Green Technology
Calif. Considers Ban on Big Screen TVs
Ban would prohibit retailers from selling non-energy efficient models.
March 25, 2009 by Chuck McKenney

Lawmakers in California are exploring all avenues for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Even your TV isn’t off limits.

The California Energy Commission is considering a proposal that would ban in state retailers from selling all but the most energy-efficient televisions, reports the Orange County Register.

The CEA believes the ban could take 25-percent of televisions off the market. It would affect most TVs 40-inches and larger.

“The larger the television, the more at risk it is of being banned unnecessarily in California,” Douglas Johnson, senior director of technology police for the Consumer Electronics Association tells the OC Register.

Has California’s Energy Commission heard of the fed’s Energy Star specification? Not to mention, the number of flat-panel TVs with green features is growing at a rapid rate.

Research shows 20 percent of flat-panel shipments in 2008 had green features, and this number is expected to soar to 70 percent by 2012.

But according to the OC Register, TVs are an energy problem:

Televisions are the fastest growing consumer appliance in California. Californians are buying bigger TVs, and more of them. If something doesn’t happen, televisions are going to devour a bigger and bigger piece of the state’s power grid, which means we’ll need more power plants. More power plants mean more greenhouse gas emissions.

The commission is spinning this to the public as a way to save money. They estimate buying an energy efficient TV can save you $18 to $30 per year.

Those in the know expect the regulations to be approved this summer.

Via: Engadget, OC Register

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