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March 30, 2010
DOE Orders AeroSys to Halt Distribution of Inefficient Air Conditioner and Heat Pump Models

Today, the Department of Energy announced that it is requiring AeroSys, Inc. to stop distributing two product models - one air conditioner and one heat pump - that DOE testing found to consume more energy than allowed under federal efficiency standards. This is the latest step in the Department's investigation into whether AeroSys has been selling products in the U.S. that violate minimum appliance efficiency standards.

March 30, 2010
DOE Does Not Oppose Petitions to Intervene in Yucca Mountain NRC Proceeding

The U.S. Department of Energy yesterday filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission a response to Petitions to Intervene filed by several parties seeking to oppose the Department’s motion to withdraw its license application for a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. DOE said it is confident that its motion to withdraw the application is lawful, but that it believes the petitioning parties should be allowed to present their views to the NRC.

March 30, 2010
DOE Orders AeroSys to Halt Distribution of Inefficient Air Conditioner and Heat Pump Models Shown to Violate Minimum Efficiency Standards

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the Department of Energy announced that it is requiring AeroSys, Inc. to stop distributing two product models - one air conditioner and one heat pump - that DOE testing found to consume more energy than allowed under federal efficiency standards.   This is the latest step in the Department's investigation into whether AeroSys has been selling products in the U.S. that violate minimum appliance efficiency standards.

March 26, 2010
Department of Energy Opens Appliance Standards Investigation for Certain Air Con International Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that it has opened an investigation to determine whether certain air conditioners and heat pump products manufactured by Air Con International comply with federal energy efficiency standards.  The subpoena issued on Wednesday requires Air Con to submit detailed information about the energy consumption of its products and how Air Con marketed and sold them in the U.S. 

March 24, 2010
DOE Opens Investigation into Alleged Lighting Efficiency Violations

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy announced it had issued subpoenas to three companies who were identified as selling certain torchiere lamps that failed to meet federal energy efficiency standards.  Under the subpoenas, Target Corporation, Adesso, Inc. and Habitex Corporation are required to submit detailed information about the design of these products and how the companies marketed and sold them in the U.S. 

March 24, 2010
Department of Energy Opens Investigation into Alleged Lighting Efficiency Violations

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the U.S. Department of Energy announced it had issued subpoenas to three companies who were identified as selling certain torchiere lamps that failed to meet federal energy efficiency standards.  Under the subpoenas, Target Corporation, Adesso, Inc. and Habitex Corporation are required to submit detailed information about the design of these products and how the companies marketed and sold them in the U.S.

March 16, 2010
DOE Testing Reveals Samsung Refrigerator Does Not Meet Energy Star Requirements

DOE-initiated testing has revealed that a Samsung refrigerator (model RF26VAB), which the company had claimed was Energy Star compliant, consumed more energy than permitted by the Energy Star program.  Test results for the Samsung model at issue show that, when tested in accordance with DOE’s test procedure, it consumed between 7 and 11.4 percent more energy than the Energy Star requirement.  Samsung is no longer manufacturing this model, although it may still be available from some retail outlets.  Based on this testing, DOE is referring Samsung Model RF26VAB to the U.S.

March 15, 2010
Department of Energy Adopts Rules to Protect Consumer Privacy

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) enables states to provide financial assistance to qualifying consumers who want to improve the energy-efficiency of their homes. 

In response to concerns about the potential disclosure by the States of personal information they collect from WAP applicants, the Department has issued an interim final rule that requires states to apply the standards of the Freedom of Information Act that protect the privacy of potentially sensitive personal information. 

March 8, 2010
Guidance for State Energy Programs on Revolving Loan Funds

Purpose: To provide guidance to recipients of financing programs funded through the Department of Energy's (DOE's) State Energy Program (SEP) (Grantees).

Scope: The provisions of this guidance apply to recipients of SEP funds, pursuant to Formula Grant or American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

March 7, 2010
DOE Initiates Enforcement Actions Against 4 Showerhead Manufacturers (Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty and Requests for Test Data Issued)

The Office of General Counsel has issued a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty to Hudson-Reed Limited for failing to certify to DOE that showerheads manufactured or distributed within the United States meet the applicable water conservation standards as required by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) and DOE regulations.  This Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty proposes payments to the government of $1,920,200.  Under federal law, manufacturers of some products covered by EPCA are required to certify to the Department that their models meet the applicable water conservation standards.