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Twenty Cities Look to Tackle Energy Waste in Buildings

Twenty Cities Look to Tackle Energy Waste in Buildings

Buildings use 40 percent of the energy and about 80 percent of the electricity consumed in the United States, and much of that is wasted through the use of inefficient energy systems. NEMA has advocated for increased energy efficiency in buildings for a long time, and we are excited that, this week, ten new communities joined the City Energy Project (CEP). This project is a joint effort of the Institute for Market Transformation and Natural Resources Defense Council, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Read more [...]
President Obama Sends $4.1T Budget Proposal to Congress: What’s in it for Electrical and Medical Imaging Manufacturers?

President Obama Sends $4.1T Budget Proposal to Congress: What’s in it for Electrical and Medical Imaging Manufacturers?

On Tuesday, February 9, President Obama released his FY2017 budget proposal. The $4.1  trillion proposal is largely perceived as a statement of the White House’s priorities from a president in his final year in office rather than a budget that would be accepted and passed by a Republican-controlled Congress. Indeed, many Republican Members of Congress have already indicated that the budget proposal will be dead on arrival in the House of Representatives. That being said, the budget proposal Read more [...]
NEMA, MITA Commend Congress for Passing Omnibus Package Containing Medical Imaging and Electroindustry Provisions

NEMA, MITA Commend Congress for Passing Omnibus Package Containing Medical Imaging and Electroindustry Provisions

Today, America’s electrical and medical imaging industries applaud Congress for passing a $1.1 trillion omnibus legislative package that funds the government through September 30, 2016, addresses certain tax provisions and includes NEMA-supported cybersecurity language. Passage of the package completes legislative work for this session of the 114th Congress; the second session is scheduled to start when Congress returns on January 4, 2016. In particular, the two-year delay of the medical device Read more [...]
U.S. Electric Infrastructure by the Numbers

U.S. Electric Infrastructure by the Numbers

8 Years since Congress last passed a comprehensive energy bill.1 25 Years or older is the age of 70% of the transmission lines and transformers currently in use.2 40% Reduction in the duration of outages in Chattanooga, TN due to smart grid upgrades.3 $120-160 Billion dollars in transmission investment needed over the next decade.4 133 Years since Thomas Edison electrified the first commercial power grid.5 250% Growth in energy storage in 2015 over 2014 levels.6 200,000 Miles Read more [...]
What Does President Obama’s FY2016 Budget Mean for Manufacturers?

What Does President Obama’s FY2016 Budget Mean for Manufacturers?

Compiled by Patrick Hughes and Jonathan Stewart As required by law, President Obama released his FY2016 budget on the first Monday of February. Totaling $4 trillion, President Obama described the budget as a way to “replace mindless austerity with smart investments that strengthen America.” His proposal, which is subject to congressional approval, included increases in spending for a number of agencies and programs that impact NEMA members. Below is an outline of President Obama’s budget Read more [...]
Why I Installed Solar Panels on My Roof, and How They Are Saving Me Money

Why I Installed Solar Panels on My Roof, and How They Are Saving Me Money

This past summer, my soon-to-be wife and I purchased our first home in Washington, DC’s H Street Northeast neighborhood a few blocks from Union Station. After years of renting, we finally had the opportunity to create the energy-efficient and solar-powered home we always wanted. Both my fiancée, Amy, and I work on energy and environmental issues – we spend our days encouraging others to become more energy efficient and to reduce their carbon emissions. So, naturally, when we had the opportunity Read more [...]
Chicago Looking to Make Buildings’ Energy Use More Transparent

Chicago Looking to Make Buildings’ 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 [...]
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 [...]