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The team at ENERGY STAR reviewed the Draft 1 Specification for Televisions Version 9.0 in a stakeholder webinar held on September 30. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will publish subsequent drafts through early 2021 with the final specification anticipating an effective date in the final quarter of 2021.
On July 15, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted a webinar to propose recognition criteria across product categories for the ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient (ESME) 2021. As an extension of the ENERGY STAR brand and in what will be its eleventh year, the Most Efficient label recognizes the most efficient products among those qualifying for ENERGY STAR.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is examining current energy conservation standards for External Power Supplies (EPS). As defined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), an “external power supply” is an external power supply circuit that is used to convert household electric current into DC current or lower-voltage AC current to operate a consumer product. In 2014, the DOE published the Level VI efficiency standard, which has been in effect in the U.S. since 2016.
Since 2005, China has been promoting energy efficiency with its GB (“Guo Biao”) national standards, setting the scope, parameters, and prescriptive test limits for products ranging from household appliances and flat-panel televisions to luminaires/ballasts and automotive parts. On December 31, 2019, China officially published a new GB national standard pertaining to room air conditioners. GB 21455-2019 sets the minimum allowable values of energy efficiency and defines the energy efficiency grades for room air conditioners.
The Final Draft Specification and Test Method for ENERGY STAR™ Computers Version 8.0 were released on September 10 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Considering stakeholder feedback while maintaining balance among criteria, the Version 8.0 specification anticipates an effective date of July 15, 2020.
On August 7, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy held a webinar to propose recognition criteria across product categories for the ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient 2020. As an extension of the ENERGY STAR brand, the Most Efficient label recognizes the most efficient products among those qualifying for ENERGY STAR in a given year. The Most Efficient label helps to guide environmentally conscious early adopters toward the most energy efficient products, spanning 14 product categories and 2811 models.
On July 29, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shared the Final Draft of the Version 1.0 Specification for ENERGY STAR® Smart Home Energy Management Systems (SHEMS). The intent of this program is to recognize smart home system packages that save energy while delivering both cost savings and convenience.
The California Energy Commission held a webinar on April 17 to review upcoming Title 20 regulations effective for computer monitors offered for sale in California and manufactured on or after July 1, 2019. With more than 25 million computer monitors in the state, regulating their energy use will save about 696 gigawatt-hours per year.