Minimum Efficiency Standards for Certain New Products (810-RICR-50-00-1)


810-RICR-50-00-1 ACTIVE RULE

1.1 Authority & Purpose

Pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 39-27-1 et seq. and specifically, R.I. Gen. Laws § 39-27-5, establishing minimum efficiency standards for certain types of new products sold, offered for sale or installed in the State of Rhode Island, the Public Utilities Commission hereby promulgates these rules to effectuate the Act of the Rhode Island General Assembly.

1.2 Applicability

These Rules shall apply to all persons or entities offering for sale or installing in the State of Rhode Island any of the new products listed in § 1.3 of this Part.

1.3 Definitions

A. "Automatic commercial ice-maker" means a factory-made assembly that is shipped in one or more packages that consists of a condensing unit and ice-making section operating as an integrated unit, that makes and harvests ice cubes, and that may store and dispense ice. This term includes machines with capacities between and including fifty (50) and two thousand five hundred (2,500) pounds per twenty-four (24) hours.

B. "Ballast" means a device used with an electric discharge lamp to obtain necessary circuit conditions (voltage, current and waveform) for starting and operating the lamp.

C. "Boiler" means a self-contained low-pressure appliance for supplying steam or hot water primarily designed for space heating.

D. "Bottle-type water dispenser" means a water dispenser that uses a bottle or reservoir as the source of potable water.

E. "Chief of Energy and Community Services" means the head official of the Rhode Island State Energy Office.

F. "Commercial clothes washer" means a soft mount horizontal or vertical-axis clothes washer that:

1. Has a clothes container compartment no greater than three and a half (3.5) cubic feet in the case of a horizontal-axis product or no greater than four (4.0) cubic feet in the case of a vertical-axis product; and

2. Is designed for use by more than one household, such as in multi-family housing, apartments or coin laundries.

G. "Commercial hot food holding cabinet" means an appliance that is a heated, fully-enclosed compartment with one or more solid doors, and that is designed to maintain the temperature of hot food that has been cooked in a separate appliance. "Commercial hot food holding cabinet" does not include heated glass merchandizing cabinets, drawer warmers, or cook-and-hold appliances.

H. "Commercial pre-rinse spray valve" means a hand-held device designed and marketed for use with commercial dishwashing and ware washing equipment and which sprays water on dishes, flatware, and other food service items for the purpose of removing food residue prior to their cleaning.

I. "Commercial refrigerator, freezer and refrigerator-freezer" means self-contained refrigeration equipment that:

1. Is not a consumer product as regulated pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 6291 and subsequent sections;

2. Operates at a chilled, frozen, combination chilled frozen, or variable temperature for the purpose of storing and/or merchandising food, beverages and/or ice;

3. May have transparent and/or solid hinged doors, sliding doors, or a combination of hinged and sliding doors; and

4. Incorporates most components involved in the vapor compression cycle and the refrigerated compartment in a single cabinet.

a. This term does not include:

(1) Units with eighty-five (85) cubic feet or more of internal volume;

(2) Walk-in refrigerators or freezers;

(3) Units with no doors; or

(4) Freezers specifically designed for ice cream.

J. "Commission" means the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission.

K. "Compensation" means money or any other valuable thing, regardless of form, received or to be received by a person for services rendered.

L. "Electricity ratio" is the ratio of furnace electricity use to total furnace energy use. Electricity ratio = (3.412*EAE/(1000*Ef +3.412*EAE)) where EAE (average annual auxiliary electrical consumption) and EF (average annual fuel energy consumption) are defined in 10 C.F.R. Part 430, Subpart B, Appendix N.

M. "High intensity discharge lamp" means a lamp in which light is produced by the passage of an electric current through a vapor or gas, and in which the light-producing arc is stabilized by bulb wall temperature and the arc tube has a bulb wall loading in excess of three (3) watts per square centimeter.

