NEMA’s government relations activity centers on developing, analyzing, advocating, and supporting the implementation of government policies and legislation for increasing energy efficiency and electric supply in the United States.
NEMA has been directly involved in national and state energy legislation. NEMA contributed to President Clinton’s U.S. Climate Change Action Plan and President Bush's National Energy Policy. We work to help develop and support energy-efficiency programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2014 (S.2074)
Re-introduced in February 2014, S.2074 contains numerous provisions promoting energy efficiency.
NEMA continues to encourage Senate leadership to bring this bill to the floor for a vote.
Key provisions include:
Reinforcing private sector participation in a consensus-driven approach to strengthening energy standards and building codes nationwide;
Incentivizing the nation’s industrial sector to adopt currently available technologies and processes that will speed up productivity and energy efficiency;
Encouraging the nation’s number one energy consumer—the federal government—to lead the way by adopting a number of new programs to reduce energy consumption and build smarter;
Creating new incentives to broaden use of commercially available products and approaches that will lower energy consumption and costs for businesses and consumers;
Supporting public-private R&D and commercialization efforts aimed at speeding up development of next-generation energy-efficient technologies
Shaheen-Portman Section by Section (S 2074)
SMART Grid Study Act (H.R.2962)
Introduced by Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ), H.R. 2962 has been incorporated by amendment into H.R. 3696, the National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure
The bill directs the National Research Council to directs the National Research Council to conduct a study on the resiliency and reliability of the nation’s power grid and related issues.
STORAGE Act (H.R.1465 / S.1030)
The STORAGE Act would:
Energy storage has experienced rapid maturation in recent years. Storage is being deployed at an increasing rate and many demonstration projects have proven its usefulness to the grid and its role in electricity markets.
- Offer a 30 percent investment tax credit for energy storage used in connection with the power grid, while limiting any given project to $40 million and limiting the overall cost of the program to $1.5 billion;
- Make energy storage eligible for new clean renewable energy bonds in the case of municipal utilities and electric cooperatives;
- Offer a 30 percent credit (up to $1 million) for onsite application of energy storage to promote efficiency and distributed generation in the commercial and residential markets.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
The President signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) on February 17, 2009. ARRA contains significant tax, investment, and spending provisions impacting energy efficiency, Smart Grid, health information technology, and infrastructure projects, all of which were endorsed by NEMA.
Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007
The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 was signed into law by President George W. Bush (Public Law 110-140). NEMA was actively engaged and has spearheaded negotiations of several provisions important to NEMA member companies.
This legislation improved our nation’s energy policies by creating new energy efficiency standards, increasing Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, increasing the mandated use of ethanol and biofuels, encouraging “Smart Grid” technology, encouraging carbon sequestration research, and expanding high-performance commercial and federal buildings.
Energy Policy Act of 2005
After four years of effort, EPAct 2005 became law and included key NEMA provisions.