A computer is a consumer product which performs logical operations and processes data. A computer is composed of, at a minimum: (a) a central processing unit (CPU) to perform operations, or the ability to function as a client gateway to a server which acts as a computational CPU; (b) user input devices such as a keyboard, mouse, or touchpad; and (c) an integrated display screen and/or ability to support an external display screen to output information.
If DOE issues a final determination that computers are a covered product, DOE may prescribe test procedures and energy conservation standards for computers. DOE will determine if computers satisfy the provisions of 42 U.S.C. 6295(l)(1) during the course of any energy conservation standards rulemaking.
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DOE published a notice of proposed determination regarding computers. 78 FR 41873 (July 12, 2013). For more information, please see the rulemaking page.
Standards for Computers
There are currently no standards for computers.
There is not currently a regulatory test procedure for computers.
Because there are no energy conservation standards or test procedures for computers, the provisions of 10 CFR Part 430 and Part 1003 that apply to waivers, exceptions, state exemptions to Federal pre-emption, and small business exemptions are not relevant.
Part A of the "Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles" of Title III of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), as amended, mandates energy conservation standards for certain consumer products. (42 U.S.C. § 6291–6309 ) In addition to specifying a list of covered residential and commercial products, EPCA contains provisions that enable the Secretary of Energy to classify additional types of consumer products as covered products.(42 U.S.C. 6292(b)). These provisions include:
- Classifying the product as a covered product is necessary for the purposes of EPCA; and
- The average annual per-household energy use by products of such type is likely to exceed 100 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year. (42 U.S.C. 6292(b)(1))
For the Secretary to prescribe an energy conservation standard pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 6295(o) and (p) for covered products added pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 6292(b) , he must also determine that the products meet certain additional criteria. DOE will determine if computers satisfy the provisions of 42 U.S.C. 6295(l)(1) during the course of the energy conservation standards rulemakin
DOE has not previously conducted an energy conservation standard or test procedure rulemaking for computers. If, after public comment, DOE issues a final determination of coverage, DOE may prescribe both test procedures and energy conservation standards for computers.
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Find tips and guidance for making your home, workplace, or vehicle more energy efficient visit EnergySavers.gov.
DOE supports the testing and verification of ENERGY STAR® products in close collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency. The ENERGY STAR program for computers provides test procedures and qualification specifications for computers.
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