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Conservation Standards Enforcement

The Office of the General Counsel is working to ensure that manufacturers of consumer products and commercial equipment meet the nation’s conservation standards.  Through its new focus on enforcement, the Department of Energy will save money for consumers and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  “For the sake of our environment and our economy, it’s critical that we enforce our energy efficiency regulations,” said Scott Blake Harris, former DOE General Counsel.  “Strong enforcement of the rules will encourage compliance and keep manufacturers who break the law from having a competitive advantage over manufacturers who play by the rules.”  DOE enforces the energy and water conservation standards pursuant to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, as amended.

Learn more about the Department of Energy’s appliance and commercial equipment standards.

Case Documents Available for Download

  • September 12, 2013

    DOE ordered Universal Lighting Technologies, Inc. to pay a $7,264 civil penalty after finding Universal had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. 454 units of model B140R277HP, a noncompliant fluorescent lamp ballast.

  • September 6, 2013

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Universal Lighting Technologies, Inc. finding that fluorescent lamp ballast model B140R277HP does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • September 5, 2013

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to GD Midea Air-Conditioning Equipment Co. Ltd. finding that Arctic King brand room air conditioner basic model MWJ1-08ERN1-BI8, manufactured by Midea, does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • August 19, 2013

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Universal Lighting Technologies, Inc. manufactured and distributed noncompliant fluorescent lamp ballasts in the U.S.

  • July 30, 2013

    DOE issued a Notice of Allowance to Sanyo E & E Corporation, allowing Sanyo to resume distribution of refrigerator model SBC-500 after Sanyo provided documentation showing that it had modified the model to be in compliance with the applicable energy conservation standard.

  • July 25, 2013

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Hudson Reed, Ltd. manufactured and distributed noncompliant showerheads in the U.S.

  • July 12, 2013

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Dan Patterson finding that the "ThunderHead" showerhead basic model manufactured by ET Industries, Inc. and imported by Dan Patterson does not comport with the water conservation standards.

  • July 8, 2013

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Ningbo Hicon International Industry Company, Ltd. manufactured and distributed noncompliant freezer basic model BD-200 in the U.S.

  • July 1, 2013

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to CNA International, Inc., d/b/a MC Appliance Corp. finding that Magic Chef-brand model HMCF7W ("CNA model HMCF7W") does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • June 5, 2013

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. finding that a variety of Class A external power supply basic models do not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • June 5, 2013

    DOE ordered Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. to pay a $13,000 civil penalty after finding Lutron Electronics had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. at least 79,000 units of various basic models, noncompliant Class A external power supplies.

  • May 30, 2013

    DOE ordered ET Industries, Inc. to pay a $39,000 civil penalty after finding ET Industries had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. 974 units of basic model TH-1, a noncompliant showerhead.

  • May 24, 2013

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that ET Industries, Inc. manufactured and distributed noncompliant showerheads in the U.S.

  • May 24, 2013

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to ET Industries, Inc. finding that showerhead basic model TH-1 does not comport with the water conservation standards.

  • May 6, 2013

    DOE and Sears, Roebuck & Co. entered into a Compromise Agreement to resolve a case involving the distribution in commerce of noncompliant freezers.

  • May 2, 2013

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. manufactured and distributed noncompliant class A external power supplies in the U.S.

  • April 29, 2013

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Grainger International Inc. finding that freezer models, privately labeled as the Dayton 5NTX4, the Dayton 5NTX5, and the Dayton 5NTX6 do not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • April 29, 2013

    DOE and Grainger International Inc. entered into a Compromise Agreement to resolve a case involving the distribution in commerce of noncompliant freezers.

  • April 24, 2013

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Golden Opportunity, Inc. finding that freezer models Golden GFC51 and Golden GFC69 do not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • April 23, 2013

    DOE and Golden Opportunity, Inc. entered into a Compromise Agreement to resolve a case involving the distribution in commerce of noncompliant freezers.

  • April 23, 2013

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Haier America Trading, LLC finding that Haier model HMCM106EA, a freezer, does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • April 23, 2013

    DOE and Haier America Trading, LLC entered into a Compromise Agreement to resolve a case involving the distribution in commerce of noncompliant freezers.

  • April 10, 2013

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Precision Trading Corp. finding that Precision model Premium PFR515M, a freezer, does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • April 10, 2013

    DOE and Precision Trading Corp. entered into a Compromise Agreement to resolve a case involving the distribution in commerce of noncompliant freezers.

  • April 10, 2013

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Bigwall Enterprises, Inc. finding that freezer model W1CF106 under the Wellington brand (''the Wellington W1CF106") does not comport with the energy conservation standards.