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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

  • June 5, 2013

    DOE ordered Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. to pay a $13,000 civil penalty after finding Lutron Electronics had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. at least 79,000 units of various basic models, noncompliant Class A external power supplies.

  • May 30, 2013

    DOE ordered ET Industries, Inc. to pay a $39,000 civil penalty after finding ET Industries had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. 974 units of basic model TH-1, a noncompliant showerhead.

  • May 24, 2013

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that ET Industries, Inc. manufactured and distributed noncompliant showerheads in the U.S.

  • May 24, 2013

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to ET Industries, Inc. finding that showerhead basic model TH-1 does not comport with the water conservation standards.

  • May 9, 2013

    DOE ordered Maxx Cold Food Service to pay a $75,000 civil penalty after finding Maxx had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. approximately 423 units of Maxx Ice brand automatic commercial ice maker basic model MIM450, a noncompliant product.

  • May 6, 2013

    DOE and Sears, Roebuck & Co. entered into a Compromise Agreement to resolve a case involving the distribution in commerce of noncompliant freezers.

  • May 2, 2013

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. manufactured and distributed noncompliant class A external power supplies in the U.S.

  • April 29, 2013

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Grainger International Inc. finding that freezer models, privately labeled as the Dayton 5NTX4, the Dayton 5NTX5, and the Dayton 5NTX6 do not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • April 29, 2013

    DOE and Grainger International Inc. entered into a Compromise Agreement to resolve a case involving the distribution in commerce of noncompliant freezers.

  • April 24, 2013

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Golden Opportunity, Inc. finding that freezer models Golden GFC51 and Golden GFC69 do not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • April 23, 2013

    DOE and Golden Opportunity, Inc. entered into a Compromise Agreement to resolve a case involving the distribution in commerce of noncompliant freezers.

  • April 23, 2013

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Haier America Trading, LLC finding that Haier model HMCM106EA, a freezer, does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • April 23, 2013

    DOE and Haier America Trading, LLC entered into a Compromise Agreement to resolve a case involving the distribution in commerce of noncompliant freezers.

  • April 10, 2013

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Precision Trading Corp. finding that Precision model Premium PFR515M, a freezer, does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • April 10, 2013

    DOE and Precision Trading Corp. entered into a Compromise Agreement to resolve a case involving the distribution in commerce of noncompliant freezers.

  • April 10, 2013

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Bigwall Enterprises, Inc. finding that freezer model W1CF106 under the Wellington brand (''the Wellington W1CF106") does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • April 10, 2013

    DOE and Bigwall Enterprises, Inc., entered into a Compromise Agreement to resolve a case involving the distribution in commerce of noncompliant freezers.

  • April 4, 2013

    DOE ordered General Electric Lighting Solutions, LLC to pay a $5,360 civil penalty after finding GE Lighting Solutions had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. 30 units of basic model DR4-RTFB-23B and 177 units (of which 85 units remain in inventory) of basic
    model DR4-RTFB-77A-002, noncompliant traffic signal modules.

  • April 2, 2013

    DOE and Pax Global, Inc., entered into a Compromise Agreement to resolve a case involving the distribution in commerce of noncompliant freezers.

  • April 2, 2013

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Sanyo E & E Corporation finding that model number SBC-500, a compact refrigerator with manual defrost, does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • April 2, 2013

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Pax Global, Inc. finding that freezer basic models (1) Crosley CCF51; (2) Crosley CCF69; (3) Crosley CCF106; and (4) Daewoo DCF-106W do not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • April 1, 2013

    DOE ordered Central Moloney, Inc. to pay a $2,500 civil penalty after finding Central Moloney had manufactured and distributed noncompliant liquid-immersed distribution transformers in commerce in the U.S.

  • March 20, 2013

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Central Moloney, Inc. manufactured and distributed a variety of noncompliant liquid-immersed distribution transformers in the U.S.

  • March 11, 2013

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Central Moloney, Inc. finding that liquid-immersed distribution transformer basic models 30300150 and 32500095 do not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • March 7, 2013

    DOE ordered Ingersoll-Rand to pay a $800 civil penalty after finding Ingersoll-Rand had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. four units of basic model 2TTA0060A4000C, a noncompliant central air conditioner.