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Advocating for a Comprehensive Energy Bill

Advocating for a Comprehensive Energy Bill

Christine Coogle, Editor and Social Media Manager, NEMA This week, I joined the NEMA government relations team and representatives from several NEMA companies on a visit to Capitol Hill to meet with congressional staff involved in the House-Senate energy bill conference committee. Our object was to advocate 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 and the Senate Read more [...]
Regulatory Challenges Emerge for Additive Manufacturing

Regulatory Challenges Emerge for Additive Manufacturing

This piece was originally published in the August 2016 issue of electroindustry. Megan A. Hayes, Director, Regulatory and Standards Strategy, MITA Additive manufacturing (AM) is another term for the synthesis of three-dimensional objects—otherwise known as 3D printing. This concept is nothing new to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which already has approved or cleared more than 80 medical devices and one prescription drug that are manufactured using 3D printing processes. On 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 [...]
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 [...]
Building Relationships Strengthens Advocacy

Building Relationships Strengthens Advocacy

This piece was originally published in the April 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Michael L. Belitzky, Manager, State Government Relations, NEMA Seasoned government relations professionals are often judged by their connections—not just who they know but also who knows them. Relationships are the cornerstone of influence. NEMA’s affiliations with external organizations foster and strengthen our relationships with elected officials and policymakers, a process Read more [...]
Reforming the Energy Vision: New York State Is Writing the Rules for the Utility of the Future

Reforming the Energy Vision: New York State Is Writing the Rules for the Utility of the Future

This piece was originally published in the April 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Patrick Hughes, Senior Director, Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives, NEMA Across the United States, annual electricity growth has flattened—from 9.8 percent in the 1950s to 0.5 percent today—due in part to advances in energy efficiency and distributed renewable energy technologies and accelerated by government policies and demographic trends. Many utilities are Read more [...]
Codes & Standards – What Is the Correct Perspective, Part 2: Prescriptive Rules Verses Performance Rules

Codes & Standards – What Is the Correct Perspective, Part 2: Prescriptive Rules Verses Performance Rules

The ultimate goal of a code or standard is to provide a clear set of instructions for the construction, installation, and use of an electrical or alarm product. These instructions come in two different forms: prescriptive rules and performance rules. The results of these rules ensure a safe installation free of hazards to a person or property from the use of electricity. Prescriptive rules are more prevalent in the installation standards such as the National Electrical Code or the National Fire Read more [...]
Codes & Standards – What Is the Correct Perspective, Part 1: Permissive Rules Verses Prohibitive Rules?

Codes & Standards – What Is the Correct Perspective, Part 1: Permissive Rules Verses Prohibitive Rules?

A fundamental goal during the development of a code or standard is to ensure the written word is clear, concise, and easy to interpret. This is usually achieved by assembling a diverse group of interested professionals with varying perspectives that collectively work together to produce a consensus document. The process covers all bases, leaves no stone unturned, and foresees any unintended consequences or conflicts. The result is a nearly perfect document. In reality, it is impossible to predict 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 [...]