N. "Illuminated exit sign" means an internally-illuminated sign that is designed to be permanently fixed in place to identify a building exit and consists of an electrically powered integral light source that illuminates the legend "EXIT" and any directional indicators and provides contrast between the legend, any directional indicators and the background.

O. "Large packaged air-conditioning equipment" means electronically-operated, air- cooled air-conditioning and air-conditioning heat pump equipment having cooling capacity greater than or equal to two hundred forty thousand (240,000) Btu/hour but less than seven hundred sixty thousand (760,000) Btu/hour that is built as a package and shipped as a whole to end-user sites.

P. "Low voltage dry-type distribution transformer" means a transformer that:

1. Has an input voltage of six hundred (600) volts or less;

2. Is air-cooled;

3. Does not use oil as a coolant; and

4. Is rated for operation at a frequency of sixty (60) Hertz.

Q. "Mercury vapor lamp" means a high-intensity discharge lamp in which the major portion of the light is produced by radiation from mercury operating at a partial pressure in excess of one hundred thousand (100,000) PA (approximately 1 atm). Includes clear, phosphor-coated and self-ballasted lamps.

R. "Metal halide lamp" means a high intensity discharge lamp in which the major portion of the light is produced by radiation of metal halides and their products of dissociation, possibly in combination with metallic vapors.

S. "Metal halide lamp fixture" means a lamp fixture designed to be operated with a metal halide lamp and a ballast for a metal halide lamp.

T. "Probe-start metal halide ballast" means a ballast used to operate metal halide lamps which does not contain an igniter and which instead starts lamps by using a third staring electrode "probe" in the arc tube.

U. "Pulldown refrigerator" means a commercial refrigerator with doors that, when fully loaded with twelve (12) ounce canned beverages at ninety (90) degrees F, can cool these beverages to an average stable temperature of thirty-eight (38) degrees F in twelve (12) hours or less.

V. "Residential boiler" means a self-contained appliance for supplying steam or hot water, which uses natural gas, propane, or home heating oil, and which has a heat input rate of less than three hundred thousand (300,000) Btu per hour.

W. "Residential furnace" means a self-contained space heater designed to supply heated air through ducts of more than ten (10) inches length and which utilizes only single-phase electric current, or single-phase electric current or DC current in conjunction with natural gas, propane, or home heating oil, and which:

1. is designed to be the principal heating source for the living space of one or more residences;

2. is not contained within the same cabinet with a central air conditioner whose rated cooling capacity is above sixty-five thousand (65,000) Btu per hour; and

3. has a heat input rate of less than two hundred twenty-five thousand (225,000) Btu per hour.

X. "Single-voltage external AC to DC power supply" means a device that:

1. Is designed to convert line voltage AC input into lower voltage DC output;

2. Is able to convert to one DC output voltage at a time;

3. Is sold with, or intended to be used with, a separate end-use product that constitutes the primary power load;

4. Is contained within a separate physical enclosure from the end-use product;

5. Is connected to the end-use product via a removable or hard-wired male female electrical connection, cable, cord or other wiring;

6. Does not have batteries or battery packs, including those that are removable, that physically attach directly to the power supply unit;

7. Does not have a battery chemistry or type selector switch and indicator light; or

8. Has a nameplate output power less than or equal to two hundred fifty (250) watts.

Y. "State-regulated incandescent reflector lamp" means a lamp, not colored or designed for rough or vibration service applications, with an inner reflective coating on the outer bulb to direct the light, an E26 medium screw base, a rated voltage or voltage range that lies at least partially within one hundred fifteen (115) to one hundred thirty (130) volts, and that falls into either of the following categories: a blown PAR (BPAR), bulged reflector (BR), or elliptical reflector (ER) bulb shape or similar bulb shape with a diameter equal to or greater than two and one quarter (2.25) inches; or a reflector (R), parabolic aluminized reflector (PARA) bulged reflector (BR) or similar bulb shape with a diameter of two and one quarter (2.25) to two and three quarter (2.75) inches, inclusive.

