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Month: January 2014

Competitiveness is the Best "Protection" for Jobs

Competitiveness is the Best "Protection" for Jobs

U.S. electroindustry companies sell billions of dollars of equipment outside the U.S. each year. These companies employ many thousands of workers here in the U.S., workers whose employment depends on the ability of their company “teams” to innovate, make sales, and satisfy their customers. With most of the world’s people (95 percent) and supporting infrastructure outside the U.S., it makes sense that companies want to gain access to more markets, be competitive, and make more sales Read more [...]
House Energy and Commerce Committee Moves Efficiency Bill

House Energy and Commerce Committee Moves Efficiency Bill

NEMA is pleased to announce that today the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a vote aimed at setting model conditions for energy efficiency in buildings, reports Erica Martinson of POLITICO.  Last year NEMA voiced its support for this bill. H.R. 2126 requires the Energy Secretary and the Administrator of the General Services Administration to develop model practices and provisions for landlords to help them make cost-effective decisions that improve energy efficiency in commercial Read more [...]
Correcting Kiplinger

Correcting Kiplinger

I was just reading the January 24, 2014 issue of The Kiplinger Letter and noticed a glaring error in the reporting about lightbulb efficiency standards in the “Green Business” section of the letter.  The letter states: But energy-saving lightbulbs are in for a setback.  The recent budget deal passed by Congress pulls the plug on an earlier law requiring that incandescent bulbs be phased out in favor of efficient but pricey technology, such as light-emitting diodes.   Read more [...]
New Year, New Light Bulb, Same Requirements

New Year, New Light Bulb, Same Requirements

As of January 1, the transition to more energy efficient lighting entered the next phase. As of this date, production of the 40 watt and 60 watt incandescent light bulb changed, due to federal energy efficiency requirements that came into place as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007(EISA). This law requires that standard 40 watt and 60 watt incandescent bulbs are 28 percent more efficient. So, what does this mean? These more energy efficient incandescent bulbs will only use 29 Read more [...]
Navigating To Compete

Navigating To Compete

This morning at a House of Representatives committee hearing, a major U.S. manufacturer and exporter testifed that the country's transportation and port infrastructure is inadequate to meet its needs to get its products to overseas customers. What solution is the company using to stay competitive in the global marketplace? Ship their products from Canadian ports. How is this possible (on many levels)? Let's take a quick look at this situation, since it points to a Read more [...]
Sorting Out The Rumors Surrounding 40- and 60-watt Incandescent Light Bulbs

Sorting Out The Rumors Surrounding 40- and 60-watt Incandescent Light Bulbs

I’ve seen numerous reports recently touting the end of incandescent lighting.  Borrowing a line from Mark Twain, the rumor surrounding the death of incandescent bulbs has been greatly exaggerated. The source for the recent transition to more energy efficient lighting is the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-140 better known as EISA).  The portion of the law impacting “General Purpose Incandescent Lamps” is in TITLE III—ENERGY SAVINGS THROUGH Read more [...]