Mr. Green


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

New ENERGY STAR Set-top Box Program Spec Published

April 16, 2014 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published the latest version of its ENERGY STAR set-top box (STB) program specification (v 4.1) for service providers and manufacturers. The new spec is scheduled to take effect on December 19, 2014.

Developing the Next Ecodesign Directive Roadmap

April 9, 2014 - The European Commission has begun the process of establishing the next Working Plan for their Ecodesign Directive. Discussed in previous blogs, the directive sets efficiency standards, known as Implementing Measures (IM), for energy-using and energy-related products.

CEC Publishes Schedule for Drafting New Efficiency Regulations

March 25, 2014 - Two years ago, the California Energy Commission (CEC) began the process of considering amending and adding new products to its current Appliance Efficiency Regulations. During the past year, I’ve blogged about the CEC’s progress:

EPA Starts Revising ENERGY STAR Display Program Specs

March 11, 2014 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just announced the beginning of a revision process for its ENERGY STAR Display program. Although the current version became effective only last year, the number of compliant computer monitors released since then has resulted in a major market share increase in qualified product, according to an EPA February 24th stakeholder memo.

U.S. EPA Seals Battery Charger Program Fate

March 6, 2014 - Last November, I wrote about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to discontinue its 8-year old ENERGY STAR Battery Charger System (BCS) efficiency program (see Riding off into the Sunset). The EPA mentioned the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) BCS efficiency standard as the main reason for “sunsetting” their program.