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June 3, 2010
DOE Requires Manufacturers to Halt Sales of Heat Pumps and Air Conditioners Violating Minimum Appliance Standards

Today, the Department of Energy announced that three manufacturers -- Aspen Manufacturing, Inc., Summit Manufacturing, and Advanced Distributor Products -- must stop distributing 61 heat pump models and 1 air conditioner model that DOE has determined do not comply with federal energy conservation standards. The manufacturers also must notify all of their customers that have been sold noncompliant units. The Department determined that these models were noncompliant based on certification information submitted to DOE for these manufacturers.

June 1, 2010
DOE Energy Star Testing Reveals Inefficient ASKO Dishwasher

DOE testing in support of the Energy Star program has revealed that an ASKO dishwasher (model D5122XXLB), which the company had claimed was Energy Star compliant, consumes more energy than permitted by the Energy Star  program.  Test results for the ASKO model at issue show that, when tested in accordance with DOE’s test procedure, it consumed 12 percent more energy than the Energy Star requirement.  Based on this testing, DOE is referring ASKO Model D5122XXLB to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for appropriate action with respect to the Energy Star program.

May 6, 2010
Civil Penalty Actions For Certification Violations Resolved

Today, the Department of Energy announced that it had resolved civil penalty actions against four showerhead manufacturers for having violated the Department's water conservation certification regulations.  To resolve these actions  Zoe Industries, Altmans Products LLC, EZ-FLO International, and Watermark Designs Ltd. have now certified that their showerheads meet federal water conservation standards and collectively will pay civil penalties of $165,104.

April 21, 2010
DOE Initiates Enforcement Proceedings against Westinghouse and Mitsubishi for Failure to Certify (Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty Issued)

The Office of General Counsel has issued Notices of Proposed Civil Penalty to Westinghouse Lighting Corporation and Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA, Inc. for failing to certify that certain of their products meet the applicable energy conservation standards as required by the Energy Policy Conservation Act (EPCA) and DOE regulations. The Notice issued to Westinghouse proposes payments to the government of $350,400 for failure to certify over 71 types of light bulbs.

April 16, 2010
DOE Closes Investigation into Alleged Lighting Efficiency Violations

The U.S. Department of Energy has closed its investigation into the energy efficiency of lighting products manufactured by Habitex Corporation and sold under the Target and Adesso brand names based on test data provided by the companies. The Department requested information from the three companies last month in response to a complaint that these products did not meet the Department’s energy efficiency standards for torchieres.