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ACT NO. 152


Conservation; commerce; appliance efficiency standards

This act establishes energy efficiency standards for the retail sale of new residential furnaces, residential boilers, medium voltage dry-type transformers, metal halide lamp fixtures, single-voltage external AC to DC power converters, and state-regulated reflector lamps. The standards are to be adopted by rule of the commissioner of public service by no later than June 1, 2007, with initial standards as detailed in the act, usually by reference to a standard that has been established already by another body. The new standards shall take effect for the different appliances on dates established in the act, which may be pegged to the date of manufacture or may simply establish a date when the standards shall apply to retail sale. Effective one year after a retail sale ban takes effect, no new product banned for retail sale may be installed for compensation, unless it meets the standards. The act gives the commissioner the authority to increase the standards, but provides that no increased standard may take place within one year after the effective date of the rule change. It allows use of appliances that do not meet the standards, but only for purposes of repair or replacement, and provided the equipment being repaired or replaced was acquired before the implementation date set in the act. The act requires manufacturers of covered new products to use a mark, label, or tag so as to identify each product offered for sale as being in compliance with the standards. The act gives the commissioner the power to conduct inspections, to perform tests on products, and to adopt further rules as necessary. Any manufacturer or distributor or any person who installs a product covered by the chapter for compensation who violates the chapter shall be subject to a civil penalty of no more than $250.00 per offense, per day. The district court is given jurisdiction over proceedings to enforce the chapter.

Effective Date: July 1, 2006

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont