Appliance and Equipment Efficiency Standards (Rhode Island)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Rhode Island

Name Appliance and Equipment Efficiency Standards
Incentive Type Appliance/Equipment Efficiency Standards
Applicable Sector Manufacturers
Eligible Technologies Lighting, Bottle-type water dispensers, Commercial hot-food holding cabinets
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

Equipment Requirements Specified in standards

Implementing Agency Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources

Review Not specified; increased efficiency standards for the products currently covered may be adopted

Test Methods Specified in standards or State Building Code of Rhode Island

Date added to DSIRE 2006-06-05
Last DSIRE Review 2013-05-14
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency[1]


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 which 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 the 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 and the U.S. Department of Energy's Appliance Standards site for comprehensive information about appliance standards.

Rhode Island’s Energy and Consumer Savings Act of 2005 established minimum energy efficiency standards for twelve commercial and residential products, nine of which were immediately preempted by federal law later that year, and another of which was preempted later. Thus far, Rhode Island has adopted and enforces standards for bottle-type water dispensers, mercury vapor lamp ballasts and commercial hot-food holding cabinets.

Testing procedures for energy efficiency not provided for in Rhode Island law or in the State Building Code may be adopted from the test methods approved by the U.S. Department of Energy, or in the absence of such test methods, other appropriate nationally recognized test methods. The state may use updated test methods when new versions of test procedures become available. State law allows for the efficiency of existing standards to be increased. In considering amending the standards, the state must must determine that increased efficiency standards would serve to promote energy conservation in Rhode Island and would be cost-effective for consumers who purchase and use such products.

* 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.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Tim Howe
Department Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources

Address One Capitol Hill

Place Providence, Rhode Island
Zip/Postal Code 02908-5890
Phone (401) 574-9104


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: R.I. Gen. Laws § 39-27-1, et seq.
Date Effective 2005-06-30
Date Enacted 06/30/2005 (subsequently amended)

Authority 2: RI PUC Rules for Efficiency Standards for Certain Products Sold in the State (4626)
Date Effective 2007-06-01

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency"