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EPA Proposes 2016 Most Efficient Criteria

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 08:37 -- MrGreen

The U.S. EPA recently proposed efficiency requirements for their 2016 ENERGY STAR Most Efficient program. Now in its sixth year, the program identifies the best in energy efficiency for 12 consumer products commonly used in U.S. households.

Notable changes in the 2016 program include stricter criteria for computer monitors and televisions. The table below gives details for these products.

DOE Finalizes Test Procedure for Level VI EPS Efficiency Standard

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 11:27 -- MrGreen

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has just released a final ruling for the test procedures to be used with its 2016 external power supply (EPS) efficiency standard.

It's been over a year since the DOE issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) suggesting amendments to the test procedure to support the much tighter and more expanded Level VI EPS efficiency requirements.

The approved amendments/changes include:

European Efficiency Labeling Program Going Retro?

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 09:27 -- MrGreen

Sometimes the “new way” doesn’t exactly work out as planned. A recent example is the European Union’s (EU) energy labeling program.

Earlier this month, the European Commission (EC) published a document proposing returning its energy efficiency labeling laws back to what they were before a 2010 revision.

California Energy Commission Approves New Building Efficiency Standards

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 10:07 -- MrGreen

The California Energy Commission (CEC) recently approved revised building efficiency standards that have been in discussion for the past year. The process began last summer when workshops were held to consider changes to California's Title 24 law, covering energy using products found in residential and non-residential buildings. The new standards (entitled 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards) will take effect on January 1, 2017.

U.S. EPA Continues Large Network Equipment Specification Development

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 14:23 -- MrGreen

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published the second draft of its proposed ENERGY STAR program efficiency specification for large network equipment (LNE). The draft comes after a series of stakeholder webinars aimed at ironing out issues with the first LNE efficiency draft. Products covered by this program include routers, switches, security appliances, and access point controllers which are rack mounted, intended for use in standard equipment racks, and either contain >11 wired physical network ports or has a total aggregate port throughput >12 Gb/s.

Time to Reduce Your Home's Idle Load Power Consumption?

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 10:24 -- MrGreen

Since the early 2000s, government agencies have been trying to address the energy vampires in our homes – those electronic products that continuously suck power out of wall outlets when we think we've turned them off. While government programs have targeted this type of energy waste (mainly on a product-by-product basis), a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reveals that we still have a long way to go to reduce a home's "idle load" power consumption*.

Can "Smart" Lamps be "Energy Efficiency Dumb?"

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 16:17 -- MrGreen

A recent product group to join the expanding Internet of Things (IoT) family is internet-connected or "smart" LED light bulbs*. Recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formally recognized the future growth potential of smart lighting by adding requirements for "connected" product to its latest ENERGY STAR Lamp and Luminaire program draft specifications. But, do smart bulbs mean good news for efficiency? Maybe not.

Tighter Power Supply Requirements for the European Union?

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:32 -- MrGreen

Will 2016 bring tighter energy efficiency requirements for external power supplies (EPSs) sold in the EU? The answer could be yes, if revisions being proposed to the Ecodesign Directive EPS standard* are approved.