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201408 - Energy Efficiency Update

September 11, 2015


1. On 6/23, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to share a final draft of changes to the Version 6.0 ENERGY STAR Computer specification that adds slates/tablets to its scope, as well as the attached Final Draft Computer Test Procedure developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). These changes, reflected in a Version 6.1, will not affect the status of any currently certified models.

2. On 7/28, are computer servers required to undergo the active mode Server Efficiency Rating Tool (SERT) test during verification testing?

In the Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR Program Requirement for Computer Servers, Server Efficiency Rating Tool (SERT) results are report-only and are not required to be re-run for verification testing. The manual idle power tests and all other binary requirements such as power supply units (PSU) and power management should be included in verification testing.

3. As of August 1, 2014, your organization must cease certification to the Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR® Set-top Boxes and Cable Boxes specification and may only certify set-top boxes and cable boxes to the Version 4.1 specification. Administrative modifications to existing set-top box and cable box certifications to the Version 3.0 specification may continue until December 19, 2014
CBs must notify EPA by August 2, 2014 of models certified to Version 3.0, but not yet submitted to EPA, along with information on when data will be submitted. Failure to do so will result in QPX blocking submissions of these products to EPA.

1. The Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice extending the comment period for the computer and battery backup system framework document. (July 29, 2014). Comments will now be accepted through October 2, 2014.