Due to reg­u­la­tions that recent­ly went into effect, Dell will not ship some of its pow­er-intense gam­ing PCs to cer­tain states because of how much ener­gy they use.

Accord­ing to the com­pa­ny’s web­site (via The Reg­is­ter) PCs like the Alien­ware Auro­ra Ryzen Edi­tion R10 Gam­ing Desk­top won’t ship to Cal­i­for­nia, Col­orado, Hawaii, Ore­gon, Ver­mont, or Wash­ing­ton because these states won’t allow them due to their standards.

This prod­uct can­not be shipped to the states of Cal­i­for­nia, Col­orado, Hawaii, Ore­gon, Ver­mont or Wash­ing­ton due to pow­er con­sump­tion reg­u­la­tions adopt­ed by those states,” the site states. “Any orders placed that are bound for those states will be canceled.”

Cal­i­for­nia was the first to approve ener­gy effi­cien­cy lim­its for com­put­ers in Decem­ber of 2016. Though the reg­u­la­tions did­n’t take effect until Jan­u­ary 1st, 2019, PCs built between then and July 1st, 2021 must use no more than 50/80/100 kWh per year for expand­abil­i­ty scores (ES) of less than 250, 251–425, and 426–690, respec­tive­ly. Any­thing assem­bled after July 1st, 2021 must fol­low Tier II restric­tions: con­sume no more than 50/60/75 kWh per year for the same ES scores. Accord­ing to the Alien­ware Auro­ra Ryzen Edi­tion R10 descrip­tion, it idles at 66.29 watts, but uses 563.01 watts when stressed.

The expand­abil­i­ty score com­pris­es of four non-active usage modes: short-idle, long-idle, sleep, and off-modes. It’s also based on the num­ber and types of inter­faces, tra­di­tion­al pow­er require­ments from add-ons like graph­ics cards, high-band­width sys­tem mem­o­ry, and such.

The Nat­ur­al Resources Defense Coun­cil an envi­ron­men­tal advo­ca­cy non­prof­it, pro­ject­ed back in Decem­ber 2016 that the Cal­i­for­nia stan­dards would save “more than 2.3 bil­lion kilo­watt-hours of elec­tric­i­ty a year–equivalent to annu­al elec­tric­i­ty use by all the homes in San Francisco–and avoid 730,000 tons a year of cli­mate-dis­rupt­ing car­bon pol­lu­tion from fos­sil fuel-fired pow­er plants.” This caused oth­er states to adopt sim­i­lar regulations.

In a state­ment to The Reg­is­ter, Dell con­firmed that the Alien­ware Auro­ra R10 and R12 are the “only impact­ed sys­tems across Dell and Alienware.”

Yes, this was dri­ven by the Cal­i­for­nia Ener­gy Com­mis­sion (CEC) Tier 2 imple­men­ta­tion that defined a manda­to­ry ener­gy effi­cien­cy stan­dard for PCs – includ­ing desk­tops, AIOs and mobile gam­ing sys­tems,” a rep­re­sen­ta­tive said. “This was put into effect on July 1, 2021. Select con­fig­u­ra­tions of the Alien­ware Auro­ra R10 and R12 were the only impact­ed sys­tems across Dell and Alienware.”

It’s unknown if the stan­dards with­in these six states will affect oth­er PC manufacturers.