The DOE released its Audit Report "The Department’s Management of the Energy Star Program"
This is a great read. Among all the many other desperately needed changes the report recommends, it does sound like full independent testing is coming to major appliance energy claims.
The New York Times reported today:
"The Energy Department has concluded in an internal audit that it does not properly track whether manufacturers that give their appliances an Energy Star label have met the required specifications for energy efficiency."
"Mr. Burt said the memorandum committed both agencies to having all of their products evaluated by certified independent laboratories, and to expand the Energy Star program to cover products that were not in common use when it began in 1996. No target date was set."
"The memorandum called for a “super star” program within Energy Star to identify the top-performing 5 percent of products, ranked by efficiency, he said."
Where did we first hear these ideas? Oh, yes….we said it ourselves, in our December 2008 Open Letter to Secretary of Energy Chu
Take heart ladies and gentlemen. It’s ALL good. As any good 12 step program will tell you, admitting failure is the first step to solving the problem and is a thousand times better than stone walling.