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In the Matter of: 2008 Rulemaking on )      Docket No. 07-AAER-3
Appliance Efficiency Regulations )        
  )      Notice of Committee Workshop
Implementation of California Code of )      RE: 2008 Rulemaking Proceedings on
Regulations, Title 20, Section 1601 through )      Appliance Efficiency Regulations
Section 1608 )        
_________________________________________ )       

Notice of Efficiency Committee Workshop

The California Energy Commission's Efficiency Committee (Chairman Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, Presiding Member, and Commissioner Arthur Rosenfeld, Associate Member) will conduct a public workshop to seek comments from interested parties regarding draft appliance efficiency standards to be considered as proposed amendments to the Appliance Efficiency Regulations (Title 20, California Code of Regulations, Section 1601 through Section 1608). The public is invited to attend the workshop, which will be held on:

THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2008
9:00 a.m.
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Audio from this meeting will be broadcast over the Internet. For details, please go to:

If you do not have computer access and wish to participate in the meeting by phone,
please call 1-888-935-0258 by 9:00 AM Pacific Time
Passcode: Appliance Call Leader: Melinda Merritt


The purpose of this workshop is to provide industry, stakeholders and the public the opportunity to discuss draft amendments to the Appliance Efficiency Regulations proposed for the following subjects:

  • General purpose lighting
  • Portable lighting fixtures
  • High-intensity discharge metal halide fixtures
  • Battery charger systems test procedure
  • Residential pool pumps (clarification) and portable electric spas (test method clarification)
  • Updates and revisions necessary for currency with federal laws and other non-substantive changes

Energy Commission staff will post draft amendments to the Appliance Efficiency Regulations for consideration at this workshop along with proposals, analyses and comments received from stakeholders in the past three months. Readers of this Workshop Notice will be able to review the draft amendments when they are posted on the Energy Commission's website prior to the workshop.


In its April 2, 2008 Scoping Order, the Energy Commission's Efficiency Committee (Committee) established the scope of Phase I of the 2008 Appliance Efficiency Rulemaking regarding possible amendments to the Appliance Efficiency Regulations (Title 20, California Code of Regulations, Section 1601 through Section 1608). Phase I was divided into two separate, concurrent rulemakings, Part A and Part B.

The Committee will be considering proposed efficiency standards for televisions separate from Parts A and B and is establishing Part C within Phase I of this rulemaking to specifically address television energy efficiency. Staff, stakeholder and Committee activities with respect to televisions will not be discussed at the May 15, 2008 workshop, but will be the subject of future notices and possible workshops. Appliance categories for consideration in Phase I of the 2008 Appliance Efficiency Rulemaking are now divided as follows:

Part A:

Docket NumberAppliance Type
07-AAER-03-A General purpose lighting
07-AAER-03-A Portable lighting fixtures

Part B:

Docket Number Appliance Type
07-AAER-03-B High-intensity discharge metal halide fixtures
07-AAER-03-B Battery charger test method
07-AAER-03-B Residential pool pump (clarification) and portable electric spas (test method clarification)
07-AAER-03-B Updates & revisions necessary for consistency with federal law and other non-substantive change

Part C:

Docket Number Appliance Type
07-AAER-03-C Televisions

Written Comments

Written comments submitted prior to the workshop are requested by 5:00 p.m. on May 9, 2008. Written comments to be considered after the workshop must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on May 26, 2008.1 Please include the full docket number 07-AAER-3 (A or B, as applicable), and indicate 2008 Rulemaking Proceeding on Appliance Efficiency Regulations in the subject line or first paragraph of your comments. Please send your comments in writing to:

Harinder Singh
California Energy Commission
Buildings and Appliances Office,
1516 Ninth Street, MS-25
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

One paper copy must also be sent to the Energy Commission's Docket Unit.2

The Energy Commission encourages comments by e-mail. Please include your name or organization's in the name of the file. Those submitting comments by electronic mail should provide them in either Microsoft Word format or as a Portable Document Format (PDF) to hsingh@energy.state.us.

Participants may also provide an original and 10 copies at the beginning of the workshop. All written materials relating to this workshop will be filed with the Dockets Unit and become part of the public record in this proceeding.

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser's Office provides the public assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you want information on how to participate in this forum, please contact the Public Adviser's Office at: (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at pao@energy.state.ca.us. If you have a disability and require assistance to participate, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days in advance.

Please direct all news media inquiries to the Media Office at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us. If you have questions about this workshop, please call Harinder Singh at (916) 654-4091 or by e-mail at hsingh@energy.state.ca.us.

1 Please note that proposals for new standards must include complete details on the nature of the standard, and the energy and cost savings that would result, in order to be considered.

2 The Docket Unit's address is: California Energy Commission, Dockets Office, 1516 Ninth Street, MS-4, Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

commissioner signature
commissioner signature
Jackalyne Pfannenstiel
Chairman and Presiding Member
Efficiency Committee
Arthur H. Rosenfeld
Commissioner and Associate Member
Efficiency Committee

Date Posted: April 30, 2008

Note: California Energy Commission's formal name is State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission.

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