CEC starts Title 20 webinar series with game consoles

Today, the California Energy Commission started its Title 20 webinarpalooza “invitation to participate” series that will include nine two-hour separate presentations over six days on each of the appliance standards they are reviewing.

The Smart Electronics Initiative will be monitoring the four consumer electronic webinars here to provide a summary on webinars on game consoles, set top boxes and networking equipment on April 4, computers on April 5 and displays on April 8. For anyone interested in learning more, contact us at [email protected].
Game consoles were up first yesterday for the first webinar as part of the state’s process to update Title 20, which promotes energy efficiency in appliances workshop. You can see the presentation provided at the webinar here.

The webinar was a standards 101 lesson but also dove into specific questions the CEC is asking game console developers, manufacturers or designers to learn more about the future direction of these technologies. They are asking for responses by May 9. The big issue the CEC is driving is to have game consoles go into sleep or standby mode, which reduces energy usage if the console is not turned off.
The following questions were raised in the hearing:
  • Which newer game consoles are already more energy-efficient than their last models?
  • What operating systems do game consoles use and do they affect energy usage?
  • What other components other than the standby mode would decrease energy usage?
In 2010, nearly 40 percent of game consoles were connected to the Internet, and most use DVDs to load games and play movies, according to our recent report. Game consoles, a part of the audio-video equipment group, have the second highest energy usage rate with 74 terawatt per hour after televisions.

Because of the popularity of Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and Sony PlayStation 3, millions of households have game consoles. The issue is they usually stay connected to the television and become a multiuse device without being regularly turned off. Since they usually cost over $250, consumers may still be using older, less energy-efficient models.
Stay tuned for another blog tomorrow on the set top boxes/networking equipment proceedings.

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