EPA Launches ENERGY STAR Television Spec Version 8 Development

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 10:04 -- MrGreen

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formally launched a process to revise its ENERGY STAR® television program specification.

The new version promises to be a little more complicated than previous ones due to recent energy savings features like Automatic Brightness Control (ABC) and other screen luminance dimming. Efforts to better understand the energy saving effects of these features have caused the EPA to consider changes in its current approach. A priority for version 8 will be to determine how to include their impact into the overall power consumption calculation. The issue is that the energy saving features need continuous operation over a wide range of viewing conditions to be effective while new TVs give consumers the option to choose modes that disengage them (and increase energy consumption).

The EPA is also interested in understanding the power consumption of High Dynamic Range (HDR) capable, ultra-high definition TVs when 1) translating standard dynamic range content and 2) playing native HDR10-encoded content.

As a first step, the EPA is taking television test data on currently available products. Manufacturers are also being asked to submit their own test data (must be received by September 19, 2016 at televisions@energystar.gov). The EPA continues to monitor the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) progress on a federal television test method1 in order to integrate any DOE changes into the current ENERGY STAR test specification.

For a copy of the version 8 launch letter, click here. To view the product development webpage, click here. To be added to the product development e-mail distribution list, send your contact information to televisions@energystar.gov. The EPA will host a webinar on October 3rd to review data and discuss proposed energy savings approaches to the first draft specification. To participate in the webinar, register here. Questions regarding the TV revision process, contact the EPA's Verena Radulovic at Radulovic.Verena@epa.gov.

1. Incorporated in Appendix H to Subpart B of 10 CFR Part 430