Press Release Summary:
During visits with Capitol Hill staff, NEMA members hand-delivered a request for lawmakers on Energy Conference Committee to reconcile differences between H.R. 8, North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015, and S. 2012, Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015. Electroindustry recommendations urged lawmakers to craft one comprehensive energy bill that supports and advances energy efficiency policies, strengthens America's grid infrastructure, and improves regulatory process.
Original Press Release:
Electrical Manufacturers Call on Congress to Reach Agreement on Comprehensive Energy Bill
NEMA Says Lawmakers Should Support Energy Efficiency Policies, Strengthen Grid Infrastructure
ROSSLYN, Va.—During visits with Capitol Hill staff yesterday, Members of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) hand-delivered a request that lawmakers on the Energy Conference Committee reconcile differences between H.R. 8, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015, and S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015. Electroindustry recommendations to Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Representative Fred Upton (R-MI), and Representative Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) urged lawmakers to craft a comprehensive energy bill that supports and advances energy efficiency policies, strengthens America’s grid infrastructure, and improves the regulatory process.
“Electrical manufacturers applaud our lawmakers’leadership on energy efficiency and grid modernization policies,” said NEMA President and CEO Kevin Cosgriff. “America needs an energy policy that facilitates innovation, enhances energy savings, improves the regulatory process, and expands the global competitiveness of American manufacturers through the use of smart manufacturing technologies and processes.”
NEMA’s recommendations focus on energy efficiency in buildings, with added provisions to incentivize the installation and retrofit of energy-efficient motor-drive systems and transformers. Process improvements to the energy conservation standards–setting program are also highlighted. NEMA calls out the importance of energy storage with a request that the Department of Energy (DOE) research energy storage options, address challenges identified in the 2013 DOE Strategic Plan for Grid Energy Storage, and improve the efficiency of permitting transmission lines by codifying the Interagency Rapid Response Team for Transmission.
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) represents nearly 400 electrical, medical imaging, and radiation therapy manufacturers at the forefront of electrical safety, reliability, resilience, efficiency, and energy security. Our combined industries account for more than 400,000 American jobs and more than 7,000 facilities across the United States. Domestic production exceeds $117 billion per year.
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