The California Energy Commission (CEC) is California’s primary energy policy and planning agency. To understand why efficiency standards have been such a focus for the agency, one can rewind to 1972, when California faced an energy emergency. According to the California Resources Agency at the time, energy usage was doubling every 8-10 years. At that rate, the state would need to build a large number of power plants, based on projections of the new capacity required. Those power plants, moreover, would require a source of water for cooling, so the state looked toward
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As part of the annual review of criteria, representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy gathered and held a webinar on September 11 to go over proposals for the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2019 product categories. The Most Efficient label recognizes the “best of the best” across fourteen ENERGY STAR product categories, with ~3000 models represented across 155 partners.
The California Energy Commission held a staff workshop on July 11 to discuss a proposal regarding appliance efficiency regulations for commercial and industrial fans and blowers. The focus of the proposal is on standalone fans and embedded fans in non-regulated equipment. Details of the proposal can be found here.
The California Energy Commission held a webinar on Emerging Technologies: Energy Savings in Plug Loads, co-sponsored by the Emerging Technologies Coordinating Council (ETCC). The discussion focused on ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezers, and the efforts to promote ENERGY STAR standards for energy-efficient laboratory equipment.
California is requiring solar power for new residential construction under standards taking effect on January 1, 2020. On May 9, the California Energy Commission (CEC) held a hearing in Sacramento on the 2019 Title 24, Part 6, Building Energy Efficiency Standards and voted to adopt them as a step toward Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings.
Ecodesign regulation (EC) No 1275/2008 is under revision. This regulation, governing standby and off modes, entered into force on January 7, 2009 with updated draft guidelines published in October 2009. An amendment for networked products also entered into force in 2013. These Ecodesign requirements aim to ensure the lowest possible energy use for small and large household appliances and electronic products in passive standby and off modes. The measure, moreover, is horizontal, with requirements applicable to all products, even those for which specific requirements are not yet defined.
The proposed eligibility requirements for the ENERGY STAR® 2018 Most Efficient program are now available for review.
The program, now in its 7th year, promotes the most efficient products in fourteen specific product categories. The 2018 program continues the focus on the current twelve product categories and adds a new one (dehumidifiers). It also re-introduces televisions, temporarily removed in 20171.