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Month: June 2013

Chicago Looking to Make BuildingsĀ’ Energy Use More Transparent

Chicago Looking to Make BuildingsĀ’ Energy Use More Transparent

Do you know how much energy your office building uses? What about your neighbor's? Could you be saving energy (and money) by moving to a new building? These are questions that many tenants and building owners can't answer, because building energy use is not transparent - with the exception of a few cities that have passed so-called "benchmarking and disclosure" policies.  In a handful of cities across the United States, large buildings are required to rate their energy Read more [...]
President Calls for Ramping Up Responsible Climate Change Policies

President Calls for Ramping Up Responsible Climate Change Policies

On June 25th, President Obama gave a wide-ranging speech on climate change in which he urged the nation’s public and private sectors to engage in “steady, responsible action to cut carbon pollution . . . so we can leave behind a cleaner, more stable environment.” NEMA and its 400-plus members heard much that was familiar.  Since 2010, we’ve been working on a strategic initiative to develop a methodology to conduct carbon footprint assessments in the electro-product sector. Read more [...]
Public-Private Partnership for a New Energy-Saving Age

Public-Private Partnership for a New Energy-Saving Age

One of the best ideas ever to come from the concept of government-corporate partnerships is the financing mechanism known as Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs). Quite simply, it uses the power of innovative private-sector financing to underwrite retrofits to federally owned buildings at no cost to taxpayers. What is more, ESPCs are a triple win because these contracts create local jobs, and upgrade the buildings’ energy systems, in turn saving energy and future taxpayer spending! Read more [...]
White House, Members of Congress Come Together to Tout Progress on Energy Savings Performance Contracts

White House, Members of Congress Come Together to Tout Progress on Energy Savings Performance Contracts

ESPCs are a hot topic this week! The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) convened a summit Wednesday to discuss progress on President Obama’s energy savings performance contracting (ESPC) goal of entering into $2 billion worth of ESPC projects by the end of 2013. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), and Congressmen Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) and Peter Welch (D-Vermont) joined CEQ Chairwoman Nancy Sutley and other White House officials for a dialogue on ESPC best practices and a discussion Read more [...]
NEMA Lays Out the Case for Energy Savings Performance Contracts at EIA Energy Conference

NEMA Lays Out the Case for Energy Savings Performance Contracts at EIA Energy Conference

More than 850 conference attendees watched U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz deliver keynote remarks to the 2013 Energy Information Administration’s Energy Conference in Washington, DC.  Even more watched him live on C-SPAN.  Secretary Moniz was the opening speaker for an action-packed two-day conference full of federal officials, economists, industry experts, and energy advocates.  Secretary Moniz was followed by Thomas Fanning, CEO of Southern Company, who started by noting Read more [...]
Rebuild Smart: Full remarks from Don Hendler, President & CEO, Leviton Manufacturing

Rebuild Smart: Full remarks from Don Hendler, President & CEO, Leviton Manufacturing

Don Hendler Leviton Manufacturing Remarks at the NEMA Rebuild Smart Capitol Hill Event June 13, 2013 (Thank you and greetings) As Evan mentioned, Leviton’s offices were directory in the path of the storm.  We are located in Melville, NY, somewhat central on Long Island right at the Nassau-Suffolk county border.  Our area saw mainly heavy wind and tree damage from both Superstorm Sandy and the subsequent early, freak snow storm that followed.  However, not far from our facility Read more [...]
Rebuild Smart: Event Summary and Linked-In Group Launch

Rebuild Smart: Event Summary and Linked-In Group Launch

Despite the appearance of our own strong spring storms on June 13th, NEMA happily hosted a large crowd for its Hurricane Sandy: Rebuild Smart event featuring Representative Peter King. We were truly pleased to see so many individuals interested in how we can improve the reliability and resiliency of our power grid, and help prevent the widespread damage and discomfort storms like Sandy can cause.  Some of the key moments included: “While no disaster is predictable or preventable, we Read more [...]