As a result of major success in moving the external power adapter market towards greater and more sustainable energy efficiency, effective December 31, 2010, external power adapters will no longer be eligible for the ENERGY STAR label. External power adapters are sold with products like digital cameras, cordless phones and cell phones. EPA estimates there are about 9 external power adapters for every person in the
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR program has helped improve the energy efficiency of the auto manufacturing industry, which has cut fossil fuel use by 12 percent and reduced greenhouse gases by more than 700,000 tons of carbon dioxide, according to a recent report by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. The emissions reductions, which help to fight climate change, equal the emissions from the electricity use of more than 80,000 homes for a year.
Read the report: http://www.nicholas.duke.edu/institute/Duke_EE_WP_10-01.pdf
More Information: http://www.energystar.gov/industry
Today EPA recognized the first group of manufacturing sites that have met the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry and reduced their energy intensity by 10% within 5 years or less. The
Learn more: energystar.gov/industrychallenge
In partnership with several states and utilities, the EPA announced a new pilot program designed to further improve commercial building energy efficiency. Building Performance with ENERGY STAR will help utilities and state energy efficiency programs achieve increased energy savings by strategically pursuing whole building energy improvements with their business customers. The pilot program is being launched with ENERGY STAR partners Commonwealth Edison, Mass Save, MidAmerican, National Grid, the New Jersey's Clean Energy Program, Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and Focus on Energy.
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Today EPA launched the National Building Competition, a coast-to-coast contest between commercial buildings to save energy and fight climate change. The competition is the first national energy efficiency contest of its kind and features 14 commercial buildings from across the country that will "work off the waste" through improvements in energy efficiency with help from EPA's ENERGY STAR program. The building that sheds the most energy waste on a percentage basis will be declared the winner by EPA on October 26, 2010.
EPA is announcing new, more rigorous guidelines for new homes looking to earn the ENERGY STAR. Compared to the prior ENERGY STAR guidelines, the new requirements increase the energy efficiency of qualified homes by more than 10%, making them more than 20% more efficient than homes built to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). These guidelines will begin to go into effect in January, 2011, although some builders may choose to adopt the new requirements earlier.
EPA's list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the largest number of buildings that earned EPA's ENERGY STAR in 2009 is headed by Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, Houston, Lakeland, Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta, and New York. Continuing the impressive growth of the past several years, in 2009 nearly 3,900 commercial buildings earned the ENERGY STAR, representing annual savings of more than $900 million in utility bills and more than 4.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
EPA released a new report profiling leading organizations for reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. The report: "Profiles in Leadership, 2010 ENERGY STAR Award Winners," highlights over 100 organizations across many sectors of the U.S. economy, including schools, hospitals, real estate, manufacturing, chemicals, and home building. The report offers insights into this diverse set of winners and their energy-efficient approaches and practices. The awards will be presented on March 18, 2010 in Washington, D.C.
The February 22 Washington Post article on ENERGY STAR raises an important issue that EPA works on continually – where to set the ENERGY STAR levels that determine which products can earn the label. More
In 2009, ENERGY STAR Leaders together prevented more than 220 thousand metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent and saved more than $48 million across their commercial building portfolios. These savings are more than 4 times larger than the savings achieved in 2008 and represent the single greatest year of savings since EPA recognized the first ENERGY STAR Leaders in 2004. The complete list of ENERGY STAR leaders has grown to over 100 organizations.
On January 20, 2010, 21 LG Electronics refrigerator models, including some under the Sears Kenmore brand, were removed from the ENERGY STAR Qualifying Product List. The ENERGY STAR label is to be removed from these refrigerator models because they failed to meet ENERGY STAR Program requirements. EPA has removed these products from the list of Qualifying Products on energystar.gov.
LG has set up a toll-free number for customers with specific questions on this issue: 1-888-326-8626.
LG has committed to removing the ENERGY STAR label from their affected models by March 5, 2010. LG has removed references to ENERGY STAR from LG advertising and the website featuring the affected models. They are working with retailers to remove the label from stores and warehouses that sell these products. As of February 22, 2010, LG has managed the removal of labels on affected models at all national accounts and warehouses and is working with smaller distributors over the next two weeks to finish removing the label from those stores. EPA is in the process of verifying these actions through random store visits.
EPA is recognizing the first three frozen fried potato processing plants to earn the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance. These plants perform in the top 25% for energy efficiency nationwide and, on average, use nearly 20% less energy when compared to similar plants across the country. The first potato processing plants to earn EPA's ENERGY STAR are J.R. Simplot Company's Aberdeen, ID plant; J.R. Simplot Company's Othelllo, WA plant; and ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston Inc.'s Quincy, WA plant.