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February 4, 2010
DOE Institutes Enforcement Action Against AeroSys, Inc. for Failure to Certify Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps

Washington, DC - The Department of Energy’s Office of General Counsel has issued a Notice of Proposed Civil Penalty to AeroSys, Inc.

February 2, 2010
DOE Warns Manufacturers Who Submitted Incomplete Certification Reports

Washington, DC - The Department of Energy’s Office of General Counsel has sent warning letters to 9 manufacturers or trade associations that submitted incomplete energy-efficiency test data to comply with DOE’s energy-efficiency standards.

January 28, 2010
DOE Institutes Enforcement Action against 4 Showerhead Manufacturers for Failure to Certify 116 Products

WASHINGTON DC - The Office of General Counsel has issued Notices of Proposed Civil Penalty to Zoe Industries, Altmans Products LLC, EZ-FLO International, and Watermark Designs, Ltd. for failing to certify to the Department of Energy that showerheads manufactured or distributed by these companies meet the applicable water conservation standard as required by the Energy Policy Conservation Act and DOE's regulations.

January 26, 2010
DOE Withdraws the Energy Star Label from 34 Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Washington, DC - On January 25th, the General Counsel notified 25 manufacturers that the Department of Energy has withdrawn their right to use the Energy Star label on 34 different models of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).  The Department took this action after its off-the-shelf testing revealed that the affected models do not last as long in regular use as Energy Star certification would require.  As a result, these manufacturers have been informed that they can no longer ship or sell any of the 34 models of CFLs bearing the Energy Star label on the bulb or its packaging.

January 19, 2010
U.S. District Court Upholds DOE's Action Against LG to Enforce ENERGY STAR Requirements

Washington, D.C. - On Monday, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia upheld the Department of Energy's decision to remove the ENERGY STAR® label from certain inefficient LG refrigerator-freezer models.  As part of its expanded energy efficient enforcement efforts, DOE had taken steps over the past few months to remove the label from these products, which independent testing had shown were consuming significantly more energy than allowed by the ENERGY STAR® program.

January 12, 2010
DOE Steps Lead to Significant Increase in Compliance with Energy Efficiency Reporting Requirements

160 manufacturers certify energy use for over 600,000 residential products

December 23, 2009
DOE Defends Decision to Revoke Energy Star Designation for Certain LG Refrigerators

On December 23, 2009, the Government filed its brief in opposition to LG Electronics' motion for a preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

December 9, 2009
DOE Announces Tougher Enforcement of Appliance Standards Reporting Requirements

Manufacturers have until January 8, 2010 to demonstrate compliance with energy efficiency standards

December 7, 2009
Department of Energy to Take Steps to Remove ENERGY STAR Label on Certain LG Refrigerator-Freezer Models

Action to Protect American Consumers, ENERGY STAR® Brand

October 13, 2009
DOE Announces Steps to Strengthen Enforcement of Energy Efficiency Standards

Steps will help ensure that manufacturers have a level playing field

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced three new steps to strengthen its ability to enforce energy efficiency standards.  For more information, see the full press announcement and the Federal Register Guidance on Energy-Efficiency Enforcement Regulations (pdf).