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Enhancing, Coordinating, and Improving Security

Enhancing, Coordinating, and Improving Security

This piece was originally published in the January 2017 issue of electroindustry. Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) Our nation’s energy infrastructure—and specifically our electric grid—deserves more attention in the coming year. The private sector is rapidly innovating and finding ways to update our grid and make us less vulnerable as a nation to cyberattacks. We must also protect against adverse weather and accidents that could significantly impact our economy and threaten public Read more [...]
Election 2016: What Lies Ahead

Election 2016: What Lies Ahead

This piece was originally published in the December 2016 issue of electroindustry. Kyle Pitsor, Vice President of Government Relations, NEMA Next month, a Republican majority Senate and House of Representatives will convene, and Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. With the shift in control to the GOP, what are some major themes we expect for next year? A major rewrite of the tax code that addresses business and individual tax rates is now much more Read more [...]
Looking to the Future of Trade Agreements

Looking to the Future of Trade Agreements

Assessing the Effects of Trade on U.S. Electroindustry This piece was originally published in the December 2016 issue of electroindustry. Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs As the U.S. prepares for a new president and Congress, international trade agreements appear to face a daunting future. President-elect Donald Trump and congressional leaders have expressed opposition to action to approve and implement the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. The eleven TPP Read more [...]
Congress Comes to the People

Congress Comes to the People

This piece was originally published in the October 2016 issue of electroindustry. Joseph Eaves, Director, Government Relations, NEMA In order to encourage communication between members of Congress and NEMA manufacturers, NEMA staff contacted senators and representatives about visiting member companies during the summer recess and into the fall. The response has been overwhelming, with more than 100 offices expressing interest in learning more about the NEMA members in their districts. The Read more [...]
Members of Congress Visit NEMA Member Facilities

Members of Congress Visit NEMA Member Facilities

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Joseph Eaves, Director, Government Relations, NEMA In an effort to encourage communication between Congress and NEMA manufacturers, NEMA staff contacted senators and representatives to facilitated visits to member company locations during the summer recess and into the fall. This year, more than 100 congressional offices expressed interested in learning more about NEMA members in their area. To Read more [...]
Act Now to Modernize the Grid

Act Now to Modernize the Grid

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-CA) Over the past decade, we have seen a shift in our nation’s energy and electricity landscape, presenting new technology and new consumer demand challenges. Congress has yet to address these new dynamics or help build a sustainable energy future. America is now a leading producer of oil and natural gas. At the same time, there has been explosive growth of cleaner, lower Read more [...]
Advocating for a Comprehensive Energy Bill

Advocating for a Comprehensive Energy Bill

Christine Coogle, Editor and Social Media Manager, NEMA This week, the NEMA government relations team and representatives from several member companies met with congressional staff involved in the House-Senate conference committee working to reach an agreement on the first broad energy bill in nearly a decade. We are advocating for the swift development and passage of a comprehensive energy bill with a number of specific provisions important to our members. Both the House of Representatives Read more [...]
It Is Time for Congress to Update the Regulatory Model

It Is Time for Congress to Update the Regulatory Model

Kevin J. Cosgriff, President & CEO, NEMA On Friday, June 10, I presented oral testimony on behalf of NEMA’s nearly 400 member manufacturers to the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, urging Congress to stop serial rulemaking on mature products that now experience diminishing returns on savings. My testimony was regarding the Energy Conservation Standards program implemented by the Department of Energy (DOE) under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA). NEMA is in a central Read more [...]
Let NEMA Schedule Your Congressional Visits

Let NEMA Schedule Your Congressional Visits

One of the many services NEMA Government Relations provides its members is organizing congressional visits either for individual companies or for entire NEMA sections. Whether you are in town for a NEMA meeting or not, NEMA Government Relations encourages member company representatives to take advantage of being in Washington, D.C., and allowing the staff to arrange visits with your elected officials. These appointments help build relationships with the offices that represent you and your Read more [...]
Tariff Suspension Reform Reopens Window for Savings

Tariff Suspension Reform Reopens Window for Savings

This piece was originally published in the June 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs, NEMA On May 20, President Obama signed into law reforms to the long-stalled process for granting temporary suspensions of customs import duties for products and inputs that are not available from domestic sources. The provisions of the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 sidestep concerns that many members of Congress Read more [...]