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Keeping Our Foot on the Efficacy Accelerator

Keeping Our Foot on the Efficacy Accelerator

This piece was originally published in the February 2017 issue of electroindustry. James Brodrick, U.S. Department of Energy Although the impressive efficacy gains made by light-emitting diodes (LED) products over the last few years fall well short of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) ultimate targets, they’ve already surpassed the limits of conventional lighting in nearly all applications—which might prompt some people to say “good enough” and question the value of further Read more [...]
Energy Storage Workshop Promotes Grid Technologies

Energy Storage Workshop Promotes Grid Technologies

This piece was originally published in the December 2016 issue of electroindustry. Gene Eckhart, Consultant, NEMA NEMA collaborated with China’s National Energy Administration (NEA), the two state-owned electric utilities (State Grid Corporation of China and China Southern Grid Corporation), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to organize a one-day workshop in Shenzhen on energy storage systems. It was supported by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, with whom NEMA has worked Read more [...]
MG 1 Market Expansion: Setting “The Standard” for Efficiency and Value

MG 1 Market Expansion: Setting “The Standard” for Efficiency and Value

This piece was originally published in the October 2016 issue of electroindustry. Ann Brandstadter, Manager, Standards Publications and Marketing, NEMA Most NEMA standards, which range across all product divisions, are performance standards that are good for manufacturers because they are continually updated to account for the latest energy-efficiency technology and provide guidelines for installation. According to Vince Baclawski, senior technical director of codes and standards at Read more [...]
Workforce Bill Targets Society, Industry, Economy

Workforce Bill Targets Society, Industry, Economy

This piece was originally published in the October 2016 issue of electroindustry. Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) In February, H.R. 4583, an act to promote a twenty-first-century energy and manufacturing workforce, passed the House with overwhelming support. This jobs bill, which I sponsored, directs the Department of Energy (DOE) to prioritize training underrepresented groups such as minorities, women, veterans, and unemployed energy workers for energy and manufacturing-related jobs in 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 [...]
CoStar Group to Publicize Building Energy Use

CoStar Group to Publicize Building Energy Use

This piece was originally published in the July 2016 issue of electroindustry. Patrick Hughes, Senior Director, Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives, NEMA A new Better Buildings Initiative partnership between the CoStar Group, the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will accelerate investments in energy-efficient products and building operations that support construction and manufacturing jobs. The CoStar Group will now publicize building Read more [...]
Pro-consumer Solutions Needed in Light Bulb Rule

Pro-consumer Solutions Needed in Light Bulb Rule

This piece was originally published in the July 2016 issue of electroindustry. Kyle Pitsor, Vice President of Government Relations, NEMA In written comments NEMA filed with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. lighting manufacturers reaffirmed their position that consumers should have multiple options when selecting the type of light bulbs to purchase. NEMA's comments took issue with requirements in a DOE-proposed energy-efficiency rule aimed at forcing the exclusive adoption Read more [...]
In Standby Power Race to the Bottom, DOE Takes New Path

In Standby Power Race to the Bottom, DOE Takes New Path

This piece was originally published in the June 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. Alex Boesenberg, Manager, Government Relations, NEMA In the November 2015 edition of this magazine, I expressed strong concern over an apparent “race to the bottom” with respect to standby power allowances. With their recent notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) for minimum energy conservation standards for general service lamps, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) found a way to Read more [...]
Past as Prologue: What’s Ahead for Solid-State Lighting?

Past as Prologue: What’s Ahead for Solid-State Lighting?

By James Brodrick, U.S. Department of Energy Over the last decade, solid-state lighting (SSL) has evolved from a novelty to a viable option for most general lighting applications. Back in 2005 some likened the lighting market to the Wild West—not only because early SSL products didn’t match the performance of the technologies they were intended to replace but also because a lack of standards caused a great deal of confusion that was compounded by exaggerated performance claims. Today Read more [...]
Contact Your Senators: Senate to Begin Debate on the Energy Policy Modernization Act

Contact Your Senators: Senate to Begin Debate on the Energy Policy Modernization Act

By Kyle Pitsor, Vice President, Government Relations, NEMA The U.S. Senate may begin debate this week on an energy bill that includes many important provisions for the electroindustry. We encourage NEMA members and others in the industry to take action and contact their Senators to urge them to support S.2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act. You can easily contact your Senators through NEMA’s online system by clicking here or by calling the Senate switchboard at 202-224-3121. The Read more [...]