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Rulemaking for Residential Water Heater Test Procedure

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has initiated a rulemaking to revise its test procedure for residential water heaters. This rulemaking will fulfill DOE’s statutory obligation for residential and certain commercial water heaters to review its test procedure for covered products and equipment at least once every seven years. In addition, this rulemaking will satisfy DOE’s statutory obligation to develop a uniform efficiency descriptor for residential and commercial water heaters.

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

Recent Updates

DOE has published a correction notice regarding test procedures for water heaters.  80 FR 37953 (July 3, 2015). This correction addresses an error in one of the amendatory instructions for the regulatory text.

DOE published a final rule regarding test procedures for residential water heaters and certain commercial water heaters 79 FR 40541 (July 11, 2014).

Public Meeting Information

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.

Milestones and Documents

The residential water heater test procedure rulemaking docket EERE-2011-BT-TP-0042 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
Final Rule
  • Final Rule, Federal Register, 79 FR 40541 (July 11, 2014)
  • Correction, Federal Register, 80 FR 37953 (July 3, 2015)

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 established the Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles, including residential water heaters. Title III, Part C of EPCA, Pub. L. 94-163 (42 U.S.C. 6311-6317, as codified), added by Pub. L. 95-619, Title IV, Sec. 441(a), established the Energy Conservation Program for Certain Industrial Equipment, which includes the commercial water-heating equipment. (42 U.S.C. 6311(1)(K))

Contact Information

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