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TIA Files Comments with Department of Energy on Battery Charger Standards

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CONTACT:  Ashley Rook, +1.202.429.4929, AshleyRook@Rational360.com

TIA Files Comments with Department of Energy on Battery Charger Standards

ARLINGTON, VA (May 28, 2013) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today filed comments with the Department of Energy (DOE) regarding the Department's development of energy conservation standards for battery chargers and external power supplies.  To receive a copy of TIA’s comments, contact Ashley Rook using the contact information above.

In its comments, TIA encourages the DOE to move forward with their Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for battery charger standards to preempt outlier standards already promulgated by the California Energy Commission (CEC).  TIA explains, "In addition to the need for DOE to move forward to avoid patchwork regulation, the CEC standards include technical errors and excessively stringent levels in several product categories, and fail to take into account requirements of the technologies covered by the CEC standards.  The CEC standards result in unnecessary and unjustified costs for manufacturers and consumers."

The CEC standards went into effect on February 1, 2013 while the DOE rulemaking process stalled, creating uncertainty for industry with separate battery charger rulemakings taking place at both the federal and state levels.

About TIA

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit tiaonline.org for more details.

TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and is a proud sponsor of ANSI’s Standards Boost Business campaign. Visit www.standardsboostbusiness.org for details.

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About TIA

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit tiaonline.org for more details.

TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and is a proud sponsor of ANSI’s Standards Boost Business campaign. Visit www.standardsboostbusiness.org  for details.

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