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The Oregon Department of Energy develops rules for certain energy efficient appliance standards.

Rulemaking for Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards - HB 3025

  
  
29 Nov 2017Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards Rules Public Hearing

​Rule Caption: Updates administrative requirements for energy efficiency standards for appliances and excludes certain small battery chargers

Public Hearing

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 2 p.m.
Oregon Department of Energy (parking information)
Meitner Room
550 Capitol St. NE
Salem, OR 97301

Call-in number:
(877) 336-1831, access code 872206

Hearing materials:

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: wendy.simons@oregon.gov.

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, blake.shelide@oregon.gov

Wendy Simons, Rulemaking Coordinator, 503-378-6043, wendy.simons@oregon.gov

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2016 Rulemaking for Embedded Small Battery Chargers

  
  
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 wendy.simons@oregon.gov or (503) 378-6043.
 

Meeting Materials

 
Background
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.

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