RIN Data

DOE/EE RIN: 1904-AD34 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Water Heating Equipment  

Once completed, this rulemaking will fulfill DOE’s statutory obligation under EPCA to either propose amended energy conservation standards for commercial water heaters, hot water supply boilers, and unfired hot water storage tanks or determine that the existing standards do not need to be amended. DOE must determine whether national standards more stringent than those that are currently in place would result in a significant additional amount of energy savings and whether such amended national standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified.

Agency: Department of Energy(DOE)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda   Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: Private Sector 
CFR Citation: 10 CFR 431   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6313(a)(6)(C)(i) and (vi)   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
NPRM  Statutory  Either proposed rule or determination not to amend standards.  12/31/2013 

Statement of Need:

DOE is required under 42 U.S.C. 6313(a)(6)(C) to establish performance-based energy conservation standards for commercial water heaters.  This rulemaking is being conducted to satisfy that requirement by setting standards related to certain classes of commercial water heating equipment.

Summary of the Legal Basis:

This rulemaking is being conducted under DOE’s authority pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 6311, which establishes the agency’s legal authority over water heaters as one type of covered equipment that DOE may regulate, and 42 U.S.C. 6313(a)(6)(C), which requires DOE to conduct a rulemaking to establish performance-based energy conservation Standards for this equipment.


Under EPCA, DOE shall either establish an amended uniform national standard for this equipment at the minimum level specified in the amended ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1, unless the Secretary determines, by rule published in the Federal Register, and supported by clear and convincing evidence, that adoption of a uniform national standard more stringent than the amended ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1 for this equipment would result in significant additional conservation of energy and is technologically feasible and economically justified (42 U.S.C. 6313(a)(6)(A)-(C)).

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

DOE finds that the benefits to the Nation of the proposed energy conservation standards for commercial water heating equipment outweighs the burdens.  DOE estimates that energy savings for combined natural gas and electricity will be 1.8 quads over 30 years and the net benefit to the Nation will be between $2.26 billion and $6.75 billion.


Action Date FR Cite
Request for Information (RFI)  10/21/2014  79 FR 62899   
RFI Comment Period End  11/20/2014 
NPRM  05/31/2016  81 FR 34440   
NPRM Comment Period End  08/01/2016 
NPRM Comment Period Reopened  08/05/2016  81 FR 51812   
Comment Period End  08/30/2016 
Final Action  12/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Information URL: www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/product.aspx/productid/51   Public Comment URL: www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=EERE-2014-BT-STD-0042  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Ashley Armstrong
Director Regulatory Buildings, EE-5B
Department of Energy
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Building Technologies Office, 1000 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20585
Phone:202 586-6590
Email: ashley.armstrong@ee.doe.gov