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DOE/EE RIN: 1904-AB57 Publication ID: 2012 
Title: Energy Efficiency Standards for Battery Chargers and External Power Supplies 
Abstract: In addition to the existing general definition of "external power supply," the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) defines a "Class A external power supply" and sets efficiency standards for those products. EISA directs DOE to publish a final rule to determine whether the standards set for Class A external power supplies should be amended. EISA also requires DOE to issue a final rule prescribing energy conservation standards for battery chargers, if technologically feasible and economically justified or to determine that no energy conservation standard is technically feasible and economically justified. 
Agency: Department of Energy(DOE)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda   Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: Private Sector 
CFR Citation: 10 CFR 430   
Legal Authority: 42 USC 6295(u)   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory    07/01/2011 

Statement of Need: EPCA requires minimum energy standards for appliances, which has the effect of eliminating inefficient appliances and equipment from the market.

Summary of the Legal Basis: Title III of EPCA sets forth a variety of provisions designed to improve energy efficiency. Part A of title III (42 U.S.C. 6291 to 6309) provides for the Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products other than Automobiles. EPCA directs DOE to conduct a rulemaking to establish energy conservation standards for battery chargers or determine that no energy conservation standard is technically feasible and economically justified (42 U.S.C. 6295 (u)(1)(E)(i)-(ii)and (w)(3)(D)). In addition to the existing general definition of "external power supply," EPCA defines a "Class A external power supply" (42 U.S.C. 6291(36)(C)) and sets efficiency standards for those products (42 U.S.C. 6295(u)(3)). EPCA directs DOE to publish a final rule to determine whether amended standards should be set for external power supplies or classes of external power supplies. If such determination is positive, DOE must include any amended or new standards as part of that final rule. DOE completed this determination in 2012. 75 FR 7170 (May 14, 2010) DOE is bundling these separate rulemaking requirements into a single rulemaking action.

Alternatives: The statute requires DOE to conduct rulemakings to review standards and to revise standards to achieve the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that the Secretary determines is technologically feasible and economically justified. In making this determination, DOE conducts a thorough analysis of the alternative standard levels, including the existing standard, based on the criteria specified by the statute.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits: DOE believes that the benefits to the Nation of the proposed energy standards for battery chargers and external power supplies (such as energy savings, consumer average lifecycle cost savings, an increase in national net present value, and emission reductions) outweigh the burdens (such as loss of industry net present value). DOE estimates that energy savings from electricity will be 2.16 quads over 30 years and the benefit to the Nation will be between $6.68 billion and $12.44 billion

Action Date FR Cite
Notice: Public Meeting, Framework Document Availability  06/04/2009  74 FR 26816   
Comment Period End  07/20/2009    
Notice: Public Meeting, Data Availability  09/15/2010  75 FR 56021   
Comment Period End  10/15/2010    
Final Rule (Technical Amendment)  09/19/2011  76 FR 57897   
NPRM  03/27/2012  77 FR 18478   
Final Rule: Technical Amendment  04/16/2012  77 FR 22472   
NPRM Comment Period End  05/29/2012 
NPRM Comment Period Reopened  06/29/2012  77 FR 38743   
Reopened NPRM Comment Period End  07/16/2012 
Final Action  02/00/2013 
Additional Information: Includes Retrospective Review under E.O. 13563.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Local, State 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: Yes 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Information URL: www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/residential/battery_external.html  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Related RINs: Related to 1904-AB75 
Agency Contact:
Jeremy Dommu
Building Technologies Office, EE-2J
Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20585
Phone:202 586-9870
Email: jeremy.dommu@ee.doe.gov