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Feinstein Applauds Agreement On Energy Efficient Set-Top Boxes

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 3:12pm
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December 06, 2012

DIANNE FEINSTEIN

SENATOR

SENATE

FEINSTEIN APPLAUDS AGREEMENT ON ENERGY EFFICIENT SET-TOP

BOXES

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For Immediate Release

Feinstein Applauds Agreement on Energy Efficient Set-Top Boxes

Contact: Tom Mentzer (202) 224-9629

December 6, 2012

Washington-U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today commended the country`s cable, satellite and telephone-based television providers for agreeing to deploy more energy-efficient television set-top boxes, the electronic devices that connect televisions to providers` networks.

According to industry estimates, the voluntary action will save 90 million American households $1.5 billion in annual electricity costs once the agreement takes full effect.

``Television set-top boxes cost consumers $3 billion each year in electricity charges, but a stunning $2 billion of that is wasted when televisions are not in use,`` Feinstein said. ``Last year, I asked the industry to utilize more efficient equipment, and I am very pleased they have taken the first step to accomplish that. I would like to congratulate the 15 companies that joined today`s agreement, which will save consumers billions of dollars in reduced electricity bills.``

Satellite and telephone-based television providers announced an industrywide initiative-already endorsed by the largest cable providers-that 90 percent of set-top boxes deployed starting in 2014 will meet Energy Star 3.0 efficiency standards. Companies joining today`s agreement are Comcast, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Verizon, Charter, AT&T, Cablevision, Bright House Networks and CenturyLink and television set-top box manufacturers Cisco, Motorola, EchoStar Technologies and ARRIS.

``I hope the industry will continue to work with stakeholders to develop and deploy more efficient equipment that meets Energy Star 4.0 specifications as soon as they are finalized next year,`` Feinstein added. ``Our goal should be to eliminate wasted electricity, and one way to achieve that is developing and deploying set-top boxes that turn off when not in use.``

In addition to deploying the energy-efficient set-top boxes, the industry has agreed to create an organization to:

-- establish a process for testing box efficiency;

-- verify set-top box performance in the field;

-- post product power consumption information by each company for its customers;

-- appoint an independent administrator to collect auditable annual reports of new set-top boxes and energy test results; and

-- publish reports on set-top box performance, improvements in energy efficiency and aggregate results and trends across the industry.

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