Z. “Torchiere" means a portable electric lighting fixture with a reflective bowl that directs light upward onto a ceiling so as to produce indirect illumination on the surfaces below. A torchiere may include downward directed lamps in addition to the upward, indirect illumination.

AA. "Traffic signal module" means a standard eight (8) inch (two hundred millimeter (200 mm)) or twelve (12) inch (three hundred millimeter (300 mm)) traffic signal indication, consisting of a light source, a lens, and all other parts necessary for operation.

BB. "Transformer" means a device consisting of two or more coils of insulated wire and that is designed to transfer alternating current by electromagnetic induction from one coil to another to change the original voltage or current value. The term "transformer does not include:

1. Transformers with multiple voltage taps, with the highest voltage tap equaling at least twenty percent (20%) more than the lowest voltage tap; or

2. Transformers, such as those commonly known as drive transformers, rectifier transformers, auto-transformers, uninterruptible power system transformers, impedance transformers, regulating transformers, sealed and nonventilating transformers, machine tool transformers, welding transformers, grounding transformers, or testing transformers, that are designed to be used in a special purpose application and are unlikely to be used in general purpose applications.

CC. "Unit heater" means a self-contained, vented fan-type commercial space heater that uses natural gas or propane, and that is designed to be installed without ducts within a heated space, except that such term does not include any products covered by federal standards established pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 6291 and subsequent sections or any product that is a direct vent, forced flue heater with a sealed combustion burner.

DD. "Walk-in refrigerator" and "walk-in freezer" mean a space, designed for the purpose of storing and/or merchandising food, beverages and/or ice, that is refrigerated to temperatures, respectively, at or above and below thirty-two (32) degrees F that can be walked into.

EE. "Water dispenser" means a factory-made assembly that mechanically cools and heats potable water and that dispenses the cooled or heated water by integral or remote means.

1.4 Scope

A. The provisions of these Rules apply to the following types of new products sold, offered for sale or installed in the state:

1. Automatic commercial ice makers;

2. Commercial clothes washers;

3. Commercial pre-rinse spray valves;

4. Commercial refrigerators, freezers, and refrigerator freezers;

5. High-intensity discharge lamp ballasts;

6. Illuminated exit signs;

7. Large packaged air-conditioning equipment;

8. Low voltage dry-type distribution transformers;

9. Metal halide lamp fixtures;

10. Single-voltage external AC to DC power supplies;

11. Torchieres;

12. Traffic signal modules;

13. Unit heaters.

B. The provisions of these Rules also apply to the following types of new products sold, offered for sale or installed in the state

1. bottle-type water dispensers;

2. commercial hot food holding cabinets;

3. residential boilers and residential furnaces when the Chief of Energy and Community Services makes a determination that the same or substantial corresponding standards have been enacted in two (2) New England states regarding the following products;

4. state-regulated incandescent reflector lamps; and

5. walk-in refrigerators and walk-in freezers.

C. The provisions of these Rules do not apply to:

1. New products manufactured in the state and sold outside the state;

2. New products manufactured outside the state and sold at wholesale inside the state for final retail sale and installation outside the state;

3. Products installed in mobile manufactured homes at the time of construction; or

4. Products designed expressly for installation and use in recreational vehicles.

1.5 Efficiency Standards

A. Products sold on and after the Implementation Dates set forth in § 1.6 of this Part shall comply with the following minimum efficiency standards:

1. Automatic commercial ice makers shall meet the energy efficiency requirements shown in table A-7 of § 1605.3 of the California Code of Regulations, Title 20: Division 2, Chapter 4, Article 4: Appliance Efficiency Regulations as adopted on December 15, 2004.

2. Bottle-type water dispensers designed for dispensing both hot and cold water shall not have standby energy consumption greater than one and two tenths (1.2) kilowatt-hours per day.

3. Commercial clothes washers shall meet the requirements shown in Table P-4 of § 1605.3 of the California Code of Regulations, Title 20: Division 2, Chapter 4, Article 4: Appliance Efficiency Regulations in effect on December 15, 2004.

