Kavanagh Announces Bill That Will Mandate Greater TV Energy Efficiency

New legislation will mirror strict California standards; Reduce energy consumed by TVs and costs to consumers; Positions New York State on the forefront of the energy efficiency movement
December 22, 2009

New York, NY – Today, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh announced a bill that would mandate new, robust standards of energy efficiency for televisions manufactured on or after January 1, 2011. The next, more stringent, standards would then go into effect on January 1, 2013, for televisions manufactured on or after this date. These standards directly mirror those adopted by California and introduced in legislation by the Massachusetts Senate.

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. On average, this new technology has increased energy consumption from 3% to 10% of home energy use. 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 in use a few hours a day.

“New Yorkers deserve technology that will enable them to enjoy the most innovative products while also keeping their energy costs down and contributing less to carbon emissions and the burden placed on the power grid," said Assemblymember Kavanagh. “If California can do it, New York certainly can. There’s no reason why New York State should not be at the forefront of the energy efficiency movement in the United States.”

Currently, more than 1000 television models in the market meet the proposed tier 1 energy standards and more than 300 models meet the proposed tier 2 levels. CEC studies have found that these more efficient technologies, in general, are not more expensive for the manufacturer or the consumer than are those that are less efficient. Assemblymember Kavanagh’s win-win bill would help save consumers money on their electricity bills, conserve energy, protect the environment, and take advantage of technology currently available.