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More Stringent Energy Efficiency Standards for Dishwashers under Consideration

Friday, December 19, 2014
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The Department of Energy will hold a public meeting Feb. 5 and is seeking comments, data and information by Feb. 17 on a proposal to amend the current minimum energy efficiency standards for residential dishwashers. 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. For purposes of the analysis conducted in support of this proposed rule, the DOE used 2016 as the expected year of publication of any final standards.

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.

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