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September 30, 2011
DOE Revises its NEPA Regulations, Including Categorical Exclusions

On September 27, 2011, the Department of Energy (DOE) approved revisions to its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations, and on September 28th, submitted the revisions to the Federal Register. The final regulations, which become effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register, are the culmination of a 2-year process to review and update DOE’s NEPA implementing procedures. This process involved internal evaluation, public participation, and Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) review.

September 6, 2011
DOE Issues Guidance on Electric Vehicle Recharging Stations

The U.S. Department of Energy recently issued guidance to its national laboratory management and operating (M&O) contractors on the installation and operation of electric vehicle recharging stations at lab facilities.  The guidance explains that lab contractors wishing to install electric vehicle recharging stations or make such stations available to employees and visitors have several options. 

August 22, 2011
Five ENERGY STAR Room Air Conditioners Fail Testing

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Enforcement announced today that DOE testing has identified five Friedrich room air conditioners that do not meet the ENERGY STAR Program’s energy efficiency requirements.  DOE selected these models for testing as part of its ENERGY STAR Verification Testing Pilot Program.

August 10, 2011
DOE Collects $80,000 Civil Penalty From Showerhead Manufacturer

The DOE Office of Enforcement has settled a civil penalty action against Hudson-Reed, Limited, after the manufacturer failed to certify over 60 of its showerhead models.  In the settlement, the manufacturer further acknowledges that its showerheads used more water than allowed by federal law.  As enacted by Congress, showerheads may not consume water in excess of 2.5 gallons per minute.  DOE agreed to accept a civil penalty of $80,000 for the violation, after considering factors set forth in DOE's

August 9, 2011
Two ENERGY STAR Products Fail Testing

DOE testing has identified two additional models of home appliances that do not meet the ENERGY STAR Program’s energy efficiency requirements.  A refrigerator manufactured by the Perlick Corporation and a room air conditioner manufactured by Electrolux Home Products, Inc. were selected for testing as part of the DOE’s ENERGY STAR Verification Testing Pilot Program.

July 13, 2011
DOE Seeks Comments on its Preliminary Plan to Reduce Regulatory Burden
The Department of Energy issued a notice seeking comment on its Preliminary Plan to implement Executive Order 13563, "Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review". The plan describes how the Department intends to conduct retrospective review of its regulations.
July 1, 2011
Candelabra and Intermediate Base Lamps Enforcement Policy Statement

The Department issued guidance today advising manufacturers, importers and private labelers that DOE will not enforce the energy conservation standards and compliance certification requirements for candelabra and intermediate base lamps until January 1, 2012.

June 3, 2011
DOE Office of Enforcement Resolves 20 Energy Efficiency Enforcement Cases

The Department of Energy's Office of Enforcement today announced that it has resolved the 20 enforcement cases it brought in April 2011 against companies for failing to certify that their products comply with the Department's energy and water use standards.  The certification requirement generates important information that allows the Department to verify compliance with its efficiency standards and ensures that consumers have the information they need to buy energy- and cost-saving products. 

May 5, 2011
DOE Finalizes New Rule to Protect Trade Secrets and Confidential Business Information

The Department of Energy today announced that it has issued a new rule standardizing how private parties applying for DOE assistance should submit trade secrets and other confidential business information. The new rule will give applicants greater assurance that their confidential business information will not be inadvertently disclosed, while enabling the Department to respond more quickly to Freedom of Information Act requests.