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Light Bulbs and the Rule of Law: More Progress Than Ever Imagined

Light Bulbs and the Rule of Law: More Progress Than Ever Imagined

Clark R. Silcox, General Counsel, NEMA It appears popular these days to assert the Trump Administration is “rolling back” regulations and returning the country to a by-gone era.  We do not write to weigh in on that assertion writ large, but to rebut specifically the “roll back” characterization as it applies to light bulb regulation by the Department of Energy (DOE) as presented by our colleagues in the energy efficiency community in the April 30, 2019 edition of The Hill. …

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Congress Comes to the People

Congress Comes to the People

This piece was originally published in the October 2016 issue of electroindustry. Joseph Eaves, Director, Government Relations, NEMA In order to encourage communication between members of Congress and NEMA manufacturers, NEMA staff contacted senators and representatives about visiting member companies during the summer recess and into the fall. The response has been overwhelming, with more than 100 offices expressing interest in learning more about the NEMA members in their districts. The Read more […]

Members of Congress Visit NEMA Member Facilities

Members of Congress Visit NEMA Member Facilities

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Joseph Eaves, Director, Government Relations, NEMA In an effort to encourage communication between Congress and NEMA manufacturers, NEMA staff contacted senators and representatives to facilitated visits to member company locations during the summer recess and into the fall. This year, more than 100 congressional offices expressed interested in learning more about NEMA members in their area. To Read more […]

Lining Up Opportunities in Cuba for Energy Efficiency and Healthcare

Lining Up Opportunities in Cuba for Energy Efficiency and Healthcare

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Jonathan Stewart, Government Relations Manager, NEMA Andrew Northup, Director, Global Affairs, MITA With policy changes thawing relations between Cuba and the United States, NEMA staff met with Cuban embassy officials and staff from the U.S. departments of Commerce and State in order to assess trade potential for NEMA/MITA members. Moving beyond initial discussions and research, Jonathan Stewart, government Read more […]

NEMA Proposes Steps to Update Electric Grid

NEMA Proposes Steps to Update Electric Grid

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Kyle Pitsor, Vice President of Government Relations, NEMA In written comments on the second installation of the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), NEMA recommended concrete steps the federal government can and should take to update the U.S. electric system from transmission and distribution to end use. The QER was launched to stimulate collaborative discussions between government and stakeholders, with Read more […]

Toxic Substances Control Act Awaits Presidential Action

Toxic Substances Control Act Awaits Presidential Action

This piece was originally published in the July 2016 issue of electroindustry. Jonathan Stewart, Government Relations Manager, NEMA The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed in 1976 to give the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) authority to regulate the manufacture, distribution, and disposal of chemicals in the United States. Since that time, the only major amendments to the act have been the additions of three titles dealing with asbestos, radon, and lead. TSCA’s Read more […]

Let NEMA Schedule Your Congressional Visits

Let NEMA Schedule Your Congressional Visits

One of the many services NEMA Government Relations provides its members is organizing congressional visits either for individual companies or for entire NEMA sections. Whether you are in town for a NEMA meeting or not, NEMA Government Relations encourages member company representatives to take advantage of being in Washington, D.C., and allowing the staff to arrange visits with your elected officials. These appointments help build relationships with the offices that represent you and your Read more […]

Tariff Suspension Reform Reopens Window for Savings

Tariff Suspension Reform Reopens Window for Savings

This piece was originally published in the June 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs, NEMA On May 20, President Obama signed into law reforms to the long-stalled process for granting temporary suspensions of customs import duties for products and inputs that are not available from domestic sources. The provisions of the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 sidestep concerns that many members of Congress 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 […]

Advocating for Safer Lithium Coin Batteries

Advocating for Safer Lithium Coin Batteries

This piece was originally published in the May 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Jonathan Stewart, Government Relations Manager, NEMA Lithium coin batteries are ubiquitous in today’s consumer-centric America. Everything from your wrist watch to your garage door opener—not to mention the seemingly endless variety of electronic toys for grown-ups and kids alike—might run on coin cells. The number grows each year—a good trend for the consumer whose life Read more […]