Greater efficiency: Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007

Rosslyn, VA — Many control technologies support efforts to measure energy use, as well as use it more efficiently. A new energy law, helped along by National Electrical Manufacturers’ Association (NEMA) advice, followed a year-long legislative process culminating in congressional passage in December. President Bush’s Dec. 19 signature made the bill into law.

01/03/2008


Rosslyn, VA — Many control technologies support efforts to measure energy use, as well as use it more efficiently. A new energy law, helped along by National Electrical Manufacturers’ Association (NEMA) advice, followed a year-long legislative process culminating in congressional passage in December. President Bush’s Dec. 19 signature made the bill into law. Throughout the process, NEMA says it lobbied extensively to ensure industry-backed provisions were included in the final version of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. thomas.loc.gov/home/c110query.html to see details.)

NEMA says the energy package originally included energy tax provisions, some controversial, that prevented the Senate from passing it, and also drew a veto threat from the White House. Tax provisions subsequently were dropped from the energy package, including the NEMA-backed provision to extend the commercial building tax deduction that expires Dec. 31, 2008.

The eighth version of H.R. 6, which passed the House, Senate, and was signed into law, included other key NEMA-advocated provisions, including:

- Standards and codes : New energy-efficiency standards for light bulbs, metal halide lighting fixtures, electric motors, and standby power; and energy building codes;

- High-performance buildings: Policies to support commercial high-performance, “green” buildings;

- Smart grid : Policies to support research, development, and demonstration of “smart grid” technologies; and

- Federal buildings : Making permanent the energy savings performance contract, and requirements for energy-efficient lighting systems.

“Even though the bill does not include certain tax incentives to promote energy efficiency, I am very pleased that Congress was able to pass sound legislation that NEMA and its members supported,” said NEMA’s president and CEO Evan Gaddis. “The energy-efficiency standards in this bill — now law — will maintain a robust national approach to efficiency, and enable all of America to become much more energy-efficient.”

NEMA, a trade association for the electrical manufacturing industry, was founded in 1926. With headquarters near Washington, D.C., it has approximately 450 member companies that 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, VA, NEMA also has offices in Beijing, São Paulo, and Mexico City.

—Edited by Mark T. Hoske, editor in chief
Control Engineering System Integration eNewsletter
( Register here and scroll down to select your choice of eNewsletters free .)





No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2013 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
The true cost of lubrication: Three keys to consider when evaluating oils; Plant Engineering Lubrication Guide; 11 ways to protect bearing assets; Is lubrication part of your KPIs?
Contract maintenance: 5 ways to keep things humming while keeping an eye on costs; Pneumatic systems; Energy monitoring; The sixth 'S' is safety
Transport your data: Supply chain information critical to operational excellence; High-voltage faults; Portable cooling; Safety automation isn't automatic
Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Plant Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.

Maintaining low data center PUE; Using eco mode in UPS systems; Commissioning electrical and power systems; Exploring dc power distribution alternatives
Synchronizing industrial Ethernet networks; Selecting protocol conversion gateways; Integrating HMIs with PLCs and PACs
Why manufacturers need to see energy in a different light: Current approaches to energy management yield quick savings, but leave plant managers searching for ways of improving on those early gains.

Annual Salary Survey

Participate in the 2013 Salary Survey

In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.

Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.

2012 Salary Survey Analysis

2012 Salary Survey Results

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.