DOE’s ‘Fast-Charging’ Power Cord Standards Proposal

Energy Department expands efficiency push to ‘fast-charging’ power cords

The Hill, November 3, 2014

The Department of Energy (DOE) is trying to make the power cords that charge computers and cellphones more efficient, the agency said Monday.

The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced it will hold a public meeting later this month to discuss the proposed rules for external power supplies that charge the devices.

The agency proposed new efficiency standards for certain fast-charging power cords last month, which will be the topic of discussion at the meeting on Nov. 21.

The rules would update the test procedures for these external power supplies to measure their standby and active-mode efficiency.

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