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Congressional Unveiling of Major Energy Savings and Carbon Reduction…

Congressional Unveiling of Major Energy Savings and Carbon Reduction…

Do you want to save 4.48-7.95 million metric tons (MMT) of carbon annually (equivalent to removing approximately between 3-5.4 million automobiles annually)? Do you want to save 25 to 42 Terawatt hours (billion kWh) per year (equivalent to 3 to 6 nuclear power plants or 6 to 10 coal-fired plants)? Do you want to drive innovation and spur technology? If you do, see NEMA’s newly unveiled consensus agreement outdoor lighting standard. Today, Senator Bingaman, Senator Murkowski, Senator Read more [...]
More Federal Incentives for NEMA Members…

More Federal Incentives for NEMA Members…

Before leaving on August recess, Senator Bingaman (NM) introduced a bill, S. 1639, the Expanding Industrial Energy Efficiency Incentives Act.  This bill includes the NEMA-advocated advanced motor technology tax credit.  What makes this bill even more promising is that, Senator Jeff Bingaman is the Chairman of the Finance Subcommittee on Energy, so he has the authority to push this bill. This tax credit provides $120 per horsepower to original equipment manufacturers and end-users Read more [...]
Crush for Credit – Rebate Program for NEMA Premium Motors

Crush for Credit – Rebate Program for NEMA Premium Motors

Before Congress left town, a NEMA advocated provision was adopted into the U.S. Senate's new energy bill.  Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) offered an amendment that would create a NEMA-Premium "crush for credit" motor rebate program.  The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) set new efficiency standards beginning in December 2010, that mandates motor efficiencies.  If enacted into law, this motor rebate program would provide a $25 per horse power Read more [...]
Billions of Dollars for Energy-Efficient and Smart Grid Technologies

Billions of Dollars for Energy-Efficient and Smart Grid Technologies

On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the economic stimulus bill, which aims to rejuvenate the struggling U.S. economny.  Within this bill were many NEMA-supported provisions.  For the past several months, NEMA met with President Obama's staff and Hill staff to secure funding for NEMA's priority programs.  The bill contains billions of dollars that will benefit NEMA members.  A quick rundown of the NEMA-advocated provision are; $4.5 billion for smart grid related Read more [...]
Operation Change-Out

Operation Change-Out

Since April 22, 2008, the Department of Energy (DOE) has been working in concert with the Department of Defense (DOD) on "Operation Change Out." This joint effort aims to replace standard incandescent lamps in military housing with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs).  Just last week, some of the results have been released, and thus far 359,268 CFLs have been repleaced in 40,951 housing units reducing energy-usage by 100 million kilowatt-hours, which will save the DOD approximately $11 Read more [...]
Contact Your Member of Congress NOW!

Contact Your Member of Congress NOW!

This week, NEMA President and CEO Evan Gaddis  sent a letter to congressional leadership.  In this letter, he calls upon congress to pass the expiring tax provisions this year.  In short, the provisions outlined in his letter are: the extension of the energy-efficient commercial buildings tax deduction, accelerated depreciation for Smart metering and Smart Grid technologies, and tax credits for energy-efficient motors.  By using the provide link, you too, can send your elected Read more [...]
NEMA Member "Lights Up" Michael Phelps…

NEMA Member "Lights Up" Michael Phelps…

The buildings and architecture in this year's Olympics has been innovative and beautiful.  Everything from the "Birds Nest" to the "Water Cube", each building has a gorgeous component to them.  Even more impressive is the lighting on the "water cube", the same building where U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps won a record-breaking eight gold medals. This building being illuminated with a memorizing light show using 258,000 Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), and Read more [...]
Gas Prices Down….But for How Long?

Gas Prices Down….But for How Long?

Anyone who fills up their gas tank on a regular basis has undoubtedly noticed that gas prices have dropped over the past few weeks.  Even with this lull, don't let this drop in price ease your mind that they will stay that way. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), under the Department of Energy, gas prices will only follow this trend for a short time. In the EIA's Short-Term Outlook report, it states that gas prices will fall only in the short-term. After this Read more [...]