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NEMA supports energy-efficient lighting policy.

Press Release Summary:

Apr 13, 2007 - Members of Lamp Section of NEMA announce joint commitment to support public policies to transform U.S. market to more energy-efficient lighting within decade. NEMA is calling on government to devise federal solution based on principles such as orderly market transformation targeting clear, frost, soft white, and enhanced spectrum A-line incandescent lamps from 40-100 W, and use of technology-neutral performance standards to accomplish transformation.

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) - Rosslyn, VA

Original Press Release

NEMA Announces Support for Energy-Efficient Lighting Policy

Press release date: Apr 04, 2007

(ROSSLYN, VA) - The members of the Lamp Section of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) today announced a joint industry commitment to support public policies that will transform the U.S. market to more energy-efficient lighting within a decade. There is a growing number of proposals at the international, state and local levels that would eliminate the presence of certain general-service incandescent lamps in the marketplace.

Citing this as an issue of national importance, NEMA is calling on the U.S. government to devise a federal solution in order to avoid confusion in the marketplace.

Central to this commitment is the setting of standards that will eliminate the least efficient products from the market, based on the following six principles:

The market transformation must be orderly and target as a starting point the least efficient medium screw base A-line incandescent lamps from 40 through 100 watts in widespread use today. Performance standards must be used to accomplish the transformation. Performance standards must be technology-neutral. The market transformation will take up to a decade. The set of A-line incandescent lamps to be addressed includes clear, frost, soft white and enhanced spectrum. Performance standards will be needed for each of these types. The market transformation should begin with strategies that will save the most energy. In the absence of a federal solution, states and localities should follow these principles when deliberating on this matter.

The member companies in the Lamp Section (listed below) are committed to providing high quality, energy- efficient, and safe lighting products to the public, and they work to ensure that the interests of the lighting consumer and lighting industry are addressed in technical, government, and industry activities in NEMA. The domestic lamp industry represents about $3 billion in lamp shipments covering the commercial, industrial, institutional, residential, automotive, and specialty lighting markets.

The member companies are:

EYE Lighting International of N.A., Inc. Feit Electric Company, Inc. GE Consumer & Industrial, Lighting Halco Lighting Corporation Light Sources, Inc. Litetronics International, Inc. OSRAM SYLVANIA Philips Lighting Company Ruud Lighting Inc. SLi Lighting Technical Consumer Products, Inc. Ushio America, Inc. Venture Lighting Welch Allyn, Inc. Westinghouse Lighting Corporation

NEMA is the trade association of choice for the electrical manufacturing industry. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end-use of electricity. These products are used in utility, medical imaging, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. Domestic production of electrical products sold worldwide exceeds $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing, Sao Paulo, and Mexico City.