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HAWAII – Bill introduced to have the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs adopt state appliance efficiency standards

Issue: SB 2935 & HB 2248 - Energy Efficiency Standards

Affects: Could affect pool pumps, motors and portable spas.

Send comments to:  Jennifer Hatfield,jhatfield@apsp.org

Bill Summary: This bill requires the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs to adopt state appliance efficiency standards to protect consumers. The legislature also finds that new appliance efficiency standards have the potential to save Hawaii families and businesses billions of dollars while conserving energy and water resources. According to a 2017 national study from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Hawaii has the best opportunity in the nation to save money through the implementation of appliance efficiency standards. The legislature recognizes the State of California as a leader in establishing state-level appliance efficiency standards that protect consumers and finds that the California appliance efficiency standards should be used as a model for Hawaii's standards. The department shall adopt the appliance energy efficiency standards in title 20 California Code of Regulations, as in effect on July 1, 2018, for: 

(1) Faucets;  

(2) Showerheads; 

(3) Computers and monitors; 

(4) High color rendering index fluorescent lamps; 

(5) Air purifiers; 

(6) Commercial fryers; 

(7) Other appliances and devices as the department deems appropriate.

Although pools and spas are not called out; they may be considered under Item 7 above.  APSP supports energy efficiency requirements for portable spas and residential pool pumps and motors, to align with federal standards and APSP standards.

Status:SB 2935 – Failed upon adjournment May 3. HB 2248 – Failed upon adjournment May 3.

View proposed legislation: SB 2935: https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2018/bills/SB2935_.PDF

HB 2248: https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2018/bills/HB2248_.PDF