LARGE-SCREEN television sets could be banned within weeks in California in an attempt to cut the state's rising energy bill.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger supported controversial proposals by California's energy commission to impose strict energy consumption limits on TVs with screens more than 101 centimetres wide.
The commission claimed the estimated 35 million television sets and related gadgets in the state accounted for about 10 per cent of household energy consumption.
Large LCD or plasma screen sets use up to three times as much power as traditional models.
Manufacturers were reported to have said little to sway the commission's opinion.
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