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EPA Starts Revising ENERGY STAR Display Program Specs

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 10:52 -- MrGreen

March 11, 2014 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just announced the beginning of a revision process for its ENERGY STAR Display program. Although the current version became effective only last year, the number of compliant computer monitors released since then has resulted in a major market share increase in qualified product, according to an EPA February 24th stakeholder memo.

U.S. EPA Seals Battery Charger Program Fate

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 09:08 -- MrGreen

March 6, 2014 - Last November, I wrote about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to discontinue its 8-year old ENERGY STAR Battery Charger System (BCS) efficiency program (see Riding off into the Sunset). The EPA mentioned the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) BCS efficiency standard as the main reason for “sunsetting” their program.

California Energy Commission Holds Appliance Efficiency Enforcement Workshop

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 08:44 -- MrGreen

February 21, 2014 - Enforcement has been an active topic of discussion amongst energy efficiency agencies over the last few years (see my earlier blog, Trust, but Verify). Many agencies now believe that mandating minimum efficiency requirements for products is only part of the job; to insure a complete market transformation, an efficiency program should also include a verification and enforcement process.

Next Level of External Power Supply Efficiency Requirements Published

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 13:28 -- MrGreen

February 19, 2014 - A few days ago, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a revision to its EISA 2007 external power supply (EPS) efficiency standard. The new standard:

  • Tightens the current EISA2007 active-mode and no-load efficiency requirements
  • Expands the range of products to include multiple-voltage EPSs
  • Raises the EPS output power level to > 250 watts

Compliance to the new levels becomes mandatory on February 16, 2016. The requirements are shown in Table 1 and 2 below.

California Moves to Accommodate New DOE Test Procedure

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 09:53 -- MrGreen

January 29, 2014 - In December I reported about a new Department of Energy (DOE) test procedure for televisions. (See blog: New ENERGY STAR TV Spec Takes Shape in 2014.) In response to the new procedure, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is amending its current ENERGY STAR test procedure. Annual Energy Consumption (AEC) for ENERGY STAR TVs must now be calculated using new DOE procedure.

U.S. Groups Agree on Plan to Limit TV Set-top Box Energy Consumption

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 09:53 -- MrGreen

January 17, 2014 - Last month, a broad group of television set-top box manufacturers, service providers, and energy efficiency advocacy organizations announced that they had reached a consensus on a “Voluntary Agreement for Ongoing Improvement to the Energy Efficiency of Set-Top Boxes”. Under the terms of the voluntary agreement (VA), the electricity used by U.S.

California Energy Commission Seeks Additional Info for Standards Development

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 08:59 -- MrGreen

January 6, 2014 - Back in March of 2012, the California Energy Commission (CEC) instituted a rulemaking proceeding to consider amendments to its Appliance Efficiency Regulations (Title 20). At that time, additional products covering three categories of appliances were identified (see the table below). Regulation proposals for the first phase were expected to be completed in 2013.

New ENERGY STAR TV Spec Takes Shape in 2014

Fri, 12/20/2013 - 08:30 -- MrGreen

December 20, 2013 - There have been a couple of developments at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding its ENERGY STAR spec for TVs.