Intel is backing a new type of more efficient power supply for personal
computers, in a move that supporters say could shave $ 1 billion from U.S.
energy bills while reducing emissions from power plants. Intel today is expected
to disclose a new specification for power supplies developed in collaboration
with the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group. Intel says
four power-supply makers have agreed to use the design, which could cut PC power
consumption by one-third.

One drawback: The new power supplies are more expensive and will add an
estimated $ 10 to the cost of a computer. But Intel and the NRDC say the improved
efficiency will cut the electricity cost for a typical business PC by $ 17 a
year. Intel and the NRDC are working with the Environmental Protection Agency to
incorporate the new power-supply design into requirements for the EPA’s "Energy
Star" label, which denotes efficient computers and other electronic products.
Intel officials say the new power supplies can be made smaller, allowing for
more-innovative PC designs. The move is the latest initiative by the computer
industry to improve its environmental image.

Intel is backing a new type of more efficient power supply for personal
computers, in a move that supporters say could shave $ 1 billion from U.S.
energy bills while reducing emissions from power plants. Intel today is expected
to disclose a new specification for power supplies developed in collaboration
with the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group. Intel says
four power-supply makers have agreed to use the design, which could cut PC power
consumption by one-third.

One drawback: The new power supplies are more expensive and will add an
estimated $ 10 to the cost of a computer. But Intel and the NRDC say the improved
efficiency will cut the electricity cost for a typical business PC by $ 17 a
year. Intel and the NRDC are working with the Environmental Protection Agency to
incorporate the new power-supply design into requirements for the EPA’s "Energy
Star" label, which denotes efficient computers and other electronic products.
Intel officials say the new power supplies can be made smaller, allowing for
more-innovative PC designs. The move is the latest initiative by the computer
industry to improve its environmental image.