In an effort to reduce greenhouse gases, lower power consumption, and maintain the state’s reputation as the hippiest in America, the California Energy Commission has set strict guidelines that would require televisions to use less power. According to SF Gate:
The new rules, adopted unanimously by the California Energy Commission, will require manufacturers to cut the power televisions use by one-third in two years and in half by 2013 by setting wattage ceilings.
Consumers are expected to save $8.1 billion in energy costs over a 10-year period as a result of the restrictions, without sacrificing high-definition pictures, the commission said. The panel also cited a study that showed the energy savings could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3 million metric tons a year — the equivalent of taking 500,000 cars off the road — in part by eliminating the need for a new power plant.
While environmental groups are applauding the effort, consumer electronics advocates are not. Doug Johnson, senior director of technology for the Consumer Electronics Association said, “This is a constraint on innovation and on consumer choice. It’s unnecessary and unjustified.”
Personally, I’m all for the limits. I’m not a hippie, but I try to live a fairly green lifestyle. While some people will surely bitch and moan about the new rules, I’d bet that most California consumers won’t notice them and buy televisions that use less power without noticing a difference. Johnson’s point about consumer choice is totally valid, but I care more about the Earth than having more television sets to choose from.
How about you? As a gamer, televisions have a big impact on your life. Do you dig California’s smackdown on energy-consuming sets? Or would you rather have the choice to buy a power sucker?