4. Commercial hot food holding cabinets shall have a maximum idle energy rate of forty (40) watts per cubic foot of interior volume.

5. Commercial pre-rinse spray valves shall have a flow rate equal to or less than 1.6 gallons per minute.

6. Commercial refrigerators, freezers and refrigerator-freezers shall meet the minimum efficiency requirements shown in Table A-6 of § 1605.3 of the California Code of Regulations, Title 20: Division 2, Chapter 4, Article 4: Appliance Efficiency Regulations as adopted on December 15, 2004 except that pulldown refrigerators with transparent doors shall meet a requirement five percent (5%) less stringent than shown in the California regulations.

7. High-intensity discharge lamp ballasts shall not be designed and marketed to operate a mercury vapor lamp.

8. Illuminated exit signs shall have an input power demand of five (5) watts or less per illuminated face.

9. Large packaged air-conditioning equipment shall meet a minimum energy efficiency ratio of:

a. 10.0 for air conditioning without an integrated heating component or with electric resistance heating integrated into the unit;

b. 9.8 for air conditioning with heating other than electric resistance integrated into the unit;

c. 9.5 for air conditioning with heating other than electric resistance integrated heating component or with electric resistance heating integrated into the unit;

d. 9.3 for air conditioning heat pump equipment with heating other than electric resistance integrated into the unit. Large packaged air conditioning heat pumps shall meet a minimum coefficient of performance in the heating mode of three and two tenths (3.2) (measured at a high temperature rating of forty-seven (47) degrees F db).

10. Low voltage dry-type distribution transformers shall meet the Class 1 efficiency levels for low voltage distribution transformers specified in Table 4-2 of the "Guide for Determining Energy Efficiency for Distribution Transformers" published by the National Electrical manufacturers Association (NEMA Standard TP-1-2002).

11. Metal halide lamp fixtures that operate in a vertical position and are designed to be operated with lamps rated greater than or equal to one hundred fifty (150) watts but less than or equal to five hundred (500) watts shall not contain a probe-start metal halide lamp ballast. Universal position fixtures and any other fixture designed to operate in a vertical position are covered by this standard.

12. Residential furnaces and residential boilers shall comply with the following Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) and electricity ratio values.

Product Type

Minimum AFUE

Maximum electricity ratio

Natural gas and propane- fired furnaces

90%

2.0%

Oil-fired furnaces > 94,000 Btu/hour in capacity

83%

2.0%

Oil-fired furnaces <94,000 Btu/hour in capacity

83%

2.3%

Natural gas and oil, and propane-fired hot water residential boilers

84%

Not applicable

Natural gas, oil, and propane-fired steam residential boilers

82%

Not applicable

a. An exemption from compliance with the foregoing residential furnace or residential boiler AFUE standards shall be granted according to any rules adopted by the Chief of Energy and Community Services pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 39-27-5(b)(3)(ii).

b. The provisions of these Rules and Regulations also apply to residential furnaces and residential boilers sold, offered for sale or installed in the state when the Chief of Energy and Community Services makes a determination that the same or substantial corresponding standards have been enacted in two (2) New England states.

13. Single-voltage external AC to DC power supplies shall meet the tier one energy efficiency requirements shown in Table U-1 of § 1605.3 of the California Code of Regulations, Title 20: Division 2, Chapter 4, Article 4: Appliance Efficiency Regulations as adopted on December 15, 2004, as shown in the table below:

Nameplate Output

Minimum Efficiency in Active Mode

0 to <1 Watt

0.49* Nameplate Output

>1 and ≤ 49 Watts

0.09 * Ln(Nameplate Output) + 0.49

> 49 Watts

0.84



Maximum Energy Consumption in No-Load Mode

0 to <10 Watts

0.5 Watts

10 to ≤ 250 Watts

0.75 Watts

Where Ln (Nameplate Output) = Natural Logarithm of the nameplate output expressed in Watts

a. This standard applies to single voltage AC to DC power supplies that are sold individually and to those that are sold as a component of or in conjunction with another product. Single-voltage external AC to DC power supplies that are made available by a product manufacturer as service parts or spare parts for its products manufactured prior to January 1, 2008 shall be exempt from this provision.

