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DOE has published a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding energy conservation standards for battery chargers and external power supplies. 77 FR 18478 (March 27, 2012). This proposal would establish energy conservation standards for battery chargers.
DOE published a request for information regarding energy conservation standards for battery chargers. 78 FR 18253 (March 26, 2013). For more information, please see the rulemaking page.
Standards for Battery Chargers
There are no efficiency standards currently in place for battery chargers.
DOE has established a test procedure for battery chargers, which is specified at 10 CFR 430.23(aa). The methods to conduct the test procedure for battery chargers are further specified in 10 CFR Part 430 Appendix Y to Subpart B. This is also in the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations.
For further guidance or to submit questions related to the implementation of this test procedure, visit the Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions page.
Test procedure waivers have not been issued for battery chargers.
For information about obtaining test procedure waivers, see 10 CFR section 430.27.
DOE's Office of Hearings and Appeals has not authorized exception relief for battery chargers.
For information about obtaining exception relief, see 10 CFR part 1003.
State Exemptions to Federal Pre-emption
DOE has not exempted any state from this energy conservation standard. States may petition DOE to exempt a state regulation from preemption by the Federal energy conservation standard. States may also petition DOE to withdraw such exemptions. For details, see 10 CFR part 430, subpart D.
Small Business Exemptions
Any manufacturer of a covered product with annual gross revenues that do not exceed $8,000,000 from all its operations and meets certain other conditions may apply for an exemption to the energy conservation standard. For details, see 10 CFR part 430, subpart E.
Part A of the ‘‘Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles’’ of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended provides DOE authority to establish energy conservation standards for battery chargers. (42 U.S.C. § 6291–6309) Battery Chargers are treated as covered products’ under Part A. (42 U.S.C. 6295(u)).
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005) and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007) amended EPCA with regard to the energy conservation program for battery chargers.
The statute also requires DOE to issue a final rule prescribing energy conservation standards for battery chargers (42 U.S.C. 6295(u)(1)(E)(i)(II).
Previous Test Procedure Rulemakings
2009 Final Rule
2006 Final Rule
Other Previous Rulemakings
EISA 2007 Non-Class A EPS Determination Analysis
EPACT 2005 Battery Charger and External Power Supply Determination Analysis
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