Appliance Efficiency Standards (Massachusetts)

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Place Massachusetts
Name Appliance Efficiency Standards
Incentive Type Appliance/Equipment Efficiency Standards
Applicable Sector Manufacturers
Eligible Technologies Boilers, Furnaces, Residential Furnace Fans
Active Incentive No
Incentive Inactive Date 2012-03-25
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

Certification Requirements Manufacturers certify to the MA Department of Energy Resources that specified products meet minimum efficiency standards

Equipment Requirements Specified in standards

Implementing Agency MA Department of Energy Resources

Review Biannual report

Test Methods Massachusetts plumbing code or U.S. Department of Energy approved test methods

Date added to DSIRE 2006-06-02
Last DSIRE Review 2012-03-25
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency[1]


Note: The federal government has imposed and updated appliance efficiency standards through several legislative acts,* and now has standards in place or under development for 30 classes of products. In general, states which had set standards prior to federal action may enforce their own standards until the federal standards take effect. States that had not set standards prior to federal action must use the federal standards. This summary addresses (1) state appliance standards that will be in place until the federal standards take effect and (2) products for which the federal government is not currently developing an efficiency standard. Much of the information in this summary comes from the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP). Visit the ASAP web site for comprehensive information about appliance standards. See the Department of Energy Appliance Standards website for additional information.

Massachusetts’ original appliance standards legislation was enacted in 1986. In November 2005, the standards were expanded, although to date most of the equipment listed in Massachusetts law has since been preempted by federal law.

Because of the existing federal standards covering residential furnaces, boilers, and furnace fans, Massachusetts sought a waiver of federal preemption from the warm-state standard. That waiver would have allowed Massachusetts’ cold-state standard to go into effect in 2013. The Massachusetts Attorney General and the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) filed the waiver petition in October 2009. The U.S. Department of Energy responded negatively, see the Department of Energy web site for more information on the petition, comments filed and denial. Therefore, there are no current appliance standards in place in MA.

Testing procedures must be developed by the DOER if such procedures are not provided for in the state plumbing code. The DOER must use the U.S. Department of Energy approved test methods and manufacturers must certify that products are in compliance with the standards.The standards state that the DOER must file a biannual report on appliance efficiency standards with the Massachusetts House of Representatives including, but not limited to, an evaluation of the effectiveness of the standards on energy efficiency and energy conservation in Massachusetts.

* These acts include the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act of 1987, the Energy Policy Act of 1992, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Public Information Officer
Department Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Address 100 Cambridge Street
Address 2 Suite 1020
Place Boston, Massachusetts
Zip/Postal Code 02110-1313
Phone (617) 626-7300

Email DOER.Energy@State.MA.US

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: M.G.L. Chapter 25B, § 1, et seq. (Session Law 139, 2005)
Date Enacted 2005-11-22

Authority 2: 225 CMR 9.00 et seq.

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


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