TITLE 39
Public Utilities and Carriers

CHAPTER 39-27
The Energy and Consumer Savings Act of 2005

SECTION 39-27-5


   § 39-27-5  Efficiency standards. – (a) Not later than June 1, 2006, the commission, in consultation with the state building commissioner and the chief of energy and community services, shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 35 of title 42, establishing minimum efficiency standards for the types of new products set forth in subparagraph (a) of § 39-27-4. The regulations shall provide for the following minimum efficiency standards:

   (1) Automatic commercial ice makers shall meet the energy efficiency requirements shown in table A-7 of § 1605.3 of the California Code of Regulations, Title 20: Division 2, Chapter 4, Article 4: Appliance Efficiency Regulations as adopted on December 15, 2004.

   (2) Commercial clothes washers shall meet the requirements shown in Table P-4 of § 1605.3 of the California Code of Regulations, Title 20: Division 2, Chapter 4, Article 4: Appliance Efficiency Regulations in effect on December 15, 2004.

   (3) Commercial pre-rinse spray valves shall have a flow rate equal to or less than one and six tenths (1.6) gallons per minute.

   (4) Commercial refrigerators, freezers and refrigerator-freezers shall meet the minimum efficiency requirements shown in Table A-6 of § 1605.3 of the California Code of Regulations, Title 20: Division 2, Chapter 4, Article 4: Appliance Efficiency Regulations as adopted on December 15, 2004, except that pulldown refrigerators with transparent doors shall meet a requirement five percent (5%) less stringent than shown in the California regulations.

   (5) High-intensity discharge lamp ballasts shall not be designed and marketed to operate a mercury vapor lamp.

   (6) Illuminated exit signs shall have an input power demand of five (5) watts or less per illuminated face.

   (7) Large packaged air-conditioning equipment shall meet a minimum energy efficiency ratio of:

   (i) Ten (10.0) for air conditioning without an integrated heating component or with electric resistance heating integrated into the unit;

   (ii) Nine and eight tenths (9.8) for air conditioning with heating other than electric resistance integrated into the unit;

   (iii) Nine and five tenths (9.5) for air conditioning with heating other than electric resistance integrated heating component or with electric resistance heating integrated into the unit;

   (iv) Nine and three tenths (9.3) for air conditioning heat pump equipment with heating other than electric resistance integrated into the unit. Large packaged air conditioning heat pumps shall meet a minimum coefficient of performance in the heating mode of three and two tenths (3.2) (measured at a high temperature rating of forty-seven (47) degrees F db).

   (8) Low voltage dry-type distribution transformers shall meet the Class 1 efficiency levels for low voltage distribution transformers specified in Table 4-2 of the "Guide for Determining Energy Efficiency for Distribution Transformers" published by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA Standard TP-1-2002).

   (9) Metal halide lamp fixtures that operate in a vertical position and are designed to be operated with lamps rated greater than or equal to one hundred fifty (150) watts but less than or equal to five hundred (500) watts shall not contain a probe-start metal halide lamp ballast.

   (10) Single-voltage external AC to DC power supplies shall meet the tier one energy efficiency requirements shown in Table U-1 of § 1605.3 of the California Code of Regulations, Title 20: Division 2, Chapter 4, Article 4: Appliance Efficiency Regulations as adopted on December 15, 2004. This standard applies to single voltage AC to DC power supplies that are sold individually and to those that are sold as a component of or in conjunction with another product. Single-voltage external AC to DC power supplies that are made available by a product manufacturer as service parts or spare parts for its products manufactured prior to January 1, 2008 shall be exempt from this provision.

   (11) Torchieres shall not use more than one hundred ninety (190) watts. A torchiere shall be deemed to use more than one hundred ninety (190) watts if any commercially available lamp or combination of lamps can be inserted in its socket(s) and cause the torchiere to draw more than one hundred ninety (190) watts when operated at full brightness.

   (12) Traffic signal modules shall meet the product specification of the "Energy Star Program Requirements for Traffic Signals" developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that took effect in February 2001 and shall be installed with compatible, electronically- connected signal control interface devices and conflict monitoring systems.

   (13) Unit heater shall be equipped with an intermittent ignition device and shall have either power venting or an automatic flue damper.

