Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Enforcement

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DOE's Office of Enforcement in the Office of the General Counsel leads the Department's efforts to ensure manufacturers deliver products that meet energy and water conservation standards.  Compliant products save energy and money for American consumers and businesses.

Enforcement activities ensure compliance with energy-efficiency standards and other regulations through prosecution of violations, issuance of guidance, and extensive outreach.  In addition, the Office of Enforcement works closely with the Appliance and Equipment Standards Program, which conducts testing to verify that products provide the energy savings they advertise.

(Note: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforces compliance with the ENERGY STAR specifications. The Federal Trade Commission ensures that efficiency representations on the EnergyGuide label fairly represent the performance of those appliances.)