15 July 2016
Update on Recent Department of Energy Rulemaking Activities
The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the following regulatory actions of potential interest to Hong Kong and mainland Chinese exporters of light-emitting diode lamps, televisions and electric motors.
The DOE has established new energy test procedure for integrated LED lamps to support the implementation of labelling provisions by the Federal Trade Commission as well as the on-going general service lamps rulemaking, which includes LED lamps. The final rule adopts test procedures for determining the lumen output, input power, lamp efficacy, correlated colour temperature, colour rendering index, power factor, lifetime and standby mode power for LED lamps. The rule also adopts a definition for time to failure to support the definition of lifetime. It incorporates by reference four industry standards, including two recently published standards that describe a process for taking lumen maintenance measurements and projecting those measurements for use in the lifetime test method. Representations must be based on testing in accordance with the new requirements starting on 28 December 2016.
The DOE is seeking comments by 25 July on whether revisions are needed to the energy test procedure for televisions. To inform interested parties and facilitate this process, the agency has gathered data and identified several issues associated with the current test procedure on which the DOE is particularly interested in receiving comment. While the issues outlined in this document mainly concern on-mode power measurement, the agency welcomes input on any subject within the scope of the TV test procedure, including topics not specifically raised in its request for information.
The DOE is proposing to revise its certification, compliance and enforcement regulations for electric motors and small electric motors to conform to the enforcement regulations for all other covered products and equipment and to consolidate, to the extent possible, the certification and compliance regulations for these products with those for other types of covered products and equipment. In addition to bringing the certification, compliance and enforcement regulations for electric motors and small electric motors under the umbrella and general regulatory scheme of the DOE’s existing regulations for other equipment, the proposal provides specific sampling plans, certification of efficiency requirements, independent testing laboratory, and certification programme and labelling requirements for electric motors and small electric motors. Comments on this proposal may be submitted by 25 July.