California requires greater energy efficiency from TVs

California requires greater energy efficiency from TVs

 
According to the California Energy Commission, televisions and peripheral equipment (cable boxes, DVCs) consume about 10% of a home's electricity. With the increased demand for large digital flat-screen TVs, the situation was looking worse because digital models consume more electricity than cathode ray tube sets. CEC has therefore proposed a two-tier improvement in energy efficiency. Sets sold in 2011+ would have to consume 1/3 less energy than those sold today; by 2013, on average, sets would have to consumer 49% less. The latest technology would also have to be utilized for standby power consumption, and detailed labeling would be required re energy usage.
 
Information on the proposed standard can be found at http://www.energy.ca.gov/appliances/tv_faqs.html. California began adopting energy efficiency standards 30 years ago. As a result the State has the lowest per capita electricity use in the nation, according to the CEC. As recently as 2001, California was 4th. See http://www.lbl.gov/Science-Articles/Archive/energy-myths1.html. Of course, California also has the highest electricity prices, which may explain in part its standing. We may also be comparing apples and oranges given different industrial and commercial mixes amongst the States, different weather patterns, etc.