California Crafting New Energy Efficiency Standards that Include Video Games

April 3, 2013 -

California state regulators want video games and other devices to be more energy efficient and are making some moves towards creating regulations, according to an LA Times report. The state has in the past put strict regulations in place for household appliances, furnaces, air conditioners and big-screen televisions to use less energy. If they have their way video game consoles from Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, along with set-top cable boxes, computers, lighting and pool and spa pumps and motors will soon be under the same restrictions.

The simple fact is energy efficiency saves consumers money," said Andrew McAllister, a member of the California Energy Commission. "Since 1978, energy efficiency standards have saved California ratepayers $74 billion in electricity costs."

The commission is crafting efficiency standards by using information on 15 new products to ensure that these new standards are as up-to-date as possible.

While these new regulations may scare any company that manufactures these items, the new rules won't be voted on until 2014 so there's plenty of time to have a public debate on them. If approved they would not go into effect until 2015.

The Consumer Electronics Association, an organization that represents manufactures of various electronic items, says that it hopes that the commission will develop "a new collaborative process" and will be less "inflexible" than they’ve been in the past.

Source: LA Times


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Re: California Crafting New Energy Efficiency Standards that ...

My question is how are they going to try to regulate power usage on computers, specifically Desktop PCs. Since they're modular and people tend to build them to be as powerful as they can be with disregard to how much energy they use.

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I was thinking the same.  They might be able to go after PSU efficiency, which in this case, I would kinda consider a win if they take out notoriously bad PSUs.

Otherwise, all other computer parts have been made to be quite efficient already...

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Re: California Crafting New Energy Efficiency Standards that ...

The PS3 is the biggest power user of the current generation, at 300 watts max.

Lets assume you run it at max power (full speed on the drives, GPU, and CPU) for 3 hours a day, every day, all year.

It would cost less than $3 per month to run (using the defacto 10c per kwh rate charts seem to love)

Next up, lets do some math on the ""Since 1978, energy efficiency standards have saved California ratepayers $74 billion in electricity costs.""

Based on population, over 35 years, that's less than $6 per person per month.

Yes please California, save us money!

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$3 a month is a lot, especially when you start to consider how many other things in your house may consume $3 or more, and especially once you start to consider externalized costs, such as CO2 output and maintenance needs on infrastructure to keep up with growing demand. Also important is are all of these costs when considered in perspective of an entire city, state, or country. It's human nature to underestimate the impact of small changes in seemingly small values overall.

 

 

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The argument about it saving money may not be the strongest argument, but it's still the one that'll go over best with the majority of people. I suspect the main push has more to do with attempting to reduce carbon emissions by any method available, but since there's still a good chunk of the country that thinks global warming is a hoax and/or conspiracy it's easier to point to the economic advantages.

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Oh California...

 
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