DOE has issued a pre-publication Federal Register supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking regarding energy conservation standards for battery chargers (July 30, 2015). A public meeting is scheduled for September 15, 2015 in Washington, DC.
DOE published a final rule prescribing new energy conservation standards for external power supplies. 79 FR 7845 (February 10, 2014). This new standard applies to all direct operation External Power Supplies and includes, in addition to Class A power supplies previously covered by 2007 standards, power supplies that have not previously been subject to DOE regulations, such as multiple-voltage EPSs, EPSs with nameplate output power greater than 250 watts, and some EPSs that charge the battery of a product that is fully or primarily motor operated.
DOE will hold a public meeting on September 15, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Washington, DC at DOE's Forrestal Building, Room 8E-089, 1000 Independence Ave. S.W., 20585.
To attend the public meeting, please notify Ms. Brenda Edwards at (202) 586-2945 or Brenda.Edwards@ee.doe.gov.
Register for the webinar here.
The battery chargers energy conservation standard rulemaking docket EERE–2008–BT–STD–0005 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents. For the latest information on the planned timing of future DOE regulatory milestones, see the current Office of Management and Budget Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. All planned dates are preliminary and subject to change.
The current energy conservation standards for battery chargers and external power supplies are mandated by Part A, the ‘‘Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles’’ of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended. (42 U.S.C. 6291–6309) These appliances are treated as covered products under Part A. (42 U.S.C. 6295(u))