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ENERGY STAR Televisions Version 9.0 Draft 1 Specification

The team at ENERGY STAR reviewed the Draft 1 Specification for Televisions Version 9.0 in a stakeholder webinar held on September 30. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will publish subsequent drafts through early 2021 with the final specification anticipating an effective date in the final quarter of 2021.

Proposed Recognition Criteria for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2021

On July 15, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted a webinar to propose recognition criteria across product categories for the ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient (ESME) 2021.  As an extension of the ENERGY STAR brand and in what will be its eleventh year, the Most Efficient label recognizes the most efficient products among those qualifying for ENERGY STAR.

DOE Reviews Energy Conservation Standards for External Power Supplies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is examining current energy conservation standards for External Power Supplies (EPS). As defined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), an “external power supply” is an external power supply circuit that is used to convert household electric current into DC current or lower-voltage AC current to operate a consumer product. In 2014, the DOE published the Level VI efficiency standard, which has been in effect in the U.S. since 2016.

New Regulation in China for Room Air Conditioners

Since 2005, China has been promoting energy efficiency with its GB (“Guo Biao”) national standards, setting the scope, parameters, and prescriptive test limits for products ranging from household appliances and flat-panel televisions to luminaires/ballasts and automotive parts. On December 31, 2019, China officially published a new GB national standard pertaining to room air conditioners. GB 21455-2019 sets the minimum allowable values of energy efficiency and defines the energy efficiency grades for room air conditioners.