Pumps

Sign up for e-mail updates on regulations for this and other products

As defined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), “pump” means equipment designed to move liquids (which may include entrained gases, free solids, and totally dissolved solids) by physical or mechanical action and includes a bare pump and, if included by the manufacturer at the time of sale, mechanical equipment, driver and controls. 10 CFR 431.462  Manufacturers will be required to comply with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) energy conservation standards for certain general pumps beginning 2020.

Please see the DOE webpages on dedicated-purpose pool pumps and circulator pumps for information on these varieties of pumps. 

Current Standard | Current Test Procedure | Ongoing Rulemaking for Standards | Ongoing Rulemaking for Test Procedure | Helpful Links


Recent and Ongoing Activities

On August 9, 2021, DOE published a request for information (RFI) undertaking an early assessment review for amended energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial pumps (pumps). The RFI provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data, and information by September 8, 2021. DOE received requests from Grundfos and Pentair on August 10, 2021 and August 12, 2021, respectively, asking DOE to extend the public comment period for 60 days until November 8, 2021. Additionally, DOE received requests from the Hydraulic Institute (HI), and a group of California Investor-Owned Utilities (CA IOUs), comprised of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas and Electric and Southern California Edison, on August 12, 2021 and August 13, 2021, respectively, asking DOE to extend the public comment period for 30 days until October 8, 2021. DOE has published a Federal Register notice reviewing these requests and is granting an extension of the public comment period to allow public comments to be submitted until October 8, 2021.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until October 8, 2021.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2021-BT- STD-0018, by email (Pumps2021STD0018@ee.doe.gov) or Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov). 

DOE has published a Federal Register notice undertaking an early assessment review for amended energy conservation standards for commercial and industrial pumps (pumps) to determine whether to amend applicable energy conservation standards for this equipment. Specifically, through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information to evaluate whether amended energy conservation standards would result in a significant savings of energy; be technologically feasible; and be economically justified. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including those topics not specifically raised in this RFI), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information concerning this early assessment review.

DOE has published a Federal Register comment extension notice pertaining to test procedures for commercial and industrial pumps (pumps). On April 16, 2021, DOE published a request for information (RFI) pertaining to the test procedure for pumps. The notice provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data, and information by June 1, 2021. On April 19, 2021, DOE received a request from Price Pump Company (Price Pump), and on April 20, 2021, DOE received requests from Grundfos and the Hydraulic Institute (HI) to extend the public comment period by 90 days. DOE has reviewed these requests and is granting a 30-day extension of the public comment period to allow public comments to be submitted until July 1, 2021.

DOE has published a Federal Register notice undertaking the preliminary stages of a rulemaking to consider amendments to the test procedure for Commercial and Industrial Pumps (pumps). Through this request for information (RFI), DOE seeks data and information regarding issues pertinent to whether amended test procedures would more accurately or fully comply with the requirement that the test procedure produces results that measure energy use during a representative average use cycle for the product without being unduly burdensome to conduct, or that reduce testing burden. DOE welcomes written comments from the public on any subject within the scope of this document (including topics not raised in this RFI), as well as the submission of data and other relevant information.

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.

Standards

DOE has published a Federal Register notice of extension pertaining to standards for commercial and industrial pumps. 86FR49266 (Septmber 2, 2021).

DOE has published a Federal Register notice pertaining to standards for commercial and industrial pumps. 86FR43430 (August 9, 2021).

DOE undertook a rulemaking that concluded with a final rule in January 2016 to established new energy conservation standards for pump.  81 FR 4368 (January 26, 2016).   Compliance must be on or before January 27, 2020.  The pumps energy conservation standard rulemaking docket EERE-2011-BT-STD-0031 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents pertaining to this rulemaking.

Public Meeting Information:

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time. 

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.

Test Procedure

DOE has published a Federal Register notice undertaking the preliminary stages of a rulemaking to consider amendments to the test procedure for Commercial and Industrial Pumps (pumps). 86FR20075 (April 16, 2021).

DOE is undergoing a rulemaking to consider amendments to the test procedure for Commercial and Indstrial Pumps.  The docket is EERE-202-BT-TP-0032.

Early Assessment RFI

  • Early Assessment RFIFederal Register, 85 FR 60734, (September 28, 2020)
  • Comment deadline: Closed

RFI #2

  • Request for Information, Federal Register, 86 FR 20075 , (April 16, 2021)
  • Comment deadline: June 1, 2021

DOE undertook a rulemaking that concluded with a final rule in January 2016 to established new test procedures for pump. 81 FR 4086 (January 25, 2016).  .The pumps test procedure rulemaking docket EERE-2013-BT-TP-0055 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents pertaining to this rulemaking. 

Public Meeting Information

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

  • Federal Register notice (86 FR 20075, April 16, 2021)
  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until June 1, 2021
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE–2020–BT–TP-0032, by email (Pumps2020TP0032@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • Find product information for Commercial and Industrial Pumps including current standards and test procedures, statutory authority, waivers, exceptions and contact information.


Current Standard

Certain pumps manufactured and distributed in commerce, as defined by 42 U.S.C. 6291(16), must meet the energy conservation standards specified in the Code of Federal Regulations at 10 CFR 431.465.


Current Test Procedure

To determine that pumps that are currently manufactured or distributed into commerce are in compliance with DOE standards, manufacturers must follow the test procedure methods specified at 10 CFR part 431, subpart Y, appendix A.


Helpful Links

Compliance

DOE has established regulations on certification, compliance, and enforcement in the CFR at 10 CFR Part 429.  These regulations cover statistical sampling plans, certified ratings, certification reports, record retention, and enforcement.  More information on these regulations is available here.

Waivers

For information on current test procedure waivers, see DOE’s Waivers webpage

For information about obtaining test procedure waivers, see 10 CFR 430.27.

Exceptions

DOE's Office of Hearings and Appeals has not authorized exception relief for pumps.

For information about obtaining exception relief, see 10 CFR part 1003.

Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions

For information on further guidance and answers to Frequently Asked Questions on all covered products, see DOE’s Further Guidance database

State Exemptions to Federal Pre-emption

DOE has not exempted any state from this energy conservation standard. States may petition DOE to exempt a state regulation from preemption by the Federal energy conservation standard. States may also petition DOE to withdraw such exemptions. For details, see 10 CFR part 430, subpart D.

Contact information

For more information related to this product, please email:
ApplianceStandardsQuestions@ee.doe.gov


True