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Updating West Coast Code Adoptions

Updating West Coast Code Adoptions

This piece was originally published in the May 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry.  By Mike Stone, West Coast Field Representative, NEMA California adopted the 2016 California Building Standards Code, also known as Title 24. It goes into effect January 1, 2017. It is based on the 2014 National Electrical Code® (NEC); building, fire and residential codes based on the 2015 International Code Council codes (I-Codes); plumbing and mechanical codes based on the 2015 Uniform Read more [...]
Net Metering Rules Evolve in Solar-Rich States

Net Metering Rules Evolve in Solar-Rich States

This piece was originally published in the March 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Patrick Hughes, Senior Director, Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives, NEMA The price of solar photovoltaic systems fell by more than 50 percent between 2009 and 2014, and annual solar installations in the U.S. increased by approximately 1,100 percent over the same time period.[1] This solar boom has been fueled by three primary drivers: falling equipment and installation Read more [...]
Code Adoption Remains Active in West Coast Region

Code Adoption Remains Active in West Coast Region

By Mike Stone, West Coast Field Representative, NEMA Alaska, California, Hawaii, Utah, and Washington currently have code adoption activity taking place. The busiest state is California. California On December 16, 2015, the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) voted to adopt the 2016 edition of the California building, fire, and existing building codes. On January 19–20, 2016, the CBSC was scheduled to have voted on the rest of the International Code Council (ICC) codes (I-codes), Read more [...]
Electrical Manufacturers Oppose California Energy Commission Specifications for LED Bulbs

Electrical Manufacturers Oppose California Energy Commission Specifications for LED Bulbs

By Alex Boesenberg, NEMA Regulatory Affairs Manager The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) called on the California Energy Commission (CEC) today to ensure that California consumers have access to the most efficient and cost-effective LED bulbs currently on the market. A regulatory proposal under consideration at the CEC would compel California residents to buy more costly, less energy-efficient LED bulbs for their homes than consumers in other states without countervailing Read more [...]
California thermostats and new home owners

California thermostats and new home owners

In the California Building Code, dozens of proposals are being finalized for Title 24.  One of considerable interest to the NEMA Residential and Commercial Controls Section involves the requirement of a device called an Upgradeable Setback Thermostat, or UST, in new construction homes.  A UST is essentially a wireless programmable thermostat with the radio removed and a port available where a radio module may be inserted later.  The goal of this proposal, developed by CEC staff, advocates Read more [...]