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CEA ‘Disappointed' With Calif. TV Energy Move

9/18/2009 04:59:38 PM Eastern

Arlington,
Va. - The Consumer Electronics Association
(CEA) is disappointed with the California Energy Commission's (CEC) draft
language proposing restrictions on televisions sold in California.

The release of the
CEC's draft language signals the start of a 45-day public comment period. A
public hearing is scheduled for October 13 in Sacramento, and, according to the Los Angeles
Times, the commission is expected to approve the measure in early November, CEA
said.

In a prepared statement,
Doug Johnson, CEA's technology policy senior director, said, "CEA is
disappointed that the CEC rushed forward with proposed regulations despite
overwhelming opposition and concrete evidence of harm to California should
these regulations be adopted. Independent studies show millions in tax revenue
and thousands of jobs are at stake."

He continued, "Three
state legislators called for a joint legislative hearing on the economic harm
of these proposed regulations, yet the CEC has ignored legislative input and
released draft regulations before that hearing could take place."

Johnson added, "We
share the goal of energy efficiency and have worked with the CEC to develop
alternatives that will achieve the same or better energy efficiency goals without
killing jobs or thwarting innovation. The CEC has chosen to ignore alternatives
and input, and small businesses and consumers in California will pay the price."

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