Appliance Efficiency Program

Manufacturers must certify appliance efficiency data to the Energy Commission in order to comply with state law.

Compliance — Go here for information on their compliance program, to certify appliance data, or apply for approval of a test laboratory or third party certifier.

Enforcement — Go here for information on their enforcement program, to report a violation, or to respond to an enforcement letter.

Report Noncompliance — Report a violation via PDF.

Outreach — Go here for outreach and education materials such as flyers, brochures, reports, and FAQs.

Appliance Efficiency Regulations

California Code of Regulations, Title 20

Summary: The current Appliance Efficiency Regulations (California Code of Regulations, Title 20, Sections 1601 through 1608), dated July 2015, contain amendments that were incorporated due to changes in the state standards and replace all previous versions. The official version of these regulations are available on WestlawNext’s webpage here.

Type of Regulation: Appliance Efficiency

Docket Number: 17–AAER–05

  • January 19, 2018 — Order instituting rulemaking proceeding
  • October 25, 2017 — Presentation- Results of the invitation to submit proposals
  • September 25, 2017 — Staff webinar stakeholder proposals
  • August 28, 2017 — Presentation – Invitation to submit proposals
  • August 4, 2017 — Notice of extension of invitation to submit proposals
  • July 19, 2017 — Workshop introduction
  • July 19, 2017 — Presentation – Results of ITP – fans and blowers
  • July 10, 2017 — ITP workshop agenda for commercial and industrial fans and blowers
  • June 2, 2017 — Notice of staff workshop – fans & blowers – responses to ITP
  • May 10, 2017 — Invitation to participate presentation
  • May 1, 2017 — Invitation to participate webinar agenda
  • April 21, 2017 — Notice of invitation to participate and staff webinar regarding phase II pre-rulemaking

Staff Contacts: Laura Petrillo-Groh and  Kyle Bergeron

California Air Resource Board (CARB)

Short-lived climate pollution reduction strategy

Summary: California is seeking to achieve steep reductions in short-lived climate pollutant (SLCP) emissions with the purpose of meeting future greenhouse gas emission targets and air quality goals. On April 11, 2016, the California Air resources Board (CARB) issued its Proposed Strategy to reduce SLCPs. Among other things, CARB is proposing planning targets to reduce emissions of HFCs by 40 percent (below 2013 levels) by year 2030. More specifically, the Strategy proposes the following:

  • Incentive programs to defray the potential added cost of installing new low-GWP refrigeration equipment or converting existing high-GWP systems to lower-GWP options,
  • The development of a California HFC phasedown schedule if an amendment to the Montreal Protocol is not reached in 2016,
  • Prohibition on the sale of new refrigerants with GWP values of 2500 or greater (reclaimed or recycled refrigerants would be exempted),
  • Prohibition of high-GWP refrigerants in new stationary equipment as listed in the table below:

Stationary Refrigeration or Stationary Air-Conditioning Sector

Refrigerants Prohibited in New Equipment with a 100-year GWP Value:

Proposed Start Date

Non-residential refrigeration

150 or greater

January 1, 2020

Air-conditioning (non-residential and residential)

750 or greater

January 1, 2021

    Type of Regulation: California

    Staff Contact: Laura Petrillo-Groh