DOE to Test AeroSys Products to Ensure Standards Compliance
September 30, 2009
As part of its renewed efforts to ensure compliance with national energy efficiency appliance standards, DOE issued a test notice on September 24, requiring AeroSys, Inc. to provide sample air conditioners and heat pumps for laboratory testing by DOE. The test notice, issued under federal regulation 10 CFR 430.70, requires AeroSys to make test samples of certain AeroSys-manufactured air conditioners and heat pumps available to DOE at its own expense. The agency will then determine whether the products comply with applicable DOE energy standards, which are designed to strengthen efficiency levels for various appliances, save money for consumers, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. DOE issued a subpoena to AeroSys on July 24.
"In response to our subpoena, AeroSys provided confidential certification test data that claimed to show standards compliance for seven of its basic models," said DOE General Counsel Scott Blake Harris. "But we concluded that the AeroSys data left open questions about whether their products fully comply with all of the relevant energy efficiency standards. As the next step in the process, we will be testing the products ourselves to ensure that these appliances meet national energy efficiency standards." See the DOE press release.