NRECA Thanks Members of Congress for Supporting Water Heater Demand Response Programs

NRECA would like to thank Sens. Chambliss and Pryor, Reps. Mulvaney and Barrow, and the other 90 Members of Congress who signed letters to Secretary Ernest Moniz and Acting Energy Daniel Poneman, urging the Department of Energy (DOE) to create a five year waiver for large capacity water heaters capable of being used in demand response and thermal storage programs. DOE has proposed a one year waiver for large capacity water heaters, which does not provide manufacturers with enough certainty to continue production of large capacity water heaters that electric cooperatives use for demand response programs and thermal storage programs to integrate additional renewable energy sources.

NRECA urges DOE to create a long term waiver to ensure that the hundreds of electric cooperatives across the country can continue their demand response programs.