There is established within the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency a voluntary program to identify and promote energy-efficient products and buildings in order to reduce energy consumption, improve energy security, and reduce pollution through voluntary labeling of, or other forms of communication about, products and buildings that meet the highest energy conservation standards.
42 U.S. Code § 6294a. Energy Star program
(a) In general
(b) Division of responsibilities
(c) DutiesThe Administrator and the Secretary shall—
(1) promote Energy Star compliant technologies as the preferred technologies in the marketplace for—
achieving energy efficiency; and
preserve the integrity of the Energy Star label;
(6) on adoption of a new or revised product category, specification, or criterion, provide reasonable notice to interested parties of any changes (including effective dates) in product categories, specifications, or criteria, along with—
as appropriate, responses to comments submitted by interested parties; and
provide appropriate lead time (which shall be 270 days, unless the Agency or Department specifies otherwise) prior to the applicable effective date for a new or a significant revision to a product category, specification, or criterion, taking into account the timing requirements of the manufacturing, product marketing, and distribution process for the specific product addressed.
(d) DeadlinesThe Secretary shall establish new qualifying levels—
not later than January 1, 2006, for clothes washers and dishwashers, effective beginning January 1, 2007; and
2007—Subsec. (d)(2). Pub. L. 110–140 substituted “July 1, 2009” for “January 1, 2010”.