To ensure the people of California receive the cost savings and environmental benefits of the California Energy Commission's (CEC) energy and water efficiency regulations, and to support a fair marketplace, CEC established a comprehensive enforcement program covering both appliance and building energy standards. The program specifically seeks to enforce appliance efficiency standards through product testing, engagement with manufacturers and retailers, compliance assistance and education, issuance of penalties, and other enforcement actions.

On this page you will find annual summaries of cases settled through CEC's mutual settlement program and those cases resolved in administrative and civil proceedings. Please note that each case is different with a different set of facts, so prior settlements are not necessarily indicative of future settlements.

Public Resources Code section 25402.11 and Title 20 California Code of Regulations (section 1609) provide CEC's authority for imposing penalties for violations of the appliance efficiency standards and set forth factors to consider when determining an appropriate penalty. Regulated entities are encouraged to actively monitor all product lines to ensure compliance with the state's energy and water efficiency standards.

Public Resources Code section 25534(b) provides CEC’s authority for imposing penalties for non-compliant thermal power plants with generating capacity of 50 megawatts or more, and any facilities appurtenant thereto. (Pub. Resources Code §§ 2511025120). Regulated entities are encouraged to actively monitor their facilities to ensure compliance.

Contact: Appliance Enforcement