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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

August 9, 2011
Two ENERGY STAR Products Fail Testing

DOE testing has identified two additional models of home appliances that do not meet the ENERGY STAR Program’s energy efficiency requirements.  A refrigerator manufactured by the Perlick Corporation and a room air conditioner manufactured by Electrolux Home Products, Inc. were selected for testing as part of the DOE’s ENERGY STAR Verification Testing Pilot Program.

July 1, 2011
Candelabra and Intermediate Base Lamps Enforcement Policy Statement

The Department issued guidance today advising manufacturers, importers and private labelers that DOE will not enforce the energy conservation standards and compliance certification requirements for candelabra and intermediate base lamps until January 1, 2012.

June 3, 2011
DOE Office of Enforcement Resolves 20 Energy Efficiency Enforcement Cases

The Department of Energy's Office of Enforcement today announced that it has resolved the 20 enforcement cases it brought in April 2011 against companies for failing to certify that their products comply with the Department's energy and water use standards.  The certification requirement generates important information that allows the Department to verify compliance with its efficiency standards and ensures that consumers have the information they need to buy energy- and cost-saving products. 

May 2, 2011
DOE Office of Enforcement Continues Aggressive Energy Efficiency Enforcement Effort with 20 New Proposed Penalty Notices

Demonstrating its continuing commitment to rigorous enforcement of important federal efficiency requirements, the Department of Energy’s Office of Enforcement today announced 20 new enforcement cases.  These cases are against companies that the Department has reason to believe are selling products in the United States without certifying that their products comply with energy efficiency or water conservation standards.  The legally required certifications help ensure that products sold in the U.S.

May 2, 2011
DOE Office of Enforcement Continues Aggressive Energy Efficiency Enforcement Effort with 20 New Proposed Penalty Notices

Demonstrating its continuing commitment to rigorous enforcement of important federal efficiency requirements, the Department of Energy’s Office of Enforcement today announced 20 new enforcement cases.

April 21, 2011
DOE Issues Two Notices Seeking Comment on the Implementation of Its Certification and Enforcement Rules

Last week, the Department of Energy issued two Notices related to the application of its certification and enforcement regulations. First, the Department issued a Request for Information seeking information and data related to the use of computer simulations, mathematical methods, and other alternative methods of determining the efficiency of certain types of consumer products and commercial and industrial equipment. Comments are requested on or before May 18, 2011. Second, the Department issued a 

March 4, 2011
DOE Withdraws Interpretive Rule and Provides Enforcement Guidance on Showerheads

The Department has withdrawn as unwarranted the draft interpretative rule setting out the Department's views on the definition of a "showerhead" for purposes of the water conservation standard enacted by Congress in 1992. To provide certainty going forward, however, the Department today provides a brief enforcement guidance, which balances the Department’s obligation to enforce the congressional standard with its determination to avoid needless economic dislocation.

February 15, 2011
Two Manufacturers Agree to Civil Penalties to Resolve Enforcement Actions

The Department of Energy today announced it has now settled two civil penalty actions against companies for violations of DOE regulations requiring that they certify products as compliant with federal efficiency standards.  In the first case, DOE cited Perlick Residential & Hospitality Products (Perlick) for failure to certify properly its residential refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers.  DOE agreed to accept a civil penalty of $5,000 for the certification violations to settle the case, after considering factors set forth in DOE’s penalty guidance