Mr. Green


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

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.

Europe Considers Voluntary Agreement for Improving Game Console Efficiency

August 18, 2014 - The European Commission's (EC) Ecodesign Directive group is currently discussing a "self-regulatory initiative" (SRI) to reduce video game console energy consumption.

ENERGY STAR's "Most Efficient" Label Program Looks Forward to 2015

August 11, 2014 - In 2015, ENERGY STAR's Most Efficient labeling program will enter its fifth year. The purpose of the program is to identify and promote the most efficient products on the market. Once the efficiency criteria are met, manufacturers can use the modified ENERGY STAR logo to call attention to their products.

California Begins 2016 Standards Revision for Buildings Energy Efficiency

July 31, 2014 - The California Energy Commission (CEC) has begun conducting workshops to discuss proposed revisions to its Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24). Title 24 covers a wide range of energy using products found in residential and non-residential buildings, including HVAC systems, elevators/escalators/moving walkways, indoor and outdoor lighting, fans, pool systems, and water heaters.

U.S. DOE Proposes New Test Rules for LEDs

July 30, 2014 - 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.