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July 8, 2010
DOE Closes Investigation of Whirlpool's Maytag Refrigerator

The Department of Energy has closed its investigation into the energy efficiency of Whirlpool's Maytag refrigerator-freezer model "MSD2578VE." The Department opened this investigation and requested testing data from Whirlpool based on a complaint (April 12, 2010, "DOE Opens Three Investigations into Alleged Refrigerator Efficiency Violations").

July 6, 2010
Aerosys Agrees to Pay Civil Penalty and Submit Test Data in Settlement with DOE

WASHINGTON, DC - The Department of Energy announced today that AeroSys, Inc. has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $25,000 and take a number of other actions designed to ensure its future compliance with DOE's energy efficiency standards. Last fall, the Department subpoenaed AeroSys's data on the energy use of certain heat pumps and air conditioners and then issued a demand to test 6 air conditioner models and one heat pump.

June 30, 2010
DOE Seeks Comment on Application of Clothes Washer Test Procedure

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a draft interpretative rule clarifying its views on the application of the current residential clothes washer test procedure to machines that offer a warm rinse option that is not included in the recommended cycle for washing cotton or linen clothes. 

The Department is soliciting feedback from the public on the draft interpretive rule, which is available here, until July 30, 2010. 

June 25, 2010
DOE Hosts Public Roundtable Discussion of Smart-Grid Data Access and Privacy Issues

On June 29, 2010, the Department of Energy will host a public roundtable panel discussion to collect additional information about the data access and privacy implications of smart-grid technologies that can provide consumers with near-real-time, granular data about their energy consumption.

June 24, 2010
DOE Requires Manufacturer and Labeler to Cease Sale of Incandescent Reflector Lamps

DOE has issued Notices of Non-Compliance Determination to Westinghouse Lighting Corporation and Fuzhou Sunlight Lighting Electrical Appliance Company requiring that they halt the sale of 8 basic models of incandescent reflector lamps in the United States.  DOE previously issued a civil penalty notice to Westinghouse for failing to submit required certification reports. The press release can be found here.

June 11, 2010
DOE Announces Public Meetings on the Communications Needs of Utilities and Smart-Grid Data Access and Privacy

The Department of Energy (DOE) has long recognized the importance of incorporating broadband and other interactive communications technologies into ongoing efforts to modernize America’s electrical "grid"—our system for generating and transmitting electrical power.  As a result, DOE is studying and will report on two critical issues arising from this integration effort: the evolving communications needs of electrical utilities, and the data access and privacy issues arising from the use of interactive Smart Grid technologies. 

June 8, 2010
Guidance on EIS Review and Recovery Act Loan Guarantee Applications

DOE must complete NEPA review before it may provide financial assistance in the form of loan guarantees.  Projects seeking such assistance under Section 1705 of Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, 22 U.S.C. 16511-16514, must commence construction no later than September 30, 2011. Because many of DOE’s Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) take 18-24 months to complete, the Department has previously notified applicants that DOE, "will be unlikely to complete the NEPA process" for a project requiring an EIS in sufficient time to make an award.

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.