Appliance Efficiency Regulations Pertaining to Televisions

Docket # 09-AAER-1C

Committee overseeing this proceeding is:

Arthur Rosenfeld, Commissioner
Presiding Member, Efficiency Committee

Julia Levin, Commissioner
Associate Member, Efficiency Committee

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Download Final Adopted Regulations,
(PDF file, 14 pages, 68 kb)
Adopted November 18, 2009. Sent to OAL July 14, 2010.
Approved by Office of Administrative Law and filed with the Secretary of State on September 1, 2010.

Final Statement of Reasons (PDF file, 1.5 MB)

Please note, the Energy Commission has requested that the effective date for the labeling requirements in the TV Standards be changed to January 1, 2011, to conform with the effective date for the balance of the regulations.


The California Energy Commission proposed to make changes to the Appliance Efficiency Standards contained in the California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 20, Sections 1601 through 1608. It has established a proceeding (Docket # 09-AAER-1C) for this rulemaking. The TV energy efficiency standards were adopted by the Commission on November 18, 2009, and cover new televisions offered for sale in California beginning in 2011 and 2013. The standards will improve the energy efficiency of televisions without affecting the quality of the television.

In California, televisions (along with DVRs, DVD players, and cable/satellite boxes) now consume about 10 percent of a home's electricity. Increasing sales of flat screen televisions, larger screen sizes, the growing number of TVs per household, and increased daily use of televisions all contribute to greater electricity consumption.

The standards have no effect on existing televisions. They would only apply to TVs sold in California after January 1, 2011. The first standard (Tier 1) will take effect January 1, 2011, and reduce energy consumption by average of 33 percent. The second measure (Tier 2) will take effect in 2013 and, in conjunction with Tier 1, reduce energy consumption by an average of 49 percent.

The technology to make TVs more energy efficient is available now and currently used now in a variety of models. As of late-September 2009, more than 1,000 TVs already meet the 2011 standards.

News Release - California Approves New Energy Efficient TV Regulations


In its April 2, 2008, Scoping Order (PDF file), the California Energy Commission's Efficiency Committee established the scope of Phase I of the 2008 Appliance Efficiency Rulemaking regarding possible amendments to the Appliance Efficiency Regulations (Title 20, California Code of Regulations, Section 1601 through Section 1608). Phase I was initially divided into two separate, concurrent rulemakings, Part A and Part B. Later that month, the Committee established a pre-rulemaking proceeding ( Part C - docket # 07-AAER-3C ) to consider televisions and any additional topics separately.

The Committee conducted a public workshop on July 16, 2008, to seek comments from interested parties regarding possible appliance efficiency standards for televisions. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) submitted written proposals for consideration.

Energy Commission staff released a report in December 2008 proposing draft efficiency standards. Download it from the documents page of the 2008 rulemaking section. This report examines draft standards for televisions in both active and standby modes, preemption issues surrounding the current federal test method for televisions, and recent market and test data. The Efficiency Committee on December 15, 2008, held a public workshop on the staff report on draft appliance efficiency standards for televisions. A rulemaking proceeding for television efficiency (docket # 09-AAER-1C) was established in March 2009.

The pre-rulemaking proceeding covering televisions and other appliances can be found at:

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For questions about this regulatory proceeding, contact

California Energy Commission
Energy Efficiency and Renewables Division
Appliances and Process Energy Office
1516 Ninth Street, MS-25
Sacramento, CA 95814

California's Appliance Efficiency Standards

The state appliance regulations were first established in 1976 in response to a legislative mandate to reduce California's energy consumption. The regulations are updated periodically to allow consideration and possible incorporation of new energy efficiency technologies and methods.

The current set of Appliance Regulations (2009 Appliance Efficiency Regulations, California Code of Regulations, Title 20, Sections 1601 through 1608) became effective August 9, 2009. They were adopted by the California Energy Commission on December 3, 2008, and approved by the California Office of Administrative Law on July 10, 2009.

The current Appliance Efficiency Regulations include standards for both federally-regulated appliances and non-federally-regulated appliances. Twenty-one categories of appliances are included in the scope of these regulations. The standards within these regulations apply to appliances that are sold or offered for sale in California, except those sold wholesale in California for final retail sale outside the state and those designed and sold exclusively for use in recreational vehicles or other mobile equipment.