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201503 - Energy Efficiency Update

September 11, 2015

ENERGY STAR® Monthly Update

  1. Has your certified product been removed from the ENERGY STAR website?
    A: On March 4, a notification was sent out by the EPA stating that the EPA has removed a number of ENERGY STAR partners and their certified products from the ENERGY STAR website due to the failure to submit annual unit shipment data to the EPA by March 1, 2015.  Annual data submission was a condition of the partnership between the EPA and its partners and any failure to comply with that condition will result in the partner’s product being removed from the ENERGY STAR website.
  1. Does your Certification Body (CB) know that refurbished or re-designed versions of certified models cannot be used for verification testing?
    A: The EPA posted a FAQ on March 12 declaring that any refurbished or re-designed product cannot carry the ENERGY STAR label or be marketed as ENERGY STAR. A CB should contact the EPA at [email protected] and notify the partner if a refurbished or re-designed version of the certified model was procured. The CB will need to acquire a version that is non-refurbished for the purpose of verification testing.
  1. A FAQ was posted by the EPA on March 23 concluding that power supplies are not subjected to verification testing because power supplies are not specifically tested and certified under the ENERGY STAR program. They added that for initial certification of electronics and office equipment, the partner needs to submit a certificate of compliance for the power supply and the certification body must accept the certificate in lieu of a laboratory report.
  1. On March 3, 2015, the California Energy Commission released a proposed standard, currently part of a draft staff report, on energy efficiency standards for computers and monitors that will save consumers hundreds of millions of dollars every year. For example, an estimated $2 increase in manufacturing cost for desktop computers will return $69 back to the consumer’s energy savings over the 5 year life period of a desktop computer. The standard varies by computer type—notebook and desktop computers, workstations, and small-scale servers—and allow the industry flexibility to choose how to comply. Standards for notebooks, small-scale servers and workstation computers would take effect January 1, 2017 and standards for desktop computers and thin-clients would take effect January 1, 2018. On April 15, 2015, a workshop will be held for stakeholders to share any comments and inputs about the standard. Comments will be taken into consideration for changes to the staff analysis and proposed standard. UL will attend this meeting in person and will provide any major updates from the meeting.