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Title: Energy Star program benefits Con Edison

Impressed with savings in energy costs achieved after upgrading the lighting and air conditioning systems at its Manhattan headquarters, Home Box Office (HBO) wanted to do more, James Flock, vice president for computer and office systems, contacted Con Edison Co. of New York in March 1991 to determine what the company could do to save money by reducing energy consumed by personal computers. Arthur Kressner, Con Edison Research and Development manager contacted industry organizations and manufacturers for advice, but was told only to shut off computers at night and on weekends. Kressner arranged a series of meetings with IBM and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to discuss the issue, then approached the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which was designing a program to promote the introduction and use of energy-efficient office equipment. In 1992, the EPA announced the Energy Star program for PCs, enabling manufacturers to display the Energy Star logo on machines meeting program criteria, including the ability to enter a sleep mode in which neither the computer nor monitor consume more than 30 W or electricity. Industry experts estimate national energy consumption by office equipment could double by the year 2000, but Energy Star equipment is expectedmore » to improve efficiency and help maintain electric loads.« less
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
81793
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Electric Light and Power; Journal Volume: 73; Journal Issue: 5; Other Information: PBD: May 1995
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; 29 ENERGY PLANNING AND POLICY; PERSONAL COMPUTERS; ENERGY EFFICIENCY; OFFICE BUILDINGS; ENERGY CONSERVATION; AIR CONDITIONING; ELECTRIC POWER; EPRI