The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC) released a new Energy Conservation Standard and test procedure for commercial and industrial pumps (CIPs), including circulator pumps. Developments and supportive data were presented to the DOE by the Hydraulic Institute (HI).
The new standards on pumps are expected to save 0.29 quadrillion BTUs in 30 years after their implementation. These standards will become mandatory in 2020, four years after the date of publication in the federal register.
According to the DOE, the standards provided by HI are technologically feasible, economically justified, and will significantly conserve energy on a national scale. The extensive report, released on December 31, 2015, covers the final energy-conservation rules for CIPS and defines the products affected by these new rules. It reviews the benefits and costs to consumers, impact on manufacturers, and national benefits of the new standards.
Circulator-pump manufacturers and other interested parties can contact Peter Gaydon, Technical Director, Hydraulic Institute, at [email protected] with any questions, or if they would like to become involved with the institute.