Oregon Appliance and Equipment Energy Efficiency Standards

August 24, 2023


Note: The federal government has imposed and updated appliance efficiency standards through several legislative acts,* and now has standards in place or under development for 30 classes of products. In general, states that had set standards prior to federal action may enforce their own standards until the federal standards take effect. States that had not set standards prior to federal action must use the federal standards. This summary addresses (1) state appliance standards that will be in place until federal standards take effect and (2) products for which the federal government is not currently developing an efficiency standard. Much of the information in this summary comes from the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP). Visit the ASAP web site for comprehensive information about appliance standards.

In June 2005, Oregon passed legislation setting minimum energy efficiency standards for 11 appliances. The standards have been updated to include additional products, most recently by Senate Bill 692 of 2013 and HB 2062 of 2021.  Additionally, the state is phasing out the sale of fluorescent lighting. Screw-base CFL bulbs will be phased out on January 1, 2024, and pin-base CFL and fluorescent tubes will be phased out on January 1, 2025. Those products regulated by Oregon law and not currently covered by federal standards include: 

  1.  Battery charger systems (2014)
  2.  Commercial dishwashers (2021) 
  3.  Commercial Fryers (2022)   
  4.  Commercial Steam Cookers (2021)
  5.  Compact audio products (2007) 
  6.  Computers and Computer Systems (2021) 
  7.  Digital versatile disc players and digital versatile disc recorders (2007) 
  8.  Faucets (2021)
  9.  High light output double-ended quartz halogen lamps (2013)
  10.  High-CRI Linear Fluorescent Lamps (2021)
  11.  Hot Food Holding Cabinets (2007)
  12.  Portable electric spas (2021)
  13.  Residential Ventilating Fans (2021)
  14.  Showerheads (2021)
  15.  Spray Sprinkler Bodies (2022)
  16. Televisions (2013)
  17.  Water Coolers (2021)

Dates listed in parenthesis signify the adoption year.

Testing requirements and minimum efficiency standards are outlined in the regulations. The standards do not apply to products installed in a mobile or manufactured home at the time of construction or designed expressly for installation and use in recreational vehicles. The law stipulates that the State Department of Energy must periodically review the minimum energy efficiency standards and report to the Legislative Assembly when the standards need to be updated, due to federal action or to the outcome of collaborative consultations with manufacturers and the energy departments of other states.

* These acts include the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act of 1987, the Energy Policy Act of 1992, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.


Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Oregon
Incentive Type: Appliance/Equipment Efficiency Standards
Web Site: https://www.oregon.gov/energy/energy-oregon/Pages/Appliance-Standards.aspx
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Refrigerators/Freezers
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Lighting
  • Other EE
  • Commercial Cooking Equipment
  • Personal Computing Equipment
  • Commercial Refrigeration Equipment
Equipment Requirements: Specified in standards
Test Methods: Specified in standards
Certification Requirements: Manufacturers certify to the Oregon State Department of Energy that products meet efficiency standards. The Department establishes rules governing the certification of these products and may coordinate with the certification programs of other states and federal agencies with similar standards. https://secure.sos.state.or.us/oard/displayDivisionRules.action?selectedDivision=1103
Review: State Department of Energy periodically reviews the standards and reports to the Legislative Assembly. https://oregon.public.law/statutes/ors_469.261
Implementing Agency: Oregon State Department of Energy


Name: ORS 469.229 et seq.
Date Enacted: 01/01/2007
Effective Date: 09/01/2009
Name: OAR 330-092-0005 et seq.
Date Enacted: 3/1/2008
Effective Date: 3/1/2008
Name: HB 2062


Name: Appliance Standards Program Manager
Phone: (503) 378-4040
Email: energyweb.incoming@state.or.us

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.