DOE Announces Additional Energy Efficiency Enforcement Action to Protect Consumers
By the U.S. Department of Energy, January 7 2010
Washington, DC – The Department of Energy announced today that it has entered into a Consent Decree with Haier America resolving an investigation into whether Haier violated DOE’s energy efficiency standards. DOE’s investigation led Haier to determine that a parts defect caused certain freezers to consume more energy than represented to consumers and possibly violated DOE’s energy efficiency standards and the ENERGY STAR® requirements for freezers. As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to enforcing energy efficiency, this Consent Decree obligates Haier to notify affected consumers, repair defective units, and pay a voluntary contribution to the U.S. Treasury.
During the investigation by DOE’s Office of General Counsel, Haier voluntarily identified a parts defect that had caused the freezer models to consume additional energy and took immediate steps on its own to remedy the defects. Haier’s cooperation with the Department of Energy’s investigation was critical in reaching the Consent Decree, the first ever entered into by the Department of Energy to enforce minimum energy efficiency standards.