Environmental Protection

DOE Sets Efficient Appliance Paperwork Deadline at Jan. 8

Manufacturers of certain residential products have until Jan. 8, 2010 to submit accurate certification reports and compliance statements as part of enhanced enforcement of the Department of Energy's energy efficiency appliance standards program. Under federal law, manufacturers of some products covered by DOE appliance standards are required to certify that their models meet the energy conservation standards.

"Certification reports provide the Department with important information that allow us to verify if a manufacturer is complying with the energy efficiency standards that deliver significant energy and cost savings to the American public," said DOE General Counsel Scott Blake Harris.

After Jan. 8, DOE will begin aggressively enforcing these reporting requirements, including seeking civil penalties or fines.

Both manufacturers and companies that trademark or label products are subject to the reporting requirements. These requirements include a certification report for each basic appliance model covered by the energy standards, along with a signed compliance statement. Read the Certification Grace Period FAQs for additional details.

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