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Set-Top Box Energy Conservation Agreement Making Strides in Saving Consumers $1 Billion in Energy Savings Annually

Doug Johnson, Consumer Technology Association
CEA and its members have been on the forefront of energy efficiency, saving consumers’ money and reducing carbon emissions. For the past two years, we have worked closely with the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and multichannel video providers (MVPDs) and equipment manufacturers to launch an unprecedented Set-Top Box Energy Conservation Agreement. At the end of last year, the U.S. Department of Energy, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) joined in support of a newly expanded Voluntary Agreement that will improve set-top box energy efficiency 10 to 45 percent by 2017.
Last week, efficiency advocacy representatives who joined the expanded agreement met for the first time as voting members on the agreement’s Steering Committee.  The committee was established as the coordinating and governing body of the Voluntary Agreement.  NCTA has a recap of the meeting on their site which highlights the discussion and outcomes, including Pace, plc, a major manufacturer of set-top boxes, joining as a signatory on the Voluntary Agreement. Read the NCTA post here