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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

  • October 15, 2014

    DOE issued a Notice of Allowance to Harrington Brass Works allowing Harrington to resume distribution of kitchen faucet individual model 20-210-026 after Harrington provided documentation showing that it had modified the model to be in compliance with the applicable water conservation standard.

  • October 15, 2014

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Harrington Brass Works manufactured and distributed noncompliant faucets 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 Harrington Brass Works finding that kitchen faucet individual model 20-210-026 does not comport with the water conservation standards.

  • 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.

  • February 11, 2014

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Heat Controller, Inc. finding that the room air conditioner distributed in commerce by Heat Controller as Comfort Aire brand models CGREG-81H and REG-81J does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • February 11, 2014

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Bigwall Enterprises, Inc. finding that PerfectAire brand model PACH8000 ("Bigwall model PACH8000") of room air conditioners do not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • January 13, 2014

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Perlick Corporation finding that refrigerator basic model HP48RR does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • December 20, 2013

    DOE ordered AeroSys, Inc. (AeroSys) to pay a $100,000 civil penalty after finding AeroSys had (1) failed to certify that certain models of space-constrained central air conditioners and air conditioning heat pumps comply with the applicable energy conservation standards; and (2) manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. units of noncompliant models of space-constrained central air conditioners and air conditioning heat pumps.

  • December 20, 2013

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Mile High Equipment, LLC finding that Ice-O-Matic brand automatic commercial ice maker basic model ICE2106 FW, HW does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • November 5, 2013

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Whirlpool Corporation finding that refrigerator-freezer basic model 8TAR81 does not comport with the energy conservation standards.