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March 30, 2012
Rule Proposed to Prohibit Importation of Products that Fail to Comply with DOE Energy Conservation Standards

This week, after extensive collaboration with the Department of Energy, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a notice of proposed rulemaking proposing a mechanism to refuse admission into the customs territory of the United States to covered products that fail to meet an applicable DOE energy conservation standard. This rule, if adopted, would promote a level playing field for U.S.

February 15, 2012
DOE Investigates Possible Air Conditioner Efficiency Violations

The Department of Energy’s Office of Enforcement is committed to its compliance enforcement responsibilities with regard to federal energy conservation standards and ensuring that all those subject to the requirements are treated fairly and equally.  Today, the Office of Enforcement issued a series of subpoenas as part of an investigation to determine whether manufacturers of split-system air conditioners are making and distributing in the U.S.

January 11, 2012
DOE Refers Two ENERGY STAR Models to EPA for Potential De-Listing

U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) testing has identified one refrigerator-freezer that does not meet the ENERGY STAR program’s energy efficiency requirement and one dishwasher that may not meet an ENERGY STAR requirement.

December 7, 2011
DOE Seeks Further Public Input on How Best To Streamline Existing Regulations

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

November 1, 2011
DOE Issues Noncompliance Notices

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.

October 11, 2011
DOE Issues Noncompliance Notices

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Enforcement issued Notices of Noncompliance Determinations to Midea America Corporation and Felix Storch, Inc.

October 4, 2011
DOE Issues Noncompliance Notices for Three Showerhead Models

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.

October 3, 2011
Four Central Air Conditioners Determined Noncompliant With Energy Efficiency Standard

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. 

September 30, 2011
DOE Revises its NEPA Regulations, Including Categorical Exclusions

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.

September 6, 2011
DOE Issues Guidance on Electric Vehicle Recharging Stations

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.