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Scoping Workshop Public Meeting on Plans for DevelopingEnergy Conservation Standards for Battery Chargers and External Power SuppliesJanuary 24, 2007 – Washington, DCIssues for Stakeholder Comment The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published two documents on its website in conjunction with this public meeting: Plans for Developing Energy Conservation Standards for Battery Chargers and External Power Supplies and The Current and Projected Future Market for Battery Chargers and External Power Supplies. While DOE invites comments from stakeholders on all aspects of the material presented in these documents, there are several issues in particular on which DOE seeks comment and that are identified in issue boxes. The list of issues is reproduced below, grouped according to the session today at which they will be discussed. Within those groupings, the issues are numbered according to their appearance in the documents (1-16 from the Plans document and 17-54 from the Future Market document). For each issue, the page number on which it appears in one of the supporting documents is indicated. 1. Introduction [No Issues] 2. Regulatory Process Overview [No Issues] 3. Determination Analysis Analytical Steps Issue 2. DOE invites stakeholders to recommend baseline models from each of the productclasses that would constitute good representative units for analysis. 3-3Issue 3. For each product class, DOE welcomes information on design options and incremental ...

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ScopingWorkshopPublicMeetingonPlansforDevelopingEnergyConservationStandardsforBatteryChargersandExternalPowerSuppliesJanuary24,2007Washington,DC
IssuesforStakeholderCommentTheU.S.DepartmentofEnergy(DOE)publishedtwodocumentsonitswebsiteinconjunctionwiththispublicmeeting:PlansforDevelopingEnergyConservationStandardsforBatteryChargersandExternalPowerSuppliesandTheCurrentandProjectedFutureMarketforBatteryChargersandExternalPowerSupplies.WhileDOEinvitescommentsfromstakeholdersonallaspectsofthematerialpresentedinthesedocuments,thereareseveralissuesinparticularonwhichDOEseekscommentandthatareidentifiedinissueboxes.Thelistofissuesisreproducedbelow,groupedaccordingtothesessiontodayatwhichtheywillbediscussed.Withinthosegroupings,theissuesarenumberedaccordingtotheirappearanceinthedocuments(1-16fromthePlansdocumentand17-54fromtheFutureMarketdocument).Foreachissue,thepagenumberonwhichitappearsinoneofthesupportingdocumentsisindicated.
1.Introduction[NoIssues]
2.RegulatoryProcessOverview[NoIssues]
3.DeterminationAnalysisAnalyticalStepsIssue2.DOEinvitesstakeholderstorecommendbaselinemodelsfromeachoftheproductclassesthatwouldconstitutegoodrepresentativeunitsforanalysis.3-3Issue3.Foreachproductclass,DOEwelcomesinformationondesignoptionsandincrementalmanufacturingcostsforseveralefficiencylevelsabovethebaseline,oneofwhichwouldbemaxtech.Detailedinformationontheproductperformanceandtheincrementalmanufacturingcosts(e.g.,materialcosts,laborcosts,overheadcosts(excludingdepreciation),buildingconversioncapitalexpenditures,tooling/equipmentconversioncapitalexpenditures,researchanddevelopment(R&D)expenses,andmarketingexpenses)wouldbewelcome.5-1Issue4.DOEwelcomescommentsontheabove-describedapproachtodeterminingtherelationshipbetweenmanufacturersellingpriceanddeviceefficiency.Stakeholdersareinvitedtoprovidedatatosupporttheircommentswhereappropriate.5-2
