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October 14, 2010
DOE Extends Comment Period on Notice of Inquiry Under the Energy Independence and Security Act

Today, in response to a formal request, General Counsel Scott Blake Harris approved a second and final extension of the public comment period to November 30, 2010 on DOE’s Notice of Inquiry (75 FR 43945) soliciting comment on the development of regulations to carry out section 934 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which implements the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage. 

October 6, 2010
Electrolux Gibson Air Conditioner and Equator Clothes Washer Fail DOE Energy Star Testing

DOE testing in support of the ENERGY STAR program has revealed that an Electrolux Gibson air conditioner (model GAH105Q2T1) and an Equator clothes washer (model EZ 3720 CEE), both of which claimed ENERGY STAR ratings, do not meet the ENERGY STAR requirements.  Specifically, the test results for the Electrolux Gibson model show that, when tested in accordance with DOE’s test procedures, it consumed 6.1 percent more energy than the Energy Star requirement.  Test results for the Equator model show that it exceeds Energy Star’s water factor requirements by 12.3 percent.

October 5, 2010
New DOE Reports on Smart Grid Technologies Seek to Promote Innovation, Privacy and Access

Washington, D.C. - In order to implement recommendations made in the Federal Communications Commission's National Broadband Plan, the Department of Energy released two reports today on important policy issues raised by Smart Grid technologies that can promote innovation, cut costs for consumers and modernize our electrical grid. Each report completes a public-information-gathering process begun earlier this year by the Department.

September 29, 2010
DOE Successfully Resolves Three Enforcement Cases and Files Yet Another

The Department has resolved three more of the 27 certification enforcement cases initiated three weeks ago and issued one additional penalty notice to Nordyne, LLC for failure to certify certain air conditioner and heat pump products.  These actions reflect the Department's continued aggressive efforts to enforce the Department’s certification requirement – which helps to ensure that appliance, plumbing, and lighting products meet the energy and water efficiency levels required by law. 

September 23, 2010
DOE Resolves Nearly One-Third of 27 Recently Filed Civil Penalty Cases

The Department has successfully resolved eight of the 27 enforcement cases brought just two weeks ago against companies for selling products without properly certifying their compliance with the Department's conservation standards.  The swift resolution of nearly one-third of these cases reflects the central goal of the Department’s enforcement effort – compliance with all aspects of the Department’s regulations to ensure that consumers have the information they need to buy energy a

September 21, 2010
DOE Requires Air-Con International to Cease Sales of Inefficient Air Conditioners and Proposes Penalties

The Department has issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination and Proposed Civil Penalty to Air-Con, International, requiring Air-Con to cease the sale of certain air-conditioning systems in the United States and proposing a civil penalty of $231,090 for sales of these products in violation of the applicable energy efficiency standards.  This action reflects the Department's continued commitment to act aggressively to remove unlawful products from the market.

September 13, 2010
DOE Continues Aggressive Energy Efficiency Enforcement Effort with Nearly 30 New Proposed Penalties

Washington, D.C. - As part of an ongoing commitment to rigorously enforce appliance efficiency requirements, the Department of Energy today announced 27 new proposed penalties against companies selling products in the United States without certifying that they comply with energy efficiency or water conservation standards.  The legally required certifications help ensure that products sold in the U.S. deliver significant energy and cost savings to the American public.

September 10, 2010
Energy Department Closes Buy American Investigation into Lighting Sales

Today, the Department of Energy formally closed its investigation into whether sales to recipients of the Department's Energy Efficiency Community Block Grants  by two California companies, US Lighting Tech and American Induction Technologies, Inc., complied with the Buy American provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

September 8, 2010
DOE Closes Investigation of ASKO Dishwasher

The Department of Energy has closed its investigation into the energy efficiency of ASKO Appliance Inc.'s dishwasher model D5122XXLB. After testing this model, the Department has found the model to be compliant with federal energy conservation standards.

September 2, 2010
DOE Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Improve Energy Efficiency Enforcement Process

Today, the Department of Energy announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on proposed reforms designed to improve its energy efficiency certification and enforcement regulations.

“This rulemaking a key step in the Department’s renewed commitment to systematic and robust energy efficiency enforcement,” said DOE General Counsel Scott Blake Harris.  “Effective enforcement will conserve energy, save consumers money, and prevent manufacturers who break the law from having a competitive advantage over those that play by the rules.”