Airlines’ fuel efficiency drive stalls


A report from the International Council on Clean Transportation found that U.S. airlines failed to improve their fuel efficiency last year, a trend attributed in part to their retention of older aircraft, which may well continue as the recent slump in oil prices is easing pressure on them to cut their consumption, FuelFix reports.

Kia, Hyundai promise better fuel economy following U.S. penalties


In the wake of U.S. penalties that will cost them $350 million for overstating fuel economy figures, Hyundai and affiliate Kia Motors pledged to raise average fuel economy by 25 percent by the end of the decade, Reuters reports.

EPA, DOE say more fuel efficient vehicles on market in 2015

The Hill

The EPA and Energy Department today unveiled their new fuel economy ratings for new vehicle models, pointing to a greater number of fuel efficient cars on the market next year, The Hill reports.

DOE announces meeting to discuss power cords

The Hill

Standards to improve the efficiency of fast-charging power cords for cellphones and computers will be the topic of discussion at a public meeting Nov. 21, the Department of Energy said Monday, The Hill reports.

Associated Press

Record $100M fine for Hyundai, Kia to settle EPA mileage case

The Obama administration and automakers Hyundai and Kia announced on Monday they've agreed to a record-setting $100 million fine that will end a federal investigation into allegations of inflated mileage claims, the largest ever under the Clean Air Act.

The settlement stems from findings two years ago by EPA that Hyundai and Kia, with three other companies in the Hyundai Motor Co. of South Korea, reported inaccurate mileage testing results for 1.2 million 2012 and 2013 model year cars and sport utility vehicles.

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.


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