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Australia Looks at Upgrading Lighting Efficiency

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 11:38 -- MrGreen

Through its Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) program, Australia's goal is to deliver a single, integrated program on energy efficiency standards and labelling. The E3 Program recently released a Lighting Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) considering policy proposals to improve the efficiency of residential and commercial lighting.

Products addressed in the lighting RIS are:

Canada Initiates Next Round of Energy Efficiency Standards Revision

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 11:38 -- MrGreen

Canada continues to update its energy efficiency requirements.

On March 4th, a Notice of Intent was published in the Canada Gazette, launching the development of a new amendment to the country’s Energy Efficiency Regulations. After approval, Amendment 15 will be integrated into the regulations that were introduced in 1995 as a means to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. They specify energy efficiency standards for residential, commercial, and industrial energy using products.

EPA Launches Imaging Equipment Revision Process

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 17:04 -- MrGreen

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun the revision process to its ENERGY STAR® program requirements for imaging equipment. Products within the scope of the program include printers, scanners, copiers, multifunction devices (combination copier, printer, scanner, and/or fax), digital duplicators, and mailing machines (postage printers).

Along with assessing whether the existing version 2 efficiency requirements should be tightened, the EPA plans to investigate the following for version 3:

EPA Revises ENERGY STAR LED Lamp Spec

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 00:00 -- MrGreen

Late last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the first draft of a proposed revision to the current ENERGY STAR product specification for lamps (light bulbs). The EPA hopes to continue the market transformation of efficient lighting by incorporating spec changes that allow expanded product selection and increased production flexibility.

Key changes proposed for the new version include:

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.

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