Mr. Green


A Blog about Energy Efficiency Standards,
Regulations, and Other Green Matters

DOE Clarifies Test Procedures for 2016 EPS Efficiency Standard

October 16, 2014 - Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) distributed a pre-publication of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) for Test Procedures for External Power Supplies (EPSs). The NOPR, a response to questions from manufacturers whose product must meet the new 2016 U.S. EPS efficiency standards, proposes clarifications and modifications to the DOE’s current EPS test procedure.

California Shines Light on LED Lamp Efficiency Opportunities

September 29, 2014 - California is moving forward on developing an LED lighting energy efficiency standard.

Recognizing Highly Efficient Lighting Products

September 8, 2014 - The Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment Initiative (SEAD) recently announced its fourth annual competition for highly-efficient products, this time recognizing and rewarding the most efficient lighting products. According to SEAD, approximately 15% of electricity consumption is used for lighting.

Ecodesign 2015-2017 Working Plan Update

September 3, 2014 - Work continues on the European Union’s 2015-2017 Ecodesign Directive Working Plan. The Preparatory Study is well underway to identify the next possible group of Energy related Products (ErP) and determine if efficiency regulations and/or labeling programs for these products should be adopted.

The process, which began in early 2014, should be completed by January 2015. It consists of four tasks:

Reducing Power Consumption in Large Network Equipment

August 25, 2014 - Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a draft of its first ENERGY STAR program specification to improve large network equipment (LNE) efficiency. Products covered by this program include routers, switches, security appliances, and access point controllers which are rack mounted, intended for use in standard equipment racks, or contain > 11 wired physical network ports.