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U.S. Subcommittee Holds Heating on Grid-enabled Water Heaters

The Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), held a hearing this March to discuss modifying efficiency standards for grid-enabled water heaters, specifically H.R. 906. The bill, first introduced by Chairman Whitfield, exempts from regulation certain thermal storage water heaters under new DOE efficiency standards that go into effect this month.

Large grid-enabled electric-resistance water heaters can continue to be manufactured as long as they include capabilities that allow them to be used in electric thermal storage or demand-response programs. The bill includes data reporting requirements for manufacturers and utilities to report to the DOE the number of units enrolled in electric thermal storage or demand-response programs.

The legislation passed the House last Congress as part of the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2014 and passed both the House and Senate earlier in 2015 as part of the Keystone Pipeline Approval Act.

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