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Month: April 2013

Bipartisan Approach to Helium Legislation

Bipartisan Approach to Helium Legislation

Third NEMA/Capitol Hill Word of the Week: helium. (The first two Words of the Week must be either 1) Shaheen and 2) Portman or 1) energy and 2) efficiency.)  Yesterday, Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced legislation to modernize and reform federal policy to better secure supplies of helium for U.S. industry and government uses. Under current law, the Federal Helium Reserve will cease operations this fall, removing a significant Read more [...]
Our Take: Harmonious Sounds At Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Hearing

Our Take: Harmonious Sounds At Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Hearing

At yesterday’s hearing in front of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources  a chorus of support swelled for the bipartisan bill, with endorsements by Senators, businesses, and the Department of Energy. The overarching message was music to the ears of NEMA members — efficiency must be the cornerstone of our country’s long-term energy plan. Kathleen Hogan, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Read more [...]
Shaheen-Portman tackles market barriers to greater investment in industrial energy efficiency

Shaheen-Portman tackles market barriers to greater investment in industrial energy efficiency

NEMA took part in a Capitol Hill event on Thursday to reintroduce the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act.  President and CEO Evan Gaddis conveyed our thanks to Senators Shaheen and Portman for continuing their vital bipartisan effort. In our view, Shaheen-Portman is one of the most important pieces of legislation this or any other Congress could undertake to benefit our country’s future. Why? Because it tackles market barriers to greater investment in industrial energy Read more [...]
Argonne Observations

Argonne Observations

Dear Mr. President, We at NEMA were delighted when you visited Argonne National Laboratory to raise the curtain on initiatives aimed at delivering a “clean and security energy future” to the nation. One part of the two-part strategy you unveiled was music to our ears:  making our current energy resources go farther across the economy. The other part was expanding domestic energy sources, mostly in renewables. You spoke of an “Energy Efficiency Race to the Top challenge” Read more [...]
Why we like the new DOE transformer rule

Why we like the new DOE transformer rule

Recently the U.S. Department of Energy posted the Final Rule for the energy efficiency rulemaking for Distribution Transformers.  http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/appliance_standards/product.aspx/productid/66  While some entities have criticized the Government’s final decision, the DOE Final Rule was largely on target.  DOE worked through huge amounts of data from all sides and came to a fairly good result. NEMA stuck to a few principles—backed up by data—throughout Read more [...]
Does the U.S. really waste more energy than we consume?

Does the U.S. really waste more energy than we consume?

A few years ago someone introduced me to the collection of energy flow diagrams published by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Department of Energy, under whose auspices the work was performed.  The most recent diagram including the data for 2011 is included below, or at https://flowcharts.llnl.gov/. There are a number of things that are interesting about the diagrams.  First is the fact that from year to year to can see the rise or fall in overall energy consumption.  Read more [...]
Three Questions for Energy Nominee Moniz

Three Questions for Energy Nominee Moniz

In 2012, I had the honor of being selected as one of the country’s 75 Smart Grid pioneers by Smart Grid Today.  Thanks to the luck of alphabetical ordering, it just so happens that my name appears on that list immediately before Dr. Ernest Moniz, MIT faculty member and the Obama administration nominee for Secretary of Energy.  In light of Dr. Moniz’s confirmation hearing today, I have three questions (really six with the follow-on questions) that I would like to ask him: Read more [...]