1. The British Columbia (B.C.), Canada’s Ministry of Energy and Mines published the Energy Efficiency Act (EEA) Standards for Small Battery Charging Systems on Feb. 20, 2015.  The effective date of the regulation is June 1st, 2015. The small battery charging system regulation applies to electronic systems manufactured or sold in British Columbia (B.C.), Canada that contain battery charging circuits with an input capacity of less than 2kW.  The regulation covers consumer electronic devices such as notebook computers, tablets, power tools, electric toothbrushes, shavers, phones, mobile workstations, and uninterruptible power supplies. Manufactures have expressed their concern about meeting the B.C. consumer battery charging system regulation therefore B.C will not enforce the regulation until January 1, 2016.
  1. The Congressional Research Services has issued a summary for the EPS Service Parts Act of 2014 – Amends the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to exempt external power supplies (EPS) for four years from energy conservation standards established by the Department of Energy in 2014. (EPS Convert household electric current into direct current or lower-voltage alternating current to operate a consumer product such as laptop computer or smart phone.) Applies this exemption to EPS service parts or spare parts manufactured during the period from February 10, 2016, through February 10, 2020, for end-use products that were manufactured before February 10, 2016. This requires such EPS parts to meet: (1) efficiency standards under the Act that were in effect prior to the issuance of the standards established in 2014, and (2) labeling and certification requirements under the External Power Supply International Efficiency Marking Protocol
  2. The final draft of Version 7.0 ENERGY STAR® Displays specification was shared by the EPA to the relevant partners and stakeholders on July 13, 2015.  The EPA plans to publish the final version in August 2015 with an effective date of April 30, 2016.  UL is ready to certify displays for the newest Version 7.0 immediately upon publication.
  3. The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) on July 27, 2015 regarding test procedures for battery chargers.  The NOPR proposes to update the test method for battery chargers, define and exclude backup battery chargers from the scope of the test method, reduce the number of configurations/tests for multi-voltage and multi-capacity battery chargers, etc. to avoid ambiguities, reduce testing burden and provide comparable, repeatable results.  Any revisions to the test procedure will impact the registration of small battery charger systems under the California Energy Commission (CEC) regulations.  UL will be present at the public meeting to discuss the various topics on September 15, 2015 in Washington, DC.