California Prepares to Limit TV Energy Use
SACRAMENTO, CALIF.: California
is one step closer to limiting the energy consumption of TV sets. The state’s
energy regulator held a hearing this week on a proposed set of electricity use
caps on TVs sold in the state. A vote by the California Energy Commission could
be scheduled as soon as Nov. 4, the Los
Angeles Times said.
The proposal would lower the energy use limit for stand-by mode from 3 watts
per hour to 1 watt for screens that are 1,400 square inches and smaller. Active
mode operation would be limited in two phases. As of Jan 1, 2011, TVs sold in
California must consume no more than wattage equal to 20 percent of the screen
area plus 32. By Jan. 1, 2013, the formula becomes wattage is limited to 12
percent of screen area times 25.
Representatives of the Consumer Electronics Association implored the CEC to
allow the industry to adhere to voluntary standards. Its ranks were not solid,
however, with Vizio, an Irvine, Calif., TV market, saying it would be able to
comply with the new standards without substantial price hikes.
More on California’s move to rein in TV wattage:
Appliance Efficiency Rulemaking,” Staff Report from the California
September 22, 2009: “California Seeks to
Limit TV Energy Consumption”
People watching more TV on bigger screens is sucking down too much power,
California’s state’s energy regulator reckons.
April 6, 2009: “California Considers
HDTV Energy Consumption Limits”
Energy limits would be imposed with a two-tier system that would reduce
consumption around 33 percent in 2011 and 49 percent on average in 2013.