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Energy Conservation Proposal for Set-Top Boxes, Network Equipment Withdrawn

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Energy has withdrawn a proposed determination that set-top boxes and network equipment qualify as a covered product under Part A of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. The department is also withdrawing a related proposed rule that would have established a new energy consumption test procedure focused exclusively on STBs.

DOE is taking this action because in September 2013 a broadly representative group of pay TV, consumer electronics industries and energy advocates announced a Voluntary Agreement for Ongoing Improvement to the Energy Efficiency of Set-Top Boxes, which established a five-year written commitment to continue improvements in the energy efficiency of STBs used in the distribution of digital video signals. DOE encourages the development of market-based solutions and believes this agreement has the potential to achieve significant energy savings in STBs. Nevertheless, the department will continue to monitor the STB market closely and will consider reinitiating its rulemaking if the energy efficiency gains for STBs and consumer savings envisioned in the agreement are not being realized.

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