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June 27, 2012
DOE Refers Four ENERGY STAR Models to EPA for Potential De-Listing

U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) testing has identified one refrigerator and three room air conditioners that do not meet the ENERGY STAR program’s applicable energy efficiency requirements.

Avanti Products (“Avanti”) refrigerator basic model BCA4560W-2 and three Friedrich Air Conditioning Company (“Friedrich”) room air conditioner basic models (WS12C10, WS13C30, and US12C30) were selected for testing as part of the DOE ENERGY STAR Verification Testing Program.

March 30, 2012
Rule Proposed to Prohibit Importation of Products that Fail to Comply with DOE Energy Conservation Standards

This week, after extensive collaboration with the Department of Energy, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a notice of proposed rulemaking proposing a mechanism to refuse admission into the customs territory of the United States to covered products that fail to meet an applicable DOE energy conservation standard. This rule, if adopted, would promote a level playing field for U.S.

February 15, 2012
DOE Investigates Possible Air Conditioner Efficiency Violations

The Department of Energy’s Office of Enforcement is committed to its compliance enforcement responsibilities with regard to federal energy conservation standards and ensuring that all those subject to the requirements are treated fairly and equally.  Today, the Office of Enforcement issued a series of subpoenas as part of an investigation to determine whether manufacturers of split-system air conditioners are making and distributing in the U.S.

January 11, 2012
DOE Refers Two ENERGY STAR Models to EPA for Potential De-Listing

U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) testing has identified one refrigerator-freezer that does not meet the ENERGY STAR program’s energy efficiency requirement and one dishwasher that may not meet an ENERGY STAR requirement.

November 1, 2011
DOE Issues Noncompliance Notices

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Enforcement issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Haier America Trading, L.L.C., regarding Haier compact chest freezer model number HNCM070, which is manufactured in China.  DOE tested four units of the freezer and determined that the units consumed energy at the rates of 363, 341, 352, and 387 kWh/yr, exceeding the federal limit by an average of 32 percent.

October 11, 2011
DOE Issues Noncompliance Notices

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Enforcement issued Notices of Noncompliance Determinations to Midea America Corporation and Felix Storch, Inc.

October 4, 2011
DOE Issues Noncompliance Notices for Three Showerhead Models

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Enforcement issued Notices of Noncompliance Determination this week to three companies regarding showerheads that violate federal water conservation standards.

October 3, 2011
Four Central Air Conditioners Determined Noncompliant With Energy Efficiency Standard

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Enforcement issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination (Notice) on September 27, 2011, to AeroSys, Inc. (AeroSys) regarding four models of central (through-the-wall) air conditioners that fail to meet Federal energy efficiency requirements. 

August 22, 2011
Five ENERGY STAR Room Air Conditioners Fail Testing

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Enforcement announced today that DOE testing has identified five Friedrich room air conditioners that do not meet the ENERGY STAR Program’s energy efficiency requirements.  DOE selected these models for testing as part of its ENERGY STAR Verification Testing Pilot Program.

August 10, 2011
DOE Collects $80,000 Civil Penalty From Showerhead Manufacturer

The DOE Office of Enforcement has settled a civil penalty action against Hudson-Reed, Limited, after the manufacturer failed to certify over 60 of its showerhead models.  In the settlement, the manufacturer further acknowledges that its showerheads used more water than allowed by federal law.  As enacted by Congress, showerheads may not consume water in excess of 2.5 gallons per minute.  DOE agreed to accept a civil penalty of $80,000 for the violation, after considering factors set forth in DOE's