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September 15, 2010

DOE Proposes Energy Efficiency Enforcement Penalties for 27 Companies

As part of an ongoing commitment to rigorously enforce appliance efficiency requirements, DOE announced on September 13 new proposed penalties against 27 companies selling products in the United States without certifying that those products comply with energy efficiency or water conservation standards. The legally required certifications help ensure that products sold in the United States deliver significant energy and cost savings to the U.S. public. The 27 companies include manufacturers, importers, and private labelers of appliance, plumbing, and lighting products. Collectively, the notices propose penalty fees of more than $3.5 million, though these fines may be reduced if the companies quickly comply with certification requirements. Unless companies address these claims within 30 days, DOE will file actions either in the United States District Court or with an administrative law judge to demand payment of the proposed penalties.

DOE is committed to aggressively issuing and enforcing minimum energy and water efficiency levels for products found in U.S. homes and businesses. Under the Obama Administration, the agency has acted quickly to establish energy efficiency standards for more than 20 different product categories that will save consumers between $250 and $300 billion on their energy bills through 2030. Over the past year, DOE's appliance standards enforcement efforts have initiated 75 enforcement investigations and actions, including the 27 new penalty cases, and have removed from the market 66 products that failed to meet federal energy efficiency standards. See the DOE press release, the penalty notices, and the Web site for DOE's Appliances and Commercial Equipment Standards Program.