November 10, 2021
DOE ordered Thomas & Betts Corporation to pay a $119,852 civil penalty after Thomas & Betts had manufactured and distributed in commerce in the U.S. 495 units of the noncompliant metal halide lamp fixtures, which includes various basic model numbers. The Order adopted a Compromise Agreement, which reflected settlement terms between DOE and Thomas & Betts.
Federal law subjects manufacturers and private labelers to civil penalties if those parties distribute in the U.S. products that do not meet applicable energy conservation standards. DOE issued a civil penalty notice on April 20, 2021, advising the company of the potential penalties and DOE's administrative process, including the company's right to a hearing.
On July 16, 2020, DOE issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Thomas & Betts finding that the metal halide lamp fixtures, which includes various basic model numbers does not comply with applicable energy conservation standards based on DOE testing. Thomas & Betts provided DOE records showing the number of units Thomas & Betts distributed.