Press Release Summary:
NEMA welcomed President Obama's nomination of Gina McCarthy as administrator of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Ernest Moniz as Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE). NEMA President and CEO Evan Gaddis commented on nominees' knowledge regarding their respective duties and responsibilities and said both McCarthy and Moniz are positioned to advance and promote sound energy and environment policies that will grow our economy.
Original Press Release:
NEMA Welcomes Nominations of McCarthy and Moniz
ROSSLYN, Va.—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) today welcomed President Obama’s nomination of Gina McCarthy as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Ernest Moniz as Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE).
According to NEMA President and CEO Evan Gaddis, the nominees are knowledgeable about their respective duties and responsibilities, and are well positioned to advance and promote sound energy and environment policies that will grow our economy.
“Energy and environmental policies are interlinked,” Gaddis said. “DOE and EPA must collaborate and consult with each other to ensure that rules and regulations are done smartly to promote energy development, advance energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions, improve resilience of the electrical grid, and find creative ways to promote private sector technologies and America’s energy innovators. NEMA looks forward to their confirmation by the Senate and welcomes the prospect of working with them in their new positions.”
Gina McCarthy, currently an assistant administrator at EPA for air and radiation, previously served as commissioner in the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and held several positions as a Massachusetts regulator under then-Governor Mitt Romney. At EPA, she oversees the operation and development of ENERGY STAR® and the issuance of MACT (Maximum Available Control Technology) standards. NEMA has worked with EPA officials including McCarthy to advance and improve those programs.
Ernest Moniz, a physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), served in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy during the Clinton Administration and as an undersecretary at DOE. At MIT, he advised the Obama administration on nuclear waste, shale natural gas, and research and development. NEMA is actively engaged with several programs at DOE that reflect the association’s priorities, including:
• Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (high performance buildings, codes and standards, industrial efficiency, electric vehicles)
• Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (Smart Grid, transmission siting)
• Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E, research and development)
• Energy Information Agency
• Smart Grid Investment Grant program
NEMA is the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Its member companies manufacture a diverse set of products including power transmission and distribution equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems, and medical diagnostic imaging systems. Worldwide annual sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion.
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