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NEMA-Backed Technology Export Principles Launched on Capitol Hill

07/27/2011 2:00PMSign-up to receive press releases.

(ROSSLYN, Va.)Today on Capitol Hill, a coalition of U.S. trade associations, including the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), released a set of principles for adoption by the U.S. government to drive its support for increasing exports of clean energy technologies. “Encouraging U.S. Clean Energy Exports: A Set of Private-Sector Principles” is the result of several months of consultations among a multi-industry coalition, which was coordinated by the National Foreign Trade Council, and U.S. government representatives.

“We are proud to be a part of this effort and to endorse these principles,” said NEMA President and CEO Evan Gaddis. “They concentrate much of our advice to U.S. agencies about necessary steps to better support our exporters of many energy-efficiency technologies, including elements of the Smart Grid, high performance buildings, and energy storage.”

“The U.S. has set the goal of doubling exports by 2014,” said Tim Richards, managing director for energy policy for GE Energy and NEMA Trade Policy Committee Chairman. "We applaud this effort and believe that clean energy products and services should form an important part of that program."

The principles guide the U.S. government to aggressively promote exports of goods and services in a technology-neutral manner through strategically deployed Department of Commerce resources and with enhanced support from the U.S. Export-Import Bank and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. In addition, actions to protect U.S. intellectual property rights and reduce tariff and non-tariff barriers for green exports are essential. Finally, the government should also measure and report on its performance in these areas.

The principles are available at www.nema.org/CleanEnergyExportsPrinciples.

The principles were welcomed by, among others, Rep. David Dreier (R-CA), chairman of the Rules Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives; Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), chairman of the Subcommittee on International Trade of the Finance Committee in the U.S. Senate; Mark Linscott, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Environment and Natural Resources; Jennifer Haverkamp, director of the International Climate Program at the Environmental Defense Fund; and Dr. Ty Mitchell, Vice President and General Manager of NEMA member Cree.

NEMA is the association of electrical and medical imaging equipment manufacturers. 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, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. The association’s Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) Division represents manufacturers of cutting-edge medical diagnostic imaging equipment including MRI, CT, x-ray, and ultrasound products. Worldwide sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing and Mexico City.

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