California Removes Larger TVs from Energy Regulation ... For Now
California's specialty a/v retailers gained some ground as the California Energy Commission (CEC) seeks to regulate TV energy efficiency in the state. The revised CEC regulations, posted early today, excludes larger - and more profitable televisions - 58 inches and up, from its proposed energy efficiency restrictions.
For televisions under 58 inches, or less than 1,400 square inches in monitor area, the CEC's regulations would require a 1 Watt maximum power usage in stand-by mode, and set limits to "on mode" power usage calculated by screen size. The first tier of rules would come into effect January 1, 2011. On January 1, 2013, "on mode" efficiency requirements become even more stringent. For example, a 42-inch HDTV with a 748.7 square-inch screen area would be allowed a maximum "on-mode" power usage of 182 Watts in the Tier 1 standard effective January 1, 2011, but that maximum drops to 175 Watts on January 1, 2013 with the Tier 2 standard.
Currently, California requires 3-Watt maximum standby power for televisions and has no "on mode" maximum power standard. The CEC estimates California will see energy savings of about $4.8million over the ten years after the Tier 1 standard becomes effective and $3,339 million over the 10 years after Tier 2 becomes effective