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On February 8, the California Lighting and Technology Center (CLTC) held a webinar to review major changes went into effect earlier this year in California’s lighting appliance regulations and highlight resources for manufacturers, retailers and consumers. Major changes included updates to lamp regulations and categories, updates to the California Appliance Efficiency Database, and rules on product labeling.
For those in need of a reminder concerning new energy efficiency regulations that go into effect for computers manufactured on or after January 1, 2018, the California Energy Commission (CEC) has recently reviewed this topic through a webinar on October 18.
Conducted by the CEC’s Efficiency Division staff, the webinar covered the definitions, test methods, performance requirements, reporting requirements, and certification process for high-expandability computers, mobile and rack-mounted workstations, and small-scale servers.
The proposed eligibility requirements for the ENERGY STAR® 2018 Most Efficient program are now available for review.
The program, now in its 7th year, promotes the most efficient products in fourteen specific product categories. The 2018 program continues the focus on the current twelve product categories and adds a new one (dehumidifiers). It also re-introduces televisions, temporarily removed in 20171.
A few weeks ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled its strategy for revising Version 6.1 of the ENERGY STAR® computer specification. The specification details minimum efficiency requirements for desktop, notebook, and portable all-in-one computers, tablets, workstations, and thin clients.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking early input on a revision to its ENERGY STAR® Audio/Video (A/V) program specification.
The program currently covers sound bars, mp3 speaker docks, audio amplifiers, AV receivers, shelf systems, Blu-ray disc and DVD players, and home-theater-in-a-box systems. Version 3 has been in effect since mid-2013.
Revision discussion will be focused in the following areas:
The United for Efficiency (U4E) organization recently published a new report entitled "Accelerating the Global Adoption of Energy-Efficient Lighting." The report provides guidelines to countries on how to promote energy-efficient lighting in their respective national markets. The report maintains that following the guidelines will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, generate significant economic benefits, and enhance energy security.