Mr. Green's Blog

Computer Efficiency Standard Ready for Approval Vote

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 13:51 -- MrGreen

Later this month, the California Energy Commission (CEC) is expected to approve the state’s first mandatory efficiency standard covering computers, monitors, and signage displays. The CEC recently published the standard’s "15-day language" requirements, which incorporate modifications to an earlier version. The modifications are the result of a review of recent stakeholder comments and concerns.

U.S. EPA Continues Drive Towards First EV Charger Efficiency Specs

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 11:06 -- MrGreen

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is getting close to its year end goal of delivering a final draft EV charger efficiency program specification. When published, the ENERGY STAR® program will be the world's first efficiency program covering Level 1 and Level 2 Electric Vehicle Service Equipment (EVSE)1.

International Telecom Union Approves Eco-friendly Power Supply Requirements

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 15:24 -- MrGreen

Can standardizing the external power supply (EPS) used with laptops and related communication devices reduce greenhouse gas emissions and e-waste?

That’s the goal of the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) new standard, Recommendation ITU-T L.1002, External universal power adapter solutions for portable information and communication technology devices.

EPA Begins Revising Computer Server Program Spec

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 11:22 -- MrGreen

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun drafting version 3 of its ENERGY STAR efficiency specification for computer servers. As with the current version, a server must meet all of the following criteria to be part of this program:

EPA Proposes Updates for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient Program

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 10:27 -- MrGreen

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed new requirements for its 2017 Most Efficient (ME) product program. Currently for 2016, the program promotes the highest efficiency ENERGY STAR qualified products within twelve product categories; boilers, ceiling fans, central air conditioners and heat pumps, clothes washers, computer monitors, dishwashers, furnaces, geothermal heat pumps, refrigerators/freezers, televisions, ventilating fans, and windows.

DOE Proposes UPS Efficiency Standard

Thu, 08/11/2016 - 11:22 -- MrGreen

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) describing minimum efficiency levels for uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs). The UPS proposal is an offshoot of the DOE's recently published battery charger efficiency standard. The UPS standard is expected to save consumers as much as $4.4 billion in energy savings for products purchased between 2019 and 2048.

Canada to Update Energy Efficiency Standards

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 15:52 -- MrGreen

Canada’s Department of Natural Resources recently announced that it is considering tightening energy efficiency requirements for nine existing product categories and initiating new standards for six other product groups.