Battery charger changes may be mandated

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Oct. 29, 2010 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The California Energy Commission (CEC) is seriously contemplating energy efficiency standards for battery charging systems based on a report by ECOS Consulting commissioned by PG&E.

The report was first unveiled to a few members of industry at an October 11th staff workshop at the Appliance and Process Energy Office of the CEC.  Some environmental groups, such as the Natural Resources Defense Council, however, were given advanced access to the proposal and came to the workshop prepared to make detailed presentations in support of the proposal.

Initial feedback from CMTA members is that under this proposal over 90 percent of products in the marketplace will become obsolete and will require significant effort and cost to redesign by the compliance date of 2012.  Many diverse products will be affected such as tools, medical devices, home appliances, cell phones, musical instruments, toys, electronics, electric toothbrushes, and more.

In addition, we understand that the federal government is also looking into this issue and may promulgate regulations with differing standards.

While stakeholders were initially given until October 29th to provide written comments, the deadline was extended upon request to November 4th.  Comments should be submitted to docket@energy.state.ca.us

The proposed battery Charger Report (Case Report) is available at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/appliances/battery_chargers/documents/

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