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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 19, 2010

    DOE requested test data from Leader Electronics Inc. for various models of external power supplies after Leader Electronics certified energy values that did not meet federal energy conservation standards.

  • August 5, 2010

    DOE issued a Notice of Allowance to Westinghouse Lighting Corporation allowing Westinghouse Lighting to resume distribution of various lamp products after Westinghouse Lighting provided new test data performed according to DOE regulations.

  • July 27, 2010

    DOE closed this case against Summit Manufacturing, Inc. without civil penalty after Summit Manufacturing provided information that the non-compliant products were not sold in the United States.

  • July 8, 2010

    DOE issued a Notice of Compliance Determination to Whirlpool Corporation after DOE testing confirmed that the Maytag refrigerator-freezer model MSD2578VE comports with the applicable energy conservation standard.

  • July 1, 2010

    DOE ordered AeroSys, Inc. to pay a $25,000 civil penalty after finding AeroSys had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. various models of air conditioners and air conditioning heat pumps that did not comport with the applicable energy conservation standards. In addition, AeroSys had distributed air conditioners and air conditioning heat pumps without submitting the required certification reports.

  • June 16, 2010

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Fuzhou Sunlight Lighting Electrical Appliance Co., Ltd. finding that a variety of models of incandescent reflector lamps do not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • June 14, 2010

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Westinghouse Lighting Corporation finding that various models of incandescent reflector lamps do not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • June 14, 2010

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that The Mackle Company, Inc., sold and/or distributed noncompliant refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and freezers in the U.S.

  • May 28, 2010

    DOE notified ASKO Appliances, Inc., by letter that DOE believes ASKO dishwasher model D5122XXLB may violate federal minimum standards for energy efficiency, based on testing performed as part of the ENERGY STAR® Verification Testing Pilot Program.

  • May 28, 2010

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Advanced Distributor Products finding that basic model N2H348A(G)KB* + H,GE50560 + *8MPV125 and basic model N2H360A(G)KB* + H,GE50560 + MV16J22**B* do not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • May 28, 2010

    LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc. v. U.S. Dept. of Energy, Civil Action Number 1:09-cv-02297-JDB - LG voluntarily dismissed its claims against the DOE and agrees to remove the ENERGY STAR labels from various refrigerator-freezers.

  • May 28, 2010

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Summit Manufacturing, Inc. finding that 4SHP13LE136P + 15001+CA042A964+TDR basic model, a split-system air conditioning heat pump with a heat pump coil, does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • May 28, 2010

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Aspen Manufacturing finding that a variety of basic models of split-system air conditioning heat pumps do not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • April 21, 2010

    DOE ordered Watermark Designs Holdings, Ltd. d/b/a Watermark Designs, Ltd. to pay a $135,104 civil penalty after finding Watermark Designs had failed to certify that various models of showerheads comply with the applicable water conservation standards.

  • April 19, 2010

    DOE alleged in a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty that Westinghouse Lighting Corporation failed to certify various flourescent and incandescent reflector lamps as compliant with the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • April 13, 2010

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to AeroSys, Inc. finding that basic model THDC-24SG does not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • April 5, 2010

    DOE requested test data underlying Whirlpool Corporation's certification that one model of refrigerator-freezer complies with the applicable energy conservation standard.

  • March 25, 2010

    DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to AeroSys, Inc. finding that basic models THHP-24T* and THDC-30T* do not comport with the energy conservation standards.

  • March 23, 2010

    DOE issued a Subpoena for Information and Production of Documents to Target Corporation requesting information regarding the compliance of various torchieres Target has distributed in commerce in the U.S.

  • March 23, 2010

    DOE issued a Subpoena for Information and Production of Documents to Habitex Corporation after receiving information that Habitex may have distributed in commerce in the U.S. torchieres that did not meet the applicable energy conservation standards.

  • March 23, 2010

    DOE issued a Subpoena for Information and Production of Documents to Adesso, Inc., requesting information regarding the compliance of various torchieres Adesso has distributed in commerce in the U.S.

  • March 2, 2010

    DOE requested test data from Zoe Industries, Inc., to permit the Department to evaluate whether a particular model of showerhead meets the applicable water conservation standard.

  • March 2, 2010

    DOE requested test data from Hudson-Reed Limited for Hudson Reed's showerhead ("shower tower") model "AS333".

  • March 2, 2010

    DOE requested test data from Delta Faucet Corporation for Delta Faucet's showerhead model "In2ition 75582".

  • January 7, 2010

    DOE entered into a Consent Decree with Haier America Trading, L.L.C., after DOE testing in the Energy Star Verification Testing Pilot Program showed Haier's freezer model HUF138EA, not only failed to satisfy the ENERGY STAR specification, but also failed to meet the applicable federal energy conservation standards.