EPA Announces New Energy Star Requirements – Expands Program 
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Written by Dick Ward   
Wednesday, 18 November 2009

The latest Energy Star requirements have been announced by the Environmental Protection agency, and it all seems pretty reasonable. While agencies like the California Energy Comission set to ban televisions that use large amounts of power, Energy Star takes the other tact by rewarding manufacturers with Energy Star certification on products that meet the requirements. 

Though optional, Energy Star compliance is a pretty strong concern for electronics manufacturers.  Not only does it affect the all important corporate image, but sales as well. The newest requirements for Energy Star certified electronics have been released and the most significant change seems to be the expansion of the Energy Star program itself.  While it had a more limited scope in the past, previously excluded products such as commercial AV products and docking stations.

Power requirements for products have been scaled back, though details are lacking from the EPA’s press release on exactly how far.  Additionally, Energy Star tagged products must have an auto shutdown function when they’re left on for a certain period of inactivity.  A minimal amount of power is able to be used to save system settings even while off. The new requirements hit on July 10th of 2010, but for new products, such as commercial AV products, this is all effective immediately.

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