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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

  • March 19, 2015

    DOE ordered Midea America Corp. to abide by the terms of the Notice of Noncompliance Determination, issued on December 4, 2014, after finding Midea America had imported and distributed in commerce in the U.S. at least 216 units of basic model MAE80-S1702GPS, a noncompliant residential clothes washer.

  • February 27, 2015

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Midea America Corp. imported and distributed in commerce noncompliant residential clothes washer basic model MAE80-S1702GPS in the U.S.

  • December 29, 2014

    DOE ordered Heat Controller, Inc. to abide by the terms of a February 11, 2014 Notice of Noncompliance Determination, after finding Heat Controller had privately labeled and distributed in commerce in the U.S. at least 7,314 noncompliant units of Comfort-Aire branded room air conditioner models CGREG-81H and REG-81J.

  • December 17, 2014

    DOE ordered Bigwall Enterprises, Inc. to abide by the terms of the Notice of Noncompliance Determination, issued on February 11, 2014, after finding Bigwall Enterprises, Inc. had privately labeled and distributed in commerce in the U.S. at least 600 units of PerfectAire brand room air conditioner model PACH8000.

  • December 15, 2014

    DOE ordered Hefei Rongshida Washing Equipment Manufacturing Co., Ltd. ("Hefei Rongshida"), a subsidiary of Midea Group, to pay a $64,780 civil penalty after finding Hefei Rongshida had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. 324 units of MAE80-S1702GPS, a noncompliant residential clothes washer.

  • December 4, 2014

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Hefei Rongshida Washing Equipment Manufacturing Co., Ltd. ("Hefei Rongshida"), a subsidiary of Midea Group manufactured and distributed noncompliant model MAE80-S1702GPS residential clothes washer in the U.S.

  • December 4, 2014

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Midea America Corp. finding that residential clothes washer basic model MAE80-S1702GPS, manufactured by Hefei Rongshida Washing Equipment Manufacturing Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Midea Group, and distributed by Midea America does not comport with the energy and water conservation standards.

  • November 21, 2014

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Bigwall Enterprises, Inc. privately labeled and distributed noncompliant PerfectAire brand room air conditioner model PACH8000 in the U.S.

  • November 21, 2014

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Heat Controller, Inc. privately labeled and distributed noncompliant room air conditioners in the U.S.

  • October 9, 2014

    DOE ordered LG Electronics USA, Inc. to pay a $1,479,860 civil penalty after finding LG had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. at least 7,438 units of basic model LT143CNR, a noncompliant room air conditioner.

  • September 26, 2014

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that LG Electronics USA, Inc. manufactured and distributed noncompliant room air
    conditioner basic model LT143CNR in the U.S.

  • August 25, 2014

    DOE ordered Mile High Equipment, LLC to pay a $17,525 civil penalty after finding Mile High had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. approximately 109 units of lce-O-Matic brand automatic commercial ice maker basic model ICE2106 FW, HW, a noncompliant product.

  • August 12, 2014

    DOE ordered GD Midea Air-Conditioning Equipment Co. Ltd. to pay a $416,800 civil penalty after finding Midea had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. atleast 14,968 units of basic model MWJ1-08ERN1-BI8, a noncompliant room air conditioner.

  • July 31, 2014

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Mile High Equipment, LLC manufactured and distributed noncompliant Ice-O-Matic brand automatic commercial ice maker basic model ICE2106 FW, HW in the U.S.

  • July 30, 2014

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to LG Electronics USA, Inc. finding that room air conditioner basic model LT143CNR does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • July 15, 2014

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Hefei Rongshida Washing Equipment Manufacturing Co., Ltd. ("Hefei
    Rongshida"), a subsidiary of Midea Group, finding that model MAE80-S1702GPS, a residential clothes washer, does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • May 27, 2014

    DOE ordered Sanden Vendo America Inc. to pay a $6,200 civil penalty after finding Sanden Vendo America had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. 31 units of Class A refrigerated bottled or canned beverage vending machine model Vue30 (with 1128127 cassette refrigeration deck), a noncompliant product.

  • April 30, 2014

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Sanden Vendo America Inc. manufactured and distributed noncompliant Class A refrigerated bottled or canned beverage vending machine model Vue30 (with 1128127 cassette refrigeration deck) in the U.S.

  • April 25, 2014

    DOE ordered Whirlpool Corporation to pay a $5,329,800 civil penalty after finding Whirlpool had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. at least 26,649 units of basic model 8TAR81 noncompliant refrigerator-freezer.

  • April 25, 2014

    DOE issued a Notice of Allowance to Sanden Vendo America, Inc., allowing Sanden Vendo America to resume distribution of Class A refrigerated bottled or canned beverage vending machine model Vue30 (with 1128127 cassette refrigeration deck) after Sanden Vendo America provided documentation showing that it had modified the model to be in compliance with the applicable energy conservation standard.

  • April 25, 2014

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Sanden Vendo America Inc. finding that Class A refrigerated bottled or canned beverage vending machine model Vue30 (with 1128127 cassette refrigeration deck) does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • April 11, 2014

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Whirlpool Corporation manufactured and distributed noncompliant refrigerator-freezers in the U.S.

  • April 2, 2014

    DOE ordered Perlick Corporation to pay a $60,725 civil penalty after finding Perlick had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. 347 units of basic model HP48RR, a noncompliant refrigerator.

  • March 11, 2014

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that GD Midea Air-Conditioning Equipment Co. Ltd. manufactured and distributed noncompliant room air conditioner basic model MWJ1-08ERN1-BI8 in the U.S.

  • March 4, 2014

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Perlick Corporation manufactured and distributed noncompliant refrigerator
    basic model HP48RR in the U.S.