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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 2, 2012

    DOE ordered Goodman Manufacturing Company, L.P., to pay a $14,800 civil penalty after finding Goodman had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. at least 74 units of commercial package air conditioner basic model CPC180*.

  • February 9, 2012

    DOE ordered Zoe Industries, Inc. to pay a $25,000 civil penalty after finding Zoe had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. at least 2,235 units of basic model 150043, a noncompliant showerhead.

  • January 25, 2012

    DOE issued a Notice of Allowance to Zoe Industries, Inc., allowing Zoe to resume distribution of showerhead model 150043-N after Zoe provided documentation showing that it had modified the model to be in compliance with the applicable water conservation standard.

  • December 2, 2011

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Goodman Manufacturing manufactured and distributed noncompliant basic model CPC180* commercial package air conditioners in the U.S.

  • December 1, 2011

    DOE ordered Mueller Streamline Co. to pay a $25,000 civil penalty after finding Mueller Streamline had privately labeled and distributed in commerce in the U.S. approximately 17,412 units of model 120-003NL noncompliant faucets.

  • October 18, 2011

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Haier America Trading, L.L.C. finding that model number HNCM070, a chest freezer, does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • October 17, 2011

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Goodman Manufacturing finding that model CPC180XXX3BXXXAA (CPC180*) of commercial package air conditioner does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • October 5, 2011

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Midea America Corporation finding that basic model number HS-390C, a chest freezer, does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • October 5, 2011

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Felix Storch, Inc., finding that model number CF11ES, a chest freezer does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • October 3, 2011

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Aspen Manufacturing finding that indoor unit model AEW244 and outdoor unit model NCPC-424-3010 of residential split system central air conditioning system do not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • September 28, 2011

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Zoe Industries, Inc. finding that Giessdorf 150043 model, a showerhead, does not comport with the water conservation standards.

  • September 28, 2011

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination, finding that Hudson-Reed's "HEAD16" showerhead does not meet the applicable water conservation standard.

  • September 27, 2011

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to AeroSys, Inc. finding that basic models THDC-18S, THDC-18T, THDC-24S, and THDC-24T do not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • September 26, 2011

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Watermark Designs, Ltd. finding that model SH-FAL-90, a showerhead, does not comport with the water conservation standards.

  • August 11, 2011

    DOE issued a Notice of Allowance to Resume Distribution to Mueller Streamline Co., authorizing Mueller Streamline to resume distribution of faucet basic model 120-003NLA, formerly basic model 120-003NL.

  • August 2, 2011

    DOE ordered Hudson-Reed Limited to pay an $80,000 civil penalty after finding (1) Hudson-Reed had failed to certify that certain models of showerheads comply with the applicable water conservation standard and (2) Hudson-Reed had distributed in commerce in the U.S. certain models of showerheads that did not comply with the applicable water conservation standard.

  • June 28, 2011

    DOE ordered Kenneth Grill to pay a $10,000 civil penalty after finding Mr. Grill had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. at least 5,000 noncompliant showerheads.

  • June 15, 2011

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Felix Storch finding that basic model FS62, a compact upright freezer, does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • June 10, 2011

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Kenneth Grill manufactured and distributed noncompliant showerheads in the U.S.

  • May 27, 2011

    After conducting testing of Electrolux's Frigidaire chest freezer model FFN09M5HWC, DOE determined that the model met the applicable energy conservation standard.

  • May 17, 2011

    DOE requested water efficiency test data, including complete test reports, from Mueller Streamline Co., for model 120-003NL, a faucet, after DOE received a complaint alleging that testing of this model demonstrated that the faucet exceeds the federal maximum allowable water flow rate.

  • February 23, 2011

    DOE requested additional test data from Felix Storch regarding various models of refrigerators and freezers after examining Storch's response to DOE's December 2010 Request for Test Data.

  • February 7, 2011

    DOE and Perlick Residential & Hospitality Products entered into a Compromise Agreement in which Perlick agreed to pay a $5,000 civil penalty after DOE found that Perlick had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. model HP72ROO-S, a noncompliant refrigerator.

  • December 13, 2010

    DOE requested test data from Felix Storch for several models of refrigerators and freezers and issued a warning of inconsistent information provided in Felix Storch's certification reports.

  • December 9, 2010

    DOE ordered Westinghouse Lighting Corporation to pay a $50,000 civil penalty after finding Westinghouse Lighting had failed to certify that certain models of general service flourescent and incandescent reflector lamps comply with the applicable energy conservation standards.