ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The following statement is attributed to Doug Johnson, vice president, technology policy, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, regarding the Senate’s approval of legislation that amends the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to exempt external power supplies (EPS) for four years from energy conservation standards established by the Department of Energy in 2014:
“We applaud the Senate’s passage of this important technical amendment, which recognizes the need for replacement chargers for products manufactured before the effective date of DOE’s latest regulation. EPSs are used with a wide range of consumer electronics – laptops and tablets, printers and routers, and cordless telephones – and this bill will facilitate warranty and contract compliance by manufacturers, as well as manufacturer compliance with state parts retention laws.
“In particular, we thank Sen. Rob Portman for his work in passing this simple correction which will provide needed regulatory relief to many businesses. Sen. Portman understands the balance that is necessary between energy efficiency and unintended regulatory burdens, and we look forward to working with him to continue these efforts in the next Congress.
“CEA was the lead organization supporting energy efficiency regulation for external power supplies as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, and we strongly supported the House version of the EPS Service Parts Act, introduced earlier this year with bipartisan leadership from Rep. Cory Gardner and Rep. Paul Tonko. Now that both houses of Congress have passed the EPS legislation in identical form, we encourage President Obama to quickly sign this bill into law.”
Even though there are more consumer electronics in U.S. homes than ever, those devices now account for a lower percentage of electricity usage per household, according to the CEA study Energy Consumption of Consumer Electronics in U.S. Homes in 2013.
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $211 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative and regulatory advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at www.CE.org, www.DeclareInnovation.com and through social media: http://www.ce.org/social
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