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EPA Launches Computer Program Revision Process

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 11:11 -- MrGreen

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking stakeholder input on possible changes to its current ENERGY STAR® computer program specification. Working together with the European Commission, the EPA wants to make sure that efficiency gains achieved since the release of the current version 6 are recognized in the development of version 7. Currently, 95% of laptop computers and almost 40% of desktop computers comply with version 6 efficiency requirements.

Topics of discussion for the new version include:

California Revises LED Quality Spec Requirements

Mon, 01/23/2017 - 15:55 -- MrGreen

LED lamp manufacturers now have to meet new efficacy and performance requirements to qualify for California based rebates.

In December, the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved version 3 of its LED lamp quality specifications. Started in 2012, the Voluntary California Quality LED Lamp Specification program sets minimum requirements that lamps must meet in order to be eligible for state-funded investor owned utility (IOU) rebate programs. The revised requirements became effective January 1, 2017.

Efficiency Harmonization Continues Between Canada and the U.S.

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 09:17 -- MrGreen

Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations now include an amendment updating the efficiency standards of 20 current product categories. Amendment 13, published in late December 2016, becomes effective on June 28th of this year.

Canada's first Energy Efficiency Regulations came into effect in 1995. To stay current with the market, the regulations are amended periodically. Amendment 13 harmonizes current Canadian efficiency standards with existing or recently published U.S. efficiency standards for a number of residential, commercial/industrial, and lighting products.

Computer Efficiency Standard Ready for Approval Vote

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 13:51 -- MrGreen

Later this month, the California Energy Commission (CEC) is expected to approve the state’s first mandatory efficiency standard covering computers, monitors, and signage displays. The CEC recently published the standard’s "15-day language" requirements, which incorporate modifications to an earlier version. The modifications are the result of a review of recent stakeholder comments and concerns.

U.S. EPA Continues Drive Towards First EV Charger Efficiency Specs

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 11:06 -- MrGreen

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is getting close to its year end goal of delivering a final draft EV charger efficiency program specification. When published, the ENERGY STAR® program will be the world's first efficiency program covering Level 1 and Level 2 Electric Vehicle Service Equipment (EVSE)1.

International Telecom Union Approves Eco-friendly Power Supply Requirements

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 15:24 -- MrGreen

Can standardizing the external power supply (EPS) used with laptops and related communication devices reduce greenhouse gas emissions and e-waste?

That’s the goal of the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) new standard, Recommendation ITU-T L.1002, External universal power adapter solutions for portable information and communication technology devices.

EPA Begins Revising Computer Server Program Spec

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 11:22 -- MrGreen

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun drafting version 3 of its ENERGY STAR efficiency specification for computer servers. As with the current version, a server must meet all of the following criteria to be part of this program:

EPA Proposes Updates for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient Program

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 10:27 -- MrGreen

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed new requirements for its 2017 Most Efficient (ME) product program. Currently for 2016, the program promotes the highest efficiency ENERGY STAR qualified products within twelve product categories; boilers, ceiling fans, central air conditioners and heat pumps, clothes washers, computer monitors, dishwashers, furnaces, geothermal heat pumps, refrigerators/freezers, televisions, ventilating fans, and windows.