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California is requiring solar power for new residential construction under standards taking effect on January 1, 2020. On May 9, the California Energy Commission (CEC) held a hearing in Sacramento on the 2019 Title 24, Part 6, Building Energy Efficiency Standards and voted to adopt them as a step toward Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings.
On May 7, representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) held a webinar with stakeholders to discuss proposed updates in Draft 1 of ENERGY STAR Displays Version 8.0.
With the ENERGY STAR brand recognized by more than 90% of Americans according to the EPA, goals for Version 8.0 include revising energy efficiency criteria for monitors to recognize top energy-efficient products, understanding if existing criteria capture a wide variety of energy-efficient signage displays, and clarifying test methods.
Ecodesign regulation (EC) No 1275/2008 is under revision. This regulation, governing standby and off modes, entered into force on January 7, 2009 with updated draft guidelines published in October 2009. An amendment for networked products also entered into force in 2013. These Ecodesign requirements aim to ensure the lowest possible energy use for small and large household appliances and electronic products in passive standby and off modes. The measure, moreover, is horizontal, with requirements applicable to all products, even those for which specific requirements are not yet defined.
On February 8, the California Lighting and Technology Center (CLTC) held a webinar to review major changes went into effect earlier this year in California’s lighting appliance regulations and highlight resources for manufacturers, retailers and consumers. Major changes included updates to lamp regulations and categories, updates to the California Appliance Efficiency Database, and rules on product labeling.
For those in need of a reminder concerning new energy efficiency regulations that go into effect for computers manufactured on or after January 1, 2018, the California Energy Commission (CEC) has recently reviewed this topic through a webinar on October 18.
Conducted by the CEC’s Efficiency Division staff, the webinar covered the definitions, test methods, performance requirements, reporting requirements, and certification process for high-expandability computers, mobile and rack-mounted workstations, and small-scale servers.
The proposed eligibility requirements for the ENERGY STAR® 2018 Most Efficient program are now available for review.
The program, now in its 7th year, promotes the most efficient products in fourteen specific product categories. The 2018 program continues the focus on the current twelve product categories and adds a new one (dehumidifiers). It also re-introduces televisions, temporarily removed in 20171.
A few weeks ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled its strategy for revising Version 6.1 of the ENERGY STAR® computer specification. The specification details minimum efficiency requirements for desktop, notebook, and portable all-in-one computers, tablets, workstations, and thin clients.