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March 30, 2012
Rule Proposed to Prohibit Importation of Products that Fail to Comply with DOE Energy Conservation Standards

This week, after extensive collaboration with the Department of Energy, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Department of the Treasury...

February 15, 2012
DOE Investigates Possible Air Conditioner Efficiency Violations

The Department of Energy’s Office of Enforcement is committed to its compliance enforcement responsibilities with regard to federal energy...

January 11, 2012
DOE Refers Two ENERGY STAR Models to EPA for Potential De-Listing

U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) testing has identified one refrigerator-freezer that does not meet the ENERGY STAR program’s energy efficiency...

November 1, 2011
DOE Issues Noncompliance Notices

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Enforcement issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination to Haier America Trading, L.L.C., regarding...

October 11, 2011
DOE Issues Noncompliance Notices

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Enforcement issued Notices of Noncompliance Determinations to Midea America Corporation and Felix Storch,...

October 4, 2011
DOE Issues Noncompliance Notices for Three Showerhead Models

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Enforcement issued Notices of Noncompliance Determination this week to three companies regarding...

October 3, 2011
Four Central Air Conditioners Determined Noncompliant With Energy Efficiency Standard

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Enforcement issued a Notice of Noncompliance Determination (Notice) on September 27, 2011, to AeroSys,...

August 22, 2011
Five ENERGY STAR Room Air Conditioners Fail Testing

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Enforcement announced today that DOE testing has identified five Friedrich room air conditioners that do...

August 10, 2011
DOE Collects $80,000 Civil Penalty From Showerhead Manufacturer

The DOE Office of Enforcement has settled a civil penalty action against Hudson-Reed, Limited, after the manufacturer failed to certify over 60 of...

August 9, 2011
Two ENERGY STAR Products Fail Testing

DOE testing has identified two additional models of home appliances that do not meet the ENERGY STAR Program’s energy efficiency requirements.  A...

July 18, 2011
Showerhead Manufacturer Agrees to Civil Penalty to Resolve Enforcement Action

The Department of Energy has settled a civil penalty action it initiated against "Showerheadpower" for the manufacture and online sale of showerhe...

July 1, 2011
Candelabra and Intermediate Base Lamps Enforcement Policy Statement

The Department issued guidance today advising manufacturers, importers and private labelers that DOE will not enforce the energy conservation...

June 3, 2011
DOE Office of Enforcement Resolves 20 Energy Efficiency Enforcement Cases

The Department of Energy's Office of Enforcement today announced that it has resolved the 20 enforcement cases it brought in April 2011 against...

May 2, 2011
DOE Office of Enforcement Continues Aggressive Energy Efficiency Enforcement Effort with 20 New Proposed Penalty Notices

Demonstrating its continuing commitment to rigorous enforcement of important federal efficiency requirements, the Department of Energy’s Office of...

May 2, 2011
DOE Office of Enforcement Continues Aggressive Energy Efficiency Enforcement Effort with 20 New Proposed Penalty Notices

Demonstrating its continuing commitment to rigorous enforcement of important federal efficiency requirements, the Department of Energy’s Office of...

April 21, 2011
DOE Issues Two Notices Seeking Comment on the Implementation of Its Certification and Enforcement Rules

Last week, the Department of Energy issued two Notices related to the application of its certification and enforcement regulations. First, the...

March 4, 2011
DOE Withdraws Interpretive Rule and Provides Enforcement Guidance on Showerheads

The Department has withdrawn as unwarranted the draft interpretative rule setting out the Department's views on the definition of a "showerhead"...

February 15, 2011
Two Manufacturers Agree to Civil Penalties to Resolve Enforcement Actions

The Department of Energy today announced it has now settled two civil penalty actions against companies for violations of DOE regulations requiring...

February 14, 2011
DOE GC Joins Customs Service Trade Data System to Strengthen Enforcement Effort

The Department of Energy today announced that its Office of the General Counsel has joined the Board of Directors of the International Trade Data...

February 7, 2011
DOE Adopts Rules to Improve Energy Efficiency Enforcement

Today, the Department of Energy adopted final rules to improve the enforcement of DOE’s efficiency requirements for appliances, lighting and other...

December 23, 2010
DOE Issues Enforcement Guidance on Large-Capacity Clothes Washer Waivers and the Waiver Process

Today, the Department of Energy issued enforcement guidance on the application of recently granted waivers for large-capacity clothes washers and...

December 13, 2010
Westinghouse Pays $50,000 Civil Penalty to Resolve Light Bulb Efficiency Violations

The Department of Energy has successfully resolved the enforcement case against Westinghouse Lighting Corporation for failure to certify its lig...

December 8, 2010
DOE Receives Responses on the Implementation of Large-Capacity Clothes Washer Waivers

The Department last week invited interested parties to submit views on the proper application of waivers establishing alternative test procedures...

November 30, 2010
DOE Solicits Views on the Implementation of Large-Capacity Clothes Washer Waivers

The Department of Energy has recently granted several requests for waivers establishing an alternative test procedure for certain large-capacity...

November 23, 2010
Air-Con Agrees to Pay Civil Penalty to Resolve Enforcement Action

The Department of Energy has settled the civil penalty action it initiated against Air-Con International for Air-Con’s sale of air conditioners in...