NEMA supports Obama call for national efficiency standards

NEMA looks forward to working with Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and DOE to improve codes and standards, avoiding a patchwork of state rules.
By Control Engineering Staff February 20, 2009

Rosslyn, VA Department of Energy (DOE) .

No patchwork of state standards
“President Obama has signed a presidential memorandum requesting that DOE set new efficiency standards for common household appliances that will save consumers money, spur innovation, and conserve energy,“ NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis said. “We have been a strong advocate for a robust national efficiency standards program that sets federal efficiency standards and avoids a patchwork of unworkable state standards. NEMA looks forward to working with Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and his team as they improve the work of the DOE Codes and Standards program.”

According to Gaddis, NEMA members are in the energy-efficiency business, and are leaders in researching and manufacturing energy efficient products that save consumers money and meet consumer needs. NEMA has been at the forefront of federal efficiency standards since 1988 when Congress adopted NEMA’s recommendations for fluorescent lamp ballasts. NEMA also developed the first energy-efficiency standards for electric motors and distribution transformers, and those NEMA standards serve as the basis for today’s federal standards for those products.

Currently, NEMA is engaged with DOE and other stakeholders in finalizing new efficiency standards for general service fluorescent lamps (such as 4-foot fluorescent lamps) and incandescent reflector lamps (such as flood and spot bulbs used in recessed lighting applications). Those new standards are to be issued by June 2009.
NEMA members are actively engaged in energy-efficiency research and technology development that will lead to further improvements in electric motor-driven systems, transformers, and advanced lighting systems, including LED (light-emitting diode) lighting.

For more information, visit www.nema.org

– Edited by David Greenfield , editorial director
Control Engineering News Desk
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