Civil Penalties Assessed for Failure to Certify Energy Standard Compliance
The Department of Energy announced April 22 that its Office of Enforcement has assessed civil penalties of up to $20,000 on seven companies that failed to submit required reports to certify that their refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers and/or freezers comply with federal energy conservation standards. Penalties included $8,000 per manufacturer for first-time violators and $16,000 to $20,000 per manufacturer for companies with a history of noncompliance. Each manufacturer will also have to submit the required reports.
According to a DOE press release, each company that imports or domestically produces covered products or equipment must submit a report certifying that those items have been tested in accordance with the DOE test procedure and meet the applicable federal energy and water conservation standards. DOE states that it relies on this self-certification in concert with departmental testing to ensure that manufacturers accurately represent the compliance of their products.