California Energy Commission Hosting Workshop on Standards for External Power Supplies

January 24, 2006 by Jeff Shepard

On January 30, 2006, the California Energy Commission Energy Efficiency Committee, will conduct a workshop to receive comments on industry concerns regarding the Appliance Efficiency Regulations for external power supplies and other consumer electronics products. The public is invited to attend the workshop, which will be held at 9:00 a.m. in Hearing Room A at 1516 Ninth Street, Hearing Room A, Sacramento, California

This is a continuation of a process begun on December 14, 2004. At that time, the California Energy Commission adopted appliance efficiency regulations for external power supplies and other consumer electronics products. The standards for televisions and DVD players went into effect on January 1, 2006. The standards for external power supplies go into effect on July 1, 2006, and the standards for compact audio and digital television adapters go into effect on January 1, 2007.

The Energy Commission has received various comments from the electronics industry that the standards should be delayed or modified. As a result, the Efficiency Committee invites public input on the following general issues:

Should a rulemaking proceeding be conducted to delay the effective dates of specific standards that are not feasible by the adopted effective date? If so, what standards are not feasible to be achieved by the adopted effective date, and what are the barriers to achieving them by that date?

Are specific standards requirements for specific consumer products not feasible? Why are they not feasible? How could they be revised to be feasible?

What specific proposals do manufacturers or other stakeholders have to revise specific standards requirements to be feasible and effective?

Specific questions related to external power supplies include: Should the requirement that external power supplies meet the efficiency standard at 230V be dropped? Should the active mode efficiency levels be decreased for low voltage (<15V) power supplies? Should the no load standby power level be increased to 1.5W for power supplies >50W with power factor correction? Should an exemption be created for external power supplies used for cordless phones? Should the effective date of the external power supplies standard be delayed beyond July 1, 2006?

Specific questions related to battery chargers include: Should battery chargers (those covered by the Energy Star specification) be exempted from the external power supplies standard, and a new efficiency standard for those battery chargers be created? Should the Energy Commission create a new efficiency standard for products covered by the EnergyStar battery charger specification? Should the Energy Commission create a new efficiency standard for all battery chargers (including those not covered by the Energy Star specification)?

Specific questions related to digital television adaptors include: Should the digital television adaptors power levels be increased (currently 8W active, 1W standby)? Should an "auto power-down" requirement be added? Consumer electronics generally:

Finally, the commission will ask: Should the Energy Commission reconsider the economic and technical analysis underlying the electronics standards adopted by the Commission in December 2004?

The Energy Commission encourages full public participation. Any person present at any hearing or workshop shall be afforded an opportunity to make oral comments on the subject matter of the proceeding.