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Notes from EEDAL Berlin: Coping with Success - Revising the EU Energy Label

Tue, 07/07/2009 - 16:23 -- MrGreen

July 7, 2009 - As mentioned in my previous blog, Everyone Gets an 'A', the European Union is wrestling with how to revise their energy efficiency appliance rating system, the Energy Label. The problem is that the program has been so successful in improving efficiency, that now many appliances have outgrown it. For example, in 1995 most freezers and refrigerators were in the not-so-efficient ‘D’ to ‘G’ categories. In 2008, 95% of those products offered for sale in the EU were in the most-efficient ‘A’ category.

Solid-State Lighting Grabs More Headlines

Thu, 07/02/2009 - 13:52 -- MrGreen

July 2, 2009 - Things continue to move forward for solid-state lighting. This week Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that 50 million dollars in recovery funds would be specifically allocated to solid-state lighting research and development.

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Japanese Consumers Get the Point(s)

Tue, 06/23/2009 - 10:24 -- MrGreen

June 23, 2009 - Last month I wrote about a program in California where ENERGY STAR joined forces with PG&E to offer incentives to business to promote energy efficient TVs and computer monitors. Well, it looks like May was a banner month for selling energy efficient products for, also in May, a new program launched in Japan that has led to greatly increased sales of appliances.

Postcard from EEDAL Berlin: Can I Get Some Energy Efficiency With That Espresso, Please?

Thu, 06/18/2009 - 13:06 -- MrGreen

June 18, 2009 - The fifth International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting (EEDAL) kicked off today in Berlin, Germany, and Mr. Green was there. The conference, held every three years in a different European location, is organized by the German Energy Agency with support from the European Commission Joint Research Centre, the International Energy Agency, and others.

The Smart Grid Inspires Smarter Appliances

Mon, 06/15/2009 - 14:42 -- MrGreen

June 15, 2009 - Last fall, I wrote about the emergence of smart metering systems that enable customers to network household energy-using products to communicate with utility companies. (See: Power (Control) to the People.) Such metering systems are a key element of the much touted "smart grid" which will intelligently measure and mete out the flow of electricity. The advantage smart meters bring is the ability to monitor energy use in real time by time of day and by the appliance used.

More Harmonization on the EPS Regulation Horizon

Wed, 05/27/2009 - 11:33 -- MrGreen

May 27, 2009 - One thing that power supply stakeholders have requested from worldwide energy efficiency agencies and commissions is specification harmonization. Recent changes in external power supply regulations prove that their requests are being heard.

Everyone Gets an 'A'

Mon, 05/11/2009 - 16:24 -- MrGreen

May 11, 2009 - Since the mid-1990s the European Commission (EC) has used an energy-efficiency rating system that ranks major household appliances on a scale of A to G, A being the most efficient.

Utility Companies Raise the Efficiency Bar for Manufacturers and Retailers

Mon, 05/04/2009 - 16:05 -- MrGreen

May 4, 2009 - California's Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD) recently launched the Business and Consumer Electronics Program, providing marketing support to encourage manufacturers and retailers to promote energy-efficient televisions, desktop computers and monitors. The program differs from other energy efficiency campaigns in that it offers monetary incentives to businesses, as opposed to consumers, for participation.