To amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to provide a uniform efficiency descriptor for covered water heaters.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Water Heater Rating Improvement Act of 2011''.
SEC. 2. UNIFORM EFFICIENCY DESCRIPTOR FOR COVERED WATER HEATERS.
Section 325(e) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6295(e)) is amended by adding at the end the following: ``(5) Uniform efficiency descriptor for covered water heaters.-- ``(A) Definitions.--In this paragraph: ``(i) Covered water heater.--The term `covered water heater' means-- ``(I) a water heater; and ``(II) a storage water heater, instantaneous water heater, and unfired water storage tank (as defined in section 340). ``(ii) Final rule.--The term `final rule' means the final rule published under this paragraph. ``(B) Publication of final rule.--Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this paragraph, the Secretary shall publish a final rule that establishes a uniform efficiency descriptor and accompanying test methods for covered water heaters. ``(C) Purpose.--The purpose of the final rule shall be to replace with a uniform efficiency descriptor-- ``(i) the energy factor descriptor for water heaters established under this subsection; and ``(ii) the thermal efficiency and standby loss descriptors for storage water heaters, instantaneous water heaters, and unfired water storage tanks established under section 342(a)(5). ``(D) Effect of final rule.-- ``(i) In general.--Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, effective...