DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
[Filed March 27, 2020, 8:35 a.m.]
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 19-15-090.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: The proposed rules to update appliance standards in chapter 194-24 WAC.
Hearing Location(s): On May 5, 2020, at 3:00 [p.m.], at Washington Department of Commerce, 1011 Plum Street S.E., Olympia, WA 98501. Remote testimony will be an option.
Date of Intended Adoption: May 6, 2020.
Submit Written Comments to: Sarah Vorpahl, Washington Department of Commerce, P.O. Box 42525, Olympia, WA 98504, email Appliances@commerce.wa.gov, by May 5, 2020.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Austin Scharff, email Austin.email@example.com, by May 5, 2020.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: This proposal updates chapter 194-24 WAC and to include three new product standards: air compressors, portable air conditioners and uninterruptible power supplies. The effective dates of standards in this legislation are based on date of manufacture, not the date of sale. Products already in stores or warehouses may be installed after the new standards take effect. The standards apply to manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and installers, rather than to individual consumers.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: The proposed rules implement statutory change to our existing state standards. These standards represent a cost-effective strategy to protect consumers and businesses and strengthen the state's economy. Efficient products save energy and water, reduce long-term operating costs, and cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Statute Being Implemented: Chapter 19.260
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: Washington department of commerce, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Sarah Vorpahl, 1011 Plum Street S.E., P.O. Box 42525, Olympia, WA 98504-2525, 360-680-6000; Implementation and Enforcement: Washington Department of Commerce, 1011 Plum Street S.E., P.O. Box 42525, Olympia, WA 98504-2525, 360-407-6000.
A school district fiscal impact statement is not required under RCW 28A.305.135
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328
Explanation of exemptions: RCW 34.05.328
does not apply to the department of commerce.
The proposed rule does not impose more-than-minor costs on businesses. Following is a summary of the agency's analysis showing how costs were calculated. The rules implement statutory requirements and do not impose costs beyond what is required to comply with the statute.
March 27, 2020
WAC 194-24-185Air compressors.
(1) Scope. This rule applies to new air compressors manufactured on or after January 1, 2022, through January 9, 2025.
(2) Standard. Air compressors that meet the twelve criteria listed on page 350 to 351 of the "energy conservation standards for air compressors" final rule issued by the United States Department of Energy on December 5, 2016, must meet the requirements in Table 1 on page 352 in accordance with the instructions on page 353.
(3) Testing. Air compressors must meet the test criteria as measured in accordance with the "uniform test method for certain air compressors" under 10 C.F.R. Part 431 (Appendix A to Subpart T) as in effect on July 3, 2017.
(4) Listing. Each manufacturer must cause to be listed each air compressor, by model number, in MAEDbS.
(5) Marking. Every unit of every air compressor must comply with the requirements of Section 1607 of the California Rule.
WAC 194-24-190Portable air conditioners.
(1) Scope. This rule applies to new portable air conditioners manufactured on or after February 1, 2022, through January 9, 2025.
(2) Standard. Portable air conditioners must have a combined energy efficiency ratio that is greater than or equal to:
(3.7117 × SACC0.6384)
where "SACC" is seasonally adjusted cooling capacity in British thermal unit/hour (Btu/hr).
(3) Testing. Portable air conditioners must meet the testing criteria as measured in accordance with the test methods prescribed in 10 C.F.R. Section 430.23 (Appendix CC to Subpart B of Part 430) in effect as of January 3, 2017.
(4) Listing. Each manufacturer must cause to be listed each portable air conditioner, by model number, in MAEDbS.
(5) Marking. Every unit of every portable air conditioner must comply with the requirements of Section 1607 of the California Rule.
WAC 194-24-195Uninterruptible power supplies.
(1) Scope. This rule applies to new uninterruptible power supplies manufactured on or after January 1, 2021, through January 9, 2022.
(2) Standard. Uninterruptible power supplies that utilize a NEMA 1-15P or 5-15P input plug and have an AC output must have an average load adjusted efficiency that meets or exceeds the values shown on page 193 of the prepublication final rule "Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Uninterruptible Power Supplies" issued by the United States Department of Energy on December 28, 2016.
(3) Testing. Uninterruptible power supplies must meet the testing criteria as measured in accordance with the test methods prescribed in Appendix Y to Subpart B of Part 430 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations "Uniform Test Method for Measuring the Energy Consumption of Battery Chargers" in effect as of January 11, 2017.
(4) Listing. There is no listing requirement for this product.
(5) Marking. There is no marking requirement for this product.