ARLINGTON, VA (January 6, 2014) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) applauded the voluntary industry agreement to improve the energy efficiency of set-top boxes and the Department of Energy’s (DOE) withdrawal of a rulemaking to mandate efficiency standards.
On December 31st, the DOE officially announced the withdrawal of a proposed rulemaking to mandate energy efficiency standards for set-top boxes and network equipment. Citing the efficiency gains that industry would already achieve through a voluntary agreement, the DOE withdrew the proposed rule that would make set-top boxes and network equipment a covered product. The voluntary agreement, which runs through 2017, is anticipated to improve the efficiency of set-top boxes by 10 to 45 percent, saving consumers more than $1 billion annually in energy bills.
TIA President Grant Seiffert said, “The ICT industry is committed to continually innovating and improving the energy efficiency of our products. The voluntary agreement will result in greater energy efficiency gains for consumers than could be achieved through federal guidelines. Importantly, it will also provide manufacturers with the flexibility to continue to innovate and develop the consumer products of the future.”
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