S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2013-2014 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
January 9, 2013
Introduced by Sen. PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Energy and Telecommuni-
AN ACT to amend the public service law, in relation to requiring all set
top boxes provided by cable, satellite, telecom and internet service
providers to comply with Energy Star guidelines
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. The public service law is amended by adding a new section
231 to read as follows:
S 231. ENERGY STAR SET TOP BOXES. 1. NO LATER THAN JULY FIRST, TWO
THOUSAND EIGHTEEN, ALL SET TOP BOXES PROVIDED BY CABLE, SATELLITE, TELE-
COM OR INTERNET PROTOCOL SERVICE PROVIDERS TO CONSUMERS LOCATED IN THE
STATE SHALL COMPLY WITH FEDERAL ENERGY STAR SET TOP BOX PRODUCT SPECIFI-
CATIONS PROMULGATED BY THE UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
AND/OR DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY.
2. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION: (A) "ENERGY STAR" MEANS A DESIG-
NATION FROM THE UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY OR DEPART-
MENT OF ENERGY INDICATING THAT A PRODUCT MEETS THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY
STANDARDS SET FORTH BY THE AGENCY FOR COMPLIANCE WITH THE ENERGY STAR
(B) "SET TOP BOX" MEANS A CABLE, SATELLITE, TELECOM OR INTERNET PROTO-
COL OR OTHER DEVICE, THE PRIMARY FUNCTION OF WHICH IS TO RECEIVE TELE-
VISION SIGNALS FROM A SPECIFIC SOURCE AND TRANSMIT OR DELIVER SUCH
SIGNALS TO A CONSUMER DISPLAY AND/OR RECORDING DEVICE.
S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
it shall have become a law.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.