New Energy Conservation Agreement for Home Internet Equipment Paying Early Dividends for Consumers
WASHINGTON — Nearly 90 percent of home Internet modems, routers and other equipment that deliver broadband to millions of American consumers purchased in 2015 met rigorous new energy efficiency standards, according to a new report by independent auditor D+R International.
In 2015, the major U.S. Internet service providers that together serve more than 85 percent of the consumer market, as well as major retailers of the “small network equipment” such as modems and routers used for such services, signed the Voluntary Agreement for Ongoing Improvement to the Energy Efficiency of Small Network Equipment.
This agreement, modeled on the highly successful award-winning agreement for set-top boxes, includes a commitment beginning Jan. 1, 2016 that 90 percent of the small network equipment purchased by service providers and sold at retail by vendors meets new energy efficiency standards. Signatories to the agreement include service providers AT&T/DIRECTV, Cablevision, CenturyLink, Charter/Time Warner Cable/ Bright House Networks, Comcast, Cox Communications, and Verizon; and manufacturers Actiontec, ARRIS, Cisco, D-Link, EchoStar Technologies, NETGEAR, Pace and Ubee Interactive.
“This is a significant accomplishment, bolstering our mutual interest in a commitment to reducing the energy footprint of the growing number of plug-load devices used by consumers,” says G.P. Li, director of the California Plug Load Research Center at the University of California Irvine. “We anticipate this consortium’s effort will continue to realize valuable savings.”
The independent auditor found that nearly all signatories were highly successful in implementing their commitments a full year early, with 90 percent of reported units purchased and sold in 2015 meeting the new energy efficiency standards. D+R also found that the average maximum energy level permitted by the new commitments represent approximately an 18 percent reduction in energy usage from other recently deployed models. The Voluntary Agreement is expected to continue to achieve additional savings as signatories fully implement their commitments in 2016.
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