DOE Steps Lead to Significant Increase in Compliance with Energy Efficiency Reporting Requirements

January 12, 2010

DOE announced on January 12 that it has received certifications for more than 600,000 residential appliances in 15 different product categories in response to its enhanced energy efficiency enforcement efforts. DOE recently announced that manufacturers had until January 8 to submit correct energy-use data to DOE before aggressive enforcement actions would be taken. The certification data provided by 160 different manufacturers will allow DOE to review manufacturers' compliance with minimum energy efficiency standards and take action to ensure that products are delivering the energy and cost savings required by law. DOE will continue to accept certification reports that were sent by mail and postmarked by January 8.

DOE will aggressively pursue all manufacturers that have failed to comply with the certification requirements or that are selling products are in violation of energy efficiency standards. Under federal law, manufacturers of a range of household appliances are required to certify with DOE that their models meet minimum appliance conservation standards. Those that fail to do so could face civil penalties or fines. The certification reports provide DOE with critical information to ensure that U.S. consumers are buying products that deliver energy and cost savings. See the DOE press release.