Rule Caption: Updates
administrative requirements for energy efficiency standards for appliances and
excludes certain small battery chargers
Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 2 p.m.
Oregon Department of Energy (parking information)
550 Capitol St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
(877) 336-1831, access code 872206
The proposed rule changes are needed to align
department rule with current statute as amended by Oregon Laws 2017, Chapter
295 (House Bill 3025). The 2017 legislation was adopted to change the
definition of "small battery charger" in statute in order to exempt
certain small battery chargers from the minimum energy efficiency standards.
The affected small battery chargers are embedded within a larger product and
provide functions such as maintaining information in memory caches, yet are not
capable of providing power to the entire product when AC voltage is removed.
The previous definition of "small battery charger" inadvertently
encompassed electronic products such as computer servers and scientific
instruments which could not be tested for compliance with the standard, and
hence could not have been sold in Oregon after the operative date of the energy
standards, causing hardship for manufacturers, retailers and the public. Other
minor administrative rule changes are needed to maintain clarity and accuracy
in the rules, including updating ODOE's physical and email addresses and
accurately reflecting the process for adopting standards.
ODOE will accept oral
testimony on the rules at the public hearing. Participants unable to attend may
call in using the number listed above.
Written comments on the rulemaking are due by 5 p.m. on
Wednesday, November 29, 2017, and may be sent via email to: email@example.com.
The public hearing will be the final opportunity for comment
before the department files permanent rules. ODOE plans for the proposed rules
to be effective on or before December 31, 2017.
For more information, contact:
Blake Shelide, Facilities Engineer, 503-373-7809, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy Simons, Rulemaking Coordinator, 503-378-6043, email@example.com