Bill S82-2011

Enacts energy efficiency standards for televisions

Enacts energy efficiency standards for televisions, beginning January 1, 2012; amends definition of television and adds other, related definitions.

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  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  • Apr 5, 2011: NOTICE OF COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION - REQUESTED
  • Jan 5, 2011: REFERRED TO ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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BILL NUMBER:S82

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the energy law, in relation to increasing the energy efficiency of televisions

PURPOSE: To establish energy efficiency guidelines for televisions, which would mandate greater energy efficiency in television manufacturing, and reduce consumer energy costs, carbon dioxide emissions, and the burden placed on the power grid.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1: Adds three new subdivisions to section 16-102 of the energy law to define combination television, component television, and television monitor.

Section 2: Amends subdivision 33 of section 16-102 of the energy law to update the definition of television (TV).

Section 3: Adds new section 16-110 to the energy law to mandate new energy efficiency standards for televisions. The applied standards are tiered so that those manufactured on or after January 1, 2012, will be subject to the first round of energy efficiency standards, and those manufactured on or after January I, 2014, will be subject to the second, more rigorous, round of energy efficiency standards. The simple formula for both determinations is stated.

Section 4: Provides the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: With the growth of the television industry as well as high-definition, plasma, liquid crystal display (LCD), and other technological innovations, there has been a rapid increase in the number of large televisions on the market. The average number of televisions per household and average time spent watching television has increased markedly over the past few years as well. Many of these newer models consume three times as much energy as do older cathode ray tube televisions. On average, this new technology has increased energy consumption from 3% to 10% of home energy use. Moreover, according to the California Energy Commission (CEC), some plasma television sets manufactured in 2008 drew more power than a typical large refrigerator did, even if the television was only used a few hours a day.

The combination of these factors has translated to a large increase in the typical energy consumption of televisions by the average household. There is a strong need, therefore, to regulate the energy efficiency of televisions to encourage energy reduction, save taxpayers money on energy bills, curb carbon emissions, and reduce the stress placed on the power grid. With the adoption of these energy efficiency standards, a 42-inch screen television would consume 183 watts or less by 2012 and 115 watts or less by 2014. Today, this television could potentially use close to 300 watts.

Similar legislation has passed in California and been introduced in Massachusetts, signaling the start of a national trend toward more rigorous energy efficiency standards. There are already over 1000 televisions on the market that meet these standards, with many more to come, due to the CEC's approval of new regulations. This bill would parallel regulations currently placed on devices such as air conditioners and refrigerators. It would also ensure that New York remains at the forefront of energy efficiency and environmental innovation by encouraging energy reduction in television manufacturing.

With the adoption of these measures, New York consumers would save billions of dollars and conserve energy while their freedom to purchase any size or type of television would also be preserved.

The bill only affects TVs manufactured on or after January 1, 2012, meaning consumers would not be forced to replace their existing devices.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2010: S.7363/A.9387

FISCAL IMPACT ON THE STATE: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This bill will take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall become law. Effective immediately, the addition, amendment, or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the timely implementation of this act on or before its effective date is hereby authorized to be made.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 82 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. SQUADRON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Energy and Telecommuni- cations AN ACT to amend the energy law, in relation to increasing the energy efficiency of televisions THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 16-102 of the energy law is amended by adding three new subdivisions 7-a, 10-a and 33-a to read as follows: 7-A. "COMBINATION TELEVISION" MEANS A SYSTEM IN WHICH A TELEVISION OR TELEVISION MONITOR AND AN ADDITIONAL DEVICE OR DEVICES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, A DVD PLAYER, AN HDD PLAYER OR A VCR, ARE COMBINED INTO A SINGLE UNIT AND INCLUDED IN THE TELEVISION CASING. 10-A. "COMPONENT TELEVISION" MEANS A TELEVISION COMPOSED OF TWO OR MORE SEPARATE COMPONENTS (E.G. SEPARATE DISPLAY DEVICE AND TUNER) MARKETED AND SOLD AS A TELEVISION UNDER ONE MODEL OR SYSTEM DESIGNATION. THE SYSTEM MAY HAVE MORE THAN ONE POWER CORD. 33-A. "TELEVISION MONITOR" MEANS A TELEVISION THAT DOES NOT HAVE AN INTERNAL TUNER, RECEIVER, OR PLAYBACK DEVICE. S 2. Subdivision 33 of section 16-102 of the energy law, as added by chapter 431 of the laws of 2005, is amended to read as follows: 33. "Television (TV)" means [a commercially available electronic prod- uct consisting of a tuner/receiver and a monitor encased in a single housing, which is designed to receive and display an analog or digital video television signal broadcast by an antenna, satellite, cable, or broadband source. "Television" does not include multifunction TVs which have VCR, DVD, DVR, or EPG functions] AN ANALOG OR DIGITAL DEVICE DESIGNED PRIMARILY FOR THE DISPLAY AND RECEPTION OF A TERRESTRIAL, SATELLITE, CABLE INTERNET PROTOCOL TV (IPTV) OR OTHER BROADCAST OR RECORDED TRANSMISSION OF ANALOG OR DIGITAL SIGNALS. TELEVISIONS INCLUDE
COMBINATION TELEVISIONS, TELEVISION MONITORS, COMPONENT TELEVISIONS, AND ANY PRODUCT THAT IS MARKETED AS A TELEVISION. S 3. The energy law is amended by adding a new section 16-110 to read as follows: S 16-110. TELEVISION ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS. 1. TELEVISIONS MANU- FACTURED ON AND AFTER JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND TWELVE, SHALL USE NO MORE THAN (0.20 X SCREEN AREA (IN2) + 32) WATTS IN ACTIVE MODE AND NO MORE THAN ONE (1) WATT IN STANDBY-PASSIVE MODE. 2. TELEVISIONS MANUFACTURED ON AND AFTER JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN, SHALL USE NO MORE THAN (0.12 X SCREEN AREA (IN2) + 25) WATTS IN ACTIVE MODE AND NO MORE THAN ONE (1) WATT IN STANDBY-PASSIVE MODE. 3. TELEVISION ACTIVE MODE ENERGY USE SHALL BE MEASURED ACCORDING TO INTERNATIONAL ELECTROTECHNICAL COMMISSION (IEC) 62087, EDITION 2.0 "METHODS OF MEASUREMENT FOR POWER CONSUMPTION OF AUDIO, VIDEO, AND RELATED EQUIPMENT," AS APPLIED BY THE UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY IN THE "ENERGY STAR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS FOR TELE- VISIONS, VERSIONS 4.0 AND 5.0." 4. TELEVISION STANDBY-PASSIVE MODE ENERGY USE SHALL BE MEASURED ACCORDING TO INTERNATIONAL ELECTROTECHNICAL COMMISSION (IEC) DRAFT IEC 62301, ED. 2.0: HOUSEHOLD ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES -- MEASUREMENT OF STANDBY POWER, AS APPLIED BY THE UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY IN THE "ENERGY STAR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS FOR TELEVISIONS, VERSIONS 4.0 AND 5.0." 5. NO TELEVISION MANUFACTURED ON OR AFTER JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND TWELVE, MAY BE SOLD OR OFFERED FOR SALE IN THE STATE UNLESS THE EFFI- CIENCY OF THE PRODUCT MEETS OR EXCEEDS THE EFFICIENCY STANDARDS SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION. S 4. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amend- ment, or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the timely implementation of this act on or before its effective date is hereby authorized to be made.

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