14. State-regulated incandescent reflector lamps shall meet the minimum average lamp efficacy requirements for federally-regulated incandescent reflector lamps contained in 42 U.S.C. § 6295(i)(1)(A).

a. The following types of incandescent reflector lamps are exempt from these requirements:

(1) lamps rated at fifty (50) watts or less of the following types: BR30, BR40, ER30 and ER40;

(2) lamps rated at sixty- five (65) watts of the following types: BR30, BR40, and ER40; and

(3) R20 lamps of forty-five (45) watts or less.

15. Torchieres shall not use more than one hundred ninety (190) watts. A torchiere shall be deemed to use more than one hundred ninety (190) watts if any commercially available lamp or combination of lamps can be inserted in its socket(s) and cause the torchiere to draw more than one hundred ninety (190) watts when operated at full brightness.

16. Traffic signal modules shall meet the product specification of the "Energy Star Program Requirements for Traffic Signals" developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that took effect in February 2001 and shall be installed with compatible, electronically- connected signal control interface devices and conflict monitoring systems.

17. Unit heater shall be equipped with an intermittent ignition device and shall have either power venting or an automatic flue damper.

18. Walk-in refrigerators and walk-in freezers with the applicable motor types shown in the table below shall include the required components shown.

MOTOR Type

Required Components

All

Interior lights: light sources with an efficacy of forty-five (45) lumens per watt or more, including ballast losses (if any). This efficacy standard does not apply to LED light sources until January 1, 2010.

All

Automatic door closers that firmly close all reach-in doors.

All

Automatic door closers that firmly close all walk-in doors no wider than 3.9 feet and no higher than 6.9 feet that have been closed to within one inch of full closure.

All

Wall, ceiling, and door insulation at least R-28 for refrigerators and at least R-34 for freezers

All

Floor insulation at least R-28 for freezers (no requirements for refrigerators)

Condenser fan motors of under one horsepower

Permanently split capacitor-type motors

Polyphase motors of one-half (½)

horsepower or more

Single-phase evaporator fan motors of under one horsepower and less than 460 volts

Electronically commutated motors

19. In addition to the requirements in § 1.3(I) of this Part, walk-in refrigerators and walk-in freezers with transparent reach-in doors shall meet the following requirements: transparent reach-in doors shall be of triple pane glass with either heat-reflective treated glass or gas fill; if the appliance has an anti-sweat heater without anti-sweat controls, then: the appliance shall have a total door rail, glass, and frame heater power draw of no more than forty (40) watts if it is a freezer or seventeen (17) watts if it is a refrigerator per foot of door frame width; and if the appliance has an anti-sweat heater with anti-sweat heat controls, and the total door rail, glass, and frame heater power draw is more than forty (40) watts if it is a freezer or seventeen (17) watts if it is a refrigerator per foot of door frame width, then: the anti-sweat heat controls shall reduce the energy use of the anti-sweat heater in an amount corresponding to the relative humidity in the air outside the door or to the condensation on the inner glass pane.

1.6 Implementation

A. No new commercial clothes washer, commercial pre-rinse spray valve, high-intensity discharge lamp ballast, illuminated exit sign, low voltage dry-type distribution transformer, torchiere, traffic signal module, or unit heater after January 1, 2007 may be sold or offered for sale in the state unless the efficiency of the new product meets or exceeds the efficiency standards set forth in the regulations adopted pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 39-27-5.

B. No bottle-type-water dispenser, commercial hot food holding cabinet, metal halide lamp fixture, single voltage external AC to DC power supply, state regulated incandescent reflector lamp, or walk-in refrigerator or walk-in freezer manufactured on or after January 1, 2008 may be sold or offered for sale in the state unless the efficiency of the new product meets or exceeds the efficiency standards set forth in the regulations adopted pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 39-27-5.

