Mr. Green's Blog

California Title 20: Past, Present, and Future

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 11:39 -- MrGreen

The California Energy Commission (CEC) is California’s primary energy policy and planning agency.  To understand why efficiency standards have been such a focus for the agency, one can rewind to 1972, when California faced an energy emergency.  According to the California Resources Agency at the time, energy usage was doubling every 8-10 years.  At that rate, the state would need to build a large number of power plants, based on projections of the new capacity required.  Those power plants, moreover, would require a source of water for cooling, so the state looked toward

California Energy Efficiency Regulations for Notebook Computers

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 10:04 -- MrGreen

The California Energy Commission (CEC) continues its energy efficiency mission by updating Title 20 regulations for computers and insuring relevance to emerging product types. As part of a broader series of webinars in September and October on computers, the Appliances and Outreach & Education Office reviewed notebook efficiency regulations effective on January 1, 2019. While notebooks include mobile thin clients, portable all-in-ones, and two-in-one notebooks, tablets are not in the scope.

Emerging Technologies for Plug Load Energy Reduction

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 11:00 -- MrGreen

The California Energy Commission held a webinar on August 15 about Emerging Technologies: Mobile Efficiency for Plug Load Devices. In this webinar, Vojin Zivojnovic and Davorin Mista from Aggios presented research on using mobile design practices in combination with hardware and energy management software to decrease energy consumption of plug load devices such as set top boxes, televisions, computers, and game consoles.

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2019 Proposal

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 15:01 -- MrGreen

As part of the annual review of criteria, representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy gathered and held a webinar on September 11 to go over proposals for the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2019 product categories. The Most Efficient label recognizes the “best of the best” across fourteen ENERGY STAR product categories, with ~3000 models represented across 155 partners.

ENERGY STAR Smart Home Energy Management Systems

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 14:15 -- MrGreen
On July 11, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a guided discussion on Smart Home Energy Management Systems. Because the ENERGY STAR label is well known and trusted, the ENERGY STAR team feels that it is in a unique position to address connected functions in products.

Plug Loads in Laboratories including ULT Freezers

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 13:40 -- MrGreen

The California Energy Commission held a webinar on Emerging Technologies: Energy Savings in Plug Loads, co-sponsored by the Emerging Technologies Coordinating Council (ETCC). The discussion focused on ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezers, and the efforts to promote ENERGY STAR standards for energy-efficient laboratory equipment.

CEC Adopts 2019 Title 24, Part 6, Building Energy Efficiency Standards

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 15:02 -- MrGreen

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.

Changes under consideration in ENERGY STAR Displays Version 8.0 Draft 1

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 13:44 -- MrGreen

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.

Proposed revision to EU Ecodesign regulations for standby and off modes

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 15:51 -- MrGreen

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.