Appliance Standards

Our team has been involved in the development of nearly every California energy efficiency appliance standard and test procedure since 2001, supporting more than 75 standards over the last 18 years. Additionally, the Energy Solutions team has been directly involved, through our advocacy efforts, in the development and update of United States DOE energy efficiency appliance standards and test procedures for over a decade. 

On behalf of our clients, which includes utility organizations, regional and state efficiency organizations, international energy agencies, and national laboratories, we develop, advocate for, and analyze new or updated standards that result in cost-effective, technically-feasible energy savings standard levels and representative, repeatable test procedures.

We understand both the impacts of federal standards in specified states (or regions) and how standards in different states or regions can impact the larger market. Energy Solutions’ successful approach to standards and test procedure development stems from our deep understanding of the market, which is bolstered by our work on demand side management and emerging technologies programs.

By collaborating with our program implementation teams, we gain intimate knowledge and relationships with key market actors, enabling us to deliver comprehensive, market-based approaches to rule-makings. Additionally, our expertise with appliance standards helps inform our energy efficiency programs in their response to rising baselines and other code-driven trends.

Our team have participated in:

Over 100 public meetings

Developed over 300 technical and policy comment letters on federal-level rule-makings for labeling programs, standards, and test procedures.

Our product categories include:

  • HVAC
  • Lighting
  • Appliances
  • Electronics
  • Networked equipment
  • Industrial equipment

Appliance Standards Compliance Improvement Education & Outreach

To improve compliance with state and DOE standards, we’ve identified key market actors across the entire distribution channel for high-savings, low-compliance measures and built educational resources, in-person trainings, webinars and online self-study materials to improve understanding and remove barriers to compliance.

In addition to direct outreach, our experts teamed with Energy Code Ace, to provide on-demand, self-study courses for key market actors to equip them with the most updated regulations in an easy-to-use, accessible forum.

We work with manufacturers to ensure their equipment sold in California meets minimum efficiency requirements and that they successfully complete California’s certification process. We also work directly with retailers and distributors to educate their representatives on the technical and administrative requirements of Title 20, and with industry associations to reach contractor and institutional audiences.

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