C. No new automatic commercial icemaker, commercial refrigerator, refrigerator-freezer, or freezer or large packaged air conditioning equipment manufactured on or after January 1, 2010 may be sold or offered for sale in the state unless the efficiency of the new product meets or exceeds the efficiency standards set forth in the regulations adopted pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 39-27-5.

D. If the Chief of Energy and Community Services determines that a waiver from federal preemption is not needed, then no new residential furnace or residential boiler manufactured on or after January 1, 2008, or the date which is one year after the date of said determination, if later, may be sold or offered for sale in the state unless the efficiency of the new product meets or exceeds the efficiency standards set forth in these Rules. If the Chief of Energy and Community Services determines that a waiver from federal preemption is required, then upon approval of such waiver application, the applicable state standards shall go into effect at the earliest date permitted by federal law.

E. One year after the date upon which sale or offering for sale of certain products is limited pursuant to this section, no new products may be installed for compensation in the state unless the efficiency of the new product meets or exceeds the efficiency standards set forth in the regulations adopted pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 39-27-5.

1.7 Registration, Certification, and Testing

A. The manufacturers of products covered by these Rules shall test samples of their products in accordance with the test procedures adopted pursuant to this chapter or those specified in the State Building Code. Chief of Energy and Community Services, in consultation with the state building chief, shall adopt test procedures for determining the energy efficiency of the products covered in the regulations pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 39-27-4 if such procedures are not provided for in these regulations pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 39-27-5 or in the State Building Code.

B. The Chief of Energy and Community Services shall use U.S. Department of Energy approved test methods, or in the absence of such test methods, other appropriate national recognized test methods. The Chief of energy and community services may use updated test methods when new versions of test procedures become available. Following is a chart that describes the required test methods:

C. Test Methods for Appliance Standards

Product

Test Method

Automatic Ice Maker

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute Standard 810-2003

Bottle-Type Water Dispensers

Test method shall be in accordance with the test criteria contained in version 1 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “energy Star Program/Requirement for Bottled Water Coolers,” except units with an integral, automatic timer shall not be tested using Section D, “Timer Usage,” of the test criteria

Commercial Clothes Washers

Test method shall be test method specified in 10 C.F.R. § 430.23(j) (Appendix J1 to Subpart B of Part 430)

Commercial Hot Food Holding Cabinets

Test methods shall be the "idle energy rate-dry test" on ASTM F2140-01, "Standard Test Method for Performance of Hot Food Holding Cabinets" published by ASTM International Interior volume and shall be measured in accordance with the method shown in the U.S. Commercial Hot Food Holding Cabinets as in effect on August 15, 2003

Commercial Pre Rinse Spray Valves

Test method shall be the “Standard Test Method for Pre-Rinsed Spray Valves” from the American Society for Testing and Materials Standard F2324

Commercial Refrigerators

Test method shall be American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 117-2002 “Method of Testing Closed Refrigerators” (ANSI Approved)

High Intensity Discharge Lamp Ballasts

No test method required as this is a prescriptive standard

Illuminated Exit Signs

Test method shall be the method included under Version 2.0 of Energy Star program for Exit Signs of the Environmental Protection Agency

Large Packaged Air Conditioning Equipment

Test method shall be Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute Standard 340/360-2000- “Commercial and Industrial Unitary Air Conditioning and Heating Equipment” (ANSI Approved)

Low Voltage Dry Type Distribution Transformers

Test method shall be the “Standard Test Method for Measuring the Energy Consumption of Distribution Transformers” prescribed by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA Standard TP-2-2005)

Metal Halide Lamp Fixtures

No test method required as this is a prescriptive standard

Residential Furnaces and Boilers AFUE

Testing method shall be in accordance with the federal test method for measuring the energy consumption of furnaces and boilers contained in 10 C.F.R. Part 430 Subpart B, Appendix N

Single Voltage External AC to DC Power Supplies

Test method shall be the method specified in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Energy Star Program Requirements for Single Voltage External Ac-Dc and Ac-Ac Power Supplies” as in effect on January 1, 2005 EXCEPT products do not have to be tested at 230 volts.

