Pumps

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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. 

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Recent and Ongoing Activities

DOE has issued a pre-publication 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.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this RFI until 45 days after the notice has published in the Federal Register. DOE will send a follow-up email to announce the closing date once the notice has published.
  • 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.

DOE has issued a pre-publication Federal Register Request for Information notice to initiate the early assessment review process to determine whether amended test procedures for pumps are warranted.  Information received in response to this request will help DOE determine whether amended test procedures for pumps would more accurately or fully comply with the requirements for the test procedures to not be unduly burdensome to conduct and be reasonably designed to produce test results that reflect energy efficiency, energy use, and estimated operating costs during a representative average use cycle.  

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 final rule prescribing new energy conservation standards for certain general pumps. 81 FR 4368 (January 26, 2016).  Compliance must be on or before January 27, 2020.

Public Meeting Information:

There is no public meeting scheduled at this time. 

Submitting Public Comments

The comment period is closed.

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.

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Request for Information

Framework

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Final Rule

Compliance

  • Compliance on or before January 27, 2020.

Test Procedure

DOE has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice pertaining to test procedures for commercial and industrial pumps.

DOE has published a Federal Register final rule regarding test procedures for pumps. 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

The comment period is closed.

 RELATED DOCUMENTS

 

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Final Rule

  • Final Rule, Federal Register, 81 FR 4086, (January 25, 2016)

Compliance

  • Compliance with the final rule will be mandatory on or after July 25, 2016.


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.


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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


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