The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun developing version 5 of its ENERGY STAR Product Specification for Set-top Boxes. The new version will replace version 4.1 which became effective in December 2014.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published the final draft of its version 2 ENERGY STAR lamp (light bulb) program specification. The agency and industry stakeholders have been working on the new lamp program requirements for the better part of a year (see my earlier Mr. Green blog, "ENERGY STAR's Lamp Program Revision Process Switches On").
The European Commission (EC) has begun an Ecodesign Directive preparatory study (Lot 33) on "smart appliances" as a first step towards possible efficiency, interoperability, and energy labeling regulations. Initial work started late last year and is expected to be finished in September 2016.
Is California poised to introduce the country’s first mandatory efficiency/quality regulations for LED lamps?
A few days ago, the California Energy Commission (CEC) released proposed lamp standards that could save residents and businesses more than $4 billion in energy costs over 13 years. The action is a result of state legislation requiring the CEC to adopt standards to reduce residential lighting energy consumption by 50 percent and business lighting energy consumption by 25 percent by 2018, compared to 2007 levels.
In July, I wrote about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advancing to the second draft of its very first ENERGY STAR program efficiency specification for large network equipment (LNE) (see: U.S. EPA Continues Large Network Equipment Specification Development).
Since the 1970’s, national energy efficiency standards and labeling (EESL) programs have been put in place to help reduce the world’s increasing energy appetite and corresponding CO2 emissions production. Today, EESL programs operate in 80+ countries and cover over 50 types of appliances and equipment.
A new report published by the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Energy Efficient End-use Equipment (4E) group provides a global assessment of the achievements of major EESL programs. Data from over 100 reports and more than 20 countries was used.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is getting closer to finalizing its federal battery charger (BC) efficiency standard. It recently published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) for test procedures along with a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNOPR) outlining mandatory minimum charger efficiency requirements for compliance.