For Immediate Release: September 2, 2010
Media Contact: Adam Gottlieb - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Statement from Energy Commission Chairman Karen Douglas
on the Approval of the TV Energy Efficiency Standards
by the Office of Administrative Law

"Today is a bright day in California. The Office of Administrative Law has approved the Energy Commission's energy efficiency television regulations. The ultimate winners are the California consumers who will save money and conserve energy by purchasing new TVs," said Energy Commission Chairman Karen Douglas. "Today's approval signals a continuation of the Energy Commission's strong, historic role for providing smart energy policy for the State of California."

BACKGROUND:
The rulemaking approval for the television energy efficiency standards rulemaking was approved by Office of Administrative Law and filed with the Secretary of State on September 1, 2010. http://www.oal.ca.gov/res/docs/incoming_regulations/action.pdf (See Page 6). California's first-in-the-nation television standards were approved unanimously by the full Energy Commission in November 2009; the standards are now law and will become effective January 2011. After full implementation, these regulations will save $8.1 billion in energy costs and enough energy to power 864,000 homes.

ALSO - Senate Bill 1198 does not affect the TV energy efficiency standards (Tier 1) that start on Jan. 1, 2011. The bill (if signed) would only affect the labeling aspect of the regulations.

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