03 Aug '11, 11am

New Legislation Would Green Electronics Like iPods, Commercialize ...: Legislation reins in rampant energy consu...

Representative Michael Honda (D-CA), who represents California's Silicon Valley in the US House, reintroduced a bill this week to rein in the rampant energy consumption of electronics, such as iPods, TVs and computers. The proliferation of electronics could wipe out gains in energy efficiency across the world. Bby 2030, electronics could consume triple the energy they use now - the equivalent of all the electricity consumed by households in the US and Japan combined, the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates. Over 15,000 wind turbines (or 200 nuclear power plants) would have to be built just to power all the TVs, iPods, PCs and other home electronics expected to be plugged in by 2030. The electric bill to power household electronics would top $200 billion a year, compared with last year's bill of $80 billion, says the IEA. The Smart Electronics Act would require the ...

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