Energy Conservation Standards Proposed for Uninterruptible Power Supplies
The Department of Energy is proposing new energy conservation standards for uninterruptible power supplies (a class of battery chargers) that, if adopted, would apply to all UPSs manufactured in or imported into the U.S. starting two years after the publication date of a final rule.
DOE has tentatively concluded that the proposed standards represent the maximum improvement in energy efficiency that is technologically feasible and economically justified and would result in the significant conservation of energy. In addition, UPSs achieving the proposed standards are already commercially available for all covered products. However, DOE notes that it could end up adopting standards that are either higher or lower than those proposed.
DOE will hold a public meeting on this proposal (which will also be broadcast as a webinar) Sept. 9. Comments, data and information regarding this proposal may be submitted through Oct. 4.