Torchiere Lamps

No test method for fixtures. For bulb, the test method shall be Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)LM-45

Traffic Signals

Test method shall be the method described in Energy Star Program of the Environmental Protection Agency for traffic signal modules in effect as of August 1, 2005.

Unit Heaters

No test method required as this is a prescriptive standard

D. Manufacturers of new products covered by regulations adopted pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 39-27-4, except for single voltage external AC to DC power supplies, high intensity discharge lamp ballasts, walk-in refrigerators and walk-in freezers, shall certify by means of a certification statement to the Chief of Energy and Community Services or third-party as designated by the Chief of Energy and Community Services in guidelines that such products are in compliance with the provisions of the chapter. Such certifications shall be based on test results. The certification statement requirements shall be set forth in guidelines.

E. The Chief of Energy and Community Services may test products covered by regulations adopted pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 39-27-4. If the products so tested are found not to be in compliance with the minimum efficiency standards established under regulations adopted pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 39-27-5, the Chief of Energy and Community Services shall:

1. charge the manufacturer of such products for the cost of product purchase and testing; and

2. make information available to the public on products found not to be in compliance with the standards.

F. With prior notice and at reasonable and convenient hours, the Chief of Energy and Community Services may cause periodic inspections to be made of distributors or retailers of new products covered by regulations adopted pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 39-27-4 in order to determine compliance with the provisions of this chapter. The Chief of Energy and Community Services shall also coordinate in accordance with R.I. Gen. Laws § 23-27.3-111.7 regarding inspection prior to occupancy of newly constructed buildings containing new products that are also covered by the State Building Code.

G. The Chief of Energy and Community Services shall investigate complaints received concerning violations of this chapter. Any manufacturer, distributor or retailer who violates any provision of this chapter shall be issued a warning by the Chief of Energy and Community Services for any first violation. Repeat violations shall be subject to a civil penalty of not more than two hundred and fifty dollars ($250). Each violation shall constitute a separate offense. Penalties assessed under this paragraph are in addition to costs assessed under § 1.7(F) of this Part.

1.8 New and Revised Standards

The commission may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 42-35 to establish increased efficiency standards for the products listed in the regulations adopted pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 39-27-4. In considering, such amended standards, the commission, in consultation with the Chief of Energy and Community Services, shall set efficiency standards upon a determination that increased efficiency standards would serve to promote energy conservation in the state and would be cost-effective for consumers who purchase and use such products; provided, that increased efficiency standards shall become effective within one year following adoption of any amended regulations establishing such increased efficiency standards.

1.9 Severability

A. The provisions of these Rules shall be severable and if the application of any clause, sentence, paragraph, subdivision, section or part of these Rules shall be adjudged by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, such judgment shall not affect, impair, or invalidate the application of any other clause, sentence, paragraph, subdivision, section or part of this chapter.

B. The provisions of these Rules shall be severable and if the application of any clause, sentence, paragraph, subdivision, section or part of these Rules shall be preempted by Federal Law, such preemption shall not affect, impair, or invalidate the application of any other clause, sentence, paragraph, subdivision, section or part of this chapter.

Title 810 Public Utilities Commission
Chapter 50 Products
Subchapter 00 N/A
Part 1 Minimum Efficiency Standards for Certain New Products (810-RICR-50-00-1)
Type of Filing Technical Revision
Regulation Status Active
Effective 06/01/2007

Regulation Authority :

R.I. Gen. Laws § 39-27-5

Purpose and Reason :

This technical revision is being filed to reformat the regulation for publication into the Rhode Island Code of Regulations. No substantive changes have been made.

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