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Month: July 2013

Powering Up Efficiency; one take on tax reform

Powering Up Efficiency; one take on tax reform

Washington has been abuzz recently with talk of tax reform based on the Senate Leadership’s deadline for input that expired on July 26, 2013.  What’s at stake is only the entire U.S. tax code.  Do we scrap it and start over?  If so, how do we identify what is actually working and is thus worth saving? NEMA members have a respectful suggestion for the Senate: Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water — at least not when it comes to tax incentives for energy Read more [...]
Tariff Suspension Legislation Re-Introduced in House

Tariff Suspension Legislation Re-Introduced in House

Yesterday in the House of Representatives the leadership of the Ways & Means Committee introduced a Miscellaneous Tariff Bill that would, if it becomes law, suspend U.S. customs duties temporarily on over 2,000 imported items needed by U.S. manufacturers but not manufactured in the U.S. Included in the package are several types of electrical componentry of interest to NEMA members. The National Association of Manufacturers estimates that tariff savings for U.S. companies of over $748 Read more [...]
Go straight until you reach the energy storage tower, then turn left.

Go straight until you reach the energy storage tower, then turn left.

Explaining what energy storage is can be difficult sometimes.  Leave explaining the benefits for another day.  If you store air in a balloon, it expands.  If you store boxes in a warehouse, the shelves get full.  But, if you store energy, for most mediums you usually still have a paneled or enclosed box still sitting there, unchanged to any of the five senses.  Maybe a fan is blowing harder, maybe. The American electricity grid is remarkable and unique.  It forms one Read more [...]