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The Oregon Department of Energy develops rules for certain energy efficient appliance standards.
21 Dec 2016Conclusion of Rulemaking for Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards: Embedded Small Battery Chargers

The Oregon Department of Energy submitted final rules to the Secretary of State on December 21, 2016 for embedded small battery chargers, also known as rechargeable battery subsystems. This concludes the formal rulemaking process, which closed on November 30, 2016.

Final Rules - submitted to the Secretary of State
Hearing Officer Report - including a summary of written and oral comments received during the public comment period and the department's response to comments.

30 Nov 2016Public Hearing for Embedded Small Battery Charger System Rules

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
2:00 pm
Oregon Department of Energy
625 Marion St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
Call in number: (877) 848-7030  Access code: 7873317
ODOE will accept oral testimony on the rules at the public hearing. Participants unable to attend may call in to provide oral comments. Written comments on the rulemaking are due by 5 pm on November 30, 2016. For more information on this rulemaking or to provide written comments, please contact Wendy Simons at or (503) 378-6043.

Meeting Materials

A new energy efficiency standard is scheduled to apply to small battery charger systems manufactured on or after January 1, 2017. However, an industry association has raised concerns that the statute in question inadvertently encompasses certain electronic products, such as computer servers and scientific equipment, which contain embedded battery chargers for functions such as maintaining data in memory caches. These products could not continue to be sold in Oregon after the operative date, imposing a substantial hardship on manufacturers, retailers and the public. The proposed rule changes would postpone the operative date of the standards for one year, allowing the industry association time to pursue a legislative solution.

Appliance Standards
Administrative Rules
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