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Rulemaking for Residential Dishwasher Energy Conservation Standards

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The Department of Energy (DOE) is considering whether to amend its energy conservation standards for residential dishwashers. This activity is mandated by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA).


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


Recent Updates

DOE published a Federal Register notice reopening the comment period for residential dishwashers 80 FR 9399 (February 23, 2015). The comment deadline is March 25, 2015.

DOE published a Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking and availability of the technical support document regarding energy conservation standards for residential dishwashers. 79 FR 76142 (December 19, 2014)


Public Meeting Information

DOE held a public meeting on February 5, 2015.

Submitting Public Comments

Comments may be submitted through regulations.gov, email, postal mail, or by hand delivery/courier. All comments must be submitted by March 25, 2015. Please follow the directions below. Also please see the Public Participation section of the notice for additional directions regarding submission format, campaign form letters, and confidential business information. Any comments submitted must identify the residential dishwashers energy conservation standards rulemaking by name and provide its docket number EERE-2014-BT-STD-0021 and/or Regulation Identifier Number (RIN) 1904-AD24. Comments may be submitted using any of the following methods: 

1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: The rulemaking docket at www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. 

2. E-mail: ResDishwashers2014STD0021@ee.doe.gov. Include the docket number and/or RIN in the subject line of the message. 

3. Mail: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, Mailstop EE–5B, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585–0121. Please submit one signed original paper copy. 

4. Hand Delivery/Courier: Ms. Brenda Edwards, U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, 950 L’Enfant Plaza, SW., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20024. Telephone: (202) 586–2945. Please submit one signed original paper copy.

Milestones and Documents

The residential dishwasher energy conservation standards rulemaking docket EERE-2014-BT-STD-0021 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.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Related Rulemakings

There are no related rulemakings.



Statutory Authority

In a direct final rule published in the Federal Register on May 30, 2012, DOE prescribed the current energy conservation standards for residential dishwashers manufactured on or after May 30, 2013. 77 FR 31918. EPCA requires that, not later than 6 years after the issuance of a final rule establishing or amending a standard, DOE publish a notice of proposed rulemaking proposing new standards or a notice of determination that the existing standards do not need to be amended. (42 U.S.C. 6295(m)(1))

Contact Information

For more information related to this rulemaking, please email:

dishwashers@ee.doe.gov