Tougher Energy Efficiency Standards for Dishwashers Get More Time for Comment
The Department of Energy has reopened until March 25 the period for submitting comments on a proposal to amend the current minimum energy efficiency standards for residential dishwashers. The DOE is particularly interested in input on the analysis that estimates the potential economic impacts and energy savings that could result from the amended standards.
The proposed standards, if adopted, would apply to standard residential dishwashers (≥8 place settings plus 6 serving pieces) and compact residential dishwashers (<8 place settings plus 6 serving pieces) manufactured in or imported into the United States on or after the date three years after the publication of a final rule in the Federal Register. The DOE has tentatively concluded that the proposed standards represent the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that is technologically feasible and economically justified and would result in the significant conservation of energy. The DOE further notes that products achieving these standard levels are already commercially available for the product classes covered by this proposal.