The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a further step to implementing the President’s Executive Order on Improving Regulatory Review. The Executive Order directs federal agencies to review existing regulations and determine whether they are still necessary and crafted effectively to solve current problems. Engaging the public in an open, transparent process is a crucial step in DOE’s regulatory review process. Because public comments in response to the Request for Information (RFI) issued in January were important in the development of DOE’s plan for retrospective regulatory revie
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.
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.
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.
On September 27, 2011, the Department of Energy (DOE) approved revisions to its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations, and on September 28th, submitted the revisions to the Federal Register. The final regulations, which become effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register, are the culmination of a 2-year process to review and update DOE’s NEPA implementing procedures. This process involved internal evaluation, public participation, and Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) review.
The U.S. Department of Energy recently issued guidance to its national laboratory management and operating (M&O) contractors on the installation and operation of electric vehicle recharging stations at lab facilities. The guidance explains that lab contractors wishing to install electric vehicle recharging stations or make such stations available to employees and visitors have several options.
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.
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
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.