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September 10, 2010
Energy Department Closes Buy American Investigation into Lighting Sales

Today, the Department of Energy formally closed its investigation into whether sales to recipients of the Department's Energy Efficiency Community Block Grants  by two California companies, US Lighting Tech and American Induction Technologies, Inc., complied with the Buy American provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

September 8, 2010
DOE Closes Investigation of ASKO Dishwasher

The Department of Energy has closed its investigation into the energy efficiency of ASKO Appliance Inc.'s dishwasher model D5122XXLB. After testing this model, the Department has found the model to be compliant with federal energy conservation standards.

September 2, 2010
DOE Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Improve Energy Efficiency Enforcement Process

Today, the Department of Energy announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on proposed reforms designed to improve its energy efficiency certification and enforcement regulations.

“This rulemaking a key step in the Department’s renewed commitment to systematic and robust energy efficiency enforcement,” said DOE General Counsel Scott Blake Harris.  “Effective enforcement will conserve energy, save consumers money, and prevent manufacturers who break the law from having a competitive advantage over those that play by the rules.” 

September 1, 2010
DOE Closes Investigation of Arcelik's Blomberg Refrigerator

The Department of Energy has closed its investigation into the energy efficiency of Arcelik's Blomberg refrigerator-freezer model # BRFB1450. The Department opened this investigation based on a complaint. DOE subpoenaed information from Arcelik, reviewed Arcelik's response, and performed its own testing of this model.

Based on our investigation and test results, DOE has determined this model to be compliant with federal energy conservation standards.

August 6, 2010
Westinghouse and Fuzhou Permitted to Restart Distribution of Light Bulb Products

The Department has issued Notices of Allowance  to Westinghouse Lighting Corporation and Fuzhou Sunlight Lighting Electrical Appliance Company determining, based on corrected test data provided by Westinghouse, that the incandescent reflector lamps listed below are compliant with the federal energy conservation standard and may be sold in the United States.

July 22, 2010
DOE Launches Public Test Procedure Guidance Website

The Department of Energy this week launched a new online database offering guidance on the Department’s test procedures for appliances and commercial equipment.  The new database will provide a publicly accessible forum for anyone with questions about -- or needing clarification of -- DOE’s test procedures.  This new online resource will also ensure that all manufacturers and members of the public are equally and immediately aware of the Department’s interpretations of its test procedures.

July 8, 2010
DOE Closes Investigation of Whirlpool's Maytag Refrigerator

The Department of Energy has closed its investigation into the energy efficiency of Whirlpool's Maytag refrigerator-freezer model "MSD2578VE." The Department opened this investigation and requested testing data from Whirlpool based on a complaint (April 12, 2010, "DOE Opens Three Investigations into Alleged Refrigerator Efficiency Violations").

July 6, 2010
Aerosys Agrees to Pay Civil Penalty and Submit Test Data in Settlement with DOE

WASHINGTON, DC - The Department of Energy announced today that AeroSys, Inc. has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $25,000 and take a number of other actions designed to ensure its future compliance with DOE's energy efficiency standards. Last fall, the Department subpoenaed AeroSys's data on the energy use of certain heat pumps and air conditioners and then issued a demand to test 6 air conditioner models and one heat pump.

June 30, 2010
DOE Seeks Comment on Application of Clothes Washer Test Procedure

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a draft interpretative rule clarifying its views on the application of the current residential clothes washer test procedure to machines that offer a warm rinse option that is not included in the recommended cycle for washing cotton or linen clothes. 

The Department is soliciting feedback from the public on the draft interpretive rule, which is available here, until July 30, 2010. 
 

June 24, 2010
DOE Requires Manufacturer and Labeler to Cease Sale of Incandescent Reflector Lamps

DOE has issued Notices of Non-Compliance Determination to Westinghouse Lighting Corporation and Fuzhou Sunlight Lighting Electrical Appliance Company requiring that they halt the sale of 8 basic models of incandescent reflector lamps in the United States.  DOE previously issued a civil penalty notice to Westinghouse for failing to submit required certification reports. The press release can be found here.