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DOE Issues Final Rule for Grid-Enabled Water Heaters
August 14, 2015

In response to the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015, passed into law on April 30, 2015, the Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a final rule to place the energy conservation standards for grid-enabled water heaters into the Code of Federal Regulations. The regulations are now in effect. The bill was authored by Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and allows for the continued manufacture and use of large-capacity, grid-enabled electric water heaters in electric thermal storage or demand-respond programs, which were previously banned under the water heater efficiency standard that took effect April 16. To be eligible, the water heaters must have a volume of more than 75 gallons, have a minimum energy efficiency factor, and work on grids that have a demand-response system.

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