I did read the article. It said a) nothing about what the standards actually require, b) nothing about how they will be enforced, c) gives estimates for cost increased/saved from the people responsible for the regulations (so, not likely to be unbiased), and d) actually, now that I look at it, tells me nothing at all besides said estimates (which like most government predictions are almost certainly worth considerably less than the paper they're written on). There's no listing of the standards, no link to the standards, nothing about them at all besides
The California standards set a benchmark for a machine's overall energy use and leave manufacturers the flexibility to choose which efficiency measures to use to meet it
which tells me nothing at all (for example: I build my own computers. Will the standards apply to self-built systems? Cause if so, that's really, really bad news for computer enthusiasts, whose systems frequently consume well over the average amounts of power). Will it constrain overclocking or otherwise tampering with the computer's power consumption? I don't know, because the article not only doesn't say, it doesn't link to anything that says.