Information

A public meeting was held on March 15, 2013.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.

Milestones and Documents

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.

Request for Information
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Related Rulemakings

There are no related rulemakings.



Statutory Authority

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))

Contact Information

For more information related to this rulemaking, please email:

water_heaters@ee.doe.gov