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.
Due to an unexpectedly large public response, the Department of Energy will extend by two weeks the deadline for submission of reply comments in response to its two Smart Grid RFIs. Originally set at July 26, the new deadline will be August 9, 2010.
DOE today urged the NRC to conclude that DOE has the legal authority to withdraw the pending Yucca Mountain license application. DOE argued that the NRC should review and reverse the contrary administrative board decision, which, DOE explained, is filled with multiple legal errors.
The Department of Energy has closed its investigation into the energy efficiency of Whirlpool's Maytag refrigerator-freezer model "MSD2578VE." The Department opened this investigation and requested testing data from Whirlpool based on a complaint (April 12, 2010, "DOE Opens Three Investigations into Alleged Refrigerator Efficiency Violations").
WASHINGTON, DC - The Department of Energy announced today that AeroSys, Inc. has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $25,000 and take a number of other actions designed to ensure its future compliance with DOE's energy efficiency standards. Last fall, the Department subpoenaed AeroSys's data on the energy use of certain heat pumps and air conditioners and then issued a demand to test 6 air conditioner models and one heat pump.
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a draft interpretative rule clarifying its views on the application of the current residential clothes washer test procedure to machines that offer a warm rinse option that is not included in the recommended cycle for washing cotton or linen clothes.
The Department is soliciting feedback from the public on the draft interpretive rule, which is available here, until July 30, 2010.
On June 29, 2010, the Department of Energy will host a public roundtable panel discussion to collect additional information about the data access and privacy implications of smart-grid technologies that can provide consumers with near-real-time, granular data about their energy consumption.
DOE has issued Notices of Non-Compliance Determination to Westinghouse Lighting Corporation and Fuzhou Sunlight Lighting Electrical Appliance Company requiring that they halt the sale of 8 basic models of incandescent reflector lamps in the United States. DOE previously issued a civil penalty notice to Westinghouse for failing to submit required certification reports. The press release can be found here.