California Energy Commission Appliance Efficiency Regulations

CEC

Countries:
US - State of California only
Type: Mandatory Efficiency Standard
Links: CEC Appliance Efficiency Regulations Home Page

2012 Appliance Efficiency Regulations (PDF)

2013 Rulemaking page

CEC Home Page


2013 Appliance Efficiency Rulemaking - Invitation to Participate – The CEC is requesting information to assist it in the process of considering standards, test procedures, labeling requirements, and other efficiency measures for the following electronic products: computers, displays, game consoles, set-top boxes (including network equipment), and lighting (LEDs, fluorescent dimming ballasts).

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PRODUCT
Battery Charger Systems - Large

Large battery charger systems manufactured on or after January 1, 2014, shall meet the performance limits in the following table:

Standards for Large Battery Charger Systems

Performance Parameter Standard
Charge Return Factor (CRF) 100 percent, 80 percent Depth of discharge CRF ≤ 1.10
40 percent Depth of discharge CRF ≤ 1.15
Power Conversion Efficiency ≥ 89 percent
Power Factor ≥ 0.90
Maintenance Mode Power(Eb = battery capacity of tested battery ≤ 10 + 0.0012Eb
No Battery Mode Power ≤ 10 W


Battery Charger Systems - Small

Effective February 1, 2013, for consumer products that are not USB charger systems with a battery capacity of 20 watt-hours or more. Effective February 1, 2014, for consumer products that are USB charger systems. Effective January 1, 2017, for non-consumer products.

Standards for Small Battery Charger Systems

Performance Parameter Standard

Maximum 24 hour charge and maintenance energy (Wh)

(Eb = capacity of all batteries in ports and N = number of charger ports

For Eb of 25 Wh or less: 16 x N
For Eb > 2.5 Wh and ≤ 100 Wh: 12 x N=1.6Eb
For Eb > 100 Wh and ≤ 1000 Wh: 22 x N=1.5Eb
For Eb > 1000 Wh: 36.4 x N=1.486Eb

Maintenance Mode Power and No Battery Mode Power (W)
(Eb = capacity of all batteries in ports and N = number of charger ports

The sum of the maintenance mode power and no battery mode power must be less or equal to: 1x N+0.0021xEb


Compact Audio and Video Equipment

Standards for Consumer Audio and Video Equipment

Appliance Type Effective Date Maximum Power Usage (W)
Compact Audio Products January 1, 2007 2 W in Audio standby-passive mode for those without a permanently illuminated clock display
4 W in Audio standby-passive mode for those with a permanently illuminated clock display
Digital Versatile Disc Players and Digital Versatile Disc Recorders January 1, 2006 3 W in Video standby-passive mode


External Power Supplies

Standards for Power Supplies

Effective July 1, 2008 (for external power supplies used with notebook computers, mobile and cordless phones, tablets, printers, scanners, digital cameras, and other applications)

Nameplate Output (W) Minimum Efficiency in Active Mode*
< 1 Watt 0.5 * Nameplate Output
≥ 1 and ≤ 51 Watts 0.09 * Ln(Nameplate Output) + 0.5
> 51 Watts 0.85
Maximum No-Load Energy Consumption
Any Output 0.5 Watts
*Ln (Nameplate output) = Natural Logarithm of the nameplate output expressed in Watts


General Service Incandescent Lamps

Standards for State-Regulated General Service Incandescent Lamps - Tier I

Rated Lumen Ranges Maximum Rated Wattage Minimum Rated Lifetime Proposed California Effective Date
1490-2600 Lumens 72 W 1000 hours Jan. 1, 2011
1050-1489 Lumens 53 W 1000 hours Jan. 1, 2012
750-1049 Lumens 43 W 1000 hours Jan. 1, 2013
310-749 Lumens 29 W 1000 hours Jan. 1, 2013

Standards for State-Regulated General Service Lamps - Tier II

Lumen Ranges Minimum Lamp Efficacy Minimum Rated Lifetime Proposed California Effective Date
All 45 lumens per watt 1000 hours Jan. 1, 2018


LED Lighting Quality Specification - Voluntary The CEC's has set minimum quality requirements for utilities to use with consumer rebate programs. The voluntary requirements in the 2012 Staff Report become effective in January 2014.



Televisions

Standards for Televisions

Effective date Screen Size
(area A in
square inches)
Maximum TV
Standby-passive
Mode Power
Usage (watts)
Maximum On
Mode Power
Usage (P in watts)
Minimum
Power Factor
for (P ≥ 100W)
January 1, 2006 All 3 W No standard No standard
January 1, 2011* A ≤ 1400 1 W P ≤ 0.20 × A + 32 0.9
January 1, 2013 A ≤ 1400 1 W P ≤ 0.12 × A + 25 0.9
Source: California Energy Commission

In addition, TVs manufactured and sold in California on or after the Tier 1 date must meet the following CEC requirements:

  • Automatically enter a standby (passive or active) mode after a maximum of 15 minutes without video and/or audio input on the selected input mode
  • Enter a standby-passive mode when turned off by remote or integrated button or switch
  • Have a peak luminance in "home" mode, or in the default mode as shipped, of ≥ 65% of the peak luminance of the "retail" mode, or the brightest selectable preset mode