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S.156 - Water Heater Rating Improvement Act of 2011
A bill to amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to provide a uniform efficiency descriptor for covered water heaters.
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Mr. KOHL (for himself, Mr. CORKER, Mr. ALEXANDER, and Mr. PRYOR) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural ResourcesCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. UNIFORM EFFICIENCY DESCRIPTOR FOR COVERED WATER HEATERS.
‘(B) PUBLICATION OF FINAL RULE- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this paragraph, the Secretary shall publish a final rule that establishes a uniform efficiency descriptor and accompanying test methods for covered water heaters.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(ii) the thermal efficiency and standby loss descriptors for storage water heaters, instantaneous water heaters, and unfired water storage tanks established under section 342(a)(5).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(i) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, effective beginning on the effective date of the final rule, the efficiency standard for covered water heaters shall be denominated according to the efficiency descriptor established by the final rule.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(i) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall develop a mathematical conversion factor for converting the measurement of efficiency for covered water heaters from the test procedures in effect on the date of enactment of this paragraph to the new energy descriptor established under the final rule.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(ii) APPLICATION- The conversion factor shall apply to models of covered water heaters affected by the final rule and tested prior to the effective date of the final rule.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(iii) EFFECT ON EFFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS- The conversion factor shall not affect the minimum efficiency requirements for covered water heaters otherwise established under this title.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(iv) USE- During the period described in clause (v), a manufacturer may apply the conversion factor established by the Secretary to rerate existing models of covered water heaters that are in existence prior to the effective date of the rule described in clause (v)(II) to comply with the new efficiency descriptor.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(F) EXCLUSIONS- The final rule may exclude a specific category of covered water heaters from the uniform efficiency descriptor established under this paragraph if the Secretary determines that the category of water heaters--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(ii) are effectively rated using the thermal efficiency and standby loss descriptors applied (as of the date of enactment of this paragraph) to the category under section 342(a)(5).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(H) APPLICATION- The efficiency descriptor and accompanying test method established under the final rule shall apply, to the maximum extent practicable, to all water heating technologies in use as of the date of enactment of this paragraph and to future water heating technologies.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(J) TESTING OF ALTERNATIVE DESCRIPTORS- In establishing the final rule, the Secretary shall contract with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, as necessary, to conduct testing and simulation of alternative descriptors identified for consideration.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(K) EXISTING COVERED WATER HEATERS- A covered water heater shall be considered to comply with the final rule on and after the effective date of the final rule and with any revised labeling requirements established by the Federal Trade Commission to carry out the final rule if the covered water heater--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink