State Energy Commission Considers New Electricity Standards For Flat Screen TVs

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The California Energy Commission is preparing to vote next month on new power-saving standards for flat screen TVs. 

The commission held a public hearing on the issue in Sacramento today (Tuesday).

Capital Public Radio's Steve Shadley reports...
The rules would require flat screen TV companies to make sets that cut electricity use 30-percent by 2011, and 50-percent by 2015.

Energy Commission Spokesman Adam Gottlieb says the standards will help reduce the demand on local power plants...
Gottlieb:   “Televisions in California now average ten-percent of our home consumption. And, it’s rising. This proposal will make Californians televisions more energy efficient, save money and save energy...”
Jim Palumbo is President of the Plasma Display Coalition, which opposes the rules. 

He says many of the flat screen TVs on the market already exceed energy standards the state is considering...
Palumbo:   “The industry is improving and it is meeting the challenges of energy consumption and reduction and there is no need to regulate...” 
Palumbo says the rules would force flat screen firms to remove 20-percent of their sets from store shelves...limiting consumer choice.

The California Energy Commission could vote on the rules as early as November fourth.