New TV Energy Measurement Test in the Works

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WASHINGTON—TV manufacturers, including Samsung and LG, and environmental advocacy groups have put their heads together to try and tackle what is causing the increase in national TV energy use. Their solution, a new testing method for measuring TV energy use.Natural Resource Defense Council’s (NRDC) Director of the Center for Energy Efficiency Standards Noah Horowitz shared in a blog post that TV makers, CTA and environmental advocacy groups have announced a partnership to achieve three primary goals: Create a more accurate test method for measuring TV energy use;Test a cross-section of TVs with the updated test; andDevelop a set of efficiency targets designed to drive down national TV energy use, while preserving the user’s viewing experienceAccording to a 2017 study, 285 million U.S. TV households consumed roughly 35 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity annually. That adds up to $4.5 billion in electricity costs, equal to about a dozen 500 MW coal-burning power plants, per NRDC.A driving factor in the large energy use is growth in average TV sizes—with TVs 50 inches and bigger becoming the norm—and new features available with TVs, including internet connectivity, higher resolution screens and voice command capabilities through a wirelessly connected speaker.The design of these …

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