Consumerscope: TV Energy Regulations Will Harm Innovation
T he California Energy Commission late last month passed regulations to restrict energy used by TVs. The delayed vote came following a last-minute 91-page objection filed by the Consumer Electronics Association.
"Green is good, but simply calling any onerous new regulatory proposal 'green' does not make it good for the environment or good for consumers," wrote CEA president and CEO Gary Shapiro. Here's the opinion piece Shapiro wrote in conjunction with the objection:
How much energy does the average flat-panel TV use? Given the intensity of the California Energy Commission's efforts to ban many popular big-screen televisions from California homes, you might be surprised to learn that the average flat-panel TV uses less energy (142 watts) than two regular 75-watt household lightbulbs.