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).
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.
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.”
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.
Today, in response to a formal request, General Counsel Scott Blake Harris approved a 30-day extension of the public comment period 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.
Seeks Comments on the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage
Today, as required by Congress, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) soliciting comments from nuclear suppliers, nuclear insurance providers, and other stakeholders on the development of regulations to carry out section 934 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), which implements the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC).
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.
In a reply brief filed with the NRC today, DOE explained that the arguments that it lacked authority to withdraw the pending Yucca Mountain license application are uniformly without merit. DOE's reply brief is available here. In a separate filing, DOE explained that there is no basis for arguments that two NRC Commissioners should recuse themselves from the Yucca proceeding.
To improve transparency and public participation in the NEPA process, the Department of Energy has decided to provide online publication and immediate electronic notification of all draft Environmental Assessments (EAs) that are being made available for public comment. When the Department makes a draft EA available for public review, it will publish the draft EA online and provide immediate electronic notice to members of the public who have signed up to receive such notice.