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April 21, 2010
DOE Initiates Enforcement Proceedings against Westinghouse and Mitsubishi for Failure to Certify (Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty Issued)

The Office of General Counsel has issued Notices of Proposed Civil Penalty to Westinghouse Lighting Corporation and Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA, Inc. for failing to certify that certain of their products meet the applicable energy conservation standards as required by the Energy Policy Conservation Act (EPCA) and DOE regulations. The Notice issued to Westinghouse proposes payments to the government of $350,400 for failure to certify over 71 types of light bulbs.

April 15, 2010
Geothermal training prepares Nevadans for jobs

How a training course is helping local people find jobs in an emergency industry.

April 1, 2010
Wisconsin LED Plant Benefits from Recovery Act

“It’s a win for everyone: the environment, the cities, buildings, for us,” says Gianna O’Keefe, marketing manager for Ruud Lighting, which is producing LED lights that emit more light, have a longer life and provide anywhere from 50 to 70 percent in energy savings.

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 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 23, 2010
J.F. Electric will soon install its own solar rooftop solar panels, saving money and gaining a potential sales tool.   | Photo Courtesy of J.F. Electric |
Illinois Company Implementing Solar Energy

J.F. Family Limited Partnership has been awarded $191,000 through the Recovery Act toward the use of solar energy at its Lakefront Parkway property in Edwardsville, Ill., which is the company headquarters for J.F. Electric Inc. The funding will be used to install a 75-kW solar photovoltaic system on the building’s roof, creating electricity on-site and creating or saving a total of 14 jobs.

March 22, 2010
Advanced batteries will enable electricity generated through renewable energy sources to be used in plug-in vehicles. | File photo
Battery Jobs Coming to Michigan

A123 Systems, of Watertown, Mass., was awarded a $249 million Recovery Act grant from the U.S. Department of Energy in August that will help implement the company’s strategy for the construction of lithium-ion battery manufacturing facilities in the U.S., with the first location being constructed in Livonia, Michigan.

March 12, 2010
Construction teams set up a turbine foundation in Minot, N.D. | Photo courtesy of Basin Electric Power Cooperative
North Dakota Company Wins Praise for Wind Projects

Wind energy is taking off in the Dakotas, contributing hundreds of megawatts of power to the grid and putting hundreds of people to work.

March 12, 2010
Charlotte sees next-gen vehicle supply expansion: U.S. Energy Secretary Steve Chu speaks at Celgard LLC in Charlotte, N.C. as Mitch Pulwer, Celgard’s vice president and general manager, looks on. | Photo courtesy of Celgard |
VP 100: Charlotte Sees Next-Gen Vehicle Supply Expansion

Right now, manufacturers of electric cars too often have to rely on foreign suppliers for the high-performance batteries needed in those vehicles. But a new project underway at Celgard LLC in Charlotte, N.C., with help from stimulus funding awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy, will enable the company to supply more of a key component in high-performance batteries, helping the U.S. get ahead of the curve in establishing a supply base for electric cars that isn’t reliant on other countries.