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November 9, 2010
DOE Closes Investigation into Energy Efficiency of Viking Refrigerator

The Department of Energy has closed its investigation into the energy efficiency of Viking Range Corporation’s refrigerator-freezer model VCSB542.  The Department initiated this investigation in response to allegations that the model failed to meet federal energy efficiency standards.

November 2, 2010
DOE Completes Annual Determination of the Adequacy of the Nuclear Waste Fund Fee

As required by the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 (NWPA), DOE has completed its annual review of the adequacy of the Nuclear Waste Fund fee.

Based on that review, the Office of Standard Contract Management has determined that there is no basis to propose an adjustment to the fee to Congress. The Secretary of Energy has adopted and approved this determination.

October 19, 2010
DOE Resolves Nearly All of its September 2010 Certification Enforcement Actions

The Energy Department's new Office of Enforcement, part of the General Counsel's Office, announced today that it has now successfully resolved 26 of the 30 certification enforcement cases brought in September 2010 as part of the Department's ongoing enforcement initiative. 

The Department will continue aggressively enforcing its certification requirements, which generate information that allows the Department to verify if a company is complying with energy and water efficiency standards that deliver significant energy, water, and cost savings to the American public.    

October 18, 2010
DOE Requires Westinghouse to Cease Sales of Two Light Bulb Models and Allows Sale of Another

As a part of DOE's continuing enforcement action against Westinghouse Lighting Corporation, the company must cease sales of two light bulb models - medium based CFL basic model 15GLOBE/65/2 (Westinghouse product code 3800400) and general service fluorescent lamp model F40T12/CWE (Westinghouse product code 07521000) - because they do not meet DOE's energy efficiency standards. 

October 15, 2010
DOE Extends Comment Period on Certification and Enforcement Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

In response to a formal request, the Department has extended to October 29, 2010, the deadline for submission of comments in response to the Notice or Proposed Rulemaking on the certification and enforcement of the Department's energy conservation standards.  (75 FR 56796).

The signed extension provided here will be published shortly in the Federal Register.

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