There is often a gap between those who create energy-efficient devices and those who regulate or incentivize these products. In fact, very few companies engage in the development of state and federal appliance standards, regulations, and incentives. Why? Well, they often take a long time to implement, and the proceedings can be technical and tedious. However, these policies can be technology game changers that can significantly influence how devices are manufactured and used (see recent proceedings for televisions and battery chargers, for example).
SEI’s role is to help bridge that gap to ensure state and federal policies incorporate the most innovative solutions now and for the future. Also see the ACEEE, US DOE site, and the California Energy Commission sites for more information.
Read our 2012 report, Get Smart Guide: Energy Innovation for the Consumer Electronics Industry, and learn about the different consumer electronics and how their designs have contributed to energy efficiency and innovations can lead to higher efficiency.
California is only one state, but California has positioned itself as a leader in energy efficiency. California uses less electricity per capita than any other state in the nation, and continually strives to have the most aggressive appliance standards. Every two years since its inception in 1974, the California Energy Commission (CEC) has updated the California Appliance Efficiency Regulations, codified in Title 20 of the California Code, which apply to appliances sold or offered for sale in California. The most recent regulations, adopted in 2010, address power supplies, televisions, consumer audio and video equipment, and battery chargers. Efforts are also now underway for the next round of standards starting in 2012 through 2015 in three phases. For general information on California’s Energy Efficiency standards, see http://www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency.
Currently, there are three areas where energy efficiency in consumer electronics is addressed: