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.
The Department of Energy has settled a civil penalty action it initiated against "Showerheadpower" for the manufacture and online sale of showerheads that 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. The manufacturer in this matter admitted it had altered commercially available, legal showerheads to consume water in excess of this efficiency standard. The manufacturer admitted to selling at least 5,000 of these modified showerheads between June 3, 2006, and February 7, 2011.
The Department of Energy issued a notice seeking comment on its Preliminary Plan to implement Executive Order 13563, "Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review". The plan describes how the Department intends to conduct retrospective review of its regulations. The Department developed its Preliminary Plan based on public input received in response to a Request for Information and is now interested in receiving further comment to refine and improve the plan.
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.
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.
The Department of Energy today announced that it has issued a new rule standardizing how private parties applying for DOE assistance should submit trade secrets and other confidential business information. The new rule will give applicants greater assurance that their confidential business information will not be inadvertently disclosed, while enabling the Department to respond more quickly to Freedom of Information Act requests.
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.