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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 5, 2013

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that General Electric Lighting Solutions manufactured and distributed noncompliant traffic signal modules in the U.S.

  • February 27, 2013

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Ingersoll-Rand manufactured and distributed a noncompliant basic model 2TTA0060A4000C central air conditioner in the U.S.

  • February 14, 2013

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Ningbo Hicon International Industry Company, Ltd. finding that model number BD-200, a compact chest freezer, does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • February 13, 2013

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Maxx Cold Food Service manufactured and distributed a noncompliant Maxx Ice brand automatic commercial ice maker basic model MIM450 in the U.S.

  • January 11, 2013

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to General Electric Lighting Solutions finding that various models of traffic signal modules do not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • January 7, 2013

    DOE ordered Philips Lighting Electronics N. A. to pay a $82,478 civil penalty after finding Philips had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. 7,498 units of basic model VEL-1S40-SC, noncompliant fluorescent lamp ballasts.

  • December 20, 2012

    DOE ordered Simkar Corporation to pay a $28,193 civil penalty after finding Simkar had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. 326 units of a variety of noncompliant metal halide lamp fixtures basic models.

  • December 11, 2012

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Maxx Cold Food Service finding that automatic commercial ice maker model MIM450 does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • December 9, 2012

    DOE ordered The Electrical Design, Development and Implementation Company d/b/a Teddico to pay a $18,994 civil penalty after finding Teddico had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. 218 units of a variety of noncompliant metal halide lamp fixtures basic models.

  • December 5, 2012

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Simkar Corporation finding that magnetic probe-start and pulse-start basic models of metal halide lamp fixtures do not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • November 29, 2012

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Philips Lighting Electronics N. A. manufactured and distributed noncompliant fluorescent lamp ballast basic model VEL-1S40-SC in the U.S.

  • November 28, 2012

    DOE ordered Hydac Technology Corporation to pay a $29,000 civil penalty after finding Hydac had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. noncompliant electric motors.

  • November 26, 2012

    DOE issued an Amended Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Midea America Corp., Hefei Hualing Co., Ltd., and China Refrigeration Industry Co., Ltd. finding that basic model HD-146F, a refrigerator-freezer, and basic model HS-390C, a freezer, do not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • November 26, 2012

    DOE ordered Midea America Corp., Hefei Hualing Co., Ltd., and China Refrigeration Industry Co., Ltd., to pay a $4,579,949 ($4,562,838 plus one percent interest) civil penalty after finding Midea had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. a large quantity of basic models HD-146F, HS-390C, UL-WD145-D, and UL-WD195-D of noncompliant refrigerator-freezers and freezers.

  • November 21, 2012

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Simkar Corporation manufactured and distributed noncompliant probe-start and pulse-start basic model metal halide lamp fixtures in the U.S.

  • November 21, 2012

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that The Electrical Design, Development and Implementation Company d/b/a Teddico manufactured and distributed noncompliant metal halide lamp fixtures with magnetic probe-start ballasts in the U.S.

  • November 20, 2012

    DOE withdrew its January 26, 2012 Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty, but retained the right to take further enforcement actions.

  • November 20, 2012

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Midea America Corp., Hefei Hualing Co., Ltd., and China Refrigeration Industry Co., Ltd. manufactured and distributed noncompliant refrigerator-freezers and freezers in the U.S.

  • November 20, 2012

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to The Electrical Design, Development and Implementation Company d/b/a Teddico finding that a variety of basic models of magnetic probe-start metal halide lamp fixtures do not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • November 19, 2012

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Hydac Technology Corporation finding that a variety of electric motor basic models do not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • November 7, 2012

    DOE ordered YMGI Group LLC to pay a $31,400 civil penalty after finding (1) YMGI had failed to certify that certain models of residential central air conditioners comply with the applicable energy conservation standards and (2) YMGI had distributed in commerce model TTWC-18K-31B, a through-the-wall air conditioner that does not meet the applicable energy conservation standard.

  • October 11, 2012

    DOE issued a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty to YMGI Group, LLC, alleging YMGI (1) distributed in commerce noncompliant through-the-wall split system central air conditioner model TTWC-18K-31B; and (2) distributed in commerce residential central air conditioners without first certifying the models to DOE as compliant with applicable DOE energy conservation standards.

  • October 11, 2012

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to YMGI Group, LLC, finding that YMGI's through-the-wall split system central air conditioner basic model TTWC-18K-31B fails to meet applicable DOE energy conservation standards.

  • October 3, 2012

    DOE ordered GE Appliances, a Division of General Electric Company to pay a $63,000 civil penalty after finding GE had privately labeled and distributed in commerce in the U.S. the 4-cubic-foot capacity refrigerator basic model SMR04GAZCS, which includes models SMR04GAZACS and SMR04GAZBCS.

  • August 31, 2012

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Philips Lighting Electronics N. A. finding that basic model VEL-I S40-SC, a fluorescent lamp ballast, does not comport with the energy conservation standards.