WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that it has opened an investigation to determine whether certain air conditioners and heat pump products manufactured by Air Con International comply with federal energy efficiency standards. The subpoena issued on Wednesday requires Air Con to submit detailed information about the energy consumption of its products and how Air Con marketed and sold them in the U.S.
This action follows similar subpoenas issued earlier in the week for certain torchiere lighting products and builds on the continuing efforts at the Department of Energy to enforce minimum energy efficiency standards and ensure products comply with the requirements of the ENERGY STAR® program. More information on the Administration's efforts is available from the press release New Steps to Strengthen ENERGY STAR®.
"While we are not prejudging the merits of this particular case, the Department of Energy will continue to act on any credible information alleging that products are violating federal energy efficiency standards," said DOE General Counsel Scott Blake Harris. "These enforcement actions and investigations, coupled with strengthened energy efficiency appliance standards, will protect the environment while saving American families and businesses billions of dollars."