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Conservation Standards Enforcement

The Office of the General Counsel is working to ensure that manufacturers of consumer products and commercial equipment meet the nation’s conservation standards.  Through its new focus on enforcement, the Department of Energy will save money for consumers and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  “For the sake of our environment and our economy, it’s critical that we enforce our energy efficiency regulations,” said Scott Blake Harris, former DOE General Counsel.  “Strong enforcement of the rules will encourage compliance and keep manufacturers who break the law from having a competitive advantage over manufacturers who play by the rules.”  DOE enforces the energy and water conservation standards pursuant to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, as amended.

Learn more about the Department of Energy’s appliance and commercial equipment standards.

Case Documents Available for Download

  • August 25, 2016

    DOE ordered Big Beam Emergency Systems, Inc. to pay a $6,536 civil penalty after finding Big Beam had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. at least 38 units of the illuminated exit sign basic model that includes individual model RX1WRCR, which does not meet the applicable energy conservation standard. DOE had previously issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination finding that the model was noncompliant and a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty informing Big Beam of its rights.

  • August 24, 2016

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Big Beam Emergency Systems, Inc. manufactured and distributed in commerce in the United States noncompliant illuminated exit sign basic model containing individual model RX1WRCR.

  • July 14, 2016

    DOE issued a Notice of Allowance to AHT Cooling Systems, Inc., allowing AHT to resume distribution of commercial refrigeration equipment model RIO S 68 after AHT provided documentation showing that it had modified the model to be in compliance with the applicable energy conservation standard. Based on the test data AHT provided, the modified basic model RIO S 68 appears to comply with the applicable performance standards and is a suitable replacement for the noncompliant basic model RIO S 68 F.

  • July 13, 2016

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Big Beam Emergency Systems, Inc. finding that one-faced illuminated exit sign individual model RX1WRCR does not comply with the applicable energy conservation standard.

  • May 5, 2016

    DOE ordered Lennox International, Inc. to pay a $51,690 civil penalty after Lennox self-reported that Lennox models LCH150S4M*4Y,G,J; LGH150S4M*4Y,G,J; LCH150S4B*4Y,G,J; LGH150S4B*4Y,G,J; LCH150S4M*3Y,G,J; LGH150S4M*3Y,G,J; LCH150S4B*3Y,G,J and LGH150S4B*3Y,G,J do not comply with the energy conservation standard for large commercial packaged air conditioning and heating equipment. Lennox notified purchasers of the equipment and has received a Notice of Allowance authorizing it to resume sale of modified, compliant versions of the models.

  • April 14, 2016

    DOE ordered Shandong Hongtai Electrical Appliance Co., Ltd. to pay a $284,280 civil penalty after finding Shandong Hongtai had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. at least 1,479 units of noncompliant commercial freezer basic model TUC-27F.

  • March 22, 2016

    DOE ordered Barron Lighting Group, Inc. to pay a $22,849 civil penalty after finding Barron had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. 429 units of various noncompliant metal halide lamp fixtures.

  • March 17, 2016

    DOE ordered SpacePak, A Mestek Company to pay a $2,800 civil penalty after finding SpacePak had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. at least 14 units of Heil brand indoor unit and SpacePak outdoor unit noncompliant central air conditioner.

  • March 10, 2016

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that SpacePak manufactured and distributed a certain noncompliant central air conditioner in the U.S.

  • March 9, 2016

    DOE ordered AHT Cooling Systems, Inc. to pay a $179,040 civil penalty after finding AHT had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. at least 1,032 units of commercial refrigeration equipment model RIO S 68 L F, a noncompliant product.

  • March 3, 2016

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Shandong Hongtai Electrical Appliance Co., Ltd. manufactured and distributed noncompliant commercial freezer model TUC-27F in the U.S.

  • March 1, 2016

    DOE ordered Utility Refrigerator to pay a $200 civil penalty after finding Utility manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. 1 unit of the Utility brand commercial refrigerator model PT-R-75-SS-3S-3S-N, which did not meet the application energy conservation standard.

  • March 1, 2016

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Barron Lighting Group, Inc. manufactured and distributed various noncompliant metal halide lamp fixtures in the U.S.

  • February 25, 2016

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Islandaire, Inc. finding that the Islandaire package terminal air conditioner basic model CPZ-09ANR1-B, which includes models EZ4209B and EZDR09B, does not comport with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • February 25, 2016

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Islandaire, Inc. finding that the Islandaire package terminal air conditioner basic model CPZ-07ANR1-B, which includes model EZDR07B, does not comport with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • February 25, 2016

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Islandaire, Inc. finding that the Islandaire package terminal air conditioner basic model CPZ-129ANR1-B, which includes models EZDR12B and EZD4212B, does not comport with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • February 4, 2016

    DOE ordered True Manufacturing Co., Inc., to pay a $36,400 civil penalty after finding True had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. 182 units of True commercial refrigerator basic models TCGG-72 and TCGG-72-S, which did not meet the application energy conservation standard.

  • January 8, 2016

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that AHT Cooling Systems, Inc. manufactured and distributed noncompliant commercial
    refrigeration equipment model RIO S 68 L F in the U.S.

  • January 6, 2016

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Shandong Hongtai Electrical Appliance Co., Ltd. finding that commercial freezer basic model TUC-27F does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • December 30, 2015

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Utility Refrigerator finding that commercial refrigeration equipment basic model number PT-R-75-SS-3S-3S-N does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • December 17, 2015

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Barron Lighting Group, Inc. finding that various models of metal halide lamp fixtures do not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • October 27, 2015

    DOE ordered Victory Refrigeration to pay a $1,600 civil penalty after finding Victory had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. at least 8 units of commercial refrigerator-freezer basic model RFS-1D-S1-EW-PT-HD, a noncompliant product.

  • October 27, 2015

    DOE ordered Friedrich Air Conditioning Co. to pay a $1.5 million civil penalty after finding Friedrich had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. 8,241 units of Friedrich model SQ10N10, a noncompliant room air conditioner.

  • October 14, 2015

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to AHT Cooling Systems, Inc. finding that commercial refrigeration equipment model number RIO S 68 F L R404A does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • October 13, 2015

    DOE ordered Bu Sung America Corporation to pay a $71,480 civil penalty after finding Bu Sung had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. at least 361 units of basic model ESRF2, a noncompliant commercial refrigerator-freezer.