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."