Plasma displays could soon be banned for sale in California, but according to the PDC, the information leading to that ban is just plain wrong.
The California Energy Commission has been considering a ban on plasma displays for some time now and it seems that the information they’re going by is a little bit off. Jim Polumbo, president of the Plasma Defense Coalition sums up some of the inaccuracies.
“The Commission's FAQ document shows a chart that compares CRT, LCD, and Plasma technologies. However, they use three examples of products that have never been marketed in the United States,” he says of some of the information they’ve shown. “Further, the energy efficiency comparisons for these imaginary televisions are grossly exaggerated.”
A chart on the CEC’s website comparing LED to plasma displays uses some fairly odd numbers as well. It states that a 42” LCD television – presumably the average – uses 203 watts, while a 42” plasma uses 271. According to Panasonic’s website, their new 42” Viera S1 plasma has an average power consumption of 173 watts. According to the PDC, Energy Star certified plasmas range from 142 to 195 watts, far under the 271 reported.
Polumbo concludes, “We have objected to this inaccurate and misleading portrayal of our industry's finest products, especially given the enormous strides that our members have made to increase energy efficiency over the past several years.”