HI Contact: Mike Michaud
NJ, January 6, 2016 - The Hydraulic Institute, North America’s
largest pump trade association, announces the release of two final rules (1) The
Energy Conservation Standard and (2) The Test Procedure for Commercial and
Industrial Pumps by the United States Department of Energy (DOE). The rulings
are now available through the HI
website. The compliance date for
the Energy Conservation Standard will be 2020 and DOE estimates it will save
0.29 quadrillion BTUs (2020 – 2050).
The release of the final
rules are a culmination of more than 5 years of effort and negotiations between
DOE and interested parties. The Hydraulic
Institute and its membership advocated for the industry throughout the rule
making process and played a significant role in their development. In support of the industry, the Hydraulic
Institute and its members participated on the Appliance Standards Rulemaking
and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC) which developed the term
sheet that became the basis for the rules.
HI members, committees and volunteers provided performance data on more
than 3,000 pumps for analysis, wrote the test procedure that was incorporated
by reference (HI 40.6-2014 Methods for
Rotodynamic Pump Efficiency Testing), reviewed and commented on proposed
rules, participated in public hearings addressing the rules and has maintained
an informative website (www.pumps.org/DOERulemaking) detailing the steps along the way.
HI is now reviewing the
final rules and will discuss the rulings during the HI Annual Conference which
will occur February 11-15, 2016 in Tucson, Arizona.
The Energy Conservation Standards Ruling: In this final rule, the DOE adopts new energy
conservation standards for pumps. DOE has determined that the new energy
conservation standards for pumps would result in significant conservation of
energy, and are technologically feasible and economically justified.
The Pump Test Procedure Ruling: The DOE is now authorized to prescribe energy
conservation standards and corresponding test procedures for statutorily
covered equipment such as pumps. Under 42 U.S.C. 6314, EPCA sets forth the criteria
and procedures DOE must follow when prescribing or amending test procedures for
covered equipment. EPCA provides that any test procedures prescribed or amended
under this section shall be reasonably designed to produce test results that
measure energy efficiency, energy use or estimated annual operating cost of a
covered product during a representative average use cycle or period of use, and
shall not be unduly burdensome to conduct.
To download each ruling,
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