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Energy Star Water Heater Draft Specifications - Utility Input Needed

Created 8/23/2011 by Charlie Stephens
Updated 11/9/2011 by Charlie Stephens
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For those interested, USEPA is in its second round of draft updates for their Energy Star Residential Water Heater Specification. Because of the importance of the next federal water heater standards and NEEA’s Emerging Technologies heat pump water heater initiative, the NEEA Codes & Standards staff  is responding to this draft, and we could use your help if you're willing to provide some input.


The latest version of the specification (here on the site) still includes some provisions that seem ill-conceived or of questionable value. And we still believe the first provision – the inclusion of point-of-use (POU) electric water heaters up to 12 kW in capacity – should be of interest to electric utilities. The second provision of interest – that concerning solar water heaters (added to the Energy Star specifications in 2009) – may be of little interest to utilities.

The primary focus of our comments in this round will be the inclusion of the Pacific Northwest's Northern Climate Heat Pump Water Heater Specification provisions. We think all or most of these will be important in maintaining the level of consumer satisfaction we're working to achieve with our spec. Let us know what you think, especially if you've been involved in the Task Force developing the spec.

Comments on the spec are due on December 2nd. If you’d like to help us out with our input, please join the discussion thread here and I’ll do my best to keep up. This will be the first time the Codes & Standards staff have used this Conduit tool, so please forgive us if we’re a bit slow.  Charlie
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