   (b) Not later than June 1, 2007, the commission, in consultation with the state building commissioner and the chief of energy and community services, shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 42-35, establishing minimum efficiency standards for the types of new products set forth in paragraph (b) of § 39-27-4. The regulations shall provide for the following minimum efficiency standards.

   (1) Bottle-type water dispensers designed for dispensing both hot and cold water shall not have standby energy consumption greater than one and two tenths (1.2) kilowatt-hours per day.

   (2) Commercial hot food holding cabinets shall have a maximum idle energy rate of forty (40) watts per cubic foot of interior volume.

   (3)(i) Residential furnaces and residential boilers shall comply with the following Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) and electricity ratio values.

   Product Type Minimum AFUE     Maximum

   electricity ratio

   Natural gas and propane-

   fired furnaces       90%       2.0%

   Oil-fired furnaces>94,000

   Btu/hour in capacity       83%       2.0%

   Oil-fired furnaces>94,000

   Btu/hour in capacity       83%       2.3%

   Natural gas and oil,

   and propane-fired hot

   water residential boilers       84% Not applicable

   Natural gas, oil, and

   propane-fired steam

   residential boilers       82% Not applicable

   (ii) The chief of energy and community services shall adopt rules to provide for exemptions from compliance with the foregoing residential furnace or residential boiler AFUE standards at any building, site or location where complying with said standards would be in conflict with any local zoning ordinance, fire code, building or plumbing code or other rule regarding installation and venting of residential furnaces or residential boilers.

   (iii) The provisions of this subsection 39-27-5(b) shall be effective upon determination by the chief of energy and community services that the same or substantial corresponding standards have been enacted in two (2) New England states.

   (4)(i) State-regulated incandescent reflector lamps shall meet the minimum average lamp efficacy requirements for federally-regulated incandescent reflector lamps contained in 42 U.S.C. § 6295(i)(1)(A).

   (ii) The following types of incandescent reflector lamps are exempt from these requirements:

   (I) lamps rated at fifty (50) watts or less of the following types: BR30, BR40, ER30 and ER40;

   (II) lamps rated at sixty-five (65) watts of the following types: BR30, BR40, and ER40; and

   (III) R20 lamps of forty-five (45) watts or less.

   (5)(i) Walk-in refrigerators and walk-in freezers with the applicable motor types shown in the table below shall include the required components shown.

   MOTOR Type Required Components

   All Interior lights: light sources

   with an efficacy of forty-

   five (45) lumens per watt

   or more, including ballast losses

   (if any). This efficacy standard

   does not apply to LED light

   sources until January 1, 2010.

   All Automatic door closers that

   firmly close all reach-in doors.

   All Automatic door closers that

   firmly close all walk-in doors

   no wider than 3.9 feet and no

   higher than 6.9 feet that have

   been closed to within one inch

   of full closure.

   All Wall, ceiling, and door insulation

   at least R-28 for refrigerators

   and at least R-34 for freezers

   All Floor insulation at least R-28

   for freezers (no requirements

   for refrigerators)

   Condenser fan Electronically commutated

   motors of under one motors, Permanently

   horsepower split capacitor-type motors

   Polyphase motors of one half (1/2)

   horsepower or more

   Single-phase evaporator fan Electronically commutated

   motors of under one horse- motors

   power and less than four

   hundred sixty (460) volts

   (ii) In addition to the requirements in paragraph (i), walk-in refrigerators and walk-in freezers with transparent reach-in doors shall meet the following requirements: transparent reach-in doors shall be of triple pane glass with either heat-reflective treated glass or gas fill; if the appliance has an anti-sweat heater without anti-sweat controls, then: the appliance shall have a total door rail, glass, and frame heater power draw of no more than forty (40) watts if it is a freezer or seventeen (17) watts if it is a refrigerator per foot of door frame width; and if the appliance has an anti-sweat heater with anti-sweat heat controls, and the total door rail, glass, and frame heater power draw is more than forty (40) watts if it is a freezer or seventeen (17) watts if it is a refrigerator per foot of door frame width, then: the anti-sweat heat controls shall reduce the energy use of the anti-sweat heater in an amount corresponding to the relative humidity in the air outside the door or to the condensation on the inner glass pane.

History of Section.
(P.L. 2005, ch. 136, § 1; P.L. 2005, ch. 146, § 1; P.L. 2006, ch. 177, § 1; P.L. 2006, ch. 288, § 1.)