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Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards

State policy that sets energy efficiency standards for appliances.

An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy was signed by Governor Baker on March 26, 2021.  Energy and water efficiency standards for 15 new products were a key policy adopted in this bill.  Massachusetts had standards on the books for other products prior to the passage of the act, but the existing standards have all be preempted by federal government regulations. 

Appliance efficiency standards are the best energy and climate policy you’ve never heard of.  They drive large savings of energy and water for a very low cost by barring the statewide sale of more wasteful products.  The result is a transformed market where more efficient products are all that may legally be sold.  

Covered Products

The Climate Act added new energy and water efficiency standards for the following products: 

  1. commercial hot-food holding cabinets 

  1. computers and computer monitors 

  1. state-regulated general service lamps 

  1. high CRI (color rendering index) fluorescent lamps 

  1. plumbing fittings 

  1. plumbing fixtures 

  1. portable electric spas 

  1. water coolers 

  1. residential ventilating fans 

  1. commercial ovens 

  1. commercial dishwashers 

  1. commercial fryers 

  1. commercial steam cookers 

  1. spray sprinkler bodies 

  1. electric vehicle supply equipment 

Additional Resources for

Regulatory Process

DOER promulgated updates to the appliance standards regulation on 12/24/2021. The version linked was submitted to the Secretary of State for publication.  Please see the Massachusetts Register for the official version.  DOER will post a scanned copy of the official version when available.

NEW! Guideline Process

DOER has released its draft Guideline Interpreting 225 CMR 9.00 (Appliance Efficiency Standards) proposing additional detail about how the regulation will be implemented.    The Guidelines specify the requirements for all regulated parties including manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and installers of the product types in the Regulation and how DOER will enforce those requirements.  DOER plans to incorporate public feedback and issue final Guidelines in time for the Regulation’s January 1, 2023 prohibition on sales of non-compliant products. DOER welcomes public comment, submitted via email to Lyn Huckabee at DOER.ApplianceStandards@mass.gov, between now and 5pm on August 30th, 2022.

DOER encourages regulated parties to specify in their public comments how their product type is distributed in Massachusetts and to share examples of effective regulatory processes affecting their business.

To get alerts about updates to Appliance Standards, sign up for the DOER Appliance Standards Email list.

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Compliance for Appliance Manufacturers

DOER has posted instructions for manufacturers to comply with January 1, 2022 prohibition on shipments of non-compliant products to Massachusetts.  Please refer to the certification page for more information.

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