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Issue5.DOEwelcomescommentsonthemarkupapproachproposedfordevelopingestimatesofmanufacturersellingprices.5-2Issue6.DOEwelcomescommentsastowhetherthereareproprietarydesignsthatDOEshouldbeawareofforBCsorEPSsunderconsiderationbythisrulemaking.5-3Issue7.DOEwelcomescommentsastowhetherthereareoutsideissuesthatDOEshouldconsiderinitsanalysisofBCsandEPSsandtheimpactofsuchissues.Stakeholdersareinvitedtoprovidedatatosupporttheircommentswhereappropriate.5-3Issue8.DOEwelcomesrecommendationsonsourcesofdatathatwouldprovideend-useoperatingprofilesforBCsandEPSscoveredunderthisrulemaking.6-1Issue9.DOEwelcomescommentsonthedistributionchannelsforBCsandEPSs,thekeystakeholdersinthosedistributionchannels,thetypicalmarkupsappliedbythosestakeholders,andtheoverallmarkupfrommanufacturersellingpricetoretailshelf.7-1Issue10.DOEwelcomesinputontheproposedmethodologyforestimatingcurrentandfutureelectricityprices.8-2Issue11.DOEwelcomesinputontheproposedapproachesforestimatingdiscountratesforconsumersofBCsandEPSscoveredunderthisrulemaking.8-2Issue12.DOEwelcomescommentsonappropriateproductlifetimesforBCsandEPSs.8-2Issue13.DOEwelcomescommentson,andanyinformationconcerning,thefourfactorsdescribedaboveforprojectingovertimeannualshipmentsofBCsandEPSs.9-2Issue14.DOEwelcomescommentsonhowstandardsforBCsorEPSsmightimpactBCandEPSshipments.DOEalsoinvitesinputontheexpectedimpactsofmarket-pullprogramsthatpromotetheadoptionofmoreefficientBCsorEPSs.9-3Issue15.DOEwelcomesinputonBCandEPSshipmentsforecasts.Seeissues28and29intheCurrentandProjectedFutureMarketsdocumentforrelatedinvitationsforcomment.9-3Issue16.DOEwelcomescommentsontheNESspreadsheetmodelsusedforestimatingnationalimpactsofenergyconservationstandards.10-14.EnergyConservationStandardsAnalyses[NoIssues]5.ScopeofCoverageandProductClassesIssue43:DOEinvitescommentonthispreliminarydifferentiationoftheBCandEPSmarkets,basedontheENERGYSTARdefinitions,includingwhetherthisinterpretationisdifferentfromothernationalorinternationalstandardsorvoluntaryprograms.4-3Issue44:DOEinvitescommentontheseandanyotherfactorsitshouldtakeintoconsiderationindetermininghowtoclassifydevicesappropriately.4-5Issue45:DOEinvitescommentonwhetheritwouldbeappropriatetoclassifyproductsthatservetwomajorfunctionsinaseparateproductclassandevaluatethoseproductsconsideringtwoenergyconservationstandards,oneaddressingeachmajorfunction.DOEwasrecentlygrantedauthoritytoestablishtwostandardsforoneproductthatservestomajorfunctionsby
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EPACT2005,section135(c)(3)whichamendedsection325(o)(5)ofEPCA.(42U.S.C.6295(o)(5)).4-5Issue46:Inthecontextofthedefinitionofa“consumerproduct”containedintheUnitedStatesCode(42USC6291(1)),stakeholdersareinvitedtoprovidedetailedcommentsonDOE’sscope,includingidentifyinganypreferredapproach,andtheadvantagesanddisadvantagesofotherapproaches.StakeholdersareinvitedtoidentifyandexplainjustificationforspecificproductsthatDOEshouldaddressoromitfromitsdeterminationanalysis.4-11Issue47:DOEinvitescommentondifferentiatingproductclassesbybatterychemistry;specificallyonaddressingdifferentchemistriescurrentlyinthemarket:nickel-cadmium(NiCd),nickel-metal-hydride(NiMH),lead-acid,andlithium-ion(Li-ion).4-14Issue48:DOEinvitescommentonitsproposalofhavingoneormultipleproductclassesforBCs,andtheuseofacurve-fitequationtoestablishtherequiredenergyratios.4-15Issue49:DOEinvitescommentonwhetheritmaybenecessarytohaveseparateproductclassesforcontinuousBCsandterminatingBCs.4-15Issue50:DOEinvitescommentonwhetherEPSbelow10wattsshouldbeclassifiedseparatelyintoregulatedandunregulatedproductclasses.4-17Issue51:DOEinvitescommentondifferentiatingEPSproductclassesbyoutputvoltage.4-18Issue52:DOErequestscommentonaccountingforpowerfactorcorrection(PFC)inEPSsasaseparateproductclass,anadjustmenttoanypossiblefuturestandardornotatall.4-18Issue53:DOEissolicitingcommentsfromstakeholdersonappropriateproductclassestouseforEPSs.4-19Issue54:DOEisalsosolicitingcommentonwhetheritshouldtreatEPSsthatalsooperateBCsembeddedinconsumerproductsinaseparateproductclass.4-196.PreliminaryMarketAssessmentIssue17:DOEinvitescommentonwhetherBCsthatuseinputpowerfromUSBportsshouldbeincludedinthescopeofthisdetermination.2-6Issue18:DOEinvitescommentontechnicalissuesandconsumerpreferencesthatmaydrivemarketshiftstowardorawayfromBCsandEPSsshippedwithconsumerelectronics.2-6Issue19:DOEinvitescommentontheinitialconsumerproductgroupingsandrangesofmaximumratedwattagesofEPSshippedwiththoseproducts.SeeTable2.1.2-12Issue20:DOEinvitesstakeholdercommentonshipmentsofpowertools,digitalcameras,plasmaTVs,flat-panelcomputermonitors,scanners,camcorders,printers,electronicmusicalinstruments,hand-heldglobalpositioningsystem(GPS)receivers,andportabledigitalmusicplayers.DOEisalsointerestedinunderstandingthetypeofpowerconversionsystemwithwhichtheseproductsaretypicallysold.2-12Issue21:DOEinvitesstakeholdercommentonshipmentsbetween2000and2005forpowertools,documentscanners,LCDTVsunder23inches,flat-panelcomputermonitors,portabledigitalvideodisc(DVD)players,electronicmusicalinstruments,wirelesslocalareanetwork(LAN)andcord-connectedlocalareanetworkequipment,andportablegaminghardware.2-12
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Issue22:DOEinvitesstakeholdercommentonprojectedchangesinshipmentsforproductsusingaBCand/oranEPS,especiallybeyond2010.2-12Issue23:DOEinvitescommentonthedigitalcameramarket,includingproportionofshipmentsassociatedwiththetypeofpowerconversiondevicesuppliedwiththecamera(ifany).2-16Issue24:DOEinvitesstakeholdercommentonthedifferencesbetweenhomeownerandprofessionalcordlesspowertoolusagepatterns.2-17Issue25:DOEwelcomesinputonthetypesofportabledigitalmusicplayersthatuseBCsorEPSs,historicdataonshipmentsfor2000-2005,relevantdesigntrends,andshipmentforecasts.2-18Issue26:DOEwelcomescommentontheproportionsofflat-panelmonitors,flatbedscanners,printers,camcorders,digitalcameras,andportableaudioplayersthatareshippedwithBCsand/orEPSs.2-25Issue27:DOEwelcomescommentonhowtherespectivemarketsharesoflinearandswitchingEPSshavechangedhistorically.2-25Issue28:DOEinvitescommentonusagepatternsofconsumerproductsthatuseaBCand/oranEPS.2-25Issue29:DOEinvitescommentonforecastedgrowthofEPSshipments,particularlyforthetimeperiodafter2010.2-25Issue30:DOEinvitescommentanddataonhistoricalandforecastedBCshipments.2-27Issue31:DOEinvitescommentonfutureandhistoricalshipmentsofuniversalbatterychargersandthepercentagesofdifferentconsumerproductsthatuseaBC.2-27Issue32:DOEinvitesstakeholdercommentonfactorypricesofBCsbybatterychemistrytypeandonretailpricesofuniversalBCs.DOEalsoinvitesstakeholdercommentonthefactorypricesandforecastedaveragefactorypricespresentedinthissectionforEPSs.2-30Issue33:DOEinvitescommentsonnames,quantities,andmanufacturingactivitiesofBCandEPSmanufacturersworldwide.2-37Issue34:DOErequestscommentontheimpactofvariousStatestandardsandregulationsonthemarketforBCandEPS.2-447.PreliminaryTechnologyAssessmentIssue35:DOEinvitescommentonpowerconsumptionandconsumerusepatternsofBCsandEPSs.3-27Issue36:DOEinvitescommentonthequantitiesanddifferenttypesofEPSsinthemarket,especiallyunregulatedlinefrequencyEPSsandswitchingregulatedEPSs.3-29Issue37:DOEinvitescommentondifferenttypesofBCsinthemarket.3-37Issue38:DOEinvitescommentsonwhichefficiencylevelsarecommoninthemarketandwhetherthemedianvalueslistedinTable3.3arerepresentativeofthemarket.3-42Issue39:DOEinvitescommentsontherelationshipbetweencostandefficiencyforEPSsatdifferentoutputpowerratings.3-42
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Issue 40:DOE invites comments on which power consumption levels are common in the market and whether the median values listed in Table 3.4 are representative of the market.3-44 Issue 41:DOE invites comments on how to develop a single metric that combines active mode efficiency and no-load mode power consumption.3-45 Issue 42:DOE invites comments on these component technology options and would welcome input on other approaches to improve efficiency through the components.3-50
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