Energy Efficiency Test Procedures for Residential Water Heaters and Certain Commercial Water Heaters (Reference docket ID EERE-2013-BT-TP-0004 for Direct Heating Equipment and Pool Heaters)

Docket ID: EERE-2011-BT-TP-0042
Agency: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office (EERE)
Parent Agency: Department of Energy (DOE)
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007) amended the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) to require that at least once every 7 years, DOE must review test procedures for all covered products and equipment and either amend those test procedures or publish notice in the Federal Register of any determination not to amend a test procedures. Therefore, DOE must review the test procedures for residential heating products by December 19, 2014 (7 years after the enactment of EISA 2007). DOE must also review the test procedures for commercial water heaters by May 16, 2019 (7 years after they were last promulgated, 77 FR 28928 (May 16, 2012)). This rulemaking was broadened in response to the amendments to EPCA contained in the American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act (AEMTCA). AEMTCA requires DOE to publish a final rule establishing a uniform efficiency descriptor and accompanying test methods for covered residential water heaters and commercial water heating equipment within one year of the enactment of AEMTCA (i.e., by December 18, 2013).
RIN: 1904-AC53
Impacts and Effects: None
CFR Citation: 10 CFR 429,10 CFR 430,10 CFR 431
Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant
UA and Regulatory Plan Information open glossary dialog  
Publication Period: Fall 2014
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Action
Major Rule: No
Legal Authorities: 42 USC 6293(b)(1)(A), 42 USC 6314(a)(1)(A), 42 USC 6295(e)(5)(B)
Government Levels Affected: No
Federalism Implications: No
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: No
Small Entities Affected: No
International Impacts: No
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
Legal Deadline
StatutoryOtherCommercial water heaters05/16/2019
StatutoryOtherResidential water heaters12/19/2014
StatutoryOtherAEMTCA, Uniform efficiency descriptor12/18/2013
ActionDateFR Citation
Request for Information10/12/201176 FR 63211
RFI Comment Period End11/28/2011
Request for Information01/11/201378 FR 2340
RFI Comment Period End02/11/2013
NPRM11/04/201378 FR 66202
NPRM Comment Period End01/21/2014
Final Action07/07/201479 FR 40542
Final Action Effective07/13/2015
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Related RINs: None
Related Dockets: None
Category: Energy Efficiency Standards
Type: Rulemaking
Program Office: Building Technologies Program (BT)

Primary Documents

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Comment Period Closed
Jan 06, 2015 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 11/07/2014
ID: EERE-2011-BT-TP-0042-0084
Comment Period Closed
Jan 21, 2014 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 11/04/2013
ID: EERE-2011-BT-TP-0042-0051
Comment Period Closed
Feb 11, 2013 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 01/11/2013
ID: EERE-2011-BT-TP-0042-0028
Comment Period Closed
Nov 28, 2011 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 10/12/2011
ID: EERE-2011-BT-TP-0042-0001
Comments Not Accepted
Posted: 07/02/2015
ID: EERE-2011-BT-TP-0042-0106

Supporting Documents

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Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 03/30/2015
ID: EERE-2011-BT-TP-0042-0105
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 04/28/2014
ID: EERE-2011-BT-TP-0042-0081
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 12/10/2013
ID: EERE-2011-BT-TP-0042-0056


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Agency Contact
Ashley Armstrong
General Engineer, EE-5B
1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585
Washington, DC 20585
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