California Proposes TV Ban of Inefficient Televisions

California Proposes TV Ban of Inefficient Televisions

Gregory Han
Mar 30, 2009

Depending on your point of view, pardon the pun, this proposed piece of legislation may affect your next TV purchase. The California Energy Commission is considering a ban of new TV sets that do not meet new criteria for energy efficiency, a result of California's ever-growing energy demands that have followed the adoption rate of larger television and HD sets in households. The proposal aims to reduce TV energy consumption by 33% starting in 2011 while also restricting actual power use of each set depending upon screen size. The state predicts to save 3,831 gigawatt hours with the first of two proposed standards, while the even stricter 2013 stage would reduce energy use by 49%, with customers seeing anywhere between $18-30 savings per year....

Check out the complete proposal here and remember this does not affect current TV sets already purchased, just future sets to be sold. If there was any indicator that OLED and laser tech sets will see accelerated development, this might be it, though interestingly enough, the LCD Manufacturers Association supports this proposal while plasma manufacturers and the CEA aren't as hot on the idea. We personally think this is a win-win situation for both the customer and energy grid, but are curious to see how the industry lobbyists and public sway for or against such a measure.

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