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Department of Energy Subpoenas Compliance Data from AeroSys, Inc.

July 24, 2009 - 12:00am

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Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Energy issued a subpoena to AeroSys, Inc. yesterday to obtain data necessary to determine whether certain AeroSys commercial air conditioners and heat pumps comply with relevant DOE energy efficiency standards. The subpoena seeks detailed information about how AeroSys certified its compliance with applicable DOE standards and how it marketed its products. Yesterday's action reflects the Obama Administration's commitment to strengthen appliance efficiency standards that will save consumers millions of dollars and reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the country.

"We are not prejudging the merits of this particular case, and we certainly hope that the response to this subpoena will reveal that the relevant AeroSys products fully comply with all relevant energy efficiency standards," said DOE General Counsel Scott Blake Harris. "Nevertheless, both confidential information we have received and data obtained during informal discussions with AeroSys suggests that further inquiry is required. Today's subpoena reflects the Department of Energy's renewed focus on enforcing compliance with all of its energy efficiency standards."

President Obama and Secretary Chu have moved aggressively to clear the backlog of energy efficiency standards for appliances and reinforce the Department's efforts to save energy for American consumers and businesses. In February 2009, President Obama tasked the Department of Energy with quickening the pace of energy conservation standards for appliances, while continuing to meet legal and statutory deadlines. Since then, the Department of Energy has announced a series of efficiency standards, including an announcement in June that increased efficiency requirements for certain fluorescent and incandescent lamps, saving consumers between $1 and $4 billion per year.

"In order for the Department of Energy's efficiency standards to effectively promote the development and distribution of energy efficient products that will save energy and reduce costs for millions of Americans, we must ensure that these standards are aggressively and consistently enforced," added Harris.

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