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Does China Deserve to be an IEC Group A member?

Does China Deserve to be an IEC Group A member?

In the world of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) there are several categories of membership for the countries that participate in that international standards body.  Full members are those National Committees that have access to all technical and managerial activities and functions, at all levels of the IEC, including voting rights in the IEC Council.  There are also Associate members and affiliate members.  Within the Full Member category, there is an additional Read more [...]
The president “has no clothes?”

The president “has no clothes?”

We all remember Hans Christian Andersen’s story about the emperor and his new clothes, right? He was swindled by two weavers into believing that his new suit is made of fabric that is invisible to those who are stupid. And so the emperor, wearing this new suit, goes out among his subjects, until one young boy cries out that he has no clothes. Well, isn’t that what is happening in the current debate about renewable energy? The president correctly advocates the production of renewable Read more [...]
Regulatory Reform is the Watchword

Regulatory Reform is the Watchword

As the economy begins to recover and businesses start to plan for growth, all eyes are on Washington and the prospects for regulatory reform. The time and costs of understanding and complying with a myriad of regulatory requirements imposed by a numerous federal agencies is frustrating for industry, and American businesses are looking to Congress for answers. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2010, federal agencies promulgated 43 major new regulations, with several others in the works going into FY 2011. In December, Read more [...]
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 [...]