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Electric Heating Fits Naturally in Green Buildings

Electric Heating Fits Naturally in Green Buildings

Smart Choices for Winter Heating By Gary Kraemer, Manager, Marketing and Communications, Dimplex North America Limited Previously a peripheral topic, green building is a now mainstream way of doing business. Looking back a few years, we recognize that a combination of social, economic, and governmental factors precipitated this paradigm shift. For residential and commercial owners alike, going green isn’t just about doing the right thing; it is about providing an economic solution to rising Read more [...]
NEMA/MITA Highlights: President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address

NEMA/MITA Highlights: President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address

By Kyle Pitsor, Vice President of Government Relations, NEMA President Obama’s final State of the Union address set the tone for his last year in office and set forth his vision for policies in America. The full transcript of the address can be found here. NEMA’s summary of key points in the address that affect electrical equipment and medical imaging technology manufacturers is provided below. International Trade Trans-Pacific Partnership President Obama touted the completion 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 [...]
Electroindustry Provides Power to Paris Pledges

Electroindustry Provides Power to Paris Pledges

By Kevin J. Cosgriff, NEMA President and CEO In his closing remarks on December 1 at the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) in Paris, President Obama announced that 73 U.S. companies have pledged to go green in support of proposed climate change actions. These corporations aim to cut emissions by up to 50%, cut water usage by 80%, and rely 100% on renewable energy. President Obama was not alone. French President Hollande pledged $2.1 billion to African nations to invest in renewable Read more [...]
Weather outside gives context to Grid Innovation briefing on Hill

Weather outside gives context to Grid Innovation briefing on Hill

As the temperature outside neared 100 degrees, the congressional staff and other guests in the Russell Senate Office Building were getting warmed up for the transformation of the nation’s electric grid (which among other things will help us manage electricity on these brutal summer days!). Attendees got to witness the “bang, bang” of G&W Electric’s automatic recloser in action; a visualization of Commonwealth Edison’s outage management system respond to thousands of lightning strikes Read more [...]
Energy Efficiency Policies Rank High with Americans, Polls Show

Energy Efficiency Policies Rank High with Americans, Polls Show

Yesterday Gallup released results from its March 6-9 Social Series Environment poll, which found that Americans still favor energy conservation over production. Such a finding has been consistent since Gallup began asking the question in 2001. According to Gallup, “Americans' long-standing preference for emphasizing conservation over production in U.S. energy policy has rebounded, now matching levels seen in prior years.” The Gallup survey found that: About one-third in the Read more [...]
House Energy and Commerce Committee Moves Efficiency Bill

House Energy and Commerce Committee Moves Efficiency Bill

NEMA is pleased to announce that today the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a vote aimed at setting model conditions for energy efficiency in buildings, reports Erica Martinson of POLITICO.  Last year NEMA voiced its support for this bill. H.R. 2126 requires the Energy Secretary and the Administrator of the General Services Administration to develop model practices and provisions for landlords to help them make cost-effective decisions that improve energy efficiency in commercial Read more [...]
Saving Money & New Incandescent Light Bulbs

Saving Money & New Incandescent Light Bulbs

Over the last 2 years, consumers have experienced a significant increase in the number and variety of energy efficient options available to light their homes and businesses.   Starting January 1, 2014, new federal energy efficiency requirements come into force that will result in a further 28% improvement for the standard 60 and 40 watt incandescent bulbs.  These energy efficient incandescent bulbs will only use 43 and 29 watts, respectively, while providing the same level of Read more [...]
Shaheen-Portman Bill Pulled from Senate Floor

Shaheen-Portman Bill Pulled from Senate Floor

For a while there, the Senate was debating the premier energy efficiency bill, offering amendments, and displaying the bipartisan consensus there is around this legislation (S. 1392, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act).  But debate came to a stand still hours after it started, mainly over (surprise!) disgreement about which unrelated amendments should be allowed to be offered.  As the days passed, the window of opportunity began to close for now.  The Senate Read more [...]
Powering Up Efficiency; one take on tax reform

Powering Up Efficiency; one take on tax reform

Washington has been abuzz recently with talk of tax reform based on the Senate Leadership’s deadline for input that expired on July 26, 2013.  What’s at stake is only the entire U.S. tax code.  Do we scrap it and start over?  If so, how do we identify what is actually working and is thus worth saving? NEMA members have a respectful suggestion for the Senate: Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water — at least not when it comes to tax incentives for energy Read more [...]