If you live in California and own a Plasma TV you might be forced to give it up in the future. That is, of course, if you happen to display your Plasmas in your bar or other public location.
New regulations will prevent bar owners from using energy inefficient TVs. Like some of the Plasma TVs we’ve gotten used to seeing everywhere nowadays. The California Energy Commission wants to reduce the power consumption and it looks like bad TVs are going to get it first. The Los Angeles Times says that LCDs consume 43% more electricity than tube TVs. The regulations haven’t been passed yet but if they will be passed then they will take effect only in 2011. Plenty of time for the industry to develop TVs that won’t eat as much energy.