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Compliance Certification Enforcement

DOE enforces the energy and water conservation regulations established by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Appliance Standards Program to ensure that residential, commercial and industrial equipment deliver the energy and cost savings required by law.  To ensure that all covered products comply with the energy and water conservation standards, the enforcement office reviews manufacturers’ compliance with certification requirements.  Products covered under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, as amended, are required annually to ‘‘certify by means of a certification report that each basic model(s) meets the applicable energy conservation standard.”  This program ensures that manufacturers provide the government with information demonstrating compliance with United States law. 

Certification Case Documents Available for Download

  • May 2, 2011

    DOE ordered Heat Controller, Inc. to pay a $6,000 civil penalty after finding Heat Controller had failed to certify that certain models of room air conditioners comply with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • April 29, 2011

    DOE ordered The Mackle Company, Inc., to pay a $6,000 civil penalty after finding Mackle Co. had failed to certify that basic model D110, a clothes dryer, complies with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • April 27, 2011

    DOE ordered Sunpentown International, Inc. to pay a $6,000 civil penalty after finding Sunpentown had failed to certify that certain models of room air conditioners comply with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • April 22, 2011

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Turolight, Inc. failed to certify a variety of incandescent reflector lamps as compliant with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • April 22, 2011

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Sunpentown International, Inc. failed to certify a variety of room air conditioners as compliant with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • April 22, 2011

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Nationwide Industries, Inc. d/b/a Banner Faucets failed to certify a variety of faucets and showerheads as compliant with the applicable water conservation standards.

  • April 22, 2011

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Danby Products, Inc., failed to certify room air conditioners as compliant with the energy conservation standards.

  • April 22, 2011

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Elmira Stove Works failed to certify refrigerator-freezers as compliant with the energy conservation standards.

  • April 22, 2011

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Smeg USA, Inc. failed to certify a variety of dishwashers and refrigerators as compliant with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • April 22, 2011

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that EiKO Ltd. - North America failed to certify a variety of incandescent reflector lamps as compliant with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • April 22, 2011

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Unionaire Group failed to certify room air conditioners as compliant with the energy conservation standards.

  • April 22, 2011

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Aucma Group (aka Qingdao Aucma Import and Export Co., Ltd.) failed to certify a variety of residential refrigerators and freezers as compliant with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • April 22, 2011

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Trojan, Inc. failed to certify a variety of incandescent reflector lamps as compliant with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • April 22, 2011

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Heat Controller, Inc. failed to certify a variety of room air conditioners as compliant with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • April 22, 2011

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that AGA Marvel (also AGA Heartland and Northland Corp.) failed to certify a variety of dishwashers as compliant with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • April 22, 2011

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that The Mackle Company, Inc. failed to certify a variety of residential clothes dryers as compliant with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • April 22, 2011

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Airwell Group failed to certify a variety of Fedders brand room air conditioners as compliant with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • April 22, 2011

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Topstar International, Inc. failed to certify a variety of incandescent reflector lamps as compliant with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • April 22, 2011

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Living Direct, Inc. failed to certify a variety of dishwashers, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers as compliant with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • April 22, 2011

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Midea Washing Appliances Mfg. Co., Ltd. failed to certify a variety of dishwashers as compliant with the applicable water and energy conservation standards.

  • April 22, 2011

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Fagor America, Inc. failed to certify a variety of refrigerators and dishwashers as compliant with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • April 22, 2011

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Crosley Group failed to certify a variety of room air conditioners as compliant with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • April 22, 2011

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Acme Kitchenettes Corp. failed to certify a variety of refrigerators as compliant with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • February 23, 2011

    DOE requested additional test data from Felix Storch regarding various models of refrigerators and freezers after examining Storch's response to DOE's December 2010 Request for Test Data.

  • February 9, 2011

    In the Matter of Maxlite, SK America, Inc. (general service flourescent lamps), DOE Case Number 2010-CE-2701, Adopting Order and Compromise Agreement. Order adopting accompanying Compromise Agreement. DOE found that Maxlite failed to submit compliance certifications for its products under 10 C.F.R. Section 430.62, and here assesses a civil penalty of $5,000 (if paid within 30 days) or of $10,000 (if paid between 31-60 days). Maxlite promises to certify all products sold in the US within 60 days, and agrees to a penalty of $150 per product per day over that deadline.