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DOE Proposes New Test Rules for External Power Supplies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently distributed a pre-publication of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) for Test Procedures for External Power Supplies (EPSs). To learn more about proposed changes, read Mr. Green's Blog.

California Makes Progress on LED Efficiency Standard

The California Energy Commission (CEC) recently published a report about efficiency opportunities for various LED lamps. To see what products are being considered and learn about proposed regulations, visit the Green Room.

New Reference Design for 12 W Standards-Compliant Power Supply

Power Integrations recently released Reference Design Report 399 (RDR-399) for a highly efficient (>83%) 12 W general purpose power supply. RDR-399 is suitable for applications such as set-top boxes, small appliances, and PC standby. RDR-399 also meets all existing and proposed energy efficiency standards including U.S.

CAPZero X-Capacitor Discharge ICs Certified to New IEC 62368 Standard

Power Integrations today announced that its CAPZero™ family of innovative, two-terminal, automatic X-capacitor discharge ICs has been certified to meet IEC 62368, the new over-arching safety standard covering TVs and IT equipment. The CAPZero family eliminates power losses while allowing power supplies to comply with safety standards. The new standard replaces IEC 60950 and IEC 60065 and will become mandatory.

SEAD Announces Lighting Efficiency Competition

The Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment Initiative (SEAD) has announced its competition recognizing and rewarding the most efficient lighting products. The SEAD competition will recognize up to 32 super-efficient lighting products from four geographical regions. To learn more about the competition and upcoming deadlines, visit the Green Room.

EC Finalizing Product List for ErP Efficiency Regulations

The proposed EC Ecodesign Directive working plan for 2015-2017 is now in its final stages. In this week's blog, Mr. Green takes a look at the group of products being considered and discusses what's ahead. To get the details, visit the Green Room.

New LED Lighting Design for A19 Lamps

PI has recently published a Design Example Report (DER) for dimmable A19 LED lamps. DER-406 is a non-isolated design that incorporates PI's LYTSwitch-4 high-line LED Driver ICs. This new design works with a wide selection of TRIAC dimmers.

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EPA Issues Draft of New ENERGY STAR Large Network Spec

In this week's blog, Mr. Green takes a look at the first draft of a proposed ENERGY STAR spec for large network equipment. To learn what products the program covers and the efficiency requirements being considered, visit the Green Room.

European Commission Takes a Fresh Look at Video Game Efficiency

Three major manufacturers of video game consoles have proposed a self-regulation effort now being considered by the European Commission's Ecodesign Directive group. If successful, the initiative could result in electricity savings of 1.1 TWh within the European Union in 2020. For further details, read Mr. Green's latest blog.

ENERGY STAR'S "Most Efficient" Program Moves Into Its Fifth Year

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced updates to its ENERGY STAR Most Efficient program for 2015. To read about the program's 2014 successes and learn about what's changing, visit the Green Room.