The Office of Enforcement recently resolved enforcement actions against seven companies that failed to submit required reports to certify that their refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers, and/or freezers comply with federal energy conservation standards. DOE assessed civil penalties of $8,000 per manufacturer for first-time violators and civil penalties ranging from $16,000 to $20,000 per manufacturer for companies with a history of noncompliance. As part of each settlement, the manufacturer must submit the required certification reports, which include a certification that the products have been tested in accordance with the DOE test procedure and that the products meet the applicable standard.

Each company that imports or domestically produces covered products or equipment must submit to DOE a report certifying that its products or equipment comply with applicable federal energy and water conservation standards. Certification is an important part of developing an effective program for ensuring that consumer products and commercial equipment manufactured for distribution in the United States save consumers money while minimizing their impact on the environment. DOE relies on manufacturer’s self-certification in concert with Departmental testing to ensure manufacturers accurately represent the compliance of their products.

Documents related to certification violations are available online.