[opendtv] Re: EPA tightens up power specs for PCs

  • From: Tom Barry <trbarry@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2006 00:23:10 -0400

Recently I just watched "Who Killed the Electric Car?" on You Tube or Google video or one of those. It somewhat explains things, though without the current Bush oil interest ramifications that are causing us so much trouble.

- Tom



Richard C. Ramsden wrote:
You'll have to ask a certain President's friends.

Albert Manfredi wrote:

Who says everyone's picking only on DTT STBs? (Although not complying with Energy Star does not ban a product outright.)

"The EPA estimated the new specs could save U.S. households and businesses more than $1.8 billion in energy costs over the next five years and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual emissions of 2.7 million cars."

Sorry, but this is just too hard to resist. If they're so scrupulous about saving the equivalent of merely 2.7 million "cars" worth of annual CO2 emissions with this new PC energy star thing, why on earth isn't the EPA instead making privately owned SUVs, trucks, and minivans comply with the automobile CAFE requirements? That would save closer to 17 million "cars" worth of annual CO2 emissions.

(About 150 million privately-owned "cars," about 1/3 of them are such vehicles, and these require about 1/3 more fuel on average than average CAFE-compliant cars. These are guesstimates, but I don't think they're very far off.)

Bert

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EPA tightens up power specs for PCs

Rick Merritt
(10/24/2006 12:01 AM EDT)
URL: http://www.eetimes.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=193401593

GREAT NECK, N.Y. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Tuesday (Oct 24) the first update in seven years to its Energy Star program for power saving PCs. On average, the revised requirements for the Energy Star program will require PCs to be 65 percent more power efficient than current models.

The new requirements call for improved efficiency across all modes of a computer's operation. The specifications mandate more efficient internal and external power supplies for PCs that want to get an Energy Star logo.

The EPA estimated the new specs could save U.S. households and businesses more than $1.8 billion in energy costs over the next five years and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual emissions of 2.7 million cars.

The newly published Version 4.0. Tier 1 specification for computers will go into effect on July 20, 2007. It will replace the Version 3.0, Tier 2 specification that has been in effect since July 2000.

Intel Corp. and other companies were quick to announce they will provide desktop and laptop products to support the new Energy Star requirements in time for the July 2007 roll out. Intel also said it will work with the EPA to hammer out a simplified program aimed at helping unbranded PC assemblers qualify for the logo.

"Intel continues to work closely with the EPA and other worldwide organizations to develop and deliver energy-efficient technologies," said Rob Crooke, Intel vice president and business computing group general manager, in a prepared statement. "The new ENERGY STAR specification provides a meaningful step forward in identifying more energy-efficient PCs," he added.

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