The US Department of Energy has decided to defer the decree of new regulations on an energy conservation standard for set-top boxes until after October 1st.
The department said in a statement that it will continue to provide technical support in order to ensure that a non-regulatory agreement can be established by those within the industry, and is developing a test procedure in case an agreement is not reached.
Plans to establish a new energy conservation standard for set-top boxes in the US were mooted by the Department of Energy late last year after recommendations by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), but were met with opposition by many in the pay-TV industry, including the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA).
“This is great news from the Department of Energy and recognises that an industry agreement could be more effective and implemented more quickly than a rulemaking,” said Neal Goldberg, vice president and general counsel of the NCTA, in a statement.
The Department of Energy’s statement can be seen in full here.