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The Oregon Department of Energy develops rules for certain energy efficient appliance standards.
Rulemakings in 2017 and 2018 updated appliance standards in Oregon, and made specific exemptions for battery chargers.

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Rulemaking for Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards:
Exempting Federally-Preempted Battery Chargers

  
  
13 Jun 2018ODOE to Reopen Public Comment Period for Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards

Rule Caption: Clarifies requirements for testing, labelling, and registration of compliant appliances; excludes federally-regulated battery chargers.

The Oregon Department of Energy intends to reopen the public comment period for its rulemaking relating to appliance energy efficiency standards in order to receive additional public comment on revised draft rules. ODOE filed a notice of proposed rulemaking hearing with the Oregon Secretary of State on April 25, 2018, and held a public hearing on May 23, 2018. The department is currently reviewing comments received during the initial public comment period which ended May 23, and will post a new version of the draft rules to allow for additional review by stakeholders before ODOE files final rules.

The proposed rules would exclude certain battery chargers for which federal standards become effective June 13, 2018. Even though new state rules will not be in effect as of June 13, 2018, Oregon standards for certain battery chargers that now fall under federal regulation will be preempted as of that date. Additionally, the proposed rules would update references to test methods to match those proposed in the California Code of Regulations to take into account updates to federal test procedures. Until the new state rules become effective, Oregon will refer to guidance issued by California in “RegulatoryAdvisory for Federally Regulated Battery Chargers” dated June 7, 2018. Under the guidance, battery chargers that are sold before the effective date of the new state rules may comply with state standards using either the new test procedure aligned with federal requirements, or existing test procedures.

ODOE will post an update to this page once new draft rules are available, with instructions and a deadline for submitting public comments.
23 May 2018Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards Rules Public Hearing

Rule Caption: Clarifies requirements for testing, labelling, and registration of compliant appliances; excludes federally-regulated battery chargers.

Public Hearing

Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 10 a.m.
Oregon Department of Energy (
parking information)
Oregon 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 exclude battery charger systems that have recently come under federal regulation, and are therefore pre-empted from state regulation. Additionally, the proposed rule changes would update references to testing methods specified in the California Code of Regulations to take into account updates recently made to California regulations. Lastly, the proposed rule changes would clarify the status of products which are registered as compliant with the California Energy Commission with regard to requirements for labeling and registration in Oregon.

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, May 23, 2018, 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 June 13, 2018.

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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Rulemaking for Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards - HB 3025

  
  
20 Dec 2017Conclusion of Rulemaking for Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards

The Oregon Department of Energy submitted final rules to the Secretary of State on December 20, 2017 relating to appliance energy efficiency standards, implementing House Bill 3025 (2017). The permanent rules filing does not include any additional changes to rule language compared to the draft rules filed on October 25. This concludes the formal rulemaking process, which closed on November 29, 2017.

Materials:

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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