New efficiency standards for battery chargers used with products--from toothbrushes to cell phones, power tools, and even forklifts--could save Californians $300 million a year on power costs. The California Energy Commission draft standards are aimed at eliminating use of 2,000 GWh\/year of electricity by the state\u2019s 160 million battery chargers, the same amount produced by a typical 350 MW power plant. Product makers claim the standards would eliminate their ability to make many devices that rely on nickel-based batteries. Power tool maker Stanley Black & Decker claims the CEC\u2019s battery charger standard is technically incompatible with the nickel-based batteries in power tools commonly used by do it yourselfers. Natural Resources Defense Council senior engineer Pierre Delforge says the industry is crying \u201cwolf.\u201d He maintains the charger debate is similar to power supplies for televisions. According to Delforge, when the CEC set efficiency standards for TVs, manufacturers claimed they would effectively ban more than half the TVs on the market. In reality, virtually all of the televisions sold today already meet the commission\u2019s 2013 energy efficiency standard. Today chargers draw about 8,000 GWh\/year, but deliver only 2,900 GWh of useful electricity. By using new silicon technology, this waste could be cut by 2,083 GWh\/year, according to the commission.