CNET News.com reports: "Standards for energy-efficient PCs are about to take a step forward for the first time in more than a decade. ... The Energy Star program is set to release the first revision to the specification for PCs since 1992, which was practically the Bronze Age of the PC industry. Energy Star stickers are familiar to those who have shopped for household appliances over the last few years; it designates appliances or electronics that meet certain specifications for energy efficiency."
Even with these new regulations, the US is still lagging behind other countries. I recently read in Europe the 'low-power' modes in most electronics are being banned.
The reason for this is that the low-power modes still consume a lot of electricity. For example, when you turn off your TV it could still be drawing up-to half of the electricity it uses when its on.
IMHO, I would like to see the all low-power modes banned or regulated to consume less power. If you want an alternative, put your electronic on a power strip and turn off the power when you're done using them.