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May 6, 2010
Civil Penalty Actions For Certification Violations Resolved

Today, the Department of Energy announced that it had resolved civil penalty actions against four showerhead manufacturers for having violated the Department's water conservation certification regulations.  To resolve these actions  Zoe Industries, Altmans Products LLC, EZ-FLO International, and Watermark Designs Ltd. have now certified that their showerheads meet federal water conservation standards and collectively will pay civil penalties of $165,104.

April 21, 2010
DOE Initiates Enforcement Proceedings against Westinghouse and Mitsubishi for Failure to Certify (Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty Issued)

The Office of General Counsel has issued Notices of Proposed Civil Penalty to Westinghouse Lighting Corporation and Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA, Inc. for failing to certify that certain of their products meet the applicable energy conservation standards as required by the Energy Policy Conservation Act (EPCA) and DOE regulations. The Notice issued to Westinghouse proposes payments to the government of $350,400 for failure to certify over 71 types of light bulbs.

April 16, 2010
DOE Closes Investigation into Alleged Lighting Efficiency Violations

The U.S. Department of Energy has closed its investigation into the energy efficiency of lighting products manufactured by Habitex Corporation and sold under the Target and Adesso brand names based on test data provided by the companies. The Department requested information from the three companies last month in response to a complaint that these products did not meet the Department’s energy efficiency standards for torchieres.

April 12, 2010
DOE Opens Three Investigations into Alleged Refrigerator Efficiency Violations

The Department of Energy has issued one subpoena and two data requests to three companies in response to allegations that the companies are selling refrigerator-freezers that failed to meet federal energy efficiency standards. Under the subpoena, Arçelik A.S, a Turkish Company is required to submit detailed information about the design, marketing and U.S.

March 30, 2010
DOE Orders AeroSys to Halt Distribution of Inefficient Air Conditioner and Heat Pump Models

Today, the Department of Energy announced that it is requiring AeroSys, Inc. to stop distributing two product models - one air conditioner and one heat pump - that DOE testing found to consume more energy than allowed under federal efficiency standards. This is the latest step in the Department's investigation into whether AeroSys has been selling products in the U.S. that violate minimum appliance efficiency standards.

March 26, 2010
Department of Energy Opens Appliance Standards Investigation for Certain Air Con International Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that it has opened an investigation to determine whether certain air conditioners and heat pump products manufactured by Air Con International comply with federal energy efficiency standards.  The subpoena issued on Wednesday requires Air Con to submit detailed information about the energy consumption of its products and how Air Con marketed and sold them in the U.S. 

March 24, 2010
DOE Opens Investigation into Alleged Lighting Efficiency Violations

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy announced it had issued subpoenas to three companies who were identified as selling certain torchiere lamps that failed to meet federal energy efficiency standards.  Under the subpoenas, Target Corporation, Adesso, Inc. and Habitex Corporation are required to submit detailed information about the design of these products and how the companies marketed and sold them in the U.S. 

March 16, 2010
DOE Testing Reveals Samsung Refrigerator Does Not Meet Energy Star Requirements

DOE-initiated testing has revealed that a Samsung refrigerator (model RF26VAB), which the company had claimed was Energy Star compliant, consumed more energy than permitted by the Energy Star program.  Test results for the Samsung model at issue show that, when tested in accordance with DOE’s test procedure, it consumed between 7 and 11.4 percent more energy than the Energy Star requirement.  Samsung is no longer manufacturing this model, although it may still be available from some retail outlets.  Based on this testing, DOE is referring Samsung Model RF26VAB to the U.S.

March 7, 2010
DOE Initiates Enforcement Actions Against 4 Showerhead Manufacturers (Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty and Requests for Test Data Issued)

The Office of General Counsel has issued a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty to Hudson-Reed Limited for failing to certify to DOE that showerheads manufactured or distributed within the United States meet the applicable water conservation standards as required by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) and DOE regulations.  This Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty proposes payments to the government of $1,920,200.  Under federal law, manufacturers of some products covered by EPCA are required to certify to the Department that their models meet the applicable water conservation standards.