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DOE Requires Air-Con International to Cease Sales of Inefficient Air Conditioners and Proposes Penalties

September 21, 2010 - 6:43pm


The Department has issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination and Proposed Civil Penalty to Air-Con, International, requiring Air-Con to cease the sale of certain air-conditioning systems in the United States and proposing a civil penalty of $231,090 for sales of these products in violation of the applicable energy efficiency standards.  This action reflects the Department's continued commitment to act aggressively to remove unlawful products from the market.

In March, 2010, the Department issued a subpoena requiring Air-Con to submit detailed information about the energy consumption of its products and how Air-Con marketed and sold them in the United States.  Based on Air-Con's responses to the subpoena, the Department has found that Air-Con imported and distributed in the United States nearly 2,000 units of models ACN-09/12/18/24-GCH and ACN-MTS-09CO/12CO/09EV/12EV that do not meet the applicable energy conservation requirements.  Today’s notice proposes the maximum penalty for selling non-compliant products and requires Air-Con to (1) cease further U.S. sales, (2) notify the direct customers to whom it sold these units, and (3) provide additional information about sales made after Air-Con’s response to the Department.  The Notice is available here.