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DOE/EE RIN: 1904-AD48 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products: Definitions for Residential Water Heaters 

The Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including residential water heaters. EPCA also requires the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to determine whether more-stringent, amended standards would be technologically feasible and economically justified, and would save a significant amount of energy. Accordingly, DOE established amended energy conservation standards for several classes of residential water heaters in an April 2010 final rule. DOE is amending its definitions pertaining to residential water heaters to clarify the applicability of energy conservation standards for residential water heaters that are utilized as a secondary back-up heat source in solar-thermal water heating systems. Specifically, DOE is creating a definition for solar assisted fossil fuel storage water heater and solar assisted electric storage water heater and clarifying that water heaters meeting these definitions are not subject to the amended energy conservation standards for residential water heaters established by the April 2010 final rule. DOE issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on April 8, 2015 (80 FR 18784).

Agency: Department of Energy(DOE)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 10 CFR 430.32(d)   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6295(m)(1)    42 U.S.C. 6292(a)(4)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  04/08/2015  80 FR 18784   
NPRM Comment Period End  05/08/2015 
Final Action  11/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Ashley Armstrong
General Engineer, EE-5B
Department of Energy
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Building Technologies Office, 1000 Independence Avenue SW.,
Washington, DC 20585
Phone:202 586-6590