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U.S. Can Restrict Plasmas Sale

The excess energy can take off from the U.S. market a series of plasma TV models. With the introduction of new Energy Star standard to reduce the power consumption, much of the equipment currently on sale will be disqualified and may even be removed from stores.

Version 5.3 of the regulation states that the maximum consumption allowed in any type of TV is 108 watts. The Energy Star program provides for this limitation, which began in April 2010, will be progressively more restrictive each year. Above 108W are almost all plasma TV screens larger than 50 inches, and some type of projectors that uses DLP technology. LCD TVs are more efficient in terms of consumption.

According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), U.S. government agency that regulates the industry, TVs that carry the Energy Star label have average consumption of 40% less than others. In the case of a 60″ TV, this reduction would be up to 60%. The agency released a list of devices currently available in the U.S., specifying their consumption: the 2096 models mentioned, just 297 (14% of total) are above the limit of 108W. Almost all are last year’s models, including all the plasmas of 51 “or more.

According to Katharine Kaplan, the Energy Star program manager, the control has started to be done since the last May 31. “This means that all TVs manufactured after this date will only receive the label if they are within the limit,” she says. Click here for details of the specifications of the EPA.

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