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Last Updated August 24, 2023

Program Overview


Regulatory Policy



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Appliance/Equipment Efficiency Standards



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Note: The federal government has imposed and updated appliance efficiency standards through several legislative acts,* and now has standards in place or under development for 30 classes of products. In general, states that had set standards prior to federal action may enforce their own standards until the federal standards take effect. States that had not set standards prior to federal action must use the federal standards. This summary addresses (1) state appliance standards that will be in place until federal standards take effect and (2) products for which the federal government is not currently developing an efficiency standard. Much of the information in this summary comes from the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP). Visit the ASAP web site for comprehensive information about appliance standards.

In June 2005, Oregon passed legislation setting minimum energy efficiency standards for 11 appliances. The standards have been updated to include additional products, most recently by Senate Bill 692 of 2013 and HB 2062 of 2021.  Additionally, the state is phasing out the sale of fluorescent lighting. Screw-base CFL bulbs will be phased out on January 1, 2024, and pin-base CFL and fluorescent tubes will be phased out on January 1, 2025. Those products regulated by Oregon law and not currently covered by federal standards include: 

  1.  Battery charger systems (2014)
  2.  Commercial dishwashers (2021) 
  3.  Commercial Fryers (2022)   
  4.  Commercial Steam Cookers (2021)
  5.  Compact audio products (2007) 
  6.  Computers and Computer Systems (2021) 
  7.  Digital versatile disc players and digital versatile disc recorders (2007) 
  8.  Faucets (2021)
  9.  High light output double-ended quartz halogen lamps (2013)
  10.  High-CRI Linear Fluorescent Lamps (2021)
  11.  Hot Food Holding Cabinets (2007)
  12.  Portable electric spas (2021)
  13.  Residential Ventilating Fans (2021)
  14.  Showerheads (2021)
  15.  Spray Sprinkler Bodies (2022)
  16. Televisions (2013)
  17.  Water Coolers (2021)

Dates listed in parenthesis signify the adoption year.

Testing requirements and minimum efficiency standards are outlined in the regulations. The standards do not apply to products installed in a mobile or manufactured home at the time of construction or designed expressly for installation and use in recreational vehicles. The law stipulates that the State Department of Energy must periodically review the minimum energy efficiency standards and report to the Legislative Assembly when the standards need to be updated, due to federal action or to the outcome of collaborative consultations with manufacturers and the energy departments of other states.

* These acts include the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act of 1987, the Energy Policy Act of 1992, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.