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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

  • 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.

  • August 2, 2011

    DOE ordered Hudson-Reed Limited to pay an $80,000 civil penalty after finding (1) Hudson-Reed had failed to certify that certain models of showerheads comply with the applicable water conservation standard and (2) Hudson-Reed had distributed in commerce in the U.S. certain models of showerheads that did not comply with the applicable water conservation standard.

  • June 28, 2011

    DOE ordered Kenneth Grill to pay a $10,000 civil penalty after finding Mr. Grill had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. at least 5,000 noncompliant showerheads.

  • June 15, 2011

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Felix Storch finding that basic model FS62, a compact upright freezer, does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • June 10, 2011

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Kenneth Grill manufactured and distributed noncompliant showerheads in the U.S.

  • May 27, 2011

    After conducting testing of Electrolux's Frigidaire chest freezer model FFN09M5HWC, DOE determined that the model met the applicable energy conservation standard.

  • May 17, 2011

    DOE requested water efficiency test data, including complete test reports, from Mueller Streamline Co., for model 120-003NL, a faucet, after DOE received a complaint alleging that testing of this model demonstrated that the faucet exceeds the federal maximum allowable water flow rate.

  • 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 7, 2011

    DOE and Perlick Residential & Hospitality Products entered into a Compromise Agreement in which Perlick agreed to pay a $5,000 civil penalty after DOE found that Perlick had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. model HP72ROO-S, a noncompliant refrigerator.

  • December 13, 2010

    DOE requested test data from Felix Storch for several models of refrigerators and freezers and issued a warning of inconsistent information provided in Felix Storch's certification reports.

  • December 9, 2010

    DOE ordered Westinghouse Lighting Corporation to pay a $50,000 civil penalty after finding Westinghouse Lighting had failed to certify that certain models of general service flourescent and incandescent reflector lamps comply with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • November 17, 2010

    DOE ordered Air-Con International, Inc. to pay a civil penalty of $10,000 after finding Air-Con had distributed in commerce in the U.S. central air conditioning units that were not in conformity with the applicable energy conservation standards. DOE also found that, while some units were exported, none of the units were properly marked as imports intended for exportation.

  • November 17, 2010

    DOE ordered Air-Con International, Inc. to pay a $10,000 civil penalty after finding Air-Con had imported and distributed in commerce in the U.S. various models of air-conditioning units.

  • November 15, 2010

    DOE ordered Mackle Company, Inc. to pay a $27,200 civil penalty after finding the company had failed to certify that a variety of refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers comply with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • November 4, 2010

    DOE closed this case against Advanced Distributor Products without civil penalty after ADP provided information that the non-compliant products were not sold in the United States.

  • October 8, 2010

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Westinghouse Lighting Corporation finding that model F40T12/CWE (Westinghouse product code 07521000), a general service fluorescent lamp, and model 15GLOBE/65/2 (Westinghouse product code 3800400), a medium base compact fluorescent lamp, do not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • October 8, 2010

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  • October 8, 2010

    DOE issued a Notice of Allowance to Westinghouse Lighting Corporation allowing Westinghouse Lighting to resume distribution of product code 0521000 after Westinghouse Lighting provided new test data performed according to DOE regulations.

  • September 20, 2010

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Air-Con International finding that a variety of central air conditioners and air conditioning heat pumps distributed under the Air-Con private label do not comport with the energy conservation standards. DOE also alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Air-Con imported and distributed the noncompliant products in the U.S.

  • September 13, 2010

    DOE issued a Notice of Allowance to Resume Distribution to Leader Electronics Inc., authorizing Leader Electronics to resume distribution of the external power supply model "MU03-F050040-A1(MU03-F1050-AKOS)".