WASHINGTON, DC - The Department of Energy announced today that AeroSys, Inc. has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $25,000 and take a number of other actions designed to ensure its future compliance with DOE's energy efficiency standards. Last fall, the Department subpoenaed AeroSys's data on the energy use of certain heat pumps and air conditioners and then issued a demand to test 6 air conditioner models and one heat pump.
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a draft interpretative rule clarifying its views on the application of the current residential clothes washer test procedure to machines that offer a warm rinse option that is not included in the recommended cycle for washing cotton or linen clothes.
The Department is soliciting feedback from the public on the draft interpretive rule, which is available here, until July 30, 2010.
On June 29, 2010, the Department of Energy will host a public roundtable panel discussion to collect additional information about the data access and privacy implications of smart-grid technologies that can provide consumers with near-real-time, granular data about their energy consumption.
DOE has issued Notices of Non-Compliance Determination to Westinghouse Lighting Corporation and Fuzhou Sunlight Lighting Electrical Appliance Company requiring that they halt the sale of 8 basic models of incandescent reflector lamps in the United States. DOE previously issued a civil penalty notice to Westinghouse for failing to submit required certification reports. The press release can be found here.
The Department of Energy (DOE) has long recognized the importance of incorporating broadband and other interactive communications technologies into ongoing efforts to modernize America’s electrical "grid"—our system for generating and transmitting electrical power. As a result, DOE is studying and will report on two critical issues arising from this integration effort: the evolving communications needs of electrical utilities, and the data access and privacy issues arising from the use of interactive Smart Grid technologies.
DOE must complete NEPA review before it may provide financial assistance in the form of loan guarantees. Projects seeking such assistance under Section 1705 of Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, 22 U.S.C. 16511-16514, must commence construction no later than September 30, 2011. Because many of DOE’s Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) take 18-24 months to complete, the Department has previously notified applicants that DOE, "will be unlikely to complete the NEPA process" for a project requiring an EIS in sufficient time to make an award.
Today, the Department of Energy announced that three manufacturers -- Aspen Manufacturing, Inc., Summit Manufacturing, and Advanced Distributor Products -- must stop distributing 61 heat pump models and 1 air conditioner model that DOE has determined do not comply with federal energy conservation standards. The manufacturers also must notify all of their customers that have been sold noncompliant units. The Department determined that these models were noncompliant based on certification information submitted to DOE for these manufacturers.
DOE testing in support of the Energy Star program has revealed that an ASKO dishwasher (model D5122XXLB), which the company had claimed was Energy Star compliant, consumes more energy than permitted by the Energy Star program. Test results for the ASKO model at issue show that, when tested in accordance with DOE’s test procedure, it consumed 12 percent more energy than the Energy Star requirement. Based on this testing, DOE is referring ASKO Model D5122XXLB to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for appropriate action with respect to the Energy Star program.
DOE announced today that LG Electronics voluntarily dismissed its lawsuit against DOE over the Department's decision to require LG to use the same energy efficiency tests as other manufacturers and to withdraw the Energy Star label from certain LG refrigerators. The Department's decision also had the effect of requiring LG to cease distributing those refrigerators in commerce no later than March 17, 2010. LG had sought a preliminary injunction against DOE's action last December but lost.
Today, the United States Department of Energy filed with the NRC's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board a reply brief making clear that its motion to withdraw the pending application to license the Yucca Mountain geologic repository is authorized by the Atomic Energy Act (AEA) and consistent with the Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA). As today's filing details, the AEA vests the Department with broad authority over the disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste.