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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

  • August 31, 2012

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Philips Lighting Electronics N. A. finding that basic model VEL-I S40-SC, a fluorescent lamp ballast, does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • July 26, 2012

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Engineered Products Company finding that basic model 15701 of metal halide lamp fixture does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • July 19, 2012

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Engineered Products Company manufactured/privately-labeled and distributed a number of units of noncompliant basic model 15701, a metal halide lamp fixture with a magnetic probe-start ballast in the U.S.

  • July 18, 2012

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Midea America Corp. finding that basic models UL-WD195-D
    and UL-WD145-D of freezers do not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • June 29, 2012

    DOE ordered Perlick Corporation to pay a $400 civil penalty after finding Perlick had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. at least two noncompliant model HP48RO, electric refrigerators.

  • June 26, 2012

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Sears, Roebuck & Co. finding that Kenmore-brand model number 255.19502010 ("19502") and Kenmore-brand model number 255.19702010 ("19702"), compact chest freezers, do not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • June 12, 2012

    DOE ordered Cooper Power Systems, LLC to abide by the Compromise Agreement, which waived the civil penalty after finding Cooper had inadvertently distributed in commerce in the U.S. three models (total of five units) of distribution transformers. Cooper agrees to abide by the terms of a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to be issued pursuant to 10 C.F.R. § 429.114.

  • June 12, 2012

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Cooper Power Systems, LLC finding that basic models 277-99.28, 277-99.26, and 277-99.22 of distribution transformers do not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • May 29, 2012

    DOE ordered Watermark Designs, Ltd. to pay a $4,200 civil penalty after finding Watermark Designs, Ltd. had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. sixty-three units of basic model SH-FAL90, a noncompliant showerhead.

  • May 10, 2012

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Watermark Designs, Ltd. manufactured and distributed noncompliant showerhead basic model SH-FAL90 in the U.S.

  • March 2, 2012

    DOE ordered Goodman Manufacturing Company, L.P., to pay a $14,800 civil penalty after finding Goodman had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. at least 74 units of commercial package air conditioner basic model CPC180*.

  • February 9, 2012

    DOE ordered Zoe Industries, Inc. to pay a $25,000 civil penalty after finding Zoe had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. at least 2,235 units of basic model 150043, a noncompliant showerhead.

  • January 25, 2012

    DOE issued a Notice of Allowance to Zoe Industries, Inc., allowing Zoe to resume distribution of showerhead model 150043-N after Zoe provided documentation showing that it had modified the model to be in compliance with the applicable water conservation standard.

  • December 2, 2011

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Goodman Manufacturing manufactured and distributed noncompliant basic model CPC180* commercial package air conditioners in the U.S.

  • December 1, 2011

    DOE ordered Mueller Streamline Co. to pay a $25,000 civil penalty after finding Mueller Streamline had privately labeled and distributed in commerce in the U.S. approximately 17,412 units of model 120-003NL noncompliant faucets.

  • October 18, 2011

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Haier America Trading, L.L.C. finding that model number HNCM070, a chest freezer, does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • October 17, 2011

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Goodman Manufacturing finding that model CPC180XXX3BXXXAA (CPC180*) of commercial package air conditioner does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • October 5, 2011

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Midea America Corporation finding that basic model number HS-390C, a chest freezer, does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • October 5, 2011

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Felix Storch, Inc., finding that model number CF11ES, a chest freezer does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • October 3, 2011

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Aspen Manufacturing finding that indoor unit model AEW244 and outdoor unit model NCPC-424-3010 of residential split system central air conditioning system do not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • September 28, 2011

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Zoe Industries, Inc. finding that Giessdorf 150043 model, a showerhead, does not comport with the water conservation standards.

  • September 28, 2011

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination, finding that Hudson-Reed's "HEAD16" showerhead does not meet the applicable water conservation standard.

  • September 27, 2011

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to AeroSys, Inc. finding that basic models THDC-18S, THDC-18T, THDC-24S, and THDC-24T do not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • September 26, 2011

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Watermark Designs, Ltd. finding that model SH-FAL-90, a showerhead, does not comport with the water conservation standards.

  • August 11, 2011

    DOE issued a Notice of Allowance to Resume Distribution to Mueller Streamline Co., authorizing Mueller Streamline to resume distribution of faucet basic model 120-003NLA, formerly basic model 120-003NL.