The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) today commented on House passage of the FY2015 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, which funds the Department of Energy (DOE).
“The energy and water funding bill does a number of things to
help address electricity resilience and reliability,” said NEMA
President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis. “The grid faces threats like never
before and this bill helps to address them.”
The House approved the bill by a vote of 253-170 on July 10, the same day NEMA
its recommendations to the administration as part of its Quadrennial Energy Review.
The bill, HR 4923, provides $160 million for the Office of
Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE), which leads research
and development activities for transmission, Smart Grid, energy storage,
and cybersecurity—often conducted in partnership with the private
Though this amount is an 8.7 percent increase over FY2014, NEMA
was supportive of efforts by Representatives Jerry McNerney (D-CA) and
Renee Ellmers (R-NC) to increase OE funding to $180 million given the
importance of these research activities.
The bill promotes advanced lighting technologies, with $25.8
million going to the lighting research program plus a $5 million Bright
Tomorrow Lighting Prize (L Prize®) competition for a
highly-efficient PAR 38 lamp. The $25.8 million represents a slight
increase over last year, despite the Building Technologies Office (BTO)
seeing a decrease of seven percent in its overall budget. Included under
BTO was $28 million for the Commercial Building Integration program,
which matches the administration’s request.
The Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) amendment would continue for
another year under the bill. It states that no funds may be used by DOE
to enforce or implement the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007
incandescent lamp standards. However, the standards themselves continue
to be the law of the land and NEMA manufacturers remain compliant.
The bill’s report directs up to $1 million for DOE to contract
with the National Research Council or similar organization to conduct a
national level comprehensive study on the future resilience and
reliability of the nation’s electric power transmission and distribution
system. This is the same study included in Rep. Donald Payne’s (D-NJ) SMART Grid Study Act, which NEMA supports.
As a result of an amendment by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the
Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E) was boosted beyond last
year’s amount to $300 million for high-risk, high-reward energy
The Energy Information Administration sees a slight increase
($120 million) from FY2014 to continue its critical information
gathering and analysis while the Vehicle Technologies Program’s
outreach, deployment, and analysis activities, which support
transportation electrification, receive an 11 percent reduction ($28
million) from last year.
The bill’s report also highlights the importance of the
upcoming Advanced Manufacturing Office study survey on motor-driven
systems. The committee recognized the role highly efficient motor-driven
systems can play in saving the nation energy, estimating $100 billion
could be saved annually.
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) represents nearly 400 electrical, medical imaging, and radiation therapy manufacturers at the forefront of electrical safety, reliability, resilience, efficiency, and energy security. Our combined industries account for more than 400,000 American jobs and more than 7,000 facilities across the United States. Domestic production exceeds $117 billion per year.