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EISA Sets Standards for Lighting the Future

EISA Sets Standards for Lighting the Future

Since the invention of electric light, the incandescent lamp has been the standard.  Why?  They are cheap to produce, can be made in a wide range of sizes, and require no external regulating equipment.  The trouble is that incandescent lamps are based on a design that was developed over a century ago and the majority of their electrical energy consumption produces heat, not light.  If we wanted them to heat our house, this would be a good thing.  For a light source Read more [...]
NEMA Lighting Division efforts bear fruit in California

NEMA Lighting Division efforts bear fruit in California

This week the State of California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved and published their Strategic Lighting Plan, which was two years in the making. NEMA staff and members participated directly in the development and drafting of the SLP from start to finish to provide the manufacturer perspective in effort to balance out the advocates and regulators, and to serve as a reality check by leveraging NEMA's extensive experience with consumer acceptance and consumer desires.  The Strategic Read more [...]
Filling in the Gaps in Lighting Solutions

Filling in the Gaps in Lighting Solutions

Today many concerned building owners, lighting designers and some regulators are increasing their efforts and attention on free, natural light.  Unfortunately, while it is certainly very energy efficient, it is not reliable.  Like all renewable resources it is subject to periods of unavailability, not just at night but also during the day.  Natural variation in the intensity of sunlight can be a challenge.    Retail and Task-oriented lighting plans require Read more [...]
End of the Line for Magnetic Ballasts

End of the Line for Magnetic Ballasts

America’s 234th birthday wasn’t the only milestone reached last week; last week also marked the (effective) end of the magnetic ballast era.  Since the fluorescent lamp was commercially introduced in the 1940s, it has been coupled with the magnetic ballast to regulate the electricity flowing into the lamp.  As of July 1, 2010, many popular magnetic ballasts can no longer be manufactured or imported in the US. Even though this phase-out occurred only last week, it has Read more [...]
Can (Should) Congress Save the System?

Can (Should) Congress Save the System?

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives will consider a comprehensive set of reforms designed to respond to the recent economic crisis.  H.R. 4173, the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, creates a new federal agency (Consumer Financial Protection Agency) tasked with regulating financial products and protecting consumers from unfair and abusive financial products and services.  As proposed, the CFPA would have broad regulatory authority over the financial products and services Read more [...]
The Politics and Policy of Job Creation

The Politics and Policy of Job Creation

This week House and Senate leaders announced that Congress will do something to respond to rising unemployment before they adjourn for the year.  I don't know any economist -- or anyone else, for that matter -- who would argue that the current 10.2% unemployment rate and lack of job creation in this economic recovery is NOT a problem.  Quite the contrary - workers and their families are very concerned about the availability of jobs, and employers are concerned not Read more [...]
Congressional Unveiling of Major Energy Savings and Carbon Reduction…

Congressional Unveiling of Major Energy Savings and Carbon Reduction…

Do you want to save 4.48-7.95 million metric tons (MMT) of carbon annually (equivalent to removing approximately between 3-5.4 million automobiles annually)? Do you want to save 25 to 42 Terawatt hours (billion kWh) per year (equivalent to 3 to 6 nuclear power plants or 6 to 10 coal-fired plants)? Do you want to drive innovation and spur technology? If you do, see NEMA’s newly unveiled consensus agreement outdoor lighting standard. Today, Senator Bingaman, Senator Murkowski, Senator Read more [...]
Another "Baby Bottle" finding . . . . Whom do you believe?

Another "Baby Bottle" finding . . . . Whom do you believe?

This morning brought an announcement of another “official” government finding concerning the hazards of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical building block used primarily to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins.  If you’ve paid even minimal attention to current events the past few years, you know that BPA, while enormously useful, effective and versatile, is quite controversial because of its use in food and beverage packaging and plastic baby bottles.  Studies performed Read more [...]
Fact Versus Fiction on Energy Storage Systems

Fact Versus Fiction on Energy Storage Systems

Often, important emerging technologies get caught up in misconstrued facts and misunderstandings of capacities and roles in an already technology-driven and confusing world. An example of this can be found in a recent op-ed in the Washington Post, "Getting Real on Wind and Solar" by James Schlesinger and Robert Hirsch. It's great they included a reference to energy storage systems (ESS) as a necessary component of the smart grid architecture for renewable energy. And they're right Read more [...]
Crush for Credit – Rebate Program for NEMA Premium Motors

Crush for Credit – Rebate Program for NEMA Premium Motors

Before Congress left town, a NEMA advocated provision was adopted into the U.S. Senate's new energy bill.  Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) offered an amendment that would create a NEMA-Premium "crush for credit" motor rebate program.  The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) set new efficiency standards beginning in December 2010, that mandates motor efficiencies.  If enacted into law, this motor rebate program would provide a $25 per horse power Read more [...]