The California Energy Commission (CEC) has issued draft proposed regulations for mandatory energy efficiency standards for computers, computer monitors, and signage displays. Industry and other interested parties have an opportunity to participate in the CEC proceedings. If adopted, the California standards could well become de facto national and even worldwide standards. California standards are backed by severe sanctions, including civil penalties up to $2,500 per unit.

The draft proposed regulations and revised draft staff report will be considered at a CEC workshop on April 26, 2016. The goal is to examine the draft standards and their cost effectiveness, technical feasibility, and electricity savings. Written comments can be submitted by May 16, 2016. Thereafter, CEC will issue a final proposal for public comment and adoption.