CEA Backs FTC Action On TV Energy Disclosure Labels

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Arlington, Va. - The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) today applauded action by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on energy-use disclosure labels for TVs sold in the U.S.

"CEA is dedicated to providing information to consumers regarding energy use of their consumer electronics products, including developing test procedures for measurement, gathering current data and providing online tools and information," said Douglas Johnson, CEA's technology policy senior director.

"The FTC's latest action in this year-old rulemaking is welcome news and we look forward to working with the commission on the next steps in this important consumer-focused initiative."

In its official notice, the FTC proposes and seeks public comment by May 14 on specific requirements for television energy labels, including the location, content and format of the label.  In addition, the FTC proposes requirements for Internet and catalog disclosures. In 2007, Congress directed the FTC to develop requirements for disclosing energy use on televisions, personal computers, computer monitors, cable and satellite set-top boxes, stand-alone digital video recorders, and potentially other consumer electronics products.

"Energy-use disclosures are positive for consumers, who benefit from information at the point of purchase, as well as electronics manufacturers, which are making significant improvements in energy efficiency of televisions and other consumer electronics products," said Johnson.


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