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Appliance and Equipment Energy Efficiency Standards   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/02/2014
Program Overview:
State: Oregon
Incentive Type: Appliance/Equipment Efficiency Standards
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, Bottle-type water dispensers, Commercial hot food holding cabinets, Compact audio products, DVD players and recorders, Portable electric spas, Battery charger systems, Televisions, Halogen lamps
Applicable Sectors: Manufacturers
Equipment RequirementsSpecified in standards
Test MethodsSpecified in standards
Certification RequirementsManufacturers certify to the Oregon State Department of Energy that products meet efficiency standards. The Department establishes rules governing the certification of these products and may coordinate with the certification programs of other states and federal agencies with similar standards.
ReviewState Department of Energy periodically reviews the standards and reports to the Legislative Assembly
Implementing AgencyOregon State Department of Energy
Web Site:
Authority 1:
ORS 469.229 et seq.
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
OAR 330-092-0005 et seq.

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 which 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 the 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. Those products regulated by Oregon law and not currently covered by federal standards include: 

  1. Bottle-type water dispensers (2009)
  2. Commercial hot food holding cabinets (2009)
  3. Commercial refrigerators and freezers (2008)
  4. Compact audio products (2009)
  5. Digital versatile disc players and digital versatile disc recorders (2009)
  6. Portable electric spas (2009)
  7. Battery charger systems (2014)
  8. High light output double-ended quartz halogen lamps (2016)
  9. Televisions (2014)

Dates listed in parenthesis signify the effective 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.


  Appliance Standards Program Manager
Phone: (503) 378-4040
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