Mr. Green's Blog

European Commission Investigating Smart Appliances

Tue, 12/08/2015 - 09:32 -- MrGreen

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.

Getting Closer to a California LED Lamp Standard?

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 11:25 -- MrGreen

Last month, I attended a public hearing on the California Energy Commission's (CEC) proposed standards for general service LED lamps and small diameter directional lamps.

Taming the Plug Load Beast

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 10:02 -- MrGreen

The Golden State is looking for suggestions on how to reduce plug load1 energy consumption… and it's willing to help cover some of the development costs.

California Energy Commission Illuminates Lamp Standard Proposal

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 00:00 -- MrGreen

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.

Assessing Energy Efficiency Standards and Labeling Programs

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 09:16 -- MrGreen

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.