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November 16, 2010
DOE Announces Changes to the Energy Conservation Standards Process

The Department of Energy today announced it is making changes to expedite its rulemaking process.  Historically, the Department has had difficulty meeting deadlines imposed by Congress for adopting energy efficiency standards.   The Department has already taken steps to improve its internal management of the rulemaking process, and is now making further changes designed to make the rulemaking process more efficient.  Those changes are as follows:

  • Notice of Proposed Rule
November 16, 2010
DOE Launches New Fraud Reporting Web Page

The Department of Energy today launched a new Fraud Reporting web page to make it easier for members of the public to report suspected incidents of fraud, waste, and abuse, and to enable the Department to keep the public better informed about potential fraud involving DOE programs.  DOE is strongly committed to effective program oversight and takes seriously any allegations of potential fraud, waste, or abuse.

November 15, 2010
DOE Resolves Avanti Refrigerator and Freezer Civil Penalty Case

Today, the Department of Energy announced that it has resolved the civil penalty action against Mackle Company for its failure to certify that refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers sold under the Avanti brand name meet federal energy efficiency standards.  These legally required certifications provide DOE with information critical to determining that American consumers are buying products that deliver significant energy and cost savings in accord with DOE’s regulations.  On June 14, 2010, the Departme

November 9, 2010
DOE Closes Investigation into Energy Efficiency of Viking Refrigerator

The Department of Energy has closed its investigation into the energy efficiency of Viking Range Corporation’s refrigerator-freezer model VCSB542.  The Department initiated this investigation in response to allegations that the model failed to meet federal energy efficiency standards.

November 2, 2010
DOE Completes Annual Determination of the Adequacy of the Nuclear Waste Fund Fee

As required by the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 (NWPA), DOE has completed its annual review of the adequacy of the Nuclear Waste Fund fee.

Based on that review, the Office of Standard Contract Management has determined that there is no basis to propose an adjustment to the fee to Congress. The Secretary of Energy has adopted and approved this determination.

October 19, 2010
DOE Resolves Nearly All of its September 2010 Certification Enforcement Actions

The Energy Department's new Office of Enforcement, part of the General Counsel's Office, announced today that it has now successfully resolved 26 of the 30 certification enforcement cases brought in September 2010 as part of the Department's ongoing enforcement initiative. 

The Department will continue aggressively enforcing its certification requirements, which generate information that allows the Department to verify if a company is complying with energy and water efficiency standards that deliver significant energy, water, and cost savings to the American public.    

October 18, 2010
DOE Requires Westinghouse to Cease Sales of Two Light Bulb Models and Allows Sale of Another

As a part of DOE's continuing enforcement action against Westinghouse Lighting Corporation, the company must cease sales of two light bulb models - medium based CFL basic model 15GLOBE/65/2 (Westinghouse product code 3800400) and general service fluorescent lamp model F40T12/CWE (Westinghouse product code 07521000) - because they do not meet DOE's energy efficiency standards. 

October 15, 2010
DOE Extends Comment Period on Certification and Enforcement Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

In response to a formal request, the Department has extended to October 29, 2010, the deadline for submission of comments in response to the Notice or Proposed Rulemaking on the certification and enforcement of the Department's energy conservation standards.  (75 FR 56796).

The signed extension provided here will be published shortly in the Federal Register.

October 14, 2010
DOE Extends Comment Period on Notice of Inquiry Under the Energy Independence and Security Act

Today, in response to a formal request, General Counsel Scott Blake Harris approved a second and final extension of the public comment period to November 30, 2010 on DOE’s Notice of Inquiry (75 FR 43945) soliciting comment on the development of regulations to carry out section 934 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which implements the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage. 

October 6, 2010
Electrolux Gibson Air Conditioner and Equator Clothes Washer Fail DOE Energy Star Testing

DOE testing in support of the ENERGY STAR program has revealed that an Electrolux Gibson air conditioner (model GAH105Q2T1) and an Equator clothes washer (model EZ 3720 CEE), both of which claimed ENERGY STAR ratings, do not meet the ENERGY STAR requirements.  Specifically, the test results for the Electrolux Gibson model show that, when tested in accordance with DOE’s test procedures, it consumed 6.1 percent more energy than the Energy Star requirement.  Test results for the Equator model show that it exceeds Energy Star’s water factor requirements by 12.3 percent.