Mr. Green


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

U.S. DOE Proposes New Test Rules for LEDs

Last April, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) for Test Procedures for LED Lamps. Since then, two supplemental notices (SNOPRs) have been published.

U.S. EPA Explores Holistic Approach to Networked System Efficiency

July 18, 2014 - Efficiency organizations around the world have begun to take notice of the amount of energy consumed in the ever-expanding web of home and business networks. A recent report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) claims there are more than fourteen billion network-enabled devices in use globally. Projections point to fifty billion network-enabled devices deployed by 2020 and one-hundred billion network-enabled devices by 2030.

European Ecodesign Directive Activity Update

June 30, 2014 - Since its inception nine years ago, Europe’s efficiency program for energy-using and energy-related products, the Ecodesign Directive, has produced over twenty mandatory efficiency standards, known as Implementing Measures (IM), and Voluntary Agreements (VA). Eleven more specifications are in various stages of completion. Here’s a summary of recent activity including links to obtain more information.

Being Smart While Connected – Reducing Energy Waste in Networked Products

June 16, 2014 - The increasing growth rate of home and office networking becomes evident with each new product announcement, as new generations of traditional appliances and electronic devices are becoming smart and interconnected. According to a recent report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), electrical demand for networked-enabled products could almost double between now and 2025.

ENERGY STAR's New Television Spec Is Unveiled

June 6, 2014 - At the end of 2013, I wrote about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) plan for a new ENERGY STAR television spec (see: New ENERGY STAR TV Spec Takes Shape in 2014). A few days ago, Draft 1 of the new spec (Version 7) was released for stakeholder review and comment. A webinar will be held on June 17th to discuss details and answer questions.