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|DOE/EE||RIN: 1904-AD34||Publication ID: Fall 2021|
|Title: Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Water Heating-Equipment|
Once completed, this rulemaking will fulfill the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) statutory obligation under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended, (EPCA) to either propose amended energy conservation standards for commercial water heaters and hot water supply boilers, or determine that the existing standards do not need to be amended. (Unfired hot water storage tanks and commercial heat pump water heaters are being considered in a separate rulemaking.) 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: Proposed Rule Stage|
|Major: Yes||Unfunded Mandates: Private Sector|
|CFR Citation: 10 CFR 429 10 CFR 431|
|Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6313(a)(6)(C)(i) and (vi)|
Statement of Need:
DOE is required under 42 U.S.C. 6313(a)(6)(C) to consider the need for amended performance-based energy conservation standards for commercial water heaters. This rulemaking is being conducted to satisfy that requirement by evaluating potential 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 consider the need for amended 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 preliminarily determined that the anticipated benefits to the Nation of the proposed energy conservation standards for the subject commercial water heating equipment would outweigh the burdens DOE estimates that potential amended energy conservation standards for commercial water heaters may result in energy savings for combined natural gas and electricity of 1.8 quads over 30 years and the net benefit to the Nation of between $2.26 billion and $6.75 billion.
|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|
|Related RINs: Related to 1904-AE39|
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