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RHODE ISLAND – energy efficiency requirements for portable spas

Issue:  HB 7828 / SB 2362 - Energy Efficiency Standards

Affects:  Portable spa manufacturers and those who retail and install such products

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

Bill Summary:This measure reestablishes minimum energy and water efficiency standards for certain products sold or installed within the state. Specifically, this measure redefines "portable electric spa" as a factory-built electric spa or hot tub which may or may not include any combination of integral controls, water heating or water circulating equipment. The measure requires the commission to adopt regulations establishing minimum efficiency standards for the types of new products listed, by June 1, 2019. The regulations shall require portable electric spas to meet the efficiency requirements of the American National Standard for Portable Electric Spa Energy Efficiency APSP-14, 2014 edition. No product listed in this act may be sold or offered for sale, lease or rent unless the efficiency of the new product meets or exceeds the standards provided on or after January 1, 2020. The commission may also establish standards for products not specifically listed. This measure also specially states that manufacturers of new products covered by this act must identify each product as in compliance with the provisions of the act by means of a mark, label, or tag on the product and packaging at the time of sale or installation. Furthermore, if any of the energy or water conservation standards issued or approved for publication by the Office of The United States Secretary of Energy as of January 19, 2017 are withdrawn, repealed, or otherwise voided, the minimum energy or water efficiency level permitted for products previously subject to federal energy or water conservation standards shall be the previously applicable federal standards, and no such new product may be sold or offered for sale, lease or rent in the state unless it meets or exceeds such standards.

Status:  HB 7828 – Hearing held on June 19 where the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee passed this measure. The House of Representatives then amended this measure during the June 20 floor session. On June 23 it was re-referred to the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee.  SB 2362 – During the April 11 floor session, the Senate Environment and Agriculture Committee held this measure for further study. This measure is still eligible for consideration in the committee of referral.

View proposed legislation:http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText18/HouseText18/H7828Aaa.pdf