California Likely to Pass TV Regs
Much to the dismay of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), major TV makers and West Coast retailers, California will probably become the first state to regulate TV energy efficiency.
The California Energy Commission (CEC) is expected to approve energy-efficiency standards for TVs less than 58 inches in screen size November 4. If approved, the first of two tiers of California's new TV energy rules come into effect January 1, 2011.
CEA, the Plasma Display Coalition, various manufacturers and Californians for Smart Energy, a retail and small business trade association, have campaigned aggressively to fend off the CEC standards for TVs. They question CEC's data assumptions and contend the industry could meet California's desired energy-efficiency goals through voluntary efforts like ENERGY STAR and a government/industry-sponsored consumer awareness campaigns.