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New Test Procedure Proposed for Television Sets

Thursday, January 19, 2012
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is proposing to establish a new test procedure for television sets. DOE repealed the prior federal test procedure for TVs on Oct. 20, 2009, due to petitions filed by the California Energy Commission and the Consumer Electronics Association in light of the June 13, 2009, Federal Communications Commission transition from analog to digital broadcast transmissions for TVs. DOE is now proposing a new test procedure for TVs that was developed from existing industry test procedures, including those by the International Electrochemical Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency and CEA.

DOE believes that the proposed test procedure will accurately represent the energy consumption of TVs by capturing the annual energy consumption in on mode, standby mode and off mode. However, DOE requests comments on improvements or changes to the proposed test procedure. DOE will consider modifications that improve the accuracy, precision of language, or other elements of the procedure and/or decrease the testing burden.

Comments, data and information regarding this proposed rule are due no later than April 3. DOE will also hold a public meeting to receive and discuss comments on the proposal, but a specific date has not yet been chosen.

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