Efficiency Harmonization Continues Between Canada and the U.S.

January 10th, 2017

Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations now include an amendment updating the efficiency standards of 20 current product categories. Amendment 13, published in late December 2016, becomes effective on June 28th of this year. Amendment 13 harmonizes current Canadian efficiency standards with existing or recently published U.S. efficiency standards for a number of residential, commercial/industrial, and lighting products.

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European Commission Publishes New Ecodesign Working Plan

January 3rd, 2017

The European Commission (EC) has wrapped up its 2016 energy efficiency activities with the publication of the long-awaited Ecodesign Working Plan 2016–2019. The new plan describes the Commission's future working priorities and also identifies seven new product groups that have significant energy savings potential.

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Computer Efficiency Standard Ready for Approval Vote

December 12th, 2016

The California Energy Commission (CEC) is expected to approve the state's first mandatory efficiency standard covering computers, monitors, and signage displays. The CEC plans to vote this month on adopting the standard at a business meeting on December 14th.

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U.S. EPA Continues Drive Towards First EV Charger Efficiency Specs

December 1st, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is getting close to its year end goal of delivering a final draft EV charger efficiency program specification. When published, the ENERGY STAR® program will be the world's first efficiency program covering Level 1 and Level 2 Electric Vehicle Service Equipment.

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International Telecom Union Approves Eco-friendly Power Supply Requirements

November 22nd, 2016

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has put forth a new standard for external power supplies (EPSs) used with laptops and related communication devices. The standard, Recommendation ITU-T L.1002, defines requirements and recommendations for universal power adapters (UPAs) that are used in portable information and communication technologies (ICT).

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