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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 correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on March 24, 2023. That document amended test procedures for commercial and industrial pumps. This document corrects a numbering and amendatory error in that final rule.

  • The effective date of this rule is April 24, 2023. 

DOE has published a Federal Register final rule pertaining to test procedures for commercial and industrial pumps (pumps). This final rule amends the test procedure pumps to incorporate by reference relevant portions of the latest version of the industry testing standard, expands the scope of clean water pumps covered by this test procedure, revises calculation methods for pumps sold with motors and controls to better represent field energy use, adds and updates certain definitions, and allows the use of alternative efficiency determination methods for the rating and certification of pumps.

  • The effective date of this rule is April 24, 2023. The amendments will be mandatory for product testing starting September 20, 2023.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain materials listed in the rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register September 20, 2023.
  • The incorporation by reference of certain other material listed in the rule was approved by the Director of the Federal Register on January 25, 2016.

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 Data Availability
  • Federal Register, 87FR49537(August 11, 2022)

Request for Information; Comment Extension

Request for Information

  • Federal Register, 86FR49266 (Septmber 2, 2021)
  • Federal Register, 86FR43430 (August 9, 2021)
Final Rule
  • Federal Register, 81 FR 4368 (January 26, 2016)

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

Final Rule;Correction

Final Rule

Request for Information
  • Federal Register, 86FR20075 (April 16, 2021)

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Announcement of Public Webinar

  • Federal Register, 87FR21268 (April 11, 2022)
Early Assessment RFI
  • Federal Register, 85FR60734, (September 28, 2020)

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.

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

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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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.


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

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


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.

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