Petition of the California Energy Commission to Repeal the Test Method for Television Sets In 10 C.F.R. Part 430 Subpart B
The California Energy Commission has petitioned the Secretary of the United States Department of Energy (DOE) to repeal the federal analog test method to measure the energy efficiency of television sets. This test method is obsolete and cannot measure the performance of today's digital TVs which creates two bad results.
First, because federal law prohibits the representation of energy performance information unless based on the obsolete federal test results, no energy performance information can be used in the marketing of digital TVs. This prevents consumers from knowing the economic and environmental consequences of their TV choices and from making intelligent purchasing decisions.
Second, states cannot adopt efficiency standards for digital TVs because they must be based on the obsolete federal test method.
In sum, DOE is not acting and the states cannot act, and as a result large energy and economic savings are not being achieved.
For more information about this petition, please contact:
Bill Staack, Esq, P.E.
Office of the Chief Counsel
California Energy Commission
News media, please contact our Media and Public Communications Office at 916-654-4989, or by e-mail at: media office @ energy.state.ca.us
Energy Commission Documents
Petition of the California Energy Commission to Repeal the Test Method for Television Sets In 10 C.F.R. Part 430 Subpart B, with cover letter to Alexander Karsner, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. DOE, dated May 23, 2008. Posted June 6, 2008. (PDF file, 11 pages, 200 kb)
Other Related Documents and Links
"Measuring energy consumption in televisions", June 2007 article by Jeanne Erdman on a new International Electrotechnical Commission standard reflecting power consumption of digital televisions.
TELEVISIONS: Active Mode Energy Use and Opportunities for Energy Savings, Natural Resources Defense Council, issue paper, March 2005. (PDF file)