Hyundai, Kia to pay $100M to settle mileage case

Hyundai and Kia have agreed to pay a record $100 million civil fine under the Clean Air Act to settle allegations that it overstated the mileage of certain 2012 and 2013 model year vehicles, the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday.

The companies, part of the South Korea-based Hyundai Motor Group, will also spend $50 million to correct their certification process and forfeit more than $200 million worth of greenhouse gas credits, the agency said in a joint statement with the Justice Department.

EPA said the claimed mileage for some 1.2 million vehicles was overstated from one to six miles per gallon, based on tests it conducted in 2012. The companies revised their mileage estimates downward for 2011-2013 model year cars and sport utility vehicles, and reimbursed owners for their additional fuel costs.

The companies did not admit liability in the settlement and maintained that they complied with the law.

The settlement is subject to a 30-day comment period and review by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Friday efficiency meeting for air conditioner standards: DOE

The Hill

The Energy Department will hold a public meeting Friday on proposed efficiency standards for air conditioners, and another next month for clothes dryers, The Hill reports.

ACEEE releases 2014 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard

Washington, October 22, 2014, 11:30 am

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy holds media teleconference to release its annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. Speakers include NARUC President Colette Honorable, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Kathleen Hogan.

DOE looks at energy conservation in water heaters, fluorescent lamps

The Hill

Proposed new regulations from the Department of Energy, published in Tuesday’s Federal Register seeking public comment, would cover energy conservation standards for some water heaters, while others would target certain fluorescent lamps, The Hill reports.

New Air Force energy chief to concentrate on efficiency

Air Force Times

Improving energy efficiency will be the top priority of Roberto Guerrero, now assistant secretary of the Air Force for energy, the Air Force Times reports.

Poneman headed to Harvard as fellow at science center

The Hill

Former Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman announced Tuesday that he would join Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs as a senior fellow, The Hill reports.

DOE updates testing on power cords

The Hill

In setting efficiency standards for power cords used in consumer electronics, the Department of Energy has filed a proposed rule in the Federal Register that updates testing procedures to cover new cables designed for rapid charging, The Hill reports.


Mileage for US cars hits new record

The average mileage of 2013 car and light truck models sold in the U.S. set a new high, the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday, at 24.1 miles per gallon.

The new total was up about 2 percent over the previous year, about a half-mile per gallon, EPA said in an annual report on vehicle fuel economy trends and carbon emissions.

LED there be light: 3 share Nobel for blue diode

STOCKHOLM (AP) — An invention that promises to revolutionize the way the world lights its homes and offices — and already helps create the glowing screens of mobile phones, computers and TVs— earned a Nobel Prize on Tuesday for two Japanese scientists and a Japanese-born American.

By inventing a new kind of light-emitting diode, or LED, they overcame a crucial roadblock for creating white light far more efficiently than incandescent or fluorescent bulbs. Now LEDs are pervasive and experts say their use will only grow.

Efficiency programs a challenge for utilities

The Wall Street Journal

Utilities seek energy efficiency programs that are effective, at a reasonable cost, and look to avoid programs that backfire, The Wall Street Journal reports.


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