DoE orders company to stop distributing product that fails efficiency requirements

Days after congressional auditors knocked the Energy Department for lax oversight of the popular Energy Star program, DoE announced Monday it is forcing AeroSys, Inc. to stop distributing an air conditioner and a heat pump because the products use more energy than allowed under federal efficiency standards.

The action marks the first time that DoE has told a company it must halt the distribution of products that fail to meet minimum conservation standards, DoE said.

“This action is designed to send a clear message to all manufacturers – this administration takes energy efficiency seriously and we will act aggressively to remove any products from the market that are violating national appliance standards,” said DoE General Counsel Scott Blake Harris in a statement.