Consumerscope: TV Energy Regulations Will Harm Innovation
Product development requires flexibility, not regulatory limits, and time, not timetables. The regulations could delay or prohibit new products and technologies—like 3-D HDTV and Internet-enabled TVs—if they cannot comply with these regulations.
A Zogby International survey found that 57 percent of Californians are against the proposal, and 59 percent believe that picking a television should be the consumer's choice, not the government's decision. Americans already buy $1.2 billion energy-efficient TVs and other consumer electronics products through the nationwide EPA-run Energy Star program.
New initiatives, like a statewide advertising campaign to encourage consumers to change preset viewing modes and the accelerated retirement of old, inefficient TVs, combined with industry-supported regulations, like auto power-down and forced brightness menu functions, will save as much or more energy than the commission's proposed regulations.